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Comment: Re:Oh the humanity! (Score 1) 397

by DroolTwist (#49381919) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous

Now that doesn't apply to everyone and some push beyond it

He covered those of us with no four-year degree somewhat. I'm in the same boat - I have 68 credits of math/chemistry/physics. I left school to earn money to go back, and found IT. I now make a very nice wage in the network engineering field. I have my Brocade and Cisco certs, along with Security+ (common sense 101), and enough experience now that I can move up and make good money. I'll never manage, but neither do I want to. I prefer the work.

Comment: Re:The next big bubble? (Score 2) 54

by DroolTwist (#49249277) Attached to: Uber Rival Lyft Raises $530M, Will Beef Up IT

I live in a fairly large city. Called for a cab to take me to pick up my truck as I was alone when I got my new car, so I had to go pick up my old one. First cab decided not to show, apparently. Called another; after 45 minutes the driver calls and says he won't be able to make it as his shift is ending. So I wasted 2+ hours, and still no truck.

I signed up for Uber, and had a car picking me up in less than five minutes. Got me to the dealership at almost 1/3 the cost of what the taxi would have been. I hope these services stick around, and put the overpriced and for me at least, useless cab companies out of business. I'll never call a cab again as long as Uber and Lyft are around. I also signed up as a driver, and on the weekends if I'm bored I'll give a few rides and make some extra cash.

Comment: Re:Wild guess, 5 stars (Score 1) 157

by DroolTwist (#49233363) Attached to: Strange Stars Pulse To the Golden Mean
Great reference. I recently finished the Ringworld series, and am now reading (well, listening through Audible) the series with Pournelle and Niven about Earth's first encounter with aliens (the Moties). I'm about halfway through The Gripping Hand (book 2). They are all fantastic reads, I can't wait to read them all.

Comment: Re:Military hinders itself (Score 1) 68

If they really wanted to get people to fill these roles they wouldn't require them to go through the whole basic training garbage they require for entry. The type of people who would be good for these roles are not the type of people who will go through basic training. Which is why they go to the private sector and then get hired as a contractor thus bypassing the entire process and probably making more money anyways.

If I'm not mistaken, there was an article a month or two ago (at work so not much time to search on it) that was talking about the Air Force dropping requirements for physical conditioning (IE., no basic training, no staying in shape). So they are already working on that aspect of their target audience.

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