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Comment: Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 1) 145 145

A decent car mechanic might not know the building code by heart but he's probably unblocked a drain or two in his time simply because he's the sort of person that enjoys using tools to do stuff.

You'd be wrong. Car Mechanics have become specialized enough that some of them only work on certain brands of cars. I wouldn't hire a plumber that did residential installs to plumb a hospital. The codes and requirements are completely different.

Comment: Re:Today's computer science corriculum is practica (Score 1) 145 145

I'm a Mechanical Engineer and could tell you nothing about how to fix your car. I could tell you how your car worked, theoretically. I couldn't tell you what was wrong with it.

I work with PhD'd engineers that can barely tie their own shoe, but could tell you more about fluid boundary layer conditions than any other human I know.

If you wanted people that knew how to calculate IP ranges maybe you should have hired someone that took some sort of vocational IT training not someone with an advanced degree.

Comment: Re:Paywall (Score 1) 145 145

We had an excel VBA that ran our production lines. Talked to Oracle, talked to the hardware test at the end of the line. VBA was responsible for millions of dollars of product going out the door on time.

Because that's what tools the people that designed it had available. It was either that or Matlab but everyone already had Excel and it was 'free' to use.

Now I would love to see something redone in Python.

God helps them that themselves. -- Benjamin Franklin, "Poor Richard's Almanac"