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Comment: Pedigree and breed vs "big dog". (Score 1) 309

by khasim (#47921449) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

That's wouldn't be "looking for people with liberal arts degrees", that's "looking for people with demonstrable technical experience" and finding that they just happen to have a liberal arts degree.


As an analogy I'd point to pedigree and breed in a dog show. Your FORMAL education also has a breed (your major/minor) and a pedigree (which schools you attended).

But when it comes to hiring, I'd be looking for the "big dogs". And while breed and pedigree can be a factor (Chihuahua compared to Sheep Dog) I won't exclude the mutts.

If you have the drive and dedication to complete a formal major in one field while spending your free time becoming competitive in a different field then you are someone I should be interviewing.

Comment: Where liberal arts can come into play (Score 1) 309

by plopez (#47919329) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

1) UI design and usability - programmers are truly horrible at this.
2) Internationalization - It's hard to find people in the US with foreign language skills. Canadian doesn't count.
3) Project coordination with overseas clients or teams - see above and add in foreign cultures.
4) Requirements gathering and/or review - Which requires talking to people and, gasp, reading documents.
5) Business analysis - overlaps Requirements gathering and review
6) UI testing - much of which CANNOT be automated.
7) Project management - which requires communications and people-people skills. Most BAs/MBAs I have met are also truly terrible at this.

Example, a friend of mine has an MA in English. He is currently working for a tech company as QA lead which requires test planning, staff training, requirements review, user documentation development, and business analysis. All of which his degree is helping with.

Comment: Let's see your portfolio. (Score 3, Insightful) 309

by khasim (#47919065) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

While I'd tend toward Computer Science (since that is what my degree is in) I'd FIRST want to see what they've done already.

Is there anything the Lit major can show that demonstrates his programming skills? Like patches submitted to a FLOSS project? Or a mobile app? Or even a personal website?

It's not that you cannot get a programming job with a Lit degree. It is that the other candidates will probably have more DEMONSTRATED skills in the programming field.

Show me that you CAN program (sufficient to the basic requirements of the project) AND that your Lit degree gives you a different perspective AND how you implement that perspective.

Comment: Re:monopoly != 100% market share (Score 1) 416

by Uberbah (#47918157) Attached to: Windows Tax Shot Down In Italy

Or....they see no reason why they should pay for Shitdoze 8 on a replacement system when they can upgrade to Windows 7 using the DVD they bought a couple years before.

Not everyone is going to run out and get a refund for their Windows installation - this about making sure that those who want to, can.

Comment: Re:Car Dealers should ask why they're being bypass (Score 1) 142

by kilfarsnar (#47917753) Attached to: Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

I blame the dealerships too. The last time I went shopping for a car, I told the salesman I was looking to replace my Chevy Malibu, and wanted something small to midize that was good in the snow. Despite the bevy of options on the lot, he walked me over to a Challenger SRT ... a rear-wheel drive boat that most likely isn't even particularly good in the rain.

Oh come on. It's only got 475 pound feet of torque. It'll be great in the snow! ;-)

Comment: Re:SCI-FI used to be inspiring (Score 1) 171

by plopez (#47917231) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

I think the 90% crap rule is always in the effect. 90% of Sci-fi in the 90's was crap, 90% in the 80's was crap, 90% in the 70's (Space 1999 anyone?), 90% in the 60's (Lost in Space for instance), the 50's with a plethora of bugged eyed monster which were no more than veiled stand ins for commies etc. The difference these days is that the special effects and marketing budgets are larger meaning better looking and better advertised crap. E.g. Star Trek rebooted.

But that's just my opinion.

Comment: Re:Uber Fresh? (Score 1) 138

by Luckyo (#47916431) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

I'm Finnish. Both us and Swedes have alcohol monopoly, and had it for a very long time. It works wonders and is a part of preventive measures against alcohol abuse in countries where winter darkness is massive.

The sheer ignorance of suggesting that this would make alcoholics drive is quite astounding. Neither Systembolaget nor Alko serve drunk customers and both countries have top notch public transit. Ignorance at its finest.

Here, have a look:

Comment: Re:Uber Fresh? (Score 1) 138

by Luckyo (#47916421) Attached to: Uber CEO: We'll Run Your Errands

Actually it discourages them, because neither Systembolaget nor Alko, the monopoly relatailers in Sweden and Finland respectively, do not sell to inebriated people.

If you're drunk, you're not getting any more alcohol. So no reason to drive there in the first place. Not to even mention that both countries have excellent public transport and taxi systems, and a lot of campaigns to discourage drunk driving.

In case you need evidence, here's Systembolaget's English page on the topic:

"Once they go up, who cares where they come down? That's not my department." -- Werner von Braun