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Comment: Re:Gee I do not know. (Score 1) 391

by davesque (#47919339) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
Not sure I see your point here. I've conducted a number of technical interviews and resume content seemed to have very little to do with actual performance in the interview. We got one guy who was almost done with a Master's degree in Comp. Sci. and he was one of the worst interviews we ever had. On the other hand, one of our best interviews was with a guy who was working at a marketing firm and had studied linguistics. You really can't predict how an applicant will turn out from their credentials.

Comment: Yep! (Score 1) 391

by davesque (#47919261) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
I majored in music and I've been working as a software developer for four years since I graduated. Of course, I did have a previous background in programming. I think good work experience and rapport during interviews goes a long way. However, I do sometimes get the impression that certain doors are closed to me since I don't have the degree.

Comment: Re:Ya, but... (Score 1) 391

by davesque (#47919229) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
Employees with STEM degrees might also believe (incorrectly) that they can do the job without learning anything new, which makes them less useful. Employees without STEM degrees may be less susceptible to this since it's clear to them that they've got a lot to learn. Not saying this is always the case, but I think it's a factor sometimes.

Comment: Poor grammar in petition (Score 1) 217

by davesque (#46853735) Attached to: How the FCC Plans To Save the Internet By Destroying It
Who created that petition? They should correct the grammar error in the first sentence. A comma is used where a period and new sentence would obviously have been a better choice. Of course, that's probably impossible at this point. For god's sake, why don't people proofread these things??

Comment: Why are they asking you? (Score 1) 365

by davesque (#45902165) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many (Electronics) Gates Is That Software Algorithm?
It seems like, if you could describe the algorithm in a sufficiently low-level language like C, they shouldn't be asking you how many gates it would take. If they're the hardware manufacturer, they should know. Besides, there are too many factors that could influence the gate count depending on how the manufacturer decided to implement the adders, etc. None of these things seem like questions that programmers should be responsible for answering.

Comment: Text book industry propaganda? (Score 1) 331

by davesque (#45550877) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

As far as college text books are concerned, it's a weird situation and I don't blame anyone who says they simply prefer a paper text book. Here's why. Have you ever tried to use the officially-sanctioned eBook solutions that are available on the market today? They're pathetic. Completely locked down with DRM and mired by bad interface design and usability. I bought an eBook for one of my classes at the beginning of the semester. I had thought to myself, "Hey, this could be great if it's like I imagine -- like downloading an eBook to my Kindle app on my iPad." Boy, was I mistaken. I had to download a half-backed piece of proprietary crap-ware in order to "read" my book. The user interface in this "app" (rhymes with "crap"?) was appalling. The interface was clunky and looked like it was thrown together in a single week. The pages were pixelated, not crisp like a PDF.

In the end, I resorted to _illegally_ downloading the books (as PDFs) I had just purchased legitimately on account of the inadequacies in the kosher versions. Ironically, now that I've gone through one semester being able to carry around my iPad (< two pounds) instead of paper text books (~ twenty pounds?), I would never -- not in a million years -- go back to paper text books. It's unfortunate that all these media corporations have been allowed to drag their feet so slowly in embracing new technologies and formats for delivering their content.

Comment: Is anyone else starting to get tired of this? (Score 1) 484

by davesque (#43428809) Attached to: Zuckerberg Lobbies For More Liberal Immigration Policies
When I first started hearing these tech giants complaining about H1-B rules, I thought, "I guess that's okay. I've had many good friends from out of the country and I wouldn't mind more diversity in my field." However, at this point (and at the risk of sounding like a racist), I find Zuckerberg's suggestion that "the most talented and hardest-working people" are elsewhere as a borderline insult. His article arguing for reform offers little more than his own personal opinion. Where are the facts? Even the ones he lists out aren't that convincing. If we really do grant VISAs to ~60% of the foreign graduate students that are educated in this country, I'd call that extremely generous. What would it say to the world if we granted VISAs to 100% of graduate students? That the United States is the only place worth being for an educated person?

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