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Comment: This will accelerate my transition (Score 1) 214

by gander666 (#47346251) Attached to: Apple Kills Aperture, Says New Photos App Will Replace It

I was already making the switch to Lightroom from Aperture. Apple's last update of Aperture really started messing it up, so I saw the writing on the wall, and will fully move my library to Lightroom.

It is a shame, because when I first started using Aperture, it was awesome, about 1/2 the price of Lightroom at the time, and it was lightyears ahead of iPhoto.

With my MacBook Air, I thought I would just use iPhoto, but gah, after not using it for 6 years or so, it still sucks tool.

Comment: Re:Not terribly surprising (Score 3, Insightful) 306

Agreed. In my experience, physics majors tend to be excellent programmers, better than many CS majors. Perhaps it's because they're mostly just smart a heck, and that matters more than having taken a bunch of CS courses.

As a physics degree holder, I would counter that. Yes, we are really good at algorithms, and the like, but without a lot of re-education we make terrible developers (I am not one, but I work with a dev group that has 3 PhD Physicists). They write cool code, but are fuck-all at doing error checking, bounds checking, and other mundane things that are important in production environments. Physicists would rather spend hours grooming their input data than have their code do some reality checks.

Comment: Re:What passes for rigorous thinking apparently (Score 1) 358

by gander666 (#46806411) Attached to: Google: Better To Be a 'B' CS Grad Than an 'A+' English Grad
I know what you are trying to do, but I would like to shout out for economics. I have a degree in Physics, a minor in Maths (two classes more and I would have had a double major). While I was working on my undergrad degree, I tutored someone who was working on their advanced degree in economics. They were doing nasty, non-linear partial differential equations in their models, without the formal mathematics background. I was impressed with their methods, and how they solved these equations without 4 years of preparatory mathematics courses.

The truth is a lot of degree disciplines that seem like a waste to you turn out to have their own character building assets. One of the best AFM applications scientists I have ever worked with got his degree in History. He did an internship at a small company, and not only loved playing with Atomic Force Microscopes, he actually had a talent with it. In a field dominated by physicists and chemists, he is right up there.

Polymer physicists are into chains.