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Comment: Re:How does the quote go...? (Score 1) 259

by hambone142 (#48023239) Attached to: Former GM Product Czar: Tesla a "Fringe Brand"
Lutz isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer. I watched him make the same comment several years ago in an Elon Musk documentary that I watched on Neflix. He also referred to the techies in "silicone (sic) valley". It appears he's using the same line now. Apparently this is a comment he repeats.

Comment: I'd be willing to pay (Score 3, Interesting) 167

by hambone142 (#47980111) Attached to: Now That It's Private, Dell Targets High-End PCs, Tablets
I'd be willing to pay for a high quality PC or tablet that wasn't made in China by the lowest bidder. I'm frankly sick and tired of poor quality Chinese crap! I once suggested to the CEO of my company (named after two people) to do the same (ignored of course).. To make it in the Yoo Ess but it'd damned better be good quality. I'd pay the premium. Sort of like the "Harley Davidson" of computers with out the T-shirts. I am so tired of supporting CEOs that bet bonuses based on short term quarterly report results at the expense of the long term health of the company. I'd also like too support a company that is truly innovative vs. one that can't even design a product and instead, outsources the crappy design and manufacture. Give me a premium product and I'll pay a premium price. I realize not everyone wants this but dammit! Give us a choice!

Comment: Hewlett Packard CEO (Score 1) 392

by hambone142 (#47921643) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
H.P. once had a CEO with a degree in medieval history and a quick blessing of a MBA. Carly Fiorina used her first degree extensively in finding new ways to punish employees. She was also rather good at dividing and conquering a corporate culture. I'm not sure her efforts were appreciated though.

Comment: Ho Hum... (Score 4, Insightful) 368

by hambone142 (#47869141) Attached to: Report: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Studio For $2bn+
Microsoft is a dying old fart company, much like Hewlett-Packard. What they can't earn with innovation is being replaced with attempted acquisitions. Unfortunately, all that they acquire is typically destroyed with no revenue to the bottom line. Acquire, lay off the people, destroy, forget. Management by "bean counters" vs. the ability to invent. Sad but the state of large cranky corporations of the day.

Comment: Well.. yes. Sort of.... (Score 1) 231

by hambone142 (#47830865) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?
Once I received one of those Remco science kit crystal radios. I got bored with it and took the headphone from it, soldered a couple of safety pins to the wires. I found I could pierce the twinlead telephone cable running down the side of the house and tap the phone. I felt bad about doing it once I found my mother talking about my Christmas present. I never did it from then on. We had a "radio shop" class in high school. We used to spiral the leads of an axial electrolytic capacitor (high voltage), charge it with a power supply and grab it by the ends, being careful not to touch the leads. We'd wait for a group of people to leave their classes, yell "catch" and toss it to someone walking by. They'd get zapped. After a while, no one would catch anything coming out of the classroom. We'd get tube radio audio transformers and an electromechanical buzzer. We'd pulse the secondary (8 ohm) with the buzzer and make ourselves a nice high voltage zapper. We had fun with those. We'd make "match stick guns" out of closepins. Rig the spring to strike a "strike anywhere' match head and propel it. We''d put firecrackers in the top of a soup can in a hole the same size of the firecracker and put it in a pan of water. Propelled it rather high. We''d take apart TVs and radios that were "scrappers" and see what happened when we applied 120 VAC to them. We heard they parts contained lots of smoke so it was our job to get the smoke out. We'd use long extension cords and test the parts for smoke in the front yard. My parents didn't mind our doing this. We were learning. It all led to "harder stuff" and I ended up with a degree in electronics engineering. I'm now passing on my "knowledge" of mischief to my son who is also interested in science. We've made one helluva potato gun and mess around with rockets.

Comment: Re:"Fan favorites"? (Score 1) 364

by hambone142 (#47744051) Attached to: "MythBusters" Drops Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, Tory Belleci
Tory, Grant and Kari have gotten progressively over-animated recently. That detracts from any serious attempt at science on the show. Grant is as others have mentioned, the only engineer on the series but he's given in to the mousse and schlock. Too bad. It'll be interesting to see how this progresses. I'm wondering whether or not they're running out of material.

Comment: Re:Science & Engineering (Score 1) 509

by hambone142 (#47461753) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
I agree that science and engineering are good fields and tend to pay well. However it goes beyond coursework. It's a way of life and a way of thinking. Purely academic engineers and scientists suck. They can't actually do anything. We hired some of those in my company. One of the "golden boy" AA hires was afraid to touch a PC board that he was responsible for. He couldn't even identify a capacitor on it. That being said, my suggestions would be: Material scientist, environmental scientist (lots of environ. regs. popping up), chemical engineer, failure analysis engineer (we outsource crap to cheepo countries and need to find out why there stuff fails so we can spank them... .they're too stupid to do it themselves). The medical field, biochemistry, biomechanics, electrician, plumber, auto repair. Civil Engineering was mentioned. I would stay away from any field that can be performed remotely (Comp. Sci, etc) because India is only a network away.

Comment: Re:lifetime earnings isn't the whole picture (Score 4, Interesting) 148

by hambone142 (#47322427) Attached to: What's Your STEM Degree Worth?
I disagree. I worked for one of those "large computer companies". Most of our technical staff had a Bachelor's degree. A few had a Masters. There was zero pay difference between the B.S. degrees and M.S. degrees. It's all based on job performance. Ph.Ds were actually a disadvantage. Most managers stayed away from them because of the perception that they would be "bored" doing normal engineering jobs.

Comment: My actual numbers (Score 4, Informative) 148

by hambone142 (#47322403) Attached to: What's Your STEM Degree Worth?
I went to my Social Security statement and added up my income since I graduated (Electronics Engineering degree (BSEE), 35 yrs. in my career until I retired). I stayed in the technical field (avoided management). The number: $2,727,247 I went to a community college and obtained my general education, later transferring to a state university. I'd estimate my total education cost at around $3K maximum (tuition was a whopping $59.65/qtr. when I graduated in '77). Starting salary was about $1.2k/month. Ending salary was about $10k/month. YMMV

Comment: Re:Good news... (Score 2) 257

by hambone142 (#47219021) Attached to: HP Unveils 'The Machine,' a New Computer Architecture
I disagree about your comment regarding "remote workers". I know of some folks in this position that are essentially giving work second or third priority. Some who won't come in when they're needed because it's "working from home day". Others call in to have workers physically located in the plant to do their hands on work for them. Meg is correct in requiring remote workers to return to the office. While some are more productive, there are MANY taking scamming the system and doing nearly nothing, receiving full pay for doing so. I've seen one guy that has never worked in the plant and follows his squeeze around the country "working from home". Ripe for abuse and many are doing just that.

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