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Comment: If you want to be a programmer, (Score 4, Insightful) 182

by iguana (#42696583) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Job Search Or More Education?

get a degree. Programming jobs are heavily resume/GPA filtered. Unless you have someone on the inside ("who you know"), what you know will only get you so far. The great jobs, IMO, for a newbie, are best approached with a great GPA and transcript.

There is so much more to programming than just banging on a keyboard. Get a good discrete mathematical background, algorithms, data structures. Study the hardware level as well (don't sleep through Comp Arch like I did). For the best bang for your buck, dual degree CS with something else engineering related (mechanical, chemical, physics, etc). STEM is the big thing these days.

Do NOT bankrupt yourself or your future with crazy loans. Yes, "get a degree" and "don't bankrupt your future" are almost mutually exclusive these days. But even from a smaller college, a great GPA and transcript will get you in more doors.

Comment: Re:Came here looking for the Planet Money link (Score 1) 943

by iguana (#42149211) Attached to: Is It Time For the US To Ditch the Dollar Bill?

Thought of that Planet Money episode as soon as I saw the title. The TL;DL (too long; didn't listen) of the podcast is coins aren't continually circulated like paper bills. People throw them in jars and leave them there for months, years. So *more* coins than bills are actually needed in order to keep the normal supply circulating.

Comment: Re:Pilot Hi-Tec-C Pens (Score 1) 712

by iguana (#41841383) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen

Amen. I discovered these by accident then bought a couple boxes last year from Amazon. I'm partial to the 0.4. I write small and these give the best, quickest lines of any pen I've used. By quickest meaning I don't have to slow down on rougher paper. Ink always lands on the paper nice and evenly.

Comment: Re:I pay my Math Tax all the time. (Score 4, Insightful) 301

by iguana (#39534007) Attached to: To me, lotteries represent ...

As a spouse to a public school teacher and a volunteer in said underfunded schools, the schools would be better served if you sent them the $1 (or more) directly. Then all the other hands aren't skimming off the top.

We gave two Costco cubes of Kleenex as a Christmas gift to our school. You wouldn't believe the effusive thanks we got. Donate a box of printer paper and you'll be worshiped for a month.

(Yes, I bought a lottery ticket yesterday anyway. No, I still have to go to work on Monday.)

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