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Comment: Good luck... (Score 1) 279

by kbdd (#48612369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?
I mean this in the best possible way. As someone who has hired a lot of STEM (mostly E) people over the years, it will probably not be easy.

When hiring technical people, we look at education and experience. Depending on the age, one or the other takes greater importance.

At a (relatively) young age of 25, education is the most important. Your education does not qualify you for a STEM job, simple as that.

Now, a number of jobs can be had based on personal relationships. Let's say you have a special skill not reflected by the degree(s) you have, but someone you know is aware of it and in a position to influence someone in a hiring position, you could get a hearing and if you do have skill, you may get a chance at a job.

My understanding is that at the moment you do not have marketable STEM skills, so the only way is to get some.

You can try to do that while holding a job you are qualified for. It will take a while because it will be night school but at least you will get paid while doing it. You won't have too many free nights but not so much debt when you are done.

The alternative is to go student full time, pile up more debt but hopefully get done faster.

Which way to go depends on your personal (family?) situation and the kind and level of pain you are willing to endure.

Comment: Keep in mind (Score 1) 720

by kbdd (#48490415) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?
The woman ALWAYS has the last word in an argument. Anything the man says after that simply is the start of a new argument.

I applaud your trying to satisfy her desire for a neat, tidy and quiet living space in a constructive way. Obviously, even if the PC is tucked away and inaudible, there may be issues later if you spend excessive time playing with it and ignoring her.

So as others have suggested, make sure you understand that life as you know it is no longer available to you and that it is urgent to find activities of common interest.

It would be best for you if these activities involved a highly powered computer, something she may find she needs, like maybe video editing (time to be creative). Once she sees the PC as a tool rather than an annoyance, the noise won't be as much of a problem and she may even let you play with it, occasionally.

Good luck to you!

Comment: you said features? (Score 2) 291

by kbdd (#47501501) Attached to: Why My LG Optimus Cellphone Is Worse Than It's Supposed To Be
I think part of the problem is that marketing types decide that they need a certain type of phone to get people in the store, in order to try and upsell them on a more expensive product with better margins (or one that will suck up data faster so that you have to upgrade to a more expensive plan).

The "feature" phone (in that case, a phone with hardware keyboard which is a real oddity nowadays) is not intended to make any money for the company by itself and nobody really gives a damn if it's even working, to be honest.

They are perfectly aware of it and if you bring it back to the store a few days later because you have found out how much it actually sucked, they will be extremely glad to exchange it for a higher priced model.

On the other hand, the issue is compounded by the fact that most Android phones are hacked by the phone service provider. They are not content to let you have the Google Android experience, they have to "differentiate" themselves from the others, and too often that means adding ill-conceived, substandard, undertested apps that ruins the experience.

In that case, Google may not be entirely clean as I am not sure if Android is even supposed to support a hardware keyboard. I have used several Bluetooth keyboards on my Nexus 7 and they do not all work the same.

Comment: Re:It's already going on... (Score 2) 353

by kbdd (#47409933) Attached to: Here Comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies
The key is that the insurance company has no incentive to reduce your premium, their only incentive is to increase the total sum they get from premiums as much as they can.

Therefore eventually these devices will not be used to help good drivers, simply to penalize bad ones, not quite the same thing.

Comment: Re:Free, less buggy, more usable, what's not to li (Score 1) 285

by kbdd (#46786397) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
"so its less buggy than an over decade old product?"

What a moron!

Read the post. My use of the past tense should have been a clue that it happened in the past and mentioning it was used by corporate edict should have been a clue that MS Word was in its support period, i.e. current. For completeness, that happened in the fall of 2004, but you probably don't care. You are probably now going to object that MS Word being so "young", how could I expect it to not be buggy? I probably should have waited a few more years before they had the bugs worked out?

Now, regardless of when that happened I would expect a piece of software that cost several 100 dollars to be better able to handle it's own f***g proprietary file format than a freebee that had to reverse engineer it, regardless how long it has been since you bought it.

Comment: Free, less buggy, more usable, what's not to like? (Score 2, Interesting) 285

by kbdd (#46779529) Attached to: Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?
I remember working on a document in Word 2003 with several large tables. Periodically, Word 2003 (which I had to use by corporate edict) would crash while working on one particularly large table, and would be unable to reload the document. I found out that loading the document in OpenOffice and saving it back immediately fixed whatever problem Word was having and I could work in Word for a while longer. I ended up having to do that every few days until I was done with the document.

Comment: Re: And in other news... (Score 1) 506

by kbdd (#46388697) Attached to: Quebec Language Police Target Store Owner's Facebook Page
It seems you are correct, I came across this (PBS web site):

"Under current law, only applicants for U.S. citizenship, not those applying for green cards, must prove English proficiency."

Maybe I was confused. I was pretty certain that I had to pass a proficiency test when I applied for a green card 25 years ago, but maybe it was for the citizenship, or maybe the law changed since then, or maybe it was just a policy of the US Immigration Services at the time.

Apparently English proficiency was a provision to the ill-fated immigration reform bill that was put together by a bi-partisan group last year. In my opinion, that would be a good thing. US born kids have to go to school (or be home-schooled) and therefore have to possess at least a minimum of English proficiency by the time they turn 18 (I will readily admit that in some cases it is really minimum.) I see little reason for not asking the same from immigrants.

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