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Comment: Re:Exactly. 78k is luxury territory (Score 5, Insightful) 303 303

You're an idiot. The high cost has almost nothing to do with cost of construction labor, government mommy laws, or union vs. non-union labor. Quite simply the cost is high because the R&D hasn't been amortized yet over several decades of production. Additionally, the Tesla would almost certainly not exists were it not for grants and subsidies from the same "government" you allude/whine about. Shut up and consider yourself lucky to pay taxes to a government that offers you an almost historically unprecedented quality of life. Government and private industry both largely employ the same type of people, except the private industry ones expect to get paid 50-1000% percent more. Talk about waste of money... Why is it when people talk about private industry as a "unit" to praise its efficiency, etc. they don't somehow include how most business fail, and the time and money wasted as a result. /rant

Comment: Re:Too many X students; not enough X jobs (Score 1) 226 226

I think it's not pushing the truth too hard to relabel your PhD as a job. Especially if you received a decent 'stipend' (discount salary). I've considered splitting my 4.5 year biophys PhD into CS 'jobs' that essentially describe a lot of what I actually did: Image Processing, Computer Vision, Statistical Data Analysis.

Comment: Re:time for more apprenticeships over older collge (Score 2) 226 226

You sound like a more bitter version of me. Did you like your PIs? My parents are scientists so I've always sort of known that the science world is as you describe, and I had the big advantage when starting grad school to know that it was critical to pick a PI that personally cared and took their mentorship responsibility seriously. I frankly didn't even really care about what kind of work they did, or wether they were renown. I knew I'd do good work in the right environment, and everyone would win. As a result, all the PIs I worked with until graduating were top-notch, and are still looking out for my best interests. Unfortunately, like you, I had little interest in academia, and got into programming in a big way. This has derailed me a bit, as making this jump ain't easy. CS people don't care about good publication records in prestigious journals. And while I have some pretty good programming and algorithm skills (I smoked the other CS undergrads and grads in the few CS courses I took while doing my bio PhD), at the end of the day, my degree isn't just the wrong one, but it's a bit of a red flag. Don't sell out, but if any of those friends are in good places to affect hiring, then get over the imposter syndrome, swallow the pride, and start pushing them to hook you up with a job. I used to think that it was a problem that the world works this way instead of by merit, but I've since come to accept, even appreciate, that perhaps it's all about the human connection anyways: when it comes to the workplace, a brilliant asshole is mostly just an asshole. I did end up finding a job that I find pretty interesting, leverages my unusual education, pays well, and is giving me the chance to build some demonstrable bragging rights if I ever want to pursue a more software-centric career. All I had to do was ask, and be a bit shameless.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.