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Comment: Re:I'm older but in the same boat (Score 5, Informative) 228

by methano (#47938419) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How To Pick Up Astronomy and Physics As an Adult?
Don't do it, man! You'll have a hard time finding a good (read interesting) job without a PhD and with a PhD, you'll be out of work at 50. And you'll be bitter. Oh, and that PhD needs to be from a top ten university and you need to work for a big name and you'll have to work a lot harder than you think unless you're real smart. Oh, you'll also have to do a post-doc at an even better university and with an even more famous professor. If you're real smart and lucky you can make six-figures. Maybe, till you turn 50. Then you have to find something else to do. Or maybe you can get an academic job and you'll have to work 80 hours/week for 5 to 7 years after that post-doc till you get tenure, if you do. If you don't then you start over. And you may never make six-figures. It's a lot harder to be a happy chemist these days.

Comment: Re:Windows XP (Score 1) 635

by methano (#47788839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Old Technology Can't You Give Up?
I kinda feel the same way. I can't tell that 7 has solved any problems and has created a few. I now run 7 on VM fusion at work and parallels at home. Had to buy the one for home. And I had to upgrade quickbooks 2004 to 2014 ($$). I didn't do 8 cause the whole idea of putting fingers on my monitor screen freaks me out big time.

Comment: Been there. (Score 5, Funny) 150

by methano (#46787661) Attached to: Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0
I used to work for a biotech company. After we went public our stock did nothing but sink. There was a period of time where our total value was substantially less than our cash in the bank. In other words, a pile of money in the hands of our management was worth less than the same pile of money just sitting on a table. I tended to agree with the market on that one.

Comment: BS (Score 0) 28

by methano (#45692813) Attached to: Programming Molecules To Let Chemicals Make Decisions
I am an organic chemist. I'm not the smartest guy in the world but I do know a little bit about making molecules and their chances of doing useful things in the body. I've been doing this for 35 years and I have some credentials though I'm not a Harvard professor. My opinion is that this article is pure, extremely well crafted, bullshit. Throwing in all that math only makes it more so.

There are running jobs. Why don't you go chase them?