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Comment: Re:Not the data I was looking for... (Score 3, Informative) 148

by mini me (#47321441) Attached to: What's Your STEM Degree Worth?

High income dropouts are so few that they make little difference in the result

Actually, dropouts and those who did not pursue college at all outnumber those with only a bachelor degree in the high earning category. Those with postgraduate degrees are the ones who really skew the numbers.

Comment: Re:Cry me a river. (Score 1) 660

by mini me (#42201287) Attached to: If Tech Is So Important, Why Are IT Wages Flat?

Economics says that jobs that have a shortage of labour will be paid more. Businesses struggling to find labour will have to resort to hiring just about anyone who can show some semblance of being able to do the job. So the irony here is that in a free market, those with more education (and stick to that area) will be paid less than those with less education.

Of course most labour shortages are a result of non-free markets governed by credentialism (think health care workers, lawyers, etc.) so people are easily confused about what role education really plays.

Comment: Re:Misguided... (Score 1) 214

by mini me (#41886625) Attached to: The Survival Machine Farm

Hemp is legal where I farm, but there is no market. That low-yielding field of corn will pay a boatload more than the best field of hemp.

Not to mention that my millions of dollars of equipment that is used for mostly food crops won't harvest hemp, but does allow corn into the rotation (farmers who try to skip on that alternate crop in the rotation generally run into trouble with their food-bearing crops). And I don't have millions more to invest in new equipment, sadly.

Comment: Re:Misguided... (Score 1) 214

by mini me (#41886245) Attached to: The Survival Machine Farm

Do you think you could produce high-output crop yields without chemical fertilizers?

I think we could, but it would increase the costs dramatically. Interestingly, hay makes for a wonderful fertilizer (and provides many other positive attributes for the soil), but the current market push for vegetarianism and lower meat consumption has pretty much killed off the ability for farmers to economically grow it like we once did. That has brought on the rise of alternative source of fertilizers more than anything.

Napkin calculation tells me that yes, hypothetically it should be possible to extract energy from this process.

But where does the threshold lie? The anti-ethanol proponents will tell you that corn is a net loss, but the average yield in the US is only 120 bu/ac., which is surely what they are basing their calculations on. In the corn belt, 250-350 bu/ac. isn't uncommon. That is a vast difference in energy potential.

Comment: Re:Misguided... (Score 1) 214

by mini me (#41885591) Attached to: The Survival Machine Farm

Basics of biodiesel is that it is net energy loss.

Can you provide a bit more background about this? Our best field of corn this year produced almost twice the output of our worst field, for essentially the same amount of input energy. With that, there has to be a line at which more energy is produced that what is put in. Whether or not we as humans will ever be able to develop a crop that can deliver on that remains to be seen, but what do we need to strive for to reach the level of net gain?

If we assume inputs are constant, would a 500 bu/ac. field of corn be net energy positive? A 1,000 bu/ac. field? How about 10,000 bu/ac.?

Comment: Re:but what happens when it goes to MA, PHD for ba (Score 1) 171

by mini me (#39807173) Attached to: Is Stanford Too Close To Silicon Valley?

but what happens when it goes to MA, PHD for base level?

I would say that to some degree this has already started. If more people choose to obtain BA level educations, it will become more widespread. After that, some new filter will have to be found. It doesn't necessarily have to be education-based. Education has just been the easy target so far. But perhaps the educational institutions will accommodate by offering increasing levels of education, or maybe you'll need multiple degrees to even be considered?

Also what about trades like training?

Many trades built their own filtering framework outside of the university setting, typically through apprenticeship programs. From what I gather from those industries, there isn't a huge fight to fill the available spots, so it seems to serve them well. If, in the future, more people want to enter those industries, you might need a degree before you can start apprenticing as means to filter the number of applicants again.

Comment: Re:then make community college that base level (Score 1) 171

by mini me (#39800249) Attached to: Is Stanford Too Close To Silicon Valley?

that jobs can't say you need a BA or higher when the job does not need it.

There is no job that needs it. What asking for a BA does is provide a filter to limit the number of applicants to a manageable level. If you ask your parents, they'll probably tell you that in their day you only needed a high school education, a result of a time when many did not graduate high school. Today everyone does, so the filter has been stepped up to the University level.

In industries where labour is short, like software development is right now, you can walk in and get a high paying job without having spent any time in the classroom of any level. There is no need to apply the filter as the number of applicants are already low.

It has never been about the education, just a trick to make hiring easier.

Comment: Re:Let's not jump the gun. (Score 1) 250

by mini me (#39676895) Attached to: Major Networks Suing To Stop Free Streaming

The article says that the business model is in renting the individual antennas to the customer. So, for a more apt analogy, this would be like putting an antenna up on my neighbours home because he has a better sight of the sky, with a montly fee to cover the rental of his property, and then running the coax into my home.

In this case, the wire just happens to be the internet.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 504

but maybe you should try to pick up a couple people with degrees, "just in case".

In case what? I have no degree, so I am curious about what someone with one would bring to the table.

Interestingly, part of my official duties at work are to guide and assist the CS grad hires. Additionally, good friend of mine recently graduated with his PhD out of the CS program and even he has come to me for advice. I'm not trying to brag or anything, I'm just not sure where your sentiment is coming from.

I guess I'm just used to being the "just in case" person, so it seems strange that you'd start adding random requirements to take on the role.

Comment: Re:Hiring the cheapest competitor doesn't help eit (Score 1) 135

by mini me (#39355465) Attached to: Study Confirms the Government Produces the Buggiest Software

I don't know about the US government, but I see things with my local government like: You need a degree in computer science to build a webpage. CS grads are generally not skilled in producing such works, so you end up either picking from the limited group of people who are, or more likely you choose someone who is not a good fit for the job and end up with poor results.

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