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Comment: Networking is like plumbing: mostly boring (Score 2) 227

Just to warn you, networking is ultra-boring. Do you think software engineering is bad? Networking is worse. You don't really make everything - you spend most of your time trying to get configurations to work, working around bugs in firmware, or figuring out how some numbskull screwed up the various configs.

It is, basically, plumbing.

That's not to say it isn't important, but if you're actually good at software engineering you'll probably find networking ultra-tedious. Do you really want to learn the ins and outs of the OSI stack? All the weird things about hooking Cisco gear to other gear? Troubleshooting connectivity issues due to someone plugging a switch into itself?

Just writing about it makes me want to lobotomize myself.

Comment: How to read f*ucked up code (Score 5, Insightful) 335

by mveloso (#49784081) Attached to: How Much C++ Should You Know For an Entry-Level C++ Job?

The biggest skill in C++ is how to read code that's got templates, generics, overloaded operators, and custom keywords.

"What do you mean they overloaded '+' to merge objects?"

"This doesn't look like C++, it looks like some foreign language."

"Oh, we reversed the meaning of + and - because the senior guy thought that the original semantics were incorrect. But only for some objects."

Comment: Tech skills? Sequencing and integration (Score 3, Interesting) 302

by mveloso (#49727877) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Tech Skills Do HS Students Need To Know Now?

Really, the main mental skills you need in tech are pretty simple: understanding the goal/problem, breaking a problem down into steps, then putting everything together at the end.

If someone can figure out how to take a meal, make a recipe that makes the meal, then follow the recipe to make a meal, they'll be mostly fine.

Comment: That wasn't an Inquisition (Score 1) 494

by mveloso (#49556649) Attached to: Woman Behind Pakistan's First Hackathon, Sabeen Mahmud, Shot Dead

As a note, the indian thing in the US wasn't an inquisition, it was a land grab. There's a difference.

The Jews are that way all over the world, so singling out the USA is a bit unfair. Today Jews run the country, so there you go.

Blacks were sold and enslaved by other blacks in Africa before they came to the US, and their old gods were obviously pretty pathetic. However, today there's nothing to prevent them from practicing Santeria or whatever they want.

Repel them. Repel them. Induce them to relinquish the spheroid. - Indiana University fans' chant for their perennially bad football team