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Comment: No easy answer: (Score 2) 509

by oracleofbargth (#47459881) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

The answer really depends on several things, but she should start by looking at what she is good at and what she enjoys doing. Trouble is, for kids coming out of high school, they may or may not really know either one of those things yet. I knew right off that I enjoyed writing computer programs (taught myself Basic and some C during high school), so I went for a CS degree for system programming in college, and ended up working as a sysadmin. My wife was the opposite, and didn't find out that she enjoyed working in health care until having to get a "real job" after a couple really bad years of college. I also have a nephew who spent almost 8 years in college, switching majors (and sometimes colleges) every semester for the first 5 years until he found a passion for social work.

If she doesn't have a specific field that she is interested in, but she does want to go to college, I would recommend she pick a degree program that offers an Associates degree mid-way through, (or just go for an Associates of General Studies,) in order to make it easier to get a job or switch colleges halfway through, should the need arise. (In other words: be prepared.) If she wants to go into a field where she would need an advanced degree such as a Masters or PhD, I recommend picking a university that offers the advanced program she wants for her Bachelors' degree, as they often offer automatic acceptance to students who received their undergrad from them, and also may offer dual grad-school credit for some advanced undergrad classes.

With regards to books recommending one avoid studying computer science, I have one statement: We have not reached the Singularity yet, and if nobody studies computer science, how are we supposed to get there?

Comment: Re:An article that suggests a counter-effect.... (Score 1) 784

by oracleofbargth (#46983349) Attached to: Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans As Antarctic Ice Melts

You logic may be faulty. An increase in height of a continental shelf relative to the center of mass of the earth should cause decrease in the depth of the nearby ocean basins, and so a localized decrease in the size of the ocean basin surrounding that continental shelf, which would effectively increase the water displacement of the continent.

Disclaimer: I am not a geologist, so my logic may also have faults.

Comment: Re:Can we just call it a "partitioned universe" (Score 1) 458

by oracleofbargth (#45931807) Attached to: Why We Think There's a Multiverse, Not Just Our Universe

A more apt desctiption is our universe is like a cupcake sitting on a platter with (but not touching) a bunch of other cup cakes made from the same batch of batter. Each is slightly different, but they are all made of the exact same stuff and are pretty similar.

The string theory multiverse is more like a bakery display case, with a bunch of different types of pastries that have different ingredients and all look quite different.

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