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Comment: Re:So tell me (Score 0) 418

by pdo400 (#36257016) Attached to: PayPal Co-Founder Gives Out $100,000 To Not Go To College

Your comment completely disregards the benefits of the social and emotional learning done in college. Also known as making friends (with a diverse set of people) and getting laid.

And none of this happens in the workplace? I beg to differ... apart from the getting laid part, perhaps. Dunno what your company policy is like.

The social world of a full time worker is very, very different than one of a college student. I'd argue the the college atmosphere is far more conducive to social and emotional growth.

It also assumes that someone working as an IT monkey will spend free time learning but that someone in college won't.

No, it assumes that both will continue to learn on their own, and thus end up at about par for the time spent. The experience may differ between the practical and theoretical, the mechanics and the concepts. I am assuming a self-motivated, intelligent individual in both cases. But my point isn't that one is better than the other, but that a degree is not necessary to be successful in the field, contrary to the previous poster.

You're right, I misunderstood your argument and I apologize and agree with your point. But while college may not be necessary for a successful career, I do feel that going to college is *generally* a better option in terms of developing happiness. Especially for "nerds". :)

Comment: Re:So tell me (Score 0) 418

by pdo400 (#36254748) Attached to: PayPal Co-Founder Gives Out $100,000 To Not Go To College

Your comment completely disregards the benefits of the social and emotional learning done in college. Also known as making friends (with a diverse set of people) and getting laid.

It also assumes that someone working as an IT monkey will spend free time learning but that someone in college won't. College students generally have significantly more free time than full time workers, time which can be spent engaging with professors, hanging out in user groups, contributing to FOSS projects, or even volunteering as a cable pulling, malware removing, printer fixing "IT person" for local non-profits.

At a job or in college, what you get out is a function of what you put in. Personally I think college offers superior returns. Learning the fundamentals of C.S. or Math + a diverse set of electives or a second major >>> grunt level IT work, and the rest is up to the individual.

Comment: Re:3G Reception? (Score 0) 443

by pdo400 (#32759032) Attached to: The State of iPad Satisfaction

When my girlfriend bought herself an iPod touch, I reacted negatively and joked that she was now part of the Apple fanclub, and asked her when her lifesized poster of her new overlord (Jobs) would arrive in the mail. I also dismissed certain advantages of the touch outright (app store = full of crap, better touch screen = not a big deal, wifi = battery leech, etc) while taking pride in the advantages of my own purchase (AMOLED screen = sexy, broad file format support = better, superior EQ = awesome, etc.).

How did your GF resolve the Cognitive Dissonance in the situation you created by the fanboi jokes?

Comment: Re:Nooo ! (Score 0) 440

by pdo400 (#31065868) Attached to: Mozilla Puts Tiger Out To Pasture

Unless you have limitless resources or extremely limited goals, you are underserving anyone using a decent browser by spending development time on IE 5.5.

Nobody is trying to make you look like a hypocrite, but I will point out that you are either intellectually dishonest or deficient if you think there is no user cost to supporting many API versions.

After any salary raise, you will have less money at the end of the month than you did before.

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