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Comment: Re:Level of Abstraction (Score 1) 129

by qpqp (#47913987) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive
Since I generally present the things I do as the things they are, I'd probably think that it's kind of cool, but that's where it stops.
In fact, if I'd have come up with a way to put the non-printed parts in the car in place via conveyor belt or robot arm, or another way of actually assembling the car automatically, before making a show out of printing a shell, then I'd think it's cool.
These guys went for WOW-ing the sheeple and VCs instead.
Did I mention that I dislike (marketing) bullshit in a (quasi-) serious setting?
I'd be proud if I would have come up with a fully functioning prosthetic arm driven by a brain-computer interface that costs a few thousand bucks, vs. the ~6-digits that are paid usually. This is just like the original facebook to me: nothing special, just existing things refitted to make a profit.

Comment: Re:Level of Abstraction (Score 1) 129

by qpqp (#47906501) Attached to: 3D-Printed Car Takes Its First Test Drive

(No engine, motor. One part.)

Engine ( "a machine that changes energy [...] into mechanical motion") == motor ("a machine that produces motion or power for doing work") [Merriam-Webster].

So, if an engine is one part, a tire is one part too and then, maybe, it's made of 40 (aggregate) parts/objects."
Is it a game changer? Doubtful. Step in the right direction - possibly.
A printed house including (pre-fab'd) wiring and communications, that's a game changer IMO. A printed "enclosure" of a car (even with "seats") is just the same old news scaled to a larger size (and with rather coarse resolution to boot).

Comment: Re:Probably not. (Score 1) 546

by qpqp (#47850323) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?

You do realise the purpose of quote marks, no?

You do realize, that not everything in quotation marks has to be a quote, regardless of your attempted "assault on my credibility?" (See what I did there?)

Look I can see you're pissed

I'm not pissed, just providing a counter-weight to your purely anecdotal "wisdom" you're "providing" here. (Oh, he did it again.)

The fact that it doesn't make you better than people with experience shouldn't upset you

I'm totally chill, dude, so chill in fact that you may call me Mr. Mellow, if "chill" is too nu-school for you.
I'll always have an edge over most other self-taught people (except for those, who make a point of studying actual theory), not only due to the fact that I've been constantly acquiring real-world experience over the past 15+ years, sophisticated, (some - very) well-paying and quite demanding projects in terms of knowledge and understanding requirements, but also, because the theoretical foundation (which doesn't change a lot, if you know) will always (on average) allow me to understand concepts better than someone, who only focused on practical applications.

A degree is certainly good for getting your first job. But after that it becomes less and less useful for work, as experience gives you the real knowledge you use day to day.

You must have had a shitty experience in higher education, because what I've learned in university and now teach to others helps me every time I work on anything and is a formidable foundation on which to further my studies and expand knowledge.
As you might have guessed, I went (much) further than just getting a bachelor.

Comment: Re:Probably not. (Score 1) 546

by qpqp (#47831507) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
The post was not about 'endowment' measurements, and my comment about buying a plane was to make it clear that it is quite important to know about the fundamental theory. It just makes it possible to better use your talents.
We're in the same age range, and I've (unfortunately) not met many people in my line of work that had a really broad and deep understanding of the concepts that make up the work that feeds them, whether autodidacts or graduates. From the ones I did, all had a university degree in CS (or a related area).
I do my best to teach the people around me and learn whenever I can, mostly it's both at the same time, unless I'm in crunch-mode, and just need to get something done.

It is highly likely that I possess deeper knowledge

This is where you're crossing the line as there's no way you can safely assume that.

my advice to you would be to spend a bit of time in introspection and in furtherance of your interpersonal skills.

Thanks for the advice. I don't believe I have be politically correct in a forum of (supposedly) my peers and just say straight out what I (and many others) believe is right. If you want to talk about politics, and "communication skills" I suggest you go to your local university and enroll in a couple of related courses. It's much more satisfying talking about a topic with people in a context, where they're set to do so.
My "arrogance" as you call it, is just years and years of experience. As others have pointed out, it is not necessary to have a degree to be able to perform a function, but for someone who enjoys learning, there's probably no better place than there and the more you know and understand, the better you are. Yes, even you.

When you are working hard, get up and retch every so often.