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Comment: Re:Liberal Arts education is valuable. (Score 4, Insightful) 397

by swan5566 (#49380187) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
I think the root cause in a lot of this comes from the fact that the govt. funding and solicitation of college students for colleges/universities as their income streams heavily shapes the "ivory tower" mentalities found there, which hardly maps at all to how money is made outside of there. What you are taught in the ivory tower is what works well inside the ivory tower.

Comment: Re:Hopefully the applicants had a relevent backrou (Score 1) 809

by swan5566 (#49048717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Portion of Developers Are Bad At What They Do?
This is actually also prevalent in academia. You get profs. who write Ph.D. qualifying exam questions that narrowly focuses on whatever sub-area they specialize in and just expect that everyone should be fluent in it, but in fact most of the other profs in the department couldn't answer them correctly.

Comment: Re:This is what the polls say (Score 1) 739

by swan5566 (#48280849) Attached to: Statisticians Study Who Was Helped Most By Obamacare
I've heard this before, but the problem is that those items that are referred and somewhat spun in a positive light are cherry-picked. In particular, they don't talk about the "items" of how this all gets paid for (more taxes, more deficit, taken out of medicare, etc...) and the general downstream ramifications of the law. Sure, there is partisanship going on, but it's not what this study suggests.

Comment: Agile requires certain assumptions... (Score 2) 133

by swan5566 (#48168607) Attached to: Mixing Agile With Waterfall For Code Quality
...to be met, like being able to be completely interchangeable with other members on your team, and having prior art to reasonably predict every aspect of effort. If that's not the case (say, in an R&D project where certain people are specialists in certain areas), this method does more harm than good. My best suggestion for using which method is to let the nature of the project choose the method, rather than the other way around.

Comment: was in your exact position.. (Score 2) 479

by swan5566 (#47976007) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
..several years ago, without the C++ experience. I was applying for a good 5+ months. I was fortunate to get hooked up with a research institute associated with the university for a year doing more grunt-workshy stuff while I finished up my dissertation. It gave me some experience in image processing, which IMO is one of the most in-demand fields to get into if you want to stick with industry research. That was that on top of the Ph.D that got me my current position.

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