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Comment: Re:Don't put PhD in the resume (Score 1) 471

by technomom (#47988385) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
You'd be surprised at the number of hours you can dedicate while undergraduate. For a lot of students who have already been putting in 40+ hour weeks, the degree actually is just a formality. I know plenty of students who contributed very good work during their undergraduate years. Cared about enough that they were invited back after graduation to our company.

Comment: Shocking. (Score 3, Interesting) 203

by technomom (#47987069) Attached to: Apple Yanks iOS 8 Update
"Apple never releases anything until it actually works." -- Quote from an Apple fanboy Fanboys.....just a tip, never use the term "Never" or "Always" regarding your favorite toy. That goes for Android, Apple, Windows, Blackberry, whatever. These companies have people working for them. Some good, some great, some really suck at their jobs. They're all just people, not superheroes. Sometimes Apple fucks up. Sometimes Google does. Sometimes Microsoft does. It happens. Get over it. Your phone is just another finicky appliance no matter how shiny the bendable aluminum is.

Comment: Don't put PhD in the resume (Score 3, Insightful) 471

by technomom (#47975907) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Finding a Job After Completing Computer Science Ph.D?
I don't think it's a matter of intimidation. Quite the opposite. To some folks, "PhD in CompSci" means, "I didn't have the chops to get a programming job while getting my undergraduate degree so I just stayed in school." Yeah, harsh, but that's the feeling out there. Most really good programmers don't bother with higher degrees because they're employable from the get-go.

Comment: Re:Different things for different people (Score 1) 277

by technomom (#47974363) Attached to: Phablet Reviews: Before and After the iPhone 6
...and kudos to them. I'll say it because lots of people are thinking it. Losing Steve Jobs may be the best thing to happen to Apple. This is the first generation of iPhone that I'm actually considering. I think it is about an "S" generation away from it being a good choice. Right now though, I won't be giving up my screen off/unplugged "OK Moto" function nor will I give up my programmed NFC tags.

Comment: Maybe not, but it can help too (Score 1) 546

by technomom (#47819729) Attached to: Does Learning To Code Outweigh a Degree In Computer Science?
I don't think a degree is necessary but a lot of everything in your work life depends more on where you intend to go from there. College can also give you skills in business, leadership, writing and negotiation skills. Those can be very helpful if you want to ever get out of the coding business or just want to expand your horizons outside of coding. The thing you find out quickly in this business is that there are a lot of coders, but fewer people who can organize requirements from customers, architect solutions to scale to enterprise level, negotiate a schedule for release, or even lead a group of programmers in a large scale project. Yes, even those things might not require a college degree, but if you don't have those skills to begin with, college can be a good place to acquire them.

Comment: They need to match more than price (Score 5, Informative) 215

by technomom (#47704337) Attached to: New HP Laptop Would Mean Windows at Chromebook Prices
Here's the thing. Part of the problem is that they're not really beating Chromebook on anything, just matching the price. I still am going to need to load an anti-virus program, still going to have to sit through a long startup, and still have to sit through Update Tuesday. Yeah, I know Chromebook isn't perfect, but for most of what I do, it's really good enough and with my Macbook covering the 10% of things I can't do with my Chromebook, I'm really not seeing the need for Windows at all. Office? Please. I've been using OpenOffice and/or Google Docs for the past 4 years and no one has even noticed a difference so long as I save to .doc format.

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