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Comment Re:Yes, Yes I do (Score 1) 266

Engineers can't actually understand things they don't, hence they are 'one trick ponies'. That 'one trick' being 'solve all the problems we don't understand'.

Their one trick is to approach every problem like an engineer would. Which is great if you're facing an engineering problem and horrendous if you've misidentified the issue.

Comment Ignore these idiots (Score 3, Insightful) 280

Nobody is going to care what your undergraduate degree is in, because nobody is going to hire someone with a BS/A for anything interesting. Just get into a graduate program. You (most likely) won't have much trouble getting into something STEM related with an English degree. People do it all the time. Something to keep in mind is that you're going to appear much more well-rounded to a potential employer with a liberal arts undergrad degree. You've seen the kinds of comments you're getting from the STEM-or-die crowd, people simply do not like working with one-dimensional assholes. Go for it.

Comment Go to school (Score 1) 224

One of the big changes I've seen in the past few years is the gradual disappearance of "or related work experience" in job requirements. A lot of positions now require a BS.

There are still plenty of positions available without one, but if you're thinking about a career in development you should give this a lot of consideration.

Comment Re:maybe (Score 2) 878

I worked on cleaning up a project after the main developer imploded. He had serious pot and cocaine habits, but what was interesting was that you could tell which he was on when he wrote various sections.

Basically, his coke fueled code generally worked and was relentlessly documented, but he'd brute-force problems that could have been solved by an hour of reflection. His pot programming was creative and filled with half-completed ideas and zero documentation.

Kind of a sad story, the guy went from a guitar-playing family man with a long list of happy clients to a divorced druggie constantly padding out his hours and ripping off clients. Visiting his sleazy apartment to go over some code and getting just shamelessly hit on by his 15 yo daughter is probably one of my most excruciating memories.

Comment Re:Yes (Score 1) 419

When smaller oil men screamed about rate discrimination, Vanderbilt's spokesmen gladly promised the same rebate to anyone else who would give him the same volume of business. Since no other refiner was as efficient as Rockefeller, no one else got Standard Oil's discount. Many of Rockefeller's competitors condemned him for receiving such large rebates. But Rockefeller never would have gotten them had he not been the largest shipper of oil. These rebates, on top of his remarkable efficiency, meant that most refiners could not compete. From 1865 to 1870, the price of kerosene dropped from 58 to 26 ceres per gallon. Rockefeller made profits during every one of these years, but most of Cleveland's refiners disappeared.

Don't sweat it -- it's only ones and zeros. -- P. Skelly