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Comment Re:I am afraid (Score 1) 219

Unfortunately, there's something to that. Over the last 35 years I've done just about every job there is in software development, and the vast majority of it more strongly resembles a skilled trade than a scientific pursuit. Since I have no desire to be a researcher or a manager, I prefer it that way.

Chalkboard-based computer science that starts with phrases like "let sigma represent..." has been a very small part of the work I and my peers have done, usually around conversations about it deadlocking, running in quadratic time, and whatnot. We build things, and we use a pretty well-defined set of skills to do that, skills that do not have to be taught as part of a baccalaureate degree. (OTOH, things like political science and psychology, which you wouldn't get in a trade school, have direct application to working in large organizations.)

I married a chemist, and our best friends are a mathematician and a biologist with PhDs. I am NO scientist.

Comment Re:Excellent news (Score 1) 62

That's not the way it works. You get hired to do the job you're going to do, at full salary, and you do it initially under a provisional clearance, while your full clearance is being processed. If the work is sensitive enough that provisionally clearing people is too dangerous, then already having the appropriate clearance is made a prerequisite for the job.

Comment Re:Hobby vs Professional (Score 5, Informative) 113

if you want to be a professional game/sport player, Scrabble is not the way to go. One year, the top prize at the US National Scrabble Championship, attended by about 700 players, was $25,000, the highest it ever was. Someone pointed out that year that $50,000 was the top prize of the national championship of Tiddlywinks.

Comment Re:Is this a surprise? (Score 5, Informative) 113

Those of us who play tournament Scrabble are only mildly surprised that Nigel learned all the words in that short a period of time. But what makes Nigel the best is much more than knowing all the words. There are a few dozen players, and a number of computer players, who can credibly make that claim.

Nobody has Nigel's combination of word knowledge, board vision, and ability to calculate probabilities.

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