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Comment Re:Good and bad. (Score 1) 246

The theoretical education pays off in the long run. You want your software designers to understand algorithms and complexity theory. You want your network designer to understand Markoff chains and queuing theory. You want the people programming on an embedded device to understand time/space tradeoffs. You want the people building the radio to understand RF, electrical engineering, etc. Those may be a minority of the jobs, but remember that the majority of the jobs are grunt level.

Comment Re:It's a shame... (Score 2) 246

That has somehow strayed into being a political issue. The "honest hard working people" who don't go to school versus "evil liberal college grad elites". Seriously, people are now treating college as part of the cultural divide.

If someone wants their own small business, they very often need at least junior college and preferably more. If someone loves landscaping, do they want to actually do the design the landscaping or just use the shovel all their life while a boss orders them around? At the very very minimum, take accounting classes.

Comment Re:TL;DR: More Code Monkeys (Score 1) 246

And algebra does help you understand the US budget. But that's ok, the congresscritters can hire aides who took math. I mean algebra is the basic foundation of mathematics! Sheesh, a bunch of whiners these days who want the jobs handed to them without them having to prepare and work at it. When someone complains that they're in a dead end job, ask them if they know algebra.

Comment Re:TL;DR: More Code Monkeys (Score 1) 246

Knowing how a computer works was CS when I was in school. CE was too new, and also too low level. Ie, VLSI was very much a CS field, because so much of it involves routing and synthesis. But CE dealt with the various types of low level gate technology rather than the gates themselves.

Things have changed, I see people now with a straight up EE degree doing ASIC programming, and CS grads not knowing anything at all about even high level computer architecture.

Comment Re:TL;DR: More Code Monkeys (Score 1) 246

When I was in school the computers were very expensive. At the start you just used the terminals, but later we had workstations and if you broke one that was 50K+. BUT the people who were fixing them were students anyway who happened to work for the departments or computer centers. If you did get a workstation for a project then you could open it up certainly.

(no PCs for the most part, though we had them in a lab course, IBM PC ATs. After than there was one in grad school because one person kept lobbying to get one, and finally got a 386 that no one ever touched because it was so amazingly underpowered as a workstation.The whole world was using tcp/ip and here was this windows 3.11 monstrosity that couldn't talk to anything that wasn't a PC. It would have been useful though to actually open it up, put in custom built expansion cards, do some hardware hacking, etc.)

Comment Re:TL;DR: More Code Monkeys (Score 1) 246

Well clearly, he should have called his mom to ask what to do. If his mom wasn't standing nearby anyway. While I say this as a joke, this sort of thing is actually happening in college, the parents want to stay in helicopter mode and be involved in all of the decisions. This is causing problems for new grads who don't have a lot of basic common sense and decision making skills.

Comment Re:TL;DR: More Code Monkeys (Score 1) 246

No degree in anything makes one competent. The tools are there and it is up to the student to use them. College should not be treated like high school where one only has to bide the time to get the degree

But if it is used well, college will make you better at whatever it is you do. I have a lot of ranchers and farmers in my family. They all got college degrees which made them better at it. They have to balance their books, do business planning, inventory management, long term forecasting, surveying, have basic veterinary skills, and so forth. If they had treated the job like they only needed sweat and manual labor they would not succeed.

Comment Sigh. (Score 1, Insightful) 152

Moreso than the organisation of an event (which is hard), I am much more disappointed in tens of thousands of people turning up to chase virtual characters around a park on their phones AND PAYING FOR THE PRIVILEGE.

Honestly, that's much more in the "what the fuck has the world come to" area than someone who couldn't organise a piss-up in a brewery.

Comment Re:When there's enough of them (Score 1) 73

When there's enough of them and someone (a body of people, an organization, what have you) figures out how to seize complete control of them is when the world takes a sharp turn into something nobody really wants.

You seem to be assuming that we shouldn't be worried about the people who built them in the first place. Unless autonomous weapon systems will be built with strong AI and a concept of "war crimes" which we know they will not, they can be ordered to do anything. Humanity has done some pretty terrible things with human soldiers to carry out their atrocities, don't assume there'll be less with fewer humans in the loop. And with fewer friendly casualties the threshold for resorting to the use of violence is also probably lower. Whatever advantages it might have in theory, I doubt robotic wars will get better for the civilians caught up in it.

Comment Re:Not sure why I should fund (Score 1) 37

Pork barrel is when they use government money to fund something that directly benefits a single representative's district, not when you use money to benefit the entire district.

The money comes from 3 sources.

1) The city of Webster as a whole funds most of it ($3.5 out of $5 million). This is not pork barrel, it is the entire city funding something that will benefit the entire city via tourism.

2) Kickstarter. This is charity, not pork barrel.

3) The state of Texas offering $400,000, or approximately 4% using a dollar for dollar match. This could be considered pork barrel, but because a) It is such a small percent of the funding - less than 5%, and b) It is a matching fund that only gets paid if other citizens agree it is worthwhile, then, that means:

This is not a pork barrel project

Compare with the bridge to nowhere pork barrel, about $400 million, all from the federal government, to benefit a single town in Alaska.

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