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Comment Re:Correcting myself (Score 1) 734

Yeah, I have a degree in Mechanical Engineering. But I am not an engineer. I have never utilized the degree in a professional setting, or been paid for any engineering work. While I have passed the EIT (Engineer In Training) exam in college, I do not have the requisite years of experience to take the PE (Professional Engineer) exam.

That being said, you can be an engineer without taking/passing the PE. It just usually gets you a raise, and you can be considered a professional in terms of legal cases.

Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 1) 619

I graduated with my C.S. degree in the summer of 2000. It was still during the dotcom crash. So, I had student loan debt, and the places that I applied at had their choice of "recent graduate with no experience" and "every other programmer in the area with experience who had lost their job".

Mind you, I'm on the completely other side of the country from Silicon Valley, but there were _not_ a lot of entry-level programmer positions open around here in 2000.

So, I ended up getting a retail job (thanks to a friend of mine) a few blocks from where I lived. I thought I'd work it for a few months, continue to put out resumes, and I'd find something.

Except that didn't happen. Every place I sent my resume to either never responded, or they'd "let me know" and then never get back in touch. It didn't help the the university I had graduated from was continuing to graduate C.S. students at a good rate, not warning them at all that "hey, it might be difficult to find a job". (Their job placement assistance service SUCKED at the time.)

I ended up getting stuck in a rut. It was remarkably easy to 'just get by' on what I made working retail. I didn't have a car, so no car-based expenses, but it also limited where I could go for interviews. The job itself was generally boring as hell, but I worked the graveyard shift, so there were nights where I had no customers, but had to keep the store open anyway.

Like I said, I got stuck in a rut. It took complaining about retail customers one too many times to a friend of mine before he asked me if I wanted to try to get a job where he worked. I told him "I can't do sales" (I knew where he worked.) and he said, "No, as a programmer."

And I've been at that company for 4 1/2 years. It's had its ups and downs here, but it's still miles better than working retail, especially during the Christmas season.

Comment Okay... (Score 3, Interesting) 347

Show of hands, who's actually shocked by this news?

Trump is full of all talk, little action, and most of that is misguided. He doesn't seem to have the first clue as to what he's doing, and his administration is either following that lead, or following Trump's only other plan, which is loot as much as possible before leaving office.

Comment Re:It's A Start (Score 5, Interesting) 619

I switched jobs when I was 40. I went from a retail job that I had been working at for over a decade, to a programmer at a small company.

Now, I had a degree in Computer Science, so it's not like I was making that jump with nothing to back it up. But I still spent the first couple months on the job just learning. (Hell, technically, I'm still learning.)

Not everyone is going to be able to make that jump. Sometimes it's going to be because of their age. Or rather, because some people believe that at their age, they can't make that jump. Some people can't make that jump because they lack the skills and can't get hired at an entry-level position when there are better applicants available.

Comment Huh... (Score 1) 207

Where I work, none of our programmers (of which I am one) are allowed to work from home any more except in cases of emergency. Mind you, it's a small company, and there's only three of us programmers here to begin with, and we're all on Slack and have fairly open lines of communication with each other.

But one of the bosses apparently gets a case of the chapped ass if he can't have a pointless meeting at the drop of a hat to go over something we've covered a handful of times already. So, anyone working from home is a direct affront to his micro-managing style. (This is the same guy who got upset that no one came in on July 4th last year when we were closed.)

Comment Re:So you exclude half the taxes and what you get? (Score 1) 903

Just going by what Grover Norquist says, all taxes are so bad as to be intolerable. Not only must any new tax be offset with a tax reduction somewhere else, but conservatives should all sign his pledge to not add any new taxes, ever, ever, ever.

You know, because the world is perfectly constant, and nothing unexpected ever happens.

Comment Re:Taxes are for dummies (Score 3, Insightful) 903

It's not even that the rich have to be that smart to pay much less (if anything) in taxes. It's that they can afford to hire people to find/exploit every tax loophole they can. I feel relatively safe in assuming that Trump doesn't pour over his own tax returns every year making sure that everything is set up for him to pay as little as possible. He has people to do that for him.

Comment Re:Why do they care? (Score 1) 142

Because there's generally a pay range for that position. It's actually pretty rare for an open position to be something like "$90K a year, no wiggle room". It's more likely to be something like "$80-95K a year, depending on experience".

And if they know you were making, say, $75K at your last job, maybe they'll offer you something in the lower range, because while it's still more money to you, it's less money that they have to offer.

Comment Okay (Score 4, Informative) 300

First off, this guy is not a programmer. At all. He's just the boss.

He thinks that a word doc detailing the project is 90% of the work.

He doesn't have a problem with waiting until 4:45 p.m. to come into the IT room with a "simple request". (To be fair, about a third of the time it is a simple request.)

Last year, we had a day off for some holiday or another (not one of the major ones); HR announced it and everything - no body would be working that day. He came in anyway, and was passive aggressive pissy for the rest of the week because none of the rest of IT came in.

He emails people way, way, waaaaaay after hours about projects.

He doesn't seem to understand the idea of detailing a project from start to finish. Like, we're given a project - do {X}. Only it turns out that {X} is only step one of a much longer project, and that if told us that {X} led to {Y} which led to {Z}, we'd code it differently. But he doesn't do that, so we've spent time refactoring to handle the parts he didn't tell us about. (He's getting better about this, but it's still bad.)

He thinks hard-coding the users which have access to a module in the system is a good idea. Because no one is ever fired or quits. (That's sarcasm)

Comment Re:"Goes" Digital? (Score 1) 76

Hate to break it to you, but digital tools to enhance the pen and paper game have been around for some years as well. Dungeon creators, mapping tools, random encounter generators, character builders. Again, this is "more digital", but it's hardly just now "going digital".

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