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Comment Re:EE Degree (Score 1) 198

I have an ME and I spend my days programming. Everyone in my group is as ME or EE and all we do is make control algorithms in Simulink. Write low level C for compiling that to our embedded systems. Python for the dSpace hardware in the loop testing.

I don't use any of the Thermo, Statics, Dynamics, or 90% of the classes I took. For most of the stuff I do day to day (and are overwhelmed with work doing) I would love a 15-17 year old high school student that was interested in cars to take on as an apprentice.

This obsession with degrees is fairly recent as far as human history goes, everything has been 'on the job training' back through hunting mammoths. You took the adolecents out to learn on the job and they either did good or found another 'career'.

Comment Choices. (Score 1, Insightful) 106

I work remotely and need to be at a few different sites a few times per month.

For ~$50/night at AirBNB I can get a quiet room, a place to sleep and no distractions.

A hotel in the ~$50-$100/night range has a hall that smells like weed. People wandering up and down the halls at all hours of the night and hit or miss bed bugs.

Comment Re:How long (Score 2) 316

Your mistake is assuming a 'farmer' is some guy that has been farming since birth like his father and grand father before him.

Corporate megafarms are the new customers that JD is catering to. I wouldn't be shocked if they do have a TaaS in place already. They have service contracts that say if a tractor is down for more than N hours JD reimburses them.

It's the MO of most heavy equipment these days in mines and on big construction projects.

Comment Re:Hey GM, how about that EV1? (Score 0) 289

That's where the market is.

People were begging GM to keep their EV1s. The market that liked them really liked them. GM said "no" and crushed them.

They could have given the EVs to college campuses and thrown some "prize money" at improving them annually and been way ahead of Tesla by now. Look at what everyone got out of a mere $1M in DARPA prize money (that they didn't even give out the first year).

Caterpillar (sponsors of CMU's Red Team) has self driving dump trucks. Uber came in and poached all of CMU's autonomous grad students & teachers. Pittsburgh is the SV of autonomous vehicles.

GM could have given a budget rounding error to sponsor an EV prize in 1999 and been way ahead of the game by now.

Comment Re:O RLY? (Score 1) 374

PulseAudio is not perfect, but it is improving, and is itself a big improvement on older sounds systems that often didn't work at all for many setups. Systemd is not perfect but it is a huge improvement on the old script init that couldn't handle modern features like hotplugging devices and sleep mode.

How is my FreeBSD desktop handling all those 'modern features' without PA or systemd?

Comment Re:About 20-30 years too late on this one (Score 1) 329

Sooner or later, everything old is new again.

Educational theory of apprenticeship

The apprentice perspective is an educational theory of apprenticeship concerning the process of learning through physical integration into the practices associated with the subject, such as workplace training. By developing similar performance to other practitioners, an apprentice will come to understand the tacit (informally taught) duties of the position. In the process of creating this awareness, the learner also affect their environment; as they are accepted by master practitioners, their specific talents and contributions within the field are taken into account and integrated into the overall practice.

Comment Re:VocTech 2.0 (Score 3, Insightful) 329

Actually the opposite, just like with building houses. It's easier to outsource architecture and engineering than it is to outsource the guy hammering the nails.

I'm not sure if trade electricians have specialized track for low voltage applications but you're not going to be able to outsource the guy punching down the ethernet ends. There is a lot of work that needs to be done that requires specialized training before a higher level person can take over.

As soon as you get a machine's IPMI online and pingable someone else sitting anywhere in the world can take over.

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