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Comment Re:No they aren't denying it (Score 1) 249

The link here is in the strange bedfellows of American political parties. If you're hitching your wagon to one party such that you will back them no matter what, because they'll back your views that evolution is an evil plot, then you're also going to be very likely when the big oil folks ask you to contribute to the cause by also denying climate change. There's not a lot of room in political parties for nuance in America, there are only two major parties which split almost exactly down the center (if they don't then things shuffle around until they do again) so if you're a strong partisan you will accept lots of contradictory viewpoints all in the name of being loyal to the party.

Comment Re:This is stupid (Score 1) 247

When I was a senior and looking at colleges, long long ago, a DeVry salesman came and gave my parents the hard sell. It was "practically" guaranteed that all DeVry graduates got a job. And that's what my parents wanted. That's what a lot of parents want. And my parents tried really hard to get me to go there even though it did not teach the stuff I wanted to learn. I stood my ground but my brother went there. And a couple years later he quit and went to a real school instead because they were still teaching him remedial stuff that he already knew from high school (imaginary numbers). My father later said he felt lucky that I didn't give in and do what they wanted.

The point though, is that there is still a lot of fear out there about how the kids will do in their career. Parents want the guarantee if they're middle class and college sounds extremely expensive. Apple famously fed on this with their advertisement in the 80s showing the returning home after dropping out of school because he didn't own an Apple II.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 247

Engineering. You don't learn that from a book then hope to get a job, period. Even programming (not coding, people who use the term "coding" need to remember that this was the term for people who transcribed code from the programmer onto the computer, so using that as your career title seems bizarre). You can get a book about learning FashionableLanguage in 21 days, but you will not learn much about programming that way, you won't learn the complexities, etc.

An important thing about universities that you don't get learning on your own is the hard stuff. Self taught people tend to skip a lot of the hard stuff, they'll skip whatever they think won't ever be used in the future, etc. So you get self taught people with extremely narrow focuses instead of a broader set of education, skills, and experience. This is NOT universal however, I know some very good self taught people, but they intentionally spend a lot of their time continually learning new stuff. But that's a minority of the self taught people I know.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 247

Every single class I had in computer science I have used in my career. I have used my physics courses in my career, my math courses, my EE courses, my writing courses, etc. And my music courses can be good for discussions in the break room...

If your classes were a waste of time then either you're in a simple job or you never actually learned anything in them.

Comment Re:How is this different from any university? (Score 1) 247

Changed too much then. My Univ. of California was the best deal I ever had. Worked part time jobs, got loans, a few grants but those tended to be small. The loan itself I paid off in a couple years. And yet if you don't have the degree, your career will suffer, you'll miss out on promotions, be stuck in phone support, grunt roles, etc.

And believe me, as an engineer working with software, I seriously wish more programmers understood simple theory but I am amazed at how many try to reinvent the wheel, design protocols without knowing the firs tthing about about queueing theory, try to optimize their code without understanding algorithms and complexity theory, and so on. Even EE people I see goofing up with basic EE concepts. And still you get the people whining "the hard classes aren't worth it, we'll never need to know this stuff, skip school and just read a book".

Comment Seems Google gets publicity better than Akamai (Score 2) 107

I mean, what better opportunity to demonstrate the power of your solution and with free reporting on it as well? Nobody likes the DDoS terrorists (and yes, that is what they are for all practical purposes, because they are attacking critical infrastructure), so this can only go well.

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