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Comment Re:Any reason to think that, or completely made it (Score 1) 101

Huh?!?! Do you have some *reason* to even suspect that, much less be "pretty sure" of it. ... Did I miss something, or did you completely make that up out of thin air? Did you just imagine something and you're pretty sure it's true because you were able to imagine it, or do you have some reason think that?

Hey, if the POTUS can do it, why can't Dunbal?

Comment Re:All the negativity? (Score 1) 197

Who said mummy and daddy sent me to Northeastern and MIT. I earned a scholarship to Northeastern. I didn't attend M.I.T, i just worked there. I taught myself Pl/1, Adascript, CMS, VM360, for a programming job there. Then I taught myself Multics and Emacs to get the teaching assistant job. And I actually read the manuals.

A professional engineer should be to analyze problems, and at the very least be able to narrow a problem down. If they don't know the answer, they should be able to figure out how to use basic spreadsheet and word processor, or do a little scripting. A professional engineer should be able to figure out network problems, basic computer problems, and be able to do anything someone at the geek squad can do.

Comment Re:All the negativity? (Score 1) 197

Why don't you get your head out of your ass. These "trained engineers" should have a basic understanding of their tools and a modicum of problem solving skills.

Even though dropped out of North Eastern University, I still kept my part time teaching assistant position at MIT.

"One day a PC files" Huh?? Didn't use a PC, I was hired to design and write code on an Apple ][+.

Comment All the negativity? (Score 3, Insightful) 197

I agree with the original poster. Here, we have someone complaining that a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer, etc. can't write their own simple excel macro, or figure out why they have no internet connection. This is akin to your car not starting and not being able to figure out that it is the battery and being able to jump it or having a flat tire and calling AAA to change it.

When I first dropped out of college, I took a job working for a hardware engineer (Seth) at a very small company. If there was a problem, he'd toss me the chip puller and tell me where the scope was. Years later, at one company, they had moved offices and needed to change the IP addresses of a couple of the Linux based workstations. They were waiting for a consultant to show up the following week. I took 5 minutes to do it.

This is not an issue of every non-software engineer being able to write good quality code. It is an issue of having basic understanding of the tools and being able to simple tasks, like write a macro, or and simple diagnostics? How many of you laugh at people who don't know how to change a tire or jump a dead battery?

Comment Re:PI is 3 point something (Score 1) 190

I hear ya. I can remember the phone number of my daughter just because it's only a few numbers off of my cell phone. The rest of them, no way, I never have to dial them.
There were some numbers that I couldn't actually tell you without dialing them on a TouchTone pad, they actually became muscle memory.

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