If degrees are so meaningless, why did you bother getting a "Bsc in Math and Post-grad in Computer Sci" later on?
I think that, whatever your answer, it proves that there is a good reason for them.
His answer to that question can be found in the title of his post: the obsession with degrees in the society. My career path was similar, where I started working with no degree and then received a BS/MS after about 10 years in. I learned nearly nothing in the BS, and barely anything for my MS (my thesis research project was a good experience), but those degrees had a big impact on my career. Not because of what I learned but because they check off boxes for HR and for hiring managers who like their software managers / architects to have MS degrees. I have found in the financial industry, which pays quite well, they find those things important.
But I did not go to a great school for my BS, and the MS program was at a school currently ranked #73 nationally, so it's very likely a degree from a more prestigious university would be useful even to those who learn well independently.