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Comment Re:EE Degree (Score 1) 199

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 Sagan on Velikovsky (Score 2) 236

I think it was Sagan who remarked that astronomers and physicists regarded Velikovsky's theories of recent Solar System catastrophes as pseudoscience but that the man had some interesting insights into the ancient world. Scholars of the antiquities, however, thought that his theories of catastrophes in the recent Solar System made for interesting reading, but that his chronologies and interpretations of ancient writings were stark-raving bonkers.

Velikovsky's bizarre account of the planet Venus ejected from Jupiter, whizzing around for some time as a comet, and then settling down as the Second Planet gets the most press, but his equally bizarre pronouncements about the ancient world are "inside baseball", accessible to only a select few who even care when the Egyptian Dynasties started and ended.

The 12'th century BCE, give or take, collapse of Mediterranean civilization, the start of the "Greek Dark Ages" separating the events of the Trojan War from the retelling by Homer hundreds of years later, is both kind of cool as well as sobering. There is a Web site "The Greek Dark Ages Never Happened" that takes inspiration from Velikovsky's claim that every other scholar apart from he has the ancient-world chronology all wrong as a consequence of double-counting Egyptian Pharohs or some such thing. This blends with the (mainly) Russians claiming that the chronology of the 2000+ years CE is all messed up and that all of the big historical events in the textbooks happened in a more recent past.

Comment Everyone knows . . . (Score 3, Funny) 236

The car was co-invented by the German Mr. Daimler and the American Mr. Chrysler.

The light bulb -- that's easy, that was invented by Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, where it was incorporated into their advertising as representative of "Ford has a better idea!", such as their innovative double-clutch transmissions conveying the necessary impression of cheapness for their small cars to encourage the sale of their Lincoln Navigator as being "more solid."

Samsung in Korea invented the phone.

The computer was invented in England by a guy we don't want to talk about.

The steam engine? That's easy -- it was invented by Montgomery Scott, supported by his Irish-Jewish friend Cap'n Kirk.

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:Was going to buy one (Score 1) 47

I was going to buy one but after the bad press about screen quality I asked the store to allow me to see the screen before I purchased it and they (Best Buy) refused to allow me to open one prior to purchase, so I deferred. Not that it hurt their sales at all, some lady took the one I had from my hands and bought it.

Because the Switch is a console/portable hybrid it would be a good idea to put a screen protector on as soon as you brought the device.

Most people who get a new mobile or handheld get screen protectors put on (some mobiles actually come with them) from purchase but there are always some who honestly think that there is no need for the additional small expense. Usually, these people get very upset in a few months when scratches appear on the unprotected screen when a bit of forward-planning could have prevented or significantly reduced that.

Of course, dropping (the Switch is also a handheld) is not a good idea but in many cases, it is inevitable especially if you give the Switch to kids and young teens but then again there are some adults that should not be let within five meters of any electronic device. :)

Comment You telling me C lacks structs? (Score 1) 300

I am not buying this. Anything in COBOL is readily and easily done in C.

And C excels at UIs? Huh? Are you telling me that writing, say, UIs for Gnome (or low-level Windows API) is well-thought-out?

OK, OK, maybe these C-based simulations of object-oriented programming paradigms to handle UIs are better than the stuff sandwich of C++ with either Qt+ or MFC? But, seriously?

Comment So, what's the problem? (Score 1) 300

"COBOL is so easy to read and debug that even without training, I could just follow the flow of the program . . ."

So, then, why do you need 70-something Dude out of retirement (not that I begrudge 10-somethin Dude making some coin on this job)? A reasonably skilled C++ programmer, as you point out, should simply be able to learn enough COBOL to do this work? Think of Joel Spolsky hiring C++ programmers because they can reason deeply how code works and then he puts them in front of Visual Basic 6 to pound out his application because they don't have to fiddle with MFC to get the GUI part?

Is the problem that a C++ programmer will be bitchin' and moanin' the whole time, "COBOL sucks" that you cannot hire him for this work. That maintaining a mission-critical but legacy COBOL program is beneath a C++ person? What if they, like, paid enough coin -- would C++ dude keep those negative vibes to themselves to finish the project?

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.

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