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For Half, Degrees In Computing, Math, Or Stats Lead To Other Jobs

blazer1024 Re:~50% have no degree... (174 comments)

I used to be a programmer with no degree. I'd like to think I was pretty darn good at it... I knew several languages (C, C++, Python, Perl, Java, and several more) that I had taught myself. I did this for about 9 years, before I finally got a degree in CS, and then got a Master's in CS shortly afterward.

One thing this did for me is open up my mind quite a bit. I'm still a good programmer, but I now know programming isn't it. There's a lot more that goes on when it comes to developing good software, and though I could code up some pretty good stuff really quickly, now my code is better, more thought out, and most importantly, I am much more likely to ask the question "Is this really the problem we're trying to solve?" leading to actually useful code instead of neat stuff it turned out really wasn't what was needed.

In addition, I'm better at interacting with people. I used to have the attitude "This makes no sense to me, therefore it's stupid" and now I realize that maybe I don't have all of the information, there's something I don't know (this is key!) which would help me understand and realize my position isn't exactly right, and so I don't just get mad and storm off anymore when things don't make sense.

Getting a degree made me a more well rounded person... I found a love for history, music and literature that I didn't quite have before. I can have conversations that don't just involve the latest tech and video games. (though I still love talking about that stuff)

I guess my point is... a degree doesn't make a great programmer, but a degree can help make a better person (which is the whole point really... it's not to "learn a trade", it's to expand your horizons and explore the world and become a critical thinker) and so given the situation, I would likely lean toward hiring a great programmer with a degree over a great programmer without one.

about 6 months ago

The last time I used a dial-up modem was...

blazer1024 Re:Missing Option. (410 comments)

+++ ATHO

Wait... wasn't it ATH0? Not O... ATO was come online, ATH0 was was put the line "on hook", whereas ATH1 was take the line "off hook"...

I think you could combine ATH1 followed by ATO to essentially accomplish an ATA

about a year ago

Atari Facing $291 Million Debt Claim From... Atari

blazer1024 SC2 (121 comments)

Someone already rebooted Star Control II. It was called Mass Effect. :)

I'm kidding, but seriously, go play Mass Effect 1 and compare it to SC2. There are a LOT of similarities there.

For starters, check this out:


Heck, the thorian's mind controlled minions are even referred to as "thralls"

about a year and a half ago

Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads

blazer1024 Re:Just... (635 comments)

You use a finger on your right hand, duh

more than 2 years ago

MIT Slows Down Speed of Light In New Game

blazer1024 Re:open source but only for Mac and Win. (113 comments)

Unity 4 (which is now in beta) supports Linux. This might be what they're waiting on as far as open sourcing it.

more than 2 years ago

Weak Typing — the Lost Art of the Keyboard

blazer1024 Hello computer! (362 comments)

Keyboard? How quaint.

more than 3 years ago

Obama Says Offshoring Fears Are Unwarranted

blazer1024 Re:Apparently Obama knows not Grigsby & Cohen (763 comments)

In my experience, 50-year-olds spend more like 90% of their time on Facebook. Sheesh, mom, we don't care what you ate for lunch!

more than 4 years ago

McDonalds Facing Lawsuit For Happy Meal Toys

blazer1024 Re:McDonald's undercuts parental authority? (145 comments)

Yeah, exactly.

There's this little thing that parents seem to forget these days called "saying no".

When my daughter would ask to go to McDonald's, I would say no. She may have thrown a fit the first few times, but I didn't let it get to me. Eventually, she stopped asking.

I see so many parents say something like "Well I don't think that's a good idea..." the kids then throw a fit and they give in to avoid the screaming. All this does is teaches them that screaming gets them what they want. It's bad for you and them in the long run.

Say no when you mean no, let them have their fits but NEVER give in. In the long run, they'll give up on the fits, and you'll both be happier.

more than 4 years ago

Tim Berners-Lee Is Sorry About the Slashes

blazer1024 Re:yeah and (620 comments)

I'd do that, except that it's been my experience that anyone who asks that question doesn't know which is which. So I usually just answer with "the one under the question mark"... it's easier that way.

more than 5 years ago

Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One

blazer1024 Re:Saving a few bucks (964 comments)

If they changed it back... how do we know it wasn't a defacement hack intended to get some cheap laughs at the idea that Microsoft is racist in Poland?

I mean, that photoshop was bad enough that I could expect it from a 14 year old script kiddie... but not even the most rushed "pro" job.

more than 5 years ago

Best Mouse For Programming?

blazer1024 Re:Mouse? (569 comments)

Your G5 has two side buttons?

Yours must be newer.

Mine only has one.. I keep finding myself wishing it had a forward button. Despite that, this is the best mouse I've ever owned.

more than 5 years ago

Epic's Sweeney On the PC Shareware Revolution

blazer1024 Re:Page 1: Find the programming language in Window (111 comments)

It's not like it's that hard to *get* a programming language for Windows, though.

Just download a copy of Visual [C++|C#|VB] and you can do all kinds of fun stuff.

Windows doesn't have a programming language at boot because it's an OS for the masses, and the masses would get confused by a "READY." prompt.

more than 5 years ago

I'll keep my castle secure primarily with ...

blazer1024 Re:Obscurity (828 comments)

Unless you're being attacked by mind flayers...

more than 5 years ago

Mad Scientist Brings Back Dead With "Deanimation"

blazer1024 Re:Whoa boy... (501 comments)

Haven't you read Heinlein's The Door Into Summer?

People will do this because their life sucks and they want to marry an 11 year old girl.

Yeah.. that was a weird book.

more than 6 years ago


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