"'The self-described genderqueer geek and “web slave” quietly hacks on everything within reach'
I just hacked my ham sandwich by adding brown mustard! A jawdropping feat of breadcraft!
This mechanical pencil? Also a zit-popper. Hackery!
Yesterday on the bus I was a little sleepy so I wadded up my coat and used it as a pillow! Hackariffic!
That ham sandwich I mentioned before the jump? Gave me heartburn! So I hacked my wetware with a Pepcid AC! Jawdropping!"
College degrees are not required for a stable developer career in Silicon Valley
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Easy for all the programming kids to say when their field lends itself so well to self-education.
As a ComSci Major, I'm a bit confused about this as your dog whistle. I understand ASCII, but barely understand UTF-8 or ISO/IEC 8859-1. It really hasn't come up.
As somebody who used to labor in the translation mines, I believe I speak for everyone when I say "Please bother to learn that." Especially before you code anything that might have to handle Spanish, let alone Japanese.
Oh man, one of my students claimed in an essay that 99% of successful people were college dropouts. 99%! Really?
When I challenged him on it, he changed it to "most." It took a lot of arguing with him to get him to change it to "many." (I have no problem with the fact that many people are, that many successful people don't go, and that the system is screwed up and broken, but I also take issue with the "Let's highlight a bunch of anomalously lucky and privileged people while ignoring all of the counterexamples on both sides!" narrative.)
But it's not what this article presents. This article starts out with a cartoon stating "College is for suckers." It attempts to glamorize this view by stating "'Here in Silicon Valley, it’s [dropping out] almost a badge of honor,' said Mick Hagen, 28, who dropped out of Princeton in 2006..." It denigrates higher education by quoting someone who calls it managerial training. And it attempts to bolster its argument by pulling a quote from a fictional character on a TV show.
Learning about character encodings [in a computer science degree program] would be about as relevant as learning about accounting systems for a degree in mathematics.
Well, no. It would take about an day, however long it takes in all relevant languages to set your databases & codebases to default to Unicode for any text input/output. The ASCII default of most languages/IDEs I see as an infectious holdover of the DOS days.
It is not hard, and it's a fairly painless way not to punish the poor bastard who's inherited your code base when the company decides to enter the world market; or when your agency is required to support legally mandated languages x, y, or z.
There's other stuff to do or not to do, but that is the bare minimum, and it is NOT HARD.
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