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Kevin G writes:

In your opening statement, you mention that computer science is more useful than other majors but I disagree. I got a B.S. in computer science from one of the top schools, and I've been working in the field for over 10 years, and I can't remember /ever/ using something I learned from school other than binary search and De Morgan's laws. The former can be learned in a day or two and the latter in a few minutes. My job is visiting other fortune 500 companies and helping their programmers, and I can assure you I'm not alone. There are a very tiny number of computer science PhDs applying advanced concepts in fields like machine learning, but those highly specialized skills should just be taught in a C.S. trade school. All the proofs and algorithms I had to write in school were a total waste of time (other than to signal!). I learned everything I needed to know before entering school (and in fact got a job offer at 18 but declined to stay in college) through self-education and tinkering, and for those that don't have the inner spark I had, there are coding "boot camps" that have popped up, and I know many who are landing great jobs after just 3-6 month boot camps.

Michael Crouch writes:

What is the Terence Kealey work that you cited?

Mark Z writes:

I'm going to have a hard time not feeling conflicted about this one. I'm sympathetic to Bryan's position, but I really like Ed Glaeser.

Matthew L writes:

Bryan, the next time that you speak to Ed Glaeser, can you try to convince him to take up blogging

Dave writes:

Is there a non-facebook link?

nick writes:

Dave :


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