On Thu, 2006-05-04 at 10:20 +0100, Paul Jakma wrote:
> On Thu, 4 May 2006, Stephen Holmes wrote:
>> > Yeah, you're right .... <etc>
>> Did Hitler have a degree?
>No, but he had great experience: Corporal in WW1, coup leader in 1923,
author (Mein Kampf) and political party leader of great standing.
Let me acknowledge the benefit of Degrees to those suited for the
position they hold. I particularly remember one extremely innovative
hardware designer who kept about 2000 formulae in his head and was
capable of applying them instantly. He used simple cmos chips to make
devices not available yet (e.g. a cheap digital pot in 1979) and
mathematical simulation to perform complex phase changes, etc. I am sure
similar applies in Software.
What really irritates non degree holders is when they see a dummy with a
degree appointed to responsibility, and he has to rely on non degree
holders for his technical expertise. Then as we effectively do his job
for him, he slips into the role of manager. An example of the latter is
a mechanical engineer who had to ask me to straighten the buckles in his
bicycle wheel because he didn't fathom the engineering side of it.
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