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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Should everyone go to college?...I would think the answer should be clearly no...

Everyone should not go to college

From the article:

In 2009, American colleges handed out more business degrees than engineering, computer and biology degrees combined. We graduated about the same number of engineers as we did “Visual And Performance Arts” grads.

Alas, despite the fact that engineers are both well-paid and in short supply, The New York Times [NYT] reports “roughly 40 percent of college students planning engineering and science majors end up switching to other subjects or failing to get any degree.”

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Malcolm Gladwell on Steve Jobs

My favorite part of the piece, when Jobs and Gates faced off in the 1980’s

In the nineteen-eighties, Jobs reacted the same way when Microsoft came out with Windows. It used the same graphical user interface—icons and mouse—as the Macintosh. Jobs was outraged and summoned Gates from Seattle to Apple’s Silicon Valley headquarters. “They met in Jobs’s conference room, where Gates found himself surrounded by ten Apple employees who were eager to watch their boss assail him,” Isaacson writes. “Jobs didn’t disappoint his troops. ‘You’re ripping us off!’ he shouted. ‘I trusted you, and now you’re stealing from us!’ ”
Gates looked back at Jobs calmly. Everyone knew where the windows and the icons came from. “Well, Steve,” Gates responded. “I think there’s more than one way of looking at it. I think it’s more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it.”

The more I read about Jobs, the more unpleasant he seems…