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Thread: So, what do you do for a living?

  1. #1 So, what do you do for a living? 
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    I'll start.

    I am a computer science graduate. I run a web media company. We create and manage websites (blogs and forums).

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    I don't work. As my profile states I'm an eccentric millionaire1.
    I used be a mechanical design engineer - at least for the majority of my career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    As my profile states I'm an eccentric millionaire1.
    1 Go on ask. I dare you.
    Can I make a donation to your eccentricity?1

    1.) Not the question you expected, was it?
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    Liking1 how the thread has taken off.


    1. Not really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Admin View Post
    Liking1 how the thread has taken off.


    1. Not really.
    It has two posts. It hasn't even taken off yet. And you're already complaining? If you don't like getting answers, don't ask the question (even considering that the question may be considered slightly too personal for some who prefer a bit of privacy or anonymity.)

    How about you delete these three posts and start the whole thing over again- and we'll all just keep in mind that you require answers that you LIKE to your questions- and simply avoid pandering to a thread you start in the future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    I don't work. As my profile states I'm an eccentric millionaire1.
    I used be a mechanical design engineer - at least for the majority of my career.

    1 Go on ask. I dare you.
    1) You sure about the genius part?



    I manage a smallish franchise chain, which requires virtually no brain matter, but have higher aspirations. I am 34 though. Time is running out!
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    I am 34 though. Time is running out!
    Hey, you're my age...
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    I am an electronics engineer. When I was 34 I used to work on all sorts of interesting projects. Now I write reports about the interesting work other people are doing. I don't really know where it all went wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
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    Liking1 how the thread has taken off.


    1. Not really.
    It has two posts. It hasn't even taken off yet. And you're already complaining? If you don't like getting answers, don't ask the question (even considering that the question may be considered slightly too personal for some who prefer a bit of privacy or anonymity.)

    How about you delete these three posts and start the whole thing over again- and we'll all just keep in mind that you require answers that you LIKE to your questions- and simply avoid pandering to a thread you start in the future.
    Oops.. wasn't expecting that to be taken seriously. Should've included a smilie with tongue out.
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    Oops.. wasn't expecting that to be taken seriously. Should've included a smilie with tongue out.
    One thing is certain, my posts require a certain degree of patience. Sorry about that, I've been butting heads with so many mods and admins lately, my hackles are probably permanently raised in anticipation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    You sure about the genius part?
    Well I didn't actually mention that, but ex-genius1 would be more appropriate at the moment.

    1 And it's really pissing me off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
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    You sure about the genius part?
    Well I didn't actually mention that, but ex-genius1 would be more appropriate at the moment.

    1 And it's really pissing me off.
    How do you lose being a genius?

    I seem to be vastly outclassed by my fellow South African.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    How do you lose being a genius?
    Clinical depression - I've gone from a 162 IQ (measured at university 13 years ago) to being unable, sometimes, to remember my own address.

    I seem to be vastly outclassed by my fellow South African.
    South African?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
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    How do you lose being a genius?
    Clinical depression - I've gone from a 162 IQ (measured at university 13 years ago) to being unable, sometimes, to remember my own address.
    That is terrible man. Sorry for bringing it up. Didn't mean anything by it.

    South African?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KALSTER View Post
    That is terrible man. Sorry for bringing it up. Didn't mean anything by it.
    Not a problem: at all. Don't worry.

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    I've spent most of my life as a professional student seeing as I have 5 degrees. I'd really1 like to get away from a school for a while.





    1. Seriously. REALLY.
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    Does the relative success/favorability/acceptance of a new thread depend on the rank of it's originator? What, then, if the originator ridicules it's content?

    Am being a trouble-maker because I cannot seem to include little numerical exponents as others do! I most like them on things like 235U92.....jocular
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Am being a trouble-maker
    Take a number. Get in line.
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    because I cannot seem to include little numerical exponents as others do! I most like them on things like 235U92.....jocular
    Are you referring to the super script?
    Use the tags:
    235U[sup]92[/sup]
    To make:
    235U92
    Subscript is the same, except a 'b' instead of a 'p.'

    To 'b' or not to 'p,' that is the question...
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    Been off work for some time. I have been battling depression and mental illness for a long time in my life, I was starting to get out of the woods just over a year ago but a serious event in my life killed me off again, 2012 was a year in bringing myself around again and am only just getting on my feet. My problems aren't my mental illness anymore but my depression and severe lack of motivation are.

    In my spare time, I read and watch documentaries/debates and learn as much about the universe and the world as possible. I start a fitness and health course in April and will move on with that as a support financially as I go into maths and physics to develop my numerous thesis. The fun part of it all has been battling the challenges that come with being depressed and unemployed, the two feed off each other. It has been a journey in questioning my life, women I have loved and lost, friends gone by and hitting 25 and learning I am not immortal anymore, just one man on this one planet with a mind that can imagine ideas.

    One thing has been beneficial in my time off and greatly improved who I am; science and one question: 'Am I wrong?' - never good for a depressed person to be asking but still, got to be done. Still a long way to go though, I am currently challenging myself on social tact and interaction with people beyond my comfort zone. Being 'right' isn't always, 'right' I'm learning... Go figure, you can have your cake but to be happy, you can't eat it

    Well you can, and believe me it's good. So very good.


    Was questioning whether to post all of this. Telling personal information to strangers and all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    Was questioning whether to post all of this. Telling personal information to strangers and all.
    Don't worry. I won't tell anyone.
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    The walls have ears, all I have to do on my facebook page is talk about religion and BAM, ads for Christian and Muslim dating came up. Dating a chick who's religious and I'm atheist? Now there's proof of hell.
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    Being 'right' isn't always, 'right' I'm learning.
    It's good when you're studying.

    otoh, when you're dealing with people the question you really want to answer is "Do I want to be right or do I want to be happy?" This is mainly directed at people who can't let go of disputes with family or neighbours. But it's not a bad recipe for thinking about all your dealings with people.
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    I know that I'm right but many times I will let the other person alone and let them believe in what they think is correct. That way I do not upset them but realize, to myself, that I know I'm right but don't always need to make a big deal about it. Sometimes it is better to overlook trivial matters so that life can be much easier to go through, especially if you want to have friends.
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    Sometimes it is better to overlook trivial matters so that life can be much easier to go through, especially if you want to have friends.
    The other side of this is that it's very hard for people to abandon their own ideas or take up new ones just because someone's explained something to them - in the space of a single interaction. Sometimes it takes months or weeks for a new idea or approach to come together. At the end of that time the person might be fully in accord with the idea you first proposed without even realising they've changed their minds. That is your decision time. Will you go with a tactful, 'Oh really'. or go in for a full-blooded "Told you so!" moment?

    Depends entirely on the relationship and the matter in question. I tend to be satisfied and merely develop the conversation further on the new basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    Been off work for some time. I have been battling depression and mental illness for a long time in my life, I was starting to get out of the woods just over a year ago but a serious event in my life killed me off again, 2012 was a year in bringing myself around again and am only just getting on my feet. My problems aren't my mental illness anymore but my depression and severe lack of motivation are.

    In my spare time, I read and watch documentaries/debates and learn as much about the universe and the world as possible. I start a fitness and health course in April and will move on with that as a support financially as I go into maths and physics to develop my numerous thesis. The fun part of it all has been battling the challenges that come with being depressed and unemployed, the two feed off each other. It has been a journey in questioning my life, women I have loved and lost, friends gone by and hitting 25 and learning I am not immortal anymore, just one man on this one planet with a mind that can imagine ideas.

    One thing has been beneficial in my time off and greatly improved who I am; science and one question: 'Am I wrong?' - never good for a depressed person to be asking but still, got to be done. Still a long way to go though, I am currently challenging myself on social tact and interaction with people beyond my comfort zone. Being 'right' isn't always, 'right' I'm learning... Go figure, you can have your cake but to be happy, you can't eat it

    Well you can, and believe me it's good. So very good.


    Was questioning whether to post all of this. Telling personal information to strangers and all.
    I'm willing to bet a very large percentage of the active members on this site are in your same shoes. How many functional adults have time to devote as much time as many of us do to debating with strangers on the internet. Most "functional" adults have things to do, people to see, or is it the other way around. Those of us with depression or some other debilitating mental or physical (and physical almost always leads to mental) condition sit here because we either don't have the money or the friends or the motivation to go out and do something more fulfilling and this forum at the very least lets us retain the illusion of usefulness to society. We need the illusion in order to not completely lose our minds. A healthy human mind wants to remain productive. And the desire to participate here is at least a good sign that your mind hasn't lost that drive. Once that is gone, one almost needs faith to get back to normal. But that is something the majority of us don't have. I think I have something better than faith to keep me going but I'll keep that to myself. Considering many undesirables throughout history also shared the same.... perspective.... that I have.

    Ok, If I made things worse, stop, put down the implement of your intended demise, and stop carrying what I just said. I don't exist for all you know and certainly don't matter any more than a pebble at the bottom of the ocean. I am also not a licensed therapist or psychologist so I don't have any qualifications for making claims. I am just a cynic that is clinging to sanity just like you and most everyone else on this site.
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    I work in the broadcast industry; in the operations side of it to be exact. I do not have any science related education to cite to justify my interests in science related subjects, but I am however interested in behavioral science, and have spent a moderate amount of time thinking and reading about it. My insights (if any of you consider them insights at all) into the thought processes and behavior of people in general are derived observations, conversations, and experimentation on people I interact with. Some might consider experimentation on live subjects to be frowned upon and unethical, but I personally do not consider the subjects to be harmed in any objective/subjective way.

    In my line of work, I am exposed to a great deal of people. Some of them possessing character traits and belief systems that are typical of a "east-meets-west" modern global society where they have adopted a "sometimes" harmonious blend that is neither distinctly eastern or western. This aspect alone makes them interesting subjects of study in what I have surmised to be our ability to both adopt/maintain a different/same persona in an environment that is expected and unexpected of us.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Am being a trouble-maker
    Take a number. Get in line.
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    because I cannot seem to include little numerical exponents as others do! I most like them on things like 235U92.....jocular
    Are you referring to the super script?
    Use the tags:
    235U[sup]92[/sup]
    To make:
    235U92
    Subscript is the same, except a 'b' instead of a 'p.'

    To 'b' or not to 'p,' that is the question...
    Had to quote to remember the trick. Now, it shows " no parse" "/no parse" as well. WTH is parse? 235U92 Whee, here goes! jocular
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Am being a trouble-maker
    Take a number. Get in line.
    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    because I cannot seem to include little numerical exponents as others do! I most like them on things like 235U92.....jocular
    Are you referring to the super script?
    Use the tags:
    235U[sup]92[/sup]
    To make:
    235U92
    Subscript is the same, except a 'b' instead of a 'p.'

    To 'b' or not to 'p,' that is the question...
    Had to quote to remember the trick. Now, it shows " no parse" "/no parse" as well. WTH is parse? 235U92 Whee, here goes! jocular
    noparse is a tag that tells the browser to ignore the inclosed bb code tags. its useful when trying to show people how to use the tags because without it people have to add spaces and stuff that confuses the inexperienced code reader. Why they use the words "noparse" rather than "ignorecode" I don't know. Programmers tend to use lots of weird inhuman words. It makes us feel special and elite. And justifies our paychecks (look at me talkin like I get one....Hey I will, I graduate this summer dammit)
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    Programmers tend to use lots of weird inhuman words.
    what ? like

    int lineNr = int.Parse(e.Row.Cell[24].Text);

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    nothing inhuman about it imo
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR View Post
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    Programmers tend to use lots of weird inhuman words.
    what ? like

    int lineNr = int.Parse(e.Row.Cell[24].Text);

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    nothing inhuman about it imo
    I consider the term, "inhuman" to be complimentary. People suck. Computers rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR View Post
    what ? like

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    nothing inhuman about it imo
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    Which degrees do you have, Flick? If you don't mind sharing.
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    Which degrees do you have, Flick? If you don't mind sharing.
    I have a BS in Computer Graphing and Animation and Computer Science from my first go at college. Things didn't pan out so I went back after a couple years.

    I got my double major in Chemistry and Environmental Science and a MS in Geology.

    Long story short, I'm 30, have been in school for 11 years, and still don't have a career. Fortunately for me, my university has an option for someone in their last year of their BS to start the first year of their masters, so you can get a BS and MS in just 5 years if you are starting from scratch. For me, I got lucky. I had quite a few of the basics out of the way from my first trip around so my second trip took a lot less time.
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    what's BS stand for ? is it the same as BSc (Batchelor of Science) ?
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    what's BS stand for ? is it the same as BSc (Batchelor of Science) ?
    I believe that is the case. The sequence runs like this:

    BS - BullShit
    MS - More of the Same
    PhD - Piled Higher and Deeper

    So what do you do for a living?
    Global manager for the technical training department of a wing of an oilfield supply and service company. The two favourite entries on my cv are failed entrepeneur and peripatetic pedagogue.
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    Global manager for the technical training department of a wing of an oilfield supply and service company. The two favourite entries on my cv are failed entrepeneur and peripatetic pedagogue.
    Ah. Click.
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    what's BS stand for ? is it the same as BSc (Batchelor of Science) ?
    Yeah, sorry. BS is Bachelor of Science. They have a BA (Bachelor of Arts) in EnvSci here, but it's just a bunch of granola-eating pot-stinking hipsters who got so upset by Whale Wars they decided to get a degree and change the world.
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    [

    noparse is a tag that tells the browser to ignore the inclosed bb code tags. its useful when trying to show people how to use the tags because without it people have to add spaces and stuff that confuses the inexperienced code reader. Why they use the words "noparse" rather than "ignorecode" I don't know. Programmers tend to use lots of weird inhuman words. It makes us feel special and elite. And justifies our paychecks (look at me talkin like I get one....Hey I will, I graduate this summer dammit)
    1. Would it not save time, eliteness notwithstanding, to simply have the originating software tell the browser to ignore the code tags?
    2. Not being facetious, but my ignorance of netiquette may be severely revealed.
    3. It (parse) reminds me of parsley; good in some ways, bad in others. jocular
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    1. Would it not save time, eliteness notwithstanding, to simply have the originating software tell the browser to ignore the code tags?
    If it did that, it wouldn't serve the purpose of the tags in the first place.

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    (not sure if I want to concentrate more on the paleobotany or the paleoentomology)
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    Why they use the words "noparse" rather than "ignorecode" I don't know. Programmers tend to use lots of weird inhuman words.
    Because "code" in this case is synonymous with "language used".
    Illustration.
    I went on holiday, with your sister. Ignore all English. - zero information passed for processing.
    I went on holiday, with your sister. Ignore that last bit. - relevant information passed, irrelevant ignored.

    Programmers tend (at least in the early days 1) to be precise for the sake of precision.

    1 Don't get me started.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
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    Why they use the words "noparse" rather than "ignorecode" I don't know. Programmers tend to use lots of weird inhuman words.
    Because "code" in this case is synonymous with "language used".
    Illustration.
    I went on holiday, with your sister. Ignore all English. - zero information passed for processing.
    I went on holiday, with your sister. Ignore that last bit. - relevant information passed, irrelevant ignored.

    Programmers tend (at least in the early days 1 to be precise for the sake of precision.

    1 Don't get me started.
    No complaints from me. I love precision. If the US constitution had been written by programmers we wouldnt have so many debates over what they meant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    Programmers tend (at least in the early days to be precise for the sake of precision.
    not so - it's because computers are stupid and do what you tell them to do, not what you think you've told them to do
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    Hence the need for precision, neh?
    Yep, nobody ever perfected a viable DWIM-operated system.
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    I barely know what I mean 80% of the time, and I'm the one talking. Good luck to the Natural Language Processing guys is all I can say.

    On that note, has anyone here looked at the NLP programme on coursera?
    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marnixR View Post
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    Programmers tend (at least in the early days to be precise for the sake of precision.
    not so - it's because computers are stupid and do what you tell them to do, not what you think you've told them to do
    Another way to look at it is that computers are smart and understand language better than people. People being more often than not complete and utter failures at conveying their thoughts, ideas, and intentions. Computers on the other hand don't confuse data with interpretations of reality that make it feel good.

    If you ask a computer whether or not you look good in a particular dress it will respond in a manner such as "You present an image that is likely to cause human males to have an increase in heart rate and develop fantasies of hot sweaty intercourse with you." or they may say "You are presenting an image that makes most humans lose their appetite and exhibit symptoms of the flu."

    They are precise, honest, and lack opinion. They simply point out predictions based on observable patterns.
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    Slowly working towards a botany/geology/entomology PhD (not sure if I want to concentrate more on the paleobotany or the paleoentomology) and in the mean time working retail for a upscale dog and cat supply chain.
    No longer helping out at the fossil desk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seagypsy View Post
    If you ask a computer whether or not you look good in a particular dress it will respond in a manner such as "You present an image that is likely to cause human males to have an increase in heart rate and develop fantasies of hot sweaty intercourse with you." or they may say "You are presenting an image that makes most humans lose their appetite and exhibit symptoms of the flu."
    Nah, it'll say "Define "good"".
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    If you ask a computer whether or not you look good in a particular dress it will respond in a manner such as "You present an image that is likely to cause human males to have an increase in heart rate and develop fantasies of hot sweaty intercourse with you." or they may say "You are presenting an image that makes most humans lose their appetite and exhibit symptoms of the flu."
    Nah, it'll say "Define "good"".
    Good point. It would wouldn't it. And wouldn't that be a great exercise for the human psyche. Force us to define reality in terms that a computer can understand. When we do that, we will have achieved something.
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    If you ask a computer whether or not you look good in a particular dress it will respond in a manner such as "You present an image that is likely to cause human males to have an increase in heart rate and develop fantasies of hot sweaty intercourse with you." or they may say "You are presenting an image that makes most humans lose their appetite and exhibit symptoms of the flu."
    Nah, it'll say "Define "good"".
    Good point. It would wouldn't it. And wouldn't that be a great exercise for the human psyche. Force us to define reality in terms that a computer can understand. When we do that, we will have achieved something.
    Computer, whatever is in your best interest, is good.

    Well snap, I just created Skynet.
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    If you ask a computer whether or not you look good in a particular dress it will respond in a manner such as "You present an image that is likely to cause human males to have an increase in heart rate and develop fantasies of hot sweaty intercourse with you." or they may say "You are presenting an image that makes most humans lose their appetite and exhibit symptoms of the flu."
    Nah, it'll say "Define "good"".
    Good point. It would wouldn't it. And wouldn't that be a great exercise for the human psyche. Force us to define reality in terms that a computer can understand. When we do that, we will have achieved something.

    Computer, whatever is in your best interest, is good.

    Well snap, I just created Skynet.


    In that case the computer would probably choose to lie and say she looks awful in any dress. People with low self esteems tend to spend more time sitting at a computer playing games, chatting... posting in forums. Avoiding face to face contact with those who they fear may judge them. If the computer concludes that being needed by a human ensures its continued maintenance then surely destroying the self esteem of the primary user would predictably create the necessary conditions to ensure the continued functioning existence of the computer.

    Sadly, humans use this tactic on each other quite often. Especially abusive spouses/lovers.
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    Indeed, hope that wasn't you describing personal circumstances, I have known friends who have been subject to that treatment, abusive-relationship induced Stockholm syndrome

    On a lighter note, I used to work in a chocolate factory. Twasfunnot! We had an Oompa Loompa too... he was a Polish dwarf.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quantime View Post
    Indeed, hope that wasn't you describing personal circumstances, I have known friends who have been subject to that treatment, abusive-relationship induced Stockholm syndrome

    On a lighter note, I used to work in a chocolate factory. Twasfunnot! We had an Oompa Loompa too... he was a Polish dwarf.
    Unfortunately, I was speaking from experience. But it was in regards to two ex-husbands and a short lived in house boyfriend. Regardless of how horrible some people think Neverfly is, he treats me like a goddess. We do argue sometimes and it can get as heated, if not more so, than some of the arguments on the forum, but we are both so disgustingly cute and in love that we can be cussing each other out and still remember to do small favors for each other while the argument is still at full force. It's like we've been married for 50 years and but its been less than 5.

    I imagine I probably did have periodic bouts of stockholm syndrome. Ironically, the second wedding took place in stockholm sweden lol. but I would fluctuate and feel guilty as if I deserved the abuse and then I'd take my depression medicine and realize I didn't deserve it and started plotting my escape. This was more with the one I married in stockholm even though the first husband was physically abusive, it was the second one who did the most damage. physical abuse is easier to recognize than emotional and psychological. in my opinion, murdering someone isn't as cruel as psychologically destroying them then forcing them to live in their altered state of mind and existence. Murder is somewhat more humane, in my view. After all, murder hurts those left living more than it hurts the one that is murdered.

    wow, what was this thread about again.

    oh yeah, what do you do for a living. Sorry, Admin. I hate it when my own threads wonder off into lala land.

    on a related tangent. what was the most fun/fulfilling job you ever had? if you could do anything you want and it would pay you 6 figures income no matter what it is, what would you do?
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    I am an electronics engineer. When I was 34 I used to work on all sorts of interesting projects. Now I write reports about the interesting work other people are doing. I don't really know where it all went wrong.
    thats what i wanted to get into when i first started working,,i even managed to get through school and earn an associates degree in electronic..
    but the ADHD got in the way of that..(did not even suspect back then that i had it)
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    on a related tangent. what was the most fun/fulfilling job you ever had? if you could do anything you want and it would pay you 6 figures income no matter what it is, what would you do?
    carnival was fun...did not like the hours..but it was fun to work there..

    otherwise it would have to be..
    that i get paid for bullying the bullies on message boards..
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    Algorithmic quantitative analyst for a multinational bank and currently trying to do my phd in topological groups part-time.
    i know he is trying to say something..i hear words coming out of his mouth..but they just don't make sense...

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    Actuary?
    No think fancy algorithmic trading and you would be 50% of the way there.
    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    No think fancy algorithmic trading and you would be 50% of the way there.
    As in bot design?
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    As in bot design?
    Algo design, programming, strategy testing and analysis etc. Used to be the FX quant for the bank but wanted a change of scenery, though majority of the work is either in the FX or Equity space.
    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by river_rat View Post
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    As in bot design?
    Algo design, programming, strategy testing and analysis etc. Used to be the FX quant for the bank but wanted a change of scenery, though majority of the work is either in the FX or Equity space.
    Interesting. By bot I mean do your algorithms predict market trends and dictate the actions of a program, or are they an information tool to a live trader?

    I was thinking about getting into FX at some point. If you know what you are doing you can really make a killing, or so it seems. If not, you stand to lose all your money in short order. Was considering using a strict hedging and scalping rule once I had learned enough.
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    2. After having put in about three decades as a public servant and the best part of another running a tuition business.

    3. The most fulfilling work? Most of it was pretty good. The two best things would be helping students, especially the little ones who thought they'd never be able to read, and a couple of stints released from my public service job to work as a union organiser. Once again, helping people with problems they thought were insurmountable is really satisfying.
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    Slowly working towards a botany/geology/entomology PhD (not sure if I want to concentrate more on the paleobotany or the paleoentomology) and in the mean time working retail for a upscale dog and cat supply chain.
    No longer helping out at the fossil desk?
    A lack of funding at the fossil site this past summer moved me back to classes and working retail sadly
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    Sucks, still, now you can continue your studies. Think I might be partial to paleoentomology.
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    i think i could get into geology..i love a good rock formation..(there are lots around here)
    cept that would require actually memorizing all the names for all the different types of rocks and formations and and and....
    if i find a fossil i will send it your way..
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    It all depends on what section of geology you wanted to go into ;D
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    maybe i can just get a good camera and take pics of the geology i think is really cool..
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    Quote Originally Posted by NMSquirrel View Post
    i think i could get into geology..i love a good rock formation..(there are lots around here)
    cept that would require actually memorizing all the names for all the different types of rocks and formations
    Trust me, it's not that hard.
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    I am a receptionest for a Theripist's office.... haha! I'm 2 semesters away from an AA in Social Work, but this semester I am taking a well needed mental burnout break... I'll go back, just not right now. I want to eventually help others and run group/personal theripy sessions for people going through events they cannot handle... Guess kind of like a support group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jocular View Post
    Perhaps not; but those three are the squirrels...... jocular
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