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Chiroptera
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Message 76 of 83 (456087)
02-15-2008 11:58 AM
Reply to: Message 72 by pelican
01-28-2008 2:04 AM


Re: A dream career!
Me, I have the most bestest job in the world. Seriously, I can't think how my job could be better. Well, if I were located in the Pacific Northwest, but I guess you can't have everything.
P.S. For those who will ask, I have answered what I do earlier in the thread.

If I had a million dollars, I'd buy you a monkey.
Haven't you always wanted a monkey?
-- The Barenaked Ladies

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Percy
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From: New Hampshire
Joined: 12-23-2000
Member Rating: 5.0


Message 77 of 83 (456200)
02-16-2008 7:54 AM


Software Developer
I design and develop software for the electronic design automation industry. Such software is used by any company that designs electronics, like Intel, Sony or GM.
I specialize in the design analysis side, the software that hardware designers use to describe their designs at a relatively high level in a language like Verilog, SystemVerilog, VHDL or SystemC, then analyze and debug using simulation, timing analysis, power analysis, rules checking, etc.
It takes large teams of developers to write and maintain the software tools used by hardware designers. While there are a number of notable exceptions, most design automation software is used on Unix/Linux machines rather than PCs or Macs.
--Percy

  
reiverix
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Posts: 80
From: Central Ohio
Joined: 10-18-2007


Message 78 of 83 (456211)
02-16-2008 10:49 AM
Reply to: Message 1 by Larni
03-21-2007 5:34 AM


I'm a software developer for a global vehicle glass repair and replacement company. Most of the code I write is GIS based for routing, geocoding and GPS tracking. I'm also heavily involved in the retail and warehousing side of things.

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BMG
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Posts: 357
From: Southwestern U.S.
Joined: 03-16-2006


Message 79 of 83 (456254)
02-16-2008 4:06 PM


I currently work for IGT, International Game Technology, through a temp agency. I disassemble slot machines on a 7-10 person assembly line. Not glamorous, by any means, but it pays the bills.
I am a student,(well, was a student), and only 1 or 2 classes from getting my A.A. Well, I hope my classes that I took in California transfer over to the Nevada curriculum. If all goes well, then I need only 1 or 2 classes.
I moved from southern California to Las Vegas on a whim. I plan on attaining my A.A. from the College of Southern Nevada, but tuition is a bit expensive: around $2300 for 6 or more units. I have a desire to research some grants to pay for this, get my A.A. and transfer to a 4-year school, possibly UNLV.
I'm still undecided on my major. I would like either a major in one of the sciences, such as anthropology or ecology, or possibly in english. I enjoy writing and reading.
Oh, and to end this tirade, my background brings practically nothing to the debates. I simply enjoy and learn a great deal from the topics and discussion here at EVC.

  
Grizz
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Posts: 318
Joined: 06-08-2007


Message 80 of 83 (456264)
02-16-2008 5:24 PM


I am a few months away from completing my PhD in The History and Philosophy of Science. My Thesis("Process and Emergence in Nature: an alternative to Causal Realism") is being tweaked and I should be doing my defense this Spring. I have a good chance of staying on as a post-doc and would like to move into a teaching position eventually. If I fail at that endeavor, I will probably fill out an application for assistant manager at Mickey D's.

  
LucyTheApe
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Message 81 of 83 (456285)
02-16-2008 8:22 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Larni
03-21-2007 5:34 AM


Got kicked out of high school.
Worked as a lab technician for 5 years micro and chem.
Worked with the federal government for 12 years around Australia.
Left and did a science degree with majors in Computer Science and in Mathematics.
Been a Java programmer for the last three years.
Doing my Grad. Dip. of Education this year (Start next week)
I hate the city. Going back to the bush (Kimberley or North West or North Coast) to teach mathematics. I.T. and science (minus Biology).
Active member of my local parish.
I don't know if I've brought anything into this forum but I know I've got a lot out of it.

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DogToDolphin
Member (Idle past 5954 days)
Posts: 40
From: Avignon, France
Joined: 02-11-2008


Message 82 of 83 (456938)
02-20-2008 7:36 PM
Reply to: Message 1 by Larni
03-21-2007 5:34 AM


I am a software developer for a content provider for mobile.
A lot of the job requires to debug programs, i.e. find what's wrong and fix it.
So it leads me to refuse the claim that random errors can lead to more complexity even if programs reproduced and the less likely to develop bad mistakes would be kept, I don't think it would make the programs more complex or more suited for specific tasks. But then that's just my point of view.
Anyway, I really like that forum. I haven't look much forums but this one looks clear, and well done and diversified.
I have always loved science since a very young age; I would read a lot on different topics like electronics, computers, meteorology, animal stuff, dna, mathematics, chemistry, i couldn't get enough.My dream was to work in a lab, like in some American movies high tech and everything.
But in France after doing an internship when I was 13 at the INRA (Institut National de Recherche Agronomique), I was a little bit disappointed by the labs and the facilities ( i know i am very picky), it was not first class, as I had imagined (I had a great time though, especially the cafeteria was awesome!), anyways, I started to be very interested in animation and CGI (Toy Story was the first CGI, and it impressed me a lot), so my goal was to work in the CGI/animation field.
After 3 years of applied-arts in high school, once i had my high school diploma i wasn't sure what i wanted to do. But after a year i decided to do get a bachelor degree in computer sciences. But it's not an exciting job i think, but better than McDo (where i worked as a student).
That's my short life.
Oh yeah I love to read, watch movies, travel, and observe nature, insects, my dogs...etc

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Percy
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From: New Hampshire
Joined: 12-23-2000
Member Rating: 5.0


Message 83 of 83 (456997)
02-21-2008 8:37 AM
Reply to: Message 82 by DogToDolphin
02-20-2008 7:36 PM


DogToDolphin writes:
So it leads me to refuse the claim that random errors can lead to more complexity even if programs reproduced and the less likely to develop bad mistakes would be kept, I don't think it would make the programs more complex or more suited for specific tasks. But then that's just my point of view.
Just in case your point of view is amenable to editing by reality, you might want to check out Avida at Devolab: The MSU Digital Evolution Laboratory. Short excerpt from home page:
Devolab on Avida writes:
In Avida, a population of self-replicating computer programs is subjected to external pressures (such as mutations and limited resources) and allowed to evolve subject to natural selection.
If you like we can open a thread to discuss artificial life, we shouldn't do it in this thread. You might also find the closely related topic of genetic algorithms interesting.
--Percy

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