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Patrick McKenzie
I work for the Internet, at , mostly on accelerating startups. Opinions here are my own.
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Patrick McKenzie 1h
Replying to @GregCook2011 @paulg
Materially different, because of the effects of tracking (adjuncts aren’t tenure track) and the fact that an associate professorship is 7 years and failure of it results in both firing and unlikelihood you can get on tenure track again. Fail at a startup? Dust self off, instajob
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Patrick McKenzie 1h
Replying to @paulg
They're also largely sentenced to living Twitter in real life, where perception is one false step will result in them being canceled from their career, and where a panopticon made up of extremely detail-oriented competitors knows "100 will enter; 1 will win" the tenure tourney.
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Patrick McKenzie 1h
Replying to @paulg
On both sides of the market, which I think drives some of the phenomenon. You can teach popular courses with an adjunct instead of an expensive tenured professor. The adjuncts are ruthlessly exploited and, perhaps unsurprisingly, see exploitation everywhere they look.
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Patrick McKenzie 4h
Replying to @patio11
Different companies I know do segmentation differently internally but broadly speaking they mean “A company we don’t need a high touch sales process or custom legal work to close.” Companies like that might self-identify as a startup, business, local business, _TYPE, etc.
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Patrick McKenzie 4h
Replying to @patio11
(The government considers a manufacturer who owns a $100 million plant with $60 million of annual sales, 450 employees, and a total payroll cost of about $30 million an SMB.)
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Patrick McKenzie 4h
Don’t use “SMB” in customer-facing copy. The people who you think are SMBs do not self-identify as it. The people who have an extremely dictionary correct version of what SMB means and believe their company qualifies are probably higher in your internal segmentation.
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Patrick McKenzie 7h
Replying to @Austen @srinitude
Anomalous strengths at graduation: socket programming for client/server, Java Swing UIs, assembly, building toy CPUs, and discrete math. (They also taught compilers but I was distracted that semester and winged my way through w/o learning anything.)
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Patrick McKenzie 7h
Replying to @Austen @srinitude
Yes. There was a 300 level course available in them but it wasn’t emphasized as important. I wrote my first line of SQL for Bingo Card Creator.
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Patrick McKenzie 7h
Replying to @srinitude @Austen
Things I did not materially interact with: * databases * source control * non-manual testing (except for “magic” that was used to assess assignments) * HTML/CSS/JS (was assumed interested students would figure it out)
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Patrick McKenzie 7h
Replying to @srinitude @Austen
My over/under would be 400, but it was 15+ years ago for me, so that may be overly impressionistic.
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Patrick McKenzie 7h
Replying to @Austen
A few hundred for yours truly. (BS in CS, top 10 US research institution.)
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Patrick McKenzie 8h
Ctrl-F for “frivolous”, which they will routinely apply to disputes which look mass produced (like form letters), under regulatory guidance that that is OK.
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Patrick McKenzie 19h
Replying to @lisamahapatra
The conversation in my family went “School psychologist says, quote, will never achieve academic or career success w/o medication.” “School psychologist apparently can’t read a report card. Don’t let them put that on his file; will bounce him out of good classes.”
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Patrick McKenzie 20h
That is exactly it. Thanks!
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Patrick McKenzie 20h
Replying to @webdevMason
(It’s a golden age for this sort of toy on Amazon and from LEGO directly though.)
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Patrick McKenzie 20h
Replying to @bertil_hatt
That matches my understanding of American bar culture but I believe I have never actually drunk alcohol at one so it is possible that it shifted since my textbook was written.
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Patrick McKenzie 20h
Replying to @webdevMason
Oh the irony, that we essentially solved scarcity of construction tools so thoroughly you can’t buy them anymore in a mainstream retail channel.
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Patrick McKenzie 20h
Replying to @webdevMason
What was the essay, Cory Doctrow maybe, where once companies can no longer charge for atoms they have to charge for bits, like the brand name? The LEGO problem in a sentence: China can produce an acceptable equivalent brick for ~nothing. LEGO *has* to sell IP-dense kits.
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Patrick McKenzie 20h
Replying to @bertil_hatt
I kind of want to tip that bouncer.
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