Are office people really that, umm shall we say...slow?

From: Lawrence Walker <>
Date: Mon Oct 22 13:51:37 2001

 Well unfortunately. this has been going on for years. I remember back in
1983 in a prestigious Toronto Technical college, having read a spate of
remaindered issues of "Electronics" and "Byte", I asked about UNIX, only to
be greeted with looks of incomprehension by all my teachers. Needless to
say, I was a little less awed by their acuteness after that.


> > This is correct, the primary problem lies w/ teachers spewing GIGO,
> > good teachers is percious few.
> Too true... my brother-in-law was doing a C++ course earlier this year and
> sent me one of his assignments to have a look at. Imagine my horror when I
> looked at the bit of code his teacher had given him to work from and the
> first 5 lines were "#include <whatever.cpp>" ...
> There have been an alarming number of interviews where I've asked a graddie
> (who's supposedly been studying Java for a year) what the significance of
> java.lang.Object was, only to be greeted by incomprehension. What do they teach
> these people? At least they've moved towards Java now, 5 years ago I used to ask
> graddies who "knew C++" what a pointer was and get answers like "it's that arrow
> thing on the screen that you move around with the mouse".
> And Tony Blair wants to make us a nation of IT excellence :-) Hmmm.
> -al

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