Originally Posted by Looneybomber
Lucky! The only person I know who works for the DoE is former marine recon and carries nice weapons as his day job. Despite being currently enlisted, I'd rather be in your shoes than in his...except coding is not my strength - BSEE, not CS major. Good luck on the build, and straightening that rats nest of wiring!
The hardest part I find about my job, isn't actually doing my job, rather it's the life-long inability to converse with anyone about my skills/interests and what it is that I do.
First off, only like 1% of the population actually has the ability to understand the fundamental constructs of what I do at a semi-detailed level... for example: as soon as I start talking about asynchronous function pointers and thread contention (just for starters), I see peoples eyes start to glaze over... so I don't even try anymore and everyone that knows me no longer bothers to ask me "what did you do today"
So what is it that you say that you do here exactly? I might as well respond: HURR A DURR DERP
and then there is the problem of the fact that basically everything is compartmentalized and nearly nothing can be publicly disclosed... unless you desire the inside of a prison cell with no money/job/freedom and be on all no-fly lists and a thing rammed in your bum cheeks instead.
So that only makes one that much more isolated, basically, my work actions so virtualized and abstracted away from physical reality, that I sometimes wonder if there is any correlation between what I create and the ongoings of the world.
Well... 'almost', it's not until you fully activate the software that you finally realize the full extent of the frankensteinian beast that one has just unleashed upon the world. haha
Yeah, they don't let me out of the lab very often