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Originally posted by phishyblankwaters
reply to post by Aqualung2012
I've been trained in graphic design and photo manipulation software as well as 3D animation software, for which I received a certificate for multimedia applications.
I also completed a 2 year college course in IT, networking, and specifically network security.
I'm A+ Certified, Network+ certified, and have a few basic Microsoft certifications, but I have as of yet, not attempted any Cisco certifications.
I feel this prior education gives me insight into analyzing video and images posted here in various sections (paranormal, UFOs, etc) and I believe my background and current career in the IT field gives me insight into security matters, hacking such as anonymous, and government tracking, all of which are popular topics here.
Though of course I don't limit myself to only those areas where I have training, I'm interested in it all.
I'm not going to post the schools I attended nor my certification IDs as I do prefer a little anonymityedit on 23-12-2011 by phishyblankwaters because: (no reason given)
I think this was just a formality to me, i needed the piece of paper to get a job with the skills i've had since i was 13 years old.
Ditto, I've been tinkering and playing with this stuff since before the internet when you had to dial into a BBS. I taught myself Qbasic programming in junior high when I found someones high school textbook on the bus. Everything else just seemed like a logical extension of that.
I'm a creative person, so I set out to work with computers graphically, but found not only was that field over-saturated, but it was also a crushing field for anyone who liked art for arts sake. That's when I got more interested in the hardware that makes the computer actually work.
I really owe it to a junior high school teacher who noticed how quickly I learned things computer wise. He was my computer aided drafting teacher and ended up having me learn the 3D aspects of autocad to teach him, so he could teach the class. As a side project a few other students and I were handed several boxes of unorganized computer parts and told to make it work.
From that point on I've been working with computers as a hobby and a career.edit on 23-12-2011 by phishyblankwaters because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by AzureSky
I know plenty of people with degrees who are stupid as hell
But it depends on your definition of stupid, a degree just gets you a job in something. Do you know it? Yes.
But it doesn't make you smart, sure it makes you smart in whatever field you took, of course it would.
But if your watching TV with someone with a degree, and some reporter is talking about the imminent collapse of the EU, and all you hear is "she should have parted her hair the other way", then you have yourself a dumbass.
Originally posted by 10111011
I'm sure many of us hold degrees on this site. I for one hold an associates degree, working on a bachelor's in IT. However with that being said. I'll put it like this... I know people without degrees. Some without diplomas that are extremly smart, dumb in ways, but smart. Owning and running successful companies. I also know people holding degrees that are plain dumb. Going no where fast. So now we're at book smarts vs street smarts or how much of the two makes for the smarter person? Thats where I'll leave it open for you guys to argue. LoL
Originally posted by Aqualung2012
I'm posting this thread in an attempt to convince my fiance that there are many highly qualified people here in our beloved forum. Of course, many of us (including myself) do not have a college education, nor a degree in anything for that matter. I do not feel it necessary to have such certification, but she does, and I feel she represents a larger number of people who would judge credibility on well... credentials.
The question I would like to pose is: Who does posses any certification, any degrees, and/or any education relevant to any of the items in the gamut of topics here on ATS?
Please, for the sake of our reputation, share with myself and others viewing this thread your qualifications for being a presenter of truth, as we may all take another step towards empiricism.
(Note: Anyone and everyone is welcome to reply to this thread. I am simply asking for any specific degree/training as well as experience in any given field. Also, feel absolutely free to link any threads you have posted yourself.)
Thank you very much and I look forward to proving my point.
This would be more of a direct reply to your fiance:
Within one hour of the OP, my fiance has gotten pissed off and went to bed. Her point of "ATS is nothing but conspiracy idiots," has -I feel- been made null and void.
I hope you were just tired while typing this, and don't actually feel that way. Having a predisposed opinion in regards to who is 'worth listening to', based solely on the degree that someone tells you they have, is a terribly flawed logic.
However, I hope this thread continues on, if only for the sake of helping me spot people worth listening to in this vast cacophony of blathering.