Sometimes I wish I'd gone into electrical or computer engineering. I'm trying to learn to use Reed-Solomon error correction (which is used in just about every data storage or transmission application) and it feels impenetrable.

Having studied mechanical engineering, I feel like heat transfer and thermodynamics should be taught in high school. They're practical for understanding HVAC system energy use, why insulation matters, and how global warming works. The math isn't even that hard.

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For anyone who is a software developer who runs into the same Reed-Solomon code problem, this is the best resource I've seen:

en.m.wikiversity.org/wiki/Reed

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