I started my PhD... don't even remember when. Was a stupid idea inside of a stupid system and to all you listening for backpropagation ideas (aka "hindsight bias"): DON'T DO IT. Unless the system (environment, family, employer) allows for it, as they'd allow a prison inmate to take a piss or a slave to take a digestion (synonym in Latin for divergence which is synonym in English for getting a bit of rest). PhD does pay me some $5000 / month gross for the 6 hours I have to register and work under signature for them, that is teach stupid imbeciles this joke: "Do you know what's the difference between ignorance and apathy?" Noone hand gets raised so I tell'em "I don't know and I don't care". I would have stopped the drain of intelligence (mine) in the 1'st year after I realized the environment conditions but it was too late: it's like The Army recruiting you. I'd have to pay the WHOLE schoolarship and some penalties to get an early out of the system and definitely: 1) I don't have those resources or I wouldn't have started the thing in the first place. 2) Wuz so hard to push another 6 hours to the end? 6 + 3 transit + another day preparing = 2 days ripped from my uncaring employer which couldn't care less about my math ablilities to do their navigation outside of this world (although that's what they do, their primary source of income and their hoper for a better future) as I care about fucking dunno what. And this is the good employer who only has like $200M on the line. Before that there was a $1B++ one and the only glimpse I had at upper management showed me I should put effort and stick to my current guys. This is a programming thread btw. Don't borrow it under the "chit chat" section. Tell me what you'd do in my place.