Congratulations are in order this evening for one of AnandTech’s most esteemed colleagues and peers, Scott Wasson. Scott founded The Tech Report back in 1999 and has lead it since, and in those years has operated one of the best deep technical websites in the business. However after 16 years at the helm of The Tech Report, this evening Scott has announced that he is retiring from the site at the start of next year and will be joining AMD.

Among his accomplishment, Scott was instrumental in bringing the matter of GPU frame pacing and overall frame rate consistency to the attention of the wider world of technology. And at the same time he has been equally responsible for holding AMD to task on the subject – a position that isn’t always easy – ultimately driving AMD to improve their drivers and frame delivery mechanisms to the benefit of all users. So to find out that he is joining AMD, though undoubtedly a loss to technical journalism, is wonderful news for both parties, as now AMD will have a strong advocate for quality and user experience within their ranks who can push for even more.

So with that in mind, I wish Scott congratulations and the best of luck in his new position.

As for The Tech Report, Scott has announced that his managing editor and right-hand man Jeff Kampman will be taking over the site. Jeff has done a great deal for the site since joining, so I am happy to hear that Jeff will be continuing the Report's tradition of quality journalism.

Source: The Tech Report

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  • silverblue - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    Well done Scott, sad to see you go. Reply
  • dragonsqrrl - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    Sad to see Scott go. Hope he can do good things for AMD. Reply
  • Mondozai - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    So after Brian and Anand joined Apple, now Jeff joins AMD. This is starting to look like a trend.

    Makes you wonder if we'll lose our Ryan to a GPU company, either AMD or NV, in the next few years. Stay with us, Ryan!
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  • hans_ober - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    Join Anandtech without any CS/EE related degree, you're guaranteed a job. Reply
  • BackInAction - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    Degrees mean very little in the IT world. Sure it might help you get a "better" job initially, but hard work, self-learning and experience can more than make up for it. Reply
  • Flunk - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    Maybe, but some companies bar anyone from the more lucrative opportunities if you don't have a degree. I actually went back to school after working a few years to get a degree in Computer Science to avoid all the roadblocks. A lot of the larger companies won't even interview someone without a degree for a software developer position. IT helpdesk and repair-type jobs are more open to people with limited education, but they can also be really miserable work. Reply
  • eek2121 - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    Flunk, if you apply for a position at a large company and don't get an interview, chances are they are just parroting the position around before hiring an H1B. That's the only time I've ever seen a company NOT interview someone without a degree. Provided, of course, that you meet all the other qualifications and they haven't already hired someone else. Reply
  • jasonelmore - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    you haven't applied to to many IT admin jobs or admin asst. jobs.

    Most companies are farming out IT support to a third party or contract work. The ones who don't require a degree because they want you to do more than just IT. they want you to be versatile and be able to manage a team, provide leadership, and have the necessary smarts to do all the paper work those positions require.
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  • Reflex - Thursday, December 03, 2015 - link

    Hi. I do a ton of interviews for one of the big five tech companies (more than 100 interviews to date). It is absolutely possible to get a job here without a degree, but you need to have years of experience under your belt. Coming in now straight from high school or a local PC shop is not possible. It has nothing to do with potential H1B alternatives, interviewers and managers who make the decisions are not given that information as its handled by recruiting which is firewalled from us.

    I would never at this point tell someone who wants to work in tech to skip the degree. While they can make it, the road is far tougher than it would be with at least a CS degree. Increasingly recruiters are now requiring a Masters in CS, I've had recruiters say they flat out won't waste their time on anything lower.

    My own background is self taught, when I broke in in the 90's that was fairly typical and fortunately I have amassed 20 years now of experience so the lack of a CS degree has not been an impediment. But for anyone aspiring to my field now I would say they need to get one, its a really tough hurdle without it.
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  • tipoo - Friday, December 04, 2015 - link

    Are those the recruiters that list a masters and 20 years experience as requirements, starting pay 40K? :P Reply

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