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Wrong Fuel Chokes Presidential Limo

AshtangiMan Re:Um... (612 comments)

I want one so bad that I'd buy a Mahindra if they could actually get them imported.

Yeah. I'd buy the Taj Mahauler in a heartbeat. Or a small diesel hybrid pickup.

about a year ago
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Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

AshtangiMan Re:Cheap labor trained with tax dollars (265 comments)

I can't tell if you're trolling or not. I have never held a job where I wasn't doing some kind of programming, and I only was a programmer by job title for about a year and a half. Most of the time I was writing code in C, fortran, and scripting languages to help me with the automatable or problem solving parts of various jobs.

The fact that I grew up peeking and poking the hell out of my early commodore and apple computers certainly helped. I think the paradigm of desktop computer went away from that because in the 80s and 90s the bulk of the workforce had never used a computer and so it became the glorified typewriter, reinforced by the way you worked with the MS and apple machines (ie, no longer was the user interface also the programming interface).

But any of the people (none of whom were programmers) I spent years working with that were doing simulation on Sun and SGI machines quickly learned at the very least c-shell scripting along with grep/sed/awk and then perl so that they could do more of their job and less of the data reduction tasks. There should always be protocol for the area to which you refer, but I'm talking about something else entirely.

The point is that the usefulness of knowing how to program goes far beyond the commercial and corporate software development worlds.

about a year and a half ago
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Tech Leaders Encourage Teaching Schoolkids How To Code

AshtangiMan Re:Cheap labor trained with tax dollars (265 comments)

I think the biggest change is that people in many fields will be using programming as a tool in their non-programming job. This is already the case, but it is largely informal. Computers as a job tool for everyone are going to move far beyond the office suite, and kids who don't know how to program are going to be less able to compete and contribute in general.

about a year and a half ago
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Architecture Firm and ESA To 3D Print Building On the Moon

AshtangiMan Re:PC Load letter (113 comments)

Unsatisfying blurb on fosters site. A regolith dome over a inflatable original structure. It makes good sense, but the hype should be more about the fact that its a manned moon base. For some reason it reminds me of all the press gherry got for using "aerospace manufacturing techniques" for the skin on the Bilbao Guggenheim and then again for the Disney center. Architecture sucks.

about a year and a half ago
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Architecture Firm and ESA To 3D Print Building On the Moon

AshtangiMan PC Load letter (113 comments)

Getting the printer up there is the trick. But perhaps I'll go rtfa ....

about a year and a half ago
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Amazon.com Suffers Outage: Nearly $5M Down the Drain?

AshtangiMan Re:or maybe (173 comments)

Try the spatula hut ... better deals and salespeople who really know their stuff.

about a year and a half ago
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Asteroid Resources Could Make Science Fiction Dreams and Nightmares a Reality

AshtangiMan Re:Worst article in a long while (223 comments)

You can just wish you had a million wishes and problem solved.

about a year ago
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Scientists Create New Gasoline Substitute Out of Plants

AshtangiMan Re:How is this different from bio-diesel? (419 comments)

The article calls the resulting fuel "diesel" a couple of times. This apparently is bio diesel, using an old industrial process and then a new catalyst (I'm betting that the ip for the catalyst will be owned by bp) to convert the output of the old process into the fuel.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

AshtangiMan Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (690 comments)

On the other hand genetics do effect the brain. My layman's thinking is that genetics effect all of our organs, bones, sinew, muscle, etc. why would the brain be any different. So: would it not be fair to say that there may be a possibility for the brain to correlate in myriad ways to myriad genetic bits? To try to use aspects of that as a reason behind law or social policy institutionally is the trouble in my mind. But to try to understand complexities of brain and behavior can still be a rewarding pursuit.

I am a math educator and do notice some difference between boys an girls, but also that there are girls who have a typical "boy" attitude and vice versa. I believe that any categorization would have to be very fine grained to be any help to "bin" and that girl vs boy would not be right. But that if one was able to have 5 categories in math based on increased understanding of learning styles, some would be weighted towards gender.

So there is a science to education and having a complex field summarized in a sentence does not make the article a troll.

about a year and a half ago
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Why Girls Do Better At School

AshtangiMan Re:Going to get modded down as sexist for this, bu (690 comments)

Test scores have a huge filter. Since at least the 70s/80s that filter has been widely studied and debated. The only thing op used occams razor for was to cut up his lines of meth.

about a year and a half ago
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2012 Set Record For Most Expensive Gas In US

AshtangiMan Re:Dear America, (430 comments)

That Canadian calendar is confusing.

about a year and a half ago
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"Jedi" Religion Most Popular Alternative Faith In England

AshtangiMan Re:"Alternative" to what? (262 comments)

Plaid of course

about a year and a half ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

AshtangiMan Re:I'd hire him (368 comments)

Interesting. My jobs then paid twice minimum wage. At Michigan tech now you could make it working at twice min wage, but yes it's harder. There are states where school is cheaper than that though. of course this doesn't change the point that i may not be a good value exchange. But I think it's better and just as manageable to get the 4 year ba than the 1 or 2 year associates. Perhaps a combo is the best way ...

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Ranks ISP Speeds

AshtangiMan Re:Only ranks major ISPs (186 comments)

Yes. How do I measure this? (I know I know, here's my geek card)

about a year and a half ago
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Netflix Ranks ISP Speeds

AshtangiMan Re:Only ranks major ISPs (186 comments)

I use speed test and find that my speeds with AT&T and wifi at home (century link DSL) both give 4.5 Mbps. I don't use it for much more than streaming and surfing and am happy with it. What's interesting is that the table shows far worse performance for both which makes me question how accurate speed test is.

about a year and a half ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

AshtangiMan Re:Not possible any more (368 comments)

I posted above but with respect to state schools it not. I witness thousands do it every year in my city of half a million.

about a year and a half ago
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Degree Hack: Cobbling Together Credit Hours For Cheap

AshtangiMan Re:I'd hire him (368 comments)

Have things changed so much in education that this is astounding? I went to va tech (in state) and paid for it and living out of summer job cash as did most of the other engineering students with whom I attended in the late eighties (cool story bro) (tuition was like $2500 per year iirc). Even if the tuition costs have tripled I can't imagine that it's that hard to live of the economy or summer in more lucrative places to save ahead. Va tech at the time was a top twenty overall engineering school .... Unm now is not more expensive than that for undergrad so if you go to public in state schools it's easy and cheap to get bs degrees from four year colleges in the us (and yes, it's hard not to see that and chuckle). With any of those programs you get out of it what you put in to it, as with any degree. I am not promoting four year degrees as necessary or good value inherently, but do intend to compare $3000 for an associate's degree with $10000 for a BS as in favor of the BS for students wanting to be in technical fields and pursue knowledge as sport.

about a year and a half ago
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Hurricane Sandy Fails To Stop Line For iPad Mini Launch

AshtangiMan Re:Another DST bug? (103 comments)

Hmmm .... Right. What is now called 6 will be called 5. So we will end up with more light in the morning. Doh. I was trying to correct the parent who said we are on est now.

about a year and a half ago
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Hurricane Sandy Fails To Stop Line For iPad Mini Launch

AshtangiMan Re:Another DST bug? (103 comments)

IIRC EST is eastern standard time. We are cyrrently still on daylight savings time (EDT). I like to think of it as "dumb time" is standard time, and "smart time" is daylight savings time. Though dumb time is nice for the 4 or so months we still use it otherwise the sun is completely down before 5:00 pm.

about a year and a half ago

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Hacking a DTV Converter Box

AshtangiMan AshtangiMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AshtangiMan writes "I just got my DTV coupons in the mail, and have been researching what is available for the rabbit ear crowd now that many TV broadcasters are broadcasting digital and even HD signals. It turns out that there are "off the air" (OTA) terrestrial ATSC appliances, some include a DVD burner and there are a couple with HDD as well. Perhaps the market will improve as this becomes more mainstream, but there still are not very good alternatives for OTA DVR, and the few that I found do not record in HD, but in 480p. Likewise, the coverter boxes that are eligeable for the coupons only feed 480i signals out. I wonder why, but I also am thinking that with an ATSC tuner in there it should not be too much of a strech to extend the device to output other formats. Does anyone here know more about this technology, and why there aren't more TIVO like appliances that (without a subscription) will provide a DVR for OTA HD?"
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Biofuels actually contribute to greenhouse

AshtangiMan AshtangiMan writes  |  more than 6 years ago

AshtangiMan (684031) writes "Who would have imagined, something that seemed so promising at the small scale could break down at the larger scale? OK, so perhaps a lot of us did, but the NY Times (sorry, subscription required) today writes of biofuel production being a contributer to greenhouse gasses due to the most likely case of land use redesignation. That is, previous calculations did not account for the effects of clearing existing grasslands, rain forests, etc. to increase farmland available for biofuel production. From the article, "The clearance of grassland releases 93 times the amount of greenhouse gas that would be saved by the fuel made annually on that land [. . .]". That's a big CO2 downpayment on an already controversial technology. So much for the carbon neutrality of biodiesel."
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