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Ask Slashdot: How To Enter Private Space Industry As an Engineer?

Dravik Check into Huntsville (283 comments)

If you are willing to stretch your distances, the University of Alabama in Huntsville is a good engineering school(not n aMIT or Georgia Tech) that is collocated with a lot of space and missile companies. By going to UAH you can do Co-ops and internships with NASA, Army Missile and Space Command, Space X, and others. Almost every US space and missile company has a presence in Huntsville Alabama and takes students from UAH.

more than 2 years ago
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Teacher Union Tries To Block Online Courses

Dravik Re:You are 1200 miles from a school? (608 comments)

Your not paying just for the knowledge, your paying for a trusted authority to certify that you have that knowledge. Yes, anybody can learn from khan academy, but how can a third party (i.e. a potential employer) be sure you're telling the truth? The certification is valuable and thus it is sold.

about 3 years ago
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Teacher Union Tries To Block Online Courses

Dravik Re:its not 'unions'. (608 comments)

I don't agree with you. Moving a child from a poor performing school to a high performing will definitely help the child. A full voucher system wouldn't require moving children often. Parents do the research, put their child in the school that they think is best, and the school that nobody wants to go to will get better or go away. One of the best ways to improve the performance of any group is to get rid of the lowest performers.

about 3 years ago
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Teacher Union Tries To Block Online Courses

Dravik Re:Union Featherbedding, Meh (608 comments)

As others have pointed out, The 100 and 200 level lecture hall classes aren't any better than online. A 400 level 20 student class probably shouldn't be online. The 300 student Western Civ class, what do you loose by going online?

about 3 years ago
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Your State University Doesn't Want You

Dravik Re:Free Public Education for All (551 comments)

You forgot to ask, who should decide what the person gets educated in. If society is paying all the bills because of the benefit to society, doesn't that lead to society dictating what the individual learns? Just because some person is interested in the lives of middle ages prostitutes doesn't mean society should foot the bill if society needs more engineers.

about 3 years ago
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Surveillance Case May Reveal FBI Cellphone Tracking Techniques

Dravik Re:LEO Only? (57 comments)

Private people have been building these for DEFCON for a couple of years. This technology is out in the open for anyone who wants to look up the presentations.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Second Major For a Mechanical Engineer?

Dravik Re:I am qualified to answer (296 comments)

Your job sounds interesting. I actually like the calculation. Where do I send the resume?

more than 3 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Second Major For a Mechanical Engineer?

Dravik Why double? (296 comments)

Unless you in the rare position of being able to complete a double major in the same amount of time as a single major, your probably better off getting a BS and the an MS.

more than 3 years ago
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Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage

Dravik Re:Shortage of engineering jobs, (580 comments)

They will then transfer for the last two to a university with a brand name. I respectfully disagree, I don't believe re-proving centuries ago established facts provides anything of worth. I believe that universities are going to move, despite their best efforts, to a 2+2 model. As tuition continues to climb students are going to take the first two years at community colleges and/or online classes. What labs do do is create excuses to deny transfer credits. You might have taken a 4 credit class including the lab, but here the lab is separate so you need to pay us to do it again.

more than 3 years ago
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Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage

Dravik Re:Shortage of engineering jobs, (580 comments)

Will you need any junior EEs around the end of May? If so, should I come to the interview in renaissance garb?

more than 3 years ago
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Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage

Dravik Re:Shortage of engineering jobs, (580 comments)

College labs aren't really that useful, or at least not for me. Text says V=IR; put together a circuit, measure it, wow! the text is right. What a revelation! The only labs I've found useful are for 400 level classes and programing. You could ditch labs for the first three years without any loss of educational value.

more than 3 years ago
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How Education Is Changing Thanks To Khan Academy

Dravik Re:Salman Khan suggested it... (240 comments)

The article didn't focus much on this point, but it was mentioned that teachers keep asking if there is a way to prevent the kids from getting so far ahead. I don't think your going to get much enthusiasm from teachers that want to restrain learning to what is "supposed" to be learned at each grade level.

more than 3 years ago
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Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

Dravik Re:Doubling the value! (488 comments)

You might want to get some of your marketing and other departments to read this thread. There is a great suggestion lower down to offer a mostly streaming only, DVDs available only if the content is not available for streaming option. Also, those licensing issue need to get resolved. Have you ever tried to explain to a three year old why his latest favorite move vanished over night? You need to include some type of notification both before and after it isn't available. Just having it vanish from your search results with no explanation is not good.

more than 3 years ago
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If WikiLeaks Suspect Manning Is Legally Guilty, What Punishment?

Dravik Re:"Legally" Guilty (359 comments)

Sending anything to WikiLeaks, which provides information to anyone, is a pretty clear cut case of: * That he knowingly gave intelligence (indirectly) to the enemy. * That he was aware that his action would cause the intel to be published. * That he was aware that the enemy would have access to it.

They don't have to show any of this. As part of his security clearance he will have signed multiple NDAs that spell out exactly what he can and can't do with the information. To get a conviction all they have to show is that he released information in violation of the NDAs, which souldn't be that hard. Some of the charges might require more, but he will be convicted of at least that without much doubt.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims LegalZoom Is Practicing Law Without a License

Dravik Re:All lawyers are evil..and all geeks have Asperg (246 comments)

...You go to a lawyer when you want to buy a house, and 3 years later find out the previous owners lied and the foundation was rotten. You go to a lawyer when you want to start a company and want to make sure that one person doesn't go off and bring it all down by their own mistakes. You go to a lawyer when the system has run you over and you don't know how to stand up for yourself...

Everything you listed are things people really need lawyers for. Does the young couple with no children and no assets in an uncontested divorce need lawyers? No, they need a form and a service that files that form with the court. Does someone who just wants to leave everything he has to his son need a lawyer? No, a will form in a standard format for his state is all he needs. The majority of health problems are things like a twisted ankle or the sniffles. You don't need a doctor to tell you to take it easy for a couple of days and take some asprin. Most regular people don't have anything complicated that a para-legal or some pre-formatted forms couldn't handle for them.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims LegalZoom Is Practicing Law Without a License

Dravik Re:Occupational Licensure - Incumbent Wage Protect (246 comments)

What is the definition of qualified person? Your assertion would be true if anybody could take the test and be certified if they were competent. electricians generally must spend 4 or more years as a union apprentice before being allowed to take the test. Same thing with plumbers. Lawyers must have completed an accredited law degree before they can even take the bar. Ohh, and they have to join and pay dues to the bar. In case your not noticing the pattern, you must pay a lot of money to the guilds(bar, unions, etc..) before you're even allowed to attempt to show your competence. I'm not a certified electrician , but I've had to spend a lot of time doing electrical work in my house because multiple "competent" "quality controlled" certified electricians did shoddy work for the previous owners of the house. I'm just glad I live in a union unfriendly state so it only takes an BS in Electrical Engineering to get around the unions.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims LegalZoom Is Practicing Law Without a License

Dravik Re:Web MD is next! (246 comments)

There is a service, called Symptom Checker, that reviews your symptoms and suggests possible problems.

more than 3 years ago
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Lawsuit Claims LegalZoom Is Practicing Law Without a License

Dravik Re:Litigious bastards (246 comments)

Could be because they figured out that there will be a lot more out-of-work lawyers if the drudge work is automated.

more than 3 years ago

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School Spies on Students Through Webcams

Dravik Dravik writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Dravik (699631) writes "A suburban Philadelphia school district used the webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit."
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