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Higher Tuition For an Engineering Degree

L. VeGas Re:That will teach you not to use a sarcasm tag. (531 comments)

I can't imagine hardly anyone goes to college for anything other than increasing their money making potential.
This makes me sad. Honestly. I know a lot of people feel this way, but to it expressed in such a blunt manner shows me how poor the educational system can be.

Many, many people go to college for reasons other than "increasing their money making potential", my wife being one. At my urging, she went (back) to college after we were married and got a B.A. in fine arts, graduating when she was nine months pregnant. She has not had a job or made any income in thirteen years, and we have no plans for her to do so. Despite this, her education was worth all the effort and every penny. She is more rounded, has more confidence and simply learned a great deal.

I really, really don't want to sound like I'm being rude, but the fact that you can't even imagine pursuing higher education for any reason other than money indicates to me that this is probably what was emphasized while you were in school.

Education can truly be its own reward.

more than 7 years ago



Demonoid shut down by CRIA?

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  about 7 years ago

L. VeGas writes "For twenty-four hours, Demonoid has been offline.

The popular Dutch news site, is reporting that the world's second largest torrent tracker, Demonoid has apprently been shut down by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)

This happens just three months after Demonoid moved its servers to Canada under pressure from BREIN, a Dutch anti-piracy organization.

Wonder why> the Demonoid folks thought Canada would be a good safe-haven to begin with."

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  more than 7 years ago

L. VeGas writes "Richard Brodie, Microsoft employee number 77, creator of Microsoft Word 1.0 and professional poker player, was banned from all Harrah's casinos yesterday for winning at video poker, a game both impossible to cheat and impossible to overcome the house advantage. Since the World Series of Poker is held at the Rio, a Harrah's property, this meant he would be unable to play in the upcoming tournament. Thanks to massive public support, they have relented, and now Brodie will be playing, and I can once again live vicariously throught him."



Portable Software Blows Up With U3 Standard

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  about 9 years ago

U3 Smartdrives, USB flash drives that conform to the U3 standard, are due to arrive in October. This standard will make developing and deploying portable applications that run stand-alone on USB drives a snap. Full article here.


Brain Computer Interface Hat

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  about 9 years ago

Nature has an article about a brain-computer-interface hat that "can read your thoughts". You can "stroll down a virtual street" by just thinking about walking. I have to admit, if I could do something in the virtual world just by thinking about it, I doubt that it would be walking down a street.


Hilarious Domain Name Mispronunciations

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Here's a great selection of unfortunate domain name choices. Be careful what you register. Did you mean or


Air Car Emits No Pollution

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  more than 9 years ago

MDI (Moteur Developpment International) claims that they have developed a car that uses "bi-energy" (compressed air + fuel) that has an effective driving range of 2000 km with "zero pollution in cities and considerably reduced pollution outside urban areas". They are promoting it to be used as a CAT vehicle.


Build Your Own Robot

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  more than 9 years ago

There's a nice roundup of do-it-yourself robot building here. Lots of links and resources for the budding robotocist.


Linspire as Beerware

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Linspire, everyone's favorite WalMart distro, can be downloaded for free until September 6. They claim they are doing it to remove any confusion with Andrew Betts' Freespire, which is now called Squiggle. Actually, this confused me even more. According to their site, Linspire (free or not) includes "a lot of legal and paid-for 3rd-party licenses for things like mp3, Java, Flash, Quick Time, Windows Media, Bitstream fonts, Real media, music, etc.".


Mazda has USB key

L. VeGas L. VeGas writes  |  more than 9 years ago

Everything USB reports that Mazda has developed a concept car that abandons the traditional cylinder key in favor of a USB key. It can also store driving directions and, of course, songs. This seems so obvious, I can't believe nobody has already done this.

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