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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Loughla This is a thing already (205 comments)

Most schools have this already, essentially. It's called a liberal arts degree, or a Board of Trustees degree, if they want it to sound official.

You pick courses that you want to take, take X amount of hours and are awarded a degree. In theory, students specialize in areas the school doesn't offer degrees in, to thereby personalize their education that much further.

In reality it is a junk degree awarded to D students and sports players who don't want to take anything above a 300 level course.

about 4 months ago
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MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated

Loughla Re:Idiots (205 comments)

You do understand the concept of broad base of knowledge to operate from, correct? It's a liberal arts education; not all will be useful, some will be. They used to have a term for it; renaissance man (or woman, you know, whatever).

What's the quote; specialization is for insects.

about 4 months ago
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How long ago did you last assemble a computer?

Loughla Re:"assemble" or "reassmeble" (391 comments)

Have you ever read John Dies at the End?

The Axe Paradox at the beginning of that book haunts my nightmares.

about 4 months ago
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Senate Bill Would Ban Most Bulk Surveillance

Loughla Re:A sad perspective (176 comments)

It turns out that spying on Europe is perfectly legal in the US after this law passes, and that spying on the US is perfectly legal in Europe. . . .

Lucky for everyone's citizens, no European country and the US are incredibly close allies.

about 4 months ago
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

Loughla Re:Exploited procedural loophole (419 comments)

Both times I've done it, though, I used my phone to look up the generic number for the credit card company. Don't blindly trust anyone* and use their number on their card. God only knows where that's actually going.

* Except Google, apparently. . . . Yikes.

about 4 months ago
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London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites

Loughla Re: uno (160 comments)

(Generally older) People who Google items like, "Where can I watch Dear John" and "New Will and Grace"

I am woefully out of touch with culture, but you get the idea.

about 4 months ago
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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

Loughla Re:sigh. bailing wire? (868 comments)

If it's oiled wire, stored in oiled paper, it's actually meant for concrete work with re-bar, but is actually used most often to string low-charge electric fences. It is commonly used with horses in conjunction with white, vinyl warning fence. You get anywhere from 50-200 feet per spool.

Baling wire is substantially thicker, un-oiled, and comes in much larger spools; 500-1000 feet per spool.

The spools in oil paper are meant to be strung by hand and not intended to be used for tying anything long-term; hence the lighter gauge. In fact, it's meant to hold re-bar together long enough for the concrete to be poured, thereby securing the re-bar and negating the need for the wire. Baling wire is intended to be strung by machine, and exists mainly to tie things together for seasons (and hold together the entire Midwest's infrastructure). Square bales that use baling wire must be stored out of the elements, so the wire being un-oiled is not an issue.

To the GP: If you use baling twine, then your machinery sucks, sell that P.O.S. Oliver and buy something made in the last fifty years. I bet you run narrow base Allis-Chalmers too, don't you?

about 4 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Loughla Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

It's easier to lug around $100 than it is to lug around six chickens and a goat.

about 9 months ago
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Mt. Gox Gone? Apparent Theft Shakes Bitcoin World

Loughla Re:Vive le Galt! (695 comments)

So, I assume you propose a barter system then?

Be less ridiculous.

about 9 months ago
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The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

Loughla Re: How the fuck does this thing work, why is it r (250 comments)

You would think that they would have known better than to try to bullshit such an intelligent userbase with some retard-obvious shit like that.

You're talking about slashdot, correct? Have you ever used that site and looked at the comments? I'll be surprised if half of the people even notice the page changed. As long as it's shiny, they'll be happy.

about 10 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

Loughla Re:zero tolerance and who owns my computer (731 comments)

So all of those websites that you currently access for free then. They were around back in the early days of the internet? All of the free content you consume, it was available, too? All of the people who are currently connected, they've always been on-line then?

Like it or not, now that the entire world is connected, someone has to pay. Please note that I'm not saying I agree with the ad model we currently have, I'm just saying that your view is incredibly short-sighted and immature.

about 10 months ago
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How would you use science to innovate upon sports?

Loughla Re:Breed out the need for sports (253 comments)

Maybe just blindly reproduce[. . .]

The fact that this isn't recreation to you makes me quite sad for your right hand.

about 10 months ago
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Billion Year Storage Media

Loughla Re:The authors don't trust their own invention (204 comments)

Couldn't we just etch everything into stone, then encapsulate it in concrete or other similarly hard medium, and put it into orbit around the moon? Wouldn't that last a while?

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Acknowledges Ctrl+Alt+Del Was a Mistake

Loughla Re:Redundant keys (665 comments)

Semicolon; damnit; why don;t people use that one more often; I find it can replace all other punctuation;

about a year ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

Loughla Re:DEA cannot win this. Why bother? (455 comments)

Oh, I'm quite sure they exist. Just as people who believe that throwing acid in a young girl's face is preferable to educating that girl. There's really no difference between the two.

Hyperbole is a terrible argumentative tool

Seriously, though, here are the arguments against what you said first, according to a highly educated young officer that I'm friends with:

They enforce laws against opiates. This jacks up the price, and driving addicts to commit crimes to get a fix. This also decreases the quality and consistancy of the supply, killing people.

"They don't have to do the drugs. An increased cost, and more danger would tell me that I should probably stop doing opiates. Addiction is no excuse for breaking the law. Also, saying that addicts HAVE to break the law to provide for their addiction is really only half of the argument. They have another option: getting clean."

They enforce laws against cocaine, turning people towards more easily obtained, yet far more harmful stimulants like meth.

"Those two things are VERY dissimilar in how they act in your body. That's a bad argument. Coke heads don't go to meth. They go to crack. Meth use and cocaine use are in entirely separate areas of the country at the micro-scale, and in entirely separate communities at the macro-scale."

The enforce laws against psychedelics, depriving most of the country from one of the most awe inspiring, and still incredibly safe experiences life has to offer.

"You could, you know, do something else awe inspiring. Ever seen the grand canyon? If your life is so boring that you MUST have psychedelics to enjoy it, you need to evaluate the choices you make."

Again, I'm the messenger for him, I just felt the need to rebut your argument from one of those "pants on head retarded" people you're talking about.

about a year ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

Loughla Re:DEA cannot win this. Why bother? (455 comments)

There are, and this may be hard to understand, people who genuinely believe that the only way to remove drugs from the streets - regardless of proof to the contrary - is to make them illegal and put people in jail for them. These people believe that personal responsibility should be enough to keep people from doing drugs, and that if we make them legal, the problem will only get worse.

For proof of the fact that these people exist, and that they do not agree with your undergraduate statistics and crime course arguments, please consult anyone labeled 'officer'.

about a year ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

Loughla Re:DEA cannot win this. Why bother? (455 comments)

You do understand that the DEA enforces more than just marijuana laws, correct? This is a terrible argument, and it's modded insightful. For shame, /.. For Shame.

about a year ago
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DEA Argues Oregonians Have No Protected Privacy Interest In Prescription Records

Loughla Re:Medical records privacy act? (455 comments)

What that means is that a cop can go into a hospital, flash his badge, and copy all your medical records if he feels like it, without violating HIPAA. Individual hospitals may have different policies, but nothing in HIPAA prevents that.

A badge does not equal a court order, court-ordered warrant or subvpoena. Hyperbole is not an effective argument tool, stop it.

about a year ago
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LexisNexis and Other Major Data Brokers Hacked By ID Theft Service

Loughla Re:Good? (99 comments)

Define "they" please.

about a year ago

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