Teaching College Is No Longer a Middle Class Job
Yup. One administrator should not be worth four professors: http://io9.com/professors-pran...
Terran Computational Calendar Introduces Minimonths, Year Bases, and Datemods
At some time in the future, we will replace the irregular system we have now, with something reasonable. Like metric.
It didn't work during the French Revolution, and it won't work now.
Mental Illness Reduces Lifespan As Much as Smoking
Your comment is completely misinformed.
From the National Institute of Mental Health:
Mental disorders are common in the United States and internationally. An estimated 26.2 percent of Americans ages 18 and older — about one in four adults — suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. When applied to the 2004 U.S. Census residential population estimate for ages 18 and older, this figure translates to 57.7 million people.
I don't have the figures for 2004, but I do have the figures for 2012 regarding homelessness. From the US Department of Housing and Urban Development:
On a single night in 2012 there were 633,782 homeless people in the United States[...]
Dividing by the US population in 2012 (312.8 million), we get 0.00202615728, or, 0.2%
So 26.2% of Americans are mentally ill, and 0.2% of Americans are homeless. So no, it's not a "positively idiotic statement." The mentally all are all around us, and perhaps the reason the study can't pin down why they're dying younger is because people are under the impression that you can easily spot someone who's mentally ill. Yeah, a lot of homeless people are mentally ill. But about a quarter of everyone is mentally ill, and trying to put the mentally ill into a box means that most of those people will go untreated because they'll be ashamed of their disease.
Game of Thrones Author George R R Martin Writes with WordStar on DOS
DOS WordStar is notably lacking in support for extended characters of any sort.
If there's one thing Martin doesn't need, it's more characters.
Ask Slashdot: Does Your Job Need To Exist?
This applies to all of us stuck in the service industry, too. Minimum wage, minimum effort.
Reason Suggests DoJ Closing Porn Stars' Bank Accounts
Here you go: https://news.vice.com/article/...
They talked to a few porn stars who had this happen in the article.
Are Habitable Exoplanets Bad News For Humanity?
Exactly. The planet is 492 light years away. For all we know, they could be wondering the exact same thing when they look at Earth because we weren't exactly broadcasting a lot of radio waves back in 1522.
Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?
I see you've never been to California.
Yahoo May Build Its Own YouTube
Simple. Set up a Google Voice account.
We Can Avoid a Surveillance State Dystopia
Well, except for people who were slaves. Or a woman who wanted to vote before 1920. Or a minority before the Civil Rights movement.
How exactly are we defining "Freedom"? We can't measure it without quantifying it.
In what way have you been directly restricted by the government?
Slashdot Tries Something New; Audience Responds!
All things change though and I'm sure I could live without Slashdot and find other competitors that deliver tech news I want to hear.
Yeah, that's the real issue. We won't suffer through a new, crappy UI. This isn't Facebook. You're not the only game in town.
We will leave. And that'll be the end of it.
Fire Destroys Iron Mountain Data Warehouse, Argentina's Bank Records Lost
Are there any slashdot users who actually SEE ads?
How Can Nintendo Recover?
One of the first things I did when I jailbroke my iPhone was download a Gameboy emulator so I could play old Pokemon games.
Why the fuck isn't this available on the app store?
The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class
Brings to mind the apocryphal quote from Milton Friedman:
At one of our dinners, Milton recalled traveling to an Asian country in the 1960s and visiting a worksite where a new canal was being built. He was shocked to see that, instead of modern tractors and earth movers, the workers had shovels. He asked why there were so few machines. The government bureaucrat explained: “You don’t understand. This is a jobs program.” To which Milton replied: “Oh, I thought you were trying to build a canal. If it’s jobs you want, then you should give these workers spoons, not shovels.”
For Education, Why TI-83 > iPad
In high school physics, I really hated doing force and vector problems, so I wrote a program on my TI-83 that could do it. My physics teacher saw what I was doing, and shrugged. He figured that if I were clever enough to write a program to do the work, I could use it on the test.
Ask Slashdot: How To Get Open Source Projects To Take Our Money?
Contract them to deliver a custom build of their software. The minimum you can spend on their custom work is $5000. Have them deliver a build with a "Hello, Company X" startup message, and no other changes.
Concern Mounts Over Self-Driving Cars Taking Away Freedom
That's a lot of wasted time for me. I'd rather do so many more things during that driving time. I could read all my commute time.
Audiobooks, my friend. All my time in the car is spent listening to audiobooks or podcasts. It's a great, safe way to recover otherwise wasted time sitting in traffic.