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How Engineers and Scientists Cluster In the U.S.

MicktheMech Re:What is the point? (79 comments)

I suppose you can take it as confirmation of other research that American production is flat. Meaning that there isn't a lot of geographic variation (except in agriculture) in what people do in different states.

But then, even at the end of his post, Krugman concedes that there's not much point to the analysis.

1 year,26 days

George Zimmerman Acquitted In Death of Trayvon Martin

MicktheMech Re:I'm amazed... (1737 comments)

Two words explain this attitude historically: "Secret Tribunal." (You can insert the word "military" if you'd prefer three words).

But then it becomes contemporary, not historical.

about a year ago

Mount Everest Gets 4G Connectivity

MicktheMech Re:meters? (125 comments)

Everybody living in the 21st century should.

about a year ago

Is Bitcoin Mining a Real-World Environmental Problem?

MicktheMech Re:In another unit (595 comments)

Continuing my tradition of using Hydro-Québec's installed capacity as a unit of measurement, this "environmental problem" is only consuming 0.0011 Hydro-Québecs.

So how many bitcoins are we stealing from Newfoundland each day then?

about a year and a half ago

Will Donglegate Affect Your Decision To Attend PyCon?

MicktheMech Re:What the hell (759 comments)

It's worth noting that Richard actions constitute libel in the U.K. I donno if her accusation of the forking remark constitute libel in the U.S., perhaps given that it's false. I'd assume that her accusation of the dongles remark does not constitute libel in the U.S., being true.

I'm pretty sure that looking at somebody funny constitutes defamation in the U.K. some way or another. I wouldn't use British defamation laws as an analog for any reasonable country.

about a year and a half ago

NetFlix Caught Stealing DivX Subtitles From Finnish Pirates

MicktheMech From TFA (284 comments)

"Online TV giant Netflix was closed captions unauthorized use of his pants down..."

I predict "unauthorized use of his pants down" to be the new "not want".

about 2 years ago

The Behind-the-Scenes Campaign To Bring SOPA To Canada

MicktheMech Re:How much is a political bribe in Canadian dolla (171 comments)

Lobbying an MP in Canada is nowhere near as useful as lobbying one in the US. If an MP defies the party line in a vote of any consequence it becomes a major scandal. So, unless you make that cheque out to a certain Mr. Harper you're wasting your money.

more than 2 years ago

Toronto School Bans Hard Balls

MicktheMech Re:Hard Balls? (319 comments)

Just in case that was a serious comment: Pucks are rarely used by kids outside organized leagues, because they only really work on smooth ice surfaces. Unfortunately, ice time is expensive and hard to come by.

Street Hockey (or ball hockey) is generally played with tennis balls or hard orange hockey balls. These would fall under the ban. However, in my experience, you'd have a harder time getting the sticks into the school, so it's kind of a moot point.

more than 2 years ago

Krugman On Bitcoin and the Gold Standard

MicktheMech Keynesian? (601 comments)

Qualifying Krugman as a "prominent Keynesian economist" is like calling Stephen Hawking a "prominent Einsteinian physicist". I call shenanigans.

about 3 years ago

Mr. President, There Is No (US) Engineer Shortage

MicktheMech Not all engineers are professional engineers. (580 comments)

While the overuse and subsequent devaluation of the term "engineer" is deplorable, boiler operators (stationary/power engineers), locomotive operators and marine power plant operators (marine engineers) were here first and have every right to their traditional nomenclature.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

MicktheMech Re:A couple of issues (913 comments)

I am not American. There is no mention of the US in the question. How did this thread become all about the American system? Where I'm from, and in most non-american western countries the term engineer is strickly regulated. Engineers have legal authorities and obligations and it takes a lot of hard work to earn your license.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?

MicktheMech A couple of issues (913 comments)

1) If you don't have a degree, there's no way you are an engineer in any sense of the word. Engineer actually means something. Don't drag us down to your level.
2) If you don't think further education in English, etc... would be useful to an engineer in his job you have absolutely no idea what an engineer does.

more than 3 years ago

Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

MicktheMech Re:Everyone here should go see (201 comments)

I find it odd that the film with the most nominations didn't make it into the summary, but a couple of kids movies did. Does Taco think /. readers are a bunch of kids just because we live in our parents' basements?

more than 3 years ago

If I'm the driver, I like to go ...

MicktheMech Limit + 10% (717 comments)

My rule has always been drive at the speed limit plus ten percent (in good weather). I've never gotten a ticket. However, if the speed of traffic is significantly higher or lower I go with the flow.

more than 3 years ago

Sony Releases PS3 Firmware Update To Fight Jailbreaks

MicktheMech Re:Get over it? (336 comments)

Develop a better game... One that will sell. Sony benefits when games on their system sell well, I doubt they turn down many viable titles.

about 4 years ago

Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25

MicktheMech Re:Cue increase in accidents (825 comments)

Where on earth were you actually able to drive 220kph, let alone 250, for any extended period? By "UK roads" do you mean some kind of oval track?

about 4 years ago

China's Nine-Day Traffic Jam Tops 62 Miles

MicktheMech Re:I haven't tried this myself... (198 comments)

If traffic was that slow I would turn of the engine, put her in neutral and push.

about 4 years ago

Controversy Arises Over Taliban Option In Medal of Honor

MicktheMech Re:Hypocrisy Isn't Free (671 comments)

I don't have any problem with this but I hope the simulation is realistic i.e as Taliban I want to be able to stone teenage girls to death, bury homosexuals alive, dynamite priceless historic monuments and beat people for listening to music. Are those options available?

Don't forget having carnal relations with a donkey (don't worry it's not the video). That'll show those hot coffee guys how it's done. Anyways, Taliban are bad, but they're not worse than Nazis, at least not in my book. If people are ok playing Nazis then the point is moot.

more than 4 years ago

Games Workshop Sues Warhammer Online Fansite

MicktheMech Re:Cost them one paying customer (182 comments)

I can't say I know much about how they fare internationally, but I do believe Australia has a pretty strong wargaming community, so I'm a bit surprised you're having trouble. Did you look at Irresistible Force?

more than 4 years ago


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