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My current stuffedness rating:

Rukie Re:Missing Option (232 comments)

I thought you were me!

more than 3 years ago
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I drink too much...

Rukie Re:Used to be soda, now coffee (500 comments)

I u sed to drink way too much Dr. Pepper as well. I've since stopped drinking soda on a regular basis (6 cans a night) to 4-5 a week. I now eat caffeine pills to get my fix when I have a late night. Dr. Pepper used to get me through late night MMORPG sessions in gradeschool/highschool, but with college I've since given up MMO's.

more than 3 years ago
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Assassin hits York man with Spam death threat

Rukie Re:Funniest story I have read in a while (2 comments)

I got one of those emails about 4 years ago... I actually replied and chit-chatted with the guy for a while. Even got a hold of him on gmails chat. There's a lot of these out there, nothing new. I even have the log of my convo on my website (see sig and click Tricky Scammers). I'm still kickin, so I wouldn't think much of it.

more than 3 years ago
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Union Boycotts LA Times Over Teacher Evaluation Disclosure

Rukie Re:Educational Problems (629 comments)

They are kept on life support by government at the behest of the unions. GM wasn't bailed out for our benefit - it was bailed out for the benefit of the UAW.

Agreed-ish. Well, it was bailed out so that the unions would re-elect the politicians.

more than 3 years ago
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Union Boycotts LA Times Over Teacher Evaluation Disclosure

Rukie Re:Educational Problems (629 comments)

Teacher's Unions are not the sole problem. I do agree that the majority of teacher unions are little to no help in today's society. If you compare the salaries of a union teacher vs a non-union teacher (private schools) they can vary widely. Particularly among smaller suburban catholic schools. Its been scientifically shown that expectations create who you are (citation needed). If your teacher constantly says your dumb, I wouldn't expect you to get it right, etc, the student will will become that person. If the teacher says 'your going to do great one day, keep up the good work' that student is going to become great. Now yes thats not 100% true, but expectations from your teacher is a huge influence on a student's performance. This thinking can also be applied racially.... but thats for another time. There will always be victims of circumstance, and teachers that are better than others. I think we need to improve the education for teachers, and perhaps have some sort of personality assessment. FTFA teachers that expect a lot from the students, get a lot from the students. So rather than saying FIRE THE TEACHERS! maybe we can do some retraining. Just some thoughts. Here's a penny.

more than 3 years ago
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Union Boycotts LA Times Over Teacher Evaluation Disclosure

Rukie Educational Problems (629 comments)

There are definitely problems in the U.S. educational system. This article was pretty cool, and they do state that their metrics aren't perfect, but lead to some valuable insight. I'd like to see further studies on this.

more than 3 years ago
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Steve Furber On Why Kids Are Turned Off To Computing Classes

Rukie Re:Agreed. (383 comments)

Private schools often has a similar problem in the U.S. because the school does not want to lose any money (a students tuition). There is no support for teachers to remove trouble makers. Its sad, really. Education standards are plummeting. Just look at my poor grammatical skills and use of smileys :-(. Honestly though, I attended K-8 in a public system and 9-12 in a private system. I don't come from a wealthy family, but I was raised with many books in the home. Its statistically shown that families where books are home tend to create students with better grades. I was highly encouraged to read throughout my life. I definitely believe that reading and math should be supported in the home. Teacher's should be more positive towards there students, and that troublesome students should be given special attention. They should be held to the SAME standards (not easier side classes). But should be given more support. As for comp-sci classes, HAH. I remember in 6th grade, we were graded on how fast we could type. My teacher had a paragraph for us to type and we had to do as much of it as possible within 30 seconds. I was the only student in the class to finish the paragraph, in 22 seconds. I reversed an i and e (like their/thier) and she docked me points :-(

more than 3 years ago
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Are corporations slowing support as policy?

Rukie Your right. (2 comments)

I agree wholeheartedly. In fact, its a support/sales position to do everything within their bag of tricks to hold onto you as a subscriber. Some companies make it ridiculously convoluted to cancel.

more than 4 years ago
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Hulu plans to charge, expand to devices: sources

Rukie Bastards! (2 comments)

Cable Television originally was a pay-for service that offered no commercials. That disappeared. I hope Hulu may keep an ad based version, with a commercial free subscription version. If not, then back to Arr be Pirate! :-(

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan

Rukie Re:Capitalist/Socialist (670 comments)

I did not complain about devices (the Iphone). Rather, just data plans. Well, all their cellular plans in general. I do not own a single apple device, but that will not stop me from pointing out the obvious fact that there is an oligopoly. Back in 84? the telecom Bell was broken up. Over time many of those have merged basically recreating the monopoly of Bell, under the new name AT&T. The oligopoly controls around 90% of the market.

more than 4 years ago
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iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan

Rukie Capitalist/Socialist (670 comments)

Dear SmallFurryCreature, In a capitalist society commodities are to be sold at lower prices due to competition. Although Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile may be 'competitors' they are rather an oligopoly. There is no true competition. In a capitalist society monopolies and oligopolies are usually the things people hate most. So yes, your right, they can charge whatever they want. If they were the only person to offer this service (data) because of a new technology, let them earn their money. But no, cellular data has been around for quite a while, and the oligopoly is just raking in the cash at every opportunity. Text messaging prices have INCREASED despite the fact that text messages cause NO effect on the network. So before you say 'this is the way things work in a socialist/capitalist market' consider the fact that its actually not a capitalist situation because there is no true competition. Regards, Rukie Dear AT&T, I hate you. Regards, Your Customer.

more than 4 years ago
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Thumbprints Used To Check Books Out of School Library

Rukie Re:Next up (355 comments)

Gradeschool and Highschool for me always required a Librarian to scan the book and then input your name. However, our Librarians knew every student by first and last name. College for me has a photo identification card that needs to be shown (with a magnetic stripe) and the books are linked to whoever is on the photo (you must match the photo).

I dislike the idea of using fingerprints. The government should NOT maintain this information. I can fully understand someones approach to this and why they want to use this, but as this gains popularity, it will become far easier for the governments to say, Hey, lets have a universal id system using fingerprints. Oh, you'll need the fingerprint to check out books, identify yourself for guns, for paying at the gas station, for getting on the city bus, etc. Yes it can create a significant convenience for the consumer, but now the government can track your every move, every purchase. Today's kids are going to be used to handing over every bit of personal information, our government certainly isn't going to protect our rights at this point, we need to protect them ourselves. (How often is the government supposed to be overthrown? Every 200 years?) I realize this article is about a school, but it all starts somewhere, right?

more than 3 years ago
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Internet Killed the Satellite Radio Star

Rukie Re:Radio? What's that?? (368 comments)

Contracts? What Contracts? I never signed anything with Sirius.

more than 5 years ago
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Internet Killed the Satellite Radio Star

Rukie Re:What Farhad Manjoo misses (368 comments)

I bought a cheap sirius radio about 3 years ago. After three years the unit burned out, and for no charge Sirius sent me a free radio. The problem Sirius has right now, is that they need a larger market. If it became "standard" that all cars had sirius, it would be great for them. Their monthly fee is 12.95, and I think that's cheaper than WoW. Internet Radio is NOT the market for sirius (but they do offer it). Sirius also offers business deals and campus deals. At the Rochester Institute of Technology, you can hear Sirius channels playing in the dining areas, in the gym, and in general all around campus. Since attending college I gave my parents the car unit, and picked up a second subscription and a stiletto. It can hold about 18 gig or so of music, has streaming internet access when your indoors (for music only), and streaming sattelite radio when your outdoors. So, it can compete with Slacker quite well. Many restaurants fail on the first attempt, are bought out, and become successful on the second buyout. I have a feeling the same will hold true for Sattelite radio.

more than 5 years ago
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What programming language for Linux development?

Rukie Well if you know C/C++ (1 comments)

Go QT! Nice cross platform compatability in it too...

more than 5 years ago
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iPhones, FStream and the Death of Satellite Radio

Rukie Re:Freedom to bitch. (397 comments)

Isn't it something like clearstation or clearmedia that owns all of the Kiss stations across the country? That company owns a ridiculous amount of radio. Sirius tends to have newer music and a wider variety versus the collection of 3-5 songs that Kiss plays on repeat for months at a time. I for one, like my sirius overlord.

more than 5 years ago

Submissions

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Rukie Rukie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rukie (930506) writes "I just recieved an email to my gmail account, from another gmail user. However, this is a frightening bit of a scam. This is the message as is. What are your opinions? From: danny morgan Date: Feb 20, 2007 8:36 AM Subject: REALITY To: coastalequip@comporium.net Attention .... I Want you to read this message very carefully, and keep the secret with you till further notice, You have no need of knowing who i am, where am from,till i make out a space for us to see, i have being paid $30, 000.00 to terminate you with some reasons listed to me by my employer,i have followed you closely for one week and three days now and have seen that you are innocent of the accucciation besides you reminded me of someone very dear to me so am compelled not to carry out the order,Do not contact the police or try to send a copy of this to them, because if you do i will know, and might be pushed to do what i have being paid to do,beside this the first time i turned out to be a betrayer in my job.Now listen,i will arrange for us to see face to face but before that i need the amount of $20,000.00 up front to an account i will provide for you(am not taking this money as a bribe to spare your life, i intend leaving the country with it after i might have delivered the tape to you.,you have nothing to be afraid of,i will come to your office or home, so determine where you wish us to meet,do not set any camera to cover us or set up any tape to record our conversation,$10, 000.00 balance will be paid cach to me,after our conversation,i will give you the tape that contains his request for me to terminate you, which will be enough evidence for you to take him to court(if you wish to), then the balance will be paid. (NOTE AM A PROFESSIONAL KILLER AND HAVE NEVER FELT PITY FOR ANY ALREADY SENTENCED PERSON IN MY COUSTORDY,YOUR NEGLIGENCE TO THIS MAIL WILL RESULT TO........)You don't need my phone contact for now till am assured you are ready to comply to my terms.reply immediatelY Lucky You ANONIMOUS"
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Rukie Rukie writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Rukie writes "I'm looking into starting some sort of robotics class for my high school, which severely lacks any sort of technological classes. I am now wondering what microcontrollers are best for an educational environment. I definitely want something more advanced than the legos, but something that won't fly over people's heads. Are there cheap, scaleable microcontrollers for learning in a classroom or at home? I'm curious how the Slashdot community has hacked up toys to make their own robotics at minimal cost."

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Gbrowser, Is Google is next Micro$oft?

Rukie Rukie writes  |  more than 8 years ago

I believe google is trying to dominate the market, and become the next Microsoft, but, they have to remove microsoft from the picture! How could microsoft be defeated you ask? Well, google is constantly coming up with new successful technologies. Just recently gmail was released, and I think that "Gbrowser" may be their next release. However, apple already has a "gbrowser" used for organizing and searching multimedia files.
Lets look at the facts. Microsoft is currently the leading operating system, and everything google does is dependent upon the Microsoft OS. Their google toolbar loads in internet explorer, their google desktop loads in the task bar, their email is accessed through OTHER browsers, and something interesting is that google uses java in their gmail, which I THINK Microsoft was trying to get rid of.
Google says they are always hiring the best and the brightest, so is it just coincidence that they hired the lead engineer from the Mozilla foundation? They have also hired other lead people from Sun Microsystems and Windows. The man from Sun is a lead engineer with Java (which gmail is reliant upon) and the man from Windows was a developer of Longhorn.
In some instances, it has been noticed that there is a "Google 0.x" that is appearing in the "Browser visited logs." Now some may put this off as the spiders crawling through their site, but 0.X is a beta, and the spiders are at least past version 2.
Not to mention, google is dominating everything with the letter G. google, gmail, and recently they bought gbrowser, according to whois.
The speculation.
Considering who they have hired, they definitely have the posibility in creating a "gbrowser" with strong java support (they seem to like java), and strong microsoft support because they are already dependent upon Microsoft users for their software. It is increasingly noted however, that google is now writing their software in support of linux and not just Windows.
These "Google 0.X" reports may be tests on their software. Unfortunately Google is leaving us in the dark. Not only do they refuse to disclaim everything to the public, they are also arrogant. This leads me to believe that they know something we don't. They have some sort of an advantage that they don't want out, so perhaps GBrowser is a reality.
Gbrowser.com is also owned by google, but just as many website developers often have unused domain names that may never get used, so might google.

Its definitely time Microsoft has some competition. I'm curios where google is going to go.

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