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Number of Coders In Congress To Triple (From One To Three)

SJHillman Re:IQ of congress (157 comments)

If the bugs weren't written by their peers, they'd be features.

yesterday
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Researchers Discover Ancient Massive Landslide

SJHillman Re:UOM conversion help, please (44 comments)

Wolfram Alpha and Google equate 39 Manhattans to the following:

- 1,310 square miles
- 3,393 square kilometers
- 634,079.63 American football fields
- 475,193.28 Association football fields
- 0.85 Rhode Islands
- 1.7 Area Flattened By The Tunguska Event(s)
- 1.0 Acres Designated and Managed As Wilderness In The Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks
- 1.0 Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus
- 1.0 Non-tidal watershed below Waterville on the Kennebec River, ME

yesterday
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Comet Probe Philae Unanchored But Stable — And Sending Back Images

SJHillman Re:Big deal... (132 comments)

That's just the SJ Sathanis in the background

about a week ago
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Google's Lease of NASA Airfield Criticized By Consumer Group

SJHillman Re:Jealous? (138 comments)

Pshaw, sure they do. Work 80 hours a week and never take vacations so you have a nice fat paycheck? You stole that $500,000 house and that $70,000 car (even though you were entitled to spend your money on them). Sadly, a lot of people feel this way about people who have more than them.

about a week ago
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Internet Sales Tax Bill Dead In Congress

SJHillman Re:Meh (257 comments)

Amazon collects tax in 20 states, covering roughly 190 million residents (as of July 2013 pop. estimates), or a little over 60% of US residents. That's a pretty significant amount.

about a week ago
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Microsoft To Open Source .NET and Take It Cross-Platform

SJHillman Re:Desparate Microsoft pulls a "Sun Microsystems" (524 comments)

"There's plenty left to dislike MS for without twisting the truth."

How many more generations until we forget about Microsoft Bob? How many!?

about a week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

SJHillman Re:wasted money (693 comments)

I think you've seen far, far too many movies if you think silencers quiet it nearly enough to bring the volume down to a level that a cell phone could replicate.

about a week ago
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US School Installs 'Shooter Detection' System

SJHillman Re:wasted money (693 comments)

I think you grossly underestimate the difference between the maximum volume of a cell phone (or laptop or even most desktop speakers) and the volume of even a relatively small firearm going off.

about a week ago
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The Students Who Feel They Have the Right To Cheat

SJHillman Re:Ok... just turned two score, but... (437 comments)

There's a name for the effect, which I can't recall, but we tend to project our current self into our past self's shoes. When someone in their 40s thinks about when they were a teenager, they remember it as if they had the experience and wisdom that they have in their 40s, not as they actually were in their teens. This is one of the main reasons older generations talk about how kids these days are dumber, etc... because they don't accurately remember how kids were in their day, just how they would have been if they had decades more life experience.

TL;DR: You were just as dumb as a kid as the "kids these day" are that you're complaining about... you're just too dumb to account for the decades in between.

about two weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

SJHillman Re:Walkers still use paper maps (236 comments)

"Paper maps don't go flat"

My paper maps are pretty flat to begin with... actually, all of my paper is.

about two weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

SJHillman Re:FOREVER, really ? (236 comments)

It's also plausible that GPS will outlive us all. The Matrix, Terminator, Bambi, seen them?

about two weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

SJHillman Re:timeline (236 comments)

According to this timeline of GPS, the first to market with a hand-GPS was the Magellan NAV 1000 in 1989.

However, in 1990, the DoD decreased the accuracy of the system - before the start of the First Gulf War.

In 1994, the FAA and Clinton tells the worldwide (commercial) airline industry that GPS is free for them to use for the "foreseeable future"

1995 was when the first GPS constellation was finally complete, so that at least 4 satellites were always visible from any point on at Earth.

Source: http://www.techhive.com/articl...

about two weeks ago
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The Plane Crash That Gave Us GPS

SJHillman Re:Thank you, Presidents Reagan and Clinton. (236 comments)

I have no doubt that one of them was a great actor, but I'm not so sure about the other one's saxophone skills - did Reagan ever even touch a sax?

about two weeks ago
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New Atomic Clock Reaches the Boundaries of Timekeeping

SJHillman Re:Old saying (249 comments)

A man with an atomic watch won't shut up about it.

about two weeks ago
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Ford Develops a Way To Monitor Police Driving

SJHillman Re:Ought to bring down ... (151 comments)

A very limited number of companies offer this, to a limited number of customers. It's not very widespread in the US.

about two weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

SJHillman Re:Disturbing (331 comments)

The rule of thumb, for at least the last decade, has been that your total amount of loans shouldn't exceed what you can reasonably expect to gross in your first year employed in that field in a job with a reasonably large number of openings. For many people, that means $30-$40k, tops. Sure, the job market can shift drastically while you're still in school, but you pretty much always have the option to change majors - there isn't a severe time penalty unless you're close to finishing your degree, by which point, a drastic shift is usually unlikely or should have been easy to predict already. I discounted a large number of schools because they didn't follow this rule of thumb, and ended up with loans that were just a little more than my first year's salary, which I paid off in just under three years - in 2013, so I don't think it's too outdated.

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

SJHillman Re:Disturbing (331 comments)

We had "US Government" in New York. It did a decent job of teaching about the roles of the top levels of the Federal government, but absolutely nothing about the different departments, about state or local government (which, imo, are even more important to know about), or about current issues. About the closest to something relevant that we did was a mock trial of a drunk driver, which of course nobody took seriously.

about three weeks ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

SJHillman Re:Disturbing (331 comments)

You seem to think that college is the ONLY way to make a decent living. It's not. Not by a long shot. It's still entirely possible to work your way up from the figurative mail room. You may run into a wall at some point fairly high up the ladder, but by then you can probably pay for college in cash.

Or you can work one of any number of "dirty" jobs that pay well just because they suck, either because they're dangerous, or because they're just shitty (sometimes literally) jobs.

Or you can go to a trade school. Become an electrician, a plumber, a carpenter or any one of dozens of jobs like those. Here's a little secret - for every person that goes to college because, like you, they think they need to, that's one more trade position that opens up, driving up demand for workers and driving up wages for those increasingly rare workers.

So yeah, a little personal responsibility would go a long way towards averting both this and the home loan crisis. People need to do their own research and not just listen to whomever is selling you something. If you expect someone to do their research when buying a vacuum, why not when buying a car? A house? An education?

about three weeks ago

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