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US Colleges Say Hiring US Students a Bad Deal

bcattwoo Re:brain drain (490 comments)

You need to read the links. This story is a troll. They aren't promoting international students over domestic students. They are merely giving the facts of what is involved with hiring an international students.

more than 5 years ago

Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

bcattwoo Re:512k! (533 comments)

"Indeed, on Slashdot it is traditional to make the same retarded jokes over and over again."

In Soviet Russia, the same joke over and over again makes you retarded!

more than 5 years ago

US, Russia Reach Nuclear Arsenal Agreement

bcattwoo Re:Down to 95% of the world's arsenals! (413 comments)

"A 250 megaton warhead, will only destroy a modern office building at less than a kilometer."

Normally I don't do this, but you are full of crap. The largest nuclear weapon ever detonated, the "Tsar bomb", had a yield of about 50 megatons and a radius of total destruction of about 8 miles. Granted there might still be some of the foundation left with 250 megatons (not that anyone has such a weapon in their arsenal) at a half-mile but it will certainly be destroyed for all intents and purposes. A few thousand such weapons to destroy NYC? Utter bullshit, unless you mean to leave the whole area with a smooth finish.

more than 5 years ago

Nanopillar Solar May Cost 10x Less Than Silicon

bcattwoo Re:I am f tired reading about cheap solar panals (199 comments)

I think the last line of the summary could be reworded: "We don't know how much these things will cost to make, but to get additional funding we had to come up with something less than what current technology costs and ten times less just sounds so sexy."

more than 5 years ago

English Market Produces Energy With Kinetic Plates

bcattwoo Re:It's not generation (404 comments)

I think the more likely scenario is that they force you to drive to the top and down the elevator to exit AND make you pay.

more than 5 years ago

Biden Reveals Location of Secret VP Bunker

bcattwoo Re:Yeah, real big secret (550 comments)

Yes, Geraldo is also an idiot. What is your point?

more than 5 years ago

What Has Fox Got Against Its Own Sci-Fi Shows?

bcattwoo Re:And Futurama (753 comments)

"PVRs are given out FREE by all the cable providers."

Huh? Where? I have Time Warner and if I want a dvr it is $11/month, plus you need to have digital cable which is another $15/month.

more than 5 years ago

Asthma Risk Linked To Early TV Viewing

bcattwoo Re:Repeat after me: (266 comments)

Duh. I don't see anywhere where it was explicitly stated or even implied that TV watching directly causes asthma. Looking at what other possible risk factors coincide with excessive boob tube time may lead to being able to what the actual cause(s) is, whether it be lack of exercise, too sterile an environment, poor diet, etc.

more than 5 years ago

3 Cups of Coffee Increases Hallucinations

bcattwoo Re:Correlation (628 comments)

Two possibilities come to mind. As the authors of the study suggested, hearing voices and having hallucinations may induce stress within the subjects and cause them to drink more coffee, cola, etc, effectively reversing cause and effect. Another possiblity is that there is a third factor. The subjects were college students. There may be a correlation between high caffeine use and insufficent sleep which could explain the visual and aural hallucinations.

more than 5 years ago

Researcher Says Social Networks Link Terrorists

bcattwoo Re:Prison System... (212 comments)

How many times on here have we heard that correlation != causation?

While 99.5% may have registered a religious affiliation, I wonder how many had actually attended a worhsip service or given their religious affiliation any consideration since the last time their moms forced them to go? I suspect there is a high correlation between atheism and eduction/socioeconomic status that is more likely to explain their underrepresentation in prison, getting STDs, etc.

more than 5 years ago

Researcher Says Social Networks Link Terrorists

bcattwoo Re:How convenient (212 comments)

Actually if you read it all the way to the end:

However, "you knock one out, another one pops up the next day," Kohlmann said at the conference, so just taking down the sites is not an effective way to stop cyberterrorists and would-be accomplices from meeting via online forums.

He thinks the real way for law-enforcement officials to hamper cyberterrorists and would-be accomplices using these sites is to join them and cause confusion and mistrust among their ranks.

more than 5 years ago

NASA Releases Columbia Crew Survival Report

bcattwoo Re:Extreme forceful asphyxiation (223 comments)

"I'd also like to point out that, on average, the skin has a surface area of 16.1 to 21.5 sq ft. At 14.5 psi (pounds per square inch, average atmospheric pressure) that's 233 to 312 pounds of force keeping you from exploding

And when you properly convert sq ft to square inches, you get an even more impressive 34-45 thousand pounds of force.

more than 5 years ago

Firefox 2.0 Update To Remove Phishing Detection

bcattwoo Re:A security update that reduces security (351 comments)

The "double standard" comes from the fact that upgrading to Vista costs $100+ while upgrading Firefox costs only a couple minutes to download and install.

more than 5 years ago


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