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2 US Senators Propose 12-Cent Gas Tax Increase

codepigeon Re:Good! (619 comments)

Using Average Income is dishonest/misleading. You should use median income:

1993: $48,000
2014: $52,000

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Household_income_in_the_United_States

about a month ago
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Lego To Produce Three Box Sets Featuring Female Scientists

codepigeon Is this lady taking credit? (208 comments)

I heard this story on NPR yesterday and they said the idea came from a 7 year old Dutch girl who wrote LEGO a letter complaining about the lack of girl figurines doing the cools things the boys figures where doing.

about 2 months ago
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Did the Ignition Key Just Die?

codepigeon Re:If not... (865 comments)

You'd be surprised. It seems every time there is change in the tech sphere, Slashdot is the first to voice skepticism and discomfort.

If not outright luddism...

I like to think of it as tempered opposition to running headlong towards the latest fad or 'next big thing'.

"OMG this is going to change the world you luddites! Damn caution, full speed ahead!"

about 3 months ago
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Investors Value Yahoo's Core Business At Less Than $0

codepigeon Re:Marissa + Apple (150 comments)

Apple depends heavily on its image. I really can't see them ever attach themselves to yahoo. The impression i have gotten from people under 30, is that yahoo/aol are services for your mom/grandma. Remember the "im a mac, im a pc" commercials?

about 3 months ago
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Obama Administration Transparency Getting Worse

codepigeon Not news for nerds... (152 comments)

I was going to say not news for nerds, but it looks like that subtitle is missing from the slashdot logo....oh well.

At least now I get popup adds on my mobile while on slashdot. Awesome.

about 4 months ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

codepigeon Re:Wrong target (295 comments)

Maybe we should only let people smart enough to figure it out go to college

Fuck you and your holier than thou attitude. Your touching story is a great example of how in america, if you just work hard enough, just try, you will win in the end. You will be debt free with a husband and a house, working at the Mayo clinic.

La - de - fucking - da. Your story represents about 1% of america bud. Its a fucking fantasy and not even possible for most people. Maybe all us 'stupid' people should just be put down like rabid dogs, so we don't tarnish your perfect world. Come down off your Ivory Tower and meet the rest of the people in your society you self righteous ass hat.

about 4 months ago
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Federal Student Aid Requirements At For-Profit Colleges Overhauled

codepigeon Looking at it wrong (295 comments)

What this tells me, is that there is clearly a demand that is not being met by 'traditional' colleges/universities. These schools offer people a chance at a diploma that they can put on their resume. If you don't have that piece of paper on your resume, you are not even going to get an interview regardless of how knowledgeable you are in the field (unless you have a contact inside the company already).

These schools give people, who maybe got off to a bad start, a chance to go to classes in the evenings, it is a path for those students who were not necessarily 'good' at school and would score poorly on an ACT or SAT test. When more and more of the jobs those people used to get go overseas or to mexico, they have to have some way into the 'new' economy. Either that or they find a way to game the system with welfare/disability (or get stuck forever in working poverty). They have to live, they have to feed their families. These schools offer them a way to do that. (or more likely, the false hope that they can do that)

I think the traditional colleges need to take notice and start offering programs that mimic what these for-profit schools offer. Flexible schedules for adult students, shorter paths to a certificate or diploma, etc. Side note: aren't all colleges 'for profit'? I see the million dollar salaires of university presidents, massive coffers, and multi-billion dollar sport franchises and have to think that they are all 'for-profit'; the profit just goes in different directions.

about 4 months ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

codepigeon Re:Drive usage the same on Xbox? (377 comments)

I can't edit, so I will reply to myself. It looks like the Xbox install is 'only' 17GB.

about 4 months ago
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Measuring the Xbox One Against PCs With Titanfall

codepigeon Drive usage the same on Xbox? (377 comments)

Does the Xbox install use the same amount of space? Considering you have a fixed 500GB and games have to be installed to the drive, I would be slightly upset that one game takes up that much space.

I couldn't imagine trying to do the digital only thing they were trying to push last year. That's so much data being downloaded at once you would probably get flagged as an evil file-sharer by your ISP.

about 4 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Easiest To Use Multi-User Map Editing?

codepigeon geonames.org (52 comments)

I dont know if this will help you or not, but http://www.geonames.org/ data is under the Creative Commons and provides webservices that you could write your own apps to take advantage of. From what I understand, you can add points to the database (if they dont already exist).

about 4 months ago
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Does Relying On an IDE Make You a Bad Programmer?

codepigeon Maybe the question is a bit misleading (627 comments)

It seems to me he is asking if it makes you a bad programmer to rely on auto-complete, not just relying on an IDE in general:

Mombrea argues that 'being a good developer isn't about memorizing the language specific calls

As a recent C# convert, I can tell you that for me, it has become quite addicting.

about 5 months ago
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Sony Selling Off VAIO Computer Business

codepigeon Re:So who is left (204 comments)

Holy shit, I thought you were just naming computer companies. There is no way you can get a brand new packard bell.....until i did a quick search. Wow. I learned something today
http://www.packardbell.co.uk/pb/en/GB/content/home

about 6 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

codepigeon Re:Teachers Never Get Fired (399 comments)

I had a teacher who was a minotaur. We complained to the superintendant but he wouldn't do anything.

He would show up 20 minutes late, shit all over the floor, and complain about the humans who tresspass in his forest.

He wasn't even trying to do his job, but I guess competence or dedication of a teacher can never be questioned.

This is a true story. Its on the internet so you know its true.

about 6 months ago
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California Students, Parents Sue Over Teacher Firing, Tenure Rules

codepigeon Re:Dangerous... (399 comments)

"Second of all, all you parents in the room .... pointless stereotyping and rage ...."

I am a parent in this room. My son is nothing like that. I would say that I don't know any of the kids in his school are like you describe. Those stereotype that people like to throw around are just bullshit. They are probably the same things people said about you when you were in school; and its just as invalid now, as it was then.

What IS different know, is a concerted 'attack?' on PUBLIC school teachers. I am not sure why. My sister is a third grade teacher, I assume she does a good job. She is however, dirt poor because of low pay and still ends up buying her own room supplies. I am not sure why anyone would want to be a public school teacher these days. Maybe thats the goal.

Why don't you look in the mirror and ask yourself why you like to think and write about whore school girls in see through leggings with no underwear.

about 6 months ago
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Decision, EA: Judge Reverses Multimillion Dollar Award To Madden Dev

codepigeon Re:Contract disputes between developers and market (125 comments)

" they had signed with the programmer, an agreement for the developer to be compensated by royalties for the first edition and any derivative works"
FTFY

The fact that a jury already found his claim valid, and he is only asking for compensation from the first few editions of Madden (not all versions up to current gen), makes me think he probably is due compensation.

But, you now how lawyers are. I am sure the EA lawyers can prove that the sky is green. ...."it depends on what your definition of 'is' is..."

about 6 months ago
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CmdrTaco Launches Trove, a Curated News Startup

codepigeon Sounded interesting at first (221 comments)

This sounded interesting, until I went to the site. I don't own any apple devices and I don't use facebook or twitter. I see a small link to create an account with an email address...but I get the sneaky suspicion that this site is less about news and more about harvesting user data to sell.
Oh well. I might be wrong.

about 6 months ago
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Analyst Calls Russian Teen Author of Target Malware

codepigeon mmmm (107 comments)

Steak magnetic card strips....mmm

about 6 months ago
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Chinese Firm Can Now Produce 500 Cloned Pigs Per Year

codepigeon Not mentioned in the article (156 comments)

The original pig for the cloning was hired by a man named Tyranus.

about 6 months ago
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How Chris Christie Could Use the NSA Playbook

codepigeon Not news for nerds (266 comments)

This should be posted on a political forum. Maybe slashdot could create a second site for stories like this.

about 7 months ago

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