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Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?

crumley Re:Alternative: donate it (321 comments)

Yeah, I was lazy. The odds of getting the same set of numbers twice in only 1100 tickets is pretty low.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Store Umbilical Cord Blood — and If So, Where?

crumley Re:Alternative: donate it (321 comments)

Yeah, but the GP post didn't saying anything about winning the jackpot. With 1100 Powerball tickets, you also have a 1100 in 648,975.96 of winning $10,000, and 1100 in in 5,153,632.65 chance of winning one million dollars. Plus higher chances of winning less money (but not winning back you "investment"). Those odds are worth considering.

more than 2 years ago
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Blackboard Buys Moodlerooms and Netspot

crumley Re:they can continue for now... (95 comments)

Odd comment. Care to post any examples? In my observation, academia and governments are usually fractured.

more than 2 years ago
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Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

crumley Almost missed it (1521 comments)

CT, What's the deal burying news in August when everyone is on vacation?

Anyway, thanks to Cmdrtaco. I have been with this place since near the beginning. I came across it based on links from TCLUG, and I was captured.

Oh the many wasted (and well spent) hours reloading this page!

Thanks for the memories.

more than 2 years ago
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How many microprocessors are in your home, total?

crumley Re:more than 20 is too many? (559 comments)

Yep, my answer is "How the fuck should I know?"

My microwave has some, mp3 players, routers, old server gathering dust, etc.

I am sure I have more than 20, but beyond that who cares?

more than 3 years ago
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Congresswoman and Staff Gunned Down

crumley Re:Really, Slashdot? (2166 comments)

She is on the Science and Technology Committee and the Space and Aeronautics Subcommittee. Slashdot is not evolving into generic news. Slashdot has mixed in generic news from the beginning. Some its biggest stories were Columbine-related.

more than 3 years ago
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Navy Tests Mach 8 Electromagnetic Railgun

crumley Re:Yay! (440 comments)

In most contexts reporting income tax numbers alone is silly. The rich pay almost nothing in payroll taxes. T Trying to keep things in proportion while ignoring payroll taxes (and state taxes, for that matter) is an exercise in futility.

more than 3 years ago
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The Many Iterations of William Shatner

crumley Re:SNL skit (152 comments)

The golden age of SNL is 17.

more than 4 years ago
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The Apple Two

crumley Re:"Apple Inc -- creator of the personal computer" (643 comments)

Apple I's aren't particularly relevant, since very few of them sold. Even the Apple II came six months or so before the first TRS-80. The TRS-80 was certainly a personal computer. It may have been marketed to small businesses, but it was marketted to individuals as well. The most popular software for the TRS-80 was mainly games.

more than 4 years ago
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Now I get to share this complaint

crumley Re:Floor Wax and Dessert Topping! (6 comments)

Why do you need to know all of the calories in a container? Is it really that tough to multiply in your head say 19 servings by 60 calories?

more than 5 years ago
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Should Undergraduates Be Taught Fortran?

crumley Re:Oh come on. (794 comments)

FORTRAN is really easy to pick up later anyway as it's "old fashioned" and line numbered based. I'd think the biggest problem teaching the class now would be getting students to take it seriously because it's a much older way of thinking about programs from our modern OOP languages.

Fortran is line numbered based? What does that mean? You don't even have to use line numbers in f77, much less f90 or later. Yikes.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu vs. Windows In OpenOffice.org Benchmark

crumley Re:Insufficient at any speed. (262 comments)

What's wrong with the current Track Changes? It works weel enough for me and my interactions with Word users.

more than 5 years ago
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Best way to extract just the *sound* from a DVD / MP4 / etc?

crumley Re:mplayer -dumpaudio (9 comments)

Yeah, it seems like mplayer should work directly, but I couldn't get it to dump straight to mp3. I had to dump the audio to avi and then convert that to mp3. Also, you need to be careful with the dvd titles/track numbers. The first one isn't always the one that you want. Sometimes previews, or other features are first on the DVD.

more than 5 years ago
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Best way to extract just the *sound* from a DVD / MP4 / etc?

crumley dvd2mp3 (9 comments)

I had the same problem, so I wrote a very basic Perl script that does this and put it up on Sourceforge - dvd2mp3. It relies on mplayer, lame, and some Perl libs to do most of the work. It has a very basic text interface. It runs on Linux and probably anything else that will run those programs.

I use is mostly for converting musics DVDs (videos, concerts, etc.) to mp3s, so I usually care about track names. If you are not worried about tracks names, it might be overkill. Ah well, another idea of an option to add to this.

Take a look, it may do what you want, or give you some ideas for doing it yourself.

more than 5 years ago
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Physics Experiments To Inspire Undergraduates?

crumley Re:Some ideas... (249 comments)

Ultrasonic tape measure / speed of sound experiment. Ultrasonic transducers are easy to come by; students should send some pulses out one, and then sense the return pulse, giving either a numeric indicator or a voltage level that corresponds to the delay time. A little electronics heavy, but if they have had a background in electronics it should be pretty fun. Proof of concept: ultrasonic tape measures at Home Depot for $15. (Trick: you have to build some kind of ultrasonic horn to channel the pulse and collect the return pulse -- otherwise it diffuses too much)

You don't need ultrasonic or transducer. Two cheap microphones and the correct connector to get them on separate channels and a computer is plenty. Make a loud sound and record it with each microphone. Find the distance from microphones to the sound source. The find the time shift of your signal between the right and left channel. Divide the two and you have the speed of sound. There are a lot of variations you can make, but the basics are easy to do.

more than 5 years ago
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2 thus-far annoyances of Ubuntu on the Eee

crumley wireless problem (4 comments)

Did you try doing an "/etc/init.d/networking restart" instead of rebooting?

about 6 years ago

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Blackboard buys Moodlerooms and Netspot

crumley crumley writes  |  more than 2 years ago

crumley (12964) writes "Blackboard, the proprietary giant in the learning management software market, has purchased two companies, Moodlerooms and Netspot that sell support for their open source competitor Moodle. Blackboard said that they plan to allow Moodlerooms and Netspot to continue operating with their current leadership. It will be interesting to see if this move leads to an exodus from Moodlerooms and Netspot, since many of their client were intentionally trying to avoid doing business with Blackboard."
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crumley crumley writes  |  more than 8 years ago

crumley (12964) writes "The U.S. Department of Education has been running program of data mining students' financial aid records for the FBI for five years. The program known as Project Strike Back involved trolling for names of suspected terrorists through the Education Department's database of information derived from student's who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The discovery of this program by Northwestern University journalism student Laura McGann has added fuel to the debate about the Education Department's proposal to start a new database tracking the academic progress of all students."

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FBI Data Mining Students' Financial Aid Records

crumley crumley writes  |  more than 8 years ago The U.S. Department of Education has been running program of data mining students' financial aid records for the FBI for five years. The program known as Project Strike Back involved trolling for names of suspected terrorists through the Education Department's database of information derived from student's who fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The discovery of this program by Northwestern University journalism student Laura McGann has added fuel to the debate about the Education Department's proposal to start a new database tracking the academic progress of all students.

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