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IRS: Bitcoin Is Property, Not Currency

dataspel Re:At last (273 comments)

Look on the bright side -- at least you are only getting half the government you pay for.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Fastest, Cheapest Path To a Bachelor's Degree?

dataspel Re:Check out WGU (370 comments)

The only thing that concerns me about WGU is whether it is generally accepted
by employers as a substitute for attendance at a class-based school. That is, given
2 equally qualified candidates, one from WGU and one from an average state school,
would the state school graduate have preference in being hired?

about three weeks ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

dataspel Re: really (285 comments)

the traffic is getting insane

a motorcycle might solve that :) weather certainly permits it as a year-long solution

Would be nice if that were true. What often happens is you end up waiting in gridlock like everyone else,
and lane splitting is not allowed. Your bike better be liquid cooled, especially in the summer.

about a month ago
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Austin Has Highest Salaries For Tech Workers, After Factoring In Cost of Living

dataspel Re: really (285 comments)

but just try getting a paring spot

Yep, downtown Austin is parking Hell.

about a month ago
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Can Science Ever Be "Settled?"

dataspel Re: i interpret it to mean (497 comments)

If you're a scientist doing actual Science today, then Laws exist. In fact, plenty of Laws exist. Plenty of Settled Science exists. There's always room for improvement, and plenty of things we don't know, but the new things we learn cannot contradict the past things we already learned. They can only polish the details.

This is demonstrably false. Citations provided:
Ether, contradicted by Michelson-Morley
Stationary continents, contradicted by plate techtonics.
Static universe, contradicted by Hubble (the astronomer, not the telescope).

about a month ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

dataspel Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

Your mileage may vary of course. I put myself and 2 children through school with 0 debt. In my state, 4 years in-state tuition+fees+housing+food is now about 64K. Higher than most states, I think. Subtract 2 upper division years housing+food and 2 lower division years and you get about 16K. Add about 6K for 2 years of community college and 2K for used/rented books and that is about 24K. Oops, I guess I did miscalculate a bit. Would be interested in hearing your exact costs.

about a month and a half ago
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U.S. Students/Grads Carrying Over $1 Trillion In Debt

dataspel Re:Tell me again... (538 comments)

This. Live with your parents, work anywhere, save a little money, don't spend it on video games. 2 years community college plus 2 years state school is less than USD 20k. Graduate debt free. Don't be an English major.

about a month and a half ago
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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

dataspel Re: Chrome (125 comments)

Nice, thanks. Prepending a question mark seems to work too, converts the URL into a search.

about 2 months ago
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WhatsApp: 2nd Biggest Tech Acquisition of All Time

dataspel Re:(Over valued)^2 (257 comments)

Good point. This company which sells nothing except advertising is spending so much to buy another company which sells nothing period === The latest tech bubble is upon us.

about 2 months ago
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A Year After Chelyabinsk, NASA Readying Asteroid Response Mission

dataspel Re:The moon will have a moon (64 comments)

The largest telescope in the world, under perfect conditions, can see an object on the Moon about the size of a small house. It's hard to imagine any amateur telescope seeing an asteroid that is small enough to be moved into Lunar orbit.

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

dataspel Re:States Rights (665 comments)

Realistically, we should keep in mind how little education students actually get in American K-12 classes. Also that whether or not evolution is taught will make virtually no difference to most high school students unless they have an interest in the biological sciences. I think that the vast majority of those students will be fully capable and motivated to learn evolution on their own.

about 2 months ago
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Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

dataspel Re:headline fix (426 comments)

Anything that starts to fill the gap in software development is good. There is huge demand for these high paying jobs, and there will be for years to come.

about 3 months ago
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New Supernova Seen In Nearby Galaxy M82

dataspel Re:M81 and M82 (125 comments)

Agreed, good point.

about 3 months ago
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New Supernova Seen In Nearby Galaxy M82

dataspel Re:M81 and M82 (125 comments)

The galaxies M81 and M82 are only about 300K ly from each other. A decent telescope can image them both at the same time.

Not if you were standing between them.

I will make sure not to do that during the next star party.

about 3 months ago
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New Supernova Seen In Nearby Galaxy M82

dataspel M81 and M82 (125 comments)

The galaxies M81 and M82 are only about 300K ly from each other. A decent telescope can image them both at the same time. Relatively easy to find in Ursa Major too. I look forward to viewing this during the next new Moon.

about 3 months ago
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Microsoft Kills Stack Ranking

dataspel Re:The old Chair-man is gone (204 comments)

It's a documented fact that when a Roman general was appointed the first thing that he would do would be to reorganize.

Interesting... Citation requested.

about 5 months ago
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Silk Road Shut Down, Founder Arrested, $3.6 Million Worth of Bitcoin Seized

dataspel Re:Tor compromised (620 comments)

One alternative would be to buy a car wash

Thanks, this made my day.

about 6 months ago
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The Next Big Fiber Showdown: Austin

dataspel Re:competition (230 comments)

plenty of land.

That's cute. -Texas

about 6 months ago

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Astronauts defend Mount Marilyn

dataspel dataspel writes  |  about 6 months ago

dataspel (2436808) writes "Apollo astronauts William Anders and James Lovell would like to have their mountain back. During pre-flight planning, informal names were given to various features along the flight path, including Mount Marilyn, in honor of Lovell's wife, Marilyn. But the unromantic IAU has instead named it Mount Secchi. The astronauts have asked the IAU to restore their preferred name. So far, no response has been forthcoming."
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TV movie options for the mild cognitive impaired

dataspel dataspel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dataspel (2436808) writes "My parent would like to watch movies on TV, but is unable to navigate anything more complicated than a TV remote channel selector. Even choosing the input mode is too difficult. Is there any technology so that she can channel surf, but also where I can remotely select a movie from say, Amazon.com, have it play seamlessly without her input, and where I would return it to channel surfing mode when the movie is over?"
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How secure is Google Translate?

dataspel dataspel writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dataspel (2436808) writes "How can I use Google Translate for sensitive text in such a way that neither the text
nor my identity is stored by Google?"

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