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Ask Slashdot: What To Do With a Math Degree?

diewlasing A couple of options (416 comments)

First, there's always graduate school. Math is a fantastic subject to learn more about, just because (like many other things). After she could probably get into academia or industry (industry at a higher level).

Second, the people I know from undergrad with math degrees, who did not go to graduate school, chose one of three options:

1.) Work for a financial company doing number crunching of some sort

2.) Taking the actuarial exams

3.) Computer companies: but I've heard from them that at job fairs, computer companies that want to hire math majors always want to know the amount of programming experience you have

My two cents

about 2 years ago

Deadly H5N1 Flu Studies To Stay Secret... For Now

diewlasing This will hinder science in the long run (111 comments)

We can't carry out risk analysis everytime research needs to be published, even if it is (wrongly, I believe, in the current context) perceived as dangerous.

more than 2 years ago

Court Reinstates $675k File Sharing Verdict

diewlasing Re:Sorry... (388 comments)

Wow, the quality of moderation and meta-moderation has gone down on this website recently. This parent post is definitely not informative, or insightful. You MAY have a point about copytight and rape (although not a strong one in terms of criminality) but the beginnings of your comment are nothing to be admired. This kind of talk does not contribute to honest discussion and debate, regardless of how you or other people feel about the political system.

more than 2 years ago

Stanford Students Build "JediBot"

diewlasing Re:This is only a toy (157 comments)

I'm not sure if you're joking or you really did miss the point of the experiment. Yes, obviously a more realistic robot would try to actually attack the sword. But this isn't the main point. The point is to see if you can actually engineer a robot to respond to different situation appropriately. And they did. I have a have a ladder that goes great with that high horse of yours.

more than 3 years ago

Facebook Helps Israel Blacklist Air Travellers

diewlasing Re:Its been done before (478 comments)

You realize it's not all Palestinians, right? It's Hamas lobbing the rockets as you say. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a long complicated one. But if you decide to journey out of the land of ignorance, you'd see that throughout most of the history, the Palestinians have had their fate decided by everyone but them. It hasn't been until recently that Palestine has started negotiating for itself. And so far, the main leader(s) of Palestine have been inept (Yasser Arafat), likewise with the intransigence of the Israelis. My point is, it's not as simple as you make it out to be. I suggest you read the history before discussing this any further, so you can provide informed positive contributions.

more than 3 years ago

Embed a Video, Go To Jail?

diewlasing Face book and others (314 comments)

How does this affect them, when they allow you to post videos and what not?

more than 3 years ago

Pentagon Says Cyberattacks Can Count As Act of War

diewlasing How on Earth... (282 comments)

...can a foreign power do damage to "nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines" via a cyber attack? Seriously, I want to know, this is not a rhetorical question. Are their computer systems connected to an outside network or is there a someone on the inside (a la Stuxnet)?

more than 3 years ago

Tennessee Bill Helps Teachers Challenge Evolution

diewlasing Re:And I pray the opposite... (735 comments)

WHY, pray tell, does there have to be a conflict? And, by the way, evolution of simple organisms is observable and repeatable.

Please name one experiment where a simple organism gained information. The increase in genetic information is what is required to jump from microevolution to macroevolution

There is no such things as micro or macro- evolution, it's just evolution. The two terms only exist in the minds of creationists.

more than 3 years ago

Scientists Create a "Worth Saving" Index For Endangered Animals

diewlasing I'm confused about how they quantify things (259 comments)

What do they mean by empirical, other than this ratio they speak or and this 5000 animal number? I was under the impression that all animals had their place in the ecosystem and that if one species goes extinct, it will have an impact on other species. Or am I wrong?

more than 3 years ago

Graphs Show Costs of DNA Sequencing Falling Fast

diewlasing What happened in... (126 comments)

...Oct 2007?

more than 3 years ago

Cool, Science-y Masters Programs For Software Devs?

diewlasing Computational Physics (150 comments)

I'll cast my vote for computational physics. As a physics grad student myself, I find myself writing and reviewing code for simulations. And you don't need a phd to do this.

If you get any sort of training in computational physics you could be invaluable. Computational physicists are in demand in almost all fields: nuclear, atomic (simulating system-bath interactions), high energy, biophysics (protein folding sims), astrophysics, etc.

In my department, we have collaborated with the cs department in writing software for some of our sims.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Warns of Potential "Huge Space Storm" In 2013

diewlasing Re:Like we are not scared enough (464 comments)

With influenza pandemy, Maya's calendar doomsday, $|€ crisis, oil spills, earthquakes...

Or NASa just saw the light and how public fear can me made into profit, using for example big pharma recipes...?

Whatever, only reasonable thing to do about it is to cool down and ignore as much as we can.

I don't get it. I mean I don't get why you were modded up. I myself might get modded down for saying this, but the quality of modding has gone down here on /.

Are you suggesting NASA is trying to scare us for profit? Are you bloody serious? If you took the time to read the literature, solar storms happen with a roughly well determined periodicity. No one is suggesting this is a world-ender but electronics are at risk; to just ignore it as a NASA conspiracy is amazingly irresponsible and completely ignorant.

more than 4 years ago

Reported Obama Plan Would Privatize Manned Launches

diewlasing Re:A sound plan (450 comments)

Allow me to strongly disagree with you for a second. While I think private space flight will be a good thing in the future, it's not now. The technology is there, but funding, logistics and safety guidelines probably are not up to par with NASA's

I abhor your suggestion that we could sacrifice people to get private space flight off the ground. Reminds me of the Star Trek Enterprise episode where the Klingons kidnap Dr. Phlox in order for him to help cure or restore the genetically altered Klingons who were dying. He didn't have time and the Klingon general wanted to sacrifice some of his people as test subjects. Phlox refused because it was unethical, but relented when given the option of millions of lives verses a few, and pressure from the Klingons.

The point is it was unethical, but did it, for what was at the time, the only winning option

Sacrificing even a few lives for private space flight at this point in time would be irresponsible (and might turn off many people to privitization) and it stinks of the old Robber Baron's lives for profit attitude (sounds Ferengi, no?).

So instead, if you want to go the private route, let me suggest a better short-medium term plan, which could be our winning option: Streamline NASA. Keep it's budget big, but dedicate it to ONLY spaceflight (and maybe atmospheric research) so as to try and have it waste less by setting goals for only that. And have private companies haul cargo, like satellites and rovers into space. That is something they are already capable of doing, and are doing it safely. Now, it won't save as much money as privatizing manned-missions so soon, but it will save money and definitely save lives.

more than 4 years ago

Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All

diewlasing Please remember (269 comments)

While this very well could be true, I'd just like to point out that a computer simulation is no substitute for an actual experiment.

Also, while I'm no expert in the subject of string theory, if one could reach the Plank energy, wouldn't it then be possible to find these supposed strings about which everyone's been talking?

more than 4 years ago

China Moving To Restrict Neodymium Supply

diewlasing This is what happens... (477 comments)

...when we rely so heavily on China for its exports. If they want to play this, levy tariffs on products coming from China (if they aren't going to ship anyway might as well show them how expensive their strong arming can be), and while we're at it, restrict their students coming to the US for education so they can't go back and show their countrymen how to process mined quantities or engineer mining safety equipment or safe mines.

Hold them to higher standards also when it comes to mine safety. There are probably some human rights violations going on in those "illegal" mines.

more than 4 years ago

Did the US Take the Back Seat In Science In 2009?

diewlasing I see a lot of excuses here but no real reasons... (502 comments)

A lot of people here are talking about H1bs and the cost of education and one person even said the size of our population somehow correlates to a lack of amazing scientific progress. If that's true, India and China should have warp drives already.

Let's stop with the nonsense, especially with regard to immigrant workers.

While some companies do abuse H1bs it's not the cause of the decline of US scientific leadership, not even close! Einstein, Fermi, Godel et al were all foreigners! Please take the immigration debate elsewhere!

The realize the real root of the problem: culture. We have created a culture that loves to watch celebrities and make money. We have not instilled in our students the value of science education. And this should be seen as the biggest tragedy going into the second decade of the 21st century. People lack basic scientific literacy and they seems to be ok with not understanding a great many things. Just the other day I read about a high school that wanted to cut science labs because too many white students were overachieving while the minority students were not. This should be obvious to anyone with common sense that this is absurd. Taking away resources from achieving students and directed them to non-achieving students won't help anyone. There are a lot of factors why students don't perform well in school, particularly in the math and science fields. But I think the main reason is culture. The under-achieving students haven't had it beaten into them that their education, particularly in science, is invaluable. And while these are often minority students, they are not exclusively so. My grandfather came to this country with a PhD in physics but less than $6.00 in his pocket and no family, but managed to work his way up to solidly middle class with a comfortable life and his kids are in engineering. The idea that education is paramount has been drilled into me from birth and now I'm a graduate physics student and I enjoy doing physics.

So my point is, you must hammer into the psyche of the populace that science and math are not inaccesible and can be quite enjoyable if some hard work is put into study. Not everything is about money and getting the MBA (but yes, increased funding would go a long way to help advance STEM). And even though some companies do probably abuse H1bs, it's not the reason we're lacking and neither is the size of our population (a silly idea in my humble opinion, it's obvious to see why).

So, even thought Tyson makes a weak link between the shooting of Apophis and American science, the point he raises is still a valid one and is a valid concern and requires an honest attempt at a cultural shift as I pointed just mentioned that requires us, especially scientists, to show the population that evolution is fact, the reasons for it, why it's important, and how spectacular learning about it is.

more than 4 years ago

"District 9" Best Sci-fi Movie of 09?

diewlasing I have to agree (705 comments)

If there is one movie you see all year, see District 9. There's action, aliens, a little romance and one very well written story with some nicely animated cgi. I'm usually picky about sci-fi and almost never wanted to see the latest cool new release, but this movie really is tops. I was even more surprised that parts of the movie brought forth some relatively strong emotions. Also, I think the movie does try to send a message and does a good job of it. Ok, I don't want to be anymore of a movie reviewer here so go see it for yourselves.

about 5 years ago

Sequencing a Human Genome in a Week

diewlasing Re:Privacy? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? (2 comments)


The tools used to evaluate a genome are there to do so objectively. Adding in supposed safe-guards might compromise this. More importantly, what you're asserting is the kind of thing for which we have laws. I know this is hyperbole but do you also want to install privacy controls and security measures into people's eyeballs so we don't treat them differently based on their race or any apparent affliction?

Just my two cents...

more than 5 years ago



World's biggest geoengineering experiment 'violates' UN rules

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  about 2 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "US businessman Russ George is conducting a geoengineering experiment of Canada's coast in apparent violation of two United Nations rules. From the article:

'A controversial American businessman dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean as part of a geoengineering scheme off the west coast of Canada in July, a Guardian investigation can reveal.

Lawyers, environmentalists and civil society groups are calling it a "blatant violation" of two international moratoria and the news is likely to spark outrage at a United Nations environmental summit taking place in India this week.""

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LHC claims new particle discovery

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 2 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "Cern scientists reporting at conferences in the UK and Geneva claim the discovery of a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.

The particle has been the subject of a 45-year hunt to explain how matter attains its mass.

Both of the two Higgs-hunting experiments at the Large Hadron Collider have reached a level of certainty worthy of a "discovery".

More work will be needed to be certain that what they see is a Higgs, however.

The CMS team claimed they had seen a "bump" in their data corresponding to a particle weighing in at 125.3 gigaelectronvolts (GeV) — about 133 times heavier than the proton at the heart of every atom."

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Obama Order Sped Up Wave of Cyberattacks Against Iran

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 2 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "WASHINGTON — From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.

Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet."

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Scientific journals can be as bad as newspapers in

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 3 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "Ben Goldacre, writing for the Guardian, tells a story about possible similarities between academic, peer-reviewed journals and the mainstream news media: that both would prefer reporting eye-catching results rather than negative results."
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Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street-Rovin

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  about 4 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets."
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Synthetic Life, Biology going the way of silicon

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  about 5 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "FTA "There is a growing consensus (at least in Silicon Valley) that the information age is about to give way to the era of synthetic genetics. That was underscored recently when Harvard geneticist George Church and J. Craig Venter — of the race to decode the human genome fame — gave lectures before a small group of scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and writers in West Hollywood."

This could could prove to be an interesting exercise in human development as far as data collecting and analysis is concerned."

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EU Plots Pirate Bay Ban and Piracy Clampdown

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 5 years ago

diewlasing writes "In a few weeks time, members of the European Parliament will vote on the Medina report, which proposes a wide range of anti-piracy measures and regulations. The report specifically mentions The Pirate Bay, and it approves actions by national courts against the popular BitTorrent tracker."
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Air Force Helpful for Aero Engineering?

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 6 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "Hello Slashdot. I have a life question that the wisdom of the Slashdot community might be able to answer. I have a friend who is incredible smart. He went to one of the top high schools in the nation and has an amazing aptitude for engineering. He built a glider 6 foot out of his butterfly knife and some cardboard boxes which flew a few dozen feet on the first test run. Now I know some of the engineers here might see that as not a big accomplishment, but as I said he has a great aptitude. He's always wanted to be an aero engineer. However due to certain circumstances, he's not been able to do it until now. But he has stated he wanted to join the air force to learn how to work on planes. But would that actually help in becoming an aero engineer, other than learning how to fix engines. I'm not decrying the military, especially the air force, many great things have come from them. But have any aero engineers or does anyone know any aero engineers that got their start in aero engineering in the air force? Or would it be better to go to a good school and get good internships? Any insight would be great."

GoDaddy Silences Watchdog Site

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 6 years ago

diewlasing writes "The recently unveiled police watchdog site, has been, without warning the owner, shut down. From the article:

A new web service that lets users rate and comment on the uniformed police officers in their community is scrambling to restore service Tuesday, after hosting company GoDaddy unceremonious pulled-the-plug on the site in the wake of outrage from criticism-leery cops."

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Bill of Rights for the Digital Age

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 6 years ago

diewlasing writes "Since we are living in a world where the need for privacy measures and rights to use emerging technology grows, it seems to me that state governments should adopt a bill of rights regarding internet privacy, use of technology and speech on the internet. For example, making it illegal to allow ISPs to release personal information to anyone who wants it. Obviously that's not the only issue. This may or may not have been discussed here before but I'll ask anyway: If you were asked by your state government to come up with a bill of rights for internet privacy, technology use, and free speech regarding the internet and emerging technologies, what would you include? Obviously many things are covered (here in the US) under the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, but it seems to me these days people with the money can disregard this and the states might find it a good idea to enshrine rights into law. I ask for feed back on this from the Slashdot community."

Huge hydrogen gas cloud will hit Milky Way

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 6 years ago

diewlasing writes "A giant cloud of hydrogen gas is racing towards a collision with the Milky Way, astronomers have announced. It will reach here within 20-40 million years and is expected to cause a great visual spectacle wherever in the galaxy it collides."
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A Virtually science-less parallel universe?

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 6 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "I recently read an article which stated that Oxford scientists proved mathematically, that there are parallel universes, where every outcome is played out in its own "world". So I was wondering, what if people who push for creation science to be taught in schools actually had their way? What if the world was flooded with creation scientists. There would be real scientists of course, but in the course of human evolution (pun intended) more creation scientists were trained. And I'm speaking of the US in particular. Would our science and engineering courses be plagued with so many inaccuracies that we would never be able to engineer anything useful or contribute to human knowledge? This is a bit of hyperbole, but keep in mind, there are many complaints on how the US is lagging behind in science and engineering."

Feds try to regulate porn actors

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  about 7 years ago

diewlasing (1126425) writes "The DoJ wants the porn industry to register their actors with them on a list with proof of identity so they may be able to protect the children from participating in the making of porn. This also applies to foreign producers, who must provide and i.d. card."
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wikipedia's bastard cousin: conservapedia

diewlasing diewlasing writes  |  more than 7 years ago

diewlasing writes "Conservatives has opened their own version of Wikipedia: Conservapedia. All your ideas about what this site is about are probably right. But take a look at the "Conservapedia:Commandments", all their articles violate their own rules."
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