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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

geekoid wrong (310 comments)

"getting history or political science degrees?"
funny how the article says STEM, but when people need to find examples no one uses a STEM career as an example.

" I've said for years the real money lies in being a welder, plumber, or an electrician.
nope. facts do not bare that out at all.

average incomes:
welder - 32K
plumber - 26k
electrician - 39K
software - 71k
software engineer - 90k
electrical engineer - 83k
civil engineer - 78k
social scientist - 86k

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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

geekoid Re:LOL ... (310 comments)

way less money. You still have that pesky thing where you may have to kill people.

11 hours ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

geekoid Re:LOL ... (310 comments)

Nope.
College is about an education, not 'job'. The only problem is people are under the delusion that any degree will pay 6 figures and then get an easy degree.
Afterwords they are shocked, Shocked I tell you, that someone who spent 4 year learning music means they get to be a barrista.

It's fine to get a music degree, just don't whine when you have no plan on applying it.

Having a liberally educated populace is good for everyone.
well, cost is an issue to, but I'm a democratic socialist, so I think education should be paid from society. The benefits of this for society is very high.
Or at least a series of colleges that are funded via tax system.

11 hours ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

geekoid Re:Bullshit, and this is why: (310 comments)

" Invest in trade schools and weed out the seat-fillers so you actually graduate capable people."
so people who don't adapt the they way high school works should just be cast out into the snow.

You're an evil SOB.

I had a really hard time in HS. Fortunately, unlike you, the school system isn't so lazy it just throws their hands in the air and threw me out.

11 hours ago
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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

geekoid Re:College is unsustainable longterm (310 comments)

False.

Any student who walks out of high school in the USA can find an apprenticeship, and get paid and learn. We don't need it in the school system.

The openly problem is with people who seem to think a BS degree in a subject not in demand means they get to make a lot of money.

I don't know any STEM graduates that don't have work. When the media started whipping the 'college degree isn't worth anything' hysteria, every person that was out of work they interviewed would have something like 'liberal art and I studied american ghost stories and not I can't find a job!'*

"I would definitely jump onto the skills market again if I were coming out of High School and not all into STEM degree.
That's fine, but you wouldn't have made nearly the same money. Also, you can learn any of those trades now.

*actual quote.

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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

geekoid Re:Mike Rowe has a lot to say on this (310 comments)

going to a 4 year college makes it more likely they will be successful. Of course, they needs to be smart about what they do.

Going into a trade is trivial to do. In many cases it's as simple as walking into a union shop and asking about apprenticeships.

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Skilled Manual Labor Critical To US STEM Dominance

geekoid protip (310 comments)

anything taught in shop can be taught in 3 months, tops. Usually through an apprenticeship program.

Nothing is STEM can be.

STEM promotes critical thinking, and exploration. Trades do not.

High School Education is NOT about making money. It's about getting a wide education that you can apply.

Learning STEM helps with the trades. The trades do not help with STEM.

11 hours ago
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Administration Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

geekoid It's the (307 comments)

AUMF that allow's it. It is overly broad. I congress person voted against it and was labeled a traitor by most American at the time.

Listen to Radiolabs : 60 words.

http://www.radiolab.org/

2 days ago
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Reinventing the Axe

geekoid Re:For splitting wood. (214 comments)

IT's awesome. You cut the neck and it causes the head to spin really fast until it hits the ground.
HOWEVER, it is only practical for level 5 or above.

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Reinventing the Axe

geekoid Re:weird axe (214 comments)

I know someone who used this axe to split red oak. She loved it.

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Reinventing the Axe

geekoid Re:not an axe (214 comments)

It's an axe.
As are splitting mauls.
FYI: There are may types of Axe.
Felling, Splitting, Adze, hatchet. Axe of the Dwarvish Lords, and so on.

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Reinventing the Axe

geekoid Re:Neat (214 comments)

' good enough' is the mantra of the unimaginative and quitters.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

geekoid Re:Stupid? (204 comments)

"They never leave the city (except to be sent to slaughter.) "
not always true.

"Their stalls are appalling."
That's a blatant lie.

" Often, they don't 'like' pulling, "
You have never worked around horse, have you?

"which is an appalling stable in this case."
again,l that's a blatant lie.

hmm, someone with the name VeganCyclist whose opinion is devoid of facts. I'm shocked.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

geekoid Re:Stupid? (204 comments)

I can not imagine dealing with what a carriage driver does and not caring for horses. It would be a stupid, tiring, frustrating, and poor job to take.
They would be better off driving a cab.

What if those dog breeders had to take their dogs out into the public most days where the where scrutinized?
Plus, an abused horse make a poor animal to pull a carriage.

" especially the external dangers they face from cars or becoming panicked in the city."
How many of these trained horses panic? How many hit by automobiles?
FYI: 4 in 30 years.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

geekoid Re:is all madness (204 comments)

"we now live in a world where the car kills more children than anything else, "
that ios a good thing. I feel you should know that's mostly due to people not using seat belts and car seats. Also, there has been a 40% reduction of deaths from auto accidents for children. Oddly enough, poisoning and suffocation are skyrocketing.

Morbid fascination:
http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisq...
http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/...

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

geekoid Re:electric golf carts (204 comments)

You go to some fancy airports.

FYI: Electric vehicle doe snot equal golf cart. No more then Porsche = go cart.

2 days ago
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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

geekoid Re:Animal cruelty? (204 comments)

You vastly overestimate the amount of real choice most humans have.

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NYC's 19th-Century Horse Carriages Spawn Weird, Truck-Size Electric Car

geekoid Re:That Reminds Me (204 comments)

PETA: Pork, Eggs, Tenderloin, Alligator.
I can't believe there isn't a beef cut that doesn't start with an A.

2 days ago

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Truck carrying Cobalt-60 found in Mexico

geekoid geekoid writes  |  about 5 months ago

geekoid (135745) writes "The Truck carrying Cobalt 69 that had been stolen has been found in Mexico. The thieves opened up the containers and where exposed to the radiation. It is presumed they will die form the exposure. Mexican Authorities are currently undergoing recovery operation."
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Windows 8.1 to boot to desktop

geekoid geekoid writes  |  1 year,7 days

geekoid (135745) writes "According to the Verge, Windows 8.1 will have an option to boot directly to the desktop. In light of recent reporting about the general distaste and design flaws of windows 8 user interface, will MS's updates be dynamic enough to stop the current MS Exodus?"
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Voyager 1 may have past through the Heliopause

geekoid geekoid writes  |  about 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Data beinr returned by the Voyager 1 indocates it ahs left the Heliopause, being the first machine ever to leave the protection of the Suns Solar winds.
Data: Energetic proton increase This is a monumental achievement for NASA, and a huge leap for all mankind. Showing once again that humans can do awe inspiring things."

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Congressmen want to remove propaganda ban

geekoid geekoid writes  |  about 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Rep. Mark Thornberry from Texas and Rep. Adam Smith from Washington State have created an admendment the would remove the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948 and Foreign Relations Authorization Act in 1987. Those acts were created to protect the people from the government propaganda. Call you representative about this today. Find them here"
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Ada Lovelace day

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geekoid writes "Today is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_lovelace> Ada Lovelace day. "The Right Honourable the Countess of Lovelace" was a mathematician, translator, and the first computer programmer. tragically she died from bloodletting. So, today is a good opportunity to remember women's accomplishments in technology."
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SEtI Allen Array shutdown

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 2 years ago

geekoid writes "On April 15th, the Allen Telescope Array was shutdown. California's panic to 'save' money mean the the NSF funding for the operations of the Array has dried up. This is just one example of research and science getting slashed. Science is the very thing that gives us the tools we use, and drives the economy; but it's one of the first things to get cut. Why aren't we angered by this? Where is the 'Science, Research, and experimentation lobby?"
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Mandatory Health care fine by founding fathers

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "Most people against mandatory health care say "The Founding Fathers" would not want it, and that it's against the intent of the constitution. Not only is the 'founding fathers' claim a logical fallacy trying to gain some sense of false authority and appeal to emotion, it is also wrong. As it turns out the founding fathers actually created a mandatory health care act, and it was signed by John Adams. I suspect John Adams knew more about the constitution and it's intent then pretty much any Pseudo republican Tea Party member."
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Wikileaks shows the US is doing a pretty good job.

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "Wikileaks release of secret cables shows the Obama administration has a realistic view of world events, and is handling them very well.
From the article: "One thing that is helpful is that it shows that the U.S. government is basically trying to put in place good policies, that it has a good idea of what's happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan and has a pretty good analysis of the situation of Russia,"

IT also shows the US is viewed fairly well in the Arab world. My favorite quote:
The silver lining really is that the U.S. doesn’t come across as a gunslinger, at least in the Middle East.
- Fariborz Ghadar, foreign policy analyst.
As an American, I'm pretty happy with the way things are actually being handled in the mid-east."

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Sony halts Walkman.

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "After 30 years, Sony has pulled the plug on the Walkman. The Walkman was a portable cassette player. The first practical way to take the music you wan't where ever you go. Including shared tapes and copies of friends tapes. I had one and loved it. Even though they held less music then the Nomad, they weren't lame."
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A humorous view of the history of media piracy

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 3 years ago

geekoid writes "Everyone on slashdot is familiar with the media's attempt to thwart people from copying their content. Over at cracked they have a humorous article looking at the media corporations history of piracy FUD."
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Video Games designed to be addictive?

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekoid writes "Microsoft games researcher intentionally designs games to be addictive:
http://www.cracked.com/article_18461_5-creepy-ways-video-games-are-trying-to-get-you-addicted.html

The idea of game addiction has always been a solid foundation for a heated debate on Slashdot. When behavioral scientists are consulted to create the pattern of behaviors the game designers want, isn't that intentionally creating addictive behaviors? Should people be warned that a game has been designed to make them addicted?"
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Correlation and causation, and overview

geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 4 years ago

geekoid writes "So many people who post on Slashdot fall in to the causation is not correlation logical fallacy. I thought an article that discuss this logical fallacy, both it's use and abuse."
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geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 6 years ago

geekoid writes "Boing Boing has posted a story anout a person who was fired about talking about a gun, and then visited by the police for making a web comic about it: Boing Boing Link The police called it a borderline "terroristic" threat. The comic in question is here : Comic"
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geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 7 years ago

geekoid writes "Apple has announced there iPhone: http://www.apple.com/iphone/ I guess it's time to say I told you so... I told you so. It has a beautiful interface, but without buttuns I'm not sure how I will be able to dial without looking. Finally, the single device with all the functionality I want at a reasonable size. The price is a little steep, but that's what they said about the iPod."

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geekoid geekoid writes  |  more than 12 years ago

Even though I've been reading slashdot for quite some time, I jusr recently started poking around to see whats what.
Obviously, I found out about the Journal.

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