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Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

gwayne Re:High school doesn't prepare you for college (841 comments)

While I agree that my high school didn't adequately prepare me for university STEM courses 20 years ago, it wasn't for a lack of curriculum. I took AP calculus, physics, biology and chemistry. I loved those coursed and generally did well in them. However, I also breezed through high school, as most smart kids do, which I now attribute to "dumbing down" for the other 95% of students. I realized when I entered university that it wasn't a breeze. I think one major fault with our current education system is that it fails to teach students "how to study" or "how to learn", instead of memorizing and regurgitating useless facts.

more than 2 years ago
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AT&T Goes After Copper Wire Thieves

gwayne Re:Final Solution (338 comments)

Zon't you mean, zat shtraay apostrophe veel cost you your live?

more than 3 years ago
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Torvalds Becomes an American Citizen

gwayne Re:More importantly (654 comments)

Where do you come up with racism fueling my concern? I am brown, btw, and I find your comment highly inflammatory -- just because I would rather not piss away my hard-earned money to people who WON'T work for it -- not people who are legitimately unable, too old, or infirm to work. Just because I am conservative doesn't mean I am not charitable. People should take care of each other. We don't need the government to take care of us.

What does race have to do with welfare expenditures? I certainly am not advocating cutting off benefits that your grandmother and/or grandfather earned by paying into the system most of their lives. But you must realize the Social Security system is a literally government-sponsored Ponzi scheme that will eventually go broke because it cannot keep up with the rising costs of maintaining the Babyboomer generation. There simply aren't enough of us paying into it.

So what's that you say? Raise taxes? For benefits we will NEVER receive? No thanks. Unless we reform this system, we will never be free of ever-increasing liabilities. It's the same problem with government and union pensions. How do YOU like the fact that the President and Congress-critters can serve only ONE term and receive their salary for life? Did they really earn that? What about government employees that pay 10% of their salary into a retirement system for 20 years, retire at age 50 and continue to receive 90% of their salary for 30+ years? Did they earn that? One reason most corporations have phased out pension systems, besides greed, is that these "entitlements" are simply unsustainable.

I would rather invest my own retirement savings into a 401K or similar vehicle, instead of continuing to fund a system that will likely never pay out one cent to me. Current working generations have both burdens - save for retirement AND continue paying for SS to support retirees.

more than 3 years ago
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Torvalds Becomes an American Citizen

gwayne Re:More importantly (654 comments)

My bad - I only realized after further research that it was an honorary title. Still, doctor or not, the stuff he comes up with makes you wonder WTF the federal government is up to. Where does my tax money go?

more than 3 years ago
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Torvalds Becomes an American Citizen

gwayne Re:More importantly (654 comments)

Do we not customarily call one who has earned a PhD doctor?

more than 3 years ago
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Torvalds Becomes an American Citizen

gwayne Re:More importantly (654 comments)

Have you EVER listened to what DR. Glenn Beck has to say? I've never heard him denounce Muslims or Islam in a derogatory context. This is the far left making such accusations. He's not a racist or Islam-aphobe. He frequently has guests from different backgrounds. He honored the work of MLK for an entire week or so, having his daughter (I think) as a guest.

Beck is not preaching hate. He has simply connected the dots to show all Americans that the federal government, and particularly the Democratic party, has been infested with Progressives, Socialists, Communists, Marxists, etc, leading our whole nation to no good end. The federal government is out of control. It has it's OWN agenda - not that of THE PEOPLE.

How many Socialist/Communist regimes do we have to see fall to understand that they simply don't work.

Beck advocates people to stand up for themselves, be responsible and self-sufficient -- to stop the government "entitlements" that chain people to wellfare and excessive government spending. That doesn't mean throwing people under the bus - it just means finding another way for them to earn a living, such as education and skills training programs, small business loans, etc. That isn't racism. It's common sense. You can't spend more than you earn -- just look at the debt crisis in America. The Progressives are trying to bury the U.S. economy in debt using the Cloward-Piven strategy. Current political issues are simply a side-show distraction while they continue to manipulate the country into failure. This is not good for any American, rich or poor, Republican, Democrat or other.

more than 3 years ago
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Geek Squad Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter To God Squad

gwayne Re:unfair competition (357 comments)

You forgot "Damn you, dirty apes!"

more than 3 years ago
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Girl Seeks Help On Facebook During Assault

gwayne Re:Why's this on Slashdot? (417 comments)

Nonsense! I learned firearm safety around age 6 and have been using/carrying firearms on my own for over 30 years. Children who learn to hunt know very well the consequences using a firearm. I am not advocating that 12-year olds should carry weapons, but had she known how to use one, she certainly would have been justified in defending herself.

about 4 years ago
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RIAA Paid $16M+ In Legal Fees To Collect $391K

gwayne More BS expenses to stick it to the performers (387 comments)

I'm not surprised, but this is just another example of bullshit expenses the big media companies use to cheat bands and performers. "Oh, look...we had to pay $300M in lawyers fees. Sorry, there's no profit left for you." When all the while they are just paying themselves.

about 4 years ago
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Claimed Proof That UNIX Code Was Copied Into Linux

gwayne A header file? Come on... (578 comments)

Obviously, these douche bags have never heard of an interface. That's what a header file is for. It is very generic, and the implementations can vary significantly. This IS NOT proof. Accept fate, SCO - you are DOA!

about 4 years ago
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Tattoos For the Math and Science Geek?

gwayne Re:No it isn't (1186 comments)

Clearly, tattoos fall under the provision of color and potentially religion and/or ethnic groups (i.e. Maori).

about 4 years ago
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Stand-Alone Antivirus Software?

gwayne Re:and another link (159 comments)

Kinda like military intelligence?

about 4 years ago
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DePaul University To Offer Degree In Predictive Analysis

gwayne Re:Year 1 schedule announced. (71 comments)

You forgot Feng Shui, you insensitive clod!

more than 4 years ago
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US Sues Oracle Over Alleged Overcharging

gwayne Reality check (164 comments)

What this really appears to be about is a whistleblower getting a piece of the action. Since Oracle was overcharging the gubermint, this guy will get something like 15-25% of the settlement according to the False Claims Act.

more than 4 years ago
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Decency Group Says "$#*!" Is Indecent

gwayne Re:First $#*! (821 comments)

Damn rookie...let me fix that for you.

for deity in God Jehovah Allah Shen Bhagwan Vishnu Krishna Yahweh Elohim Jesus Satan Lucifer Zeus "L. Ron Hubbard"
do
          $#*! $deity
done

more than 4 years ago
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Texas Textbooks Battle Is Actually an American War

gwayne Who's actually behind these changes (1252 comments)

Here's an article I read a while back about who's behind these changes. I thought it was rather interesting but alarming at the same time.

more than 4 years ago
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Woz Cites "Scary" Prius Acceleration Software Problem

gwayne Re:Honestly, officer, it wasn't me! (749 comments)

One other thing -- the collision avoidance radar regulates the cruise control. It will actually follow a vehicle, matching it's speed, at a user-selectable distance.

more than 4 years ago
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Woz Cites "Scary" Prius Acceleration Software Problem

gwayne Re:Honestly, officer, it wasn't me! (749 comments)

Let me clarify that this "work zone" was about 20 miles long, and the vehicle didn't decelerate to keep me from rear-ending the vehicle in front of me. I dropped in behind him at the posted speed and "set" the cruise like you would in any modern vehicle.

more than 4 years ago
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Woz Cites "Scary" Prius Acceleration Software Problem

gwayne Honestly, officer, it wasn't me! (749 comments)

I got a speeding ticket last year while driving my mother-in-law's new Toyota Sienna for the first time. I was following a vehicle through a work-zone with the cruise control set at 50-mph (so I thought). The vehicle in front of me changed lanes and the van accelerated rapidly to 65-mph...right past a cop. I tried to explain to him that the van did it, but he didn't care.

I know now that the digital cruise control, in combination with the collision-avoidance "radar" in the Toyotas will regulate the vehicle speed, but what happens when the vehicle in front of you moves or accelerates is sometimes erratic behavior. Could this be related to what's happening? Is it user error?

more than 4 years ago

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gwayne gwayne writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gwayne (306174) writes "I am a senior software engineer at a large organization where detailed documentation is absolutely essential to every aspect of its operation. I am leading a large application migration project where the existing documentation wasn't maintained well.

Although we do have content-management and versioning systems, we don't have any technical documentation or publishing software, like FrameMaker, and trying to manage structured content in Word is aggravating when most of its features are presentation-oriented.

I've been toying with Docbook and XSL-FO recently and decided to write some of my documentation using Docbook because its support of structured content was exactly what I thought was needed — being able to format a report for the pointy-haired bosses and developer documentation from the same source document by using different stylesheets.

When my manager asked me for the documentation recently, she absolutely freaked out when I told her that it wasn't in MS Word format. It didn't matter that I could produce Word documents, HTML or PDFs from the XML, that they could be easily tailored to different audiences by using different stylesheets, and that as a text file it was completely versionable. I had wasted valuable time and she would have to reformat my work in Word, requiring more effort on her part.

I am sure that other Slashdot'ers have faced similar situations, so I'd like to know how you handle documentation in general, and in what contexts, if any, others are using Docbook successfully."
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gwayne gwayne writes  |  more than 7 years ago

gwayne (306174) writes "The BBC is reporting that scientists have discovered how H5N1 kills. From TFA:
We are lucky this is happening now. If it had been the 1970s or 80s, we would not have had these antiviral drugs to turn to.


Like anti-virus software, comments like this have long lead me to believe that "big pharmaco" is responsible for new viral outbreaks, simply to drive sales for the cure."

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