top Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
I graduated in EE in '69. Over my career everything changed at least once or twice. What I found most important was an understanding of the fundamentals behind the practices. That is, the underlying theory, physics and mathematics. With a firm grounding in those and a feel for how to apply them, I could keep up with the changes. I suspect it is the same in most fields.
A couple of earlier posters noted she should do what she really loves to do, and that is of course correct, but concentrate on the basics at first. All else will change. Don't fight the changes, adapt to them, and exploit them. If you love what you are doing, it is part of the adventure.
Still, life is a crap shoot. It takes a little bit of luck as well as careful preparation. Aristotle said count no man fortunate until he is dead.
top AT&T Introduces "Sponsored Data" Allowing Services to Bypass 4G Data Caps
Why would a company sign up for this? Additional business, sure, but also for identifying information on users. If you call an 800 number, the called party gets your phone number, even if it is blocked, because they are the phone company's customer paying for the call. If they pay extra, they get it in real time. I suppose the plan is to do the same with sponsored data service.
As with 800 service, the sponsoring company might choose the areas to which it would pay for the data delivery, perhaps with granularity down to the cell site. This would be great for selling local advertising, and avoiding wasting money on low income areas and areas outside the desired marketing region. Balkanize and rule!
top Open Source, Open World
There are at least two different schools of "libertarian" thought. There are right libertarians like Ron Paul and left libertarians like Noam Chomsky.
top GMO Wheat Found Growing Wild In Oregon, Japan Suspends Import From U.S.
Weeds that have evolved glyphosate resistance have become a serious problem. Are they sure this wheat didn't evolve its resistance naturally?
top The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered
True, but it was worth it to spite them. I bought an unlocked Sony Experia Xperia Mini from an outfit in NY, slipped in a Straight Talk SIM, and am now getting more for less.
top The Days of Cheap, Subsidized Phones May Be Numbered
I fired Verizon when they refused to lower my bill after my contract was up and the phone paid for. Telcos never leave money on the table.
top Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?
HI-YO, HI-YO, DISCERNIBLE TODAY
(A Song After Reading Toynbee)
Has it come to your attention how the race of man
Has been climbing upwards since time began, How it's been climbing steady, and it's climbing there still, But every time you notice it, it's going down hill?
Going downhill is the natural way, For the old folks work and the young folks play, And the pioneer morals universally decay - Yet definite improvement is discernible today! Hi-yo, hi-yo, discernible today!
Now there's been a quite demonstrable and healthy gain
In higher mathematics and the size of the brain, Between us and the oyster there were great strides made - But every time you look at us, we're slipping down grade.
Going downhill is the natural trend, For the old folks gather and the young folks spend, Yet line up all our forebears on the path that we descend And a definite improvement is apparent at this end! Hi-yo, hi-yo, apparent at this end!
The Egyptians, the Assyrians, the Greeks and Romans, too,
Hung up some fancy records when their world was new, And some they hung so high the boys are shooting at them still - But they saw themselves continually going down hill.
Going downhill is the way things run, For the old have illusions and the young have fun, And our manners and religions everlastingly decay, Yet astonishing improvement is discernible today! Hi-yo, hi-yo, discernible today!
Maxwell Anderson and published in the May 8,1948 edition of The New Yorker magazine (pg 26) .
about a year and a half ago
top The Power of a Hot Body
Yes. And in the late 60s undergraduate agricultural engineering students at the U of I were using the heat given off by a chicken in designing chicken coops.
Bell Northern Research in Ottawa, Ontario designed its later labs to not only not require heating, but to pipe heat into the older buildings that still did.
top New Evidence Indicates Amelia Earhart Survived For a Time on Pacific Atoll
Isn't there a preliminary phase in Good Science in which one looks to amass enough evidence for a hypothesis to justify the effort of properly testing it? At an early stage what may turn out to be good theory is indistinguishable from humbug.
top Commercial Drones Taking To the Skies
This could revive a long dormant industry.
top Failures Mark First National Test of Emergency Alert System
The alert is sent to a primary station in each area and daisy chained to others. WHQR is, I think, third in a chain. The alert hit there at 2:00:39. It got the start and stop "duck farts", but not the message itself. The scuttlebutt is that FEMA messed up the head end audio.
top NASA Creates Super-Black Carbon Nanotube Coating
Being the color of Severian's cloak in Shadow of the Torturer.
top Science Fair Entry Shuts Down Airport Terminal
That wasn't an "after" picture of the device under discussion, but of something else they claim to have blown up, and showed as a warning to be clear what you are bringing with you.
top Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?
Perhaps the router could be connected to a dish above the booth pointed straight down like a street light. This could overpower other signals in your booth and reduce your interference to other users. Dishes at wifi frequencies aren't large.
top Disney Seeks Trademark On 'Seal Team 6'
Mickey has grown into a very bad rat. I would recommend warfarin.
top When it comes to jury service, I ...
This may be a nit, but my understanding is that a grand jury or other process binding a defendant over for trial is on the basis that the prosecution has enough evidence to convict in the absence of any refutation offered by the defence.
top Malaysian Government Offers Free E-mail To All Citizens
Over twenty years ago the USPS was working on a plan to install Group IV fax machines in post offices and offer a very fast document delivery service. Congress stopped them because they thought it would compete with private services. (Group IV fax produces copy about like a laser printer, and about as fast, but requires ISDN.) I suspect the same would have happened had they tried to offer email.
top WA Election To Try Online Voting
All they are asking for is a registered voter's name and date of birth. Email addresses are no problem; use throw aways from foreign ISPs. Then start reading those obituaries.
In a major campaign lists generated by canvassing of voters who have moved would work also, although getting birth dates might be slightly harder.
top Americans Trust Docs, But Not Computerized Records
I don't think there is a defense against that. You have to sign a third party release for your current insurance, and the insurance companies pool data. Physicians have to code diagnoses and treatments and key them into the system to get paid. Your nosey friends might not have access, but the people you most worry about do.
top Is the ISS Really Worth $100 Billion?
I wonder how much more might have been gained from that amount of targeted R&D.
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