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Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?

kaplong! Science & Engineering (509 comments)

Science & engineering are both good fields. By science I mean disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology and the like. By engineering I mean mechanical & electrical/electronics engineering and similar fields. These fields have a higher than average likelihood of leading to a fun job with reasonable pay and lower than average unemployment.

Taking care of old people will also be in increasing demand, but I'm not sure that those jobs ever will pay well.

about 3 months ago

AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality

kaplong! I'm already paying AT&T to deliver Netflix (466 comments)

I'm already paying AT&T to deliver Netflix. Seems to me the carriers expect to be paid twice for the same service, once by the source (Netflix) and once by the destination (me).

about 7 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?

kaplong! camera detection exists for movie theaters (478 comments)

Digital camera detection (based on the reflective properties of sensors) has been solved for movie theaters. One possible solution for your problem might be to install a generalized version of those systems (say, light sources in four corners of the room/bus, and reflection detectors distributed all around), coupled with steerable light beams (e.g. lasers) that get pointed at the detected locations.

about 8 months ago

Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?

kaplong! T-mobile value plan (288 comments)

BYOP (bring your own phone) T-mobile value plan. Here in Chicago the coverage seems better than AT&T (e.g. no holes at Lake Shore & Monroe and near UIC).

more than 2 years ago

On the iPhone and Apple's Meteoric Rise To the Top

kaplong! Re:five models (317 comments)

...because it makes it easier for Apple to continue to support them with iOS updates...

One would think though, but they don't. Apple doesn't support even relatively recent 'old' hardware: they abandoned the $500 (no subsidies back then) 2008 iPhone in June 2010 when iOS 4 came out, after merely two years! No security fixes, nothing. And since most app developers don't bother with iOS backwards compatibility, most newer apps (and app updates) don't run on that phone either.

more than 2 years ago

Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era

kaplong! one down, one to go (256 comments)

So now that we finally got rid of the shuttle, how about giving that other big orbiting bottomless sink of of money a good dunking in the Pacific, and then get on with actual science?

more than 3 years ago

DHS Chief: What We Learned From Stuxnet

kaplong! that doesn't make any sense (125 comments)

Last I checked DHS are part of the US government. So all they needed to find out about stuxnet was to talk to their Federales buddies who helped create it.

more than 3 years ago

Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs

kaplong! CFL = abysmal light quality (1049 comments)

Compact fluorescents have truly horrible light quality compared to incandescent lighting. Unfortunately CRI (color rendering index) is not required information on light bulb packaging. As I found out the hard way CFLs are also unsuitable for most types of enclosed fixtures, due to the temperature sensitivity of the electronics. And they smell really bad when they fail.

more than 2 years ago

Electromechanical Switches Could Reduce Future Computers' Cooling Needs

kaplong! Zuse would like it... (95 comments)

...if he were still alive. He built his (and the world's) first programmable binary computer with program storage, the Z3, from old mechanical relays.

about 4 years ago

The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple

kaplong! Flash: irksome, slow, unnecessary (630 comments)

'Installed' doesn't mean 'enabled'. Plus, 87% of all statistics are made up.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone 3G Fix Via IOS 4.1 Coming Wednesday

kaplong! Re:pdf fix for the 2G ? (7 comments)

The 16 GB iPhone 2G appeared in February 2008.

more than 4 years ago

iPhone 3G Fix Via IOS 4.1 Coming Wednesday

kaplong! pdf fix for the 2G ? (7 comments)

How about a pdf vulnerability fix for the 2G? Or is it too much to ask for some basic OS support for a 2 year old $500 Apple product?
And while they are at it, maybe they could reverse the recent degradation of the 2G map accuracy. Might be just AT&T reducing the number of 2G towers, though.

more than 4 years ago

Neil Armstrong Criticizes Obama's Space Strategy

kaplong! just like the ISS... (508 comments)

...Armstrong also needs a good dunking in the Pacific.

more than 4 years ago

ESA Wants ISS Extended To 2020

kaplong! what the ISS needs (88 comments) a good dunk in the Pacific. Flying people around in low earth orbit is neither science nor particularly inspirational as human spaceflight, and uses up billions that could fund real space science missions.

more than 4 years ago

Best PC DVR Software, For Any Platform?

kaplong! sageTV (536 comments)

I like SageTV ( ), especially the one-click commercial skipping; it has (had?) its occasional hiccups, but this might also be a function of how much one fiddles with the hardware/software setup :-) It seems pretty mature (it's at v6.x by now), has an active user/contributor base, and handles multiple receivers and set top/converter boxes with IR control nicely. It has a free trial.

more than 4 years ago

Passengers Cheat Flu Scan With Fever Reducers

kaplong! quarantine doesn't cut it anyways.... (299 comments)

...and was therefore dropped by e.g. Hongkong as a response to the swine flu 'pandemic'. While we were there in May they changed their policy from quarantine to supervised medication once a day. Would have sucked to get stuck there for a whole week just because of elevated facial temperature - whether it's caused by H1N1, or 'normal' flu, or just because you're lugging heavy bags around after dehydrating for 12 hours in some damn' UA airplane with smelly watertanks.

more than 5 years ago

Broke Counties Turn Failing Roads To Gravel

kaplong! Re:Why is it $100K per mile in the first place? (717 comments)

Yep - you could see that when they redid I-88 near Chicago: they only put maybe a foot of gravel instead of the three needed to get drainage below frost level - this guarantees frost damage and the next rebuilding contract.

more than 5 years ago



Stimulus bill compromise restores science funding

kaplong! kaplong! writes  |  more than 5 years ago

kaplong! (688851) writes "Judging from the text (13 MB) posted on the House rules committee website the conference committee has restored funding for science in the Stimulus Bill compromise.

- $1 billion total for NASA.
- $3 billion total for National Science Foundation (NSF).
- $2 billion total for Science at the Department of Energy including
    $400 million for the Advanced Research Projects Agency---Energy (ARPA-E).
- $830 million total for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA)."

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