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Ask Slashdot: Advice For Budding Scientist?

patjhal Re:The News Is Not Reality (279 comments)

Hi Samantha. You answer one side, but I am curious what you are really looking at. The way people seem or their work under duress. In undergrad do you think classmates might have created data especially when their experimental data did not look so good and they wanted a good grade? Did you possibly see activity like that in graduate work? If so does it make you wonder if that type of thing will continue? Work that looked pretty but did not make sense? Would your current position allow you to raise a family on its paycheck alone? If yes at what age could your compensation do that?

My major was microbiology and I do systems administration now. I make enough to support my wife who has medical issues. Kids might have happened if I did not lose a decade of income generation to science. End of of undergrad saw incredible cut throat competition for grades and an increase in rote study. In some graduate work I redid a study that went into a paper. The first study by a student was pretty by inconclusive. It was pretty because the time intervals where always the same in a procedure where that was quite frankly impossible.

As for the original poster it did seem to me that physics and math tend to have less of that than chem and biology. Biology was to crammed with people who thought they where going to be doctors and a over-crowed phd and masters market. If your a bachelors your real screwed as there are also allot of lab tech degrees. Essentially places can get phd's to do masters jobs and masters to do bachelors level. Anything left is cheapest to do with the lab techs. Also its hard to have to much rote study in math. My guess is physics and math might be alright. If you can pick up a CS minor or Secondary ed (not that this one would pay allot but there would be food on the table) onto your major, it would make a nice fallback position. Everyone who goes into science should have a fallback position.

more than 2 years ago

The Myth of Renewable Energy

patjhal Re:Renewable or infinite? (835 comments)

I hope your joking. Most of the things you consume keep you alive. Very little extra is needed to ride a bike. You eat basically the same amount bike commuting or sitting your ass in a car. If you did need to eat more everyone would bike commute and gorge on high calorie food.

more than 2 years ago

Debt Reduction Super Committee Fails To Agree

patjhal Re:So both and get it done! (954 comments)

What gets me about any of these tax raise issues is most of the tax raising talked about just brings it back to mid 90's levels. I was around way back then and taxes where not a problem for me or for people I knew who where small businessmen. As a matter of fact is the best time period economically in my lifetime. What is wrong to going back to that tax rate when lowering them has seemed to lead to nothing but grief for our society.

more than 2 years ago

Why Do So Many College Science Majors Drop Out?

patjhal Re:Incentives, not challenge (841 comments)

And how. My brother always warned me about how little biology majors made, but it was not until I was out in the field before I found the need to switch careers. My comment to him later was. I knew I would not be rich, but I thought I would make enough to support a family modestly. Not so. Two science majors can support a family modestly assuming neither is ever out of work (at least years ago [97], I can only assume the wage situation is worse now). Rather than make it easier for people to get through the program which would be a real bad idea. Allow people who can make it through a program in stem to go tuition free. People would stay in the major then I guarantee and might even be able to handle the low wages without coming out of school in debt.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What To Do With Old Webcams?

patjhal Let the kids decide. (258 comments)

The most useful thing that could be done with any tech equipment at a school, would be for a club of students to come up with projects to do with it and implement it themselves.

more than 2 years ago

Rob "CmdrTaco" Malda Resigns From Slashdot

patjhal I will miss him. (1521 comments)

I always considered him like a younger, more successful version of myself. Wait. Why do I miss him? That little good for nothing punk. (this is certainly to be taken in jest for those who may not understand).

about 3 years ago

NASA Announces Final Homes of Shuttle Fleet

patjhal NASA hates the midwest. (195 comments)

Or does not understand there are things between New York and L.A. I mean come on! Three on the east coast and one on the west coast. I am so conflicted since I am so enthused about Cady Coleman, but so annoyed that Chicago was given the raspberries on this.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Wants You To Solve Encrypted Notes From Murder

patjhal Re:Text version of the code (466 comments)

This is obviously the language used by Elroy which was mistakenly sent in to that song contest. Eep. Oop. Ork. Ah. Ah.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Setting Up Wireless Voting For Students?

patjhal Doodle would work kinda (167 comments)

Doodle would work. It has to sortof be on the honor system and you would have to designate times as votes. 12pm for yes and 1am for no with clicking both or not clicking both for abstentia. You can set it to secret and only count votes for a set name (tell them they have to vote with such and such a name and people can object if their name was used by someone else). Still it is ripe for abuse and not a secure system. But it is free and will tally votes so if you can work on the honor system it is great.

more than 3 years ago

Supreme Court Rules On Corporate Privacy

patjhal Re:No need to break what isn't broken (408 comments)

What the hell are you talking about. I have never known corporations to be charged with crimes. They get fined and sued, but I do not remember one being put in jail (lets say the equivalent would be not allowing it to do business of any type for some period of time) or executed (being taken apart and sold, the closest thing I can think of for that is committing the ultimate American sin of not making a profit and going bankrupt). The problem with corporate person-hood is they are given rights without the risk of real punishment. I can't believe people are arguing corporations being treated like people as a good thing.

more than 3 years ago

Army Psy Ops Units Targeted American Senators

patjhal Re:Wrong but right (391 comments)

"Getting the mission done with as few deaths as possible is the morally right thing for a commander to do."

Yes but that is not accomplished by manipulating senators. That is accomplished by the commander no deploying his troops.

"If there is a choice to be made between manipulating senators, and getting your people killed, I'd choose manipulating congressmen any time."

That is just a ridiculous statement. Manipulation is the worst kind of crime. It is the manipulators who got those people in a position to be killed in the first place and now they want to manipulate their way out. More will die that way.

more than 3 years ago

Army Psy Ops Units Targeted American Senators

patjhal Re:Starship Troopers (391 comments)

Isn't that robocop not SST?

more than 3 years ago

Teenager Tries To Hire Hitman Via Facebook

patjhal Re:What a shitbag... (464 comments)

I remember wasting an hour a day for like twelve years in something called P.E.

more than 3 years ago

How Your Username May Betray You

patjhal Re:Uh... (308 comments)

Agreed. Did you know know allot of retailers track you through your given name? Duh. I don't want to use different names on every net thing. I do like to lie on my profiles. The trick is to remember the lies so that you can keep some consistency and mess up their records. So consistently use the same wrong birthday and such.

more than 3 years ago

Are Flickr Images Abused By Foreign Businesses?

patjhal Re:whatwhatwhat (227 comments)

Exactly which is why the photographer is the one who should be able to be sued if a picture is taken of you without expressed written consent. No implied oral consent allowed.

more than 3 years ago



Intel and the FTC

patjhal patjhal writes  |  more than 3 years ago

patjhal (1423249) writes "I received an email due to an old work purchase that confirmed something we knew already. The Intel C++ compiler optimized for intel but deoptimized for amd. At least thats what we saw in practice. I always complained that the compiler should be free since it did not work for other hardware right. If you compiled amd it did not optimize at all, I mean it acted like it was a 486 processor compatible so more generic compilers would compile much faster for the hardware. From the pdf that is linked at the site (there are many more things besides compilers on this).

"Intel’s Compiler may or may not optimize to the same degree for non-Intel microprocessors for optimizations that are not unique to Intel microprocessors. These optimizations include SSE2, SSE3, and SSSE3 instruction sets and other optimizations. Intel does not guarantee the availability, functionality, or effectiveness of any optimization on microprocessors not manufactured by Intel. Microprocessor-dependent optimizations in this product are intended for use with Intel microprocessors.""

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College student kills intruder with katana

patjhal patjhal writes  |  more than 4 years ago

patjhal (1423249) writes "The title says it all. A college student from Johns Hopkins University had an intruder in his garage and told him to leave. The intruder lunges at him and the student gives the guy the old skywalker family special. In-freekin-credible. Sorta cool and horrifying at the same time."
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