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Solving the Mystery of Declining Female CS Enrollment

pr0fessor Re:Boys are naturally curious... (603 comments)

I think CS should be a core class in high school and required for everyone at least two years worth, four would be better. I say this because computers are so integrated into our lives that not having more than the most basic understanding could be very limiting. Then after high school if a girl wants to go into CS she will already know if she has the aptitude and desire to do so, naysayers be damned.

4 days ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

pr0fessor Re:This is silly (714 comments)

Just out of curiosity what happens to your assets and past debts like a home... car loan... boat.. some past medical bills you are paying on... well they stay the same and the value of your home appreciates. So who does minimum wage increases really benefit most? Probably the middle aged middle class home owner.

about a week ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

pr0fessor Re:This is silly (714 comments)

Something i like to ask my middle class friends when they complain about possible minimum wage increases and the cost of everything going up.

What happens to the payment on your 30 year fixed mortgage when when the minimum wage goes up. Nothing.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

pr0fessor Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

artificially low gas prices

Lower because of limited demand but not below cost. My wife is a regional manager of convenience chain and one of the myths of the mid-west is that gas stations don't make money on gasoline, but the reality is they don't make a boat load of money on gasoline. The more interesting part is that those stores in the more populated areas with higher prices still pay the same amount for their gas since the company buys all of their gas at one price and trucks it to their stores themselves.

about a week ago
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Judge Says EA Battlefield 4 Execs Engaged In "Puffery," Not Fraud

pr0fessor Re:what? (91 comments)

I read the court document sounded like a bunch of opinions made on earnings call about a product that hadn't even been finished. Things like we started early than previous transitions to new game consoles, are going to work closer with vendors, and I think this is going to be the best launch ever is not the same as what you are talking about.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

pr0fessor Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

Remote and Virtual desktop I work with some fairly large files.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

pr0fessor Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

How is "OMG I can't afford to stream 8 hours of video a day any more" going to set society back 20 years? If anything, it will be a huge improvement.

You mention gasoline, the fuel tax is $0.184 on a gallon which costs currently $2.79 (In my area of the US) which is around 6% sure this makes people cut back or get a smaller car however what would happen if it was $13.05 a gallon around a 400% tax it wouldn't just change what and the way people drive it would have an immediate negative effect on fuel industry, car manufactures, consumer, and any number of businesses.

It would set back much of industry and I think a internet tax of this magnitude would do more damage than you realize.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

pr0fessor Re:In other news... (324 comments)

There is a new Family Video attached to a pizza place in my town... They recently started delivering movies when you order pizza.

When ever I drive by, there are cars in the parking lot even before the pizza place opened, so I guess people still rent videos.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

pr0fessor Re:Realism (324 comments)

It says the average is $17-$41 USD I have no idea what the US average is but in my area of the mid-west $39 for a middle tier account is fairly common.

about a week ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

pr0fessor Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

In my case my internet provider charges me a set amount for up to 350Gb that tax is over 400% my subscription fee if I were to use all 350Gb. The tax would also effect internet based businesses it is an undue burden.

about two weeks ago
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Hungary To Tax Internet Traffic

pr0fessor Re:Nah, this is just stage 1 (324 comments)

I work from home mostly because it's cheaper than driving into an office. I use in the area of 300Gb a month if a $0.62/Gb tax was implemented the tax would be 4 times my subscription fee and it would suddenly be cheaper to drive.

about two weeks ago
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As Prison Population Sinks, Jails Are a Steal

pr0fessor Re:Prison population (407 comments)

In Kansas battery is a misdemeanor, threaten to kick someone's a$$ after they punch you in the face and your friends are holding you so you can't hit him back is felony criminal threat. That law was created with things like bomb threats and terrorists in mind but has been twisted to be used in other ways.

about two weeks ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

pr0fessor Re:Cannot stop progress (294 comments)

The weight has not gone up that much the 82 vs 2005 cavalier was only about 300lb change but dropped almost 20mpg in the newer model. It's been a long time since I've got 54mpg on a road trip. It's been a long time since I've heard someone say they got 70mpg but those were diesel cars.

about two weeks ago
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Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

pr0fessor Re:Cannot stop progress (294 comments)

Actually I've noticed a decline in MPG in new cars I think it's the emission controls that holds that number down. I have had older cars from the 80s and early 90s that got much better than the advertised MPG of a similar new car and better than my current car.

about two weeks ago
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Navy Tests Unpowered Exoskeleton

pr0fessor Re:how does this work at all? (79 comments)

It looks like a spring loaded swing arm that supports the bulk of the weight of the tool [these are already made to be mounted to work benches] connected to a harness only with a brace like structure that allows the wearer to shift the weight from their back and waist to rest on the ground.

Alternatively they could put the the swing arm on casters with an adjustable base and just roll it around.

about two weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

pr0fessor Re:Miles to empty can vary (403 comments)

I needed to mix some gas and oil for a small engine and I told the clerk to give me 1.2 gallons. She said I don't know how to do that... I explained to her to multiply the price by 1.2 and preauthorize the pump for that much.

Sometimes it doesn't matter, numbers escape some people.

Yes, when I was in college I lived pay check to pay check so I would sometimes figure up how much gas I needed to make planned drives like to and from work and school until payday and only put that much in the car.

about three weeks ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

pr0fessor Re:Money money money (346 comments)

Where I live in the mid-west roads, water, sewer, waste removal are owned by the municipality, is contracted sometimes to multiple contractors and they do change contractors.

about three weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

pr0fessor Re:Miles to empty can vary (403 comments)

Mine does that too it goes up and down based on how I'm currently driving. if I'm in traffic and doing a lot of stop and go it's fairly worthless but on the highway with the cruise control on it drops fairly in sync with the changes on the odometer.

about three weeks ago
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Fuel Efficiency Numbers Overstate MPG More For Cars With Small Engines

pr0fessor Re:Overstated or misrepresented? (403 comments)

Mine is as accurate as manually figuring it with the trip odometer and fuel needed to fill the tank back up but only if I reset the average mpg display when I reset the trip odometer, otherwise over time it get's off with what I am figuring per tank because there is a snow storm and I drive different or I take a few highway trips that are out of the ordinary.

about three weeks ago

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