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35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

quintus_horatius Re:The American Dream (559 comments)

The minimum wage around here nets you $1492 a month before tax

That's assuming you have a full-time job, which isn't always the case. Some people have to scratch up two or three part-time minimum wage jobs.


A Physicist Says He Can Tornado-Proof the Midwest With 1,000-Foot Walls

quintus_horatius Re:Your taxes at work (501 comments)

The US governement can't even get off their ass to build a 30ft high fence along our southern border even though they got congressional approval and have millions of people wanting it

Who wants it?

  • Do the politicians really want it? Or would they rather have an imminent threat of "illegals" to whip everyone else into a frenzy with?
  • Do the rich want it? Or would they prefer to hire cheap labor?
  • Do businesses want it? Or would they prefer to hire cheap labor and sell to them?
  • Do most citizens want it? Or do they not really care?

about a month ago

Study: Earthlings Not Ready For Alien Encounters, Yet

quintus_horatius Re:next 50 to 100 years? (453 comments)

Really. Do these guys know something the rest of us don't?

about 3 months ago

Amazon Offers Cut of Ebook Sales To Book Stores Selling Kindle

quintus_horatius Re:So a commission to cut your own throat? (80 comments)

especially when once customers discover the ease of buying books online, they might stop being customers.

People will buy and use a Kindle anyway. Why not get a cut?

about 9 months ago

US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

quintus_horatius Re:JIT Education (745 comments)

You're conflating skills training with education.

They both teach you how to get the most out of a set of tools, but formal education concentrates on the tool that is your brain -- how to think, how to organize information, how to accommodate new ideas and facts. How to use your brain.

JIT training is commonly known as on-the-job-training, and is not a new idea. But it works best when the student is already educated.

about 10 months ago

US Adults Score Poorly On Worldwide Test

quintus_horatius Re:Does it matter? (745 comments)

The U.S. has been scoring poorly relative to other countries for decades now, and continues to be the world leader in innovation and productivity

Imagine what we, as a nation, could achieve if we were well educated.

about 10 months ago

The Ridiculous Tech Fees You're Still Paying

quintus_horatius Re:payroll cards (318 comments)

Basically, it's your paycheck given to you on a debit card.

about 10 months ago

Team Oracle Penalized For America's Cup Rules Violations

quintus_horatius Re: Wow (190 comments)

Whoosh, you took the meaning backwards, but thanks for reaffirming two stereotypes at once!

about a year ago

Indian Government To Ban Use of US Email Services For Official Communications

quintus_horatius Re:how many recipients are on gmail? (219 comments)

It doesn't matter which email service(s) a foreign government uses, or where the mail is stored. What matters is where the email is routed on its way from sender to recipient. There's nothing to stop the NSA from reading the email if the messages or network packets are "accidentally" routed through the US on their way from one foreign address to another. Not even laws protecting citizens, since it's not a citizen's data.

about a year ago

Watch the Crab Nebula Expand Over a 13 Year Period

quintus_horatius Neat stuff, but... (65 comments)

The video was over a minute, watching two images flip back and forth every couple of seconds with cheesy music in the background.

No voice over, no explanation, no real utility to the video. Showing the two static snapshots in a super-imposable way would have been a cooler use of technology.

about a year ago

Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria That Can Colonize Most Plants Discovered

quintus_horatius Re: Great, now what about phosphorous? (187 comments)

thousands of years of evolution have taught us not to bury dead people in the garden.

I don't think evolution had anything to do with that, and there's nothing intrinsically wrong with burying people in the garden. Europeans used to surround their churches with graves, with few ill effects to the people attending the church.

We bury or cremate our dead for sanitary reasons, but I think we confine our corpses to cemeteries for cultural reasons.

1 year,1 day

Toxic Green Algae Takes Over Beaches Off Yellow Sea In China

quintus_horatius Re:English, man, English! (66 comments)

That particular line read like SimCity 2000's newspaper "articles"

1 year,26 days

9th Grade Science Experiment: Garden Cress Won't Germinate Near Routers

quintus_horatius No reproduction (327 comments)

experts have shown interest in reproducing the experiment

Or not reproducing, as the case may be.

about a year ago

Helium Depleted, Herschel Space Telescope Mission Ends

quintus_horatius Re:Orbital pickup truck (204 comments)

Ion drives aren't very useful for start-stop type operations, they work best as a continuous thrust drive where you don't ever plan on slowing down.

So you accelerate half-way there, turn around, and accelerate in the opposite direction for the remaining half. The engine never needs to shut down and bam! you're parked right where you need to be.

about a year ago

Helium Depleted, Herschel Space Telescope Mission Ends

quintus_horatius Re:Orbital pickup truck (204 comments)

I don't think the moon stretched our technological limits by any means. All the basic technology required for a moon landing existed before the goal was announced - no new and revolution computer or rocket design required. It was more of a project-management problem - how to engineer rockets powerful enough, how to ensure reliablity, how to guarantee the trip went off without a hitch. The decade from announcment to landing was spent training people and figuring out how to build bigger.

about a year ago


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