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Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

ssentinull Imperial is used more than people think (2288 comments)

One example I can think of is television/computer screens - atleast in Germany they are measured in inches, and despite also displaying the size in cm as well, the Europeans I've talked to are more comfortable using inches for screens.

more than 3 years ago

Internet Censorship Arms Race Gets New Weapon From Georgia Tech

ssentinull Go Jackets (75 comments)

another GT story on slashdot

more than 4 years ago

Ancient Comet Fragments Found In Antarctic Snow

ssentinull Megatron (92 comments)

Transfomers got it wrong, he obviously landed in ANTarctica

more than 4 years ago

RFID Checks Student Attendance in Arizona

ssentinull Not really that big of a deal (554 comments)

I don't know if any of you actually took time to read the article, but it doesn't say anywhere that the professors have to use it to take attendance. They said it was collected and the professors could decide to use the data - maybe some will use it for attendance, and maybe some won't. However, I think it's safe to say that having the new technology is not going to make the professors switch their idea about attendance, it just makes it more convenient for those who already take attendance.

At Georgia Tech, for some classes we had PRS systems, which were RF audience polling machines, and each student's was registered to their GT ID number. The professor then 'took attendance' by checking to see if the PRS registered with your ID number answered atleast one question. Most people found out that you could take someone else's PRS to class, and what a lot of people did - a group of friends would switch off who would bring the 5 PRS's to class. We also have RFID cards which make things much easier around campus, from getting into buildings to signing in at career fairs. And honestly, I'd rather have those for attendance classes, have them just scan my RFID ID card rather than buying a $50 answering machine - and it would be easier for people to skip class honestly - putting an extra card in your pocket is easier than answering a question on finicky hardware, or listening for someone else's name.

Summary: It's something which makes something tedious easier and quicker, RFID cards have many other helpful uses on campus, and for the paranoid types you can wear your aluminum foil hats and carry your aluminum foil wallets.

more than 4 years ago

What Chernobyl Looks Like In 2010

ssentinull Re:Largest Nuclear Disaster? (413 comments)

lucky, I tried getting away from my group, but our tour guide was quite observant, and frequent head counts would have discovered my lack of presence before I could climb to the top of any building, but great shots!

more than 4 years ago

What Chernobyl Looks Like In 2010

ssentinull Re:Dude, your dose must be through the roof ... no (413 comments)

We did have a dosimeter with us, at the closest point to the sarcophagus, the SV was reading a 3.57 (I have a picture of it). On average though, it was reading about 0.1. To put in in perspective, an X-ray tech during a year gets an annual dosage of 32, so I'm honestly not too worried about it, and the pictures are worth it!

more than 4 years ago

What Chernobyl Looks Like In 2010

ssentinull Chernobyl (413 comments)

First post! Seriously though, just went to Chernobyl about 3 weeks ago, and seeing it is surreal. I wasn't alive when it happened, but going through the amusement park they had just built was just remarkable. I took a lot of pictures, and my favorite one is from the school we went to, found a child size gas mask, something you wouldn't expect to find in a school, but nice regardless. If you want to see more pictures: . I would definitely recommend going to see it, and Kiev is a cool city to see for a day as well

more than 4 years ago



Facebook Opening Up

ssentinull ssentinull writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ssentinull (1763168) writes "With Google preventing Facebook from accessing Gmail contact lists because of non-reciprocity, it seems Facebook has gotten the message. They are now offering the ability to download all of your information from your profile (pictures, friends, wall posts, interests, etc.). It seems they are getting the picture that people want more control of their data, and would like in the future to switch from Facebook. A glad addition (as long as you aren't planning for running as a politician anytime soon)."
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