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Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?

tanderson92 Re: Please don't (279 comments)

I agree with everything you said. But while it may be true that your starting salary does not increase by too much, from my experience with my friends and I who have graduated with and without internships, your increased competence on the job when you have internship experience means you are more likely to be more quickly promoted. The benefits in salary are not necessarily immediate.

4 days ago

NASA's HI-SEAS Project Results Suggests a Women-Only Mars Crew

tanderson92 Re:Dear Liza! (399 comments)

People nitpick the submissions and never complement the good ones.

Speaking of nitpicking, it is "compliment". If we were "complementing" the good ones, we would be adding to the submissions rather than merely commenting on their inadequacies.

about 2 months ago

Court: Car Dealers Can't Stop Tesla From Selling In Massachusetts

tanderson92 Re:No standing, no case (155 comments)

More like just State Supreme Court. SCOTUS stands for (S)upreme (C)ourt (O)f (T)he (U)nited (S)tates.

about 3 months ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

tanderson92 Re:question colon (729 comments)

Since this operator exists in C/C++, Java and Perl at least, it's hardly obscure

It's called the ternary operator.

about 4 months ago

U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras

tanderson92 Re:Federal vs. local decision (Re:I like...) (643 comments)

You need citations for Congressional use of the "power of the purse"? Really?

Here in the United States, the term Power of the Purse refers to relationship between Legislative and Executive branches of the same government.

The relationship discussed in this sub-thread is between different governments: Federal vs. local ones...

An excellent example is that of the federally mandated minimum drinking age: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N...

Briefly, Congress threatened to cut specific funding to states unless they followed the federal government's leadership in setting the drinking age at 21. This despite Congress having no direct authority in the Constitution to make the states obey them. It's a pretty clear-cut case of federal overreach.

about 4 months ago

Linus Torvalds: 'I Still Want the Desktop'

tanderson92 Re:My experience this past month with Linux (727 comments)

p>Laptop: Asus Zenbook UX41LA

After pissing around for half an hour with bios settings, I finally managed to get it to get farther than the grub bootloader. Things seem to work, but KDE crashes randomly, Cinnamon and Unity don't remember window locations and have their own oddities. None of them let me control screen backlighting, even after trying all the 'hacks' posted around the net.

Then I find out that video performs even worse with the open source Intel video drivers.

I know this won't help you now, but in the future you should know that Lenovo Thinkpads have some of the best out of the box linux support I have ever seen. All the little details work seamlessly and effortlessly.

about 4 months ago

Every Day Is Goof-Off-At-Work Day At the US Patent and Trademark Office

tanderson92 Re:Falsifying timecards (327 comments)

And how do you propose to do this, given that the article is about teleworkers ?

about 4 months ago

After 12 years of Development, E17 Is Out

tanderson92 Re:Congrats (259 comments)

If you're on Exherbo(or even Gentoo since the packages can be adapted pretty easily), the packages are in the works, and I'll mail anyone a copy of my work(running fine on two computers) if one asks.

about 2 years ago

Analyzing Long-Term SSD Failure Rates

tanderson92 Baed on numbers... (149 comments)

Based on numbers, the study shows SSDs to be more reliable than HDDs. The best data I have seen in that article is the following:

SSDs: 1.28--2.19% over 2 years

HDDs: >=5% over 2 years

The HDD data comes from: http://media.bestofmicro.com/2/N/289103/original/google_afrtemputilization_475.png The SSD data comes from the table on Page #6.

I don't think any of this data is particularly surprising, HDDs are mechanical so the curves for failure would not be linear. The most interesting part of the article for consideration with SSDs is that SMART is going to be near useless for them. Since most failures are random occurrences in electronics which SMART isn't good at detecting, we may need better technology for detecting SSD failures.

more than 3 years ago

Debian Wheezy To Have Multi-Architecture Support

tanderson92 Re:Link is (was?) broken (135 comments)

Wait isn't that what Gentoo was doing since well, forever?

Not really, Gentoo has native multilib support, not native multiarch support. And as I understand it, Debian's multiarch support is much more integrated than Gentoo's crossdev efforts at multiarch.

more than 3 years ago

Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

tanderson92 Re:Not new and Not good (1173 comments)

As a native South Jerseyan, I have not once seen a mode of controlling entrance into a traffic circle, other than a constantly blinking yellow light to indicate a yield. It's a fair distinction for traffic engineers to make, but it's misleading since at least in NJ those "guided" circles just do not exist. This is true even on some of the crazier traffic circles, like the Somers Point circle which has 5 individual roads leading into it.

more than 3 years ago

Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US

tanderson92 Re:Really bad idea. (1173 comments)

And it's certainly no coincident that there is an auto repair shop on the southeast edge of the circle, now is it?

more than 3 years ago

Magnetic Nanoparticles Fry Tumors

tanderson92 Re:Next step.. (111 comments)

Because these magnetic particles are less mobile than drugs, there is a good chance they'll tend to stay put and only damage the tumour and local tissue, rather than harming the organism as a whole.

The solution to this is to use guided magnetic targeting. Basically, drugs are encapsulated in a magnetic nanoparticle and injected into the bloodstream relatively close to the cancer site. A magnetic field focusing on the cancer site attracts these particles and the drugs for the most part do not reach non-cancerous parts of the body

more than 3 years ago

Just Months After Jeopardy!, Watson Wows Doctors

tanderson92 Re:Brought to you by Bayer. (291 comments)

You mean a giant computer is going to rely on science instead of back whacking and cracking? Gasp!

Ex-Trapolate! Ex-Trapolate! The Daa-leks are supreme!

more than 3 years ago

Linux 3.0 Will Have Full Xen Support

tanderson92 Linux? (171 comments)

But will it run Linux?

more than 3 years ago

A Peek At South Korea's Autonomous Robot Gun Turrets

tanderson92 Re:There's a really useful aspect to these. (298 comments)

I'm fairly certain (I recall seeing these before?) the turret CAN run autonomously, however they are supposed to be supervised and do not engage unless an operator confirms it. The operator(s) have access to zooming cameras in the unit under both visible and infrared spectra.

This just means we need a tank squadron to come in and shoot the cameras up with paint. Problem solved.

about 4 years ago

Students Banned From Bringing Pencils To School

tanderson92 Re:Wrong headline (426 comments)

I have a feeling that parent is going on little more than contrived ideas unsubstantiated by fact. Homeschoolers get plenty of socialization(I was co-captain of a mock trial team in high school, and was homeschooled). I also was a member of three amateur sports teams and as far as instruction goes, nobody fed me information that wasn't right(if I disbelieved what I read, I'd do research to find the truth). I also got to a top-rated public research university on a full academic scholarship for a technical degree so what I learned couldn't be too opinion-based. I am doing fine at university and am involved with several clubs which sort of means your sweeping statement about an "inability to cope with society at large" is bonkers. Nor am I atypical. Tons of people I know follow a similar academic and social arc. This is just BS intended to spread FUD about an experimental, but effective and age-old way of learning that works for some people who are motivated and driven(and have parents who care).

about 4 years ago

The Push For Colbert's "Restoring Truthiness" Rally

tanderson92 Re:Count me in (703 comments)

Mod Parent up. I haven't seen something more insightful on slashdot in a while.

more than 4 years ago

Where To Start With DIY Home Security?

tanderson92 Zoneminder (825 comments)

Zoneminder works flawlessly here with multiple cameras, despite not being updated for a year.

As to its features, it is very good at detecting motion, even when the area of motion is small compared to the whole frame. And you can playback all activity so you can know for sure if anyone has been acting suspicious so as to keep your guard up. I'd definitely recommend it, but with other security, because 1) a camera can't see everything 2) a camera won't stop a breakin.

more than 4 years ago



Senator Feinstein Loses Control of Her Domain Name

tanderson92 tanderson92 writes  |  about 2 years ago

tanderson92 (1636327) writes "It appears that Senator Feinstein, a vocal advocate of gun control, of California has forgot to keep her domain name registered and it went up for sale. As a result, Ares Amor(aresarmor.com) has taken control of the site and is trying to make it into a public embarrassment for the senator. They are posting pro-firearm freedom pieces and generally satirizing the Senator."
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