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

tchdab1 Re:Please don't (279 comments)

Speaking of debts, after you find the STEM topic that interests you most (motivation should be key to choosing what to study), and identify the kind of program you want to apply for, get as much of the requirements done at inexpensive community college or other local institutions with transferrable credits. A few years ago my local community college offered classes at $70 a credit or less - books often cost more. To me that's almost free.
And vote to elect people who will fight for less profits made off student loans, and even for more subsidies for eduction.

3 days ago
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Facebook Founder Presents Vision For The New Republic, Many Resign In Protest

tchdab1 Re:Hard to say (346 comments)

Hard to believe 20% of the staff, including some senior writers, would all quit as an overreaction to some email. But as you say we don't know the details.
Imagine working for years at a small well-regarded tech company (assuming you're more familiar with tech companies) with 56 employees that gets bought out. What kind of actions would cause 12 of your long time valued employees to up and quit?

about two weeks ago
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Health Advisor: Ebola Still Spreading, Worst Outbreak We've Ever Seen

tchdab1 Re: Is it still October 9? (244 comments)

Anyone aware of a site publishing current and accurate infection rate info?

about three weeks ago
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Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone

tchdab1 Re:huh? (187 comments)

Straight splice their DNA onto corn genes, and grow the mammoths on the praries.

about a month ago
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NSA Director Says Agency Shares Most, But Not All, Bugs It Finds

tchdab1 Re:That sounds nice... (170 comments)

But they never lie. And they're always right.

about a month and a half ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

tchdab1 Re:Everybody Panic! (421 comments)

I think that's not done because it's messy and you have to dispose of the liquid, and you're going to throw away the suit anyway so why bother to clean it first.
So then it's up to you to take the suit off without getting any of the outside of it on you, or getting it on anything else that will remain.

about 2 months ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

tchdab1 Re:Everybody Panic! (421 comments)

Why isn't anyone blaming the administration? The people responsible for drawing up procedures, training their staff, monitoring operations, having the proper resources and facilities to get the job done, yeah those guys.

about 2 months ago
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Marriott Fined $600,000 For Jamming Guest Hotspots

tchdab1 Why no arrests? (278 comments)

It seems that blocking someone's active legal service is vandalism. I could imagine that those with such a service might have important needs for it so that damages for not accessing that service would be substantial. So why wasn't anyone at Marriott arrested, charged with vandalism, and imprisoned until their trial? That's what would have happened if an individual did the same thing.

about 3 months ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

tchdab1 Leading zeroes needed (399 comments)

If the software can't distinguish between 9, 95, and 98, then they should begin using leading zeroes immediately.
Introducing Windows 00010.

about 3 months ago
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My toy collection is ...

tchdab1 Re:Define toy (209 comments)

A toy is anything you don't need for activities of daily living or occupational usefulness, yet you have it and/or use it because it's fun.

about 3 months ago
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Miss a Payment? Your Car Stops Running

tchdab1 Re:Oh good (907 comments)

Decreased risk might mean increased profit and a nice bonus for the blokes who get to take credit for it.

about 3 months ago
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Scotland Votes No To Independence

tchdab1 Re:Everyone loses (474 comments)

Why would they renege? Because they can, because they haven't yet delivered, because there is now nothing forcing them to deliver, and because they historically misrepresent both what they promised previously and what they are actually doing.
Don't believe an aggressive negotiator unless you are inspecting their actual deliverables.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

tchdab1 Re:FCC 14-28 (418 comments)

Comments close today. They will rule on it if you comment or not, curse them or not.

about 3 months ago
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Comcast Allegedly Asking Customers to Stop Using Tor

tchdab1 FCC 14-28 (418 comments)

This is why we need written rules for an open internet.

about 3 months ago
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Deadmau5 Accuses Disney of Pirating His Music

tchdab1 Re:hmmm (137 comments)

On the one hand we have a prolific entity that hides behind a mouse head and makes tons of money ripping off other people's ideas..
On the other hand, there's Deadmau5.

The richer one lobbies Congress to extend copyright protection - may it get properly skewered.

about 3 months ago
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Whole Organ Grown In Animal For First Time

tchdab1 And that's not all... (77 comments)

,,,next week they're growing a piano in an ear of corn.

about 4 months ago
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Of the following, I'd rather play ...

tchdab1 Re:Shall we play a game? (274 comments)

Sorry - it's a link to the Decembrists "Calamity Song" video, with a simple illustration of DFW's Eschaton.

about 4 months ago
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Microsoft Considered Renaming Internet Explorer To Escape Its Reputation

tchdab1 Re:Call it Web? (426 comments)

Call it Big Ol' Browser.

about 4 months ago
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Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

tchdab1 Re:Good (183 comments)

A good review can be just as effective: "I really loved the cold soup, the dirty sheets, and the rude staff attitude - it made me feel just like home."

about 4 months ago

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