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Too Many College Graduates?

uncreativeslashnick elephant in the room (1138 comments)

What about the fact that the gov't making it easy to get extremely cheap loans and/or grants contributing to inflation in college tuition? I mean it's a simple supply/demand curve. The gov't is increasing demand by allowing a lot more people to throw a lot more money at college. College tuition has increased astronomically compared with inflation over the past few decades. Anybody else see this as NOT a coincidence?

Maybe the real answer here is to stop making it so easy for kids to afford college so they have to actually consider there options, plan, and/or work hard instead of getting easy money up front and then being a slave to it later.

more than 4 years ago

India First To Build a Supersonic Cruise Missile

uncreativeslashnick Re:It's the unrecognized irony that kills you... (319 comments)

I disagree. I honestly don't think there's a scarcity of materials to provide for everyone's needs. The problem is, most people don't want just what they need. They want far, far more than they need. They want creature comforts, status symbols, etc. Thus people create a scarcity problem that otherwise wouldn't exist because they want as much as they can possibly consume (and often times even more than that).

But worse than that is people usually fight each other for really stupid reasons, that mostly boil down to tribalism. I would argue that WWI and WWII were all about tribalism. The gulf wars on their face may appear to be about economics (oil), but really they boiled down to tribalism, too. Some maniac wanted more power (hussein) so he decided to take some oil fields in kuait because money = power. not that he didn't have more than enough already, but whatever. Then the US intervened for 1) economic reasons (gotta preserve that oil supply) but also because they didn't really like this hussein character (tribalism).

more than 4 years ago

FBI Pushing For 2-Year Retention of Web Traffic Logs

uncreativeslashnick wrong law (256 comments)

seems to me the guys we elect should be pushing for a law that *requires* ISPs to destroy logs after 30 days or so, rather than forcing them to preserve logs... whose side are these guys on?

more than 4 years ago

Lithium Air Batteries Get Boost From IBM and DOE

uncreativeslashnick Re:Recharge time and price bigger issue (240 comments)

never underestimate the construction capability of people motivated by profit and funded by capitalists

more than 4 years ago

Lithium Air Batteries Get Boost From IBM and DOE

uncreativeslashnick Re:Hopefully not vaporware. (240 comments)

I'm not really sure what you said, but it sounds pretty awesome

more than 4 years ago

Bad PC Sales Staff Exposed

uncreativeslashnick same thing different field (650 comments)

So I mountain bike. Turns out these bikes have become more and more complicated, with more and more features, and I'm at the point where I don't really care about the latest carbon-fiber whatsathinger I just want to get on my bike and go, and have it not break. But when I need to fix the bike, or buy a new one, I've got to talk to sales people some of whom have a clue and some of whom don't.

Computers are like most other reasonably complex products - you've got to do your homework and never, ever trust that the salesperson knows what they are talking about. Because most don't, whether we're talking mountain bikes or personal computers.

more than 4 years ago

Oracle Ends Partnership With HP

uncreativeslashnick motivation for purchase (45 comments)

This causes me to speculate if the reason behind the purchase of sun was that oracle didn't like doing business with HP, or saw that HP was making a ton of cash off the deal.

about 5 years ago

ARM Attacks Intel's Netbook Stranglehold

uncreativeslashnick no windows? (521 comments)

This won't end well. I have an ARM device (nokia n810) and it's great. But Wintel monopoly will kill this just like it did Sparc and IBM Power. I'm sure if it's as good as they claim it'll carve out a niche, but it won't directly compete in numbers or presence with intel CPUs.

about 5 years ago

Student Sues University Because She's Unemployable

uncreativeslashnick Re:Depressing, but not uncommon (1251 comments)

Now I'll grant you that filing this suit makes her look like a vacuous simp. But can we all agree that career services people at colleges are all a waste of time and money?

Seriously, my college career services interview basically ended up being a proof-reading of my resume (gee thanks) and a bit of crappy advice on how I need to network and should consider working part-time as an assistant manager at the Gap. The bastards don't even take their own advice - why aren't they out networking with companies HR departments to facilitate placements? Why can't they give lists of HR personnel that they've known and networked with to their graduates to help them get a leg up on the competition? Instead they offer only moderately useful mock interviews and resume advice.

This chick may be a tool but she does have a bit of a point.

more than 5 years ago

Manager's Schedule vs. Maker's Schedule

uncreativeslashnick Re:Documenting your time (274 comments)

what makes you think time logs contain any factual information?

more than 5 years ago

What is your least favorite industry to deal with?

uncreativeslashnick Re:Seriously, some people are so ideologically (548 comments)

Um, I pick my own docs, have never had any serious delays in getting treatment, nor has anyone else I know who's had more serious issues (from knee surgeries to cancer). More to the point, a cancer patient I knew changed docs several times, and had basically the best care the world has to offer, all under the U.S. system. And they weren't bill gates, they were average middle class folks.

My understanding is if you have one of the major insurers in the U.S., most doctors will accept your insurance and you can pretty much go anywhere you want. Obviously better docs have longer waiting lists but I fail to see how that would change under any system short of cloning.

As far as medical care goes, in the U.S. if you have private insurance there really is no better care you can get anywhere in the world, unless you are a billionaire and don't have to rely on insurance. It's the uninsured that are having issues in the U.S., and last I heard 95% of voters have insurance which is why, generally publically funded health care here is a non-starter.

more than 5 years ago

Hacking Nuclear Command and Control

uncreativeslashnick Re:Navy nets are segregated (256 comments)

Ah but you forget, the systems are connected by the most insecure component of all - people. If the people are fooled into pushing the shiney red button by misinformation delivered by the other systems, what does it matter?

more than 4 years ago

MS Money Poll

uncreativeslashnick Re:Missing option: I'm a miser, you insensitive cl (291 comments)

No offense pal but your entire salary directed at my mortgage for 5 years wouldn't pay it off. Not everyone lives in a place where you can get a decent home for under 150k.

more than 5 years ago

Investing In Lawsuits Beats the Street

uncreativeslashnick Re:So what's the big deal? (203 comments)

My understanding from speaking with people who actually have practiced in both systems is that there really isn't much practical difference between a common law and a civil law system. In both cases, judges and attorneys look to previous cases with similar facts for guidance of what to do in present cases. The difference is the common law system pays greater lip service to following previous decisions, while still retaining almost full ability to not rely on them if it so chooses.

If you think about it, it really does make some sense - if you're a business trying to figure out how a law applies to your case, regardless of whether you're a civil law or common law system, wouldn't you look to what judges, juries, and officials have done in the past in similar circumstances?

I maintain that most of the hate directed toward lawyers and the legal system comes from 1) lack of understanding and 2) the few ridiculous fringe cases that make news but really don't represent the vast majority of legal work product

more than 5 years ago

Should Enterprise IT Give Back To Open Source?

uncreativeslashnick form an organization, charge for membership (312 comments)

Not sure if this is done currently, but why not offer membership for businesses and individuals in some sort of open source foundation? Then the IT enterprises can pay some sort of nominal fee and at least give money back to a foundation that can then donate to worthy projects. And it would be tax-deductible as a business or trade membership. In return for membership, the org could offer a few basic services like a trade journal, consulting classifieds and/or matching consultants with enterprises who are looking for a particular solution.

more than 5 years ago

An Argument For Leaving DNS Control In US Hands

uncreativeslashnick Re:Seriously? (607 comments)

UN was suggested, and while they are weak, they are the strongest international organization I know of that is supposed to be impartial. Key phrase time: what on earth gave you the idea that the UN is supposed to be, or is in any way, impartial? I would suggest that all evidence to date would support the opposite conclusion - that the UN is a collection of self-centered nations each trying to get as much as it can from the collective.

more than 5 years ago

Using WiMAX To Replace a Phone?

uncreativeslashnick nokia n810 (169 comments)

You might get more milage out of a nokia n810 than a netbook. Mine has a battery life similar to that of my cell phone. And there's a skype client for it.

more than 5 years ago

Plastic and Fuel That Grow On Trees

uncreativeslashnick Re:Too good to be true... maybe? (188 comments)

The catch is that the process costs more per barrel than just hoovering the stuff up out of the ground. Until it becomes cheaper, it's a non-starter, now matter how many dollars are thrown at the problem.

more than 5 years ago

Plastic and Fuel That Grow On Trees

uncreativeslashnick real breakthroughs are kept secret until marketed (188 comments)

Tell the world what you've discovered, and if it's real, you'll have 10,000 copycats. Keep it secret and be first to market, and you'll be a billionaire.

Based on that thesis, I declare this article a load of crap.

more than 5 years ago

Adblock Plus Maker Proposes Change To Help Sites

uncreativeslashnick Can I just say (615 comments)

When are these clowns going to learn that if they make really annoying ads that make the page load slower, nobody is going to want to look at them?

Put another way, why don't they try making the ads be part of the HTML as normal images and text, instead of annoying bloated crap ads served by a 3rd party? It seems like "ad banners" are a 1990's idea that somehow has too much momentum behind it to ditch it. Also, I think many of the big content providers (think newspapers) are really missing the boat by outsourcing their ad service.

Why not treat internet ads a lot like newspaper ads? One page, one ad, for everyone who sees it. Wouldn't that be pretty attractive for an advertiser, and maybe command a better fee? (think repetition and distribution factor).

more than 5 years ago



Scientology Protester Charged with Harassment

uncreativeslashnick uncreativeslashnick writes  |  more than 6 years ago

uncreativeslashnick (1130315) writes "Past slashdot articles have referenced the group called Anonymous and their protests of the Church of Scientology. The protesters typically wear masks to prevent the litigious Church of Scientology from identifying them and targeting them with lawsuits. Unfortunately for him, Gregg Housh decided to comply with local ordinances and filed papers to allow the group to protest outside the Church of Scientology's Boston headquarters on Beacon Street. The Church of Scientology obtained his name from the Boston City Hall and filed a criminal complaint against him for harassment. Sadly, a spokesman for the Suffolk County District Attorney Daniel F. Conley's office seems to dispute the notion that the case will chill free speech, but I think most of us would disagree."
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