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New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early

vxvxvxvx Re:Why go to community college? (425 comments)

I was in several other high school "honors" classes, which consisted primarily of more homework. We could do the work so much faster, they simply gave us more of it. And since the brightest students could learn the concepts so much faster, they put us all on the fast track to boredom and despair.

I had the opposite experience. The AP/honors classes I took my final 2 years of high school were more difficult than anything I encountered my first year at the University of Washington. It was actually a major let down as I was hoping university would be more like my AP/honors classes and it actually felt like I was going backwards as far as education making the transition from high school to university.

more than 4 years ago

Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete

vxvxvxvx Re:I'll Keep My Wristwatch, Thanks (778 comments)

There's a reason the wrist watch is much more common than the pocket watch. It's more convenient. If it was as nice to grab something out of your pocket, whether it be a pocket watch or cell phone, the pocket watch would have never gone away. In fact, the wrist watch would probably have never gained popularity in the first place.

more than 4 years ago

BlueHippo Scam Collected $15M, Only Shipped One PC

vxvxvxvx Re:If you thought SS was bad... (216 comments)

The health care system is entirely different. Social security is structured like MLM. You pay people based on those at lower levels paying in. Like MLM, it's sustainability is entirely based on an increasing number of people paying in. With reproduction rates falling in developed countries (the environment can't sustain the old population growth anyway) the system will fail, because there won't be enough paying in. If you think of it as a retirement account where you put money in through your working life to retire on at old age, it actually has a negative interest rate for today's young workers. That's like putting $100 into a savings account today so that you can have $75 in 10 years. You'd be better off sticking the cash in your mattress.

The health care thing is nothing like that. It's not structured like MLM. It's sustainability is not an issue. As far as employers dropping coverage, there's little motivation. Say they pay $35,000 for the average worker per year including health insurance. If the government forced them to stop providing insurance and forced you to buy a $10,000 family plan, you're simply moving the expense from the company to the individual. It would then cost the company only $25,000 for the average worker if they held all else equal. So they could increase salary by $10,000 and remain at the same cost as they were before, $35,000 per employee. The only thing that could screw people would be the employers, and they're equally capable of screwing people today. In reality, under the health care bills today it would encourage employers to carry coverage and penalize them for not doing so. But your standard Fox News analysis is going to try to scare you into believing the health care bill equals communism.

more than 4 years ago

AT&T Sues Verizon Over "Map For That" Ads

vxvxvxvx 3g doesn't mean fast internet (249 comments)

While the technology itself is capable of decent bandwidth, the implementations are pretty terrible. Run low bandwidth wires to the cell towers and you just move the bottleneck somewhere else. 3g is more of a buzzword than anything at this point, until we actually start taking advantage of all that the technology has to offer.

more than 4 years ago

Disease May Prevent Manned Journey To Mars

vxvxvxvx Re:Duh, freezer compartment ? (177 comments)

Even better are those double seal ziploc bags. If we put the astronauts into one of those they'll stay good for months.

more than 4 years ago

Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

vxvxvxvx Re:First... define worse... (449 comments)

No, same roads. The vehicles just act differently. Steering, acceleration, those are nice and tight on the car. I zip-zoom-fly. But the 7,000 pound truck (which is just an extended cab long-bed F250 drives differently. If I take the same turn that I did in my car in my truck I'd flip the truck.I have to slow down more to turns. It takes me longer to brake, longer to accelerate. The vehicle does matter, as driving style is somewhat changed. You're more conservative in a truck because you can't see around as well and can't speed up to get out of someone's way like a car. If a sharp curve is coming up, you probably slow down to even what the signs say you should be at rather than ignoring them like I do when driving my car. It's just very different. My car handles faster speeds. It handles them with more control. And with less mass it's safer. Vehicles do differ - which is why some people buy sports cars and some people buy SUV's. If you want fast and performance suspensions you want the sports car and you can do things others can't. If you get the SUV you can carry an entire soccer team while pulling a boat, but you won't have the speed or driving characteristics of the sports car. It'll turn slower, you'll have higher chances of being a rollover. You just can't pick two different cars that different and pretend they're the same and that one-size-regulation makes it so. Some of those big SUV's towing trailers wouldn't dare go the speed limit out of safety, but they could (and be a danger).

The best person to decide how safe something is, is the driver. They learn the vehicle, they learn how it works, whether it drifts to the right or left, whether the mirrors work worth a damn, how long to stop, how fast to accel, and use that information to do what they feel is safe driving. It's not just a matter of "60MPH"

more than 4 years ago

Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

vxvxvxvx Re:First... define worse... (449 comments)

Yup, and the safe speed differs by vehicle. If I'm driving my sportier car (wouldn't really call it a sports car) I'm much more comfortable with higher speeds and sharper turns than I am when driving my 7000 pound truck. A "one size fits all" speed limit isn't really the most efficient system.

more than 4 years ago

Hulu Blocks International Access Via Witopia

vxvxvxvx Re:Dear content producers... (256 comments)

One reason for it is the different regulations of each country. If a major company with deep pockets sells a region-free DVD globally some country will sue because it didn't censor the left eyebrow of all blonde women, or whatever ludicrous regulation that country has.

more than 4 years ago

What If They Turned Off the Internet?

vxvxvxvx Re:Slashdot (511 comments)

With Blackjack! And Hookers!

more than 4 years ago

Mandatory H1N1 Vaccine For NY Health Workers Suspended

vxvxvxvx Re:antivaxxers on slashdot (292 comments)

It varies state to state, but these are in general the required college immunizations.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a law that requires all students to provide documentation of immunizations for tetanus and diphtheria (Td), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) with 2 MMR shots documented and a series of three (3) hepatitis B shots given over a 6-month period. Meningitis vaccinations are required for all new students arriving on campus, whether or not they live at Fisher.

From here.

more than 4 years ago

Are Game Publishers a Necessary Evil, Or Just Necessary?

vxvxvxvx Re:Father and Child? (173 comments)

More like a car design engineer who creates a seriously hot car designed to carry a family of 4. Then due to the $300k price tag and low-price brand is forced to cut corners to get to $30k, removing most of what made the car awesome in the first place.

If the car designer disagrees and still wants to build that $300k family car, he should quit and start up a new auto company to do just that.

more than 4 years ago

Google Voice Mails Found In Public Search Engine

vxvxvxvx Article is already updated (145 comments)

UPDATE: It seems as if these voicemails have been publicly posted/shared online and Google indexes them. Here’s official word:

“Since the initial idea behind posting a voicemail, was precisely to share it with others, we did not restrict crawling of those messages that users post on the web, but we can certainly understand that users would want to make them public on their sites but not necessarily searchable directly outside of their own website. We made a change to prevent those to be crawled so only the site owner can decide to index them.”

more than 3 years ago

EFF Warns TI Not To Harass Calculator Hobbyists

vxvxvxvx Re:Nonsense. (405 comments)

Wouldn't copyright protection be more relevant if someone was to say, take the operating system from their calculator and find a way to run it on an emulator on their computer? Installing an operating system that is not owned by TI on a calculator that was built by TI doesn't seem to have any copyright involved. All you're using that belongs to TI is their hardware, and you purchased that.

more than 4 years ago

Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

vxvxvxvx Re:Ok.. (809 comments)

I've been watching a lot of "Outer Limits" on Hulu of late (some of the best episodes aren't available there or on Netflix - only on DVD. What gives?!?).

Personally, I feel some of the best episodes aren't available on DVD either. Seriously, WTF haven't they released the entire series on DVD yet? Just those silly "collections" of themed episodes, leaving most of it out.

more than 4 years ago

Why Charles Stross Hates Star Trek

vxvxvxvx Writers aren't tech experts. (809 comments)

With the complaint that the writers would just leave "I can't tech the tech core anymore!" kind of language in the script isn't surprising to me, nor am I upset over it. I don't think there are many people who possess the skill to both write an interesting story and come up with realistic-but-yet-nonexistant tech. So if they want to take people who are good at writing stories and have them write a script and then find tech experts to fill in the blanks, good for them. That's one solution the problem and given Star Trek's huge success it's one that worked.

That said, like all TV there's good scifi and bad scifi. Often within the very same TV series. There is some tech in Star Trek that is just so silly sounding it does distract you from the story. "Red Matter" for example...

more than 4 years ago
top Accounts Becoming Mandatory For WoW

vxvxvxvx Re:Of course, I didn't RTFA (234 comments)

He took that in and then said "I'm going to write you up for going 70 miles per hour this afternoon sir."

So instead of getting a ticket for going 27 or 28 miles per hour over the posted speed limit I got a ticket for going 5 miles per hour over the posted speed limit.

ROFLS! He didn't go easy on you, they always do that. You fell for it too, you thought the police officer was being nice. Nothing like fooling people into being pleased with getting a ticket!

more than 4 years ago


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