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Comment: Re:democrites vs repugnicants (Score 1) 668 668

by AngryNick (#45044599) Attached to: Are Shuttered Gov't Sites Actually Saving Money?
Want to make a statement about the necessity of government services? Shut EVERYTHING down... the ports, the national defense, the food inspectors, the air traffic controllers. That would last about 15 minutes and the Tea-rrorists will crawl back into their hole and stop holding the economy hostage every six months. (or should we just start the market manipulation hearings now instead of waiting for them to secure their trades and shorts?)

+ - NASA.gov offline due to government shutdown->

Submitted by AngryNick
AngryNick writes: The shutdown of the US Federal government has resulted in NASA.gov and many other government sites being shutdown or frozen in time. From the Christian Science Monitor:

After the government shutdown at midnight EST on Oct. 1, the World Wide Web became a little less accessible. Many major government agencies either went entirely offline or only offered static homepages, with disclaimers that information would not be updated. Social media use was suspended with final tweets and posts telling followers services would be suspended. Furloughed government workers won’t even be able to check their email to find out when they need to come back to work.

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+ - Why are younger people losing interest in cars?-> 14 14

Submitted by Strudelkugel
Strudelkugel writes: The average car on the road is 11.4 years old, according to Polk, a global automotive analysis firm, which reviewed 247 million light vehicles in the U.S. The age of cars has been gradually increasing since 2002, when the average car was 9.8 years old. Polk expects the trend to continue over the next five years. Automotive density is projected to decline to 77.5 cars per 100 people, down from 80 cars per 100 in 2007, according to Kelsey Mays of Cars.com.

Another study, from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, analyzed the reason for the decline in young driver licensing. Of the 618 unlicensed respondents aged 18-39, 26.9 percent said the main reason they did not get a license was “too busy or not enough time to get a driver’s license.”

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Comment: Re:Sigh... (Score 1) 61 61

by AngryNick (#44783789) Attached to: Austrian Professor Creates Kindle E-Book Copier With Lego Mindstorms

why would one need that fancy machine to copy e-books

The description from TFV says this was an art project to provoke thought, not a serious attempt to beat DRM.

Kindle Readers and DRM aside for a moment, this combination of automated Legos and stop motion photography may require some exploration...

Comment: Re:Oh, really? (Score 1) 1255 1255

by AngryNick (#44737873) Attached to: Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil

That's the thing with the education system.


It's not a public vs. private debate; it's about the teaching methods and curriculum being used. We don't raise educated kids anymore, we manufacture them. This force-fed, dependency-driven model kills any drive for our kids to self-educate and explore...that won't be on the test! We stick them in a chair and yell things at them. We tell them to be quiet. We entertain them with videos of experiments. We send them home to practice this model on themselves. We measure their value by the volume of their output and their ability to recite the thoughts of others. We never ask their opinions.

To fix the problem you need to start at the top of the educational process: the teacher factories, where they instruct the "best and brightest" on the most effective methods of conscription while simultaneously removing from these future teachers their own creativity and desire to help others grow.

Comment: Re:Pros/Cons (Score 1) 301 301

by AngryNick (#44564183) Attached to: EFF Slams Google Fiber For Banning Servers On Its Network

running a server from a home ISP is great for people to learn technology, sparks creativity, and is great for those of us who are IT focused

Isn't that the supposed reason Google is doing Fiber, to encourage learning, collaboration, and innovation by removing bandwidth as a contraint? Or is this a lie?

Comment: Re:29 years old (Score 2) 432 432

by AngryNick (#44209153) Attached to: Silicon Valley In 2013 Resembles <em>Logan's Run</em> In 2274
I think a twenty-something media age is pretty normal in any large company, tech or not. I work for a large non-tech firm and our average is closer to 28 and the average lifespan of a new hire is around 4 years. Those who stay (i.e. make the 4th year cut) tend to stick around for 25+ years and gobs of money.

Most people start their careers in places that can hire in bulk, train in bulk, manage in bulk, and promote in bulk. You do your time, decide what you want in life, and move "up or out." Assuming you move out, then there will be plenty of smaller companies waiting to hire you for your prior company's investment in your experience and training. Circle of life stuff, really.

Comment: Re:Doesn't work outside of US (Score 1) 172 172

by AngryNick (#44104523) Attached to: Is Google Voice Doomed To Be 2nd-Class Messaging System?

I think its just as likely Google Voice will be "Spring Cleaned" out of existence.

Let's say that happens...this isn't as easy as turning off Google Wave. Where do the numbers go? Will future generations call it Port-ageddon? Will there be FCC intervention, socialist cape included? Will puppies be scarified too?

This is not a future I want to see.

Comment: Re:Result WIll be Opposite of Intent (Score 1) 95 95

by AngryNick (#43139797) Attached to: Mass. Bill Would Put Privacy Squeeze on Cloud Apps For Schools

The perversity of nature is nowhere better demonstrated by the fact that, when exposed to the same atmosphere, bread becomes hard while crackers become soft.