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Comment: Re:I am all for this research (Score 3, Insightful) 54

Im not sure if youre serious.

A multi-ton object would not have any appreciable gravitational pull. The largest man-made objects ever created do not create an appreciable gravitational field. Using the calculator here:
An asteroid with a mass of 4*10^18kg at a distance of 1km from a Saturn 5 rocket fully loaded (Mass of 4 * 10^7kg) would feel an acceleration of 0.000000001 m/s^2, and would accelerate the rocket at a rate 10 orders of magnitude higher. The only noticeable effect would be the rocket being pulled into the asteroid, barely altering its course before joining it.

That completely ignores how insanely expensive even that minuscule experiment would be.

Comment: Re:No, you might want to take a closer look (Score 1) 307

by Sycraft-fu (#46797557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Reading and comprehending posts isn't your thing is it? You just like to skim and then jump to conclusions to try and support your narrow world view.

I noted that my sister has no trouble, she has a generous grant (a scholarship if you like, but it works a little different) and her expenses are handled. However I have a full understanding of what those expenses are, and that they not paid for all students.

So maybe more reading, less jumping to conclusions.

Comment: Re:I'd seriously think about a dedicated router (Score 1) 98

by Sycraft-fu (#46797469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

If you like Ubiquiti you could look at their Edgerouter Lite. I'm real happy with mine. $100 and it'll outperform monowall and pfsense on way more expensive hardware. With a basic NAT setup, plus SPI firewall (the basic "permit established and related, drop others" rules) I've measured it at over 500mbps throughput. It probably would do faster, it's CPU wasn't fully loaded, that is just as fast a test server as I could easily get to.

Now of course it is more on the routing, less on the firewall n' such so if you need powerful firewall config, it isn't as much your thing (and won't get as good performance). If you load it down with too much stuff it'll slow way down, particularly since part of its speed is derived from hardware acceleration on its chip, so if tons of stuff is hitting the software it won't be as fast.

Just another option to look at.

In terms of the realtek chips, ya it sucks but it is what you get for the price. Intel NICs are expensive, because Intel knows they are worth it. They charge more for their chips than other vendors by a good bit, so you don't see them in cheap solutions.

Comment: No, you might want to take a closer look (Score 1) 307

by Sycraft-fu (#46797439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

In a lot of the EU, students from other EU countries don't have to pay tuition fees. Foreign students? Not so lucky, and language doesn't matter. If you aren't from the EU you pay increased fees. For example in Sweden you pay about 15,000 EUR/year for a science degree. In terms of language, you have to already demonstrate a proficiency in English and Swedish just to be able to get in.

Also all of this assumes you can get a visa and get admitted. People from other EU nations, no problem, you can live and work anywhere in the EU, that is a big part of what the treaty means. Non-EU individuals have to get a student visa, the requirements of which vary.

And of course none of that deals with the cost of food, housing, transport, etc. You are on your own for that, barring a scholarship.

This is a subject I have more than a passing familiarity with, as my sister is currently working on her PhD in Europe (at two universities, one in the EU one outside of it). She got a generous grant that pays all her tuition, living expenses, and even some extra but that isn't what all students get. It wasn't as though she just walked in and said "I'd like to go to school here," and they said "Certainly, please come for free!"

Also she even had an easier in than many: She and I hold Canadian citizenships. Canada is a commonwealth country and England is in the EU so that makes a lot of the visa shit way easier than it would be for an American, not that it wasn't still a big production.

It is exceedingly narrow-minded to suggest that an American should just "Emigrate to an actual civilized country instead of a pretend one," for school, as though such a thing were trivial to do and people only did not out of ignorance (not to mention the misplaced cultural supremacy of the statement). No, it turns out that you can't just graduate from an American highschool and say "Well screw the US, I'm off to Europe!" and walk in and go to school for free.

Comment: Re:A million is easy (Score 1) 457

by Dahamma (#46797079) Attached to: Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

I find no straight 10% line unless you include the volatility of the 1990s

Sigh. You don't NEED a straight 10% line! That's the point of using the S&P for a *retirement* account like 401(k). All you need is an averaged 10% over 30 years, which is pretty much true over any window that size.

Hell, when you *include* the single largest drop in the history of the market (1987 crash) it's *still* up 10% in the last 30 years. Much of the "90's volatility" was a recovery of the late 80's downward volatility, just as the early 80's were a recovery from the late 70's, just as the mid 2000's were a recovery from the early 2000's and the last couple of years a recovery from the late 2000's. It's a giant sawtooth, sure, but it's an upward pointing sawtooth with a long term averaged gain of about 10%.

If that were the case the top 20% would all be millionaires by now.

It only happens if you 1) invest enough each year for that interest to accumulate to that level, and 2) ACTUALLY FOLLOW what was said in this thread. The fact is, most people don't do #1 and max out their 401(k), or do #2 and follow the simple guideline suggested, ie. cautious investment in an indexed S&P fund vs silly risky investments and pointlessly moving around their funds (which is usually a losing battle against the market makers). And one BIG area people fail is to get scared of a bad year and not invest as much or more the next, even though time and again that's the BEST time to invest. Look at most of the years that the market was down double digits, and it was often up double digits the next year. When the market tanks, it's time to double down, not run away (as long as you in toe the long run). And sure, don't trust me on that, Warren Buffet has used that investing strategy pretty damn well...

Oh, and if you include homes, the number of millionaires in the US is pushing 15%+, anyway. It's over 5% if you exclude homes (but why many stats do I don't know, real estate in many areas is clearly a major capital investment). A million just ain't what it used to be...

Comment: Personal Experience (Score 1) 307

by Charliemopps (#46796995) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Well, it's anecdotal, but when I was in college my parents paid for one of those meal cards... so I could go to any of the college dining halls I wanted to and I couldn't blow the money on beer (I definitely would have!) This worked great when I was in the dorms. I was always skinny and actually started to gain some weight. But after I started having to pay the dorm fees, they were REALLY expensive compared to basically anything off campus that was easily quadruple the size of a dorm room. So I moved to an apartment. Now the dining halls were 3 miles away. So I basically always didn't get breakfast, but I'd get lunch... and I'd get dinner maybe, depending on my schedule. During the summer I had no reason to go on campus other than to eat. So I'd hide what I could in my coat and smuggle it out to re-heat later.

I was never going to "starve" as, if I really needed it I'd walk the 3miles, but it was still a major distraction.

Comment: Re:I am all for this research (Score 1) 54

However.... what happens when there is an Asteroid that will threaten earth... in between the time the telescope is developed,
but before the asteroid diversion tech is developed?

We already have the tech to deflect an asteroid (depending on its size) Building the device however, wold require a huge investment. I suspect that once we detected an asteroid on a course that would collide with earth, it would be pretty easy for the US or Russia to just declare a state of emergency and build what was needed in a few months. Perhaps by then India and China will have space programs robust enough to assist as well.

Comment: And often not that useful/needed (Score 2) 307

by Sycraft-fu (#46796839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Grad school was historically and is supposed to be the sort of thing not everyone does. It is for people who are really interested in a field, who want to start doing some original research (under the umbrella of a professor's overall research) and so on. The sort of thing only for those that are truly interested in pursuing the subject more deeply and pushing the boundaries.

Also most fields don't require graduate degrees. There are some that do (like lawyers), though usually they require a PhD or other advanced degree after it (like professors, medical doctors, etc). However for most an undergraduate degree is all they are after.

However where I work, I see a ton of students that go in to grad school that are hoop jumpers. They see it as the next thing, that will get them a better job. They aren't that interested in the work, and don't have a particularly good understanding of it. They take comprehensive exams instead of doing a thesis, and so on. They try and use more time in school to make up for a lack of talent.

So, if you are thinking of grad school, and it'll be any kind of financial hardship ask yourself: Why am I going? If it is because your field requires it, then ok no problem. Gotta do what you gotta do. If it is because you really love the field and you want to go to a higher level, that's good too, but just understand it'll be a pain financially. If it is "because I'll get a better job," then no, stop right there. That's not a reason to go to grad school, particularly if it is going to be a problem financially. It probably will NOT get you a better job, and will just give you more debt.

Comment: Ahh (Score 1) 307

by Sycraft-fu (#46796711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

So if I just show up in a European country, they'll let me go to university for free? Hint: No they won't.

My sister went to Europe for her PhD. She didn't end up paying... because she got a generous scholarship. That also was what allowed her to get the visa to go. She didn't just show up and walk in to a university for free.

Same way it would have worked in the US or Canada, actually. If she had been accepted to a program with a generous scholarship, well it would have been free.

Comment: Yeah (Score -1) 307

by The Cat (#46796473) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

This article makes it sound like the inability to afford food ends when you graduate.

But then grocery stores that gouge customers who don't have club cards or that charge confiscatory prices for food that is so plentiful we pay farmers not to grow it is a subject very much like liquor stores in poor neighborhoods.

You're not allowed to talk about it.

Comment: Re:Math (Score 1) 157

by retchdog (#46796467) Attached to: The Design Flaw That Almost Wiped Out an NYC Skyscraper

uh, sure, except these aren't independent trials. to clarify, the event of being in a storm now, and the event of being in a storm one minute from now are almost perfectly correlated. this means you can't use the product rule.

by contrast, the event of a storm happening this year vs. a storm happening next year are closer to independent exactly because the blocks are bigger (a storm on Dec. 31 will make a storm on Jan. 1 more likely, but apart from that...).

your 'improvement' rests on assumptions which are not only unwarranted, but obviously untrue.

Comment: Uhhhh... no (Score 1) 195

by Sycraft-fu (#46796145) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Go to Canada some time, one of the US's closest allies. You'll find that you can travel to Cuba freely, buy Cuban goods (cigars being the most prominently advertised as being of Cuban origin) and so on.

The US is the only country that clings to an embargo and it is purely a face-saving maneuver, not wanting to admit it was a bad idea and hasn't worked to unseat Castro.

However for all that, Cuba is still poor... So sorry, you can't blame the big, bad 'ole US for this. Their policy is not helpful, but it isn't why Cuba is impoverished. That lies at the feet of their own government.

Comment: Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 330

by Charliemopps (#46795731) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

Because the brewers will just dump it. They'll lose $30/ton + about $15 per ton to dump it at the local landfill unless they find another buyer. 1 ton of grain probably makes over a thousand gallons of beer. So $45/1000 = .0045 or 5 cents per gallon of beer. This is not even taking into account that the landfills probably closer and they don't find another buyer.

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