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Comment ok (Score 5, Insightful) 176

"... some observers worry that students pursuing profitable degrees in engineering or business would get better repayment terms than those studying to become nurses or teachers..."

And that sounds completely REASONABLE.

TAANSTAFL, people.
I know you really want a giant grant so you can get that PhD in Russian Literature but you know what? To live, you need money. To have money, you need to have a job. Life is work, and work is (usually) shit. If you're staggeringly lucky, you get to do something you love for pay. More often, you rationalize whatever enjoyment you can out of what gig you can get.

But you're simply not entitled to do what you want, and have someone else pay for it. I'm sorry if your parents never taught you that. We can talk all day long about the bullshit costs of colleges, and I'll entirely agree with you. My dad? Full ride as a football player in 1955 to the U of MN, this was noted in the paper as worth $300/year.
I went to the same school in 1986-1990, and my college education cost about $3600-$4500 annually as I recall.
My son going to the same school this year, it's about $25k/year.

Using RoI calculators on the web, my dad's tuition this year would be $2600.
Mine would be $9800.
That's absolute horse shit, and personally I suspect at least part of it has to do with ample grants and easy loans since the mid 1980s. Clearly, it's not going to teachers.

Comment Cynical? (Score 3, Interesting) 114

Maybe I'm just becoming increasingly cynical in my old age, but this article reads like a slashvertisement.

Taking the time to look up DAVID SCHELTEMA and CHIP and Next Thing, either a) he's a committed hobbyist who out of altruism spends the majority of his time promoting projects that he genuinely feels are superior in dozens, scores, perhaps even HUNDREDS of articles for more than a year across nearly every conceivable media form from magazines to blogs to twitter, or b) he's a paid shill (or investor) in this project.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 2) 243

I've torn down my S4 completely to replace a shattered screen. For an early large-screen smartphone it is remarkably slim. The new glued-together-to-render-unrepairable model hasn't really saved any space; it is only contributing to the e-waste problem. I hate that we have become such an irresponsible society where everything is becoming disposable.

Comment Re:Let them lease, but not screw with sales (Score 5, Insightful) 243

> The most the manufacturers should be able to do is cancel the warranty on modification.

Wrong. Only failures as a direct result of any modification should be denied. See: Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. Installation of a third-party part should not void the warranty. If Apple could get their way they would probably void the warranty if you use third-party headphones/earbuds with the iPhone.

Some PC manufacturers tried to pull this crap when users added RAM or peripheral cards with a sticker on the chassis sealing it shut, reading "warranty void if removed." Um yeah... people always chose PCs with 8 slots to not expand them.

Comment Punish people for following rules YOU WROTE? (Score 0) 365

It's not illegal, so Obama needs to shut the fuck up about what's 'patriotic'.

The government writes the rules; if they're too stupid to write rules that aren't gameable, they're idiots.

If our corporate taxes are so high (the highest statutory rate in the industrialized world, and nearly the highest effective rate (2nd to New Zealand)) that businesses are driven to shenanigans like this (which certainly wasn't cost- or challenge-free for the company), then clearly our tax rate is too high.

It's TRUE globalization, kids; not only will companies go overseas to find cheaper workers if there's no added value to having some lazy American do the work, companies will go overseas if the savings found in moving offset the relative inconvenience of having their hq elsewhere.

Comment Is he suing his sister too? (Score 2) 814

...since they'd removed the cuffs, and she asked them to re-cuff him to she could take the much-ballyhoo'd picture? Surely being re cuffed induced some of his "suffering"?

For those countering the suspicion that surrounded this kid's actions with "why would he possibly put himself through this? What did he have to gain?"...there's 15 million reasons for you.

Comment Re:Good! (Score 1) 98

"I think the worst peace is better than the greatest war victory."
Ridiculous, and the sort of banal nonsense statement that can only come from someone who hasn't really understood what it's like to be oppressed.

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