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Comment: Monopole Magnets (Score 0) 67

by Eightbitgnosis (#44463403) Attached to: Monopoles and Magnetricity
I maintain nonetheless that yin-yang dualism can be overcome.

With sufficient enlightenment we can give substance to any
distinction: mind without body, north without south, pleasure
without pain. Remember, enlightenment is a function of willpower,
not of physical strength.

—Chairman Sheng-ji Yang,
“Essays on Mind and Matter”

Comment: Too many cooks spoil the soup (Score 1) 564

by Eightbitgnosis (#44116625) Attached to: Why Engineering Freshmen Should Take Humanities Courses
It's easy to see your chosen field as something everyone else should learn the "basics" of, but so can everyone else with respect to their field. The first two years of a college degree have become an incoherent mishmash of well intended requirements that blend together into an apathy inspiring sludge. Then when students struggle to care about classes, or only produce bare minimum to pass work, students are told there is something wrong with them. As someone who just finished up his 2-year I saw so very much of this. So many want their subject to be required, but then no one wants to be responsible for the negative consequences of their implementation. It's just the student's fault.

Comment: Re:Castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventual (Score 1) 173

by Eightbitgnosis (#44080989) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Halts USD Withdrawals
Anything can be stolen, but at least investment accounts are insured and my physical goods can be covered by renters/auto insurance.

Between coins getting stolen or lost BTC is just too damn risky. So many seem to think, "Aww, it's just that other guy who got wiped out. That could never happen to me".

Comment: Castles made of sand, fall in the sea, eventually (Score 1) 173

by Eightbitgnosis (#44080551) Attached to: Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Halts USD Withdrawals
Bitcoin is really an amazing thing. The ability and ease by which you can send any fraction of money anywhere rather easily is quite an accomplishment. Yet, without any sort of insurance I do not believe this market can stand. Sure you can keep your coins in a paper wallet offline, but those coins have to come back online sometime. When they do, you may just be the victim of just the right 0-day exploit and suddenly all your coins have been sent off to a mysterious Bitcoin address.

Was that the majority of your savings? Too bad, so sad. Feel free to file a police report that will do absolutely nothing though.

And so castles made of sand, melts into the sea eventually.
Education

MIT President Tells Grads To 'Hack the World' 86

Posted by timothy
from the but-gently dept.
theodp writes "On Friday, MIT President L. Rafael Reif exhorted grads to 'hack the world until you make the world a little more like MIT'. A rather ironic choice of words, since 'hack the world' is precisely what others said Aaron Swartz was trying to do in his fateful run-in with MIT. President Reif presumably received an 'Incomplete' this semester for the promised time-is-of-the-essence review of MIT's involvement in the events that preceded Swartz's suicide last January. By the way, it wasn't so long ago that 2013 commencement speaker Drew Houston and Aaron Swartz were both welcome speakers at MIT."

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