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Comment: Re:US Metric System (Score 1) 1387

You seem to be a blithering idiot, as he already covered your arguments. Let me use simpler words for you.

The SAE system and dollar bills both cost more money than the alternatives. At some point, the cost of replacing both of those things will far exceed the cost of switching to a more modern system.

Comment: Re:What would a comp sci course want with Linux? (Score 1) 432

by Grey Ninja (#36409540) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?

I take it that you go to a community college? That's the only explanation I would see for such a massive ego mixed with such stupidity. I see many of your kind interviewing for work. I have yet to be desperate enough to hire any.

For your future reference, Computer Science students learn about operating systems and filesystems so that we can learn how best to use them. College kids learn how to code (probably better than University students), but they get an incomplete education. Learning how to create a dialog box does not make you a proper programmer. It makes you able to do little more than data entry style "programming". If you want to learn how to talk to the hardware, I think it's pretty clear that you need a University education.

Comment: University of Lethbridge (Canada) (Score 1) 432

by Grey Ninja (#36401844) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Linux Support In Universities?

It's been about 6 years since I graduated. But my University had a couple of Solaris labs for the CS students. They later switched to Linux, as it was cheaper to maintain x86 computers than Sun Workstations. Every CS student was required to submit programs that worked in Unix.

The greater campus Network was all Windows (save for the file shares and email servers), but you could connect to it via WiFi, if you registered your device's MAC address with IT. IT would require you to install a firewall and antivirus software before accepting your MAC. I showed up with my Linux laptop, and the requirements were waived, and they simply took my MAC address.

I thought it was a brilliant system. It's easily defeatable by anyone with a bit of tech skill, but people with tech skill aren't going to cause the problems they were trying to solve by MAC filtering the network.

So no, there was nothing of the sort on my University network. Linux was a first class citizen.

Comment: Re:Canada isn't as metric as you think (Score 1) 2288

by Grey Ninja (#35917666) Attached to: Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

I am actually from Canada. Yes, I order my beer by the pint. I know my weight in pounds, not kilos. I know my height in feet/inches, rather than meters. However, all those measurements are extremely specific. Almost to the point of being a traditional name for something, rather than an objective measurement. I have no real frame of measurement when something is 3000 yards away, or even 3 miles. And I just find ounces/fahrenheit to be confusing, which is why I mentioned them specifically, as I've never used them in my day to day life. They are as alien as cartwheels or leagues.

Comment: Re:Because.... (Score 2) 2288

by Grey Ninja (#35887976) Attached to: Why Does the US Cling To Imperial Measurements?

It's frustrating for us though when you air your documentaries in Canada, and are quoting ounces, Fahrenheit, yards, etc, since I honestly have no clue what you are talking about. I think it would be a nice gesture for us if you could at least subtitle the imperial measurements in metric or use both, if you must.

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