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Comment: Hey we got some of that stuff (Score 3, Funny) 154 154

Floating at sea nuke plants? Fukushima came pretty damn close, eh? Not to mention all those nuke subs and carriers. Maglev trains are out there. Some of them even run through tubes (and/or chunnels). And synthetic meet? Kids these days just call it "social networking."

Comment: Re:Dear recruiters.... (Score 1) 553 553

"How many of them have actually licked a cray?"

I don't know if that's a typo or some old-fashioned slang for what people used to do with HPCs. But unless I had stumbled into a job involving cluster computing, I probably never would have seen (licked?) any ridiculously expensive Mellanox infiniband gear, so I'm not sure that the nameplates on the hardware you work with is such a good metric of one's capabilities.

Comment: Re:Make it mandatory (Score 1) 288 288

K-12 means kindergarten through the end of high school (12th grade) in the US.

This program is just another example of "who cares about the boys who are lagging behind in most other aspects of education, the girls are lagging behind in this one area and THAT INJUSTICE MUST BE FIXED NOW!"

Parents of boys would do well to home school, or move to a country where a student's worth is not measured solely by the structure of their chromosomes.

Comment: Re:why should he have it (Score 1) 235 235

Shimon Peres and Arafat should have split an award. They both (ultimately) worked towards peace in a situation where peace was (and remains) a pipe dream.

Gandhi clearly should have gotten a peace prize.

This underscores the fact that there is a flaw in the decision process.

Comment: Re:why should he have it (Score 5, Insightful) 235 235

Obama's ludicrous Peace prize was more jarring to your conscience than Henry Kissinger's? Something isn't right here. You're either very young and unaware of the dubious history of this prize, or you have personal issues that cloud your judgment of the inanity of obviously stupid Nobel awards.

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.