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Comment: Re:Is semver too simplistic for kernels? (Score 1) 199

by Himmy32 (#49046709) Attached to: Torvalds Polls Desire for Linux's Next Major Version Bump
By it's very nature the changes to the kernel will be small and incremental. As to not break everything. So if all of the changes are small it's unlikely that you would ever reach definitive threshold for a major version. This is compared to other project that do major upgrades, feature additions, or complete rewrites.

Every version system is arbitrary. The entire point is utilitarian and supposed to be helpful in keeping track of which version you are using.

Comment: SSN as an ID not password (Score 5, Interesting) 223

by Himmy32 (#48988107) Attached to: US Health Insurer Anthem Suffers Massive Data Breach
Always stuck me as silly that your SSN was supposed to be secret and is used as a password. But you can never change it and you have to give to everyone including companies like this that lose it. Seems like the SSA should also give you a password that you can update that places could authenticate against. That way if you suspect a breach and you could update that number. Something like they you come in verify your identity and give you a new PIN.

+ - Spider spins electrically charged silk->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In their quest to make ultrastrong yet ultrasmall fibers, the polymer industry may soon take a lesson from Uloborus spiders. Uloborids are cribellate spiders, meaning that instead of spinning wet, sticky webs to catch their prey, they produce a fluffy, charged, wool-like silk. A paper published online today in Biology Letters details the process for the first time. It all starts with the silk-producing cribellar gland. In contrast with other spiders, whose silk comes out of the gland intact, scientists were surprised to discover that uloborids’ silk is in a liquid state when it surfaces. As the spider yanks the silk from the duct, it solidifies into nanoscale filaments. This “violent hackling” has the effect of stretching and freezing the fibers into shape. It may even be responsible for increasing their strength, because filaments on the nanoscale become stronger as they are stretched. In order to endow the fibers with an electrostatic charge, the spider pulls them over a comblike plate located on its hind legs. The technique is not unlike the so-called hackling of flax stems over a metal brush in order to soften and prepare them for thread-spinning, but in the spider’s case it also gives them a charge. The electrostatic fibers are thought to attract prey to the web in the same way a towel pulled from the dryer is able to attract stray socks."
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+ - The American app economy is now 'bigger than Hollywood'

Submitted by Lemeowski
Lemeowski (3017099) writes "Technology business analyst Horace Deidu found an interesting nugget while closely examining an Apple press release from earlier this year: "The iOS App Store distributed $10 billion to developers in 2014, which, Deidu points out, is just about as much as Hollywood earned off U.S. box office revenues the same year." That means the American app industry is poised to eclipse the American film industry. Additionally, Apple says its App Store has created 627,000 jobs, which Deidu contrasts with the 374,000 jobs Hollywood creates"

+ - Dell XPS 13: Smallest 13-inch Notebook With Broadwell-U, QHD+ Display Reviewed->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Dell's 2015 XPS 13 made a splash out at CES this year with its near bezel-less 13-inch QHD+ (3200X1800) display and Intel's new 5th Gen Core series Broadwell-U processor. At 2.8 pounds, the 2015 XPS 13 isn't the absolute lightest 13-inch ultrabook book going but it's lighter than a 13-inch MacBook Air and only a few ounces heavier than Lenovo's Core M-powered Yoga 3 Pro. The machine's Z dimensions are thin, at .33" up front to .6" at its backside near the hinge. However, its 11.98" width almost defies the laws of physics, squeezing a 13.3" (diagonal) display into an 11.98-inch frame making it what is essentially the smallest 13-inch ultrabook to hit the market yet. Performance-wise, this review shows its benchmarks numbers are strong and Intel's Broadwell-U seems to be an appreciable upgrade with lower power consumption."
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Comment: Re:Questionable Statistics (Score 2) 703

by Himmy32 (#48776595) Attached to: Obama Proposes 2 Years of Free Community College
If you want tuition costs to fall, you have to stop subsidizing education and start creating a competitive market.
Tuition prices have steadily increased with no jumps matching any of the changes matching changes in student loans and grants for both public and private schools. I find it quite funny that you mocked students attending non-state schools with higher than average job placement rates and pay rates and then argue against competitive private schools. Perhaps you would like students to attend schools like Corinthian?

there still is no tuition crisis
Crisis is definitely a weasel word. But call it what you will, inflation adjusted costs doubling is definitely problematic.

Why is that a relevant statistic?
How much more basic can you get than a statistic than students are carrying more debt than before? You could even just have the statistic be for four year schools and eliminate the med school or post docs. The point would remain the same, debts are increasing. Your first article even points to this indirectly by saying that they have increased by current low interest rates and longer payment schemes are keeping the monthly payment the same. We also know that payrates have stagnated and decreased.

Don't argue ad hominem, look at the facts.
That was my entire point. Only selective facts were given.

in the Brookings study: when you look at the statistics
My point is that they don't include all the statistics. Here is a page with only the numbers and no commentary.

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.