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Comment: Re:study finds dumbasses who can't pay attention.. (Score 2) 166

As one of those "nerds" I still had issues with Lecture classes. My university combined Lecture with Recitation sections so that you could get a combo of learning styles (ie: Lecture MWF, Recitation TTh). Lecture's often put me to sleep, and when they didn't it was because the teacher would randomly go off on amusing tangents about the differing smells of white board markers or installing a new screen door the previous weekend. Recitation covered things like going over the homework and such, had smaller class sizes (taught by a TA instead of the professor), and helping people struggling with material.

It wasn't a perfect system, but it worked well enough. Some classes you just can't avoid the large lecture hall (like Engineering Physics or Calculus).

Comment: Re:Recycling (Score 1) 152

by Jerslan (#46981049) Attached to: Is Carbon Fiber Going Mainstream?
So let me see if I understand your argument... "Western Commies" want people to dump cars for bikes so they'll be more reliant on public transport and more easily controlled? That makes no sense.

I know people who regularly rode their bikes for a 40 mile round-trip commute. They still owned cars, they just used them less often (saving gas and getting a good cardio workout in the process). Last I checked the idea of not spending money when you don't absolutely have to was very Capitalist.

Be less of a tool.

Comment: Forbidden Planet (Score 1) 276

by Jerslan (#46536475) Attached to: Interviews: Ask J. Michael Straczynski What You Will
I remember hearing your name being attached to a Forbidden Planet remake.

If this is true, can you talk about the project at all?

Forbidden Planet is my all-time favorite movie, and I would love to see someone (more specifically you) make a modern version that's true to the original. It was cerebral Sci-Fi at a time when Sci-Fi was mostly for kids. Given how Sci-Fi is enjoying a resurgence in the main-stream, now seems like the perfect time to bring this classic about the dangers of the human subconscious mind back into the public eye.

Comment: Re:KODAK is actually a good example. (Score 2) 674

by Jerslan (#45891767) Attached to: The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class
You're still limiting yourself to only a single company and a single industry.... Several companies and industries have sprung up or expanded in Kodak's wake.

Instagram was one small company, and it was ridiculously over-valued for the $1B purchase. It hardly qualifies as a "sole-heir" to the Kodak "kingdom" as the article implies. Google is only a single company. Add up the jobs created by Google, Microsoft, Facebook (not just the 13 from Instagram), Apple, Samsung, Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc... in the wake of Kodak going under.... It will probably exceed the number of people that Kodak employed.

Look at the LARGER picture. How many Engineering or other such "Skilled" jobs did we have in 1988? Compare that to now? We may have lost manufacturing jobs, but we gained in STEM related jobs during that same time-frame. Kodak's failure was not a consipracy against them. It was typical corporate decay... "Our current products are doing great, why bother putting R&D into this new-fangled stuff" (fast forward 25 years) "Oh shit, that stuff we ignored 25 years ago is huge now... Our bottom line is OK, but lets try to play R&D catch-up..." (fast forward 10 years) "Oh shit, we never caught up... Time to take a 'Golden Parachute' and let the company declare bankruptcy"

Don't blame the Internet, Social Networks, or any other inanimate object for Kodak's failure. Kodak failed because Kodak made too many crucial mistakes and willingly failed to keep up with market changes.

Comment: Re:KODAK is actually a good example. (Score 1) 674

by Jerslan (#45889359) Attached to: The Internet's Network Efficiencies Are Destroying the Middle Class
Canon & Nikon employ only a few hundred people each? Who knew? Have you counted any of their expansion as a result of Kodak's failure into your equations? Keep in mind that despite being foreign companies, they do have rather expansive US Operations. Also, Kodak may not be what it once was, but it is still around (at least as a brand-name that is plastered on photo-oriented printers and point-and-shoot digital cameras). This entire article could be translated as "OMG!!! THE AUTOMATION IS KILLING JOBS!!! IT MUST STOP EVEN THOUGH I DON'T WANT TO PAY MORE FOR THE LABOR!!! ALSO THAT WAGE SHOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT A SINGLE PARENT RAISING 7 KIDS ON THEIR OWN!!!" It's nothing but fear-mongering.

Comment: RSA Denial (Score 1) 464

by Jerslan (#45750911) Attached to: Reuters: RSA Weakened Encryption For $10M From NSA
From TFA:

RSA and EMC declined to answer questions for this story, but RSA said in a statement: "RSA always acts in the best interest of its customers and under no circumstances does RSA design or enable any back doors in our products. Decisions about the features and functionality of RSA products are our own."

That is one of the biggest loads of horse shit I have ever heard. If any part of that statement from the RSA were true then the NSA deal would never have happened and the NSA Formula would never even have been an option, much less the default...

Comment: Re:Sounds like he visited recently. (Score 1) 547

by Jerslan (#45726757) Attached to: Harvard Bomb Hoax Perpetrator Caught Despite Tor Use

... and they are not going to use it for this kind of case.

Bomb threat from unknown source? Boston? Possible foreign connections? The NSA is allegedly supposed to be involved in investigation of terror threats. It's the other stuff they're doing that's got people upset.

Why would the NSA crack TOR to spy on terrorists and such like they're supposed to when they can be stalking potential love interests and making sure their Significant Others are faithful?

Comment: Hipster Bullshite (Score 1) 726

Wow... That read like enough hipster BS to launch 1000 more Starbucks locations.. Oh, wait, Starbucks is too "mainstream" now... How about "enough hipster BS to launch 1000 [obscure regional coffee shop] locations"?

It was a good, entertaining movie when it came out. It's still a good, entertaining movie today.

You don't have to justify enjoying it with this much "oh, yeah, I totally see the symbolism in that now" BS...

+ - GIMP Abandons SourceForge. Distributes via FTP Instead->

Submitted by Dangerous_Minds
Dangerous_Minds (1869682) writes "GIMP, a free and open source altenernative to image manipulation software like Photoshop, recently announced that it will no longer be distributing their program through SourceForge. Citing some of the ads as reasons, they say that the tipping point was "the introduction of their own SourceForge Installer software, which bundles third-party offers with Free Software packages. We do not want to support this kind of behavior, and have thus decided to abandon SourceForge." The policy changes were reported back in August by Gluster. GIMP is now distributing their software via their own FTP page instead. Is Sourceforge becoming the next CNET?"
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