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Comment: Better to go to Graduate School (Score 1) 280

by Koreantoast (#48612103) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Should a Liberal Arts Major Get Into STEM?
I think you're better off just going to graduate school, but it's not going to be easy. However, you may need to take some classes at a local university or community college to shore up some fundamentals (advanced mathematics, basic sciences, etc.) depending on what you did and did not take as an undergrad. Another compromise that may be a little bit easier to make is to jump into fields such as systems engineering or industrial engineering. That path may have less resistance compared to fields with technical depth that build up more from undergraduate courses (mechanical, civil, electrical, computer science, etc.).

Comment: Absolutely Absurd (Score 1) 109

by Koreantoast (#48319557) Attached to: Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
This is absurd. I would understand if this had been funded by Department of Defense or DHS money, but this is a small grant by the National Science Foundation to study an interesting sociology problem that many people ask. Saying its some grand conspiracy for mind control is like saying the NSF is funding biology research to better understand how to deploy biological weapons, funding chemistry to build better bombs, physics to build better listening devices, or funding computer vision to build a better spy satellite. If you honestly feel the NSF is a front for government mind control, then why do we even bother publicly funding ANY science research since most can have "dual use"?

Also, look at the people who are railing against this particular piece of spending. Congressman Lamar Smith for example, has been aggressively tinkering with NSF and USG scientific funding in general, believing that the US should slash funding of sociological, psychological, and climate change research. I'm sure he threw the mind control one in there to help rile people up for his crusade against what he views as wasteful government spending.

Comment: China created that hole... (Score 1) 289

by Koreantoast (#48220183) Attached to: Assange: Google Is Not What It Seems
I would only point out that the poverty hole the People's Republic of China dragged all those individuals was created directly by poor PRC policies back in the 1960s and 1970s, so if you give them credit for that, you also have to give the United States tremendous credit for ending slavery and desegregation. That, or neither can claim an advantage in that regard.

+ - Investigate oil spills with the Public Lab open source Oil Testing Kit->

Submitted by jywarren
jywarren (2718221) writes "The DIY environmental group Public Lab has introduced a Kickstarter for a kit to identifying the source of oil pollution, using simple open source hardware tools — a Blu-Ray laser and a fold-up cardboard spectrometer. They are calling for beta testers to join the project in order to solve key remaining challenges in the open source technique; beta testers will get early access to prototypes. Worried about crude or motor oil spills near your home? Investigate them yourself!"
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+ - Physicist Proves Mathematically Black Holes Don't Exist-> 2

Submitted by Koreantoast
Koreantoast (527520) writes "Black holes, the stellar phenomena that continues to capture the imagination of scientists and science fiction authors, may not actually exist. According to a paper published by Physics professor Laura Mersini-Houghton at the University of North Carolina and Mathematics Professor Harald Pfeiffer of the University of Toronto, as a collapsing star emits Hawking radiation, it also sheds mass at a rate that it no longer has the density necessary to become a black hole; the singularity and event horizon never forms. While the ArXiv paper with the exact solution has not been peer reviewed, the preceding paper by Mersini-Houghton with the approximate solutions was published in Physics Letters B.

"I'm still not over the shock," said Mersini-Houghton. "We've been studying this problem for a more than 50 years and this solution gives us a lot to think about... Physicists have been trying to merge these two theories – Einstein's theory of gravity and quantum mechanics – for decades, but this scenario brings these two theories together, into harmony.""

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Comment: Re:This isn't scaremongering. (Score 1) 494

by Koreantoast (#47928745) Attached to: Scotland's Independence Vote Could Shake Up Industry

We do have something similar, although it is called Texas.

Not really. Less than 20% Texans are polled to be in support of secession. That falls in line with the national average of all US citizens who want their states to cede, from New Englanders wanting to join Canada to Silicon Valley types fantasizing about their own libertarian utopia.

Comment: Re:Other side of the story. (Score 1) 118

by Koreantoast (#47893257) Attached to: Software Patents Are Crumbling, Thanks To the Supreme Court
While it is a bit complex on the surface, the USPTO's metrics are pretty straight forward: an X level patent examiner should be able to examine Y number of patents in a given quarter. Some patent applications take longer than others, but it all averages out in a year. Meet the minimum requirements, and you get paid. Exceed those requirements, and you get a bonus. In my opinion, its probably one of the most meritocratic agencies in the entire Federal government. All the time tracking issues revolves around the second time card they keep to try and fine tune what Y should be for X, but I didn't get a feel that the situation was so bad that it would significantly impact the numbers.

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