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Comment: This is a thing already (Score 3, Interesting) 205

by Loughla (#47613065) Attached to: MIT Considers Whether Courses Are Outdated
Most schools have this already, essentially. It's called a liberal arts degree, or a Board of Trustees degree, if they want it to sound official.

You pick courses that you want to take, take X amount of hours and are awarded a degree. In theory, students specialize in areas the school doesn't offer degrees in, to thereby personalize their education that much further.

In reality it is a junk degree awarded to D students and sports players who don't want to take anything above a 300 level course.

Comment: Re:sigh. bailing wire? (Score 3, Interesting) 868

by Loughla (#47557941) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

If it's oiled wire, stored in oiled paper, it's actually meant for concrete work with re-bar, but is actually used most often to string low-charge electric fences. It is commonly used with horses in conjunction with white, vinyl warning fence. You get anywhere from 50-200 feet per spool.

Baling wire is substantially thicker, un-oiled, and comes in much larger spools; 500-1000 feet per spool.

The spools in oil paper are meant to be strung by hand and not intended to be used for tying anything long-term; hence the lighter gauge. In fact, it's meant to hold re-bar together long enough for the concrete to be poured, thereby securing the re-bar and negating the need for the wire. Baling wire is intended to be strung by machine, and exists mainly to tie things together for seasons (and hold together the entire Midwest's infrastructure). Square bales that use baling wire must be stored out of the elements, so the wire being un-oiled is not an issue.

To the GP: If you use baling twine, then your machinery sucks, sell that P.O.S. Oliver and buy something made in the last fifty years. I bet you run narrow base Allis-Chalmers too, don't you?

Comment: Re: How the fuck does this thing work, why is it r (Score 0) 250

by Loughla (#46177851) Attached to: The Bitcoin Death Star: KnC Plans 10 Megawatt Data Center In Sweden

You would think that they would have known better than to try to bullshit such an intelligent userbase with some retard-obvious shit like that.

You're talking about slashdot, correct? Have you ever used that site and looked at the comments? I'll be surprised if half of the people even notice the page changed. As long as it's shiny, they'll be happy.

Comment: Re:zero tolerance and who owns my computer (Score 1) 731

by Loughla (#45992671) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are AdBlock's Days Numbered?

So all of those websites that you currently access for free then. They were around back in the early days of the internet? All of the free content you consume, it was available, too? All of the people who are currently connected, they've always been on-line then?

Like it or not, now that the entire world is connected, someone has to pay. Please note that I'm not saying I agree with the ad model we currently have, I'm just saying that your view is incredibly short-sighted and immature.

The major difference between bonds and bond traders is that the bonds will eventually mature.