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I think the best thing to do is simply try it for a while. This is as easy as unplugging the physical connection to your ISP. Deal with issues as the come up.
Does this virtual method make my heap look fat?
As a grad student at the University of Arizona (in Tucson) who works on campus in the summers...I'd really like to see a shade map that is indexed to the time of day and inclination of the sun to calculate the most-shaded paths around campus. That might not sound so useful, but when it's 105F out, every bit of shade makes all the difference on a 10-15 minute walk across campus.
Good for Rackspace. And good for you. It's critical to first remember that 1st Amendment only regards the actions of the government. Period. End of Story.
This was an action/choice by a "private" entity, not a "public" entity. The only way the government should be considered in this action if Rackspace had, for example, a government license to operate and dropping this action in some way violated that license. For example, if your local cable company has a government-sanctioned monopoly, I would hope that they would have to operate under the dictates of the 1st Amendment.
Rackspace provides a service, and they always have the right to refuse service to anyone. But, no worry, you also have the (reflexive) right to not use their service. That is called a boycott. It has a long and proud tradition and you are free to exercise it.
Now get off my lawn.
Amps are units of current.
Volts are units of potential energy.
Watts are units of power.
Joules are units of energy.
I expect better from Slashdot editors; this is absolutely fundamental knowledge for a geek.
As a early-30's programmer who is back for a MS in EE/CS, I've made a number of friends with grad students in fields that are quite science and computationally related. I'd recommend looking into:
Linguistics, especially Computational Linguistics
Cognitive Science, especially related to AI
I'd also second the previous posts on Bioinformatics and Computational Physics.
Also, I always strongly recommend that if you can get a PhD, you should. In the US, the statistics are quite stark, only 30% of PhDs in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are awarded to US Citizens. What's going to happen when all those Indian and Chinese PhDs start going home?
Best of luck!
Are you telling me my iPhone display isn't going to be implanted into my retina? Goddammit.
Oh wait, is the display made of retinas? No? Fuckshitdammit! FML.
"Referee" inferse some sort of lack of predestination, knowledge and control by Chuck Norris. I believe a better term is "allowed" by Chuck Norris.
In Soviet Russia, Compass needle points to YOU!
Most public domain software is free, at least at first glance.