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Comment: You'll need it for the GRE (Score 2) 1086

by Mondoz (#40934711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Many of You Actually Use Math?

If you want to get into post-graduate studies, this means taking the GRE test. There's a lot of math on the GRE that you have to do quickly.
None of it is terribly difficult, but I found that I was very out of practice, which slows me down quite a bit.
If you can do high school math in your head quickly, it vastly improves your score.

I've been in the CS industry for nearly 12 years and offloaded nearly all my high school era math off to calculators and spreadsheets. Very rude awakening when I took my first practice GRE.

Comment: Re:Energy Space (Score 1) 304

by Mondoz (#28921719) Attached to: Panel Recommends Space Science, Not Stunts

It seems that if you keep reading the link, there's a lot more than just "THOUGHT"...

"The Moon's surface contains helium-3 at concentrations on the order of 0.01 ppm."

"each year three space shuttle missions could bring enough fuel for all human beings across the world." - Chinese Lunar Exploration Program

"In January 2006, the Russian space company RKK Energiya announced that it considers lunar helium-3 a potential economic resource to be mined by 2020,[43] if funding can be found."

Medicine

Scientists Turn Used LCDs Into Medicine 30

Posted by timothy
from the waste-not-want-not dept.
schliz writes "Scientists from the University of York have come up with a new recycling technique that extracts PVA from used LCD panels to create a 'a bioactive sponge.' The technique could allow recovered PVA to be used in pills, wound dressings and tissue scaffolds that aid human tissue regeneration. It could also keep waste LCD screens from incineration or landfill altogether."

Comment: Re:Dispute resolution? (Score 1) 343

by Mondoz (#27924179) Attached to: French Assembly Adopts 3-Strikes Bill

Is there a dispute resolution mechanism if I happen to be a Frenchman who's been falsely accused three times (I'm not French, and I haven't been accused of filesharing, I'm just curious).

But have you ever been accused of being French?

If someone accuses you of being French three times, you get to pass unfair laws that no one wants.

Microsoft

+ - Microsoft admits "incentives" for pro OOXM->

Submitted by jcatcw
jcatcw (1000875) writes "According to Computerworld, Microsoft admits that an employee at its Swedish subsidiary offered monetary compensation to partners for voting in favor of the Office Open XML (OOXML) document format's approval as an ISO standard. Tom Robertson, general manager for interoperability and standards at Microsoft, says it had no affect on the final outcome of the voting."
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Space

+ - How can 200,000 galaxies point the same way?-> 1

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KentuckyFC
KentuckyFC writes "Does the universe have a preferred direction — an axis of evil as some astrophyscists have called it? It certainly looks that way with the publication today of a survey of 200,000 elliptical galaxies that indicates they are all aligned in the same direction. What's more, this axis is the same as the controversial alignment found in the cosmic microwave background by the WMAP spacecraft"
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Mars

+ - Massive Cave on Mars Revisited

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Do you remember the massive cave found on Mars by the NASA's MRO? They have taken another picture looking from the west, with the sun also shinning from the west, so part of the eastern wall is visible now. The HiRISE team confirms that this pit is essentially a vertical shaft cut through the lava flows on the flank of the volcano."
Security

+ - Top 10 spyware of 2006

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The top ranking spyware is Gator. A significant aspect of 2006 has been the appearance of a new category of malware. Rogue antispyware claims to detect spyware or to repair errors. This increasingly prevalent malware detects flaws or malicious code on computers but then demands that users pay for a registered version of the program if they want to delete these threats."

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