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Comment: MSEE or a JD (Score 1) 296

by OKCfunky (#37302212) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Second Major For a Mechanical Engineer?
There is little overlap in a BSEE with a BSME; and so the time investment would be tremendous. Instead, focus on a specialization within EE that you find fascinating. I am getting my MSEE in semiconductor devices and solid states to complement my BSME. It's often been said to get a management degree, but save that bullet for when your already working in a company (if that's your decision); else it won't bridge as far you think. In a realistic standpoint, get a JD... you'll travel farther than a MBA student will. Use the legal knowledge as means to make sound business decisions and not go the average IP route.

Comment: Short Term Gain, Long Term Pain (Score 1) 611

by OKCfunky (#35818436) Attached to: America's Tech Decline: a Reading Guide
Can't say this article is shocking. Perhaps if our society valued intellect, abhorred a gov't that is larger than all manufacturing jobs combined, and made personal responsibility a cornerstone and not a sound-byte.... nah, who am I kidding. We reaped our profits and sowed the seeds of our own destruction. Case in point: ChiCom... give China your IP if you want access to their economy, never mind that they'll create a knock-off the next day and bury you with your own product.

Comment: A legitimate waste of dollars (Score 1) 223

by OKCfunky (#35133452) Attached to: US To Fire Up Big Offshore Wind Energy Projects
It really doesn't make sense why they push offshore wind energy when they can't even get 60% utilization of the wind farms located on farmland. Besides, the only people profiting from this kind of project are the generator manufacturers and the installers who snag ludicrously lucrative maintenance contracts. If it is as remotely bad as the rural wind farms are, then this ocean one will be a doozy in cost inefficiency.

Comment: But is it liked on Facebook? (Score 1) 414

by OKCfunky (#35112314) Attached to: Sputnik Moment Or No, Science Fairs Are Lagging
Unless a student sees it being popular amongst the cool kid crowd... Well, you see where this is going. The anti-intellectualism movement; follow it on Twitter! tag it on Facebook! Look for the special announcement on American Idol today!
One part of the problem is the fetish of metrics. Percentage of population this, this many students that, etc. The other is society valuing... scratch that.... worshiping entertainment and stimulation

Comment: Wait, they don't understand that math is required? (Score 2, Interesting) 870

by OKCfunky (#33568466) Attached to: Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?
Depending on what level of physics you teach, 99% of students should already have a TI-83 or TI-89. Just as common as a pencil. But I'm of the engineer variety in the USA. Besides, math is a universal language (and on that note, if they can't understand the common spoken language that they've elected for... too bad). If they are not capable of understanding constants and universally applicable equations... they will fail anyways. However, at least at my university, I've yet to take a class where cellular or anything non-calculator allowed at all. You take out a cell phone or anything that's not a calculator and your booted out of the class. In many of the test questions in physics that I've taken, it's not a big stretch to deduce what the question is just based on a few key words and defined variables.

Comment: Re:But are they secure? (Score 1) 394

by OKCfunky (#31742930) Attached to: # of wireless APs (w/ SSID shown) in range now:
I have 22 in my range, with only 40 apartment units in the vicinity. I'm finding it to be related to the general age of the apartment renters. A couple of years ago I was the only one with a singal. Most have dismal strength, and only a single signal that is unsecured... goes by the name of "linksys."

Comment: They do this at many, and it stifles... (Score 1) 383

by OKCfunky (#26323367) Attached to: Universities Patenting More Student Ideas
At my university, we are engaged in a senior design class that is year long. However, over the years that this course is mandated, the outside clients we are suppose to help are never fully satisfied due to the fact that our university owns the student work and summarily no business venture can come about from it in order to help serve the consumers at large...
So, in light of this, many of these ideas are done at most "decently" and with no care... and for the students with ideas for business and patenting who lack the available resources to start things on a whim; nothing is accomplished.
There are ways to get around these impediments without withdrawing from school however; but it involves having some outside counsel and some money sadly.

Once again, the great American past time of sapping!

Comment: Does this mean enemies were discovered? (Score 2, Funny) 610

by OKCfunky (#24449095) Attached to: White House Briefed On "Potential For Life" On Mars
But will this knowledge being passed to the administration be lost in translation such it's interpreted that a possible Al Qaeda cell has been found? At the very minimum, does it posit that WMD have been discovered on Mars that threatens the fabric of American society.

As a neocon, I demand to know if this encroaches on intelligent design as well.
Games

GTA IV Delayed Into Next Year 138

Posted by Zonk
from the grand-delayed-auto dept.
1up has the news that Take Two is moving Grand Theft Auto IV's release out to Spring 2008. Sam Houser (the executive producer for Rockstar Games) says that the demands of creating games for the new consoles, along with the scope of the game, forced their hand to maintain the quality they wanted. "'With Grand Theft Auto IV, Rockstar is setting a new standard for next generation video games,' stated Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two. 'Certain elements of development proved to be more time-intensive than expected, especially given the commitment for a simultaneous release on two very different platforms. We all recognize that perfecting the game is vital and I can assure everyone it will be worth the wait.'"
The Courts

German Prosecutors Won't Help RIAA Counterpart 199

Posted by Zonk
from the will-never-happen-here dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A German court decision ruled that the European counterpart to the RIAA cannot invoke criminal proceedings over petty file sharing incidents. The goal was to to find out from ISPs the identity of alleged file-sharing subscribers; the requests have been refused as the judge saw the the proceedings as not in the 'public interest', and little or no economic damage was shown to have been caused to the record companies. Offering a few copyright-protected music tracks via a P2P network client was 'a petty offense,' the court declared. Within days, German prosecutors have now indicated that they will no longer permit the use of 'criminal proceedings' to procure subscriber information."

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