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Comment: Related note - US grad rates drop generationally (Score 1) 716

by PsiCTO (#42172351) Attached to: Just Say No To College

The BBC article, Downward mobility haunts US education, presents an interesting observation on post-secondary graduation rates and possible causes and consequences. Granted, there are immeasurable depths of innumerable studies and opinions, but the fact is that it may well be that the current generation will be less well educated than past generations. This will have serious consequences.

Since I started university over 30 years ago, the trend that sees more and more graduate degrees going to international students who are increasingly returning home to move their homelands ahead has been going up and up. See, for example, Absurd U.S. Immigration Policies Amount To Economy Sapping Talent Drain .

All I know is that getting a college/university degree shows one thing -- you can take on a challenge and complete it while working with other people in a collaborative environment with mentors and support people. Sounds a lot like something that would be valuable in a career.

Besides, what has Zuckerberg accomplished besides making money? There is nothing fundamentally new about social media. Its a consequence of the ubiquity of wideband communications...

Comment: Re:Costs of education? (Score 0, Troll) 551

by PsiCTO (#37492614) Attached to: Your State University Doesn't Want You

Good for you.

You're succeeding in an environment that was created by years of post-war investment in infrastructure and education, R&D, and industrialization. Pretty sure that most of that was done by people with post-secondary education.

You might even be able to coast through your career and earn enough to live on once the U.S. OAS is dead.

As a rhetorical question, are you creating anything while you're doing that? Something that will generate wealth? Or are you helping to recycle the diminishing wealth of your nation?

I suggest people read "That Used To Be Us" and then ask yourself if you are a creator or a server. Even with an IT degree, you're a server. Creators will help bring America back.

However, I seriously doubt that North American society has the desire to do what it takes to be great again. Just look at what we throw up for politicians and what we do to them if they try and do something right for our country. We have become narcissistic to a fault .

Comment: Re:Obummer (Score 2) 1239

by PsiCTO (#37010086) Attached to: United States Loses S&P AAA Credit Rating
Please define "reckless". Did Obama start a war? Or Two? Did he cut taxes for the rich? Did he gut all government support for small and medium business in the U.S.? Did Obama come up with sub-prime mortgages?

Did he try and help out pathetic auto manufacturers who were duped in the 50s and 60s into floating the stock market with a ponzi scheme inflicted on their own employees? Did he help inject a much more stimulus spending into the U.S. economy, all because others had created a recession that saw people take on absurd debt...? Oh, and was that stimulus spending meant to increase consumer confidence so they could take on more debt?

I'm not sure, but I think the Presidents responsible all had a B in their names, and not always the second letter.

I do love watching political revisionism at work. Down south it's all about finger pointing and blame and the last to get blamed gets to lose the next election. The U.S. is run by a bunch of short-sighted narcissists. Bush and other before him made decisions not based on long-term good, but short-term gain secure that they themselves and their friends would never be poor. 2 terms and so long suckers!

Comment: Re:this story is a year old (Score 1) 314

by PsiCTO (#35732178) Attached to: US Students Suffering From Internet Addiction

why is a year old story being featured on Slashdot ? really this place is going down hill, I will have to only use my ipad to check those up to date websites.

Ya, I picked up on that when I submitted, but the story was/is being reported on CBC radio with updated interviews and such, AFAICT.

So, I thought it was topical for today, a least for those of us listening... hard to get that across into /. , I know.

Anyway, /. pushed the submission through, comments are building, so there must be some relevancy :-)

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+ - U.S. students suffering from Internet addiction->

Submitted by PsiCTO
PsiCTO (442262) writes "(Reuters) — Crackberry is no joke.

American college students are hooked on cellphones, social media and the Internet and showing symptoms similar to drug and alcohol addictions, according to a new study.

This probably falls under the no-big-surprise category. CBC Radio 1 played a couple of interviews with students that took part in the study. I especially liked the quote in which the student felt like he had a phantom limb experience with his cell phone."

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Comment: Re:Crowd-sourcing a degree... (Score 1) 88

by PsiCTO (#34224132) Attached to: Kernel Tracing With LTTng On Ubuntu Maverick

Ummm, a PhD is about original contribution. Implementing a "feature" that someone else imagines is about algorithm implementation. An original contribution is about recognizing a hard problem and at least coming up with a novel solution. Ideally, the candidate also provides a thorough description of the problem in the language of her/his discipline. For the most part, if someone can describe a "feature" they'd like to see for LTtng, then they know the problem they want to solve. Defining the problem is often most of the work; once you know what you want to do, the rest is easy. Of course, there are problems that are known that don't have solutions, or at least not optimal solutions.

I'd say the poster is better off (and hopefully already doing this) working to become an expert (aka PhD) on the topic, say, by joining the ACM (maybe IEEE, but since they share databases in this area maybe not), and entering the terms "linux unix trace" into the ACM's digital library. I did that and got all kinds of interesting papers and potential topics, none of which are mentioned in this thread.

If soliciting thoughts from /. was enough to get one started on a PhD, then perhaps we ought have a /. category of Ph/.D. ;-)

Good luck!

Comment: BNR experience (Score 1) 251

by PsiCTO (#32632408) Attached to: Better Development Through Competition?
Back when, Bell-Northern Research used to launch 2 or 3 parallel dev teams on a project and select the best result. Obviously they had cash to do that, but the key is that they let the teams run to the end. Each team got to complete a whole project and there were no winners or losers, at least as far as your career went in the company. At least that was the idea.

When budgets were tightened, they went back to a more traditional approach. I wonder if anyone did a study on those days... Might make a good thesis.

Anyone from those days care to comment?

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