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Comment Because colleges and universities have forgotten (Score 1) 306

... what their role is.

Higher education is there to train people to - get this - FILL JOBS! But these days, universities believe that their job is to just 'educate students' in whatever curriculum they (the universities) see fit.

They forgot that the curriculum itself is not the ultimate goal. Gaining the skills necessary to be able to successfully fulfill the job role is the actual goal.


Old School Sci-fi Short Starring Keir Dullea Utilizes Classic Effects 91

New submitter Wierzbowski85 (2852925) writes Indie Kickstarter-funded sci-fi short HENRi features classic visual effects and storytelling – with a twist. As detailed in Cinefex magazine (issue 134), the film itself utilizes a mixture of the old and the new — combining live-action sequences with puppetry, quarter-scale miniatures, and modern CGI. Speaking with Wired, the film's director said: "The goal was to seamlessly integrate these different techniques to create the world. My philosophy is that effects are merely a tool to help the story, and that in mind, we used pretty much every trick in the book." The film also stars genre legend Keir Dullea, of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a making-of video for the film, Dullea says, "Having done 2001, [HENRi] was a wonderful homage to Stanley Kubrick and that film." The short is now available for free viewing online at Hulu.

Comment Could this 'negative energy' zone be the source of (Score 1) 227

Dark Energy?

Would a 'negative energy' zone potentially produce Dark Energy, which is the repulsive force accelerating inflation?

Does this explain why inflation is increasing? More 'black-hole-type' objects with more of this negative energy space in existence... creating more Dark Energy...

Submission + - Former Obama "digital strategist" accused of Twitter fraud (

Zondar writes: Former Obama "digital strategist" Brad Schenck has been accused of creating multiple fake Twitter accounts to send pro gun control tweets to members of Congress. One recipient of these tweets, Rep Steve Stockman (R-TX) said his staff noticed identical tweets coming in from multiple Twitter accounts. Of those, a disturbing trend was discovered:

"Stockman said that in response to Obama’s call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people."

Brad Schenck, Obama's former digital strategist, somehow managed to follow these some or all of the 10 allegedly fake Twitter profiles before they ever sent a tweet or interacted with anyone.

Is this Twitter sockpuppeting? You decide.

Comment Re:Stop Rewarding Mass Killings (Score 1) 1388

Shame you can't mod higher than +5.

Everyone recognizes the name Dylan Klebold, but almost no one recognizes Lauren Townsend or Isaiah Shoels.

Stop giving the killers 24/7 coverage for literally MONTHS and maybe you'll reduce their motivation. Couple this with bringing back real mental health facilities and we'll get somewhere.

Comment Re:LHC data sets, eat your heart out (Score 1) 79

Earlier this year, Gizmodo reported that the LHC generates a petabyte of data every second. Actually, that's just one of the two primary experiments.

The have to preprocess the raw data through a filter that determines if the collision is interesting or not. Then they further parse that down and only store a tiny fraction of the raw data generated every day. If they were able to store and distribute that raw data, who knows what kinds of information is being thrown away simply because we can't store it and can't transmit it offsite fast enough.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.