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Comment: Re:I'm not sure how common it is... (Score 1) 286

by ShakaUVM (#46797651) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

>But it sounds like an absurd example of a false economy: Even at relatively cheap schools, the cost of running a student through is nontrivial. It seems like complete insanity to waste expensive instructional time on somebody who can't concentrate properly for want of a few dollars worth of calories. Nobody's interests are well served by that.

The cost is to the student, not to the institution. It doesn't cost the institution more to educate a hungry student, even if they can't think as well.

I see it as part of the challenge of going to college. I made $18k a year in grad school working as a TA, while living in San Diego. From that, I had to pay for books, car/gas/insurance/registration fees, rent, food, and everything else. Which wasn't easy. But I did it, and graduated from college with only about four thousand dollars in student loans, and that I had to take out because my car's engine and transmission went out within three weeks of each other and I had to put them on my credit card.

It was like a game to me. I had a budget of $10 or less per day for food. Two $1 bacon cheeseburgers and a $1 frosty for lunch, a $4 bowl of rice and orange chicken for dinner, and I still had enough left over for a snack at night or in the afternoon. The next day I'd get a $5 footlong for lunch, and four tacos for $2 for dinner, and so forth.

People who are just eating Top Ramen are just doing it wrong, in my opinion.

Comment: Re:Well considering that.. (Score 1) 286

by ShakaUVM (#46797627) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

>... 80% of you in the US are competing over 5% of the money in the economy, you guys have no idea how unequal your society has become and you keep voting for more of getting screwed.

Anyone who talks about income inequality as if it is a problem in and of itself is automatically labelled an idiot in my mind. Especially when they post (two out of three) references that don't work, and the one that does is just more of the same idiocy that you always hear when it comes to income inequality.

What matters is median wealth to the health of a society, not income inequality. You could have a perfectly equal society where everyone made 10 bucks a year. Or you could have a society where the median income was 100,000, but you had a handful of plutocrats running around. Which one would you prefer to live in? The second of course. Having a rich person floating around cause harm to you, in and of itself.

Comment: Re:So - who's in love with the government again? (Score 2) 316

by ShakaUVM (#46797613) Attached to: Beer Price Crisis On the Horizon

>So the entire industry is completely taxpayer supported bullshit. We're carrying an industry that has no use. And this in an era where water table is decreasing (corn is unbelievably thirsty), food prices and meat rising astronomically, etc.

Yes. Scientists and economists have known that corn ethanol is complete bullshit for a very long time now.

If you're interested in a good analysis of the subject, read the Economics of Food by Westhoff, which is mainly about the effects of biofuels on food prices. While ethanol is only a small fraction of demand for corn, due to the way the markets worked, it drive huge spikes in corn prices, which had downstream effects on corn mash (which the OP is referring to here), it altered the balance between white and yellow corn which caused food exports to Mexico to drop, leading to massive price spikes in tortillas there, leading to riots, various issues with trade protectionism, and so forth.

Given that there's absolutely no reason to use corn ethanol, the only reason that we still have it (and both major parties support it) is because corn farmers get first crack at choosing who our next president is.

If they implement feeding restrictions on corn mash, this will have very serious consequences on our food supply and will send price shocks throughout the world. It's a very bad idea.

Comment: Re:No, you might want to take a closer look (Score 1) 286

by Sycraft-fu (#46797557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Reading and comprehending posts isn't your thing is it? You just like to skim and then jump to conclusions to try and support your narrow world view.

I noted that my sister has no trouble, she has a generous grant (a scholarship if you like, but it works a little different) and her expenses are handled. However I have a full understanding of what those expenses are, and that they not paid for all students.

So maybe more reading, less jumping to conclusions.

Comment: Re:I'd seriously think about a dedicated router (Score 1) 98

by Sycraft-fu (#46797469) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Which Router Firmware For Bandwidth Management?

If you like Ubiquiti you could look at their Edgerouter Lite. I'm real happy with mine. $100 and it'll outperform monowall and pfsense on way more expensive hardware. With a basic NAT setup, plus SPI firewall (the basic "permit established and related, drop others" rules) I've measured it at over 500mbps throughput. It probably would do faster, it's CPU wasn't fully loaded, that is just as fast a test server as I could easily get to.

Now of course it is more on the routing, less on the firewall n' such so if you need powerful firewall config, it isn't as much your thing (and won't get as good performance). If you load it down with too much stuff it'll slow way down, particularly since part of its speed is derived from hardware acceleration on its chip, so if tons of stuff is hitting the software it won't be as fast.

Just another option to look at.

In terms of the realtek chips, ya it sucks but it is what you get for the price. Intel NICs are expensive, because Intel knows they are worth it. They charge more for their chips than other vendors by a good bit, so you don't see them in cheap solutions.

Comment: No, you might want to take a closer look (Score 1) 286

by Sycraft-fu (#46797439) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

In a lot of the EU, students from other EU countries don't have to pay tuition fees. Foreign students? Not so lucky, and language doesn't matter. If you aren't from the EU you pay increased fees. For example in Sweden you pay about 15,000 EUR/year for a science degree. In terms of language, you have to already demonstrate a proficiency in English and Swedish just to be able to get in.

Also all of this assumes you can get a visa and get admitted. People from other EU nations, no problem, you can live and work anywhere in the EU, that is a big part of what the treaty means. Non-EU individuals have to get a student visa, the requirements of which vary.

And of course none of that deals with the cost of food, housing, transport, etc. You are on your own for that, barring a scholarship.

This is a subject I have more than a passing familiarity with, as my sister is currently working on her PhD in Europe (at two universities, one in the EU one outside of it). She got a generous grant that pays all her tuition, living expenses, and even some extra but that isn't what all students get. It wasn't as though she just walked in and said "I'd like to go to school here," and they said "Certainly, please come for free!"

Also she even had an easier in than many: She and I hold Canadian citizenships. Canada is a commonwealth country and England is in the EU so that makes a lot of the visa shit way easier than it would be for an American, not that it wasn't still a big production.

It is exceedingly narrow-minded to suggest that an American should just "Emigrate to an actual civilized country instead of a pretend one," for school, as though such a thing were trivial to do and people only did not out of ignorance (not to mention the misplaced cultural supremacy of the statement). No, it turns out that you can't just graduate from an American highschool and say "Well screw the US, I'm off to Europe!" and walk in and go to school for free.

Comment: And often not that useful/needed (Score 2) 286

by Sycraft-fu (#46796839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

Grad school was historically and is supposed to be the sort of thing not everyone does. It is for people who are really interested in a field, who want to start doing some original research (under the umbrella of a professor's overall research) and so on. The sort of thing only for those that are truly interested in pursuing the subject more deeply and pushing the boundaries.

Also most fields don't require graduate degrees. There are some that do (like lawyers), though usually they require a PhD or other advanced degree after it (like professors, medical doctors, etc). However for most an undergraduate degree is all they are after.

However where I work, I see a ton of students that go in to grad school that are hoop jumpers. They see it as the next thing, that will get them a better job. They aren't that interested in the work, and don't have a particularly good understanding of it. They take comprehensive exams instead of doing a thesis, and so on. They try and use more time in school to make up for a lack of talent.

So, if you are thinking of grad school, and it'll be any kind of financial hardship ask yourself: Why am I going? If it is because your field requires it, then ok no problem. Gotta do what you gotta do. If it is because you really love the field and you want to go to a higher level, that's good too, but just understand it'll be a pain financially. If it is "because I'll get a better job," then no, stop right there. That's not a reason to go to grad school, particularly if it is going to be a problem financially. It probably will NOT get you a better job, and will just give you more debt.

Comment: Ahh (Score 1) 286

by Sycraft-fu (#46796711) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Hungry Students, How Common?

So if I just show up in a European country, they'll let me go to university for free? Hint: No they won't.

My sister went to Europe for her PhD. She didn't end up paying... because she got a generous scholarship. That also was what allowed her to get the visa to go. She didn't just show up and walk in to a university for free.

Same way it would have worked in the US or Canada, actually. If she had been accepted to a program with a generous scholarship, well it would have been free.

Comment: Uhhhh... no (Score 1) 180

by Sycraft-fu (#46796145) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

Go to Canada some time, one of the US's closest allies. You'll find that you can travel to Cuba freely, buy Cuban goods (cigars being the most prominently advertised as being of Cuban origin) and so on.

The US is the only country that clings to an embargo and it is purely a face-saving maneuver, not wanting to admit it was a bad idea and hasn't worked to unseat Castro.

However for all that, Cuba is still poor... So sorry, you can't blame the big, bad 'ole US for this. Their policy is not helpful, but it isn't why Cuba is impoverished. That lies at the feet of their own government.

Comment: That doesn't really explain it (Score 1) 180

by Sycraft-fu (#46795239) Attached to: Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

So the US won't trade with them. Ok, but while the US is a large nation, it isn't the be-all, end-all. Canada, the EU, China, Russia, they are all perfectly ok to trade with Cuba. So Cuba has access to most of the world for trade goods. Yet, they still have an extremely low standard of living.

Sorry, but the US boogeyman thing doesn't play, not in this day and age. Cuba has a large responsibility for the problems in Cuba.

Comment: Re:how many of these people don't want to retire? (Score 1) 244

by ShakaUVM (#46793019) Attached to: I expect to retire ...

>When I see ages like 75 and never, I wonder if these are people who don't want to stop working, or people who financially can't stop working. My grandfather is 92 and still choice.

I said never.

That said, I took off a year or so from work after my kid was born. Or, as much as I could as I run a small business.

So maybe I've already retired and am rejoining the workforce. Who knows?

It's boring just sitting around doing nothing all day.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.