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Comment: STEM degree =/= STEM job qualification (Score 2) 284

by dslmodem (#44730373) Attached to: The STEM Crisis Is a Myth

I have to say that STEM education in US is not good enough. For instance, kids start to use calculators too early. Using calculator is a great way to simplify many computation tasks. However, it deprives kids the opportunities to THINK and ESTIMATE. Both are crucial for STEM jobs.

In universities, I have encountered engineering students who did not know what they should really know. Well, they eventually got their degrees. In my opinion, it is much better off for them to pursue jobs in areas other than STEM.

+ - 356 MPG - Winner of 2013 Prius Plug-in MPG Challenge

Submitted by dslmodem
dslmodem (733085) writes "I did not see this on Slashdot. So, ...

In late May, Toyota launched 2013 Prius Plug-in MPG Challenge. http://cleantechnica.com/2013/07/02/toyota-introduces-2013-prius-plug-in-mpg-challenge/. "To qualify for the challenge, participants must drive at least 500 miles during the 30-day period and at least 75 miles each week. At the end of each 30-day period, judges will examine the Prius trip computer to see who achieved the highest MPG in each wave."

It turned out the winner achieved 356MPG. http://pressroom.toyota.com/releases/toyota+eco-savvy+influencers+2013+prius+mpg+challenge.htm"

Comment: When and where matters.... (Score 1) 1078

by dslmodem (#43609335) Attached to: Florida Teen Expelled and Arrested For Science Experiment

While many fellow /.ers enjoy debating race, gun, IED, I would like to stress a couple of facts:

1) Can someone bring guns to school and practice shooting?

Even it is a scientific experiment, there must be certain conditions to limit the scope / location / time that the experiment should be performed.

2) BB Gun accident happened in their home.


Their mom was preparing food.

Moderators, could you please add information to your original post? It will help discussion.

Comment: Re: China has no choice (Score 0) 313

by dslmodem (#43524627) Attached to: China Leads in "Clean" Energy Investment

That is why welfare states in EU are in deep financial trouble.

In general, one job to support a whole family is not a norm for human race. The easy life will tax future generation heavily.

My goverment takes 45% of my wages in taxes and I still can support whole family with one job + supproting old mother (widow) in former communist state. That is how we do things in Europe...

Comment: The infrastructure is significantly behind (Score 3, Informative) 813

by dslmodem (#40527401) Attached to: After Recent US Storms, Why Are Millions Still Without Power?
When I first came to US, I was shocked to see those wood utility poles. It is so ancient. There are many excuses for keeping those. People need to go to some developing countries, particularly BRIC, to take a look at their infrastructures. Where is the $$ for change?

[Crash programs] fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month. -- Wernher von Braun