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Comment: Proposal is a Load of Crap (Score 1) 597

by eatvegetables (#46244879) Attached to: Financing College With a Tax On All Graduates

What an incredibly horrendous idea. Increases in student debt are the result of students making bad decisions about the schools they attend. Students are enabled by the federal government that created and supports student loan programs that allow these young kids to qualify for insane loan amounts.

A better solution would be to restructure the current student loan programs such that student debt load is capped at some reasonable level. The effect would be that students would be forced to make more rational choices about the schools they decide to attend and how they pay for their education. The education market would respond accordingly as more money flows into community colleges, state schools, and other lower cost education options. Costs would go down.

"Free" college education supported by general taxation or more targeted taxation would have the undesirable effect of disconnecting personal spending choices from personal spending consequences. The result: market distortion that pushes costs up at increasingly unsustainable rates and second order pressure for education rationing by the federal government.

Comment: More time for D&D and reading Star Wars novels (Score 1) 543

by eatvegetables (#46044677) Attached to: 20,000 Customers Have Pre-Ordered Over $2,000,000 of Soylent

''' Rob found himself resenting the inordinate amount time it takes to fry an egg in the morning and decided something had to be done. Simplifying food as "nutrients required by the body to function" (which sounds totally bulimic, I know, but I promise it's not), Rob has come up with an odourless, beige cocktail that he calls Soylent. '''

I can relate. I also resent the the inordinate amount of time is takes to bathe every day, pick out something to wear, or talk to a girl. Over a 20 year period, the average time a strong and virile young man like myself and Rob are at their mental and physical peak, eliminating egg frying and all these other hassles can liberate up to five years worth of extra time for more worthy pursuits such as playing D&D. Toss in the benefits have making some serious bucks and getting to drink a beige, odorless yet tasty beverage twelve times per day, well...damn. Sign my ass ...err stomach up!

Comment: Some details (Score 3, Informative) 128

by eatvegetables (#46024107) Attached to: Microsoft Paying for Positive Xbox One Coverage on YouTube
From contract.


You agree to keep confidential at all times all matters relating to this Agreement, including, without limitation, the Promotional Requirements, and the CPM Compensation, listed above. You understand that You may not post a copy of this Agreement or any terms thereof online or share them with any third party (other than a legal or financial representative). You agree that You have read the Nondisclosure Agreement (attached hereto and marked as Exhibit “A”) and You understand and agree to all of terms of the Nondisclosure Agreement, which is incorporated as part of this Agreement.


The sketchy bit for me is that Machinima bills itself as "Machinima is the dominant video entertainment network for young males around the world. " Doesn't seem to clearly state that it is, perhaps, a promotional entity as well.

Comment: 13yo Syrian nerd tires of wanking 24/7 (Score 1) 86

News flash! 13 yo Syrian nerd tired of wanking all day, every day. Decides to deface web pages part of the time. Says that he will also spend time trying to build up courage enough to talk to totally hot girl who lives next door... After he wanks a little more.

Comment: Be a MOOC lover, not a hater! (Score 3, Interesting) 122

by eatvegetables (#45844523) Attached to: Are High MOOC Failure Rates a Bug Or a Feature?
What an abhorrently overly simplistic question. Really? MOOCs provide an abundance of value to the curious mind. Many participants, I assume, are very much like me. They occasionally complete an entire course, but only sample sections of most. I'd much rather watch a great set of lectures on neural networks during my down time than watch the crap that passes for entertainment on broadcast and cable television. Moreover, experimentation in format and content delivery will most certainly transform more formal education services for the better. Rock on MOOCs and those who love them.

Comment: Hanoi Snowden (Score 0) 224

by eatvegetables (#45784019) Attached to: Snowden Gives Alternative Christmas Message On Channel 4
"speaking about his objections to mass indiscriminate surveillance by governments"... From the warm embrace of a totalarian state and from under the approving gaze of it's thuggish leader, Putin. He is both a "tool" and a tool of Putin's propaganda machine. Perhaps, he should have invited to his broadcast the just released from Russian prison system Pussy Riot band members.

Comment: Re:Sensation! (Score 1) 144

by eatvegetables (#45712643) Attached to: First Hard Evidence for the Process of Cat Domestication
Lol. Siamese are wonderful cats. IMHO, they actually bond with their pet humans, well, selectively bond. Seems like they can live an exceptionally long time as well. My family had a spectacular Siamese. She lived into her 20's. However, she preferred killing birds to eating mice. Never ate the birds. Instead, she'd leave them for us, placing them ever so conspicuously at the front door threshold.

Comment: About $13,000 per issue for content and design! (Score 1) 57

by eatvegetables (#45659387) Attached to: Linux Voice Passes Its Crowdfunding Target
Don't know about the magazine itself, but the project's indiegogo FAQ is worth a read, Some interesting info describing the cost associated with producing (not including print costs) a magazine these days. Some back of the envelope math suggests that they've raised enough to produce... But not print... One year worth of content. Not bad considering that they can still draw on subscription fees and advertising.

Comment: Couldn't disagree more! (Score 5, Insightful) 115

by eatvegetables (#45451871) Attached to: How MOOC Faculty Exploit People's Desire To Learn
I have surveyed several coursera courses and completed a couple. Being a Comp Sci, telecoms professional, I derived tremendous value from Coursera material related to these disciplines. Only cost is my time. The video lectures are gold. Most classes that I've seen are project based. Learning is doing. In general, I've found that course difficulty usually floats somewhere between college senior and first year grad student. Some are just insanely hard. One has to accept that one bit of important material is missing, proofs. Just no way to auto-grade them, in general. I haven't seen anything to complain about.

Comment: Chubby, pasty white model...perfect! (Score 1) 86

by eatvegetables (#45289311) Attached to: MIT Wristband Is a Personal Climatizer
These guys covered all their bases. Note the appropriately chubby and pasty white hand model chosen for the Wristify picture. It's like I'm actually looking at the underbelly of some poor, dead bloated fish.... One with a heat sync strapped around its neck and ...ummmm, covered in pubic hair.

Comment: Swoden Files: NSA Hacks Solar Wind (Score 1) 75

by eatvegetables (#44788899) Attached to: Spacecraft Measurements Indicate Shifting Interstellar Wind
In an unexpected turn of events, The GuardTimesPost Daily Speigel reports that recently detected changes in the solar wind are the results of heretofore covertly secret and highly clandestine spying activities by none other than the National Septuagenarian Association (NSA)!

According to documents provided by Beatrice Snowden, former NSA Social Activities and Black Ops Administrator, NSA Director General Keith-Tricky-Dick Cheney personally authorized a highly trained cadre of HVAC technicians to construct an unholy abomination known as the Passing Solar Wind-inator (PSW). Completed in January of this year, the PSW secretly ties into the HVAC systems of ALL American households with a mean household occupant age of 70 years old or greater. In a clear breach of U.S. Constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure, the PSW siphons off all human, canine, and feline bodily emanations from the affected homes, concentrates them, and then funnels the emanations into a giant, multi-thousand dollar underground collection facility buried somewhere in the deserts of Utah.

The exact methodology is still unclear, however, the flatulance concentrate is then force fed to baby artic seal pups transforming their mitochondrial DNA into super powerful rare earth magnets. Simultaneously and inexplicably the baby seal pups also gain the ability to psychicly control ambient magnetic fields. Naturally, full baby seal cranial evacuation is the final step in the transformation process. The end product is a biomechanical monstrosity, the PSW.

Multiple power point presentation provided by Snowden show General Cheney sitting astride his massive heap of squirming and super magnetically charged seal pups. Heaving to and fro, the pups writhe in ecstasy as the general directs their collective psycho-magnetic powers, altering the path of helium atoms traversing our solar system.

The end result, of course, is that the NSA can now listen in on every canasta game in the world! Russian President Putin has yet to comment on this matter.

The "cutting edge" is getting rather dull. -- Andy Purshottam