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Comment: Re:If you pay them, they will come. (Score 1) 365

by kuhnto (#49381089) Attached to: Why America's Obsession With STEM Education Is Dangerous
I believe STEM degrees pay much more than other degrees, but unfortunately too many students in college today are delusional about the career paths they choose when they are 18, new to college, and partying all the time. They do not understand how their choices are going to affect them after graduation. I have tried to steer numerous people away from a psychology degree and into a STEM path, but they are too interested in their vision of helping some misunderstood child love their parents again. Everyone of the psychology graduates I know are employed in some mediocre job outside their field.

Comment: 100% Anecdotal story (Score 1) 253

by kuhnto (#49290535) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Building a Home Media Center/Small Server In a Crawlspace?
While I do not recommend going this route, as there are vendors that make enclosures for electronics exposed to uncontrolled weather conditions, but at one point in my life I wanted a TV on my back patio. Not only did I want it at the far edge of the patio, practically in the middle of the back yard, but I wanted it to be stored in a metal enclosure out of which it would rise on electric actuators when it was in use. When the TV was not in use, it would be lowered back in the box. I welded this whole thing up, including a very loose cover that rested over the top of the box with a lip that went down the side about an inch. Air could move in an out of the box, as there was no seal. The put a 37 LCD, cable box, actuator, and DC power supply in the box. I was told in other forums that I would have to have this thing designed as if it "was mounted to the deck of an ocean-going ship" 3 years later, everything still worked perfectly, through the baking Florida sun, torrential daily down pours, sprinklers, and morning fog. I think once secret to the setups longevity was the cable box. It stayed warm enough to keep the interior of the box relatively warm and dry. It still worked when I sold the house. YMMV. Check L-com for some enclosures.

Comment: Their inventory sucks as much as their employees (Score 1) 314

by kuhnto (#48822159) Attached to: Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing
Last time I went into a radio shack last year, I needed a USB A to mini A to charge my MiFi hotspot, I had left my cable at the airport. Its a pretty ubiquitous cable, but when I could not find one and asked, they were like "Oh we dontt carry those anymore" How can you not carry one of the most common USB cables in the World? No matter, their other cables were > $20 anyway. I ended up getting the cable at WALGREENS!! for $4.

Comment: What rule of law will the MArtians follow (Score 1) 549

by kuhnto (#48035339) Attached to: Elon Musk: We Must Put a Million People On Mars To Safeguard Humanity
I just realized that by sending up more than a handful of nationally picked personnel, would require some sort of rule of law. Well, who will determine this? Should the Martian follow their "Launching states" laws? Their nationalities laws? What happens when another country, with their own culture and laws, sends out their own 1 million people? Will we need to start dividing Mars up into counties already?

Comment: I love these vague stories (Score 1) 39

by kuhnto (#47989945) Attached to: US Asks Universities To Flag Risky Pathogen Experiments
For the love of god, if you are going to post an article about 15 of anything, please do some research and include what the 15 somethings are!! I am tired but even the original article did not list these super dangerous agents. Must be super duper secret! Seems like either the article author or submitter are self-sensoring, or do not give enough credit to the average slashdot reader to understand biological naming conventions.

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