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Comment: Re:I'm not sure how common it is... (Score 1) 218

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) 218

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 1) 267

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:how many of these people don't want to retire? (Score 1) 238

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.

Comment: Ted Unangst's article (Score 4, Informative) 289

by grub (#46758065) Attached to: OpenBSD Team Cleaning Up OpenSSL

Ted Unangst wrote a good article called "analysis of openssl freelist reuse"

His analysis:

This bug would have been utterly trivial to detect when introduced had the OpenSSL developers bothered testing with a normal malloc (not even a security focused malloc, just one that frees memory every now and again). Instead, it lay dormant for years until I went looking for a way to disable their Heartbleed accelerating custom allocator.

it's a very good read.

+ - NSA said to have used Heartbleed bug for years->

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grub (11606) writes "The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The NSA’s decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts."

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