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Comment: Europes universities aren't very good anyhow (Score 1) 291

So much of university learning in Germany and France is centered around drill*.
No wonder that people with different learning styles can have problems in this format. Those are the ones more likely to smoke weed, imo.
The authors take "passing courses" as a metric for success. But they fail to realize that there are many previously A grade students who in research positions suddenly don't know what to do since they never developed a proper creativity together with a longing to explore.
This whole mentality of "let's grow our economy by pushing people to what we think is good for growing our economy" is a big stupid fad and will lead to nothing but short-term sucess and long-term mediocrity of failure.

* (and I assume it's not that different in the Netherlands were the study was conducted)

Comment: Re:Hang on WTF? (Score 5, Informative) 191

by trptrp (#48854699) Attached to: Japanese Nobel Laureate Blasts His Country's Treatment of Inventors

It seems to me only logical that the entity that commissioned the work, invested the resources and made it happen ie the company should own the patent.

What you're proposing sounds like zero incentive to invent while being employed. Doesn't make much sense psychologically.

$8 Million is quite low if you know what this guy's invention stimulated across various fields

I think just is if one agrees with the employer about a certain split ratio when signing for the job. It seems that here in Germany while employed at a university the inventor is entitled to 30% of the revenue achieved by commercialization.

Comment: Won't be printing at home that soon (Score 1) 175

by trptrp (#48592839) Attached to: 3D Printer?
For anyone with access to a printer, like at university or at work, it makes more sense to print there. I don't see this changing so soon. For anyone who doesn't need parts every day, the invenstment into a cheap one won't pay off. One might rather want the quality produced by more expensive printers than having one at home that does lower quality.

In general, from my experience, I see that there's still a lot of hassle in getting good results out of these mid-range printers. I'm talking about a ~$2000 Ultimaker2. For new materials one has to experiment a lot with the parameters to get good results. Also a single printhead means no dissolvable support structures are possible to print, so overhang is always a problem.
I'm looking forward to when these issues are solved and the printer just always works to it's best abilities at set speed and itself figures out how to do that with the supplied filament.

Comment: Re:Get your bicycle out of your garage (Score 1) 635

by trptrp (#43174819) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
I lol'd because I also got a 7 km bike commute but i do it in 30 minutes instead of 20, then I don't need to shower afterwards ;-)

But no offense, I know some people tend to sweat more and probably it's much warmer where you live.

What I also always find important is to take the nice tracks and if possible try to omit the crowded roads. One really shouldn't underestimate how much nicer and healthier (!!!) it is to go a little extra in order to be able to ride through a park or along a river, instead of breathing the exhaust fumes on the road. I hope in the future air of a certain quality will be seen as a right of the cyclists.

Comment: Try P90X (Score 1) 635

by trptrp (#43174731) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?
It's a workout programme you can do at home with only a few tools (pull up bar and resistance bands mostly). Each workout is of fixed length, you let it run and you can see the time on a progress bar also.It's fun, though I've to admit I don't do it as often as intended, but still, I like it because I save all the time and hassle and money going to a gym.

Comment: Stupid move (Score 1) 602

by trptrp (#40738183) Attached to: Google Wants You to Use Your Real Name on YouTube
Regarding the current situation this seems like a dumb move. A good deal of the fun part of youtube comes from the comments and a lot of people don't want to engange in some minor trolling or posting funny comments with their real name. Of course there are a lot of really offensive comments and stupid discussions also, but what I see as a result of anonymous names are especially the top rated funny comments you often come across.

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