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Comment: Re:Why go to community college? (Score 1) 425

by vxvxvxvx (#31190800) Attached to: New Plan Lets Top HS Students Graduate 2 Years Early

I was in several other high school "honors" classes, which consisted primarily of more homework. We could do the work so much faster, they simply gave us more of it. And since the brightest students could learn the concepts so much faster, they put us all on the fast track to boredom and despair.

I had the opposite experience. The AP/honors classes I took my final 2 years of high school were more difficult than anything I encountered my first year at the University of Washington. It was actually a major let down as I was hoping university would be more like my AP/honors classes and it actually felt like I was going backwards as far as education making the transition from high school to university.

Comment: Re:I'll Keep My Wristwatch, Thanks (Score 1) 778

by vxvxvxvx (#30191588) Attached to: Ten Things Mobile Phones Will Make Obsolete

There's a reason the wrist watch is much more common than the pocket watch. It's more convenient. If it was as nice to grab something out of your pocket, whether it be a pocket watch or cell phone, the pocket watch would have never gone away. In fact, the wrist watch would probably have never gained popularity in the first place.

Comment: Re:If you thought SS was bad... (Score 1) 216

by vxvxvxvx (#30102038) Attached to: BlueHippo Scam Collected $15M, Only Shipped One PC

The health care system is entirely different. Social security is structured like MLM. You pay people based on those at lower levels paying in. Like MLM, it's sustainability is entirely based on an increasing number of people paying in. With reproduction rates falling in developed countries (the environment can't sustain the old population growth anyway) the system will fail, because there won't be enough paying in. If you think of it as a retirement account where you put money in through your working life to retire on at old age, it actually has a negative interest rate for today's young workers. That's like putting $100 into a savings account today so that you can have $75 in 10 years. You'd be better off sticking the cash in your mattress.

The health care thing is nothing like that. It's not structured like MLM. It's sustainability is not an issue. As far as employers dropping coverage, there's little motivation. Say they pay $35,000 for the average worker per year including health insurance. If the government forced them to stop providing insurance and forced you to buy a $10,000 family plan, you're simply moving the expense from the company to the individual. It would then cost the company only $25,000 for the average worker if they held all else equal. So they could increase salary by $10,000 and remain at the same cost as they were before, $35,000 per employee. The only thing that could screw people would be the employers, and they're equally capable of screwing people today. In reality, under the health care bills today it would encourage employers to carry coverage and penalize them for not doing so. But your standard Fox News analysis is going to try to scare you into believing the health care bill equals communism.

Comment: 3g doesn't mean fast internet (Score 3, Insightful) 249

by vxvxvxvx (#29978640) Attached to: AT&T Sues Verizon Over "Map For That" Ads
While the technology itself is capable of decent bandwidth, the implementations are pretty terrible. Run low bandwidth wires to the cell towers and you just move the bottleneck somewhere else. 3g is more of a buzzword than anything at this point, until we actually start taking advantage of all that the technology has to offer.

Comment: Re:First... define worse... (Score 1) 449

by vxvxvxvx (#29923289) Attached to: Bad Driving May Have Genetic Basis

No, same roads. The vehicles just act differently. Steering, acceleration, those are nice and tight on the car. I zip-zoom-fly. But the 7,000 pound truck (which is just an extended cab long-bed F250 drives differently. If I take the same turn that I did in my car in my truck I'd flip the truck.I have to slow down more to turns. It takes me longer to brake, longer to accelerate. The vehicle does matter, as driving style is somewhat changed. You're more conservative in a truck because you can't see around as well and can't speed up to get out of someone's way like a car. If a sharp curve is coming up, you probably slow down to even what the signs say you should be at rather than ignoring them like I do when driving my car. It's just very different. My car handles faster speeds. It handles them with more control. And with less mass it's safer. Vehicles do differ - which is why some people buy sports cars and some people buy SUV's. If you want fast and performance suspensions you want the sports car and you can do things others can't. If you get the SUV you can carry an entire soccer team while pulling a boat, but you won't have the speed or driving characteristics of the sports car. It'll turn slower, you'll have higher chances of being a rollover. You just can't pick two different cars that different and pretend they're the same and that one-size-regulation makes it so. Some of those big SUV's towing trailers wouldn't dare go the speed limit out of safety, but they could (and be a danger).

The best person to decide how safe something is, is the driver. They learn the vehicle, they learn how it works, whether it drifts to the right or left, whether the mirrors work worth a damn, how long to stop, how fast to accel, and use that information to do what they feel is safe driving. It's not just a matter of "60MPH"

Comment: Re:antivaxxers on slashdot (Score 1) 292

by vxvxvxvx (#29860627) Attached to: Mandatory H1N1 Vaccine For NY Health Workers Suspended

It varies state to state, but these are in general the required college immunizations.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has a law that requires all students to provide documentation of immunizations for tetanus and diphtheria (Td), measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) with 2 MMR shots documented and a series of three (3) hepatitis B shots given over a 6-month period. Meningitis vaccinations are required for all new students arriving on campus, whether or not they live at Fisher.

From here.

Comment: Re:Father and Child? (Score 3, Interesting) 173

by vxvxvxvx (#29844097) Attached to: Are Game Publishers a Necessary Evil, Or Just Necessary?

More like a car design engineer who creates a seriously hot car designed to carry a family of 4. Then due to the $300k price tag and low-price brand is forced to cut corners to get to $30k, removing most of what made the car awesome in the first place.

If the car designer disagrees and still wants to build that $300k family car, he should quit and start up a new auto company to do just that.

Comment: Article is already updated (Score 5, Informative) 145

by vxvxvxvx (#29800905) Attached to: Google Voice Mails Found In Public Search Engine

UPDATE: It seems as if these voicemails have been publicly posted/shared online and Google indexes them. Here’s official word:

“Since the initial idea behind posting a voicemail, was precisely to share it with others, we did not restrict crawling of those messages that users post on the web, but we can certainly understand that users would want to make them public on their sites but not necessarily searchable directly outside of their own website. We made a change to prevent those to be crawled so only the site owner can decide to index them.”

+ - World’s Smallest Linux Webserver?-> 1

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Within an elongated RJ45 Ethernet LAN connector, Lantronix's XPort Pro packs a 32-bit RISC CPU, 8MB SDRAM, 16MB flash storage, and a 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN port. Its built-in webserver serves static web pages and java aplets. OK, so, what would you build with one of these?"
Link to Original Source

+ - Falling leaves, failing domains ...

Submitted by m2f2
m2f2 (1420929) writes "Network solutions may have a problem. A series of domains (one of which, an NGO, I am pleased to administer) have been disabled yesterday and put on "pending renewal".
Their own records tell that the domain expires on 21-Jun-2010 but admin and tech contacts now are the limbo of pendingrenewalordeletion@networksolutions.com.
How many of the ./'ers have been there, and ... what have they done?
Cheers"

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