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Comment Re:Ask your school... (Score 1) 386

Yea, my school (UF) didn't have a 'you must take an engineering course every semester' requirement, but some classes did have pre-requisite courses so if you missed a semester you could get yourself in to a crunch at the end.

Most people would do their study-abroad as a summer program, take care of some random electives (language and history requirements were the favorites) and then not have 'lost' any time in their yearly progression.

Comment Re:Spanish and English (Score 2, Interesting) 386

You seem to be jumping to conclusions - or perhaps that was a really weak anti-America troll? Hard to tell on the internet...

I'm going to give sbilstein the benefit of the doubt and assume that he isn't asking 'Are there any schools outside of the US that aren't incompetent', but rather asking the more important question 'There are many universities outside of the US, does anyone have any experience with one that participates in 'study-abroad' programs and has some sort of technical course available?'.

The majority of study-abroad programs that were available when I was still in college were focused on history/language/art. Those were the things that made more sense to study of course - go to France to learn about French history, go to Spain to learn about Spanish art, etc. The only science courses I remember seeing were for biology in Australia. Now this was a decade ago, when most of our information was through pamphlets and presentations on campus so maybe there were some places that did 'technical' stuff but without a huge internet presence it was hard to find.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Unlimited gall to cost Verizon $1 million (

netbuzz writes: Unlimited really means unlimited, even in advertising. So says the New York State Attorney General's Office in squeezing a $1 million settlement out of Verizon Wireless for disconnecting 13,000 of its customers who had the temerity to believe that the unlimited service they were promised came with unlimited service. Verizon's statement explaining the settlement is a gem, too.


Submission + - Sony blames poor PS3 sales on Internet

i_like_spam writes: During a recent interview with GamePro, Sony's PR head, Dave Karraker, responded candidly to questions about the negative consumer perceptions of the PS3. He responded, 'I think a lot of this goes back to the proliferation of the Internet, where a very vocal minority can make a lot of noise and potentially alter perceptions of the masses, whether they are accurate or not.'

He also replied: 'A lot of the perceptions are not justified and seem fueled by people who don't have all the facts or have some kind of axe to grind. It is funny how myopic people can be when a new system comes along.'

There you have it, Sony's biggest quarterly loss in four years is due to inept consumers and FUD.
The Matrix

Submission + - In The Beginning Was The Code.

Baldrson writes: "Just in case you were wondering what makes our universe tick, an hypothesized (meta)algorithm running our universe has been proposed in "The New AI: General & Sound & Relevant for Physics" by Jürgen Schmidhuber of Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence: "Systematically create and execute all programs for a universal computer, such as a Turing machine or a CA; the first program is run for one instruction every second step on average, the next for one instruction every second of the remaining steps on average, and so on." This actually computes all parallel universes — not just ours. Among the consequences of this hypothesis is: "Large scale quantum computation will not work well, essentially because it would require too many exponentially growing computational resources in interfering 'parallel universes'". Prof. Schmidhuber's post-doc student, Marcus Hutter, of Hutter Prize for Lossless Compression of Human Knowledge fame came up with some of the key breakthroughs in "The New AI" upon which Schmidhuber's hypothesis is based."

Submission + - Google, consortium to build "movie" telesc

TravisW writes: Google announced a partnership with a public-private consortium to create a "moving picture" database of the universe using data collected from the 3.2 billion-pixel reflecting Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, slated for completion in 2013. The project, whose planned uses will include studying dark matter and near-Earth asteroids and mapping the Milky Way, will generate some 30 terabytes of data nightly.

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