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Comment Re:Oh, keep one around.... (Score 1) 571

More so I missed 'get off the fraking computer I need to print my homework and none of your 87,000 facebook "friends" cares that you should be working on a paper but aren't.' I am both a student and staff at a university and every time I walk into our main lab I see 90% of people dicking around and 10%--tops--doing work. These numbers change, of course, at 2 or 3 a.m. but not as much as you may think.

Comment Re:I wonder if the economy will change that back.. (Score 1) 571

Spend $1,000 on that new laptop, or instead use the same $1,000 to take out less in student loans? That should be a pretty easy choice.

Indeed it is easy - a laptop is available to my (hypothetical) child 24/7 wherever on campus they need or want to use it. It's entertainment, communications, education, etc... etc... in one compact package. It's a bargain at twice the price.

And if they convince you they need a mac, it may be at twice the price.

Comment Re:Printing (Score 2, Informative) 571

I lack a printer, and thus I rely on the University's printing capabilities. I'm sure I'm not the only one; many students appear to have their own computers, but seem to rely on the University for printing off papers or projects.

And it would be that difficult to have printer labs or networked printers? My university is beginning to phase out computer labs but maintain printing facilities. Aside from which, just bring a printer to school...

Comment Re:Waste of effort (Score 1) 379

The benefit is navigability. I can't guess at what article number something is but (gods willing) I can pull up the directory listing of sitewhatever.com/archives/2009/03/27/ and find what article I want. Boingboing is an excellent example. Although I suppose googling would be easier and probably faster to boot...

Comment Re:Waste of effort (Score 5, Insightful) 379

Of all things that could be optimized, urls shouldn't have a high priority (unless you want people to enter them manually). I'm pretty sure their HTML, CSS, and javascript could be optimized way more than just their urls. But rather than simply sites, people often what it to be filled with crap (which nobody but themselves care about).

ps, that doesn't mean you should try to create "nice" urls instead of incomprehensible url that contain things like article.pl?sid=09/03/27/2017250

Of all things that could be optimized, urls shouldn't have a high priority (unless you want people to enter them manually). I'm pretty sure their HTML, CSS, and javascript could be optimized way more than just their urls. But rather than simply sites, people often what it to be filled with crap (which nobody but themselves care about).

ps, that doesn't mean you should try to create "nice" urls instead of incomprehensible url that contain things like article.pl?sid=09/03/27/2017250

To your ps, most of that is easily comprehensible It was an article that ran today; only the 2017250 is unmeaningful in itself. Perhaps article.pl?sid=09/03/27/Muerte/WasteOfEffort would be better but we're trying to shorten things up.

Comment Re:it rocked (Score 1, Interesting) 852

Yes, yes it did; except for all of the unanswered questions. 1) What the hell was Starbuck? 2) How did future Baltar and Six 'talk' to present Six and Baltar? 3) How the frak did they find new Earth? Deus Ex Machina much? Also there's the question that's raised but not answered of why would everyone vote to give up all technology more advanced than a pointy stick and live with prelingual natives which was a major wtf... In brief, it tied up some but all of the strings (mostly the emotional and not the intellectual) into a bow. P.S. May have cried a little when Roslyn died.

Comment Re:Eat the PETA members (Score 1) 1130

There are numerous organizations aimed at ending the problems which you mentioned or to lessen their horrible impact however the ethical position that all beings capable of experiencing pain ought not to willfully be made to suffer is coherent and valid. Further, no matter the past evolutionary impact of meat in the protohuman diet it is now unnecessary. As for hunger, it takes 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of edible animal protein so who is trying to do/doing more to end hunger, you or them?

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