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Comment Re:Um, duh? (Score 1) 314

As a father planning for his children's education, many years hence. I go to these schools websites and look at their tuition. It is beyond all reason for all but the very wealthiest. My house doesn't cost that much. And I have two children. So yes, unless their academics are far beyond the pale and their SAT scores are maxed out, I'd discourage them from applying.

Never judge the cost of a college by the posted tuition fees. Schools give lots of financial aid. The only people that actually pay the posted rates are the people who can look at those numbers and not even flinch at the thought of them.

The high posted rates serve one purpose - to shift some expenses toward the really rich people that attend. Most people will get some form of financial aid, usually knocking off a large portion of the expense.

The high base rate + lots of aid available approach lets them shift more of the cost to the students with plenty of money and cut more breaks for those with less money.

Comment Re:I agree (Score 1) 435

Rogue One is a *horrible* example of 3D movies. Probably the worst I've ever seen in a theater.

For 3D to really shine, you generally want your depth of field to be a little bigger than you do normally. Anything that's out of focus is going to appear as a blurry 2D object. A tiny bit of blur is ok, but any more than that and an object will appear completely flat, defeating the 3D effect.

For large parts of Rogue One (especially the darker scenes earlier in the movie) there's a very narrow depth of field. Often you'll see scenes with two characters talking and the only thing in focus is the person speaking at the moment. If you shoot a movie like that, it's going to look horrible in 3D. If you go as blurry as the more extreme shots in Rogue One were, it can cause eye strain.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can some of us get together and rebuild this community? 21

wbr1 writes: It seems abundantly clear now that Dice and the SlashBeta designers do not care one whit about the community here. They do not care about rolling in crapware into sourceforge installers. In short, the only thing that talks to them is money and stupid ideas.

Granted, it takes cash to run sites like these, but they were fine before. The question is, do some of you here want to band together, get whatever is available of slashcode and rebuild this community somewhere else? We can try to make it as it once was, a haven of geeky knowledge and frosty piss, delivered free of charge in a clean community moderated format.

Submission + - Alternatives to Slashdot post beta? 8

An anonymous reader writes: Like many Slashdotters, I intend to stop visiting Slashdot after the beta changeover. After years of steady decline in the quality of discussions here, the beta will be the last straw. What sites alternative to Slashdot have others found? The best I have found has been arstechnica.com, but it has been a while since I've looked for tech discussion sites.

Comment Re:Too bad there isn't... (Score 1) 381

I can tell you've never tried to make an inkjet printer from scratch. Dispensing fractions of a milliliter needed for high DPI is hard and building the hardware for it is equally hard.

The only DIY feasible printing technology is pen-plotters. Lots of people make their own pen-plotters for the same reason that people make their own 3d printers: everything it is made out of can be bought commercially for decades or machined with minimal tools.

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