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Comment We don't see it as an investment... (Score 1) 768

People see education as a guarantee. That is why you can't get rid of them through bankruptcy. A college education is NOT a guarantee for a job. It is NOT a guarantee to success.

It isn't just about 'the major.' Yes, some majors are more profitable than others. But, that does not mean someone won't get a disability, the certificate/major simple not be applicable anymore, location, family emergencies, economic crises...yada yada.

Truth is, education is like any other investment. Students take a risk of spending four-six years of their lives toiling at mostly pointless crap, to get a piece of paper that might be or might not be a return on investment. Many times people find jobs completely unrelated to the field they are employed in. A person who can market themselves may do really well with a Philosophy major, and then become successful. A person who is extremely disorganized may have a degree in engineering but never land a job. There is risk with every major.

People accept that businessmen invest and it has risk. When a businessman declares bankruptcy, people don't go around blaming their decisions, marketing a product that is doomed to fail, or working in a niche market.

People argue that the degree is a lifetime thing, and say that "you get that piece of paper and they can't take it away." While a businessman can liquidate, but they still have *experience.* They still can put specific skill sets on their resume. What if they managed 1,000 people before they went under? Banks have never been able to take experience away. A degree is no different.

On a side note...I personally work in Social Work. Which requires lots of qualifications (License, Master's Degree, Insurance, some require car) but pay is low (I was offered as low as 32,000 in an expensive metropolitan area, that required use of my own car. They required me to pay the costs of business car insurance, gas out of pocket, and other general expenses. Health insurance wasn't great, and the job probably took closer to 60 hours a overtime. This is not to far outside the norm). An MSW is a 60 credit hour program with the going rate at 600-800 an HOUR. Looking at 36,000 - 48,000 give or take. Add in an undergraduate degree...and the loans really hurt. (Yes, I am under the new IBC rules).

Comment Linux works best from experince (Score 1) 699

At my university- basically Linux was whitelisted, and had very little problems. Also, some computers in the lab were set to boot from CD first, and DSL worked just fine.

As for using windows, I tried to make a work-around, but it didn't really work. I was *extremely* annoyed to also HAVE to have Norton. I *think* this could have been fixed by a couple phone calls, but I didn't want to go through the hassle. Though, running a VM or another partition sounds like a great workaround I didn't try.

Comment Re:Fuel vs Food (Score 1) 894

If there was an switch over to Ethanol would the oil used in distributing and producing ethanol decease? Or is the oil being used in places where it cannot be changed over? This is something I've been very curious about.

Comment Why is it in there to begin with (Score 1) 290

The real question is: why is it in there? Micrograms isn't significant by any means, but- why? It would be easier to avoid it all together. Is there some other compound in RB that is comes up as cocaine, or is similar? Is something coming from a place that is processing both a red bull ingredient and cocaine? Is it on purpose? Can trace amounts when added with other stimulants cause an addiction?

With all the testing and quality control, this is either a weird accident, or a very purposeful move.

Comment Follow your gut (Score 1) 471

I don't know whats in it- but most likely I'd refer to another (outside alleged offenders power circle) person/ region to host. Though, wikileaks does not sound bad at all. Getting on "the people in charge" bad side, when they already have been doing wrong is like a neon sign for trouble. If they've done real bad shit- they are willing to do it to you too or far worse, and justify it with a signature, paperwork and someones pay raise. Careful what you say- like others have pointed out- posting here isn't necessarily a good option. You were vague- yet sometimes tiny scattered footprints lead to a path. Also- most importantly, follow your gut. If it seems like something that needs to be done, do it. Just do it safe, do it right and do it the best you can. There is only one chance at this: once it is out it is out.

Comment In Chicago...but other places... (Score 2, Informative) 1137

I think it truly depends on where you live- and the biggest thing is time. Currently I'm jobless in Chicago- train and busses really do cut gas costs. This city is metered like NUTS and residential zones have resident only parking zones designated by a specific city sticker.

Downtown is more nuts. Two hour Parking is 3.00- all day can run between 7-20 depending on the place. So- working in downtown, it would save TONS of money.

When I lived in LA - I litterally paid $600 for 8 months of parking. It averages to about 9 dollars a day. Even if you were a patient in the hospital, if you had a car there- it was 9 dollars a day. Ouch. Public transit was the way to go.

But- when I lived in Baton Rouge Louisiana the public transportation was nil. It took hours to get anywhere, and it didn't necessarily travel through the whole city. So- you really HAD to have a car... public transportation was very inconsistent, and it took forever. Just time lost I think makes up for the expenses of a car. Parking was basically free everywhere except a few places. But, there was always some backlot to park in. A 20 minute car ride turning into a 2 hour bus trip that may or may not be on time... its risky at best.

Overall, its really the location. Big metro areas with well established transportation, it can be a wonderful thing. It does save money. But other places, it ends up being way much of a hassle, and time consuming and may not go to the locations that someone needs.
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The Sims 3 To Mesh With Social Networks 25

Electronic Arts has released a good bit of information about the online aspects of The Sims 3, which is due for release in early June. The game will have downloadable content available on launch day that includes a second, separate town called Riverview. They'll also be revamping the game's website to allow the sharing of content and integration with social media. In addition, EA mentioned that the game will make use of micro-transactions, which players can use to buy things like furniture, clothing, and other items.

Comment Measuring Addiction in Children (Score 1) 296

I look at this, and I see that this study might not be as flawed as it is stated to be. Like- it isn't like the only question asked was "do you lie to your mom about your homework to play video games"

It measured a whole bunch of factors- and most likely, there are those who have skipped school, bring their DS / gameboy / tomogatchi / PSP to class... have gotten suspended for repetitive electronics violations yada yada.

As most people can figure out- the more someone does xyz instead of school, the lower school grades are going to be for most individuals.

91 % of children play games and are perfectly fine. But, there is that 1/12 kiddo that is seariously suffering because they can't / won't put the game down. Yeah, I've known kids to miss meals because of games... I've known college kids to flunk out.

There are all kinds of addictions in the world. From drugs, caffeine, cigarettes, gambling to oh things like anorexia, bulimia, cutting, speeding...

Video games probably fall in there somewhere. The question really is how many? And, is there a way to reduce addictive behaviour in children? But- there are simply people out there who get addicted to things. Some manage just fine in the world, 'functional addicts' and some end up on crack on the street corner talking about bugs. It just depends. Overall though, on the scale of addiction harmfulness, video games probably isn't that high on the list on the road to self destruction.

Comment Innovation and Risk? (Score 0) 227

Frustratingly, I still do not understand clean coal. To me, its like a clean bomb, vs. a dirty bomb. Its still does damage, maybe not as much, but it is still harmful.

I think right now, it is going to be frustratingly hard to get people to fund in more innovative risky product development. vs trying to improve on existing infrastructures. Saying you'll make a product better is much more likely to be funded than trying to create a completely new product. The risk is less associated with improvement is less, and the probability for getting ROI is higher.

Comment Dangerous Precedent (Score 2, Interesting) 653

IMNAL- But, I was looking and frightened by this. Due to imlications for future trials, like in a rape case. I can easily seeing this being used as proof to validate the facebook profile being used against the victim. Look- she said she was feeling sexy and horny- *that* made it consensual. And on her myspace page she talks about promiscuity.
Dangerous, Dangerous territory.
Does the facebook profile point out behaviors people don't want to see in cops- YES. Does it point out that the defendant didn't have a weapon? Absolutely not. They are different events at different times.

Comment Re:What the hell? (Score 5, Informative) 653

In Southern United States- everyone who deserves respect is Sir, period. It starts when your tiny- everyone who is an adult is yes sir, no sir. It carries on throughout life. It actually proclaims a position LOWER for the person who is saying sir, and puts the other person in a place of authority. I *still* out of habit say yes mam , no mam to people especially if they are giving me a command and/or I am in some sort of trouble, even though I'm an adult and do not live in the southern US anymore. Though, I have to say once I moved out of the south I've gotten weird looks for it.

Comment Re:Correlation vs. Causation (Score 1) 266

Sounds like it- cold air seems to be a common irritant. Webmd has a decent article on it. *shrugs*
I was pretty much born with it (it goes back at least 3 generations and I was dx'ed at 2) so I never got the chance to exercise without it. I have pretty bad asthma too- I was on constant medication for years, and it ended up causing alot of problems due to immunosuppression as a side effect of specific steroids, which at the time was the best was to deal with it.

Exercise and lung capacity was a proverbial nightmare for me- I couldn't run around a t-ball field without using a nebuluizer (the machines which produce a fine medicated myst sort of like a humidifier)- forget the inhalers, they were not strong enough. Hense, I am on slashdot as an adult, and not a gymrat. My inactivity has also made my occurrence of asthma attacks go down, as I am not stressing my lungs out like I did when I was a kid. Resting has produced many benefits- but at the same time, it produces many fallbacks- my air capacity is smaller (so, when I am having trouble breathing, each breath has less air than if I did exercise every day), and the general exhaustion out of shapeness that comes with being a lazy bum.

Comment Re:Correlation vs. Causation (Score 4, Informative) 266

I don't think this is necessarily completely true. I have exercise induced asthma, which, means basically the harder I breathe the more constricted my airways become. >.> But- I was encouraged to do specific breathing exercises (especially as a child), and I did do sports with an excessive amount of medication. I think this might be true for some...but I don't know of any particular studies.

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