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Comment My friend will lose his job because of this bill.. (Score 0) 2044

and he doesn't work in the health care industry; he does programing for Sallie Mae. Why is his job in jeopardy? It's because the democrats want to kill two birds with one ungainly stone by privatizing the student loan industry. This whole thing is a mistake. No one seems to care about this takeover, because they are obsessed with this health care bill, which isn't even worth the paper it is written on. Sallie Mae takes loans from Bank of America at 5% and adds on 1% to service those loans. That 1% is what the government wants to cut from the picture; attaching it to the health care bill to mitigate the cost of the health care bill! If the government cannot do as well as private company that has done this for decades it will actually lose money. Just like health care and education, I need food and a place to live to survive in this world. So, why can't I get all my goods and services from government centers that get their supply directly from the source? As a former Marine, with injuries, I have faced the VA on many occasions, and in turn, they inundated me with paperwork that would make a welfare recipient surrender. On top of that, I am utilizing the new G.I. Bill, which had a very very ugly start last year. Many veteran's did not see a payment until the end of their first semester, because the system was "too complicated"; they had a year to get it right, but they failed. Some things that have bugged me; individuals who tell you it's not their job and transfer you to another person who says the same thing, endless forms to fax that never get received, telephone numbers that direct you to different dimensions where there is no hold - only a busy signal (what, is this the 90s??) If the federal government cannot even take care of it's veteran minority, then how is it supposed to service the majority Why are my parent's still upside-down 300% in their house value, why are countless American's still unemployed, and why is Social Security on the back burner when it's out of money? Where are viable fixes for these problems? I voted for Obama and so did my friend. So far, Obama has been a colossal failure imo.

Using EMP To Punch Holes In Steel 165

angrytuna writes "The Economist is running a story about a group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz, Germany, who've found a way to use an EMP device to shape and punch holes through steel. The process enjoys advantages over both lasers, which take more time to bore the hole (0.2 vs. 1.4 seconds), and by metal presses, which can leave burrs that must be removed by hand."
Operating Systems

Ubuntu 10.04 Alpha 2 vs. Early Fedora 13 Benchmarks 157

Given that early benchmarks of the Lucid Lynx were less than encouraging, Phoronix decided to take the latest alpha out for a spin and has set it side-by-side with an early look at Fedora 13. "Overall, there are both positive and negative performance changes for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Alpha 2 in relation to Ubuntu 9.10. Most of the negative regressions are attributed to the EXT4 file-system losing some of its performance charm. With using a pre-alpha snapshot of Fedora 13 and the benchmark results just being provided for reference purposes, we will hold off on looking into greater detail at this next Red Hat Linux update until it matures."

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"
The Almighty Buck

Forrester Says Tech Downturn Is "Unofficially Over" 130

alphadogg writes "The US IT market will grow by 6.6% as high-tech spending rebounds in 2010, according to Forrester Research's latest estimates. The research firm based its projections on data reported for 2009, though its fourth quarter numbers are incomplete. Forrester says hints of a recovery surfaced in the third quarter, and now the company expects the global IT market to grow by 8.1% in 2010. Forrester's US and Global IT Market Outlook: Q4 2009 reads: 'The tech downturn of 2008 and 2009 is unofficially over, while the Q3 2009 data for the US and the global market showed continued declines in tech purchases (as we expected). We predict that the Q4 2009 data will show a small increase in buying activity, or at worst, just a small decline.'"

City of Heroes Sr. Designer Talks Architect System 56

Kheldon writes "The MMO Gamer sits down with Joe Morrissey, a Senior Designer at Paragon Studios, to discuss the inspiration behind, and current implementation of, the Architect user-generated content system in City of Heroes. Quoting: 'Really for me, wanting tools so the rest of the team could actually come up with content was the idea. Because we have a lot of guys on the team that are hardcore players, they play the game all the time. Then they come to me like, "I’ve got this idea for this story, we should really do this arc with this guy!" And I’m like, "That’s great. I haven’t got time to do it. I’ve got plenty of other story arcs to work on." But, if we made the tools easy enough, then they could actually come up with the arcs, and we can put them out. Then somewhere along that road it dawned on me: Why stop with the rest of the team?'"

Comment Edumucation and Social intelligence (Score 0) 1345

By the time a student graduates high school, he or she has effectively had somewhere between 50-100 different adult supervisors, learned to work in groups, learned the importance of deadlines, had to follow rules outside of their parents, and met a variety of people. I'm sure there are plenty of home-schooled individuals out there with a high IQ, making big bucks. However, I also believe there is probably a large percentage of them who have social problems because of their lack of "social experience". There is also another group I'd like to bring into this and I'll refer to them as "testers". Testers are students who turn in very few homework assignments, but still pass the class due to their ability to soak in knowledge without homework support by scoring high on tests. In a way, testers are a hybrid of unschooling and class room students, because they spend their extra time doing something they "love", rather than doing pages and pages of math problems. I know quite a few "testers", especially in the IT/CS field because they were so addicted to their computers at a young age.

Microsoft Exec Says, "You'll Miss Vista" 273

Oracle Goddess writes "'Years from now, when you've moved on to Windows 7, you'll look back at Windows Vista fondly. You'll remember its fabulous attributes, not its flaws.' That's the opinion of Steve Guggenheimer, vice president of the OEM division at Microsoft. 'I think people will look back on Vista after the Windows 7 release and realize that there were actually a bunch of good things there,' Guggenheimer said in a recent interview. 'So it'll actually be interesting to see in two years what the perception is of Vista.' A dissenting opinion comes from Bob Nitrio, president of system builder Ranvest Associates, doesn't believe organizations that skipped Vista will ever regret their decision. 'I don't think for a second that people are suddenly going to love Windows 7 so much that they will experience deep pangs of regret for not having adopted Vista,' said Nitrio. If I had to bet, I'd go with Bob's take on it." My first thought was, Steve meant Windows 7 is designed to be virtually unusable as payback for all the complaints about Vista, but I might be biased.

Comment Radio vs Pandora (Score 1, Insightful) 253

How the hell did these stations survive past the 90s? Seriously? This technology should be fazed out and the frequency bands allocated to something worthwhile. Radio was going the right way in the late 80s by playing local bands and more underground music, but that changed during the 90s and any kind of underground music was gone by 2000. (unless you listened to a college AM station) Since Pandora supports a broader range of music from Beethoven to Burzum, I hope they cause these shitty stations the pain they deserve for making my radio useless. Even the local 80s station stopped playing 80s music and started playing coldplay.... wtf? If I was Pandora I would try to team up with verizon and use that new wireless they are working on to compete with the radio. People who listen to music will pick Pandora; people who like to listen to short, ugly guys talk all day , will pick the radio.
Input Devices

Best Mouse For Programming? 569

LosManos writes "Which is the best programming mouse? Mandatory musts are wireless, and that it doesn't clog up like old mechanical mice. Present personal preferences are for: lots of buttons, since if I have moved my hand away from the keyboard I can at least do something more than move the pointer; sturdy feeling; not too light, so it doesn't move around by me accidentally looking at it." What would you recommend?

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