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Comment Coop/Intern! (Score 1) 283

As a ME working in the racing/automotive industry I can tell you that experience is king in the engineering field. This becomes even more true when you are targeting a "small" industry (in this case Private space flight). Get into the best school you can, that as other people have said, gives you opportunities to work for professors doing research in the industry you want to work in. Unless you ABSOLUTELY can't leave home for whatever reason, follow the research.

Most importantly though, from your first day on campus start contacting the companies you want to work for and inquire if they have coop/intern programs. Getting a job out of school in a highly competitive industry such as the one you intend to work for is nearly impossible, but if you have previously worked for them you already have a foot in the door so to speak. Coop is usually preferable over interning because the company will have already invested lots of time in helping develop you as an engineer, and you will have made personal relationships with them.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Comment Re:And the downside is? (Score 4, Insightful) 159

So, this weekend if I go downtown to where all of the bars and nightlife are, and I start snapping pictures of people doing various things. Quietly, and unobtrusively mind you.

Now, say I create a facebook account with false profile information, solely so I can upload pictures of people I don't know doing various (and possibly stupid) things. You're no longer some random, mostly anonymous guy in a picture which could have been anywhere ... you're Bob from Detroit. And that guy with the crack pipe is your friend Dave and he's got an outstanding warrant.

If this is the case, then yes I have a huge problem with it. But thats not the way facebook works (yet)...By my reading, it will work as with most other aspects of Facebook. If you have set it up so only friends can view your profile information, pictures, etc. then in only those peoples uploads will you be autotagged. If you allow friends of friends, or groups you belong to to see your information then those peoples uploads will contain your data, etc.

Comment And the downside is? (Score 5, Insightful) 159

I get that once again Facebook has opted people into a new feature, but I'm not sure I get what all the anger is about. As far as I can tell, all this does is allow people who you have already accepted as friends to make it easier to tag their photos... Please somebody explain the downside to me. Its not like the same people couldn't have tagged you anyway, they just would have had to do it manually. I know I for one am excited by this since it makes the process of uploading pictures that much quicker.


Submission + - GM Rebuttal 1

paro12 writes: Yesterday we discussed GM being criticized over how their new range extended electric vehicle, the Volt, actually operated. Today GM has responded on their official Volt blog. While the details there are still slightly confusing, Motor Trend digs deeper into the actual workings of they system.

Here’s the huge fundamental difference: Toyota connects each of its electric motors and its gas engine to a different planetary element with the wheels and the bigger electric motor both connected to the ring gear. This means that, at some point in the gearing equation, the engine must turn on to move its element (the planet carrier) or the smaller motor/generator will start spinning too fast. Chevy’s engine and motor/generator both remain decoupled from the whole works most of the time. The Volt’s 149-horse electric motor spins the sun gear. When starting off, the ring is locked to the case and power flows to the wheels through the planet carrier, providing more mechanical advantage than the Prius’ 80-horse electric motor gets driving the wheels directly. At about 70 mph, the Chevy’s motor is starting to spin too fast to be efficient, so the ring gear unlocks from the case and locks to the smaller motor/generator. Now both e-motors spin, propelling the Volt to 101 mph turning at reasonable rpm in electric mode. The Prius’ gas engine must start turning when vehicle speed exceeds 62 mph.

Comment Re:Of course (Score 3, Informative) 976

What a Bunch Of FUD....

If you're going to throw crap out there, you might want to trying providing links that back up your claims.

It was the same with airbags. Aside from unbelted passengers, airbags didn't improve safety. But Ralph Nader, knowing this, got up in front of Congress and lied in order to get airbags passed that would kill infants, while also working to prevent warning labels on them initially so that people wouldn't be scared of them. So we've had presidential candidates who worked very hard to pass regulations that killed babies by ejecting their heads out of the back of car windows while their bodies were still strapped into their car seats. Safety doesn't matter nearly as much as the appearance of safety. .

Study after Study after Study have shown quite the opposite. In fact, there have even been papers that conclude that the media have skewed their reporting on the subject to basically fall in line with what you were spouting about above.

The point of an airbag is to cushion and slow the upper torso and head from striking hard objects that cause rapid deceleration of the body and head in collisions (super high G forces) which leads to injury and death. While the initial airbags had their faults, and have caused deaths when used both properly and improperly, they have saved far more lives than they have claimed.


Submission + - One Step Closer (But to What?) (nytimes.com)

paro12 writes: According to the NY Times The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) has set the record for high energy collisions by crashing to protons together at 3x the previously recorded force. The LHC, which has been plagued by issues and delays since it came online in September of 2008, was built by the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) with the intention of testing various predictions of high-energy physics. The LHC is currently operating at half of its designed operating energy of 7 TeV.
A simulated event in the CMS detector, featuring the appearance of the Higgs boson.Physicists hope that the LHC will help answer many of the most fundamental questions in physics, but there are some who believe that the LHC could spark a doomsday phenomena when operating at full power.


Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.
The Internet

ISS Launches First Permanent Node of "Interplanetary Internet" 121

schliz writes "Researchers developing the 'Interplanetary Internet' have launched its first permanent node in space via a payload aboard the International Space Station. The network is based on a new communications protocol called Delay/Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN). It will be tested heavily this month, and could give astronauts direct Internet access within a year. The Interplanetary Internet is the brainchild of Vint Cerf ('father of the Internet'), among others. Last year, NASA tested the technology on the Deep Impact spacecraft." Update: 07/13 20:01 GMT by KD : If by "permanent" we mean seven years.

Submission + - Microsoft to Spend $1.15 Billion for Xbox Repairs

paro12 writes: From the NY Times article:

In what may be one of the costliest consumer warranty repairs in history, Microsoft announced on Thursday that it would spend up to $1.15 billion to repair failing Xbox 360 game machine consoles. ...Microsoft said it would extend the warranty of the game console to three years to customers worldwide. Previously, products sold in the United States were covered by a one-year warranty
The Internet

Submission + - Justices Abandon 96-Year-Old Ban on Price Floors

paro12 writes: The Supreme Court (In a 5-4 Decision) abandoned a 96-Year-Old Ban on manufacturers and retailers setting price floors for products. From the (short) article (NY Times login required)

Supporters said that allowing minimum price floors would hurt upstart discounters and Internet resellers seeking to offer new, cheaper and less expensive ways to distribute products.
USA Today coverage carries a little more information on the case, and this site (from Northwestern University) has background (and a legal perspective) on the case. The full court briefs are not yet available, but should appear here soon.

Submission + - Vista Finally Cracked

Espectr0 writes: "Crack group PARADOX has cracked Windows Vista. It works by exploiting a 'feature' that allows bigger OEM's like ASUS to include their own version of Vista that doesn't require activation. Also, crack crack group Pantheon has included an OEM Emulation Driver, that virtually allows any kind of board to run this version."

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