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Today is my last day of work. This sh*t is going down!

(on *your* last day, let us know!)

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General Off-Topic Board / Curious About Terrorist Strategy
« on: April 28, 2005, 11:58:34 AM »
The following is a typical Iraqi terrorist strategy:

Kidnap some American contractors. Show videotape of them. Threaten to kill the kidnapped contractors unless the US completely withdraws from Iraq.

That strategy seem so incredibly stupid. They know the US will not completely withdraw from Iraq to possibly secure the release of some contractors. It's just not going to happen. What seems like the obvious strategy to adopt is the following:

Kidnap some American contractors. Show videotape of them. Threaten to kill the kidnapped contractors unless the US withdraws 1 (just one) soldier from Iraq.

Sure, the withdraw of a single soldier won't make any significant military impact, but it would be a first example of the terrorists making the US agree to its demands. And the US could hardly refuse such a small demand. How could the refusal to withdraw a single soldier be explained? And regardless, there would be such a firestorm of controversy over the matter (if they executed the contractors after refusing to withdraw a single soldier) that it would benefit the terrorists by bringing the whole Iraq war into debate again.

I dunno - seems like an obvious strategy. Is there something i'm missing? Why isn't this strategy adopted by the Iraqi terrorists?

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If so, what's stopping it?

(there are lots of smart ambitious people on this board. i know you feel it. don't be modest.)

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / How Do Admins Create Sections?
« on: April 13, 2005, 12:08:45 PM »
Please correct me if i'm wrong, but my understanding is that students only really compete for grades with other students in their section. The curve is enforced over a section, not the entire 1L class.

If so, how do admins go about breaking incoming students down into various sections? I imagine they try to create each section so that it contains a smooth mixture of both stong and weak (relative to the school) students. You wouldn't want all the 4.0/180 kids in their own section or one of them would be doomed to be at the bottom of the class.

So, do admins 'engineer' each section or do they simply create them randomly?

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General Off-Topic Board / Fake BigTex accounts
« on: April 10, 2005, 03:07:13 PM »
FWIW, there is a poster on xoxo posing as myself and making some pretty outrageous statements. He/She goes by the account names "BigTexy" and "BigTex." (note the period) on xoxo. I know some of you here on LSD mistook me for "BigTexy" and "BigTex.". Obviously, this admissions process is stressful for us all and some feel the need to deal with this stress in an awkward manner.

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News Discussion / Google Is Lord - Maps!!!!
« on: April 05, 2005, 12:32:17 PM »
Have you checked out Google's new map feature?

http://maps.google.com/

It's freaking amazing! Hands down the *BEST* map/direction program i have ever seen. You get traditional mapping functionality with smooth scrolling functionality. In addition, you also get SATELITE functionality! You can switch back and forth between map view and satellite view. Further, your direction line will be drawn on both the map view and the satellite view.

I've been in software development for 8 years. I'm not impressed easily. But I am completely floored by this product. Google has here developed on of the most impressive applications i've ever seen.

Try it. You'll be amazed.

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General board for soon-to-be 1Ls / UMich Preview Weekend
« on: April 02, 2005, 04:08:50 PM »
Wow. I suddenly care a whole lot less about my two remaining apps.

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