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Comment: A DIY Expansion Cartridge for a C-64 (Score 2) 144 144

Back in the 90s I still had a Commodore 64 with a MIDI controller that plugged into the joystick port. I made a homebrew cartridge with an analog sampler chip that plugged into the Commodore's expansion slot. All the parts came from Radio Shack, including the chip. I wrote a program that allowed me to record samples and control playback from a keyboard plugged into the MIDI controller. Eventually I intended to add options to save and load MIDI sequences.

Unfortunately, I was a little too cavalier while tinkering with the cartridge. After making a few tweaks to the circuitry in an attempt to reduce noise, I powered on the Commodore and immediately fried the motherboard.

Comment: Re:Work For Hire (Score 1) 353 353

Additionally if you *LOOK* at your employment contract you will find that *ALL* the work you do while *EMPLOYED* by your employer is *OWNED* by your employer *INCLUDING* the work you do at while *NOT AT WORK* if the work you are doing is *RELATED IN ANY WAY* to the business your employer is in or *MAY BE CONSIDERING TO ENGAGE IN*.

Are contracts like that really common? I've only encountered one NCA that was anywhere near that level of repulsiveness, and I just refused to sign it.

Comment: Re:Wanna earn $200K+? Two words... (Score 1) 473 473

As other posters have commented, there's a wide range between "small town" and "major city." Many cities with populations around or below 1 million have vibrant communities and relatively low costs of living. In one of Ohio's larger cities, I'm able to own a cape cod in a nice neighborhood on an income below $100k.

Not gonna knock New York and LA here. Just saying, midsized cities can have their benefits, too.

Comment: Re:Why should we care? (Score 1) 432 432

I suspect that Facebook's reputation for being a brogrammer culture is an exaggeration perpetuated by the movie. If there was even a time when their work environment resembled anything in The Social Network, the company has matured since then. This article about their release process paints a different picture.

Counting in binary is just like counting in decimal -- if you are all thumbs. -- Glaser and Way