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TI-84+C-Silver Edition: That C Stands For Color 198

Posted by samzenpus
from the graphing-cool dept.
skade88 writes "Do you remember those large TI-8X line of calculators with a BW display from when you were growing up and learning all about math? Yeah well, you can still get them because TI has yet to update or change their line of TI-8X calculators from their 96x64 display, processors designed in the 1980s with just a few kilobytes of user accessible memory. They still cost in the $100.00 to $150.00 range. That is all about to change now that the TI-8X line of calculators is 22 years old. Their new TI-84+C-Silver edition will come with a 320x240 16-bit color display, 3.5MB of flash ROM, and 21KB of RAM. Ars has a good preview of the device along with speculation on why it took so so so very long for TI to finally bring calculators up to a level of technology that could have been delivered a decade ago."Last month some photos and a few details of the new TI-84+C were leaked.

Comment: Pilot G Tec C4 Steel tip gel ink pen. (Score 3, Informative) 712

by God of Lemmings (#41838669) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
This here sir, is the pen you are looking for. Anything else is just common garbage.

google search for Pilot G-Tec-C4
It comes in both 0.2mm and 0.4mm, although I would recommend 0.4mm on thinner paper.
It is a steel tip gel rollerball pen, and the ink dries fairly quick and writes evenly unless the tip is dirty,
which is a little difficult to clean. It can a fair amount of pressure while writing as well.

It somewhat recently became available in America and is available in multiple colors as well,
although I have been using them for years by importing them from other countries.

Comment: Style = Religion (Score 1) 479

by God of Lemmings (#41796957) Attached to: Does Coding Style Matter?
All I am hearing from everyone is philosophy and opinion, but in all of it there are kernels of truth. It is exactly like religion, there is no difference. With regards to what I use, the bulk of it centers around reducing the amount of time it takes to read a code block. If you can't read a code block in a couple seconds that you haven't seen for years then you're probably doing something wrong.

+ - Major Bitcoin Exchange Shuts Down->

Submitted by Sabbetus
Sabbetus writes: On monday CEO of prominent Bitcoin exchange Tradehill announced that they are shutting down. Ars Technica ran a story on this stating that 'After Monday's news, the currency's value fell from $5.50 to $4.40, a decline of 20 percent.' Tradehill is returning all funds and meanwhile their competitors are fighting over who gets Tradehill's customers.
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Comment: No Correlation with Reality (Score 1) 948

by God of Lemmings (#36064890) Attached to: Why the New Guy Can't Code
As far as resumes are considered, we use them to help guide the flow of the interview a bit, but it ends there. If someone put down AJAX on their resume, it could be that either they set up a simple call through jQuery, they rolled their own AJAX library, or they're just padding their resume with keywords. So what we usually do is one continually building question, that starts out with very basic algorithms and moves through things such as SQL joins and normalization, AJAX, advanced javascript, PHP, SQL injection and input filtering. What seriously bothers me is the very large number of applications who have several years of experience, but can't work out in their head how to find the largest number in a large set of numbers.

Comment: Re:The only question I have is (Score 1) 385

by God of Lemmings (#34636506) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 8 Up
Ive experienced this problem 3-4 times. It seems that this is because windows does not immediately write data to disk. I believe that it may be either buffering the data, so when a crash occurs some important file nodes are missing and/or the resulting rollback of the journal undoes the entire transaction. Unfortunately its been two years since I've done any low level file code, so my memory is a little bit fuzzy with regards to it.

Comment: Tabs... (Score 1) 385

by God of Lemmings (#34636288) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 8 Up
So, when are they going to fix the usability issue with the changing tab width? For some time people have been complaining about the inability to put the close button on the left side of the tab. They of course refuse to do this, but they still haven't gotten that the issue is really that people just want the close button of the next tab to line up under the mouse every time you close a tab. For those who don't what i'm talking about. Download Chrome, open up enough tabs so that the tabs have to shrink to fit the window. Now close a few. You will notice that in Chrome the tabs don't resize until you move the mouse away from the button. FF4 unfortunately resizes immediately on closing, making it a pain to close more than one or two tabs at a time.

State Senator Admits Cable Industry Helped Write Pro-Industry Legislation 426

Posted by Soulskill
from the at-least-he's-honest dept.
jamie sends in news of comments by David Hoyle, a State Senator in North Carolina, about recently defeated legislation he sponsored that would have limited the ability of government to develop municipal broadband. Hoyle readily admitted that the cable industry had a hand in writing the bill. We discussed the cable industry's extensive lobbying efforts in that region last year. From the article: "The veteran state senator says cities should leave broadband to the cable companies. 'It's not fair for any government unit to compete with private enterprise,' he says. In the last legislative session Sen. Hoyle tried to put a moratorium on any more local governments expanding into municipal broadband. When the I-Team asked him if the cable industry drew up the bill, Senator Hoyle responded, 'Yes, along with my help.' When asked about criticism that he was 'carrying water' for the cable companies, Hoyle replied, 'I've carried more water than Gunga Din for the business community — the people who pay the taxes.'"

Comment: Re:Wait a minute (Score 1) 202

by God of Lemmings (#32788636) Attached to: Many Popular Windows Apps Ignore Security Options
This is probably a reference to this clause, found both in Vista and Windows 7 eulas. Available here in various eulas, such as Vista Home Premium English and Windows 7 Home Premium English, found here: microsoft Searching the XP sp2 eula does not seem to contain a similar clause.

"6. POTENTIALLY UNWANTED SOFTWARE. If turned on, Windows Defender will search your computer for “spyware,” “adware” and other potentially unwanted software. If it finds potentially unwanted software, the software will ask you if you want to ignore, disable (quarantine) or remove it. Any potentially unwanted software rated “high” or “severe,” will automatically be removed after scanning unless you change the default setting. Removing or disabling potentially unwanted software may result in other software on your computer ceasing to work, or your breaching a license to use other software on your computer. By using this software, it is possible that you will also remove or disable software that is not potentially unwanted software."
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Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Slashdot Headline 192

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the seo-can-rot-in-hell dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "David Carr writes that headlines in newspapers and magazines were once written with readers in mind, to be clever or catchy or evocative, but now headlines are just there to get the search engines to notice. Hence the headline for this story that includes a prized key word for one of the 'Gossip Girls' — just the thing to push this Slashdot summary to the top of Google rankings. 'All of the things that make headlines meaningful in print — photographs, placement, and context — are nowhere in sight on the Web,' writes Carr. Headlines have become, as Gabriel Snyder, the recently appointed executive editor of, says, 'naked little creatures that have to go out into the world to stand and fight on their own.' In this context, 'Jon Stewart Slams Glenn Beck' is the ideal headline, guaranteed to pull in thousands of pageviews. And while nobody is suggesting that the Web should somehow accommodate the glories of The New York Post's headlines in that paper's prime, some of its classics would still work. 'Remember "Headless Body in Topless Bar," perhaps the most memorable New York Post headline ever? It's direct, it's descriptive, and it's oh-so-search-engine-friendly. And not a Taylor Momsen in sight.'"

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