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Comment: Isaac Asimov's short story "Profession" (Score 1) 133

by MrMage (#32995764) Attached to: Brain Scans May Help Guide Career Choice
"Profession" by Isaac Asimov

It's a story about a society in which you're assigned jobs based on the structure of your brain, and how it can be 'educated'. It's a good story, with the moral being on free thought and being able to learn and innovate.

It's also quite relevant to the article.

Comment: When Wayne Enterprises blew money in R&D... (Score 1) 580

by MrMage (#26806621) Attached to: Microsoft Accused of Squandering Billions On R&D
"Let me get this straight: You think that your client, one of the wealthiest, most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands. And your plan is to blackmail this person? Good luck." - Lucius Fox

So, is Batman Gates or Balmer?
Education

Cornell University FPGA Class Projects for 2008 112

Posted by timothy
from the ok-dad-now-about-that-money-I-asked-for dept.
Matt writes "The new crop of Cornell University ECE 5760 projects are now online. Some really cool projects, as well as the previous two years' worth of projects." Since it's mid-December, many other schools, too, have either just let out or are about to; can you point to any other online collections of cool technical projects?
Operating Systems

The Economist Suggests Linux For Netbooks 445

Posted by timothy
from the and-they're-clever-guys dept.
Trepidity writes "In its roundup of how to choose a netbook, The Economist suggests that users 'avoid the temptation' to go for a Windows-based netbook, and in particular to treat them as mini laptops on which you'll install a range of apps. In their view, by the time you add the specs needed to run Windows and Windows apps effectively, you might as well have just bought a smallish laptop. Instead, they suggest the sweet spot is ultra-lite, Linux-based netbooks, with a focus on pre-installed software that caters to common tasks. They particularly like OpenOffice, which they rate as easier to use than MS Word and having 'no compatibility problems,' as well as various photo-management software." Besides which, does Windows offer spinning cubes for coffee-shop demos?

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