Where did you see that programmer competence is a non-bellcurve distribution? I would really, sincerely appreciate a citation of that!
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You can run full Debian on it. It is trivial to write a script that tunnels any kind of linux remote control app through SSH, like VNC or rdesktop...
What a shame that such an exciting visit to Nokia had to go so horribly wrong! Get better quickly!
Maybe they can use this opportunity to add bionics to your hand. We can do it; we have the technology.
I saw that picture of your X-Ray. I thought it was something to do with this app:
Even cooler is when I forward Windows programs (running in Linux via Wine) over ssh onto unusual clients, such as handheld Linux devices. Suddenly, there's full Microsoft Word, on my handheld device!
"But how... how..."
Stumbled across an article talking about the search for intelligent life in the universe just now. Must share this quote with you:
I have been an avid science fiction reader for the last 28 years. Before that, I was more of an avid Dr Suess reader. As a child, I was so excited by the possibilities of space and space travel. I saw myself living in an asteroid, or going for a vacation to Mars.
So, this recent article on Slashdot got me thinking again about "free" software. Most of the time, I only care if the software is monetarily free. But people kept talking about software that was "free as in beer".
That phrase, "free as in beer," got me wondering. What, exactly, does that mean? So I looked it up and found this:
I'm re-reading an old, short book I liked as a teenager, because it felt so close to my experience.
It is called "A Very Long Way From Anywhere Else" and it is by Ursula K. Le Guin.
Here is an excerpt from the book that I think captures a bit of what it is like to be a geek in high school, at least for me:
The bus drivers, smoking and laughing,
Cast long shadows in the spring morning.
A bird's liquid call, from a blossomed branch,
Finds me through the sound of traffic.
conservatives and liberals and changing the world
Liberals are people who don't have much to lose the way things are, and they have much to gain if things changed.
Conservatives are people who have a lot to lose if things changed.