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Comment: Re:PDF? PDF??? (Score 1) 62

by WillAdams (#48419311) Attached to: Crowdfunded Linux Voice Magazine Releases First Issue CC-BY-SA

PDF was open enough from the beginning to have its specification available in print from the days of Acrobat 1.0:

Here: --- for some reason they don't have the first edition available (not that it's all that useful these days).

Comment: Re:Memory mapping? (Score 3, Funny) 200

by WillAdams (#48401249) Attached to: A Worm's Mind In a Lego Body

More importantly, the Bible tells those who believe in it that nothing is unknowable: Genesis 11:6

>The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language
>they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do
>will be impossible for them.

So it's blasphemous for Christians (or Jews or Muslims) to say that humanity can't understand such things (or anything).

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 392

Getting over-the-air TV isn't as easy as it used/ought to be.

When all the stations went digital they also reduced their transmission power, so I went from being able to receive in my basement to getting no signal for the local PBS affiliate.

Had to run a cable from the basement to the living room and build a special-purpose digital TV antenna in order to be able to receive a signal again:

(I'm pretty sure PBS had the plans originally, but I can't find the link)

Comment: Daylight viewable display? (Score 1) 182

by WillAdams (#48034971) Attached to: HP Introduces Sub-$100 Windows Tablet

I spent too much time fiddling w/ a passive stylus on a Fujitsu Point PT-510 --- not that interested in repeating it, but if it had a daylight viewable display so that it could:

  - function as a map reader when travelling
  - work as a controller for my CNC machine when using it outside (as good as the dust collection is, Ipê gets cut outside)

But I'm not seeing any machines w/ daylight viewable displays available for less than several grand....

Comment: Re:Just what we need. More compliance! (Score 5, Informative) 208

by WillAdams (#47996595) Attached to: Drones Reveal Widespread Tax Evasion In Argentina

The township has a certain set of fixed costs which it has to meet every year.

Taxes are set so as to raise that amount, apportioned as decided by the lawmakers and voters.

People who fail to pay on unreported improvements aren't adhering to the agreed-upon social contract, placing a larger requirement for payments/burden on those who are.

If you don't like the taxes in an area, move, or participate in your local government to get things changed.

Comment: One of the best programmers I've known had a BA (Score 1) 392

by WillAdams (#47920567) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?

in Philosophy.

He'd written everything from operating systems to end-user applications and had a well-thumbed first printing of Knuth's TAOCP: Vol. 1 and was the person I brought my royalty check (for finding an error and a point of improvement in _Digital Typography_) in to work to show.

FORTRAN is a good example of a language which is easier to parse using ad hoc techniques. -- D. Gries [What's good about it? Ed.]