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Comment: Three options is better (Score 1) 464

by coats (#48719565) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are Progressive Glasses a Mistake For Computer Users?
  1. contact lenses + "tuned" computer glasses (below) + reading glasses, for normal use: the lack of peripheral vision with any eyeglasses is a serious problem for things that need it -- and builds bad habits, in the process (I'm an avid ballroom dancer, and you really need peripheral vision for floorcraft!
  2. "computer" glasses for your computer work -- and make sure you measure distance-to-screen and have the prescription tuned for that distance.
  3. "progressives" for one-day-a-week "off" from the contacts.

Comment: Re:Someone has to be in charge (Score 3, Insightful) 641

by coats (#46662707) Attached to: Linus Torvalds Suspends Key Linux Developer
I *would* really like working for someone like Linus -- really sharp, really on-the-ball, really high expectations, really willing to listen to well-though-out "it might be better to..." (see his response to Ted T'so later in this thread).

Much better than working for some bureaucrat or politician who *thinks* he knows what he is doing.

Comment: Still too much (Score 2) 331

by coats (#45541419) Attached to: 62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks
With real books, I can donate them to charity when I'm done with them. Given that the general retail rate for used books is 60% of face value, that means the donation is worth about 30% (taking both state and federal tax deductions into account), so my effective printed book-price is 70% of face value. E-books need to be priced fairly against that.

I go on working for the same reason a hen goes on laying eggs. -- H.L. Mencken