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Programming

+ - Are you stuck in IT?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: I am in a bit of a dilemma, and wanted to seek the advice of the Slashdot community. I got my B.S. in Computer Science in 2008 and was working as a Software Engineer writing real time space-flight software, which I really enjoyed. I've since moved over to a job that ended up being IT. While I am okay staying here for the next few years, I want to make sure that when the time comes to move on, I can get back into what I loved. My biggest fear is that IT has sucked me in and it'll be very difficult to leave. Does anyone have any experience in this? Is the fear even rational?
Displays

+ - What can be done with a laptop LCD screen?

Submitted by OzJD
OzJD writes: Slashdotters, I've been searching everywhere as to what can be done with a LCD screen from a laptop, without any real success, The closest thing I've found is documentation on using a PSP's LCD screen, although I've found many suggestions that require the whole laptop to be working.
Basically, I would like to know if any of you have done, or know of a way that I can use the LCD from a laptop (specifically a Compaq F573au) input without spending more money than the LCD is worth.

Ultimately, I would like to use the LCD with an analogue input, such as a video input from RCA plugs.

It seems that i'm not alone in searching, as there are alot of unanswered posts among many forums regarding this matter (I guess this is mostly due to the increased usage of laptops, and the common death of them)
Please slashdot, any ideas?
Programming

+ - Making law more like computer code->

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Death Metal
Death Metal writes: "Computers are superb tools for organizing and visualizing information, and we have barely scratched the surface of what we can do in this area. Law is created as text, but who ever said we have to read it that way? Imagine, for example, animating a section of the U.S. Code to show how it changes over time, or "walking" through a 3-d map of legal doctrines as they split and merge.

Of course, all this is dependent on programmers and designers who have the time, energy, and financial support to create these tools. But it is equally dependent on the legal establishment — courts, legislatures, and attorneys — adopting information-management practices that enable this kind of analysis in the first place. Any such system has three essential parts:

      1. Machine-readable documents, e.g., hypertext
      2. Global identifiers, e.g., URIs
      3. Free and universal access"

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