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Comment: Re:Coins work (Score 3, Interesting) 397

by johnmat (#41319725) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?
I was given effectively the same advice by a recruiter when faced with a choice like this, but its a little more refined: write both your choices on folded pieces of paper and stick them in a hat. Pull one out, and as you open it decide if you are pleased or unhappy you got that one. That instant emotional response is your subconscious chiming in and almost certainly giving you the right answer that your higher brain can not get to.

Comment: Re:One more issue (Score 1) 1065

by johnmat (#38978523) Attached to: The Zuckerberg Tax
And that is exactly the problem with a wealth tax. Property taxes are wealth taxes, and your example shows the argument against them. The same issue applies even more commonly for a retiree. But don't get me started on California property taxes, and the ridiculous effects of the well-meaning Prop 13 which was supposed to help the retirees...

Comment: Re:iPhone 4S is a huge disappointment in this rega (Score 1) 165

by johnmat (#37822642) Attached to: IT Shops Coping With Overloaded 2.4GHz WiFi Band
Smartphone designers struggle with the number of antennas required; and 5 GHz implies an additional antenna. They already have antennas for the cellular network, GPS, increasingly NFC, sometimes FM, WiFi and Bluetooth. The latter two are sometimes combined, but still, that is a lot to fit in a package that is very space constrained.

Comment: Re:Lowepro Fastpack 350 (Score 1) 282

by johnmat (#37097712) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks
I'll second this also. I can get a 15" Macbook (17" would probably fit), Canon 50D, 17-55 f2.8, 70-300, big flash, chargers, compact camera, mini tripod, and a bunch of other junk in. It is small enough to carry-on and put under the seat in front of you as your "personal item", at least in the US. I love it!

NASA Revamps Historic 4-Million-kg Mars Antenna 66

Posted by Soulskill
from the we're-gonna-need-a-bigger-bumper dept.
coondoggie writes NASA is working on some difficult renovations to reinvigorate its 70-meter-wide 'Mars antenna.' The antenna, a key cog in NASA's Deep Space Network, needs about $1.25M worth of what NASA calls major, delicate surgery. The revamp calls for lifting the antenna — about 4 million kilograms of finely tuned scientific instruments — to a height of about 5 millimeters so workers can replace the steel runner, walls and supporting grout."

One Variety of Sea Slugs Cuts Out the Energy Middleman 232

Posted by timothy
from the would-never-leave-the-house dept.
dragonturtle69 writes with this story, short on details but interesting: "These sea slugs, Elysia chlorotica, have evolved the ability to gain energy via photosynthesis. Forget about genetic modifications for sports enhancements. I want to be able to never need to eat again — or do I?"

Comment: Re:Exactly (Score 2, Informative) 1654

by johnmat (#26472539) Attached to: Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes
It is easy without Windows - I just went through this with a Verizon DSL install. When I called and told them I was installing from a Mac, they talked me through logging directly into the modem from Safari, and setting it up through its web interface. No Windows required! (so is that the chicken, or the egg?)

+ - Shareholder revolt may force sale of Take-Two

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BigVig209 writes: "The New York Times reports a shareholder uprising might force Take-Two to sell the company.

From the article: Take-Two Interactive Software, the video game publisher whose marketplace impact has been overshadowed by its corporate upheaval, said yesterday that it was weighing options including a possible sale of the company, prompting a surge in its stock price."

+ - Vista: Not just another pretty face

Submitted by Bob_the_Builder
Bob_the_Builder writes: An in-depth look at Vista argues that the new OS is far more than a pretty shell slapped on top of the same underlying components. In fact, what's under the hood represents a complete reworking of many OS subsystems, and it will determine the direction of Windows development for the next several generations of the OS. "Even after the false starts and scaled-back plans, Vista is still a huge evolution in the history of the NT platform, and that's not something to be sniffed at. The fundamental changes to the platform are of a scale not seen since the release of NT." Is Vista a bigger deal than many critics have said?

Each new user of a new system uncovers a new class of bugs. -- Kernighan