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Comment: What Color is Your Parachute? (Score 1) 700

by renard (#41635679) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

Humbly suggest that you explore career options - WCYP? provides a good way in, there are plenty of other options too. When you find a career that inspires you, growing in your capabilities, responsibilities, rank, and salary will seem like the most natural thing in the world, and not the epic struggle it is when you're stuck in a place/career/situation you don't like.

Other suggestions: (1) Make sure you are dating, meeting people (or talking to your gf/bf/spouse if you are attached). The right partner can be a great inspiration. (2) Consider counseling. Just having someone who is paid to listen to your gripes and deep thoughts, a half hour at a time, once a week or so, can be worth a lot, and can often help us get unstuck.

Good luck, let us know how you work it out.

Cheers,
renard

Comment: "success"? really? (Score 1) 124

by renard (#37165424) Attached to: More Stanford Computing Courses Go Free
This open approach looks as if it might be a success with well over 100,000 prospective students signing up to the AI course alone.

Only someone who has never, ever, ever taught a class - much less an online class - would consider the enrollment of 100k students a "success". Personally, I call it an unmitigated catastrophe...

(My awed congrats to any instructor/institution that survives such an onslaught, of course...)

Comment: Re:Two for sentences, four for code. (Score 1) 814

by renard (#33140392) Attached to: Sentence Spacing — 1 Space or 2?
Hear, hear!

The claim of equivalence between a regular inter-word space and an end-of-sentence space would be laughable if it didn't actually serve to trip sincere individuals like the poster up so often. Just pick up any book, magazine, or newspaper, and compare the length of the spaces. You will find the end-of-sentence space is longer in any typeface, and in any professional publication.

What that means for us regular joes: Two spaces, please. It will make your text more readable.

Cheers,
Renard

Comment: Re:Good thing (Score 1) 949

by renard (#31681382) Attached to: New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders

Until and unless I upload the ripped copy to the internets I've done nothing wrong.

I agree 100%. And note, no matter what RIAA/MPAA may say, no one has ever been sued - successfully or unsuccessfully - for private duplication. All of the lawsuits, on all fronts, have been over distribution and "making available".

That said, geeks take note: Bittorrent is not a private protocol, and it does fall into the "distribution" category. When you torrent copyrighted material, you are broadcasting your act of piracy to the world.

-renard

Space

Herschel Spectroscopy of Future Supernova 21

Posted by Soulskill
from the that's-a-big-star dept.
davecl writes "ESA's Herschel Space Telescope has released its first spectroscopic results. These include observations of VYCMa, a star 50 times as massive as the sun and soon to become a supernova, as well as a nearby galaxy, more distant colliding starburst galaxies and a comet in our own solar system. The spectra show more lines than have ever been seen in these objects in the far-infrared and will allow astronomers to work out the detailed chemistry and physics behind star and planet formation as well as the last stages of stellar evolution before VYCMa's eventual collapse into a supernova. More coverage is available at the Herschel Mission Blog, which I run."
Communications

The Decline of the Landline 435

Posted by timothy
from the daddy-what-were-buggywhips? dept.
Death Metal writes "The phone network is thus not just a technical infrastructure, but a socioeconomic one. The more Americans abandon it to go mobile-only or make phone calls over the Internet, the more fragile it becomes: its high fixed costs have to be spread over ever fewer subscribers. If the telephone network in New York State were a stand-alone business, it would already be in bankruptcy. In recent years it has lost 40% of its landlines and revenues have dropped by more than 30%."

"Though a program be but three lines long, someday it will have to be maintained." -- The Tao of Programming

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