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Comment: Your Mileage May Vary.... (Score 1) 633 633

If you're really interested in saving money (and not just being fashionable), then you just have to do the math. For example, paying an extra $10,000 for a hybrid option on a 250HP luxury car that gets 30MPG instead of the usual 25MPG is probably never going to pay back.

Comment: Re:Programmer != Engineer, idiot. (Score 1) 422 422

For those outside of the US, while the terms "Engineer" and "Architect" are not legally protected in the United States, the terms "Professional Engineer" (PE) and "Registered Architect" (RA) most certainly are:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Professional_engineer

So sure, call yourself an Engineer if you want, but calling yourself a PE or RA in the US without having a license in good standing is grounds for being sued.

-Chris

Comment: Ebooks vs Paperbacks (Score 4, Insightful) 445 445

Why would anyone pay $9.95 for an Ebook when your average paperback novel costs the same (or less) at a brick + mortar store? I think the issue is that retailers still see Ebooks as an "upgrade" over a standard paperback, and prices them accordingly. While Ebooks certainly do have many advantages over a paperback, I think people realize that since printing and distribution costs of Ebooks are basicaly zero and should be reflected in a lower price.

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MythTV 0.23 Released 214 214

An anonymous reader writes "After six months of our new accelerated development schedule, MythTV 0.23 is now available. MythTV 0.23 brings a new event system, brand new Python bindings, the beta MythNetvision Internet video plugin, new audio code and surround sound upmixer, several new themes (Arclight and Childish), a greatly improved H.264 decoder, and fixes for analog scanning, among many others. Work towards MythTV 0.24 is in full swing, and has be progressing very well for the last several months. If all goes according to plan, MythTV 0.24 will bring a new MythUI OSD, a nearly rewritten audio subsystem capable of handling 24- and 32-bit audio and up to 8 channels of output, Blu-ray disc and disc structure playback, and various other performance, usability, and flexibility improvements."

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