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Comment: My Theory: Risk Aversion (Score 1) 419

I have a theory.... Corporations are becoming more and more averse to risk. They expect every product they develop to be successful to justify the expense. So instead of developing products and talent internally, they're letting newbies take on all the risk of starting up new companies and new technologies, and then they swoop in and cherry-pick the ones that are successful.

Comment: PDF + Adobe Reader (Score 1) 387

by vtTom (#39634213) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Open Source Tax Software?
The OP said "I wouldn't really need a GUI, but something that filled out PDF forms would be nice." If you go to, download the forms you need as PDFs, and open them with Adobe Reader, the boxes in the forms can be filled out within the software. Iit won't do any of the calculations for you, though, but at least it's a tad better than printing them and filling them out by hand.

Comment: Alewife Brook Parkway in Cambridge, MA (Score 1) 1173

by vtTom (#36660778) Attached to: Roundabout Revolution Sweeping US
I drove occasionally in Cambridge, MA, for a couple of years in the early 90's. The Alewife Brook Parkway has a pair of inter-connected traffic circles (here they are in Google Maps -,+mass&hl=en&ll=42.387688,-71.142134&spn=0.003633,0.004769&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=62.61328,78.134766&t=h&z=18) which have been there for a very long time. This particular highway is trafficked by daily commuters, so they know the routine. The deft entering/exiting/maneuvering was actually a thing of beauty to behold.

Comment: Worth a shot... (Score 1) 608

by vtTom (#31188484) Attached to: Suggestions For a Coax-To-Ethernet Solution?
What you need is a set of 4 75-Ohm unbalanced to 100-Ohm balance transformers (aka baluns). But as you have found those are pricey. You could instead try a set of these:

Use them in pairs at each end of the coax. Connect the F connector end to the coax and the screw terminals to the appropriate pins of an RJ45 jack.

Comment: Because art by committee sucks... (Score 2, Interesting) 945

by vtTom (#30889994) Attached to: The Apple Paradox, Closed Culture & Free-Thinking Fans
The author is confusing "free-thinking" with democratic values. In my experience, creativity usually flows from primarily 1 person. Either that person is alone (like an artist in their studio) or a dictatorial over-lord calling the shots (eg. a stage or movie director, or a music conductor or producer). So, "free-thinking" should not really imply an open, democratic environment. If you think of it this way, these "free-thinking" artists are not all that unlike Apple after all.

I cannot draw a cart, nor eat dried oats; If it be man's work I will do it.