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Comment Re:The #1 reason public libraries are better (Score 3, Interesting) 165

Not everybody can afford a Kindle. My library card didn't cost me a thing to request

Ah, brilliant logic. It didn't cost YOU anything, therefore it is free. Hate to break this to you, but libraries are expensive. Now, I support libraries, but they are not these free resources that just sprout out of the ground. They cost a lot and the money comes from somewhere.

Yeah, the funny thing is my property tax statement itemizes how the taxes I pay each year are divided up.
This past year, my tax statement says that $174.20 of my taxes went toward the library. I saw a 6" Kindle on Amazon for $69. Wi-fi only. So even if I purchased or say my property taxes paid for that Kindle, I'd still have to buy Wi-Fi to use it. That's just so I can use it personally. There's no ability to share that Kindle with anybody. And there is nowhere to physically meet the other people in the community.

Now if you think paying $174.20 is expensive for a library, I paid $2,143 to the local school district. I don't have any kids in school, but I still have to pay for the schools. If you wanted to save money so badly, maybe we should stop paying for public schools and use the money to pay for Kindles instead so kids can learn from those.

Comment The #1 reason public libraries are better (Score 5, Informative) 165

Not everybody can afford a Kindle.

My library card didn't cost me a thing to request and I can check out as many books as I can read for free as long as they are returned on time. Heck, I can even check out CD's, DVDs and puzzles for my kid.

Public libraries are great sources for local history, in-person social networking, and meetings on how to become more involved in the local community and volunteering.

Comment The big question nobody has asked... (Score 4, Interesting) 57

Dear Strong Bad,
How do you tweet with boxing gloves on?
I mean, you must hit that 160 character limit every time you touch your smartphone and smash all the keys at once with those things.
Seriously, your twitter feed must look like:
"#Strongbad -
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Chicago, IL

Comment Re:Not enough people (Score 1) 164

My wife and I visited Ludington a few years ago. I love the West side of Michigan.
We were really impressed by the number of people that turned out on a Saturday morning the week before Memorial Day to plant flowers and beautify the town for Tourist season. If an employer looking for a Senior System Engineer was in Ludington or even Muskegon, we would move there in a heartbeat.

Comment Try this to fix the infection... (Score 5, Informative) 202

I believe I got hit by this about a week ago when I clicked on an advert linked on Chicago Tribune's website.

A fullscreen message appeared saying my computer had been encrypted and I had to pay $300 to decrypt it. I pulled my network cable out and had to power off my PC because the keyboard would not work. I was able to boot back up, but when I logged in both regularly and in Safe-Mode, a full white screen saying "please connect to the Internet" appeared and I couldn't use the keyboard again.

I pressed F8 on boot and booted into Safe-Mode Command line only. Once I logged in and saw the command line, I typed rstrui.exe (windows System Recovery) and using the Restore Wizard, restored to a checkpoint from a day earlier. I restarted my PC again and let it boot normally and once I was able to log in without seeing the message, reconnected my network cable.

My PC was never encrypted. The message only said it was. The clincher was before I booted Windows in Safe-Mode, I used a Knoppix DVD to mount the Windows partition and copy off my personal data before I started the recovery process. The data was perfectly readable and not encrypted.

Comment Re:No stars (Score 1) 75

ZOMG There's no stars. This must be a NASA staged event and didn't really happen... on the moon.

Take a closer look towards Iapetus. There's a monolith there that's full of stars.

Comment Only a Latte or two? Not even close. (Score 1) 722

There is a huge decrease in what is available if we go streaming only.

Out of the 13 DVDs in my queue, only 2 are available by streaming.
Most of those unavalable are Criterion Collection movies by Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman.

If they remove Babylon5 from my streaming queue before I'm done watching the whole series, I'm going Narn on someone ass.

Real Programmers think better when playing Adventure or Rogue.