Another few ideas from when I was in school:
- Make friends. Split the cost of the book between two (or more) people. Or borrow it from someone who already took the class. Buy them a beer.
- Amazon, eBay, or other online sellers are ALWAYS much cheaper than the bookstore. With the small caveat that if you're required to buy some online access code, you're fucked.
- International editions are often much cheaper, and the covers in a foreign language are a good conversation starter.
- Don't buy the book right away because sometimes the Prof doesn't even mention it in the class. It helps if you know someone who has already taken the class.
- Sometimes there are better (free) resources available online (and this depends on how closely the prof follows the book).
Obviously, not all those apply if you want to keep the book. But, for the love of the FSM, don't shop at the campus bookstore unless you have no other option.
People who don't like his discriminatory views are discriminating against him, depriving him of his rights. Ironic.
Which of his rights have been violated? He is, and always was, free to donate to any anti-gay cause he wanted, or any other cause for that matter.
Or are you saying that he has a right to our business and the continued contributions of volunteers? Is the fact that I don't use Firefox a violation of his rights?
Yes, it should. Higher loss in the event of fraud, and a $1.59 purchase usually isn't even going to get checked against card balances, to keep the network traffic down.
I can search billions of webpages in milliseconds. I can stream HD video. Advertisers can bid on showing me ads in realtime on the web. I'm not convinced that they can't check that $1.59 purchase against my account balance, every time I swipe my card.
Which is an obvious joke...seen a cheap cell phone in the last 10 years? Basic camera lenses and lcd screens are commodity items, and vehicles are already wired to the general vicinity for backup lights that come on when you go into reverse. So you can lop a zero off of the NHTSB's price tag.
Because your cell phone has to deal with the same environmental stresses that your vehicle does? I seriously doubt that any consumer-grade cell phone could make it through any OEM's EMC or environmental validation spec.
PS: I guess this isn't too expensive. By 2018 screens will be standard instead of analog instruments (they're cheaper!) and cameras will cost $0.10.
Unlikely. I work for a supplier that designs and manufactures backup cameras. The cost for the camera will go down, but not that far, and not that fast. Automotive electronics are going to be more expensive than your standard consumer gear because of the beating your vehicle takes... it has to survive the vibration on the road, the hot summer, the cold winter, it needs to be water tight and needs to work for the lifetime of the vehicle. Additionally, the integration into each vehicle is not insignificant. Each vehicle has a different network infrastructure and different geometry (which is important for doing things like dynamic guidelines and lens distortion correction). Ten cents is not within two orders of magnitude of whats on the market today.. but I guess, if someone can figure out how to do it in the auto industry, props to them.
It's not intentional of course, but Blackberry's failure will do more for productivity in Washington DC and to bring the people living in the Beltway bubble back down to earth than all the NGOs, PACs, and citizen action groups combined.
I like to dream, too.
What exactly does "separate" mean? Modern cars have multiple CAN and LIN (and FlexRay and Ethernet) networks, but they are bridged by modules that gateway specific messages/signals from one network to the other. Your entertainment system probably reacts to the state of your vehicle (are some functions not available when in drive? Going above some speed? Doors open?). Separate very likely does not mean "air gapped" like you'd mean in a high security computer network.
That said, I'm not totally convinced by any of the hacks I've seen that there is reason for panic. The one I saw where they were able to control remotely required physical access to an ECU to reflash firmware. Give me physical access to any of your electronics, and I'll make it bend to my will.
LabView for the Macintosh shipped in 1986, and not only still exists but has a very solid niche in some circles. LabView is such a pure visual IDE that there are not visible lines of code as such; it is all wiring diagrams.
My day job is writing LabVIEW for measurement and automation tasks... I'd chime in that LabVIEW does have text code now in the form of formula nodes and MathScript nodes (which uses Matlab). These are really useful for more complicated math expressions... the wiring gets pretty nasty as your math gets more complex.
This might not be the GPs problem, but in my office, the reason for not upgrading is tied to expensive hardware that doesn't support the newer version of Windows or has known issues on everything except one configuration of Windows and PC.
We're an engineering company, so a lot of the issues have to do with compatibility with hardware that is custom or rare... so, our experience may not be typical.
Think of the ISBN as the primary key for looking up a specific book on
If you want to buy your textbooks before the first day of class (which you do), you need to be able to look it up and verify you're getting the book that you want. There's always the asshole professor that assigns reading from a book on the first day of class, and you wouldn't have the time to buy it from Amazon, get it shipped, and do your homework before it would be due. Your only other option is to mooch off your classmates, which I wholeheartedly endorse.
Just to reiterate what others have said... the campus bookstore is always a gigantic fucking ripoff. Don't deal with them unless you absolutely have to. Use the internet. Buy/borrow from people who have already taken the class. Ask around if you even need to buy the book.