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Submission + - Meg Whitman to become HP CEO. (

MrCrassic writes: "Looks like HP needed yet another remodeling, as they are tapping Meg Whitman to take Leo Apothaker's chair by this afternoon. From the article:

Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman is poised to be named CEO of Hewlett-Packard later today after the markets are closed, said multiple sources close to the situation. The full board of HP, which is meeting today in Silicon Valley, has not officially voted on move and the situation could certainly change, sources said it is nearly a done deal.

Cringely got this one right."

Comment Re:Incompetent teachers (Score 1) 511

I live in Illinois, and we have zero in the way of education as a second career without getting a full education degree (my BS is Electrical Engineering, and started grad school for Secondary Ed. Physics and Math). I have been teaching basic networking, college algebra, and intro to stats for over 10 years at a couple of small tech colleges, in addition to other systems admin work. I know more about applied math, physics and computers than any teacher in my relatively small district, yet, I can't teach.

When I left grad school due ot personal issues with less than two semesters left. I needed one methods class for teaching, 6-7 (don't remember exactly) classes on history of education and Ed Psych, three 3rd world cultures classes, biology, poetry, American and Illinois Government (yes, the exact same tests I took in High School, but I need to take a class on it anyway) and I don't remember what else. By the time I was done, if everything was done as an undergrad, I would have had a BS in EE, Math, and one class away from a Physics degree too. Yet, Illinois says no way.

Until education requirements are less politicized (and I realize Illinois is one of the worse in that category) and truly qualified people can teach without the BS, you will not really get the best teaching.

One last thing, we really need to get back to fundamentals. Drill drill drill on math, make sure they can write a sentance, paragraph and have an organized thought. Calculators are not needed until you get to roots, exponents, logs, and trig functions. Make the kids have the basics memorized and MAKE THEM THINK AND ORGANIZE!!

Comment Dos 1.0 and up (Score 1) 433

My first computer was a Tandy 1000EX (then a 1000TX, 286, yeah baby). I got an expanded memory card for my 1000TX all the way up to1.5MB total RAM. Setup a RAM drive on the memory card and wrote a batch file to copy the OS and commonly used utilites to the RAM drive, then set the COMSPEC to it. Was really useful until I got a hard rive. I was working at Radio Shack at the time and made full use of my measly employee discount.

I sorta miss the days off Plug'n'Pray ISA cards (normally just manually set them anyway, as it never seemed to work). My experience with DOS 1.0 was on my uncles Zenith computer. I remember DOS 2.x needed the hard drive driver loaded to work off a hard drive. I used every version of MS-DOS from 2.11 on up. I hated the built in compression, in the later versions, too flaky. Version 5 and 6.22 were my favorites.

Comment Reliability (Score 1) 305

I live in a small town in rural Illinois. I have cell, but service stinks in town due to being close to a boundary between two different providers (the small family owned one goes nutsy whenever the big company signal hits their turf). There is only one provider that has good service in my town. I have a phone through the cable company, which sounds good and has a lot of features, but has an unacceptable amount of down time (we have some medical problems that make it so that we need something reliable). What is left, PSTN through the phone company. The only time we have lost access, it was only long distance when a contractor cut a fiber line. Until broadband reliability is in the many 9's category like PSTN, I want to keep it.The entirety of the US is not big cities, there is a lot of middle of nowhere with a decent amount of population also, and, along with that, unreliable wireless and broadband infrastructure.

Submission + - Microsoft allowed to continue $8.5 Billion Skype (

the simurgh writes: microsft has won U.S. antitrust approval to buy the Internet phone service Skype, the Federal Trade Commission said in a website posting Friday.

Microsoft announced in May it was buying Skype for $8.5 billion, its biggest-ever acquisition, placing a rich bet on mobile and the Internet to try and best rivals such as Google Inc.

The approval was announced in a listing of deal approvals that comes out several times a week.
Microsoft's interest in the money-losing, but popular service highlights a need to gain new customers for its Windows and Office software.

Comment A lot, but it was inherited. (Score 1) 310

To be fair, my family and I did not print most of the pages. My main printer is an HP LaserJet 2100 that was retired from work and I got for free, along with 4 toner cartridges, being it was the last 2100 in service. I much prefer my kids print to that than the color inkjet with WAY higher cost per page (after all, can't get lower than a free printer with free toner!).

Comment What in the heck?? (Score 1) 642

Wow, I am glad I do not live in the UK. When will politicians realize that the more you try to regulate and squeeze something out, the more it oozes out around the edges. And, how exactly are they going to block porn?? Heuristic image recognition?? Banning all torrents, usernet access, or file shareing sites such as Rapidshare, Uploading, DepositFiles, etc??? How would they do this without killing almost all of the internet??

Comment Re:For only $500 Billion up front! (Score 1) 311

You should bother to look where IBM is hiring. They are looking for a lot of tech people in a large Dubuque Iowa call center that they run. Evidently staying out of the coast corridors and huge cities is a good way to save money on facilities and employees while still getting employees where English is their native language. $15/hr in semi rural Iowa gets you a house and a car, near Chicago that gets you a hole in the wall.

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