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Comment Re:I pay my Math Tax all the time. (Score 4, Insightful) 301

As a spouse to a public school teacher and a volunteer in said underfunded schools, the schools would be better served if you sent them the $1 (or more) directly. Then all the other hands aren't skimming off the top.

We gave two Costco cubes of Kleenex as a Christmas gift to our school. You wouldn't believe the effusive thanks we got. Donate a box of printer paper and you'll be worshiped for a month.

(Yes, I bought a lottery ticket yesterday anyway. No, I still have to go to work on Monday.)

Comment Why didn't I think of this!? (Score 1) 40

I "work" with color science. We have an X-Rite spectrophotometer just sitting around. Takes an artist's thinking, I suppose.

I ran into a paper a while back where the author captured spectrum of 100s of "natural" objects. Rocks, leaves, skin, etc etc. Made for an interesting chromaticity diagram.

Comment If I don't check /. for six days consecutively... (Score 1) 1521

I can't even remember when I signed up for /. Been a long long time.

I visit several times a day, nearly every day. Even when out in the boonies of the world (Yachats, OR), I found a way. Dial-up and Links were enough to get my slashdot fix.

I jokingly say I have a living will: if I don't check /. for six days consecutively, consider me brain dead and unplug the machines.

Thank you so much for being a huge part of my geek life these last many years. Best of luck in your future endeavor.

Comment Re:We are staying on XP (Score 1) 1213

> Heard the same arguments with the W2K-to-XP process

The only reason I upgraded my work machine(s) from Win2k to WinXP was WinXP rebooted faster.

Vista, Win7 don't run my tools any faster, don't reboot any faster. So I really don't have any reason to upgrade.

I upgraded Win2k -> WinXP -> Vista -> Win7 at home for games. But here at work, WinXP works the same as Win7.

Comment Re:It should have been phased out... (Score 1) 460

USB is an astonishing pain in the @$$ compared to the simple TX/RX/GND of US232.

You have control interface, bulk in/out, a complete PHY with all its weirdness (DMA IO maybe?) and required code.

New boards with flaky USB have crashed my systems more time than I can count. I have to reboot USB hubs on a regular basis.

RS232 I've never had any trouble.

The Media

News Corp Will Charge For Newspaper Websites 453

suraj.sun writes "Rupert Murdoch says having free newspaper websites is a 'flawed' business model. Rupert Murdoch expects to start charging for access to News Corporation's newspaper websites within a year as he strives to fix a 'malfunctioning' business model. Encouraged by booming online subscription revenues at the Wall Street Journal, the billionaire media mogul last night said that papers were going through an 'epochal' debate over whether to charge. 'That it is possible to charge for content on the web is obvious from the Wall Street Journal's experience,' he said."

Comment Re:It should flourish. (Score 1) 275

I'm still employed and hope to be continually employed.

But in my spare time, I'm furiously hacking away on my own GPL'd application to:

1) perhaps sell it (in the MySQL model)
2) add new skills
3) add something additional to my resume

Scary economy has effect of making me work harder.

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