Become a fan of Slashdot on Facebook


Forgot your password?

Comment Re:Do it the American Way (Score 1) 165

None of that matters. As a minor, his is legally incapable of making his own decisions, including whether to play the Clarinet. His parents had a legal obligation to determine whether choosing to play the Clarinet was

    1) safe for him, and that it would not cause him a permanent disabling injury

    2) would not prevent him from pursuing his happiness by engaging in what they knew or should have known by his senior year in high school were his long-term career aspirations

Potential future income is always fair game in a civil trial.

If the child is still a minor, I would seriously consider involving Child Protective Services, since the parents have so obviously proved negligent in their duties of care.

Comment Do it the American Way (Score 2, Funny) 165

You have a disability that affects your ability to work.

Go on Disability.

Sue the Clarinet maker and anyone who ever encouraged you to play Clarinet for the difference between your SSDI checks and whatever you would have made as a programmer, including any and all attorney fees and court costs.

Maybe even go for treble damages (har har) since whomever is responsible for forcing you to play clarinet either knew or should have known that there was a significant risk of a permanent disabling injury, and was therefore grossly negligent in placing your entire lifetime career in unreasonable jeopardy.

Then, you won't need to worry about keyboard layouts.

Comment Chess (Score 2) 279

Whenever I need a break, I play chess.

In 5 minutes, you can think of a move in a high-level long game, or play a couple of games of speed chess.

It's mental, fun, and doesn't have to stretch into any more time than you want.

Comment Re:Capturing the energy too ... (Score 1) 265

Nah, it's easy. Just use that abundant "hope and change" that has been driving all of these pie in the sky ideas lately.

If we just wish really, really hard, the thing will slow down on its own and float gracefully down to the front lawn of the White house, where our pseudo-elected leaders can pat each other on the back and proclaim their greatness for achieving such a monumental accomplishment.

Comment The Downfall of Microsoft (Score 1, Offtopic) 245

You know, I saw a commercial for a Surface last night. It depicted a bunch of 20-something misanthropes at "work" doing something that could be likened to having epileptic seizures on a conference room table, tossing their tablets about as if they were frisbees and displaying facial expressions like my dog makes when it's trying to take a crap.

In the time since then, I still have no idea what Surface is, does, or how it would help my organization get anything done. All I remember are a bunch of idiots acting like idiots and not doing any work.

It's like they were *trying* to sell this device, whatever it is, to business, by appealing to the worse type of employee imaginable. That doesn't seem like much of a success strategy to me.

Seriously, watch a couple of these commercials and tell me that there is a clear message about how this thing is actually useful:

Maybe I'm just old and unhip and still believe that going to work is for working.

Comment "Real World" conditions (Score 0) 700

Elon Musk should be releasing range figures that are based on how people actually drive in everyday life, not the range that results from "following our driving instructions to the letter," because that is not real life.

Let's not forget that Tesla has already sunk $500M in taxpayer money down this rathole and still doesn't have a product.

It's only a matter of time before Tesla joins the ranks of A123, Solyndra, and Satcon.

Comment Why is this on Slashdot? (Score 0, Offtopic) 270

First of all, it's not news for nerds. Second, the story is not at least 2 weeks old. Third, it doesn't meet the list of acceptable subject matter:

- Apple Rocks
- Microsoft Sucks
- Linux is awesome, but I hate it because I am not in charge
- Do my job for me
- Ask Slashdot: $TROLL_QUESTION

So, what gives? Is there a new addition to the list of acceptable subject matter on Slashdot?

Slashdot Top Deals

The first version always gets thrown away.