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After Learning Java Syntax, What Next? 293

Niris writes "I'm currently taking a course called Advanced Java Programming, which is using the text book Absolute Java, 4th edition, by Walter Savitch. As I work at night as a security guard in the middle of nowhere, I've had enough time to read through the entire course part of the book, finish all eleven chapter quizzes, and do all of the assignments within a month, so all that's left is a group assignment that won't be ready until late April. I'm trying to figure out what else to read that's Java related aside from the usual 'This is how to create a tree. This is recursion. This is how to implement an interface and make an anonymous object,' and wanted to see what Slashdotters have to suggest. So far I'm looking at reading Beginning Algorithms, by Simon Harris and James Ross."

Comment Re:Here's why (Score 5, Informative) 814

I spec'ed out the xoticpc as closely as I could to the MBP 17" stock model at $2499. It came to $1218.

However, it has a 1400x900 display (vs 1920x1200), no wireless-n option, no GeForce 9400M/9600M GT graphics, no information about weight and, possibly most importantly, no information about battery life.

While it does come in significantly less expensive, I don't think that you can argue that they are equivalent.


Swine Flu Outbreak At PAX 374

whisper_jeff writes "There's been a confirmed outbreak of Swine Flu at PAX. Those who attended and are feeling under-the-weather after the con should not write it off as a typical convention cold and go see a doctor to make sure, just in case." The linked post also lists the airplane flights of the cases known so far, so if you flew from Seattle on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday for any reason, you might want to compare your itinerary.

Comment Re:Why so few contenders? (Score 2, Insightful) 214

It's not hard to write a better one. It's hard to write one that's still compatible with the a) unpublished, b) quirkily implemented, c) voluminous spec that is MS word. At least sufficiently well enough to be a modest replacement.

I'm sure the folks at OO.o have been trying VERY hard to match Word behavior, but it's obviously not that simple.

I've run into several issues where OO.o doesn't render word docs properly and many more where an OO.o saved doc doesn't render properly at all in Word.

A shame, really. But that's the reason that we still have MS Office in the house. My wife and I use it for work just often enough that we can't afford not to have it.

Comment Re:WOW (Score 1) 476

Congratulations! You have just expedited your addition to the no-fly list by using those two words in the same sentence!

Now you can get "assistance" at the airport when bringing your replacement batteries along!

--Your friends at the TSA (or your local equivalent)

Comment ANOTHER new product tied to Windows?!? (Score 1) 249

When _I_ read the headline, I thought it was an announcement of a new product called "Microsoft Caves", which would change security in Windows 7.

I figured that in order to improve security, they would put you in your own "cave" (figuratively or, perhaps, literally). Seemed like a terrible concept, but from the makers of "Bob", who knows...

"User switching now called 'visiting another person's cave'!"... uh... wait... maybe not.

Comment Re:With Circuit City and CompUSA all but gone... (Score 2, Funny) 587

Maybe Wal-Mart customers aren't so bad where you live, but here in Arizona, going to a Wal-Mart is not a fun experience, unless you like tripping over countless undisciplined children running amok and throngs of non-English speaking customers who walk very slowly and always insist on taking up the entire aisle, instead of staying to one side so you can get by.

There's a reason I'll only shop at Wal-Mart after 11pm.

Isn't that when all the parents take their kids there?

My Walmart horror story:
I have a vivid memory of going to pick up baby formula (something that couldn't wait) at 0730 on a Sunday morning and passing a streetwalker near the food section who'd apparently just gotten off her shift.

I'm hoping she was a working girl, given the scariest leopard print dress and tallest heels I've ever seen.

Scary, scary stuff, that early on a Sunday.

</trauma>... <please /trauma?>

Comment Re:Corporations must show responsibility as well: (Score 3, Interesting) 520

Uh... they do. They have the same sort of records for the breathalyzers. I was "fortunate" enough to be chosen for a DWI jury in Texas and we were offered testimony and evidence of exactly that.

Sadly, we had a hung jury because two jurors thought he "didn't look that drunk", even though he was clearly not behaving the way a sane, sober person would act in a situation with that much on the line and he blew more than twice the legal limit (while under age, no less).

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