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Comment Re:Sorely needed in the US (Score 2) 234

I don't know of a whole lot of other jobs out there that require a 4 (or more) year degree yet pay just about enough to live on. Add to that, many teachers put in unpaid hours at home. The 3 months off? That isn't paid, so they either have to find work over the summer, or some districts allow them to spread their pay over 12 months, which trades the amount of the weekly paycheck for at least getting one every (2) week(s).

Comment Re:weird inference (Score 2) 55

There's a lot going in when making ice cream. For example, inclusions in the ice cream (like nuts or chocolate chips, etc...) can change certain properties of the surrounding mix, salts from nuts can lower its freezing point causing heat shock around the inclusions, acids from fruits can curdle the mix, some inclusions can leech into the ice cream, changing the flavor in ways not expected. An improper mix of emulsifiers and stabilizers can mean the ice cream can separate, even when frozen. An improper water, butterfat and air mix can cause the ice cream to freeze solid in hoses, which require line shut downs to fix, driving up costs. Some ice cream has to keep its shape for a certain amount of time before packaging or hardening, you need to plan your mix recipe for that.

Something like this can make things a LOT easier for those who make ice cream, and could easily drive down costs due to fewer issue in manufacturing, packaging, storing and transporting the final product.

Comment Re:PIN Codes (Score 2) 241

Tips paid this way don't go to the server, they are divided up amongst the servers working that day, so a crappy server get the same amount of tips as a fantastic server. I usually put a 0 there and pay the tip in cash so that just that server gets the tip, I also hand it to them so I know they got the tip.

Comment Work Documentation (Score 1) 241

I work in an ice cream factory, we have to write down what we put in, when, how much and how often as well has the density (called cup weight) and draw temperature (what it is right out of the ice cream freezer) also the daily safety audit (like making sure e-stops work, everybody has good tread on their shoes, all guards are in place etc...) and any consumable parts that are put into the machine for the day like cutter wires. Some of this happens just at the beginning of the day, or when supplies come in or every hour.

Comment Re:LOL@"Progressives" (Score 1) 2166

I don't hate conservatism, in fact, I'm slightly right of center on certain fiscal issues and left of center on social issues. I don't think anyone (sane) is implying that Mrs. Palin was advocating the gunning down of Democratic representatives. I don't think in a million years she'd think it would happen. But to post such a map with the phrase "It's time to take a stand" using cross-hairs to mark these representatives is wildly irresponsible coming from the position of authority that she has. This woman is in the national spotlight, there are possible aspirations of a presidential run and people listen to her.

This increases quite considerably the chance that someone on the fringes will act in a extreme way, they see stuff like this and feel as though they've been given carte blanche to take matters into their own hands. So, do you blame her for this? Not directly, but her statements play a factor. The blame lies with the shooter, but there's going to be questions as to what pushed him over the edge.

Comment My list of toys. (Score 1) 458

Most of this has probably been suggested already but here you go:

Erector Sets
Chemistry Sets
Amazing Magnets
Model Rockets (the small ones are cheap and you can have a lot of fun building it with your kids)
I had a 301 in one electronic kit as a kid (components on a cardboard surface, connected together with springs and wires) I wore the thing out.


If it stimulates their knowledge, creativity, or mechanical skills, it's a good educational toy, though it'd be a good idea to see what way they're leaning.

First Person Shooters (Games)

Code Review of Doom For the iPhone 161

Developer Fabien Sanglard has written a code review for id Software's iPhone port of Doom. It's an interesting look into how the original 1993 game (which he also reviewed to understand its rendering process) was adapted to a modern platform. "Just like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom was rendering a screenframe pixel per pixel. The only way to do this on iPhone with an acceptable framerate would be to use CoreSurface/CoreSurface.h framework. But it is unfortunately restricted and using it would prevent distribution on the AppStore. The only solution is to use OpenGL, but this comes with a few challenges: Doom was faking 3D with a 2D map. OpenGL needs real 3D vertices. More than 3D vertices, OpenGL needs data to be sent as triangles (among other things because they are easy to rasterize). But Doom sectors were made of arbitrary forms. Doom 1993's perspective was also faked, it was actually closer to an orthogonal projection than a perspective projection. Doom was using VGA palette indexing to perform special effect (red for damage, silver for invulnerable...)."

Submission + - Flash carts deemed legal by French court (maxconsole.net)

Hatta writes: From MaxConsole: Nintendo has today lost a major court case against the Divineo group in the main court of Paris. Nintendo originally took the group to court over DS flash carts, however the judge today has ruled against Nintendo and suggested that they are purposely locking out developers from their consoles and things should be more like Windows where ANYONE can develop any application if they wish to.

Submission + - Major bug in Avast cripples computers

NichardRixon writes: Certainly most Avast users (and Slashdot?) have heard by now that a major bug existed in the anti-virus code update released last night. This bug caused cascading false positive reports of DELF-MZG and Zbot-MKK trojans. (A supposedly fixed file was released this afternoon.) When one of the "infected" files was identified the software would often report that it couldn't be moved to the quarantine because there was no space available, regardless of how much space was actually free. This prompted many people to delete the "infected" files. Successive scans, including start-up (safe mode?) scans, continued to report false positives. The only way to deal with most of the files identified was to delete them. System files, restore points and other files were effected. The advice offered by Avast at this point is to restore the files in quarantine. Mine contained eight files out of more than a hundred deleted.

Avast's complete response can be read here: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=51647

Don't bother visiting the website with the intention of commenting or asking questions. At least in my case, they have forgotten who I am, and I am not able to log in.

Submission + - Workstation vs. Desktop GPU myths debunked (icrontic.com)

primesuspect writes: A lot of enthusiasts think you can take a $250 desktop level GPU, flash the bios with a hacked version, change drivers, and magically have an $1800 workstation-level card. Icrontic went to the source and asked the engineers directly: What's the difference?

Submission + - Internet uprising in Spain against proposed change (google.com)

[rvr] writes: Last Monday, the Spanish Goverment published the latest draft for the Sustainable Economy Act, which would enable a Commission dependent of the Ministry of Culture to take down websites without a court order, in cases of Intellectual Property piracy. On Wednesday, using Google Wave, a group journalists, bloggers, professionals and creators composed and issued a Manifesto in Defense of Fundamental Rights on the Internet, stating that "Copyright should not be placed above citizens' fundamental rights to privacy, security, presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection and freedom of expression". Quickly, more than 50,000 blogs and sites re-published the manifesto. On Thursday morning, the Ministry of Culture Ángeles González Sinde (former president of the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences) organized a meeting with a group of Internet experts and signers of the Manifesto. The meeting was narrated in real time via Twitter and concluded without any agreement. On Thursday afternoon, the Prime Minister's staff had a private meeting with the Ministry of Culture and some party members (who also expressed their oposition to the draft). Finally, Spain Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero announced in a press meeting that the text will be changed and court order will continue to be a requirement, but still will search for ways to fight Internet piracy. However, many activists remain skeptic about this announcement.

Submission + - Introducing L2Ork, World's First Linux Laptop Orch

Agram writes: "Who says penguins cannot make music? Take a netbook, wiimotes, nunchuks, and hemispherical speakers (which were once IKEA salad bowls), toss it up with some Ubuntu goodness and what you get is Virginia Tech's L2Ork, World's first Linux-based laptop orchestra. With its affordable design and support from the Linux community L2Ork hopes to bring laptop orchestras to K-12 education and beyond. So, regardless whether you wish to hear how L2Ork might sound or to learn how to build your own Linux-based *Ork infrastructure, perhaps this is a good opportunity to reopen the age-old debate: is Linux finally ready for some serious audio work?"

Submission + - Nokia offers glimpse of Symbian facelift (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: Nokia has offered a sneak peek at its overhauled Symbian user interface, as the phone giant hits back at rumours that it's planning to ditch the OS. The company will roll out a completely re-engineered user interface in 2010, aimed at addressing many of the criticisms associated with the OS. "We will reduce the clutter and improve the input methods including multitouch and single tap," Kallasvuo told delegates. "It should be just two taps to get to your favourite music or videos, rather than eight. We'll improve browser experience so that it's a quicker, flash improved, media experience with pinch-to-zoom and so on."

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