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Comment Re:Windows 10, Windows 10, Windows 10! (Score 2) 463

Not only that, in windows 10 unless you pick an ugly-as-fuck high contrast theme, the default themes have almost* no difference between the focused window and other windows, making it infuriating to use on a two-headed PC since I have no way of knowing where the focus is.

*: I noticed that the focused window's title text is slightly less gray, that's it.

Comment Re:Weirdness on the internet (Score 1) 6


Take ye your vorpal sword in hand and and find that frumulous Lagbeest. One, two! Through and through!

Or if you're using your ISP's DNS servers, try an alternate set (Google's at, opendns is, maybe your ISP's server just sucks. Or set up your own local caching (or recursive, if you don't want to use Google or OpenDNS or your ISPs broken servers) nameserver.

Comment Weirdness on the internet (Score 1) 6

Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
did gyre and gimble in the wabe
All mimsy were the borogroves
and the mome raths out grabe.

(in High School one of our English assignments was to memorize and recite a poem of our choosing. I chose Hard Mode, and memorized all of The Jabberwocky. For the next stanza I only remember Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite! The claws that catch! and something about a frumulous Bandersnatch. Third stanza starts something like So took he, his vorpal sword in hand and the rest is all gone.)

On a more serious note, it looks like Sprint is having some issues with some of its peering http://www.internethealthrepor...

Comment Re:I'd be excited too, if Comcast lost my address (Score 1) 68

The city should require the cable monopolies to provide service to everyone they can in their monopoly areas

It's the city blocking it (or at least was, I see all sorts of articles about the mayor THINKING about changing Rule 2-2009, but I haven't seen a single one about it actually being changed).

In order to install new telecom cabinets, 60% of the OWNERS (not the person renting the house, whatever guy in Florida or China or wherever who owns it) of the buildings within 100 feet of the cabinet has to approve the construction, and nonresponders are considered "No" votes.

Seattle is weird.

Comment Typos (Score 1) 15

If you're referring to the book, I took great pains to leave the stories as close to how they were presented in the magazines as possible, leaving typos in. One story I got from Gutenberg had typos edited out, I re-inserted them. Five of them were printed in the bound versions of the book and PDF from cleaned-up scans of the original stories. I saw three in Leinster's story.

Comment Re:That's 129.2F if you're interested. (Score 2) 353

My mother spent most of my childhood while I was learning metric ranting against the metric system. She was absolutely convinced it was a plot to rip her off: that a gallon of milk would be rounded down to 3 liters and still cost as much, that a 5 pound bag of sugar would be rounded down to 2kg and cost as much, and so on.

The "shrink ray" effect of inflation proved that switching to metric was not necessary to rip everyone off, but I suspect that at the time, enough housewives felt the same as her that attempts to switch America to the metric system went nowhere.

Comment Fellow Gen-Xer here (Score 1) 346

Yeah, all that. I bought into the same life script. I'm behind where you are, however. I don't have a portfolio, and my wife and I still have leftover college loans we're working on. And two kids. We're focusing on the college loans at the moment. After that it's portfolio time. We'll miss maybe the next 3 years of investment while we focus on getting caught up.

And like our millennial friends under discussion, I have a side job. The whole purpose of which is to get those old college loans paid off so I can get to Happy Portfolio Land and start working on my retirement. I can pay the bills with my current job easily, but progress on old debt is glacial without the second income. I hope to be where you are right now, as soon as I can manage it. And I'll check into your reading list - sounds interesting.

And I'll also offer up a good tip to anyone reading this article this far down. I know an excellent way to score a second job, which I discovered accidentally and has worked well for me: Work well at your current job, and then quit under amicable terms, and offer to help out after you're gone.

If your current job is something you could do part time from home (and let's face it - a lot of IT jobs with a little creativity and a few bash scripts could be), then make that happen. Use your time at work to groom it as a second job. Optimize everything. Work it like you're trying to put yourself out of a job. Then put in your two weeks after you find something better. At this point your negotiation skills will come in to play. Make your pitch. Your employer gets the benefit of having the same work done, by the exact same guy, but at half price. And they don't have to pay for insurance, vacation time, etc. Your new job will cover all that, and your old job will become your extra income. This isn't theoretical advice either, I have actually done this.

A few style points to mention. Give old job your cell phone so they can contact you, but let them know that your full time job is a priority. Don't endanger your bread-and-butter job over any issues with the side job. And one last point - if you do this, do not cheat on your taxes. Ever. Claim all your income. Your old job will be reporting you as a liability, so the IRS will already know about you. Play it above board, always. You'll thank me later.

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