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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

CQDX Sharp EL-500 Scientific Calculator (674 comments)

Got it as a gift from Dad when I started junior high in the '70s. I used it daily until I got an HP-11c. I lost the HP sometime in grad school but I still have the Sharp and still use it. I always preferred LEDs over LCDs anyways.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Good Print Media Is Left?

CQDX QST and QEX (285 comments)

QST comes with membership in the ARRL but can also be found in some radio and electronics stores. QEX cost extra but is worth it if you are really deep into building your own stuff. Nuts and Volts is pretty good too. There are electronic versions of these three but I'll only pay for the printed version. If they go electronic only I won't renew my subscription.

4 days ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

CQDX The simple solution is to (353 comments)

give the toddlers a bunch of building blocks and hang the tablet from the ceiling.

4 days ago
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San Francisco's Housing Crisis Explained

CQDX Set up shop in Morgan Hill or Gilroy (359 comments)

Many tech workers with kids and who want a house live down there where it's cheaper. Set up office down there (too) and hire the 30+ set. It will take some of the pressure off of their Mountain View facilities. And it was dumb to expand into SF. It was ridiculously expensive already and very hostile to big business, even ones that are liberal and cool.

5 days ago
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Mathematicians Use Mossberg 500 Pump-Action Shotgun To Calculate Pi

CQDX 2 tips for preppers (307 comments)

First, pack at least couple solar powered calculators. You can get cheap scientific calculators at the dollar store. They'll be worth their weight in gold during the second Renaissance. Second, don't give the mathematician any weapons. Let him be a mule, carrying any tech books you find along the way. Give him a pencil and pad of paper and let him re-derive the whole of known mathematics.

about a week ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

CQDX Re:What does the agreement REALLY say? (477 comments)

It's 4:30 over there. Quit'n time. You'll have to wait until 9am tomorrow before anyone over there is allowed to answer.

about two weeks ago
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New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

CQDX Re:In other news... (477 comments)

Yes, but are their business units in France the ones that do well? Or is their satellite offices in other countries like the UK and Germany that pick up the slack?

about two weeks ago
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Why San Francisco Is the New Renaissance Florence

CQDX Re:You can't have it both ways... (250 comments)

A benefit with Palo Alto and surrounding communities is that you can actually find parking. And it's almost always free! Or if you like to ride a bike, the roads are actually bike friendly. The streets are wide and many with dedicated bike lanes. And for the weekend trek, there are many scenic routes with little or no traffic. Live in SF? Hell no! Disclosure: I'm in Mountain View.

about a month ago
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Environmentalists Propose $50 Billion Buyout of Coal Industry - To Shut It Down

CQDX I believe China and Russia have more coal than us (712 comments)

And there is no way they are going to shutdown their production and usage of coal. This plan would essentially put them in the driver's seat of the world economy.

about a month ago
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Interviews: Ask Larry Augustin What You Will

CQDX What is the appeal of becoming a business man? (48 comments)

Hello Larry, Since you are an EE and started out hacking systems together, I assume you loved working with technology and the open source down at the nuts and bolts level. Now you are a suit, a very successful business man running companies that serve business (CRM!). What's the appeal of sitting in Board meetings, wheeling and dealing on the phone or in teleconferences and all that? It seems to me, if you still had a passion for tech, you would have taken your riches and either started a new company on something cool. Or just retire and use your free time to play with tech.

about a month ago
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Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

CQDX Re:If there is a good series I'm glued to it (146 comments)

Oh yes that version of Sherlock Holmes is very good. I've watched many episodes but haven't finished it yet. It actually motivated me to read the original stories and I took a detour off of television for awhile. And there's Cadfael, another good series (I actually picked that one up when I first saw Sir Derek Jacobi as The Master on Dr. Who). I also watched all the Black Adder episodes too. But I was hoping for more British SciFi, or at least some Dr. Who with Daleks. There are some older pre Eccleston episodes but none with Daleks or other classic adversaries that I've found.

about a month and a half ago
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Time sucked into Netflix or similar, weekly:

CQDX If there is a good series I'm glued to it (146 comments)

Since I missed the original run when they had Babylon 5 streaming I watched 3-5 episodes a day. It was pretty neat to see the entire arc in a matter of a few weeks and how the characters evolved. Same with Red Dwarf. Now I'm just finishing up X-files But other than that there isn't much there that interests me... wish they would do the entire Dr. Who series, or at the entire set of Tom Baker episodes. But in between interesting series my usage drops pretty low and I spend more time streaming Linux Action Show or Linux Unplugged.

about a month and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: When Is a Better Career Opportunity Worth a Pay Cut?

CQDX How much of a pay cut? (263 comments)

Can you still pay your bills and have enough leftover for long term savings? If the answer is yes I'd take the new job.

about 2 months ago
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Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

CQDX Which Yahoo designed Beta?! (221 comments)

I left Yahoo Groups because they totally destroyed their hierarchical UI and make following conversation impossible. Well there was always Slashdot. But now you guys too?! Count me out when you finally switch over.

about 2 months ago
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Update on the March of Progress: How Slashdot's New Look Is Shaping Up

CQDX Oh man what a ship wreck (237 comments)

Sad to say as one of the early /. users, once beta becomes mandatory I'm out of here.

about 2 months ago
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James Dyson: We Should Pay Students To Study Engineering

CQDX Exactly (321 comments)

After using two bagless vacuums and dealing with the clogged filters and cloud of dust when I have to empty them, I refuse to buy anymore. My $40 Dirt Devil with the traditional bag is cleaner and easier to maintain than any of the expensive bagless I've owned in the past.

about 3 months ago
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Thieves Who Stole Cobalt-60 Will Soon Be Dead

CQDX Or mutate into Chupacabra! (923 comments)

Think X-Files did a take on this but it was fungal infection instead of radiation

about 4 months ago
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Code.org: More Money For CS Instructors Who Teach More Girls

CQDX Re:Teaching programmer? (381 comments)

Same here. Got my first computer in '82, a TRS-80 Color Computer, paid for by frying chicken at KFC. Parents didn't want to pitch in because they thought it would be collecting dust in a month. I couldn't even afford a monitor nor disk drive nor software. I had to write my own code to do anything but that was the fun of it. The next big purchase later that year was an Epson MX-80 so I could print out papers instead of slaving over an IBM Selectric. That was fun as I had to write my own single line editor. The hardest part was getting the printer to work. Dad was clueless about electronics and there was no Internet so it was many nights of trial and error with help from hint found in borrowed copies of 80 Micro.

about 5 months ago

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