top Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money
Rich people tend to be in debt, because they use debt to increase their wealth. They don't, as a rule, go into debt to accumulate stuff.
This is, in fact, the fundamental difference between rich and poor.
top Consumer Reports Says Tesla Model S Is Best Overall Vehicle
I don't know whether 'importunity knocking' is original to you, but that phrase made my day.
top Door-To-Door Mail Delivery To End Under New Plan
To discourage such shenanigans, many states require that creditors allow a certain minimum amount of time - typically 14 days - between actual receipt of your bill and the payment due date. You might want to look into this.
top Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated
I am an avid reader who just received my first Kindle as a Christmas present. A couple of books later, I have noticed that my reading speed on the Kindle is a fraction of what it is for the same text on paper. I decided to re-read a novel before starting its sequel, and after a few chapters switched back to my old paperback. I found myself reading about 3 times faster on the physical book.
This is at least partly because there is so little text per page on the Kindle, a function of both display size and line- and letter-spacing. But beyond that there is also an issue with readability or legibility. The font used on these devices is remarkably ugly.
These are not permanent, unchangeable characteristics of E-readers, so I hope things will get better as the products evolve.
about a year and a half ago
top Why Can't Industry Design an Affordable Hearing Aid?
But they do sell millions. How many old people live in Europe, Japan, and the USA?
top Man Arrested In Greece For "Blasphemous" Facebook Page
Unlike you, I do automatically respect people with nice hair.
top US Appeals Court Says Bank Liable For Losses From Poor Online Security
The rudeness quite obviously lies in the 'F' of RTFA. We are so used to the acronym that perhaps we forget exactly what it stands for.
top Ask Slashdot: The Very Best Paper Airplane?
This design appears to be identical to one I learned to make from a Klutz Press book. It is called the Nakamura Lock, after its designer, and it is definitely the best paper airplane I have flown indoors. It seems kind of tacky to rename it - the designer should get some credit for his work.
top Why Are Fantasy World Accents British?
Except there were a number of British accents in that movie, including Wesley's.
top Aderall Or Nothing: Anatomy of the Great Amphetamine Drought
And yet, there are many, many people who have used amphetamines every day for years without running into these problems that you claim to be inevitable. Front line troops and military pilots, for example, are routinely expected to self-medicate to optimize their performance. ADHD patients get Adderall from their doctors (when supplies permit). And I have personally known many ordinary people who have used speed recreationally while maintaining their jobs, health, and relationships. Demonizing it is just not helpful.
top Retail Chains To Strike Back Against Online Vendors
I'm genuinely surprised, and faintly horrified, to find someone using Best Buy as an example of good retail practice. In the past few years they have been caught misrepresenting products, selling used products as new, setting up a fake website with inflated prices, and otherwise behaving like dishonest scum.
top Thousands Take To the Streets To Protest ACTA
The phrase is 'blind-sided.'
top Ask Slashdot: Most Efficient, Worthwhile Charity?
'Help' is not even remotely the same as 'give money to.'
top Typically, I touch N computer keyboards daily:
My bad - I posted after reading the existing comments. and I guess I lost track of that important detail.
However, my piano is a digital Roland, hooked up to all sorts of MIDI stuff and to my computer, so it may still qualify.
I'd much rather it were a 1920's Steinway, but I have neither the space nor the budget for a really nice piano.
top Typically, I touch N computer keyboards daily:
I touch two: my computer keyboard, and my piano. Surely there are other musicians on Slashdot?
top Paywalled NYT Now Has 300,000 Online Subscribers
The NYT allows me 20 free articles a month, so your numbers are suspect.
However, that limit does not include articles linked from, for example, Google News or any Google search. Which makes it fairly easy to get around.
top Netflix Kills Qwikster
What's interesting to me is that, up until these two PR blunders, Netflix was highly respected - certainly here on Slashdot - both for its efficient operation and for an unusually enlightened attitude towards customer service and satisfaction. How did the same people go so wrong so fast?
top Famous Wildlife Photographer Busted For Using Stock Images
Or as they say, no matter how cynical I become, I can never keep up.
top Researchers' Typosquatting Stole 20 GB of E-Mail
U.S. postal regulations explicitly state that if you receive unsolicited goods in the mail, they are yours to do with as you wish - you have no obligation to the sender. The liability is always with the sender. This is to discourage certain obvious scams.
If something is delivered to you which is clearly intended for someone else (i.e., right address, wrong name), things might get more complicated. I don't know the legalities in that case.
top Ask Slashdot: CS Degree Without Gen-Ed Requirements?
Clearly, you are not someone who values 'superior writing skills.'
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