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Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

ZX-3 Re:Radicalization (868 comments)

A comparison with the IRA has its limitations: The IRA mission statement was not the destruction of the entire UK.
The last time the existence of the UK was threatened, it actually did attempt to continuously bomb its enemies.

about 6 months ago

USB Is the Devil's Connection

ZX-3 Re:USB is pure evil for different reason. (474 comments)

> Without looking closely you have a 50/50 chance of getting the correct orientation.

And yet it typically takes three tries to get it turned the right way...

more than 4 years ago

1979 Apple Graphics Tablet vs. the iPad

ZX-3 Re:so why don't they make them anymore? (81 comments)

The KoalaPad was also available for Apple. I had one for my Apple ][+. It plugged into the game controller port and came with a pretty decent paint program.

more than 4 years ago

Coming Soon, Smartphone-Based Banking

ZX-3 Re:I have some questions (187 comments)

I can only speak for the USAA experience, where your funds are available immediately (up to a $10k/day limit, I believe) and there is no extra charge. I have successfully deposited checks that were not even made out to me (they were endorsed over to me).

The only time I ever had trouble was when a careles signer got part of their signature over the account numbers at the bottom of the check.

more than 4 years ago

Can You Trust Chinese Computer Equipment?

ZX-3 Re:Yellow paranoia (460 comments)

There's no color change:
1. The Soviets weren't called red because of their skin color.
2. China is also known as "Red China".

more than 4 years ago

Working Off the Clock, How Much Is Too Much?

ZX-3 Try Government Contracting (582 comments)

I'm a software developer on a federal contract. My hours are _capped_ at 80hrs/2wks.

If I have to stay late early in the pay period, I have to leave early later in the pay period. Working extra hours requires advance approval and enough paperwork that it is almost never done. My contracting company faces penalties if they let/force us to work "off the clock". I have been told that this is to prevent preferential treatment in future contract bids (it would not be fair if a company had a reputation for working more than they bill), but I don't know if that's the actual reason. I have also heard that it is because we are at a client site, and cannot work unless government people are there to babysit us, and they rarely work extra hours. Either way, I have a lot more free time, and better pay, compared to when I was in dot-coms.

more than 5 years ago

Computer Reveals Stone Tablet "Handwriting"

ZX-3 Re:Data Storage Medium Longevity (42 comments)

Back then, they hadn't yet discovered that you could chisel a notch on the edge of the tablet and then use the other side.

more than 5 years ago

What Does a $16,000+ PC Look Like, Anyway?

ZX-3 Re:For my fellow USians.... (495 comments)

Well, we could take that to heart and call people from the People's Republic of China PRCians (to distinguish them from the Chinese in the Republic of China, Taiwan)

We already have "Red Chinese" for that!

more than 5 years ago

Mathematicians Deconstruct US News College Rankings

ZX-3 Re:This is news? (161 comments)

When it comes to landing a job, it's the other way around: Ranking within majors (let alone concentration within majors) is meaningless and the only thing that matters is the overall university ranking. All recruiters, headhunters, and HR departments know is the overall reputation. That's why Ivy beats everything, and might-as-well-be-ivy (MIT, Stanford, Duke, etc.) beats everything else.

more than 6 years ago


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