3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room
Why do the divert the flight over these minor upsets? I assume the flight attendants can distinguish between two people in a minor scuffle and say a terrorist assault on the crew? With locked cockpits the plane is in little danger of being hijacked. One of the flights diverted to an airport in the same state, so not really saving any time. I would argue there is a small increase in the danger by requiring the pilots change their flight plan and land at a (possibly) unknown airport. The diversion inconveniences the rest of the passengers, with no apparent (to me) improvement in safety or solving the situation.
Slashdot Asks: Cheap But Reasonable Telescopes for Kids?
Thanks for posting this link. Like the OP I am interested in getting a telescope but know nothing about them really.
New for 2013: An In-Depth Analysis of Kubrick's 2001: a Space Odyssey
For some reason the furniture and decor of that scene in the space station (white floor, walls and bright red '60s funky furniture) has become popular . The main building at work has been completely redone in this style. Also a new library at UNC. Really awful looking and useless.
Teachers Resist High-tech Push In Idaho Schools
I was on the parent tech committee when we rolled out laptops to every kid in 7 to 9 Jr High, which they took home with them each night. All these were concerns that turned out to be nearly non-existent. You set up the program with some extra units to handle issues and keep the kid with computer.
1. Lost/Stolen devices. Who pays for replacements? Why?
Did not happen to any degree (I don't recall hearing about any but it might have happened). The kids loved the laptops. They "grew up" and treated them as their most precious possession. We did not require them to take out insurance, just replaced from our stock.
2. Damaged systems that need replacement. Who pays? Why?
Happened very rarely. Couple of LCD screens got banged up (closing lid hard with pencil in the joint was the leading cause). Replaced the unit immediately (kid just exchanged at the repair room). We had a cheap source to replace the LCD (vendor set us up with their repair contractor). So no one paid anything.
3. Virus infections and such. What's the turn-around time on support for those? Will the school have extras to loan while they "clean" the students' machines?
Had Mac computers and no virus problems (don't hate me, it was true). We had replacements not loaners so all your data had to be on the server at all times. Any problem with the computer was dealt with by taking in the problem unit and replacing with one from stock. Then offline repairing the turned in unit.
4. Upgrade policy. Will the freshman class have better equipment than the senior class?
These started out as the units just replaced by a slightly faster model. Everyone in all classes got their computers from the same larger stock. All grades turned in their computers at year end and got a "different" unit the next year. But all the same model and style. For what you do with the laptop the fastest and latest is unnecessary. The plan was to replace them after three years with a new batch.
And so forth.
Throwing tech at a non-tech problem is stupid. And tech gets old really fast. And tech needs expensive support.
We had one adult in the exchange room during the day. The best techie student became the person that re-imaged devices (which was the first line of "repair"). And then any true damage was sent out for repair. 900 students with laptops. One person and a volunteer. The only crunch came before the year to image 900 units in a short period of time, but that is where we used adult volunteers and teaching staff in the summer for a week or so.
If anyone is truly interested I can share more details (I would need to look up some of the details, for example the number of extra computers we had in the tech room). Many parents were convinced their child could not be trusted (and many in the community were sure that these juvenile delinquents would immediately steal us blind). But other schools experiences mirrored what we saw. Very low incidents of any problems, these kids really rose to the occasion.
Bill Gates Takes the Stand In WordPerfect Trial
If you read all the Grokaw documentation you see emails from MS execs (including BillG) stating that by allowing Office to have access to these namespace extension it (Office) would have a significant advantage over all other competitive suites (including WP, and the emails may even call out WP by name).
NASA's Twin GRAIL Craft On Their Way To the Moon
Thanks. I eventually found this in the press kit on the NASA site.
NASA's Twin GRAIL Craft On Their Way To the Moon
I am sure there is a good reason, I just cant find it. Seems like a long time to get to the moon.
I use VBA macros in Excel to manipulate data and images that I have to do regularly. Why is VBA good? Because I have not programmed a full program since grad school in Fortran in 1985. I am able to use VBA to take an existing GUI (Excel) and add functionality in short order since VBA is so similar to Fortran. I already store the data (and images) in worksheets for my science research. And when I want to curve fit the data, or rotate, shrink and place 100 images I use VBA. There is a very active community to help you work through the criptic syntax, I usually can get past a barrier in 24 hours. So the reason to keep VBA is for all the thousands of lone users like me just trying to get our work done.
Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Convention Hall Wi-Fi Interference?
You could use this method to make your antennae.
FOX To Host New Cosmos
Which is why the crowd laughed when the Fox Business reporter made that declaration.
FOX To Host New Cosmos
Remember when Fox Business News was booed while filming in Madison WI during the legislative walkout? And the reporter being booed said "This is Fox Business not Fox News". Somehow in FOXlandia there is a distinction.
Mars Rover Opportunity Surpasses 30km Driving
Politics of NASA and congress, I suspect led to the 3 month window. NASA could get funding for the launch and then 3 months of operation (where they were very sure these would last 3 months). Once you are on Mars AND the equipment is still running, then you can ask for and probably get more funding from Congress. In the same vein, if they die around 3 months or slightly after (for whatever reason) NASA can still declare the mission a success (and thus get future funding from Congress). Recall we had a string of Mars missions not working at all. So a short "estimate" is a win - win for NASA and its relations with Congress.
Selling source code?
It is easy to search on Amazon if you load up your book with proper keywords. So someone looking for a book of code snippets would find you. This is how I found the Excel macro snippet book I needed.
There are Excel macro specific help web sites so I have to assume there are similar sites for the code you produced (either by language or function). If not set one up yourself. If a site exists join the community - answer people's help requests and in your sig line have a link or title of your book, subtle advertising. I am not good at social networking but I suspect you add those tools as well (Tweet about code issues). I have watched YouTube videos about coding in languages I don't know - you could create a channel there. Again cross promote the epub book.
Selling source code?
So write a book with your code described and listed and use epublishing to get it out. I suggest a price like $2.99 on Amazon (to get the maximum cut yet still be cheap enough for an impulse spend). Then set up a programming internet help site where you can answer questions and push your book to people who have visited. Include the option to sell them the code say they pay for a download of all the code segments . The heavy code users will pay to not to have to retype your code segments (in the epub book) and people with just a small need will get the cheaper book. Excel macro sites are set up like this, though some of them have actual physical books (I am saving you the nightmare of trying to get a book published).
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Traffic Jams In Your Brain
And recognizing a familiar face in a crowd might be a good survival skill for a species so it knows when to flee. Where as the math calculations are rarely fatal so no driving force for the species to develop speed at this task. Now if everyone who was slow at the task were to be killed off, then those genetically able to do the math would be left over to pass on those genes.
Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions
I live in Minnesota, but just over the WI/MN boarder. And WI roads are the envy of us in MN. They have a higher gas tax and use the money to maintain their roads well. So many people live in WI and work in MN, and buy their gas over here.
How Do You Manage the Information In Your Life?
I too am a Mac user at home. I use Yojimbo as a catchall for important emails and web pages that I "print to Yojimbo). I also save many of these in my email program in appropriate folders (thus doubling my chances of finding something). With documents I am a good filer of information in fairly well organized folders and sub folders.
At work on a PC I don't have an equivalent of Yojimbo (I wish I did and this thread reminds me to look into this further). The corporate email system (Notes) is really non-intuitive on how to save emails in folders that will be available for a long time in the future. The Notes mail database size is limited by the company so files are "archived" without my permission. And yet this does not really work well (and since not under my control I can't attempt to fix). Archives get moved to different locations (server, my computer, various folders) with each revision of Notes and receipt of new computers over time. So I gave up. I am just as good at saving documents so I can find them in the future, I just can't find the email that might have been with them.
I keep a phone log at work and urgent things come in by phone or I can put down urgent To Do items as I have to look at this log regularly. Don't really use stickies on a computer for this stuff.
Sony Discontinues the Walkman
I suspect if we look hard enough we could find some music industry comment freaking out about how this new technology was going to end the world...
MS Gives Free Licenses To Oppressed Nonprofits
I agree. They need to not be party to this bullying tactic by these repressive regimes. Regardless of any side benefits or underhanded motives one might ascribe to MS.
US Lab Models Galaxy Cluster Merger
When two such large object collide in outerspace does it make any noise?