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The Best and Worst Tech-Book Publishers?

jaredbpd Re:Apress and Pragmatic Programmers (271 comments)

I'm surprised more people aren't recommending Pragmatic Bookshelf.

They seem to have great terms for their authors. I guess the only drawback could be that your particular open source book isn't something that fits with their established bookshelf, but it never hurts to ask.

more than 5 years ago

F-22 Raptor Cancelled

jaredbpd Re:Poor Title (829 comments)

I always preferred the F-23 in Jetfighter II. I was sad to see it passed over in real life.

more than 5 years ago

How Do You Deal With Pirated Programs At Work?

jaredbpd Re:Collect the Bounty! (958 comments)

Air Force: Air, Space and CYBERSPACE!

more than 5 years ago

Canadian Fined For Videoing Movie In Theatre

jaredbpd A bit overboard on the second part (382 comments)

I think I'm more bothered by the fact that he can't possess any video recording device, of any sort, outside of his home, for any reason, for an entire year. Last I checked, most people don't automatically walk into a movie theater the second they leave their homes.

more than 6 years ago

The Trap Set By the FBI For Half Life 2 Hacker

jaredbpd Re:shouldn't be legal (637 comments)

"A boat's a boat, but the mystery box could be anything.

It could even be a boat!"

more than 6 years ago



Sidestepping the Santa Myth

jaredbpd jaredbpd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

jaredbpd writes "As the agnostic, geeky parents of a four year old girl, my wife and I are trying to find different ways to address the Santa myth that meets the following criteria:
  1. Does not involve lying to our daughter. We've always taught her the importance of honesty and don't want to give her reason to distrust us when she learns the eventual truth.
  2. Will not ruin Christmas for other kids. She attends preschool and we don't want a bunch of phone calls from irate parents whose children were told "There's no Santa" from our daughter.
  3. Doesn't make her feeling like she's being left out. We've told her that she gets presents from mommy & daddy, but her friends also get presents from Santa.

Our daughter understands the difference between real and make believe, so we're confident that she's mature enough to hear the truth. However, it's a lot to ask of a four year old to keep that truth a secret from her friends, since they still believe. How have the parents of future Slashdotters handled this?"


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