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Ask Slashdot: How Much Is a Fun Job Worth?

johnmat Re:Coins work (397 comments)

I was given effectively the same advice by a recruiter when faced with a choice like this, but its a little more refined: write both your choices on folded pieces of paper and stick them in a hat. Pull one out, and as you open it decide if you are pleased or unhappy you got that one. That instant emotional response is your subconscious chiming in and almost certainly giving you the right answer that your higher brain can not get to.

more than 2 years ago

The Zuckerberg Tax

johnmat Re:One more issue (1065 comments)

And that is exactly the problem with a wealth tax. Property taxes are wealth taxes, and your example shows the argument against them. The same issue applies even more commonly for a retiree. But don't get me started on California property taxes, and the ridiculous effects of the well-meaning Prop 13 which was supposed to help the retirees...

more than 2 years ago

30 Years of the BBC Micro

johnmat Remarkably fast my ass (208 comments)

2 MHz was not all that remarkably fast for its today - the competing ZX Spectrum ran at 3.5 MHz. Although to be fair the 6502 does more per cycle than the Z80.

about 3 years ago

IT Shops Coping With Overloaded 2.4GHz WiFi Band

johnmat Re:iPhone 4S is a huge disappointment in this rega (165 comments)

Smartphone designers struggle with the number of antennas required; and 5 GHz implies an additional antenna. They already have antennas for the cellular network, GPS, increasingly NFC, sometimes FM, WiFi and Bluetooth. The latter two are sometimes combined, but still, that is a lot to fit in a package that is very space constrained.

more than 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Laptop + DSLR Backpacks

johnmat Re:Lowepro Fastpack 350 (282 comments)

I'll second this also. I can get a 15" Macbook (17" would probably fit), Canon 50D, 17-55 f2.8, 70-300, big flash, chargers, compact camera, mini tripod, and a bunch of other junk in. It is small enough to carry-on and put under the seat in front of you as your "personal item", at least in the US. I love it!

more than 3 years ago

220-mph Solar-Powered Train Proposed In Arizona

johnmat Re:Interesting (416 comments)

Are you proposing a catapult instead of a train? Might be faster...

more than 5 years ago

Woman Claims Ubuntu Kept Her From Online Classes

johnmat Re:Exactly (1654 comments)

It is easy without Windows - I just went through this with a Verizon DSL install. When I called and told them I was installing from a Mac, they talked me through logging directly into the modem from Safari, and setting it up through its web interface. No Windows required! (so is that the chicken, or the egg?)

more than 5 years ago

Email-only Providers?

johnmat Google Apps (601 comments)

I don't know why you think Google apps is business only, I use it for my personal email and it works great. You get all the benefits of gmail with your personal domain.

more than 6 years ago


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