top Ask Slashdot: Future-Proof Jobs?
Science & engineering are both good fields. By science I mean disciplines like physics, chemistry, biology and the like. By engineering I mean mechanical & electrical/electronics engineering and similar fields. These fields have a higher than average likelihood of leading to a fun job with reasonable pay and lower than average unemployment.
Taking care of old people will also be in increasing demand, but I'm not sure that those jobs ever will pay well.
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top AT&T Exec Calls Netflix "Arrogant" For Expecting Net Neutrality
I'm already paying AT&T to deliver Netflix. Seems to me the carriers expect to be paid twice for the same service, once by the source (Netflix) and once by the destination (me).
top Ask Slashdot: Anti-Camera Device For Use In a Small Bus?
Digital camera detection (based on the reflective properties of sensors) has been solved for movie theaters.
One possible solution for your problem might be to install a generalized version of those systems (say, light sources in four corners of the room/bus, and reflection detectors distributed all around), coupled with steerable light beams (e.g. lasers) that get pointed at the detected locations.
top Ask Slashdot: A Cheap US Cellphone Plan With an Unlocked Phone?
BYOP (bring your own phone) T-mobile value plan. Here in Chicago the coverage seems better than AT&T (e.g. no holes at Lake Shore & Monroe and near UIC).
top On the iPhone and Apple's Meteoric Rise To the Top
...because it makes it easier for Apple to continue to support them with iOS updates...
One would think though, but they don't. Apple doesn't support even relatively recent 'old' hardware: they abandoned the $500 (no subsidies back then) 2008 iPhone in June 2010 when iOS 4 came out, after merely two years! No security fixes, nothing. And since most app developers don't bother with iOS backwards compatibility, most newer apps (and app updates) don't run on that phone either.
top Atlantis Lands, Ending the Shuttle Era
So now that we finally got rid of the shuttle, how about giving that other big orbiting bottomless sink of of money a good dunking in the Pacific, and then get on with actual science?
top Several Student-Led Experiments To Fly On Endeavour
Why does NASA feel the need to waste my tax dollars to repeat this nonsense over and over?
top DHS Chief: What We Learned From Stuxnet
Last I checked DHS are part of the US government. So all they needed to find out about stuxnet was to talk to their Federales buddies who helped create it.
top Activists Seek Repeal of Ban On Incandescent Bulbs
Compact fluorescents have truly horrible light quality compared to incandescent lighting. Unfortunately CRI (color rendering index) is not required information on light bulb packaging. As I found out the hard way CFLs are also unsuitable for most types of enclosed fixtures, due to the temperature sensitivity of the electronics. And they smell really bad when they fail.
top Apple Releases IOS 4.3 Beta To Developers
Does this support the iphone 2?
top Electromechanical Switches Could Reduce Future Computers' Cooling Needs
...if he were still alive. He built his (and the world's) first programmable binary computer with program storage, the Z3, from old mechanical relays.
top The Surprising Statistics Behind Flash and Apple
'Installed' doesn't mean 'enabled'. Plus, 87% of all statistics are made up.
top iPhone 3G Fix Via IOS 4.1 Coming Wednesday
The 16 GB iPhone 2G appeared in February 2008.
top iPhone 3G Fix Via IOS 4.1 Coming Wednesday
How about a pdf vulnerability fix for the 2G? Or is it too much to ask for some basic OS support for a 2 year old $500 Apple product?
And while they are at it, maybe they could reverse the recent degradation of the 2G map accuracy. Might be just AT&T reducing the number of 2G towers, though.
top Neil Armstrong Criticizes Obama's Space Strategy
...Armstrong also needs a good dunking in the Pacific.
top ESA Wants ISS Extended To 2020
..is a good dunk in the Pacific. Flying people around in low earth orbit is neither science nor particularly inspirational as human spaceflight, and uses up billions that could fund real space science missions.
top Best PC DVR Software, For Any Platform?
I like SageTV (
http://www.sagetv.com/ ), especially the one-click commercial skipping; it has (had?) its occasional hiccups, but this might also be a function of how much one fiddles with the hardware/software setup :-) It seems pretty mature (it's at v6.x by now), has an active user/contributor base, and handles multiple receivers and set top/converter boxes with IR control nicely. It has a free trial.
top Online "Guilds" Mirror Real Life Gangs
http://lanl.arxiv.org/abs/0812.2299 is a better (free) link to the preprint.
top Passengers Cheat Flu Scan With Fever Reducers
...and was therefore dropped by e.g. Hongkong as a response to the swine flu 'pandemic'. While we were there in May they changed their policy from quarantine to supervised medication once a day. Would have sucked to get stuck there for a whole week just because of elevated facial temperature - whether it's caused by H1N1, or 'normal' flu, or just because you're lugging heavy bags around after dehydrating for 12 hours in some damn' UA airplane with smelly watertanks.
top Broke Counties Turn Failing Roads To Gravel
Yep - you could see that when they redid I-88 near Chicago: they only put maybe a foot of gravel instead of the three needed to get drainage below frost level - this guarantees frost damage and the next rebuilding contract.
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