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Ask Slashdot: What Books Have Had a Significant Impact On Your Life?

renard What Color is Your Parachute? (700 comments)

Humbly suggest that you explore career options - WCYP? provides a good way in, there are plenty of other options too. When you find a career that inspires you, growing in your capabilities, responsibilities, rank, and salary will seem like the most natural thing in the world, and not the epic struggle it is when you're stuck in a place/career/situation you don't like.

Other suggestions: (1) Make sure you are dating, meeting people (or talking to your gf/bf/spouse if you are attached). The right partner can be a great inspiration. (2) Consider counseling. Just having someone who is paid to listen to your gripes and deep thoughts, a half hour at a time, once a week or so, can be worth a lot, and can often help us get unstuck.

Good luck, let us know how you work it out.


more than 2 years ago

More Stanford Computing Courses Go Free

renard "success"? really? (124 comments)

This open approach looks as if it might be a success with well over 100,000 prospective students signing up to the AI course alone.

Only someone who has never, ever, ever taught a class - much less an online class - would consider the enrollment of 100k students a "success". Personally, I call it an unmitigated catastrophe...

(My awed congrats to any instructor/institution that survives such an onslaught, of course...)

more than 3 years ago

Sentence Spacing — 1 Space or 2?

renard Re:Two for sentences, four for code. (814 comments)

Hear, hear!

The claim of equivalence between a regular inter-word space and an end-of-sentence space would be laughable if it didn't actually serve to trip sincere individuals like the poster up so often. Just pick up any book, magazine, or newspaper, and compare the length of the spaces. You will find the end-of-sentence space is longer in any typeface, and in any professional publication.

What that means for us regular joes: Two spaces, please. It will make your text more readable.


more than 4 years ago

New Litigation Targets 20,000 BitTorrent-Using Downloaders

renard Re:Good thing (949 comments)

Until and unless I upload the ripped copy to the internets I've done nothing wrong.

I agree 100%. And note, no matter what RIAA/MPAA may say, no one has ever been sued - successfully or unsuccessfully - for private duplication. All of the lawsuits, on all fronts, have been over distribution and "making available".

That said, geeks take note: Bittorrent is not a private protocol, and it does fall into the "distribution" category. When you torrent copyrighted material, you are broadcasting your act of piracy to the world.


more than 4 years ago

Rare Lone Neutron Star Found Nearby

renard Re:Am I just being apathetic? (37 comments)

The importance of this discovery rests on its being a "neutron star", which is a particular kind of dense stellar remnant and not really much of a star at all. Neutron stars are made of pure nuclear matter, about a trillion times denser than the usual stuff, and so they serve as interesting probes of strong gravity and nuclear physics. This particular object is only the 8th member of its class of neutron stars, and possibly the closest to Earth of any neutron star. This relatively close (possible) distance, 250 to 1000 light years, also makes it interesting. There are lots of reasons to be interested in stars that are close by (our Galactic neighbors).


more than 7 years ago


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