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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

sls1j Re:Standing desks (348 comments)

My standing desk consists of a wide board laid on top of two 5 gallon buckets which costs a total of $10-15? Why would you ever pay $700-$1000???? Are we so far away from simple ingenuity?

about a week ago
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Intuit Charges More For Previously Offered TurboTax Features, Users Livid

sls1j Hiring a CPA is like buying money and time. (450 comments)

I remember doing taxes one year. I'd spent all day at it. I was unsure I'd done it properly and came out owing around $100 in taxes. On the suggestion of a friend I hired a CPA. He gave me a 30 minute interview, took my various tax related papers, had me sign a few things, and that was it. In a week or two he reported back to me saying I'd be receiving a $1,500 tax return. It only cost $150. It's the best investment I've ever made. I have never done my taxes without a CPA since.

about two weeks ago
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If the Programmer Won't Go To Silicon Valley, Should SV Go To the Programmer?

sls1j My own experience. (294 comments)

I've worked from home for about 14 years, and my software has worked from home for at least a decade. We work well "together" and have been successful. The remote work place has some challenges, but we've adapted. When offering remote support to customers we all are better at it and have a good idea what can be understood and how to go about the work.

One of the big advantages is having the space needed to really think free from distractions of coworkers. I'm definitely more productive.

If your employees won't work unless they are watched you have a management problem not a worker problem. Your employees obviously don't feel the success of the company is to their own advantage. They obviously don't feel like your giving them enough, and I don't necessarily mean money. Does the job make them feel important? Do they feel like they are contributors? Are you as a manager undermining the good they have done?

about three weeks ago
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The Open Office Is Destroying the Workplace

sls1j A solution (420 comments)

I think one of these would be helpful in an open work space.

about a month ago
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New AP Course, "Computer Science Principles," Aims To Make CS More Accessible

sls1j Re:Computer careers and gender (208 comments)

A lot of boys interested in football have problems relating to other people too.

about a month ago
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Material Possiblities: A Flying Drone Built From Fungus

sls1j Most intersting part (52 comments)

Personally the most interesting part is the design of the air frame not the materials. The three motors embedded in the airframe is interesting.

The idea that you could send one of these drones in a sensitive environment and leave it there seems off. Yeah, the air frame biodegrades, but not the motors, electronics, and the most toxic part the battery.

about a month and a half ago
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Should IT Professionals Be Exempt From Overtime Regulations?

sls1j Re:Am I the only one? (545 comments)

Your not the only one. I'm also a software developer that rarely work over 35 hours a week. In fact, even during a push the boss usually sends us home before we'd go home ourselves. He always says that he doesn't want us to do stupid things to the code while were tired.

about 2 months ago
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Programmer Father Asks: What Gets Little Girls Interested In Science?

sls1j This is what works for me (584 comments)

I'm a father of 8 with 4 girls and 4 boys. One of the best ways is to take them out of the cities and into the wilderness, and help them see what is there. To be most effective you need to know what's there yourself. Study the geology of the area, the plants, the animals, the lichens, mosses, mushrooms. When you see something you don't understand ask questions and find the answers. When your children see you learn with a relish they can't help but be curious. Get good at seeing the small and the large so you can point it out. Be good at asking questions. I've found my girls and my boys naturally interested.

Don't just focus on "science" or you'll kill all interest. History is just as important. Science of itself isn't nearly as interesting as adding the human side to it. The stories of how the great ideas of our times came about and how those ideas have been used can make the knowledge come to life in a way that science by itself cannot.

about 2 months ago
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Obama Offers Funding For 50,000 Police Body Cameras

sls1j Constitutionality (262 comments)

Where in the constitution is the president granted power to offer government money to anyone? Oh, it's not there, that's congress's duty.

about 2 months ago
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Google To Lease and Refurbish Naval Air Base For Space Exploration

sls1j It's just search (89 comments)

It's the next logical extension of internet search. "...to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before"

about 3 months ago
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A Library For Survival Knowledge

sls1j Re:Wishful thinking (272 comments)

There's a big problem with raw materials. All the resources that are easy to get are gone. No more near surface iron, copper, zinc, tin, lead, etc.

Try the local land fill.

about 2 months ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

sls1j Is it fission or fusion? (571 comments)

Well, I'm not sure this article is even talking about fusion or fission. The last paragraph of the article is just wrong where the author says that submarines and aircraft carriers carry large fusion reactors. They of course do not. They carry fission reactors. So the author confused fission and fusion once why not twice?

about 3 months ago
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I'd most like to (personally) explore:

sls1j Caves, (246 comments)

Since I already enjoy this activity :) Nothing like being the first person to ever see a place.

about 5 months ago
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Type 225 Words per Minute with a Stenographic Keyboard (Video)

sls1j Programming (109 comments)

This would be an utter disaster for programming. I think I'll keep my QUERTY.

about 5 months ago
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Grad Student Rigs Cheap Alternative To $1,000 Air Purifiers In Smoggy China

sls1j Re:Very original (182 comments)

What un-American??? Seems like he took a leaf out of Benjamin Franklin's book. When Mr. Franklin discovered a more efficient wood burning stove he didn't patent it for the purpose of making sure it would be widely accepted. His design is still being used.

about 6 months ago
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Russia Prepares For Internet War Over Malaysian Jet

sls1j Has anyone considered (503 comments)

It seems to me that the US and Russian leaders are just drumming up public support for an all out war. First it was Syria, then Crimea, and now this plane get shot down. I wouldn't be at all surprised if our dear POTUS and Putin are working closely together to escalate the situation and are just laughing at all the pawns jumping onto the national bandwagon.

I also wouldn't be surprised if the CIA really shot the jet down, or were somehow involved with both sides.

Reading the news from the US, Ukrainian, Russia, BBC, Israel, and China I can't help but think there is something deeper going on. They all are saying about the same thing, though assigning blame according to their own national propaganda.

If public opinion becomes strong enough and national hate is built to sufficient levels in both countries war is going to happen, and millions will die.

Please people don't get sucked into to the nationalist propaganda!

about 6 months ago
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NASA Launching Satellite To Track Carbon

sls1j NSA not NASA (190 comments)

Its just a typo in the article. Really it's just an NSA project to track you and since your tinfoil hats aren't carbon there's nothing you can do to hide. Except maybe crawling in a pile of pencils.

about 7 months ago

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