top Matchstick and Mozilla Take On Google's Chromecast With $25 Firefox OS Dongle
I went to the site as soon as this was posted
Apparently, 500 other people also sacrificed the chance to yell "First Post!"
top Why the Z-80's Data Pins Are Scrambled
There was virtually no CPM software adapted to the C=128
I wasn't aware that it
needed to be adapted. When I think of CP/M software I don't think of fancy programs highly customized for specific hardware -- if it had a keyboard and at least an 80x24 screen, it was happy! Being able to run CP/M software was one of the main reasons I got a C128, and I did so for several years with no more adaptation than setting up book scripts on the floppy to automatically load everything the way I wanted.
top Which desktop environment do you like the best?
I just use whatever inertia pushes my way, like a good little sheepie; It's been several years since I've bothered to seriously re-evaluate many of the options for general use.
top What day of the week is your most productive?
I'm WAY more productive if I don't have to spend a bunch of time doing stuff for my employer!
top Kicktaxing: The Crazy Complexity of Paying Tax Correctly On Crowdfunding
For many, self-employment tax is another really good reason to try to steady things and avoid "bouncing revenue", if there's the chance that you could end up taking a loss the next year. Big profit one year? Pay big tax! Loss next year? Sorry, bud, no refund!
I confess to getting first-hand experience with this, as I'm accounting on an accrual basis, and just paid taxes for a rather large amount of work done that may eventually have to be written off as bad debt, or at the least is going to cost me to collect, since the guys behind the business have disappeared, and I'll likely go into the red next year. Paying >15% tax on money I haven't actually got...ouch!
top Debian + Openbox = CrunchBang Linux (Video)
It's backwards -- must be stack-based...
about a year and a half ago
top Average latency to Slashdot.org?
High latency = slow and
Dialup = slow I wouldn't have thought of "dialup" to describe a high-latency connection. (Gee, by eliminating your local router, it drops a hop, and should be faster, right?)
Years ago, the latency from my DSL provider to some locations was so bad (>500ms ping times) that I actually dialed another ISP on when I was using an especially "chatty" protocol, and enjoyed better overall performance, even though the max theoretical throughput was only 1/20th what the DSL connection offered..
top Ask Slashdot: The Search For the Ultimate Engineer's Pen
That feature was a TSA requirement...
top Hallowe'en is coming. Trick-or-Treaters who visit ...
When I lived in an urban apt., I had fun making scary audio recordings, etc., but I live out so far now that in 13 years we've never had a single trick-or-treater visit us! So, if anyone visits us on Halloween, it'll probably be someone we know and, and they'll just be invited in for a visit, etc.
top Ask Slashdot: Advice On Child-Friendly Microscopes?
Ah yes, I have fond memories of my own long-running "pond water" brew. It was all well until I brought it to school, and my friend convinced me to fill a girl's desk with it. The nun wasn't amused...
top My most recent tax bill was ...
> there is no such thing as a "negative" tax bill.
Wrong. in the U.S. *most* federal tax credits are non-refundable, but not all. If you don't make a lot of money, but qualify for refundable credits, it's quite possible to have a negative FIT bill.
I need nothing deducted from my paychecks, because my FIT bill is negative every year. Now if you add in all of the other federal, state, and local taxes I pay, I still pay more than I get, but those are separate "bills".
top Ask Slashdot: The Very Best Paper Airplane?
Only two? I heard you had to be three sheets to the wind in order to survive a Canadian winter.
top World's Tallest Free-Standing Broadcast Tower Completed
Finally! A tower for my ham radio antennas that'll let my signal out of this valley I live in!
top Where does your electricity come from?
I have no idea, and anyone "on the grid" who claims to know is fooling themselves.
Perhaps. I'm a member of a smallish PUD, and though I'm not involved in the power purchase, we're regularly apprised of where our power is coming from and going to, and have statistics answering exactly that question. We don't have exact accuracy, but we can get a pretty good idea %-wise at any given time.
top Books I bought to read, but haven't yet:
For "dead tree" books (I'm not counting [public domain] audio versions, which I always keep a few downloads ahead of my in-car reading), I'll break them into two classes:
1. Books purchased at retail outlets (always at a discount) because I specifically want to read that book: 90% not read
The vast majority of my library has been acquired opportunistically at 800-page book twice in one day, and yes I quizzed her after the 1st reading, and no I couldn't find any details that she'd missed) she'll clean me out pretty soon, though. At that point, I might have to start paying for a non-resident library membership to a big city....
top How many robocalls do you get each month?
When I receive a call from a toll-free number or unknown number, Asterisk plays the "disconnected" tone, which dumps most autodialers. If no phone#, then they have to enter a reasonable-looking one. THEN, anyone who calls has to press a number to reach an extension. Most *humans* don't even make it past that stage...
top I typically run Windows ...
Nearly the only place I run Windows is in virtual machines, and W2k is a lot lighter and flexible. It's only serving as a compatibility layer for certain software/environments, so why do I want something heavier? Only now am I starting to run across Windows software that I may care about that requires XP.
top Gamification — Valid Term or Marketing-Speak?
I think it's a nice service to bleep stuff that appears on the front page. For one thing, many people *are* browsing it at work where they may find it nice to be able to browse the summaries without triggering content filters or otherwise being bothered by NSFW content. If, after seeing the abbreviated summary, they wish to climb in the manhole, they can click on the article and enjoy all it has to offer.
top New "Last Dinosaur" Find Backs Asteroid Extinction
Sorry, guess if you want to get modded funny, you have to use smaller words. Regardless of which theory is true, though, I'm sure the event was a real gas....
top Cool-Factor Predicted To Spur Energy Conservation
Gives new meaning to the phrase "kill the lights", doesn't it?
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