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France Demands Skype Register As a Telco

trainsnpep Re:I live in France, and see no need for this... (209 comments)

Just to clarify for those of you who don't live in France, Free is a local utility with low cost plans. Cheap mobile (I pay about $25/month for unlimited calls within France, unlimited calls to 40 countries, unlimited texts, and 3GB/month at 4G speeds). Cheap at-home triple play.

about a year and a half ago
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Fun To Be Had With a 10-Foot Satellite Dish?

trainsnpep Birdbath (386 comments)

A birdbath for ostriches and emus. Except, you need to leave it on the ground since they can't fly.

about 4 years ago
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Modded Nintendo Lets You Play Mario With Your Eyes

trainsnpep Re:Possibly Fake? (112 comments)

It's not fake. I work with them. They're demoing it at National Instruments week-long conference (NI Week) in Austin.

Sloppy editting? Maybe. Fake? Nope.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

trainsnpep What did you say? (727 comments)

Did anyone else see the humor in this appearing twice in Google Reader?

more than 4 years ago
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Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?

trainsnpep I'm not narcissitic at all (1316 comments)

I'm going to graduate in less than two months. I'm not narcissitic at all. I know I reflect on myself too much to be absorbed in myself. I'm completely perfect.

But in all honesty, I've seen a number of my colleagues who think they're hot shit, who really aren't. They talk about how they're going to be hot-shot devs for some up-and-coming game company, but I'm betting they're going to be working 65 hours a week and burnout in a few years.

Me? I've got a pretty good job lined up with good benefits. I'm not expecting to travel at all, or be given rewards for doing a good job. I do expect that if I consistently do a good job and do better than expected of me that I'll be rewarded in some way. I'd much rather have a less super-star job and a relatively stress-free 40-45 hour work week. What does everyone else here think of that?

P.S. I hope someone got the reflective joke...

more than 5 years ago
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Best Wi-Fi Portable Browsing Device?

trainsnpep Older Palm Pilots (426 comments)

Some older Palms have Wifi with decent browsers. I'm fairly sure they support Javascript. They'd be nice and cheap, but their battery life is limited.

more than 5 years ago
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Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?

trainsnpep Just do it. Go abroad, whatever you have to do. (386 comments)

I'm a senior CS student at Rice University who studied abroad the first semester of my sophomore year. The hoops you have to jump through to study abroad are worth it.

You probably don't really need to take technical courses every semester: there may be a light one with courses you can put off. I had to take a 3 week summer course and adjust my schedule a bit, but I made it to Florence, Italy for a semester. If you absolutely cannot go abroad for a full semester, do a summer program or go after you graduate (I knew a kid who graduated, then still went abroad for the experience).

Decide what school you want to go to based on whether you want to experience the culture or drink. A lot of the schools built for studying abroad have people who just go abroad to drink. I was at one of those schools although I would've liked more cultural things and less drinking. It's up to you.

I took no technical courses while abroad. I actually fulfilled a number of university requirements (arts and social sciences).

Make sure you clear all the courses you're going to take with your advisor: they should know you might be taking a semester off of CS. Make sure that you also get any classes you want to transfer approved beforehand. Get signatures.

(It may actually be cheaper to go abroad if you're currently going to a private school. If you have scholarships, some of them may pay for you to go abroad)

If you can't find some time to go, you don't want it bad enough. Feel free to contact me if you have any more specific questions.

more than 5 years ago
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Cool/Weird Stuff To Do On a Cluster?

trainsnpep Ackermann (608 comments)

Start cranking out Ackermann values.

more than 6 years ago

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trainsnpep trainsnpep writes  |  more than 7 years ago

trainsnpep writes "I'm a sophomore undergrad CS major. I'm also lucky enough to have better-than-average eyesight. Now how do I keep the two? I've heard from various anecdotal sources that staring at a monitor too long is bad for your eyes, but I don't recall ever seeing an actual scientific study on it. How long is it safe to work before I should take an eye break, and how long should the break be? Do you know of any way to ease the supposed strain on my sight? Is it even an issue?"

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