France Demands Skype Register As a Telco
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.
Hulu To Require Viewers To Have Cable Subscriptions
I got Hulu so that I could cancel my cable subscription
Fun To Be Had With a 10-Foot Satellite Dish?
A birdbath for ostriches and emus. Except, you need to leave it on the ground since they can't fly.
Modded Nintendo Lets You Play Mario With Your Eyes
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.
Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?
Did anyone else see the humor in this appearing twice in Google Reader?
Narcissistic College Graduates In the Workplace?
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...
Best Wi-Fi Portable Browsing Device?
Study Abroad For Computer Science Majors?
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.
Cool/Weird Stuff To Do On a Cluster?
Start cranking out Ackermann values.