Why the Public Library Beats Amazon
Not everybody can afford a Kindle. My library card didn't cost me a thing to request
Ah, brilliant logic. It didn't cost YOU anything, therefore it is free. Hate to break this to you, but libraries are expensive. Now, I support libraries, but they are not these free resources that just sprout out of the ground. They cost a lot and the money comes from somewhere.
Yeah, the funny thing is my property tax statement itemizes how the taxes I pay each year are divided up.
This past year, my tax statement says that $174.20 of my taxes went toward the library. I saw a 6" Kindle on Amazon for $69. Wi-fi only. So even if I purchased or say my property taxes paid for that Kindle, I'd still have to buy Wi-Fi to use it. That's just so I can use it personally. There's no ability to share that Kindle with anybody. And there is nowhere to physically meet the other people in the community.
Now if you think paying $174.20 is expensive for a library, I paid $2,143 to the local school district. I don't have any kids in school, but I still have to pay for the schools. If you wanted to save money so badly, maybe we should stop paying for public schools and use the money to pay for Kindles instead so kids can learn from those.
Why the Public Library Beats Amazon
Not everybody can afford a Kindle.
My library card didn't cost me a thing to request and I can check out as many books as I can read for free as long as they are returned on time. Heck, I can even check out CD's, DVDs and puzzles for my kid.
Public libraries are great sources for local history, in-person social networking, and meetings on how to become more involved in the local community and volunteering.
Homestar Runner To Return Soon
Dear Strong Bad,
How do you tweet with boxing gloves on?
I mean, you must hit that 160 character limit every time you touch your smartphone and smash all the keys at once with those things.
Seriously, your twitter feed must look like:
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Is Montana the Next Big Data Hub?
My wife and I visited Ludington a few years ago. I love the West side of Michigan.
We were really impressed by the number of people that turned out on a Saturday morning the week before Memorial Day to plant flowers and beautify the town for Tourist season. If an employer looking for a Senior System Engineer was in Ludington or even Muskegon, we would move there in a heartbeat.
For the First Time, Organ Regenerated Inside a Living Animal
This isn't the first time an organ has been regenerated inside an animal.
It's been documented for several years that after a partial liver removal, humans can regenerate livers.
NASA Can't Ethically Send Astronauts On One-Way Missions To Deep Space
"Dedicated to all the people who predicted that the Babylon Project would fail in its mission. Faith Manages."
CryptoLocker Gang Earns $30 Million In Just 100 Days
I believe I got hit by this about a week ago when I clicked on an advert linked on Chicago Tribune's website.
A fullscreen message appeared saying my computer had been encrypted and I had to pay $300 to decrypt it. I pulled my network cable out and had to power off my PC because the keyboard would not work. I was able to boot back up, but when I logged in both regularly and in Safe-Mode, a full white screen saying "please connect to the Internet" appeared and I couldn't use the keyboard again.
I pressed F8 on boot and booted into Safe-Mode Command line only. Once I logged in and saw the command line, I typed rstrui.exe (windows System Recovery) and using the Restore Wizard, restored to a checkpoint from a day earlier. I restarted my PC again and let it boot normally and once I was able to log in without seeing the message, reconnected my network cable.
My PC was never encrypted. The message only said it was. The clincher was before I booted Windows in Safe-Mode, I used a Knoppix DVD to mount the Windows partition and copy off my personal data before I started the recovery process. The data was perfectly readable and not encrypted.
Saturn In All Its Glory
ZOMG There's no stars. This must be a NASA staged event and didn't really happen... on the moon.
Take a closer look towards Iapetus. There's a monolith there that's full of stars.
Russian Meteor Largest In a Century
The 'heat vision' idea might work. Too bad we don't have anything that could direct microwave/RAdio energy into space to Detect And Range the object.
Russian Meteor Largest In a Century
But the California scientists azure us that the system will work.
Swiss Researchers Try to Make it Rain With Lasers
The question is, how many languages can you have with binary based languages?
How about 10?
Paul Ceglia: Facebook Is Doing the Forgery, Not Me
Some people know when to stop digging the hole they're in.
Other people, at that moment, take out the blasting caps and dynamite.
Share Links, Become Extradited To the US
There is a fine line between sharing a link with someone and inflicting it on them.
I'm pretty certain goatse falls on the latter side.
Netflix Deflects Rage Over Price Increase
There is a huge decrease in what is available if we go streaming only.
Out of the 13 DVDs in my queue, only 2 are available by streaming.
Most of those unavalable are Criterion Collection movies by Kurosawa and Ingmar Bergman.
If they remove Babylon5 from my streaming queue before I'm done watching the whole series, I'm going Narn on someone ass.
Women Remain the Ignored Audience In Gaming
Get that 1-up!
Smack my Peach up!
My wife was never into 1st person shooters. Frighteningly enough, she WAS into Mortal Kombat Armeggedon. The sadistic creativity she showed while playing it was light-years beyond what my buddies in college showed.
Federally-Mandated Medical Coding Gums Up IT Ops
What is the ICD-10 code for being a dickless idiot. They could save time by automatically adding it to the record of all Federal employees. OK - maybe not the FBI - honestly I didn't mean you, I was just sayi.....
The ICD-10 codes for being a dickless idiot would be:
Q56.4 Indeterminate sex
F79.1 Unspecified mental retardation with significant impairment of behaviour requiring attention or treatment
Air France 447 Black Boxes Readable
Sacre Bleu! Merde!
Smell Like An Orc
Sorry to be a Grammar Nazgul, but they ride Warg's
IBM Charged With Bribing Korean, Chinese Officials
You don't know the half of how trivial that payment is.
Speaking from first-hand experience with the Danieli v. IBM overtime lawsuit , IBM settled that lawsuit for $7.5 Million. The total amount of time it took them to agree to that amount once the lawyers were all together? 2-3 hours. That's right. For the privilige of claiming no wrong doing, they paid $7.5 Million.
The same bribery thing happened in the late 90's in Argentina. A couple of IBM South America execs were facing prison time over that one. Why isn't there jail time this time around?
Programmer Arrested For Logic Bombing 'Whac-A-Mole'
This guy was really 1337. I never thought of a logic bomb to beat Whack-a-mole.
My own exploit involved a brute-force attack, but the results were hit or miss.
Alex the African Grey Parrot passes away on Sept 7th, 2007
I'm sorry to say that Alex passed away last Friday.
I got the news from another member of my bird club who knew that Dr. Irene Pepperberg did a demonstration with myself and my Grey for our club a few years ago.
Irene's research was instrumental in helping understand the cognitive ability of animals (ironicly, her research started out as trying to help brain damaged humans rebuild cognitive ability through Model/Rival training).
Irene has a big heart and I know she must be crushed from this loss.
If you want to support her research with her 3 other birds (lab space and research assistants aren't free), please donate a check made payable to:
The Alex Foundation MS/062
Department of Psychology
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454
Attn: Alex Memorial
The Alex Foundation is a 503c not-for-profit organization.