Driving 3 miles one-way out of your way to save 5 cents on gas. Depending on your car's tank size and fuel economy, you would save as much as a dollar, or potentially come out worse. My car takes premium (3.80 gallon here), gets 32 MPG real-world, and has a 12 gallon tank. 12 cents per mile means 72 cents to drive… » 10/14/14 11:06am 10/14/14 11:06am

"*is black and qualified to comment*"
Fuck that. You're a human being, and as such you are entitled to your experiences and perceptions as a human being. You are therefore qualified to comment. I will do my best to assess the merits of your commentary on their content, and nothing else.
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You need to absorb energy to detect something. A camera, for example, absorbs reflected light to form an image. Microphones record energy (vibration) waves. If an atom gives off a photon, it gives off energy and changes. Because the act of observing changes the system. At this level, looking means changing. » 8/25/14 3:41pm 8/25/14 3:41pm

HTML/CSS, JavaScript, Java, C#, and Python cover all the basics. Any languages you learn on top of those will be helpful. Objective C, PHP, Ruby are also in-demand in industry and are good feathers in your cap. One last reminder: If there's a language or toolset you hate to use, leave it off your resume! » 8/18/14 12:30pm 8/18/14 12:30pm

I don't know about port replicators, but I do know about gaming: If you're using the embedded HD Graphics chip only, then you should be looking at more casual games (Monaco, Don't Starve, etc.). Tomb Raider and Skyrim may run at lowest settings, but the framerate will still be mediocre at best. So, depending on the… » 8/01/14 1:09pm 8/01/14 1:09pm

For a house cleaning service, you're not directly paying them for the supplies. You're paying them to come to your house and clean. Comparing the cost of somebody coming to your house and providing a service vs. just the supplies is an insane comparison. Last time I did a deep house cleaning, it was $250 for 4 people,… » 7/28/14 8:13am 7/28/14 8:13am

Done the Miracle Berry thing before. You can get them from ThinkGeek. They're trippy as hell. Just be warned: Eat a lemon, it tastes like lemonade, but you've still just eaten a raw lemon. Do that a few times in a short period with various foods and bits of your anatomy other than your tongue will be less than… » 7/01/14 12:46pm 7/01/14 12:46pm

"Can you do better than that?" leaves room for them to say "No", which is not what you want. "I'm sorry, but to close this deal you'll have to do better than that" is a bit nicer, but every bit as pointed and strong.

The other part that goes with this is: You have to be willing to walk away if they can't do better than… » 5/14/14 8:57am 5/14/14 8:57am

For those who use Android devices (not sure about iStuff), check out Warmly. It works great for me. Starts with birds gently chirping, and slowly builds to louder sounds which can't be ignored. Also turns on the screen with an orange glow, so there's some light stuff going on as well. Probably not as nice as the $60… » 3/28/14 2:45pm 3/28/14 2:45pm

"I guarantee that none of the white people who have read this story believe that this act is racist. "

White. Horrified by the racist act of these students. Frustrated at your racist response lumping all "white people" together. Some of us are actually trying to find equal ground and fight for equality. Are you? » 2/25/14 10:32am 2/25/14 10:32am

Tips:
1) Avoid e-bay on things that are easier to make frauds of or cheapen (Hand bags, perfume, some collector's items)
2) On Amazon, filter search results to items sold from and shipped by Amazon
3) If Amazon doesn't have it, try the manufacturer directly. Many will have a list of official resellers. For example: Wacom… » 12/17/13 1:19pm 12/17/13 1:19pm

It greatly depends on what KIND of coding you're doing. For example: Learning about Design Patterns is a great way to help you learn the value of using Classes and Interfaces in an object-oriented language. For something like JavaScript, learning about unobtrusive JavaScript will help you organize and encapsulate… » 12/13/13 12:36pm 12/13/13 12:36pm