As a fellow mathematics major, I feel like you can transport it to any field—it seems to have sufficient credibility to get you in door almost anywhere. Having a degree in math is like saying you have a degree in thinking. That said, mine transported me to graduate school in an unrelated field. You're still you enough… » 11/21/14 3:41pm Friday 3:41pm

I've said it before and I'll say it again—there is reason that the wood that is in a pallet ends up in a pallet rather than being sold as lumber. It is terrible—splintery, tends to have a lot of internal stresses, its sapwood, etc. If you are going to invest the time to do a project, the cost of buying decent lumber… » 11/21/14 12:33pm Friday 12:33pm

I've said this before, and I'll say it again. If you have landlord/tenant issues, see if there is a law school in your area—many have landlord/tenant or other legal clinics staffed by law students who can provide a lot of good advice (and representation) for free. In the state where I ran across this, for example, the… » 11/20/14 8:30am 11/20/14 8:30am

I seriously commend him for dedicating the time to put in a bazillion screws, and think the aesthetic is pretty cool, even if it isn't my taste. That said, I'd be thinking a custom cut glass top... Sharp metal edges and screw heads where your arms are? Ouch. » 11/19/14 6:54am 11/19/14 6:54am

I'd sort of hope that home buying decisions are based on more than this. When I bought my first home, I think I built an Excel spreadsheet that compared everything I could figure in about home ownership (mortgage costs, insurance, upkeep, taxes, deductions, agent fees) with everything I could figure in about home… » 11/18/14 6:20am 11/18/14 6:20am

USF = Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the FCC. Yet, I reach the same conclusion as you—given that USF is national, shouldn't it be our elected representatives in Congress deciding on how taxes are spent? I'm not against school Wi-Fi, and would probably vote for representatives that argued for it. But… » 11/17/14 1:42pm 11/17/14 1:42pm

I personally think 99.99% of the people whining about net neutrality don't have a clue what it means, so you aren't unique in finding it confusing. I personally think what Obama is proposing is horrible, and I generally support him. Here's the way it breaks down in my mind: » 11/14/14 2:59pm 11/14/14 2:59pm

I've looked at Rootmetrics data before—there are some oddities with it. In a lot of cases, I recall their data being skewed to the last launched network. In a city where LTE was just rolled out by a carrier, the speeds were fast because the networks were lightly loaded. As the user base picked up—the carriers pushed… » 11/13/14 3:44pm 11/13/14 3:44pm

Yup. For the longest time, I carried only an AMEX and my ATM card, which was VISA branded and functioned as an alternative where AMEX wasn't accepted. I've now (based on a LH article) started carrying an AMEX Blue card which is pretty much exclusively for groceries, and gets paid off every month. » 11/13/14 2:10pm 11/13/14 2:10pm

Huh? I think you guys are generating confusion where there is none. In all the upper level math I studied, up through and including gradulate level classes in theory, no one used "x" or a dot to denote multiplication, nor did they get fancy with parens, since multiplication is all the same precedence. You just put the… » 11/11/14 10:11am 11/11/14 10:11am

You must have been seriously into Hot Wheels. We have one of those. And it kind of sucks as a clamp. I bought a couple boxes of Bessey 3" spring clamps for about $0.10 a piece, which work well (although adult intervention is required, since my six year old can't compress the clamp): » 11/11/14 9:09am 11/11/14 9:09am