Giving up the day job?

Running a successful startup on your off time? Kenny Herbold reminds us that giving up the day job will cost more than just the salary:

According to a survey published by the US Chamber of Commerce in January 2004, employer paid benefits averaged 42% of an employees salary in 2002. That means you need an additional 35 – 45% more than your current salary to make up for these lost benefits.

Bob Parson’s Rules for Survival

Bob Parson, founder of Go Daddy (who hosts this website), has written down some of the rules he lives by:

1. Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we’re in our comfort zone. I hear people say, “But I’m concerned about security.” My response to that is simple: “Security is for cadavers.”

And 15 more.

How to Read a CS Paper

Over at Lambda the Ultimate, the regulars are giving some tips on reading academic CS papers:

For a long time I tended to skip the formal stuff too readily. It can even be clearer than the prose, if it’s using a formalism you’re familiar with, anyway. I think the contradiction of formal systems is that they have a higher barrier to entry, but once you know the language they’re easier to understand because there are fewer opportunities for ambiguity.

Canadians at DARPA Grand Challenge

Michael Hiemstra tipped me off to some Canadians that are going to the DARPA Grand Challenge:

Autonosys has also become the only non-American team to qualify for the semi-finals of the 180-kilometre race for driverless vehicles through the Mojave desert, sponsored by the U.S. military’s Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency. The race, which takes place in October, is known as the Grand Challenge.

Good luck, Autonosys!

Alternatives to Evolution

In an open letter to the Kansas School board,
Bobby Henderson demands that if Intelligent Design is to be taught in schools, so should his theory:

Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster. It was He who created all that we see and all that we feel. We feel strongly that the overwhelming scientific evidence pointing towards evolutionary processes is nothing but a coincidence, put in place by Him.