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Submission + - Being Colder May Be Good For Your Health (

An anonymous reader writes: If you live in a developed nation, you're probably pretty warm throughout most of the day. Enclosed spaces, thick clothing, and heating devices do a good job to keep the cold away. But this hasn't been the case for most of human history. Even in warmer climates, humans often had to deal with chilly nights and tough winters. That's where our metabolic system evolved, and now people are doing research to figure out if that's a better natural state for maintaining our health. One recent study found that "when people cool their bedrooms from 75 degrees to 66 degrees, they gain brown fat, the metabolically active fat that burns calories to generate heat." Another showed that "even after controlling for diet, lifestyle, and other factors, people who live in warmer parts of Spain are more likely to be obese than people who live in the cooler parts." The article talks about people letting their house temperatures drop into the 50s and wearing ice vests during the day, all in the name of further research.
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Journal Journal: My Netgear Router is Dumber Than It Thinks It Is

I upgraded the firmware on my Netgear router today and it wouldn't let me use the LAN IP I usually use for it,, because it thinks my ISP uses that subnet, because I set the router to read from my own internal DNS. Took me awhile to figure out why it thought what it did, because it didn't occur to me that it would care what DNS addresses I gave it.

Comment Re:Here's an idea... (Score 1) 301

Capacity planning: "Based on our performance monitoring over the last 6 months, (show the charts you've made) we have 4 systems that will require additional disk within six months at a cost of $x, and two that need additional memory immediately. My projections go out to a year based on current growth rates of our service."
What, you don't have performance monitoring statistics? You'd better start now. And learn how to do projections based on business growth rates.

Bottlenecks: "When we look at the end to end system, it seems that our primary bottleneck is in our backed SQL database. Transactions take 1.2 seconds to complete, while the rest of the system completes in .2 seconds. We'd like to spend $$ on a DBA to go over and optimize the queries."

Costs: "Running our entire data center costs $y per month. The electric company is due to raise rates in 3 months (yes, you call them and ask!) so our costs will increase to $z. We think we can offset that cost by calling the server manufacturers and ensuring that our warranty will cover things if we reduce our air conditioning by 3 degrees. We also have 6 servers coming off of warranty in 6 months. The cost to replace them will be $x which includes migration costs, and the cost to extend the warranty is $y."

Comment Re:Hands-free is allowed (Score 1) 364

Or in other words, most people on cell phones are intelligent enough to realize they are not driving under perfect conditions and react accordingly.

I think you have "cause" and "effect" backwards here. Drivers on cell phones drive so noticeably bad, that all the other drivers back up and avoid the selfish moron. Cell phone users are also the ones that tend to think they have a right to jam themselves in the passing lanes and then drive slower, thus jamming up traffic all around. Again, they're too damn selfish to just shut the fuck up for a few minutes and get to their destination.

Comment Easy (Score 2, Informative) 149

Use AD.
Even though folks will fuss and whine about AD being not pure LDAP, for all intents and purposes it is, and we've got lots of Linux and other *nix boxes using it for authentication. And remember, you can always extend AD for your custom applications easy enough. It's simple enough that MCSEs can run it.


Submission + - Captain America is dead...

The 4th State writes: "Marvel has killed off their oldest hero...such attrocities have not been seen since 1993 when DC killed off Superman. This was first read on,,2933,257398,00.html . It brings great sadness to such a great hero. After 9/11 many Americans feld back to this comic as he brought hope to a much needing public. What are your thoughts? was this a good move by Marvel? what is coming next??? are they spawning a new comic, or is this the end of the series?"

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