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+ - Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov shot dead in Moscow.

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An anonymous reader writes "BBC News Reports

An unidentified attacker shot Mr Nemtsov four times in central Moscow, a source in the law enforcement bodies told Russia's Interfax news agency. He was shot near the Kremlin while walking with a woman, according to Russian-language news website Meduza. "Several people" had got out of a car and shot him, it added. Mr Nemtsov, 55, served as first deputy prime minister under the late President Boris Yeltsin in the 1990s.

Meanwhile, various sources report a massive gathering of protestors at the site of the shooting."

Comment: Re:You get used to it. (Score 1) 134

by Quirkz (#49149911) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

In college during one spring break I unintentionally went on a 27-hour cycle and rotated through an entire week, 3 hours per day. And that's with actual sunlight still in the sky to theoretically keep me in line. I was pretty happy being up 17 hours and sleeping 10 (or 18/9) without much trouble, other than not always having a way to get something to eat when I was hungry.

An extra 40 minutes sounds relatively minor, especially if the whole world is on the same schedule. I'd say wake 20/sleep 20, or, if it's really that exhausting, just sleep the extra 40.

Comment: Re:Two options (Score 1) 460

by djrobxx (#49144885) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Old PC File Transfer Problem

WFWG will do file transfers fine, just remember to enable the NetBEUI protocol on XP, because WFWG doesn't natively speak TCP/IP.

Failing that I'd probably try to get laplink (DOS has a built in version called INTERLNK/INTERSVR) going against a more modern machine with a real parallel port. The disk might get interesting (remember you need a FAT32 volume and DOS 7.1 or later). A USB stick might actually work if the BIOS presents it to DOS as a fixed disk.

Comment: Re:One thing for sure (Score 2) 528

by Quirkz (#49141993) Attached to: Machine Intelligence and Religion

I think saying Asimov's writing demonstrates the laws are bad is an oversimplification, at best. He used the laws to create and guide interesting logical and philosophical problems that could be worked out through the story. I always saw them as more like rules of a game that had to be followed rather than being presented as ideas that were simply bad.

Comment: Re:The big thing that is missing (Score 1) 631

by djrobxx (#49141661) Attached to: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules

Local loop unbundling only made sense for traditional DSL since there is typically a dedicated pair of wires back to the CO that some other company can tap into and truly provide better service. With Time Warner Cable, or even AT&T VDSL (U-verse FTTN), there's a lot of shared infrastructure between your home and the central office. That makes the prospect of "unbundling" the infrastructure from the provider less technically feasible.

In both cases there are already choices of ISPs: Earthlink Cable, and DSLExtreme TrueStream. The choice, however, is mostly an illusion. If the connectivity sucks, "having a choice of ISPs" doesn't really do you a damn bit of good, you're actually renting the same connectivity you would have had from the incumbent provider. Speeds and pricing (the things you really want competition for) are also pretty much dictated by the incumbent. About the only thing it's good for is the possibility of improved customer service or add-on services like email servers. With the incumbent taking the lion's share of the profit, those improvements tend not to be so great anyway.

With old telephone infrastructure not able to keep pace with old cable infrastructure, we're facing a true monopoly. We need to encourage deployment of new fiber infrastructure or other alternatives. I'm afraid making existing companies share their aging infrastructure isn't going to be very fruitful.

Comment: Re:Attitude (Score 1) 286

by Quirkz (#49137473) Attached to: An Evidence-Based Approach To Online Dating

Don't want to pester you, but I still haven't seen a way to send you the book. Just let me know.

I think you and I are nearly the same age. The novel's set in Chicago in the late 90's during the dot-com boom and bust, just when I got out of college. The dating scenarios may be appropriate to you now, but the tech world ought to be familiar to you, too.

Comment: Re:Politely Disagree (Score 2) 696

And DOS commands are still quite useful. I find myself teaching younger admins DOS stuff on 'doze cmd.exe more and more. Sure, Powershell exists, but it's not ubiquitous yet, and oft-times Powershell running files as scripts is disabled by default, so batch files are still pretty useful (even if it's just a batch file to enable Powershell scripts and run the argument as a script).

Backed up the system lately?