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Comment: Re:CMS (Score 1) 161

by Fireflymantis (#42136699) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Web Platform For a Small Municipality?

I would highly recommend Tiki ( ) as an option as it will probably have every feature you need ready to go. Wiki for main content, forums, article publishing, blogs, forums, chat, calender, data trackers, tons of starter themes, video conferencing, file/image galleries.. the works. The v10 beta is very stable and although it is a bit of a pain to configure initially since the number of options are overwhelming, once it is set up it really rocks. Getting good performance can be a bit tricky, however if you set up the APC module, enable the minify js/css features, and get gzip and proper caching set up on the web server it can be very very fast even on a budget VPS.

Comment: Re:Venue (Score 1) 2

by Fireflymantis (#41717987) Attached to: Slashdot Anniversary: Edmonton, AB, CA
A quick update, I'm still planning on heading to the black dog for ~7:30, will be sporting the original 90's linux tshirt. Hopefully a few people will drop in to say hi, nerd it up for a bit, and mayhaps later, 10-11ish, since I didn't recieve any of the /. shirts, the option to raid the nearby hot-tub party for some swag remains open.

Comment: Re:Really?? (Score 1) 393

by Fireflymantis (#37506592) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Calculators With 1-2-3 Number Pads?
I'm not entirely sure about this, but I'll bite. here's an example, I'm 90% sure that learning to drive stick improved my quality of driving overall. One of my friends even remarked that I was driving a lot smoother, namely the braking and acceleration rates. It effectively stamped the model of the car engine switching through gears into my brain that carried over even when driving automatic. I always felt more in tune with cars thereafter and naturally drove the car with gears in my mind, translating to smoother takeoffs and, well I use to gear down with standard; I miss that functionality driving automatic.

I tried dvorak once and tried hard to grapple it. While trying out the new layout I was very conscious of using the home row - for eventual maximal speed. As a side effect of learning it, I ended up with much better adherence to good typing when having to return to qwerty.

I know some instruments, and I'm fairly sure that as I learn to play new ones.. working on guitar and lyra right now.. generalizations and cross applicative senses of things form such as chord theory, rhythms and melody, moods of music..

As for numpads.. It would be best to only ever have one layout.. right?

Comment: Re:Hershel vs. Hubble (Score 1) 21

by Fireflymantis (#28657941) Attached to: More First-Light Data From Herschel Space Telescope
I RTFA, and it looks like they have compelling evidence of water and carbon in some very stunning places:
Scientists used Herschelâ€(TM)s Heterodyne Instrument for the Far-Infrared (HIFI) on 22 June to look for warm molecular gas heated by newborn massive stars in the DR21 star-forming region in Cygnus. HIFI provided excellent data in two different observing modes, returning information on the composition of the region with unprecedented accuracy and resolution. Scientists observed ionised carbon, carbon monoxide, and water.


Comment: Let CSS work for you! (Score 2, Insightful) 338

by Fireflymantis (#28568747) Attached to: HTML Tags For Academic Printing?
    <title>Abstract of a usable design</title>
    <style type="text/css">
      @media print {
         body { margin: 2.5cm; }
      @media screen {
         body { margin:  50px; width: 50%; }
      body { font-family: sans-serif; font-size: 12pt; }
    <h1>It's so crazy it just might work</h2>
    <h2>and other html inspired musings</h2>
    <p>Why not just use css?</p>
    <p>Also, don't worry about page numbering. that's the browser's job.</p>

+ - 'Profane' Content On 700Mhz Band?

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janitorj writes "As I was reading the manual for my new cellular phone (yes I RTFM), I came across an FCC warning that reads "No person shall utter any obscene, indecent or profane language by means of radio communication." This just means I cannot legally curse during my phone calls, but then I started thinking about all the talk about the high stakes FCC auction for the 700Mhz band. If, as the hype suggests, a large broadband network is created on these frequencies, what will become of internet censorship? The FCC will potentially have jurisdiction over any data sent over its frequencies, so does that mean if this wireless network is created, there will be no more profanity allowed on the internet?"

+ - What is Bill Gates learning from Open Source?->

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christian.einfeldt writes "In the world of Free Open Source Software communities, Microsoft is often viewed as the very epitome of the Cathedral-style model of software production. But is Bill Gates learning from the software development phenomenon that he once compared loosely to communism? In commenting on the results of a Microsoft-commissioned survey of approximately 500 board-level executives about the importance of interpersonal skills versus raw IT coding skills, Gates starts to sound a bit more like a member of the Apache Foundation than the take-no-prisoners king of cut-throat competition: 'Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.' [Emphasis added]. One wonders how long until 'sharing ideas' starts to become 'sharing source' code. Nah. it'll never happen."
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+ - Creating the perfect game content creation tool.-> 1

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LetterRip writes "The team from the Blender and Crystal Space Project Apricot want to know what features would help make Blender the perfect tool for your game content creation work flow. If you would like to turn Blender into your ultimate tool for either creating your original game models, or for adding models for a 'game mod' then please post your request (here or at the blender development forum. The Blender Institutes other major project the open movie Rabbits Revenge (aka Project Peach) has already resulted in some pretty amazing improvements in Blenders tools for creating beautiful fur and for animation."
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Social Networks

+ - 'Virtual theft' leads to arrest ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Dutch teenager has been arrested for allegedly stealing virtual furniture from "rooms" in Habbo Hotel, a 3D social networking website. The 17-year-old is accused of stealing 4,000 euros (£2,840) worth of virtual furniture, bought with real money."
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+ - Unmanned aircraft morphing way past military roles->

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coondoggie writes "Automated unmanned helicopters and other flying aircraft, whose current roles are mostly in the military, will be used to track everything from traffic congestion to forest fires. South Dakota recently used small automated helicopters to scan the safety of dirt roads in rural areas. The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), is looking at a UAV for data collection and aerial surveillance in difficult geographic locations as well as part of its avalanche control program and search and rescue operations. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department thinks UAV's will be useful for traffic watching but also as a crime fighter. The sheriff's department has been experimenting with a number of helicopters for just that application. And according to a recent Wired article, police in Gaston County, North Carolina, said they would use a drone to find drug fields and keep large community events peaceful. Sheriff's officials in Charles County, Maryland, tested an unmanned plane while monitoring a gathering of bikers."
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The Courts

+ - Who is Matthew J. Oppenheim?

Submitted by scrantaj
scrantaj (1165731) writes "Over on Ray Beckerman reports on a new sighting of Mr Oppenheim. "Today in a telephone conference, a voice intervened which was not that of any of the participating attorneys. It was that of the RIAA's "mystery man", Matthew Oppenheim, who was secretly lurking, unannounced, in the background. (One obvious practice tip: ask the RIAA's lawyer who is participating in the phone call. You may not get an honest answer, but at least you will have asked the question.)" Now it seems that very little is known about Mr Oppenheim other than that he is working on behalf of the RIAA in some capacity. There is not much about him available via google and nothing more recent than a reference to him leaving law firm Jenner and Block in Dec. 2006. Who is this mystery man, why is he never clearly identified in RIAA cases and just what is his involvement with them and with RIAA attorney Richard Gabriel? Can SlashDot readers shed any light on this shadowy legal figure?"

+ - Software 'Chipper' Speeds Debugging

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Computer scientists at UC Davis have developed a technique to speed up program debugging by automatically "chipping" the software into smaller pieces so that bugs can be isolated more easily. Computer programs consist of thousands, tens or even hundreds of thousands of lines of code. To isolate a bug in the code, programmers often break it into smaller pieces until they can pin down the error in a smaller stretch that is easier to manage."
Real Time Strategy (Games)

+ - Tomorrow's finest leaders may well be today's game->

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slash-sa writes "Video games have become problem-solving exercises wrapped in the veneer of an exotic adventure. In today's fast and rapidly-changing business environment, the strategic skills they teach are more important than ever. From realistic battlefield simulations to the building of great nations, from fantastic voyages through worlds of mythology to conquering space, "Generation G" could well offer the answer to unlocking great 21st century strategists and leaders."
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The Internet

+ - MST3K...THE 'BOTS ARE BACK! (third down)->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Beginning November 5th, BBI will be launching its very own website at The site will feature brand-new animated adventures of Crow, Tom Servo and Gypsy. We're told the goal is to have one new adventure each week (though "some settling may occur with shipping," they added). The Web site will also feature work from the original series (which BBI is now calling "the legacy series"), behind-the-scenes footage and other material culled from the BBI vault. Also on the site will be BBI's first online store, featuring all new merchandise. (This means that the BBI merchandise section of our site will be taken down. ) The new adventures of the 'bots are being produced by BBI President, MST3K series writer and the returning voice of Gypsy, Jim Mallon. He will be joined on this new experiment by veteran MST3K series writer and performer Paul Chaplin (who will be on the writing team and will be providing the voice of Crow) along with new writing and performing talent."
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