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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>

Comment: Re:sorry (Score 1, Informative) 185

by Fireflymantis (#25996779) Attached to: Sun Releases JavaFX

Sun released JavaFX 1.0 today, in a bid to take on Adobe's Flash and Microsoft's Silverlight technologies.

JavaFX, a technology by sun which will let developers write "rich internet applications" using a Java-esq language which has been in development for quite some time now has finally been released, joining rather late to the game. Also it requires it's own plugin which will be a hefty barrier to entry.

It is Sun's first Java release to include standardized, cross-platform audio and video playback code (in the form of On2 licensed codecs).

So, it will include Audio/Video support, and it is using codecs from On2. I don't think that this means the codecs are free in any sense of the term, just that Sun is paying the cost of licensing these codecs for the developers using JavaFX. Nevertheless, good codec support is always a good thing.

The lack of a Linux or Solaris release is a notable absence.

Kind of deflates the "standardized, cross-platform" claim...

The development kit currently consists of the base run-time, a NetBeans/Eclipse plug-in and a set of artifact exporters for Adobe CS 3&4."

So, the download they offer you includes the software to run the software you write, a plugin for eclipse and netbeans which are the two leading Java development environments, and some plugins for a few Adobe products to move stuff from them into the JavaFX world.


+ - Scientology Protests->

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "The Cleveland Leader reports that the Internet group called "Anonymous" has kicked of it's day of global protests against the Church of Scientology. Protests have happened in several countries with 200 gathering in Australia, and up to 1000 gathered in London. Several more are planned in the United States and Canada. The group has called for protests to be non-violent, and so far no incidents have been reported. The incident that sparked the protests originated with the removal of a YouTube video of Tom Cruise talking about the "religion's" views on psychiatry and other subjects."
Link to Original Source

+ - Crossloop: Remote VNC made easy->

Submitted by bryanlb
bryanlb (1207556) writes "If you ever have had a need to help family, friends, or clients over the telephone trying to troubleshoot their computer, you know how difficult that can be. When you have to take 5 minuets to explain how to do something that would take you 30 seconds, it gets really frustrating. Now introducing Crossloop, version 2.0."
Link to Original Source

+ - Captcha cracked

Submitted by mdekato
mdekato (1106547) writes "The test used to stop bots from creating email accounts appears to be cracked according to 'The Register'. The method used to bypass the Turing test is unknown to researchers at this time but appears to be effective. MSN, Google, and Yahoo are three services that using this form of screening and are rarely blocked by spam filters."
Social Networks

+ - 'Anonymous' declares online war on Scientology->

Submitted by Cruiseship
Cruiseship (666) writes "A mysterious anti Church of Scientology group is using YouTube and other social networking sites to gather people for a day of action against the church this Sunday, February 10. The group known as "Anonymous" has released three videos on YouTube in the past fortnight that seek to discredit and "dismantle" the church. It's next phase to is muster support for a day of mass protest at Scientology offices world wide.;632197333;fp;16;fpid;1"
Link to Original Source

+ - Scientology wants to "obliterate" Psychiat

Submitted by
exscn writes " This video is of Scientology leader, David Miscavige, addressing his "flock' as to how the organization plans to "obliterate psychiatry" in what can only be described as hate-filled sermon against an entire community of people who have dedicated themselves to helping people lead relatively normal lives in spite of chemical imbalances, emotional trauma, abuse, and personality disorders. A community of people mind you, who are accredited from real schools of higher learning and given certificates to practice medicine based on years of real scientific studies in the arts of psychology and psychiatry. From"
The Internet

+ - CBC interviews guys from Anonymous vs Scientology->

Submitted by Anonymous but not 'the' Anonymous
Anonymous but not 'the' Anonymous (666) writes "You've probably seen the Anonymous videos on Youtube that attack Scientology and make a call to action on Feb 10. See:

The CBC radio show 'Search Engine' gets interviews with members of Anonymous and their sometimes guru Wise Beard Man.

Downloads of mp3s available"

Link to Original Source

+ - Scientology Protests Planned Sunday 7

Submitted by Anonymous
Anonymous (666) writes "Around the world this Sunday, February 10th, there will be protests taking place at Scientology centers. The effort, started originally as a response to the DMCA-based removal of the Tom Cruise Propaganda Video, has grown to a surprising scale. After issuing a "declaration of war", anonymous, effectively a random collection of many different people online, has organized a day of protest on the 10th. Any and all are welcome to attend these protests — their goal is simply to educate the public on the practices of the "Church" of Scientology. Given Slashdots' History with Scientology, we hope you will join us in this. Read on for more details...

Since the sites being used to organize these events could probably not cope with the raw volume of Slashdot, I will outline the expectations and a few guidelines for these protests here. Also included below is a list of locations currently planned.

Protest Guidelines
  • This must be a non-violent, non-obtrusive protest. No loud chanting, no loud anything. Our goal is educating the public, and getting media attention on this issue.
  • Depending on local laws, cover your face in some fashion (Each location is doing something different). Scientologists have been noted at earlier rallies taking pictures of people and following them after the event. They WILL target you if you are not anonymous.
  • Be wary of other protesters. It is expected that Scientologists will be posing as anonymous to attempt to infiltrate the events. Distance yourself from any protester making a scene.
  • Bring your own flyers or signs. Again, check local laws about such things.
  • Be educated — see Operation Clambake for more information. Specifically good things to know about: Operation Snow White, Paulette Cooper, and Lisa McPherson for whom the date was chosen.
  • Be clear that we are not attacking the religion, or the free expression of it, but we are attacking the litigious and aggressive nature of the church and its leadership.
Each protest is expected to start at 11am local time, and generally run until 6pm, unless specifically stated. For the larger cities, expectations are running in the 100-300 people range, and smaller cities in the dozens. All of these locations have confirmed protests taking place. Please get on IRC —, and find the appropriate channel for more information about your specific city. Start in the channels #irl, #xenu and #v or try your city or country name. For the larger cities, you can just show up — smaller cities, you should probably check on IRC first. I apologize for the vague copying of details for some of the non-english locations, since I had a hard time making sense of some languages.
  • United States
    • Arizona, Phoenix — 4045 N 7th St
    • Arizona, Tuscon — 1703 E Fort Lowell Rd (10AM)
    • California, San Francisco — 701 Montgomery St
    • California, Los Angeles — 4810 W Sunset Blvd @ L. Ron Hubbard Way
    • California, Santa Rosa — 440 S E St
    • California, Sacramento — 825 15th Street
    • California, Berkley — 63 Shattuck Sq
    • California, San Diego — 1330 4th Ave (Noon)
    • California, Santa Barbara — 534 State Street
    • California, San Jose — 1865 Lundy Ave
    • Colorado, Denver — 1021 Pearl St
    • Connecticut, New Haven — 909 Whalley Ave
    • Florida, Miami — 120 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables
    • Florida, Tampa Bay/Clearwater — Meet up at Coachman Park, 301 Drew Street.
    • Florida, Orlando — 1830 E Colonial Dr
    • Georgia, Atlanta — 4480 N Shallowford Rd Dunwoody (1 PM)
    • Hawaii, Honolulu — 33 S King St
    • Illinois, Chicago — 3000 N. Lincoln Ave (Meeting at S&G Resturant)
    • Indiana, Indianapolis — 6451 Rockville Rd
    • Kansas, Wichita — 3705 E. Douglas Avenue
    • Kentucky, Louisville — 1277 Bardstown Rd
    • Massachusetts, Boston — 448 Beacon Street (Noon)
    • Michigan, Detroit — 28000 Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills
    • Michigan, Battle Creek — 66 Michigan Ave E
    • Minnesota, Minneapolis — 1011 Nicollet Mall
    • Missouri, Kansas City — 39th & Main
    • Missouri, St. Louis — 6901 Delmar Boulevard University City (10:30AM)
    • Nevada, Las Vegas — Meetup at Marie Callanders (Noon)
    • New Mexico, Albuquerque — 1319 San Pedro Dr Ne Albuquerque
    • New York, New York — 227 West 46th Street
    • New York, Albany — 2021 Western Ave
    • New York, Buffalo — 836 Main Street
    • New York, Hicksville — 64 Bethpage Rd
    • North Carolina, Charlotte — Corner of N. Tryon and Trade St.
    • Ohio, Cincinnati — 215 West 4th Street
    • Ohio, Cleveland — 6607 Pearl Road Parma Heights
    • Ohio, Columbus — Meet at Starbucks @ 10 W Broad St #120
    • Oregon, Portland — 709 SW Salmon St
    • Pennsylvania, Philadelphia — 1315 Race Street
    • Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh — 1906 E Carson St
    • Tennessee, Nashville — Meet at Café Coco, 210 Louise Avenue
    • Tennessee, Memphis — Central near Lamar
    • Texas, San Antonio — 3518 Broadway St
    • Texas, Austin — 2200 Guadalupe St
    • Texas, Houston — Meet at Starbucks, 8821 Westheimer Rd (12:30PM)
    • Texas, Dallas — 1850 N Buckner Blvd
    • Texas, Harlingen — 4301 West Business 83
    • Utah, Salt Lake City — 353 East 400 South (Noon)
    • Washington, Seattle — Meet at Pike's Place Market Parking Lot (2nd and Pike) (9:30AM)
    • Wisconsin, Milwaukee — 6806 W Wedgewood Dr
    • Virginia, Richmond — Cary Street & Nansemond St
    • Washington DC — 1701 20th Street NW
  • Canada
    • Kitchener, ON — 159 King W
    • Quebec City, QC — 1996 1st Avenue
    • Vancouver, BC — 401 Hastings Street West
    • Toronto, ON — 696 Yonge Street
    • Ottawa, ON — 203-150 Rideau Street
    • Montreal, QC — 4489 Papineau Street
    • Calgary, AB — 824C Edmonton Tr NE
    • Winterpeg, MB — 315 Garry Street
    • Edmonton, AB — Churchill Square (10:10AM)
    • Halifax, NS — 3441 Dutch Village Road
  • Europe
    • UK, London — 146 Queen Victoria Street
    • UK, Belfast — 121 Great Victoria St.
    • UK, Bermingham — 8 Ethel Street
    • UK, Manchester — 258 Deansgate
    • UK, Edinburgh — 20-23 South Bridge
    • UK, Newcastle/Sunderland — 51 Fawcett Street Sunderland
    • UK, Plymouth — 41 Ebrington Street
    • Ireland, Dublin — 62/63 Middle Abbey Street (Noon GMT)
    • Germany, Hamburg — Domstrasse 9 D-20095
    • Germany, Berlin — Otto-Suhr-Allee 30-34
    • Germany, Duesseldorf — Friedrichstrasse 28B
    • France, Paris — 7, Rue Jules César
    • Norway, Oslo — "Scientologikirken i Norge Karl Johans Gate 12J 0154 Oslo" (Noon)
    • Stockholm, Sweden — "Upplägg Stockholm, Scientologi-kyrkan i Stockholm, Månskärsvägen 10, 141 75 KUNGENS KURVA"
    • Göteborg, Sweden — "Scientologikyrkan i Göteborg, Drottninggatan 35, GÖTEBORG"
    • Malmö, Sweden — "Scientologi-kyrkan i Malmö , Porslinsg. 3 , 211 32 MALMÖ"
    • Amsterdam, Netherlands — "Amsterdam CS, Burger King" (1PM)
    • Vienna, Austria — "Capistrangasse 4 (Seitengasse der Mariahilferstraße zwischen Museumsquartier und Neubaugasse.) A-1070 Wien"
    • Zuerich, Switzerland — "Tramstation Siemens (3)"
    • Brussels, Belgium — Rue de la Loi 91 / Wetstraat 91
    • Lisbon, Portugal — "R. Dos Correeiros, N. 205 — 3A, 1100 Lisbon"
    • Copenhagen, Denmark — Jernbanegade 6 1608 Copenhagen V (Nearby the "Palads" Cinema)
    • Rome, Italy — Via del Caravita, 5
  • Oceania and the rest of the world
    • Australia, Sydney — 201 Castlereagh St, Meet in Hyde Park near the fountain
    • Australia, Melbourne — Russell St & Flinders Lane
    • Australia, Adelaide — 18 Waymouth St
    • Australia, Perth — 106-108 Murray Street
    • New Zealand, Auckland — Westfield Plaza, Queen St, Customs St intersection
    • New Zealand, Christchurch — Cashel street mall, cashel street, high street corner
    • Argentina, Buenos Aires — "Ayacucho 1050 (esquina Santa Fé), Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires"
    • Israel, Tel Aviv — 12 Shontzion Street
Please join us in protesting Scientology! We need to bring the activities of the organization into the public eye!

Note to the Editor: please post this, if you will, sometime near the beginning of the day or a high-traffic time. Damn that list took a while to compile."

There are two major products that come out of Berkeley: LSD and UNIX. We don't believe this to be a coincidence. -- Jeremy S. Anderson