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+ - Why We Gain Weight As We Age->

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Ant writes "National Public Radio (NPR), with its streaming audio, reports that "... the idea that you just can't eat what you used to. But why is that so? And is it avoidable? There are a number of reasons why we put on the pounds as years go by, but take heart: There are ways to fight back — and win!

There are some particular biological changes that happen as we age. For one, aging muscles actually contribute to the increase in the amount of fat we store in our bodies, ... ... In large part, that's because we lose muscle cells as we age. When younger muscle cells get damaged, they're quickly repaired. That's not the case with older muscles..."

Seen on Neatorama."

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+ - YouTube to kill IE6 support on March 13

Submitted by Joel
Joel (666) writes "Over six months ago, Google announced it would start phasing out support for Internet Explorer 6 on Orkut and YouTube, and started pushing its users to modern browsers. The search giant has now given a specific kill date for old browser support on the video website: "Support stops on March 13th. Stopped support essentially means that some future features on YouTube will be rolled out that won't work in older browsers."

YouTube will have an interstitial appear when users on older browser try to watch a video on YouTube. Google says the interstitial will show up indefinitely every two weeks until the user upgrades to the most recent version of their browser. Google deems anything below IE7, Firefox 3.0, Chrome 4.0, and Safari 3.0 as an "older browser."Users on these browsers will still be able to watch YouTube videos, but additional features that Google plans to roll out may not be supported in these older browsers."

+ - Secure Password Management

Submitted by Itninja
Itninja (937614) writes "My organization supports hundreds of large databases. Most of the support requires the Tier I staff to log into dozens of different databases each day via the web. Until recently, all the support staff had used a single god-level account. But management are finally coming to realization (after many years of prodding from IS) that this is a security issue. However asking staff to 'just remember' so many passwords is unrealistic.

We want to avoid another security problem (i.e. users printing out a list of passwords) so are looking for some
kind of device to provide secure password management. I am looking at the IronKey, but want to ask the Slashdot community if there are other solutions they have found for similar dilemmas."

Comment: Re:Draconian Laws (Score 1) 179

by French Mailman (#28732167) Attached to: Facebook Violates Canadian Privacy Law

One thing to keep in mind is that once people are on FB, private information about them can be posted by other people and linked to them via tagging and linking. Because of most default settings in FB, people can't easily control who sees what their friends and families post about them.

Also, the recent article on privacy salience on Bruce Schneier's blog explains why some people put private information on such sites: FB and similar sites have an agressive marketing strategy that emphasizes the benefits of posting such information, while burying privacy concerns deep in hard-to-find pages.


+ - BoycottNovell under DDOS attack->

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "Website and blog BoycottNovell is stridently against Microsoft and Novell's dubious works, with opinionated and vituperative posts backed with details. Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols details how BN's been under a DDOS attack. The source is unknown, but as editor Roy Schestowitz says, "I guess the most reassuring way to look at it is as a sign of success. If they try to shut us up so miserably by resorting to crime, then it means our writings have great impact.""
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Comment: Re:Current users? (Score 5, Interesting) 426

by French Mailman (#26872041) Attached to: Facebook's New Terms of Service

You will have to log in first in order to delete your account. So either log in now, which constitutes use of Facebook after the TOS have been published, and FB will keep the content you're about to delete, or never log in again and leave your content online for FB to do whatever it wants with it.

Facebook: helping you give away your privacy since 2003!


+ - 10 Procrastination Avoidance Tips for Techies

Submitted by kierny
kierny (102954) writes "Dice.com runs an article on 10 tips for avoiding procrastination. According to researchers, almost everyone procrastinates, and up to 20% of people do so chronically. Overcoming the tendency to procrastinate is especially difficult for techies, give that technology — while boosting productivity — also leads us to distraction, and distractions — Flickr, Skype, IM'ing, BlackBerries — stoke our desire to procrastinate. To help, a leading industrial psychologist recommends a number of techniques to avoid honing your art of delay, from deactivating email notification and killing short-cut buttons, to banishing the Dew and getting separate PCs for work and home."

The trouble with being punctual is that people think you have nothing more important to do.