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+ - The Veteran Unix Admins give up on systemd->

Submitted by jaromil
jaromil (104349) writes "Following the "Debianfork declaration" last year, the anonymous collective "Veteran Unix Admins" has engaged the creation of a new distribution called Devuan, basically consisting in a Debian Jessie without systemd. Despite some relevant achievements on their plan and the considerable amount of donations they have received, today the VUA collective has declared they give up on this effort and accept the advent of systemd. Looks like it was a short but intense life for Devuan."
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+ - Google Maps now offering Pac-Man->

Submitted by Iamthecheese
Iamthecheese (1264298) writes "April Fools day has been a time for Google to roll out new ideas in the past. Gmail was one of them. There have been various other little games and widgets published on this day by Google as well. Today I noticed (from one computer but not a different one) the availability of Pac Man. Just click the button and have fun!"
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+ - Magnets can Control Heat and Sound

Submitted by Champaklal
Champaklal (3411751) writes "latest research shows that heat and sound, both of which were, hitherto understood as vibration of particles (sub-atomic and molecular, respectively) now have magnetic properties.
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More than a hundred years ago, physicists understood that heat is simply the energy stored in the vibrations of atoms, and therefore realized that heat and sound are related. Now my lab showed experimentally for the first time that these atomic vibrations have magnetic properties too

In an unrelated article, magnets are found to have cooling effect, a group in GE found. The efficiency of refrigerators would increase by 20% using this method, the article said"

Comment: Robots (Score 3, Insightful) 331

by Iamthecheese (#49357563) Attached to: Amazon Requires Non-Compete Agreements.. For Warehouse Workers
That kind of warehouse workers are replaceable in a second and Amazon knows this. If they have to or want to fire one there's a sheaf of a hundred resumes equally qualified to trudge about scanning items and bringing them to the packing area. It's absolute bottom-of-the-barrel stuff. This is the only reason most amazon warehouses aren't replaced by robots now: humans at slave wages cost less.

source: I once worked in an Amazon warehouse.

Comment: Re:Are booth babes worth it? (Score 1) 326

by Iamthecheese (#49349087) Attached to: RSA Conference Bans "Booth Babes"
You say this, but most people wouldn't. I'm not going to address the arguments about sexism but the "they don't convert" argument misses one point: They may be there not to make immediate sales but to make the brand stand out in buyers' minds.

Cynical, unprofessional, or sexist as it may be associating "hardware manufacturer x" with "a pleasant funny feeling in my pants" isn't the least desirable outcome for X.

Comment: Re:caveat emptor (Score 0) 264

The elephant in the room is the fact that colleges and forced cheap, easy student loans are being used to keep unemployment numbers down in the recession. Many millions of US student are in college because they couldn't find a good job. Many of them would stop attending immediately if a good job were offered.

It's not education, it's welfare.

Comment: verifiability not truth (Score 4, Interesting) 264

"Verifiability not truth" is the shelter biased and power-hungry Wikipedia editors hide behind. Post an article or fact they don't like and they'll do their level best to claim it's not a good source using nebulous definitions and intra-Wiki politics. The author of a cited article can himself say, "that's not what I meant" and it will be rejected. One symptom of this source problem is a lack of consistently followed, useful guidelines for source material. Oh, there are guideline, they're just not consistently followed and entrenched interests have allowed their definitions of a good source to slide to support various point of view various editors want to push. NPOV is a religion they follow like a Baptist in his cups.

Comment: Goddess save us from ass covering bureaucrats (Score 2, Insightful) 341

The problem isn't the bureaucrats in question, rather the culture of fear and secrecy in which our government had steeped these last several decades. This problem needs to be addressed at its cultural roots, starting with your family and friends -- Tell them fear will do infinitely more harm than the things we're, as a society, afraid of.

Comment: How much to become a sensitive customer? (Score 5, Interesting) 296

by Iamthecheese (#49291833) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses
I would be happy to pay a little extra for this service for non-critical hardware. But if I were actually concerned the NSA would want to twist my knickers there's no way in hell I would: It's a huge red flag for them. Instead I would bribe someone at a different company to accept my shipment and forward it to me.

But let's be honest, if the NSA is interested enough in you to install extras on your hardware, they probably already know your favorite porn, your underwear size, and what you had for breakfast. I'm happy to see extra services appearing for privacy-loving individuals but I don't think this particular one will help.

Comment: What are the odds? (Score 0) 79

by Iamthecheese (#49287293) Attached to: Twitter Adds Tool To Report Tweets To the Police

An internet bully's power is the attention he is given. Ignore her and he'll go away unsatisfied. I want to believe this can be a force for good; that only real, credible threats that deserve the attention of the police will be reported. But I know that won't be the case. Either this will generate so many reports that it will be utterly ignored or, much worse, there will be political pressure to respond inappropriately to tweets that should be ignored.

Anyone seriously intent on harassing someone using Twitter will spend the tens of dollars for an account or, more likely, make a zero day egg account from a throw-away email address. It costs surprisingly little to buy a fake Twitter account. In fact I would wager this whole exercise is a cynical attempt to get Twitter into the news again. So bravo, Slashdot. As for reporting functionality there just isn't the manpower, on twitter or on government payrolls, to filter from the mass of hurt feelings the few actually actionable reports. The most this can accomplish is a slight chance to catch the very stupidest/youngest harassers and/or build a case against them after they're caught by other means.

Comment: Re:Free market will sort it out (Score 3, Insightful) 254

by Iamthecheese (#49283129) Attached to: Evolution Market's Admins Are Gone, Along With $12M In Bitcoin
The solution to an escrow company absconding with the money in escrow is a tertiary risk market of insured backers.

I support appropriate regulation as much as you do, but I have to point out that if the government wasn't fighting the drug trade they would be free to openly sell the risk. In this case blaming the free market is inappropriate.

Comment: Re:EA got too greedy (as usual) (Score 3, Insightful) 256

That's not the point. Requiring steam is requiring a separate application that must be let online, that tracks your usage and purchases, and that is everything evil about "always online" except the relatively minor inconvenience of actually being required to connect.

Felson's Law: To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.

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