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Comment: Interesting Concept (Score 1) 212

by Jagungal (#45866977) Attached to: First US Public Library With No Paper Books Opens In Texas

It is actually an interesting concept. Many Libraries that I am involved with in a support role are struggling to find a place in a modern world where the majority of people have the information that they need at their finger tips. People just do not visit Libraries in the way they used to.

They are often now becoming a community service operation for the disadvantaged and often have more people using the internet than people actually borrowing books but even then the level of visitation makes it hard to justify them staying open.

Comment: Sooner the better (Score 1) 124

by Jagungal (#45479477) Attached to: New Smart Glasses Allow Nurses To See Veins Through Skin

Man .. I could have done with the last week, they were trying to get a catheter in and had six goes at finding a suitable vein.

Ended up being done by the main anesthetist who did a local and went in deep.

Many times when giving blood they have to have a couple of goes, it can be a pain.

+ - SPAM: Preview: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean New Features

Submitted by Srujan Koppoju
Srujan Koppoju (2971599) writes "Preview: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean New Features: All Android users must have been waiting curiously for the new version Android 4.3 Jelly bean operating system. The Android 4.3 version is expected for a launch shortly. The screen shots of Android 4.3 were leaked few days ago. The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean new features and user interface are superb in every app as Camera, Bluetooth and Messaging etc. So, let’s see what the new features in Android 4.3 are."
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+ - New Vaccine May Protect People from Multiple Malaria Strains->

Submitted by Jagungal
Jagungal (36053) writes "It is being reported that Researchers at Queensland’s Griffith University have had promising results with a new vaccine against Malaria. The malaria parasite is transmitted by mosquitoes and kills over 600,000 people each year. The vaccine which has been trialed in mice is the first to trigger an immune response to the whole malaria parasite. Past research on the development of vaccines have mainly focused on targeting specific parasite antigens. However, researchers said that many of these vaccines have failed because the antigen targets are highly variable."
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+ - As a geek in the world of technology, do you ever envy non-tech/non-desk jobs? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Been doing this for as long as I can remember. Started with supporting end-users and workstations, advanced myself into building and supporting servers, from network infrastructures to ISPs and now designing private cloud networks. At no time through all these years I've defined what I do as a "job"; it has never been about money or benefits, but more of what I love and enjoy doing, which I can not stress on enough. I'm sure many of you already live a similar life style. However, For the past six months, I have been looking back at what I've done with my life and what I have contributed to society, trying to understand for what cause have I been doing all this work.

Unfortunately, nothing good came to mind. Nothing but uncountable hours spent sitting behind a desk staring at a computer or a laptop monitor for no less than 12 hours a day, missing out on this world, to which I have done nothing but build more and more computer networks that further contribute in eliminating the human touch, getting humanity to be more technology dependent, which we all know is man made and is prone to errors and failure.
  All this drove me crazy for six months in which I've been trying to think how I can change this. And one day, I saw a road construction worker.

Here is a man contributing into opening roads for people to get to places and be together. This got me thinking about all the networks I've worked on, with all the technology today that provides audio/video conferencing from the comfort of your couch, achieving a perfected version of what this man is trying to accomplish. Why is this man working on roads when we have advanced technology that gets humans together without the need to physically be together?

Then I looked around more and started noticing more and more people who do their daily jobs by not sitting behind a desk, getting their heads working 24/7 trying to design a virtual network that can not even be seen. They are preparing food, helping people by working at hospitals and care centers, getting people to places by driving cars and trains, educating generations by teaching.

This is the point where I thought to myself: "Jeez, it sure would be nice to do something different, and get back in touch with humanity".

At this point and age of my life, I will probably keep doing what I do, which is sad but true. However, if I'm asked, I always encourage younger generations to do something that is meaningful to them and to their society.

Oh, did I mention reading slashdot was part of all this for the past God knows how many 13+ years? heh

Kids: Stay away from drugs... and IT jobs.

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+ - Beyond military drones – the future of unmanned flight->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "In April of this year, a BAE Systems Jetstream research aircraft flew from Preston in Lancashire, England, to Inverness, Scotland and back. This 500-mile (805 km) journey wouldn't be worth noting if it weren't for the small detail that its pilot was not on board, but sitting on the ground in Warton, Lancashire and that the plane did most of the flying itself. Even this alteration of a standard commercial prop plane into an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) seems a back page item until you realize that this may herald the biggest revolution in civil aviation since Wilbur Wright won the coin toss at Kitty Hawk in 1903."
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+ - XenServer 6.2 is now fully open source!

Submitted by Jagungal
Jagungal (36053) writes "Although the core Xen hypervisor has always been opensource from the start, Citrix have now released the next version of their XenServer including all features and tools under an open source license. This includes also introducing a new XenServer.org community portal. The major change for users is that they now get all features from the licensed version for free but unless they pay for support, they have to do all security updates manually.

Change logs for the new version 6.2 can be found here: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX137826"
Transportation

Researchers Are Developing Ad Hoc Networks For Car-To-Car Data Exchange 126

Posted by Soulskill
from the hey-buddy-your-blinker-is-on dept.
Lucas123 writes "Researchers are developing machine-to-machine (M2M) communication technology that allows cars to exchange data with each other, enabling vehicles to know what the cars all around them are doing, and perhaps, where they're going. Intel is working with National Taiwan University on M2M connectivity, an idea came from caravanning — an available, but-not-yet-deployed technology that uses direct line of site infrared (IR) and a range finder in order to automatically adjust the speed of cars so they can travel at a measured distance from each other. In other words, they're electronically tethered to one another. Now, imagine a group of cars traveling down the road together as an ad hoc network, each one aware of the location, any sudden actions or even the travel route of other vehicles as uploaded to the cloud from a GPS device. 'We're even imagining in the future cars would be able to ask other cars, "Hey, can I cut into your lane?" Then the other car would let you in,' said Jennifer Healey, a research scientist with Intel."
Bitcoin

One Bitcoin By the Numbers: Is There Still Profit To Be Made? 239

Posted by timothy
from the nature-of-money dept.
massivepanic writes with an article that "runs through the logistics of mining a Bitcoin on everyday gaming computers while keeping an eye on power consumption, time spent, and return on investment. From the article: 'I have mined a Bitcoin. This was not much of an accomplishment a year or two ago, but in 2013, after the infamous early-April peak at $260, unearthing a Bitcoin is no easy task. Competition is on the rise and we are getting close to the end of the good ol' days of Bitcoin; the time when a desktop computer or two have any real mining capabilities.'"

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