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Comment: Re:I'm bitching about SQL Server Management Studio (Score 1) 169

by Bill Dog (#47587511) Attached to: Getting Back To Coding

The database name is not chopped off in an abbreviation, that's the server (and instance) name that's being abbreviated, and the database name is not visible at all on the tab.

Luckily you can customize which things get put on them. For example in SSMS 10.5, menu Tools/Options, expand Text Editor in the tree view, and select Editor Tab and Status Bar. My preference is database name and file name.

Dunno why the tabs don't expand to show everything when there's available space. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen that. Tabs in Firefox are fixed width too, truncating with an ellipsis instead of using the available space.

Comment: Re: Extremely Useful (Score 1) 74

by plover (#47587473) Attached to: Georgia Tech Researchers Jailbreak iOS 7.1.2

Agreed. GA failed lesson one in jailbreak release 101: wait until the next major release comes out before you give away the exploit.

Actually, they figured out Advanced Jailbreak Releasing 301: advertise the hell out of the version that has been jailbroken, but give Apple no clue as to how to fix it. Allow as many as people as possible to download and install 7.1.2 in preparation for jailbreaking.

Apple's pattern of responding to jailbreaks is very predictable: the day after someone announces the jailbreak, Apple will spring into action, releasing a patched version, and immediately preventing anyone from downloading or installing the now-vulnerable 7.1.2. This advertising campaign maximizes the vulnerability window in a way that Apple cannot yet prevent.

+ - Fun in the Workplace Already!!!!

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As I'm about to take on a major leadership role in a large tech firm in Germany, one of the things I am tasked with is to find ways to make working at the firm more fun and interesting for the IT people there. There's a number of development teams, Backend, Frontend, Dev-Ops, and QA, each with 2-5 Developers and a Manager. The teams comprise an international mix, which makes it even more of a challenge, and some are single, some have kids.

So, if you were a developer there, what would do it for you? What would make it so that things were so fun at work you'd just couldn't wait to arrive?

I am all open to all suggestions and comments, I already have some ideas, but would love to hear from you!"

Comment: Re:Wrong door? (Score 1) 27

by Bill Dog (#47587315) Attached to: it boggles the mind

Sure, cuz they want to get home in one piece. But I've never seen a drunk step carefully once they're out of their car. Because it's primitively understood that falling down is generally vastly less dangerous than getting in a car wreck.

In the dark, a drunk would've tripped on the single step up to my stoop.

Comment: Re:A pump action BB Gun (Score 1) 27

by Bill Dog (#47587269) Attached to: it boggles the mind

This'll make RG cringe, but it occurred to me that I'm not looking for "stopping power" (as in putting the guy down) in a firearm and load, I'm looking for "repelling power". Because, as I said, I don't want to kill or seriously harm anyone. I want him to run off, not bleed out in my living room.

It seems like if someone wants to kill me, they can just jump me as I come out of my house, or follow me to work and jump me there, or to the grocery store and gun me down in the parking lot. I'm not worried about people wanting to come into my house to kill me, and who are willing to risk their own lives to do so. There's easier ways. And I'm not going to get into a shoot-out in my home, nor am I going to try to flush them out if they lie in wait somewhere downstairs.

I can't do anything about my vulnerability to someone wanting to kill me, so I'm not trying. I just want to be able to get an intruder to leave my home immediately. So I'd favor something typically non-lethal, especially considering in California they like to charge people with crimes for defending themselves and their homes/businesses, so it would be a plus if I had the legal standing of using something that didn't qualify as "deadly force".

But unfortunately the less the lethality of a load choice, the more that reloadability comes into play. For me it would be a balance of potentially killing or maiming, versus having to only say it once. And I think I would weight it in favor of the latter. I.e. I don't want to have to reload in a panic situation, so it's got to be a strong enough single response, to dissuade those even high on something, but should be no stronger. Or as close as I can get to this, I think.

Biotech

DNA Project 'to Make UK World Genetic Research Leader' 9

Posted by timothy
from the looking-for-the-true-descendants-of-arthur dept.
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years". The first genetic codes of people with cancer or rare diseases, out of a target of 100,000, have been sequenced. Experts believe it will lead to targeted therapies and could make chemotherapy "a thing of the past". Just one human genome contains more than three billion base pairs — the building blocks of DNA. Prof Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "I can see a future where genetics is going to come into every bit of medicine from cardiology to oncology to infectious diseases." "Twenty years from now there's going to be a plethora of those, we will have a series of mutations which academics and industry will have developed therapies for, which will be targeted at you and specific for that cancer." He said chemotherapy, which attacks all dividing cells in the body, would be replaced with such therapies. "We will look back in 20 years' time and think of blockbuster chemotherapy [as] a thing of the past and we'll think 'Gosh, what an era that was'." David Cameron has announced a series of investments across government, industry and charities totalling £300m ($500m).

+ - DNA project 'to make UK world genetic research leader'

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years". The first genetic codes of people with cancer or rare diseases, out of a target of 100,000, have been sequenced. Experts believe it will lead to targeted therapies and could make chemotherapy "a thing of the past". Just one human genome contains more than three billion base pairs — the building blocks of DNA. Prof Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, said: "I can see a future where genetics is going to come into every bit of medicine from cardiology to oncology to infectious diseases." "Twenty years from now there's going to be a plethora of those, we will have a series of mutations which academics and industry will have developed therapies for, which will be targeted at you and specific for that cancer." He said chemotherapy, which attacks all dividing cells in the body, would be replaced with such therapies. "We will look back in 20 years' time and think of blockbuster chemotherapy [as] a thing of the past and we'll think 'Gosh, what an era that was'." David Cameron has announced a series of investments across government, industry and charities totalling £300m ($500m)."

Comment: Re:Bad Math (Score 1) 76

by lgw (#47586509) Attached to: Elon Musk Promises 100,000 Electric Cars Per Year

That's pretty much it. I don't have much faith in the future of chemical-battery-powered cars, but regardless it will eventually be something that starts with electricity. Meanwhile, gradually moving off of coal power seems a no-brainer. Rushing to do so would be foolish, causing needless economic disruption, but over decades as existing power stations hit normal replacement cycles? Coal needs to go.

Censorship

Law Repressing Social Media, Bloggers Now In Effect In Russia 77

Posted by timothy
from the it-takes-a-village-but-not-yours dept.
An anonymous reader writes On Friday, Russia implemented a new law that significantly limits its citizens' online free speech. Under this new law, social media sites must "retain user data for at least six months...within the country's boundaries so it can be available for government inspection." Also, "bloggers with at least 3,000 daily readers must register with Roskomnadzor, the regulator that also oversees Russia's main media outlets." This, of course, means that popular bloggers will no longer be able to remain anonymous.

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