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+ - I am terminally ill. What wisdom should I pass on to my budding geek daughter? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dear Slashdot:

I am a scientist and educator who has been enjoying and learning from Slashdot since the late 90s. Now I come to you, my geek brothers and sisters, for help. I've been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, which you will remember is what took Steve Jobs and Randy Pausch from us. My condition is incurable. Palliative chemotherapy may delay the inevitable, but a realistic assessment suggests that I have anywhere from two to six months of "quality" time left, and likely not more than a year in total.

I am slowly coming to terms with my imminent death, but what bothers me most is that I will be leaving my wife alone, and that my daughter will have to grow up without her father. She is in sixth grade, has an inquisitive and sharp mind, and is interested in science and music. She seems well on the path to becoming a "girl geek" like her mother, an outcome I'd welcome.

Since I will not be around for all of the big events in her life, I am going to create a set of video messages for her that she can watch at those important times or just when she's having a bad day. I would like to do this before my condition progresses to the point that I am visibly ill, so time is short.

In the videos I will make clear how much I treasure the time we've spent together and the wonderful qualities I see in her. What other suggestions do you have? What did you need to hear at the different stages of your life? What wisdom would have been most helpful to you? At what times did you especially need the advice of a parent? And especially for my geek sisters, how can I help her navigate the unique issues faced by girls and women in today's world?

Please note that I'm posting anonymously because I don't want this to be about me. I'd prefer that the focus be on my daughter and how I can best help her.

Thank you so much for your help."

+ - EEG-powered drone system is controlled by your thoughts

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""A company called Tekever has unveiled a drone system that lets people pilot mini aircrafts with nothing more than a thought. It's called Brainflight... [and it] turns brain activity into electrical signals that can be read and interpreted by a computer, and in this case, software sends these interpretations to an airborne drone to tell it what to do.""

+ - British scientists working on 'Star Wars' bionic hand->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Scientists in the UK are working on a new prosthetic limb that could pave way for a bionic hand similar to the one used by Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker. The project is being led by scientists at Newcastle University and includes researchers from various UK varsities including Leeds, Essex, Keele, Southampton and Imperial College London. Researchers are aiming to develop an electronic device that is capable of connecting to the neural network of a human and establish a two-way communications with the brain."
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+ - Microsoft is building a new browser as part of its Windows 10 push->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "There's been talk for a while that Microsoft was going to make some big changes to Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 time frame, making IE "Spartan" look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox.

It turns out that what's actually happening is Microsoft is building a new browser, codenamed Spartan, which is not IE 12 — at least according to a couple of sources of mine.
Thomas Nigro, a Microsoft Student Partner lead and developer of the modern version of VLC, mentioned on Twitter earlier this month that he heard Microsoft was building a brand-new browser. Nigro said he heard talk of this during a December episode of the LiveTile podcast.

Spartan is still going to use Microsoft's Chakra JavaScript engine and Microsoft's Trident rendering engine (not WebKit), sources say. As Neowin's Brad Sams reported back in September, the coming browser will look and feel more like Chrome and Firefox and will support extensions. Sams also reported on December 29 that Microsoft has two different versions of Trident in the works, which also seemingly supports the claim that the company has two different Trident-based browsers.

However, if my sources are right, Spartan is not IE 12. Instead, Spartan is a new, light-weight browser Microsoft is building.

Windows 10 (at least the desktop version) will ship with both Spartan and IE 11, my sources say. IE 11 will be there for backward-compatibility's sake. Spartan will be available for both desktop and mobile (phone/tablet) versions of Windows 10, sources say."

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Comment: Re:Well yeah good luck to them (Score 1) 370

by MenThal (#47341161) Attached to: Age Discrimination In the Tech Industry

They go hiring for unexperimented people.

What kind of experimenting? The Steve Jobs kind where good software products require experimenting with LSD, or neural integration experiments, a.k.a. "a hole in the head"?

Personally, I kept getting LSD and LCD mixed up, so I never got to try the former... Got a lot of wierd looks in electronic stores, though.

Comment: Re:Deleting data isn't as simple as it sounds (Score 1) 291

by MenThal (#38384046) Attached to: 24-Year-Old Asks Facebook For His Data, Gets 1,200 PDFs

And I can understand why Facebook doesn't actually delete the data, but just flags it as hidden/deleted -- it's a real bear to update and nullify all the object id references to a post in such a mammoth system. There are links all over the place from people whose "feed" pages may reference your post.

Yeah, cause nulling out the string next to the flag is _so_ much harder than flipping the bit.

Comment: Re:Dubai (Score 1) 255

by MenThal (#38353274) Attached to: 17-Year-Old Wins $100K For Creating Cancer Killing Nanoparticle

You can currently receive an Ovarian cancer vaccine treatment in Dubai that is only in a very small first trial in the States.

Is this the HPV (human papilloma virus) vaccine, which is fairly well documented for reducing risk of cervical cancer, or something else?

The HPV is being pushed in Norway by government, and I believe all young women are to be offered it. There is also some push that it should be offered to young men, as the virus is also linked to increased risk of certain other cancer (such as anal), but the whole "gay" vibe of that probably holds it needlessly back.

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