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Comment: Re:The theory of gravity is under review :) (Score 4, Funny) 763

by NXIL (#42838395) Attached to: Texas School Board Searching For Alternatives To Evolutionary Theory

Good sir or madame,

you are operating in an entirely different dimension--string theory?--that the "theory" of evolution doubters in Texas.

Just like gravity, we can see HOW evolution occurs (genes), why (mutations give survival advantage), etc. You can do MATH and run numbers and it works.

We "discoverd" DNA in like the 1950s. So it's relatively new. It's complicated.

But it's real.

Gravity is real too. Yes, it seems that every day we are discoverning some weird new anomaly. But do you "doubt" gravity, and maybe want to propose that the turtle that holds up earth (the TOP turtle only, please) is pushing "up" so we all go "down"?

I see the point you are trying to make. But go to the School Board Luddites who are pushing the bible as a science reference, present it to them, and they might burn you at the stake. They are superstitious, essentially, so why not?

+ - Honest Cover Letter opens doors->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "So this kid sent out a very blunt cover letter and it seems to be going viral. Not sure I would personally advocate this approach, but it worked for him because he had nothing to lose. Apparently ... “We thought he had the kind of values we want — humility, transparency, a strong work ethic,” said Scott Oblow, the Duff & Phelps managing director in charge of the paid-internship program"
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+ - Obama takes forceful stand on climate and tech->

Submitted by dcblogs
dcblogs (1096431) writes "In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama on Monday argued with certainty and forcefulness about the dangers of climate change and the role of technology in fighting it. It wasn't just a moral point for Obama, but a jobs issue as well. Obama said that the U.S. "cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries — we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality." The president led this call with a blunt statement about the moral consequences of inaction. "We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations," he said."
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+ - MIT Warned of a JSTOR Death Sentence Due to Swartz

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "The NY Times takes a look at how MIT ensnared Aaron Swartz, but doesn't shed much light on how the incident became a Federal case with Secret Service involvement. Still, the article is interesting with its report that 'E-mails among M.I.T. officials that Tuesday in January 2011 highlight the pressures university officials felt' from JSTOR, which is generally viewed as a good guy in the incident. From the story: 'Ann J. Wolpert, the director of libraries, wrote to Ellen Finnie Duranceau, the official who was receiving Jstor’s complaints: "Has there ever been a situation similar to this when we brought in campus police? The magnitude, systematic and careful nature of the abuses could be construed as approaching criminal action. Certainly, that’s how Jstor views it."' Less than a week later, a Google search reveals, Duranceau notified the MIT community that immediate changes to JSTOR access had to be made lest the University be subjected to a JSTOR "death sentence". 'Because JSTOR has recently reported excessive, systematic downloading of articles at MIT,' the post warned, 'we need to add a new layer of access control. This is the only way to prevent recurrence of the abuse and therefore the only way to ensure ongoing access to this valuable resource for the MIT Community.' The post concludes, 'The incidents that prompted this change involved the use of a robot, which is prohibited by JSTOR’s Terms and Conditions of Use. Additionally, these incidents violated MITnet Rules of Use. Continued access to JSTOR and other resources is dependent on the MIT Community complying with these policies.' Hope you enjoyed that freewheeling culture while it lasted, kids — now Everything is a Crime. MIT's Wolpert, who was recently named to an advisory board for JSTOR parent Ithaka, also chairs the Management Board of the MIT Press, where her reports from 2008-2010 included JSTOR Managing Director Laura Brown and MIT's Hal Abelson, adding another twist to Abelson's analysis of MIT's involvement in the Swartz tragedy."

+ - Tour of the Deep Underground Science and Engineering Lab->

Submitted by lukej
lukej (252598) writes "Over eleven years ago, the possibility of using the retired Homestake Mine as an underground science laboratory was first proposed.
Today the local newspaper gives a science-filled tour of that facility, along with a short photo tour, and decent descriptions of some of the experiments it hosts (Majorana, LUX, Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment). Some fairly interesting deep, dirty, and real physical science!"

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+ - Bloggers put scientific method to the test->

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ananyo writes "Scrounging chemicals and equipment in their spare time, a team of chemistry bloggers is trying to replicate published protocols for making molecules. The researchers want to check how easy it is to repeat the recipes that scientists report in papers — and are inviting fellow chemists to join them.
Blogger See Arr Oh, chemistry graduate student Matt Katcher from Princeton, New Jersey, and two bloggers called Organometallica and BRSM, have together launched Blog Syn, in which they report their progress online.
Among the frustrations that led the team to set up Blog Syn are claims that reactions yield products in greater amounts than seems reasonable, and scanty detail about specific conditions in which to run reactions. In some cases, reactions are reported which seem too good to be true — such as a 2009 paper which was corrected within 24 hours by web-savvy chemists live-blogging the experiment; an episode which partially inspired Blog Syn.
According to chemist Peter Scott of the University of Warwick in Coventry, UK, synthetic chemists spend most of their time getting published reactions to work. “That is the elephant in the room of synthetic chemistry.""

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+ - Earth may have been hit by a gamma-ray burst in 775 AD

Submitted by
The Bad Astronomer
The Bad Astronomer writes "Studies of carbon-14 in Japanese trees and beryllium-10 in Antarctic ice indicate the Earth was hit by a big radiation blast in 775 AD. Although very rare, occurring only once every million years or so, the most likely culprit is a gamma-ray burst, a cosmic explosion accompanying the birth of a black hole. While a big solar flare is still in the running, a GRB from merging neutron stars produces the ratio of carbon an beryllium observed, and also can explain why no bright explosion was seen at the time, and no supernova remnant is seen now."

+ - article critical of Microsoft pulled from>

Submitted by darkeye
darkeye (199616) writes "An article titled 'Sell Microsoft NOW! Game Over — Ballmer Loses' ( by Adam Hartung has been pulled from The article is still available via the Google WebCache here:
  . While Microsoft is clearly on the decline, it seems it still has for enough reaching hands to sensor content on a major publication like Forbes."

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+ - Analyst believes Microsoft will sell off Xbox division, maybe even to Sony-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Forbes analyst Adam Hartung has predicted that Microsoft will sell off its entertainment division, which includes Xbox, in the coming years. He even goes so far as to list Sony or Barnes & Noble as potential buyers.

Lets forget how crazy this sounds for a moment and focus on the reasons why Hartung believes such a sale will happen. It basically comes down to Windows 8, and how poorly it is selling. Combine that with falling sales of PCs, the Surface RT tablet not doing so great, the era of more than one PC in the home disappearing, and Microsoft has a big problem.

The problem not only stems from the PC market not growing, but because Microsoft relies so heavily on Windows and Office for revenue. With that in mind, Hartung believes Steve Ballmer will do anything and everything to save Windows, including ditching entertainment and therefore Xbox."

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Comment: Re:Depends on your definition of "marketplace" (Score 1) 290

by NXIL (#38884015) Attached to: Why Linux Vendors Need To Sell More Than Linux

Concur with Jurily; using Ubuntu with light desktop manager (Openbox) as a non-gaming desktop.

It fast, stable, no hassles, installation was easy, everything worked--easier than a Windows installation with hunting down drivers and installing them in the right order, actually.

Hmmm, Mandriva is #13 at Distrowatch: not so lucky, apparently. Was surprised to see it is on there, actually.

2012, Year of the Linux desktop? For some!

Comment: Software sells hardware (Score 1) 334

by NXIL (#38246732) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Flash-Friendly Router To Replace Aging WRT54GS?

Yes, a Soekris unit, or a Supermicro mini ITX cost more than an Asus, but putting together something like a Soekris opens up many more software options.

OpenBSD if you're paranoid? Check.

Monowall, sure.

BSDs, Linux, and Plan 9: all good to go.

Also, Soekris and Supermicro both have great reputations for reliability--set it up, forget it, it works for years.

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