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Comment: Re:notepad++ dude. (Score 1) 300

by Octopus (#38733136) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Open Source Answer to Dreamweaver?

It may be easier for you to build a house out of housey-looking parts, but that doesn't mean anyone should have to live in it. Ask the Haitians.

Same with site building. You choose to be able to drag-and-drop your designs onto a canvas, rather than build standards-compliant markup that is easy to maintain. You're skimping and cutting corners on technology, in a technology industry. If you did the same thing in physical construction, and someone died, you'd be toast.

Sure, I'm being silly and hyperbolic. But when you ask how to find a free tool to create a lesser quality product because you can't be arsed to code, and someone points it out, don't get your dander up.

Take it like a man, or stop banging out web sites with a ukelele.

Science Daily: Polar Ice Clouds May Be Climate Change Symptom->

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As the late summer sun sets in the Arctic, bands of wispy, luminescent clouds shine against the deep blue of the northern sky. To the casual observer, they may simply be a curiosity, dismissed as the waning light of the midnight sun. But to scientists, these noctilucent ice clouds could be an upper-atmospheric symptom of a changing climate.
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Science Daily: Small Molecule Spurs Genes To Action->

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Most of us think of disease as the failure of an organ or the breach of some critical fortress in the body's defense system. But for many ailments, including cancer and diabetes, disease begins with an even more fundamental error: the failure of genes to turn on and off when they should. Hoping to understand and eventually help correct such errors scientists are developing molecules that mimic natural regulators of gene expression. New research shows that a small molecule they developed is able to turn on genes in living cells.
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Sci-Fi

Star Wars Fan Puts Himself in Carbonite 204

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the instead-of-dating dept.
sneezesteve writes "How do you secure your nerd-cred for eternity? By acquiring a life-size replica of Han Solo in Carbonite, having Han's face removed, and replacing it with your own. 'It is made from fiberglass, and the short story is that a friend who is a special effects guy owned the piece, which was a direct casting off the original prop. He was moving, (aka getting married and yelled at) and asked me if I wanted it. I screamed a huge lispy "Yes!", and picked it up, but knew I wanted to do something cool with it. So I called my other nerdy special effects pals, and they offered to replace Harrison Ford's face with mine. I was so tired of hearing this offer in my daily life, but decided to finally consider it, so off it went.'"
Networking (Apple)

+ - The Woz + Kathy Griffin = Hitched->

Submitted by
gr8gatzby
gr8gatzby writes "Well we can probably guess their kids names: Clarus for the boy and Lisa for the girl. It appears that Kathy Griffin has a thing for geeks, as her last hubby(infamous for laundering money from her) was as well.

From The Best Week Ever: "...things are looking up for Kath. She's found a new man. A successful man. Sadly, it's not her absolutely adorable assistant Tom (what chemistry those kids have!), rather... a much bigger, richer man. Co-founder of Apple Computers Steve Wozniak to be exact. The two met after Steve saw Kathy perform. Now, we know Steve might not be the handsomest man around, but fans of Kathy know that looks really aren't that important to her. And looks aside... could you really ask for a better catch than the co-founder of Apple F**king Computers? Wethinks not. And, as a side note, from what we've seen on her reality show, Kathy is an Apple girl through and through... which is adorable!"

http://www.bestweekever.tv/2007/08/17/off-the-mark et-kathy-griffin-finds-a-new-man/"

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Businesses

+ - What Are the Business Benefits of Social Software?

Submitted by jg21
jg21 (677801) writes "This article in Social Computing Magazine reminds us that those pondering enterprise social software as a potential new category have been discussing things like enterprise tagging for over a year, which is why perhaps CMP Technology is launching in June a conference devoted entirely to Enterprise 2.0, the phrase most often used to connote the use of freeform social software within companies. Central to the successful adoption of E2.0 tools is a diverse software ecosystem. So if a department or a team wants to do its own thing with a specific wiki or blog tool, for example, then as long as they don't expect full IT support and QoS guarantees then that should be OK. [From the article: "I think enterprise social software consultants and developers need to be able to offer a blended offering that is much more flexible than traditional software integration and support."]"
Mozilla

Firefox Going the Big and Bloated IE Way? 653

Posted by Zonk
from the dinosaur-needs-a-diet dept.
abhinav_pc writes "Wired is carrying an article pondering whether Firefox has become big and bloated, much like IE. As the browser's popularity has risen, the interest in cramming more features into the product has as well. Slowdowns and feature creep have some users asking for a return to the days of the 'slim and sexy' Firefox. 'Firefox's page-cache mechanism, for example, introduced in version 1.5, stores the last eight visited pages in the computer's memory. Caching pages in memory allows faster back browsing, but it can also leave a lot less memory for other applications to use. Less available RAM equals a less-responsive computer. Firefox addresses this issue somewhat, setting the default cache lower on computers with less than a gigabyte of RAM. Though the jury is still out on where the perfect balance between too many and too few features lies, one truth is apparent: The new web is pushing our browsers to the limit.'"
Music

+ - Battle Over RIAA Expert Reliability Continues

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "The battle over the "reliability" of the RIAA's expert witness, Dr. Doug Jacobson of Iowa State, continues, with the RIAA defending its expert by arguing that "everyone in his field proceeds the same way he did", to which the defendant responded by reminding the judges of the witness's own testimony that his "method" was invented by himself a year and a half ago, and has never been shared with, much less accepted by, anyone else in the "scientific community".... a prerequisite for admissibility of expert testimony in federal court under the Daubert case."
PC Games (Games)

+ - Online Gaming Leads to Boise Murder

Submitted by
WED Fan
WED Fan writes "According the Spokesman Review, a man drove nearly 6000 miles to kill a man he met while gaming on the Internet.

A man charged with killing a 25-year-old Boise State University student met him on Internet gaming sites and then used the Web to track him down, according to court records.
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Authorities say Delling embarked on a 6,000-mile Western road trip that left two people dead and another seriously injured.


Details of what games and what might have transpired to trigger such an event, have yet to be revealed."
Security

+ - A Makeover for Microsoft Patch Tuesday

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft plans to implement a major change to the Patch Tuesday advance notice mechanism to provide more details ahead of the release of security bulletins. Instead of the current bare-bones note with the the affected platform and the highest possible severity rating, the Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) will release a summary page (similar to this one) that gives more details on the actual products affected and the potential impact of the vulnerability. The security bulletins are also undergoing a layout/design makeover."

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