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Comment: Re:Policy change (Score 1) 670 670

I actively encourage my employees to stay home when they're sick. I realize we all can't work in these strange utopias of logic, but losing one guy for a week is much better than him coming in and getting 3 other people sick for a week. From a pure numbers standpoint, I don't get how people don't see how it's a GOOD thing to tell people to take care of themselves.

One of my only office pet-peeves is when someone shows up to work next to me with an obvious illness. Then I get sick. Arrrrrrgh.

Comment: Re:man-kids (Score 1) 138 138

Just for a bit of fair perspective - clubbing and dancing wound up being my 'higher' social hobby. When I turned 21, I immediately started going out dancing at clubs, since they played the music I like. Eventually I became a DJ, and, while I don't drink while I'm at clubs, I would still not write off clubs as bad places to explore your hobbies and have fun.

I would guess the average intelligence of plenty of my crowds are lower than a Salsa group, but, trust me, there are _tons_ of engineers/programmers who love dancing and (80's/goth/alternative - i.e. not hip-hop) music: I've met several folks from Apple, an entrepeneur from Yahoo, etc.

Whatever it is, the key point to remember is that socializing with mutual intellectual/emotional/physical interests will always be more valuable than forced, normalized socializing. :)

Comment: Re:What did you people expect? (Score 1) 845 845

Nexus doesn't even come close. How about the Nokia N900. It's pretty much Debian Linux running on an ARM processor. I can open xterm and type 'su' and do whatever I want. There's always a mention of it in any of these phone threads, but it never seems to get headlines on Slashdot for some reason.

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Mozilla Thunderbird 3 Released 272 272

supersloshy writes Today Mozilla released Thunderbird 3. Many new features are available, including Tabs and enhanced search features, a message archive for emails you don't want to delete but still want to keep, Firefox 3's improved Add-ons Manager, Personas support, and many other improvements. Download here."
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Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

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