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Star Wars Fans Look For Love In Alderaan Places 88 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-can-win-your-heart-in-less-than-twelve-parsecs dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that devoted fans at the recent Star Wars Convention V, many dressed as Jedi knights, stormtroopers, or the indomitable Princess Leia, sat opposite one another for a series of 3-minute speed dates, in hopes of finding a connection with a fellow Star Wars enthusiast. 'Over the course of the three events, due to size and time, we turned away about 600 participants,' says Ryan Glitch. 'Yesterday, this room was packed. We had to keep shoveling people along.' Meanwhile in the main exhibition hall, a chapel was set up to allow fans to profess their love and devotion to each other in the form of commitment ceremonies. 'I've been told that we've had two commitment ceremonies from people that met at my event,' says Glitch adding that he saw eight additional couples at the convention made up of people who had attended his speed dating sessions."
Sci-Fi

What SciFi Should Get the Reboot Treatment Next? 922

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the so-much-firefly-love dept.
Not long ago Wired ran their own list of which SciFi (not SyFy!) shows were in need of another go 'round in this era of the reboot. Well, it looks like many fans had their own opinions resulting in another list of reboots including everything from Firefly (please?) to The Outer Limits. Which SciFi stories could use the breath of life, and which ones might actually succeed it getting it?

Comment: Re:A Little Disappointed (Score 1) 173

by ShinyBrowncoat (#29886257) Attached to: Amazon Cloud Adds Hosted MySQL
Although usage varies, most people (vendors and analysts at least) consider "Software as a Service" to mean you are renting an application (Google docs, Concur expense app, salesforce CRM app), while "Cloud computing" typically means you are renting infrastructure (Amazon EC2/S3) and/or a platform for developing custom apps (Google app engine, Force.com). Sometimes "cloud computing" is used generically to refer to all three: infrastructure, platform, and/or applications running outside your datacenter, managed by a 3rd party vendor.
Microsoft

+ - News flash:Hotmail has bug; Microsoft doesn't care

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "About 4 weeks ago, a header corruption bug appeared in Hotmail. When composing a plain-text message in web-based Hotmail which has more than one entry in the References header (i.e. a reply to a reply), Hotmail is inserting an extra carriage return. This corrupts the header block, and receiving email clients (including Hotmail itself) correctly treat the rest of the headers as part of the body. As a result, the "Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable" isn't processed, and encoded characters in the body, such as =2C for a comma, are not being decoded.

There have been several posts per day to http://windowslivehelp.com/community/4.aspx about this. That forum, which is the official Hotmail support channel, appears to be staffed by scripts that repeatedly post "Optimize your browser", "Send us a screen shot", and "Tell us your username". No Microsoft support staff have said anything about trying to reproduce the problem, or reporting it to the engineering staff.

Does anyone know a better way to get a bug report to someone at Microsoft who can do something about it?"

+ - The Sad State of the Mobile Web->

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snydeq writes "Despite being the much better development platform for today's smartphones, open Web standards still face an uphill battle on mobile devices, Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes, nothing that here, as on the desktop, the main hurdle is scalability. But whereas successful Web development for the desktop is a matter of scaling up, mobile Web development calls for applications that can effectively scale down as well — an imperative that is fast making the state of the mobile Web 'even sadder,' McAllister writes. 'The more that modern Web applications take advantage of the new client-side technologies available in desktop browsers, the more the divide between the desktop Web and the mobile Web widens.' As a result, developers are forced to fall back on basic Web technologies — a tactic that too often translates simply into writing separate UIs for mobile users. 'The result? Mobile Web applications are in pretty much the same boat as they were when the first WAP-enabled handsets appeared: two separate development tracks, one for the desktop and one for mobile. Call that an opportunity if you want. I call it a waste of potential.'"
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+ - Computers to Crack Down on Card Counters->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "First they start paying out 6 to 5 on natural blackjacks, and now this? The little guy gets the short end of the stick once again, as UK researchers say they've developed a computer algorithm that can analyze how Blackjack players manage their chip stack and bet on each hand, sniffing out card counters inside 20 hands of the game.

Card counting is perfectly legal — all a counter does is attempt to keep track of whether the cards remaining in a deck are favorable to his winning a hand (mainly if there are lots of tens and aces remaining in the deck) — but it's deeply frowned upon by Vegas casinos. Those caught counting cards are regularly expelled from casinos on the spot and are often permanently banned from returning.

But given the slim house odds on Blackjack, it's often said that a good card counter can actually tip the odds in his favor by carefully controlling the way he bets his hands. And Vegas really doesn't care for that.

The anti-card-counter system uses cameras to watch players and keep track of the actual "count" of the cards, the same way a player would. It also measures how much each player is betting on each hand, and it syncs up the two data points to look for patterns in the action. If a player is betting big when the count is indeed favorable, and keeping his chips to himself when it's not, he's fingered by the computer... and, in the real world, he'd probably receive a visit from a burly dude in a bad suit, too.

The system reportedly works even if the gambler intentionally attempts to mislead it with high bets at unfavorable times.

The system is still in the academic/development stage, but casinos are always eager to experiment with high-tech systems that foil gamblers in their attempts to leave the joint with money in their pockets. Don't be surprised to hear that this one is actually rolled out in the months ahead..."

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Comment: Bad vs Good Headhunters (Score 1) 344

by ShinyBrowncoat (#29699285) Attached to: When Do You Fire a Headhunter?

Bad headhunters will modify your resume without your permission and submit it to companies without asking you

Good headhunters will work with you to tailor your resume to each opportunity and ask you to make sure an opportunity sounds like a good fit before submitting your resume

Bad headhunters who submit your non-tailored resume first and don't tell you can cause problems when the Good headhunter submits another resume for the same candidate (you). Unfortunately, there's not much you can do about this except apologize for the mix-up and hope the hiring manager/company is understanding.

I wouldn't recommend "firing" the bad headhunter (unless you're actually paying him money, which would be odd since they usually get paid by the hiring companies) in case they luck into finding you a good opportunity. But you should firmly ask him to check with you in the future before changing/submitting your resume.

Comment: Re:personally (Score 1) 1721

by Stradivarius (#29698489) Attached to: Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Governments are elected to serve their people. The US President is no different than other nations' heads of state in that regard.

And I find it interesting how so many people remember everything we do that they didn't like, but so quickly forget the good.

They remember that we invaded Iraq without full support from the members of the Security Council. Yet they forget we freed the Iraqi people from a tyranny that regularly raped and murdered its citizens, dumping their bodies in mass graves, and twice attacked its neighbors.

They forget the US military's aid to tsunami victims abroad, our protection of much of the world against threats from their neighbors, and our funding of vast portions of the United Nations budget.

The US government did all of those good things and more while acting in the interests of the United States. To say that our government acting in our interests is at best a neutral thing misunderstands the nature of human relationships. Acting in one's own interest often helps others too.

Comment: Re:Alix board and pfSence (Score 1) 199

by TheRaven64 (#29685149) Attached to: Harald Welte Calls Out Netgear's Open Source Sham
And if you want to save a bit of money, you can pick up the older WRAP boards quite cheaply now. I have one and it runs a stock OpenBSD install on a 512MB compact flash card. Everything works nicely, although I did compile a custom kernel to remove everything that's not needed. The ALIX seems to only have one miniPCI slot, which is a shame. The WRAP had two, so you could plug in an 802.11 card and a crypto coprocessor for offloading VPN calculations.

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