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+ - A Ph.D thesis defense 77 years late->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: A story about a 102-year old lady doing her PhD thesis defense is not that common, but when the thesis defense was delayed by a whopping 77 years, that gotta raise some eyebrows

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport studied diphtheria at the University of Hamburg in Germany and at 1938, the 25-year old Protestant-raised, German-born Ingeborg Syllm submitted for her doctorate thesis defense

Ms. Ingeborg Syllm was denied her chance for her thesis defense because her mother was of the Jewish ancestry, making her an official 'cross-breed'

As a 'cross-breed' the Nazi regime forbidden the university from proceeding with her defense, for 'racial reasons'

She became one of the thousands of scholars and researchers banished from German academe, which at the time included many of the world’s most prestigious research institutions, on account of Jewish ancestry or opposition to Nazi policies. Many of them ended up suffering or dying in concentration camps

Rudolf Degkwitz, Syllm’s professor, was imprisoned for objecting to euthanizing children

Syllm, however, was able to reach the United States and earned her medical degree from the old Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

Eventually she married a fellow physician named Samuel Mitja Rapoport, had a family, and moved back to Germany in the 1950s, where she achieved prominence in neonatology

Syllm-Rapoport, who is now 102 years old, might have remained just a doctor (if a very accomplished one) had not the present dean of the Hamburg medical school, Uwe Koch-Gromus, heard her story from a colleague of her son, Tom Rapoport, a Harvard cell biologist

Determined to do what he could to mitigate this wrong, Koch-Gromus arranged Syllm-Rapoport’s long-delayed defense

Despite failing eyesight, she brushed up on decades of developments in diphtheria research with the help of friends and the Internet. Koch-Gromus called the 45-minute oral exam given by him and two colleagues on 13 May in her Berlin living room “a very good test. Frau Rapoport has gathered notable knowledge about what’s happened since then. Particularly given her age, she was brilliant.”


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+ - High Court Orders UK ISPs to Block eBook Sites->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: The High Court has granted an application by The Publishers Association to have several major 'pirate' eBook sites blocked at the ISP level. The action, a first for book publishers, requires BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE to block sites including Ebookee, LibGen and Freshwap within 10 days.

Rather than tackling unauthorized sites with direct legal action, major entertainment industry companies are increasingly attempting to disrupt ‘pirate’ operations with broader strokes.

One of the favored tools is site blocking, a technique that has gathered considerable momentum in Europe and the UK in particular. More than 120 domains are currently blocked by the country’s major ISPs, largely thanks to action taken by the movie and music industries plus soccer body The Premier League.

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+ - SPAM: IJAEMS: Open Access International Journal (No Publication Charges)

Submitted by Ijaems Journal
Ijaems Journal writes: International Journal of Advanced engineering, Management and Science (IJAEMS) is an international open access online journal in the field of engineering, management and science. It’ main aim is to give quality research papers. It covers all sub-fields of above mentioned fields. It provides platform to academicians, students and professionals. It publishes only original research papers. Submitted paper should meet some criteria like, manuscript/paper should be original, unpublished and not submitted to any other journal.
All published paper in this journal is freely available and published every month.

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+ - SPAM: IJAEMS: Open Access International Journal (No Publication Charges)

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: International Journal of Advanced engineering, Management and Science (IJAEMS) is an international open access online journal in the field of engineering, management and science. It’ main aim is to give quality research papers. It covers all sub-fields of above mentioned fields. It provides platform to academicians, students and professionals. It publishes only original research papers. Submitted paper should meet some criteria like, manuscript/paper should be original, unpublished and not submitted to any other journal.
All published paper in this journal is freely available and published every month.

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+ - SPAM: Boomers - the one not feeling from economic upturn

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Many old timers like me are boomers, and there have been too many comments on Slashdot bitching and moaning about the hardship

Well, an article on udemy's blog claiming that everyone's feeling the economic upturn, except for the boomers

With the threat of losing their job to the H1-B scabs, it is rather amusing that the article claims

... ighty-three percent of the 1,000 workers surveyed felt very or somewhat secure in their current jobs

Yes, you read it right. 83%!!

As for the boomers ...

...While nearly 8 in ten Millennials believe they’ll see a salary increase this year, only 58 percent of Boomers are optimistic they’ll see the same

The article went on to claim that

...It’s not only that Millennials are feeling the economic upswing. They’re also the most likely to embrace new ways of making money. Millennials continue to explore freelance work and many have second jobs to supplement their incomes. Nearly half of Millennial respondents said they worked a second job last year versus just a quarter of Boomers...

In other words, according to TFA, the boomers are fixated with their one job and can never conjured up the courage to go freelance

So let me ask you guys, especially the boomers, are you as timid, and as useless as TFA has put it??

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Comment: That's what happening in my company (Score 1) 243

by Taco Cowboy (#49780099) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to apply the 'unwritten rule' and walk out on some PM that was just sucking all of the intelligence out of the room and keeping people from working

In the companies that I run I encourage my key people to learn public speaking skills. In fact, several of them have internal Toastmaster chapters, in which they get to hone the skill of giving speeches as well as learning ways to make whatever they want to convey comprehensible to the audiences - sweet and short

That is not to say that I haven't been into meetings that were time wasters - and every time I've encountered such meeting I just walk. straight. out. of. the. room.

That is all I need to do - as I do not like people wasting my time, I also do not like others' time being wasted, especially in meetings that have no apparent aim and are not going anywhere, fast

Comment: The difference between a useful meeting and (Score 1) 243

by Taco Cowboy (#49779745) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

one that is a totally time waster is due to several factors -

1. The skill of the one holding (chairing) the meeting

2. The way the information being conveyed

Let's face it --- The purpose of having meeting is to convey messages and to encourage exchange of views of the participants - either top-down, bottom-up, horizontal, or all of the above

The skill of the one who chair the meeting is crucial - but unfortunately I have been to too many meetings whereby those who supposed to be leading the meeting don't even know why they are there to begin with

I have been in all kinds of meeting - from the ridiculous to the marvelous

Back in China where I was from, back when the cultural revolution was still raging, 'meeting' was a mean used by the 'elite' to spread their propaganda, and to 'enhance' the effect of those meeting, the elite will incorporate episodes of 'showing example' whereby they would parade those who have been accused of 'counter-revolutionary' and publicly punish them (sometimes ended with summary execution) in front of everyone

While that was taking place, the participants, no matter if they were horrified with what happened in front of them, were all enthusiastically applauding the 'elites' with their 'righteous acts'
 
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But I have been in excellent meetings as well, meetings that have been led by people who know what they are doing, and do it very well

People's attention span is short. A meeting can only be successfuly if it doesn't end up cramming the brains of the participants with all kinds of garbage

Information must be pre-sieved before any meeting has taken place so that the info that were being disseminated during the meeting can easily be digested and understood and absorbed

Powerpoint is only a tool - it is far from perfect

But for people who knows what they are doing, even an imperfect tool such as Powerpoint (and all the open-sourced variants) can aid in information dissemination

That is why a call for banning meeting and/or Powerpoint altogether is mindless to the very fucking core

+ - NSA wants to hijack Android Store->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: NSA wants to exploit app store servers, — as part of a pilot project codenamed IRRITANT HORN, — using the servers to launch so-called "man-in-the-middle" attacks to infect phones with spying malwares

A surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from the "Five Eyes" alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, — developed a method to hack and hijack phone users' connections to app stores so that they would be able to send malicious "implants" to targeted devices

The implants could then be used to collect data from the phones without their users noticing

The agencies used the Internet spying system XKEYSCORE to identify smartphone traffic flowing across Internet cables and then to track down smartphone connections to app marketplace servers operated by Samsung and Google

Google declined to comment for this story. Samsung said it would not be commenting "at this time


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+ - Ebay and Amazon go premium->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Once upon a time online shopping site was free

But 'free' apparently does not allow those awash with lots of extra cash that 'special feeling'

To provides the elites (and the "elite wannabe") a feel of being priviledged, Amazon came up with "Amazon Prime" (See http://lmgtfy.com/?q=amazon+pr... )

Not to be outdone by Amazon, eBay is rolling out its eBay Plus this summer

Customers who sign up with either of the premium services have to pay subscription fees. In exchange for the subscription fees these 'elite' customers get to enjoy certain 'privileges'which commoners don't get — Such as last minute order, free two-day shipping, and fast returns of merchandises, and so on ...

When are we going to have our Slashdot Plus ??


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Comment: Re:And I'm the feminist deity (Score 1) 405

It is very frustrating, and I don't know what the solution is, but blaming the parents is hogwash. I don't see that at all

Shanghai Bill, I have read a lot of the comments you post on /. and I gotta say that they are very balanced and informative

Okay, regarding this 'blame the parent' piece from Google there is nothing to understand --- What Google is trying to do, and in fact, what TPTB has been trying to do to all of us is to impart a sense of 'powerlessness' so that we, collectively, will have to ask them (aka TPTB) for help, to solve our powerlessness

It's just another brick on the wall, so to speak --- the entire thing is structured, piece by piece, to make us feel useless, make us feel that we essentially can't accomplish anything on our own

You see, first, they blame the "male-dominated society" for 'discouraging' the girls from participating in the tech

Then they set up programs exclusively for girls to 'learn the tech', as if to show us --- the male portion of the society, that they are taking power away from us

And to further gaining ground, they are accusing the parents for failing their girls

It's all part of the psy-ops that they are running against the citizens --- designed specifically to enhance their dominance over us, the people

Shanghai Bill, you have spent quite a lot of years outside of USA, your time away from the US enables you to see things from another perspective

And I, originally from China, came to America as a young refugee, also comes equipped with the ability to analyse the American phenomenon, with both the view of an outsider as well as that of an insider

What I am seeing in America, since my arrival in the early 1970's, is the increasing power of TPTB, and their overbearing dominance over the populace

Right now, as we speak, TPTB's plan is in their final stage --- their aim being turning the American society, a society supposed to be based on freedom and liberty, in to a society in which TPTB will become an essential part, a part in which the society can't exist without

That is why they are doing what they are doing

Unfortunately most of the Americans can't see what's going on

I hope you can see what I am seeing, Shanghai Bill

Comment: Re:How is this tech related? (Score 1) 154

by Taco Cowboy (#49772081) Attached to: EU Drops Plans For Safer Pesticides After Pressure From US

I think it's time the rest of the world told the US: we don't give a fuck about your business interests, we care about not putting toxic crap on our foods

Not to rain on your parade, son

Through their latest action the Europeans have proved to the world that they would rather kiss Uncle Sam's behind, no matter how smelly it is, than to stand up to that big. bad. fucking. bully.

The United States is itself already pretty much fucked up, but in this caset, Europe, thanks to the "European Parliament", has become even more fucked up than the US

Comment: Show 'em, India!! (Score 4, Insightful) 117

lol? India can't even keep the power on. They can't clean up their garbage. They can't clean up their water supply...

You guys always look down on countries in Asia / Africa such as India or Kenya

You guys always think that countries such as India can never catch up

I have news for you...
 
While it is true India does have its hands full with the myriad problems that it is facing, India has bean growing leaps and bounds in terms of improving its own infrastructures and in its talent pool for the past few decades, and THIS TREND IS RAPIDLY ACCELERATING IN SCALE

I know, because I do have businesses in India, and I go to India several times every year

To India and to all Indians - as you guys have seen for yourself the snobbery the "Western People" are towards India, isn't it time India stands up and show the world - especially those Western snobs - what you can

Show 'em, India!!

+ - Senator Paul stands for over ten hours in Senate over NSA bulk data collection. ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Sen. Rand Paul held up a vote on the Fast Track Authority for a eleven hour dissertation on the flaws of the Patriot Act, the replacement the USA Freedom Act, bulk data collection including credit card purchases, the DEA and IRS's use of NSA intel. for "parallel construction", warrant-less GPS bugs on vehicles, as well as the important distinction of a general warrant v a spacific one.

The memes that have been created are clever too, "I don't normally take over C-Span2, but when I do -people watch C-Span2." Of course, the expected #StandWithRand and posting selfies with people actually watching C-Span2.

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Comment: ... but are they?? (Score 2) 214

... but I'm kind of glad we have people looking at these ridiculous scenarios and planning how to deal with them *just in case* ...

Those motherfucking assholes are the real life version of the keystone kops --- They always do the wrong thing

Had the assholes really know their stuffs that British soldier Lee Rigby would still be alive today

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M...

And the London tube wouldn't have been bombed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/7...

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