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Comment Have you ever tried changing the 'culture'? (Score 2) 719

I am a geek, but I do own businesses which employ other geeks, on several continents

Now, as a geek I know what we geeks are capable of, good, as well as bad

And I can tell you this one thing - no matter which continents, geeks are geeks, and our 'geekiness' is 'toxic' to those with thinner skin - we geeks like to compete, and whether you like it or not, the thickness of our skin has become one of the 'legitimate competitive category'

Submission Explosion of shortsightedness due to LCD->

Taco Cowboy writes: An epidemic of myopia has exploded amongst the young people in many countries — 96% of Koreans age 19 suffer from nearsightedness while 4 out of 5 Chinese students are also shortsighted

The root cause? LCD screen on their smartphones!

Back in 2013 eye surgeons already warned about the link of staring at smartphones and the development of shortsightedness ( ) but unfortunately the warning went unheeded

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Submission Mealworms Eat and Digest Polystyrene Foam->

ckwu writes: Polystyrene foams—including products like Styrofoam—are rarely recycled, and the materials biodegrade so slowly that they can sit in a landfill for hundreds of years. But a pair of new studies shows that mealworms will dine on polystyrene foam when they can’t get a better meal, converting almost half of what they eat into carbon dioxide. In one study, the researchers fed mealworms polystyrene foam and found that the critters converted about 48% of the carbon they ate into carbon dioxide and excreted 49% in their feces. In the second study, the researchers showed that bacteria in the mealworms’ guts were responsible for breaking down the polystyrene--suggesting that engineering bacteria might be a strategy for boosting the reported biodegradation.
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Submission EPA considers sunny days harmful->

Trachman writes: EPA considers sunny days harmful for plants, according to their recent tweet. According to EPA, sunny days and the inevitable byproduct — Sunlight causes #ozone to form, which harms foliage, weakens trees.

I know that EPA will not try to introduce sun tax, and will try to stick with carbon tax, but I am not sure.

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Submission Censorship: Zuckerberg agreed with Merkel to censor Facebook->

Taco Cowboy writes: We often complain about censorship that happens in rogue states such as China / Cuba / Russia / Iran / North Korea / Saudi Arabia, and we often compare the appalling conditions of those rogue states to the so-called *** FREEDOM*** that we get to enjoy in the so-called West...


Attending a luncheon on the sidelines of a United Nations development summit in New York on Saturday, Merkel and Zuckerberg were overheard conversing on topic regarding anti-migrants postings on Facebook, on a live transmission broadcast on the UN website

Merkel asked Zuckerberg to censor postings which are deemed to be anti-migrants, and in response, Zuckerberg promised his full cooperation, by saying "We need to do some work”

This is certainly no conspiracy, the entire thing was broadcast live

The elites no longer are satisfied with abusing the power that they are entrusted with — now, they want to have the power over what we can or cannot say

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Submission Ask Slashdot: Advanced KVM switch?

jez9999 writes: I have a rather advanced use-case for my home work area that I need a KVM-type device for, and I was wondering whether such a thing even existed. I want a 3-PC setup; 2 desktops (PC1 and PC2) and 1 laptop going through a dock (DOCK1). I want to connect 2 monitors (SCREEN1 and SCREEN2), 1 mouse, and 1 keyboard (INPUTS). So far it's relatively straightforward, as I could just switch everything between the 3 devices.

But here's the kicker; I'd like at least 4 modes of operation: one mode to output PC1 video to both screens (dual-screen) and redirect INPUTS to it, one mode to output PC2 video to both screens (dual-screen) and redirect INPUTS to it, one mode to output PC1 video to SCREEN1, extend DOCK1 video to SCREEN2, and redirect INPUTS to DOCK1, and one mode to output PC1 video to SCREEN1, extend DOCK1 video to SCREEN2, and redirect INPUTS to PC1.

Basically with the latter two modes I'd like to be able to switch between inputting to PC1 & DOCK1, whilst continuing to be able to monitor each by outputting each one's video to one of the 2 monitors. However, I also want to be able to go dual-screen with and control PC1 & PC2.

In terms of ports I'd like to use HDMI (or possibly DVI-D) and USB for peripherals; not VGA or PS/2.

Is there any KVM switch out there able to do this kind of thing? I guess I'm probably looking for some kind of programmable KVM which allows me to specify, for each "mode of operation", which inputs are routed to which outputs. Failing that, is there some other way I can get the setup I want (or something close)?

Submission Brewing an ancient beer provides archaeologists info about migration->

TheAlexKnapp writes: Different groundwater supplies in different geographic regions often have different oxygen isotope ratios. Archaeologists have been using this fact to help track migration patterns in ancient cultures by examining oxygen isotope ratios found in human bones. But there may be a catch to this — namely, humans don't only drink water. They often drank alcohol instead. Anthropology students at Wagner college brewed chicha de maíz, an ancient Peruivan corn beer, and discovered that its oxygen isotope ratios are different from the water it was brewed with. Since ancient Peruvians drank a LOT of chicha, archaeologists need to properly consider this consumption when they're trying to reconstruct migrations..
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Submission Edward Snowden promotes global treaty to curtail surveillance

An anonymous reader writes: in a video appearance Edward Snowden said Domestic digital spying on ordinary citizens is an international threat that will only be slowed with measures like a proposed international treaty declaring privacy a basic human right. "This is not a problem exclusive to the United States.... This is a global problem that affects all of us. What's happening here happens in France, it happens in the U.K., it happens in every country, every place, to every person," he said.

Comment The rounded ones don't need to be caught (Score 1) 300

Our industry is founded by people who have the urge to learn to code, one key at a time, and spent many months, often years, to upgrade their skills

They did not have to be 'caught' by others - they are successful because they are self-motivated

To say that those 'rounded ones' needed to be caught is thus a misnomer --- as many of those awaiting to be caught do not possess the self-motivation to be successful in the first place

Comment More will be trampled to death in future stampedes (Score 2) 184

As the world's human population will increase from the current 7 Billion to over 12 Billion within 50 years, large scale gathering, whether it be religious ceremonies, sporting events, musical festivals political carnivals, protests and/or riots will take place, and more people will be trampled to death in stampede

As long as the humans still behave like pack animals, and as long as the designated gathering venues such as Mecca fail to expand to accommodate the vastly increase number of participants, you can count on even worse disasters to happen

Submission Jeff Atwood NY Daily News Op-Ed: Learning to Code is Overrated 1

theodp writes: Responding to New York City's much-ballyhooed $81 initiative to require all of the city's public schools to offer CS to all students, Coding Horror's Jeff Atwood has penned a guest column for the NY Daily News which cautions that learning to code isn't all it's cracked up to be. Atwood begins, "Mayor de Blasio is winning widespread praise for his recent promise that, within 10 years, all of New York City’s public schoolchildren will take computer science classes. But as a career programmer who founded two successful software startups, I am deeply skeptical about teaching all kids to code." Why? "If someone tells you 'coding is the new literacy' because 'computers are everywhere today,' ask them how fuel injection works. By teaching low-level coding, I worry that we are effectively teaching our children the art of automobile repair. A valuable skill — but if automobile manufacturers and engineers are doing their jobs correctly, one that shouldn’t be much concern for average people, who happily use their cars as tools to get things done without ever needing to worry about rebuilding the transmission or even change the oil." Atwood adds, "There’s nothing wrong with basic exposure to computer science. But it should not come at the expense of fundamental skills such as reading, writing and mathematics...I’ve known so many programmers who would have been much more successful in their careers if they had only been better writers, better critical thinkers, better back-of-the-envelope estimators, better communicators. And aside from success in careers, we have to ask the broader question: What kinds of people do we want children to grow up to be?"

Submission Plastic in the seafood you eat->

Taco Cowboy writes: The ubiquity of anthropogenic debris in hundreds of species of wildlife and the toxicity of chemicals associated with it has begun to raise concerns regarding the presence of anthropogenic debris in seafood

Samples of fish were bought from markets in Makassar, Indonesia, and from California, USA

Anthropogenic debris was extracted from the digestive tracts of fish and whole shellfish using a 10% KOH solution and quantified under a dissecting microscope. In Indonesia, anthropogenic debris was found in 28% of individual fish and in 55% of all species. Similarly, in the USA, anthropogenic debris was found in 25% of individual fish and in 67% of all species. Anthropogenic debris was also found in 33% of individual shellfish sampled

The likely presence of anthropogenic marine debris in seafood raises several questions regarding human health. For example, anthropogenic debris can elicit a biological response through both physical and chemical mechanisms of toxicity. Small anthropogenic debris has been shown to cause physical damage leading to cellular necrosis, inflammation and lacerations of tissues in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract

Moreover, in nature, anthropogenic debris is recovered from the marine environment with a cocktail of chemicals, including chemicals accumulated from ambient water in addition to the ingredients of the debris itself. Some of these chemicals can transfer from anthropogenic debris to fish upon ingestion. In turn, the ingestion of marine animals that have consumed anthropogenic marine debris has the potential to increase the burden of hazardous chemicals in humans

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Submission China successfully launched a new model rocket->

An anonymous reader writes: China today successfully launched a new model of carrier rocket Long March-11 for sending four micro satellites into space from the country's northwestern province

The solid propellant rocket was developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology with the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation

China's successful test for its YF-100 rocket engines
he Long March 6 (LM-6) space launch rocket blasted off from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. Built as a rapid response, light launcher, the LM-6 uses a single 120-ton thrust YF-100 liquid oxygen and kerosene rocket engine (the same booster as the heavy Long March 5's booster rockets) as its first stage to loft a one-ton payload into low Earth orbit. The LM-6's second stage is a YF-115 engine that also burns liquid oxygen and kerosene

The LM-6's maiden flight launch manifest consisted of 20 small satellites from Chinese universities and research institutes like Tsinghua University and the Harbin Institute of Technology, for purposes ranging from communications, Earth observation and atmospheric physics. Notably, one of the satellites carried an experimental ion drive, an electrical propulsion drive that would improve the efficiency of Chinese satellites and space exploration vehicles

In addition to providing China with a new light space launch capacity, the LM-6's successful launch validates the YF-100 engine, four of which are used in the boosters for the LM-5 rocket

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