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+ - Improve Your Dev, Ops, and Kittens collaboration with DevOps on Kittens

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "DevOps on Kittens is here to provide you with ways to integrate kittens into your DevOps initiative — from concepts, to how-to articles, to specific products that will make your kittens more productive and your enterprise more successful. Their first article, Use Central Configuration Right Meow, discusses one of the most important fundamentals of the DevOps movement."

Comment: Re:Looking out the window? (Score 0) 757

by Xentor (#41410423) Attached to: Rapid Arctic Melt Called 'Planetary Emergency'

When we look out the window, we see one of three things, depending on living situation:

1) An air shaft
2) Other buildings, which block our view of such interesting phenomena
3) A beautiful skyline... Except the people that see this are too rich to care.

So yes, we fail to notice...

Then it shows up on TV, and since we're busy doing ten things at once, we think it's just a commercial or a movie trailer, and ignore it. Either that, or we're so bored that we think, "Hey, that'll liven things up a bit!"

(I am a New Yorker, but I'm mostly joking about most of the above)

Comment: Re:Still unfair (Score 1) 791

by Xentor (#36946500) Attached to: How and Why Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries

Since we are speaking microseconds here, is not the main advantage being the closest or even within the final exchange computer?
The competition is obviously biased in favor, not of the best programmers, but of those privileged enough to be located nearest to the apex of the whole system.

Yep, the serious HFT groups run their boxes as close as possible to the exchange... Either they rent space on the floor (Or in the same building), or they're right next-door.

The Internet

Fairpoint Pledges To Violate Net Neutrality 249

Posted by timothy
from the we'll-read-it-to-you-over-the-phone dept.
wytcld writes "Fairpoint Communications, which has taken over Verizon's landline business in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, has announced that on February 6, 'AOL, Yahoo! and MSN subscribers will continue to have access to content but will no longer be able to access their e-mail through the third-party Web site. Instead, Yahoo! and other third-party e-mail will be accessed directly at the MyFairPoint.net portal.' Since Verizon spun off its lines to Fairpoint in a maneuver that got debt off of Verizon's balance sheets by saddling Fairpoint with it, there was concern by the public service boards of the three states about how Fairpoint would deal with that debt. Fairpoint's profit plan: force all Webmail users through Fairpoint's portal, by blocking all direct access to Webmail portals other than its own. Will Fairpoint's own search engine portal be next? What can stop them?"

Comment: Re:solved within 7hrs... (Score 1) 252

by Xentor (#23474326) Attached to: Breaking the Fermilab Code
Someone mentioned that "BASSE" can refer to a building... "Robert Wilson Hall"...

So...

"FRANK SHOEMAKER WOULD CALL THIS NOISE"
"EMPLOYEE NUMBER BASSE SIXTEEN"

So I wonder if the "BASSE" building's sixteenth floor has a room whose number is equal to Frank Shoemaker's employee number or phone extension...

Maybe there's something in that room that would be needed to decode the rest of the message.

Or maybe "BASSE SIXTEEN" refers to the building (It has sixteen floors), and it's asking for the employee number of Robert Wilson, the namesake of the building and a former director at Fermilab.
The Courts

Boston University Student Challenges RIAA 381

Posted by kdawson
from the back-off dept.
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "A Boston University student identified only as one of the 21 'John Does' in Arista v. Does 1-21 has challenged the RIAA's alleged right to get his or her identity from the school, bringing a motion to vacate the ex parte discovery order obtained by the RIAA, and to quash the subpoena served on the university. John Doe's court papers (PDF) argue, among other things, that the RIAA's papers are 'based on a flawed theory that having copyrighted music files on an individual's computer or on an assigned folder on Boston University's server is a "distribution" of such copyrighted music files, where such folder is merely accessible by others.'"
Patents

+ - 2008 Presidential Candidates and Tech Issues

Submitted by
Tokimasa
Tokimasa writes "Following last night's debate with the Democratic presidential hopefuls and tomorrow's debate with the Republican presidential candidates, I noticed that the questions addressed issues that affect the American people as a whole — education, health care, the "war on terror" and combating terrorism, Iraq, Iran, North Korea, China, jobs and the economy, gas prices, and energy.

But what about issues that are important to the technical savvy Americans, including those in technical industries? Issues such as intellectual property reform (especially copyrights and patents), funding for research and development (both private and government led), DMCA, and other topics that might be of interest to engineers and scientists? Why are these topics not discussed (or even mentioned) during a campaign?

Is there any material out there that discusses how each candidate stands on issues that are of interest to certain groups (in my case, engineers and those working in highly technical fields)?"
Power

+ - Turning Heat Into Sound Into Electricity

Submitted by WrongSizeGlass
WrongSizeGlass (838941) writes "Science Daily is reporting on work by physicists at the University of Utah who have developed small devices that turn heat into sound and then into electricity.

"We are converting waste heat to electricity in an efficient, simple way by using sound," ... "It is a new source of renewable energy from waste heat."
They report that technology holds promise for changing waste heat into electricity, harnessing solar energy and cooling computers and radars."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - World's First Virtual Banking Licenses

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?relea se_id=200858

MindArk PE AB, creators of Entropia Universe — the original virtual universe with a real cash economy, today announced the auction of five virtual banking licenses which will integrate real world banking systems into the virtual world. These two-year exclusive licenses will be available through the public auction within Entropia Universe and will be open for bids beginning mid January 2007."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Zoo puts humans on display

Submitted by
MollyB
MollyB writes "A story appeared on Yahoo announcing that "An Australian zoo has put a group of humans on display to raise awareness about primate conservation — with the proviso that they don't get up to any monkey business."
On the face of it, this seems ridiculous, but perhaps some slashdotters would like to volunteer, if they could afford the air fare (and didn't live there already).
Also, from the article, "Audiences can vote for their favorite "ape" via mobile phone text messages, in the style of reality television shows, and at the end of the month, a "super human" will be selected to represent the zoo." This smacks of publicity-stunt, in spite of the 'scientific' nature of the exhibit."

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