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Comment: After 10 Years (Score 1) 546

by ald_a (#47538309) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

I had my Lasik op 10 years ago, with much success. I had -5 on both eyes plus some astigmatism so I was nearly blind. And after the op not using any glasses or contacts was great. However, the problem is, I've been using computers, tablets, smartphones etc. for 15-16 hours every day. So I got my myopia back (about -1) with some astigmatism. So I was wondering had I been doing some outdoor work or something else in the first place, I wouldn't be having the -5 before. I don't know. What happens I'm not happy going back to glasses again.

Comment: Re:More Bloat ? (Score 1) 341

by ald_a (#45818729) Attached to: Kernel DBus Now Boots With Systemd On Fedora

Indeed. No one in the unix world should care about a fast boot (why do you need to reboot your machine in the first place). I guess Redhat guys (especially Lennart), has lots of spare time in his hands and manages to bloat on the least problematic part of a distribution. Did any of you guys had problems with systemv?
Why tie Gnome, dbus etc to systemd? You can't nowadays install Gnome without systemd. I find this approach a shameful thing in the Linux history.

Just my 2 cents.

Debian

FreeNAS Switching From FreeBSD To Debian Linux 206

Posted by Soulskill
from the changing-horses dept.
dnaumov writes "FreeNAS, a popular, free NAS solution, is moving away from using FreeBSD as its underlying core OS and switching to Debian Linux. Version 0.8 of FreeNAS as well as all further releases are going to be based on Linux, while the FreeBSD-based 0.7 branch of FreeNAS is going into maintenance-only mode, according to main developer Volker Theile. A discussion about the switch, including comments from the developers, can be found on the FreeNAS SourceForge discussion forum. Some users applaud the change, which promises improved hardware compatibility, while others voice concerns regarding the future of their existing setups and lack of ZFS support in Linux."
Games

History In Video Games — a Closer Look 139

Posted by Soulskill
from the begins-and-ends-in-the-1940s dept.
scruffybr writes "Whether it's World War 2, the American Wild West or ancient Greece, history has long provided a rich source of video game narrative. Historical fact has been painstakingly preserved in some games, yet distorted beyond all recognition in others. Whereas one game may be praised for its depiction of history, others have been lambasted for opening fresh wounds or glorifying tragic events of our near past. Games have utilized historical narrative extensively, but to what extent does the platform take liberties with, and perhaps misuse it?"
Businesses

Banking Via Twitter? 193

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the what-not-to-do dept.
In the latest example of how just because you can do something doesn't mean you should, one credit union has decided to offer a new feature, dubbed "tweetMyMoney," that allows members to interact with their accounts via Twitter. Can't wait for the next version, "tweetSomeoneElsesMoney." "tweetMyMoney, available exclusively to Vantage members! With tweetMyMoney, you can monitor your account balance, deposits, withdrawals, holds and cleared checks with simple commands. And, you can even transfer funds within your account. It's all available on Twitter, 24/7!"
Image

Churches Use Twitter To Reach a Wider Audience 169

Posted by samzenpus
from the go-tell-it-on-the-internet dept.
In an attempt to reverse declining attendance figures, many American churches are starting to ask WWJD in 140 or fewer characters. Pastors at Westwinds Community Church in Michigan spent two weeks teaching their 900-member congregation how to use Twitter. 150 of them are now tweeting. Seattle's Mars Hill Church encourages its members to Twitter messages during services. The tweets appear on the church's official Twitter page. Kyle Firstenberg, the church's administrator, said,"It's a good way for them to tell their friends what church is about without their friends even coming in the building."
Linux Business

Linux HR Management Systems? 79

Posted by Zonk
from the social-penguins dept.
dgcrawford writes "A growing, 100-person company I work for is looking to integrate a Human Resources Management System into their Linux computer base. Does anyone have experience with any products that fit this need? Does it interface well with payroll, applicant tracking, maybe even finance and stock or other non-monetary compensation? I realize most of you would look at this from an IT point of view, but how did the system work across fields? And how important/useful did you find this interoperability?"
Programming

+ - Lawsuit wants full control of Facebook

Submitted by ScaredOfTheMan
ScaredOfTheMan (1063788) writes ""The lawsuit, filed by brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra, accuses Zuckerberg, Facebook's 23-year-old C.E.O, of stealing the source code, design, and business plan for Facebook in 2003 when he briefly worked in the Harvard dorms as a programmer for their own fledgling social-networking site, now known as ConnectU. The plaintiffs have demanded that Facebook be shut down and that full control of the site — and its profits — be turned over to them." I just wonder why they waited so long to sue? If he really stole their idea in 2003, why wait 4 years?"
The Internet

+ - Is it time to abandon traditional domain names? 2

Submitted by
jadin
jadin writes "We started with .com .net .org .gov .edu etc which worked as a good way to remember URLs, as well as to a limited degree identify the type of website. Things have since expanded to include countless others. We've more or less abandoned a general identifying system. In addition many of the best website names are registered, not by people making websites, but by people looking to make a future profit. So is there any reason we can't abandon it completely to allow unlimited domain name types? This would provide endless possibilities for unique and interesting domain names. This could encourage a lot more creativity in thinking up the perfect domain name. While unlimited domains won't eliminate squatters, it would definitely open up a lot more opportunities to people actually producing websites, and make it a lot harder to monopolize .coms etc. Some random examples: http://micro.soft/ http://google.search/ http://campbells.soup/ http://slashdot.dot/ Is there any reason why this wouldn't work? Technical or otherwise?"
Toys

Gadgets Have Taken Over For Our Brains 311

Posted by Zonk
from the let's-get-started-with-the-implants dept.
skotte writes "According to a Trinity College survey released Friday, the boom in mobiles and portable devices that store reams of personal information has created a generation incapable of memorizing simple things. In effect, the study argues, these devices have replaced our long-term memory capabilities. 'As many as a third of those surveyed under the age of 30 were unable to recall their home telephone number without resorting to their mobile phones or to notes. When it came to remembering important dates such as the birthdays of close family relatives, 87 per cent of those over the age of 50 could remember the details, compared with 40 per cent of those under the age of 30.'"
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - iPhones - Knitting and Blending->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "With all the hype around the iPhone launch this month, people are going to remarkable lengths to join the craze — like the kid who got his mom to knit him one.

As he says: My mom was insanely cool even before she knitted an iPhone. You'd struggle to argue with that.

WillItBlend.com has had tons of requests from its fans on YouTube as to whether the iPhone will survive a minute in a kitchen blender — wouldn't want to spoil your fun by telling you the result. See for yourself.

Links courtesy of the chaps at B3ta."

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