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+ - How to teach a healthy dose of skepticism? 1

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c0d3h4x0r writes "It's no accident that "whatcouldpossiblygowrong" is one of the most common tags applied by Slashdotters to stories about proposed ideas or laws; the ability to spot and predict faults is a big part of what makes a great engineer. It starts with having a healthy skepticism about the world, which leads to actual critical thinking. Many books and courses teach critical thinking skills, but what is the best way to encourage and teach someone to maintain a healthy dose of skepticism? Is it even teachable, or is it just an innate part of the geek personality?"

Gaming Detox Center Opens In Netherlands 106

Posted by Zonk
from the i-can-quit-anytime-i-ooo-shiny dept.
Edge Online reports on the opening of a gaming detox center in the Netherlands. The Smith and Jones center's 12-step program for a gaming-free life is set to start accepting patients next month. From the article: "[The center has] concluded that the truly game-addicted have no other option than to give up the gaming ghost entirely, by means of replacing those 'time warp' hours with real-life high-adrenaline replacements."

Techie Fight Clubs Springing Up 648

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the unleashing-geek-fury dept.
Browncoat writes "USAToday reports a new phenomenon hitting some of the cubicles of Silicon Valley. It seems that engineers and developers previously confined to sitting in front of their computers are getting their anger out the healthy way: by pummeling each other. From the article 'Inspired by the 1999 film Fight Club, starring Brad Pitt and Ed Norton, underground bare-knuckle brawling clubs have sprung up across the country as a way for desk jockeys and disgruntled youths to vent their frustrations and prove themselves. "This is as close as you can get to a real fight, even though I've never been in one," the soft-spoken Siou said.'"

Microsoft Releases Vista Hardware Requirements 591

Posted by Zonk
from the i-know-you've-been-waiting-with-baited-breath dept.
Digital Inspiration writes "CNet reports that Microsoft has kicked off a 'Get Ready' campaign aimed at helping customers prepare for Windows Vista. The site also includes an Upgrade Advisor tool to help people determine just how Vista-ready an existing PC is." From the article: "The marketing programs and upgrade tool are designed to ease some of the uncertainty around Vista well ahead of the back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons, the two biggest PC selling times of the year. Vista had long been expected to arrive by the 2006 holidays, but Microsoft said in March that it would not arrive on store shelves until January."

The AT&T Whistleblower's Evidence 405

Posted by Zonk
from the what-he-knew dept.
hdtv writes "Wired News has published the details of NSA wiretap and revealed former AT&T technician Mark Klein as the main whistleblower, specifically covering the evidence he presented when he came forward." From the article: "In this recently surfaced statement, Klein details his discovery of an alleged surveillance operation in an AT&T office in San Francisco, and offers his interpretation of company documents that he believes support his case. For its part, AT&T is asking a federal judge to keep those documents out of court, and to order the EFF to return them to the company."
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Journal: My principles

Journal by c0d3h4x0r

These are the principles I stand for and live by.

1. Equal opportunity, fairness, and meritocracy

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Journal: Good at bitching, bad at doing

Journal by c0d3h4x0r

If I could sum up the personality of the modern-day USA in a single description, it would be this: "Good at bitching, bad at doing."

Americans seem particularly afraid of taking meaningful stands on anything. Oh, we complain a lot -- just look at all the bumper stickers the next time you're on the road. But rarely do we do anything to actually fix the problems we see with the world around us.

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Journal: Nonsense alert: "Information wants to be free!"

Journal by c0d3h4x0r

Many FOSS (Free and Open-Source Software) zealots like to spout off the old mantra, "Information wants to be free." Nonsense. Information doesn't want anything; people do. "People want information to be free" would be a slightly more accurate statement.

Still, that's not even close to accurate. Not all people want all information to be free. Most people want at least some information to be controlled or restricted. (Think about people's desire for privacy, for example).

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Journal: Being "open-minded"

Journal by c0d3h4x0r

Popular culture has abused the term "open-minded" and turned it into what is, in my opinion, a bad thing rather than a good one.

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Journal: How to provide decent customer support

Journal by c0d3h4x0r

1. Have a real human being answer your phone immediately, instead of making me navigate an automated phone menu and sit on hold for 30 minutes or longer.

2. Do not under any circumstances assume that I'm an idiot, or treat me like one by default, and make me go through a series of asinine basic scripted troubleshooting steps. I wouldn't be calling tech support if I hadn't already tried all those things first.

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Journal: Ten Commandments, "In God We Trust", etc

Journal by c0d3h4x0r

The Ten Commandments should never be displayed on government premises or displayed in government buildings, period. They are a chunk of religious dogma specifically tied to Judeo-Christian religions and they therefore have no business being displayed by the government which is supposed to equally protect and respect the views of all citizens.

"Text processing has made it possible to right-justify any idea, even one which cannot be justified on any other grounds." -- J. Finnegan, USC.