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Comment: You must be young (Score 1) 547

by cmdotter (#31866516) Attached to: How Many Hours a Week Can You Program?

40 ain't hard at all. I used to work 11hr days 6.5 days a week writing games. Of course I burnt out after a few months doing it, but coming back to 40 is an absolute breeze and have been doing that for years now.

You should toughen up: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unkIVvjZc9Y

Perhaps purchasing this (therapeutic?) wristband can help: http://store.ronniejohns.com/?show_product=HTFU

Programming

+ - Goldfish Server - Realtime web for the masses

Submitted by cmdotter
cmdotter (1274534) writes "Although push (ie Comet) technology for the web browser is not new and several solutions have existed for years,
some guys at http://goldfishserver.com/ have been working on a solution that allows any website to easily leverage the
power of asynchronous notifications, giving their website a more 'connected' feel.

The idea is that the (custom) goldfish server retains a snippet of information about a 'blob'
of data for a short period of time (user defineable). Any client web browsers that are listening for that information
are sent then data in a timely manner. Voila, instant realtime web.

No, this is not new technology, just new packaging and it works through proxies and uses different connection techniques
based upon the browser being used. If you are interested, check it out at http://goldfishserver.com./"
Google

+ - HUGE: Google Considers Pulling Out of China in the->

Submitted by alex-easyaspie
alex-easyaspie (1717206) writes "In a lengthy blog post today, Google announced that it would no longer censor its Chinese search engine, even if it means pulling out of China entirely. This comes in the wake of a wide-ranging attack on its infrastructure targeting Chinese human rights activists.In its investigation, the search giant found that the attackers’ primary objective was accessing Gmail (Gmail) accounts of Chinese human rights activists. Google wouldn’t say it, but implications are that the Chinese government had something to do with these attacks."
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Idle

+ - Man Uses Drake Equation to Explain Girlfriend Woes-> 2

Submitted by artemis67
artemis67 (93453) writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus , a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, " Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK ," used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote "the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.""
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Comment: Re:Always more to the legends and stories... (Score 1) 233

by cmdotter (#30690830) Attached to: Aboriginal Folklore Leads To Meteorite Crater

I think you misunderstood quite a deal when you visited us. As a whole we are a multicultural country, however, the Aborigines have a history markedly different from our 'modern' cultures. In short, they were semi-nomadic, very tribal and had absolutely no concept of ownership.

Enter the white man. We see these people living without clothes. So we give them clothes. We see them without shelter. We give them shelter. Unfortunately, we failed to understand that these concepts don't mean much to a people who live, literally, for the land itself.
From an Aboriginal's point of view, we white people live off the land by harvesting and digging and, basically pillaging the earth, but are completely disconnected from it. They simply don't want to live like us, and yet we force them to (mainly because we don't understand).
Tragically, we have forced them to live in sheltered areas, wearing western clothes and even worse, they (somewhat like the american indians, from what I understand) also have alcohol issues as a result.

There is no easy answer for the Aboriginal issue, since there doesn't seem to be a culture anywhere else in the world similar to them. Unfortunately, we seemed doomed to make mistake after mistake trying to interact with their long lived heritage and culture. It has nothing to do with Immigration policies.

Note further, that there are Aboriginals who (while still acknowledging their heritage) now live in a 'western' manner: clothes, house and job. Many many are very highly educated too. We white people see them as a success, whilst many Aboriginals see them as brothers who have lost the way.

I hope this helps.

+ - Save The Planet: Eat Your Dog->

Submitted by R3d M3rcury
R3d M3rcury (871886) writes "New Zealand's Dominion Post reports on a new book just released, Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living. In this book, they compare the environmental footprint of our housepets to other things that we own. Like that German Shepherd? It consumes more resources than two Toyota SUVs. Cats are a little less than a Volkswagen Golf. 2 Hamsters are about the same as a plasma TV.

Their suggestions? Chickens, Rabbits, and Pigs. But only if you eat them."

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+ - Neurobiology of Extraordinary Perceptions->

Submitted by philsfan
philsfan (1662163) writes "Hello, here's something that Slashdot perusers might find intriguing, especially this time of year...

People seeing ghosts? There may be a genuine mind-body foundation for such anomalous perceptions, according to two researchers, Michael Jawer and Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD. Their book, The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion, suggests that sensing a presence, seeing an apparition, or feeling energy around a person or place may be related to the workings of the limbic system – the “emotional brain” – as well as a personality type that rapidly registers feelings.

As surveys consistently show that anywhere from one-third to two-thirds of the public say they’ve had an extra-sensory experience – with nearly 25% of respondents stating they’ve actually seen or felt a ghost – anomalous perceptions are nothing to shrug off. “People have had these experiences down the ages and across all cultures,” comments Micozzi, a physician and anthropologist. “They’re quite universal. What we’ve begun to document is that there’s a certain type of person most likely to experience them.”

That person is environmentally sensitive, according to Jawer, an expert on the condition known as Sick Building Syndrome. “Our data show that anomalous perceptions parallel other forms of environmental sensitivity, such as having pronounced or longstanding allergies, migraine headache, chronic fatigue, chronic pain, irritable bowel, even synesthesia (overlapping senses) and heightened sensitivity to light, sound, touch, and smell. Women make up three-quarters of this sensitive population but there are other markers as well: being ambidextrous, for instance, or recalling a traumatic childhood. The more we look at the people who say they’re psychic, or who have recurring anomalous experience, the more it seems there’s a mix of nature and nurture that predisposes them.”

The researchers posit that brain and body are effectively unified – a perspective taken by the pioneering field of psychoneuroimmunology – and that highly sensitive people react more strongly than others to what they’re feeling as well as to incoming environmental stimuli. This raises the possibility, Jawer and Micozzi assert, that subliminal feelings and other environmental nuances could be picked up by individuals who are sufficiently sensitive. A reputedly “haunted” place, therefore, could exhibit stimuli that register more with certain people and less with others.

“The whole field is ripe for study,” remarks Micozzi. “We have the technology these days to study emotion as it’s processed in the brain – why not widen the scope to study how feelings are felt, and perceptions registered, in the rest of the body. If we look at human beings more holistically, we’re bound to discover more interesting things about us and our interactions with the environment.”

Jawer agrees. “What’s been termed ‘paranormal’ needn’t be beyond the pale of science. What’s been considered ‘occult,’ or hidden, needn’t be. What is needed is to take seriously what highly sensitive people are telling us, and investigate the mind-body basis of what they’re feeling.”

More information is available at the book's website, www.emotiongateway.com."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: T-Mobile VoIP and the DoD

Submitted by ichthus
ichthus (72442) writes "I've been a happy user of the T-Mobile @Home phone service for about nine months. Recently, though, I checked the "Advanced Routing" table on my Linksys WRTU54G-TM (the VoIP router used for this service) and noticed something odd. There was a gateway entry for 7.2.237.105. The reverse DNS points to the DoD Network Information Center in Columbus, OH. As I've watched the routing table, this address has changed to different IPs, but they always resolve to the DoD NIC.

I posted a question to T-Mobile's forum for @Home and, so far, have had three other users confirm the same behavior. T-Mobile has yet to respond, though.

Firstly, I acknowledge that this could be something benign. I don't want to sensationalize this. What I'm really after in submitting this are possible explanations for why my VoIP router appears to be talking to the US Department of Defense. Are there any other Slashdot readers with @Home that want to chime in? Are there any DISANET or T-Mobile people who can shed some light on this?

The linked post to T-Mobile's forum provides an explanation of where to find this routing table in the router's web interface."
Privacy

+ - Dutch govt has no idea how to delete tapped calls

Submitted by McDutchie
McDutchie (151611) writes "The law in the Netherlands says that intercepted phone calls between attorneys and their clients must be destroyed. But the Dutch government has been keeping under wraps for years that no one has the foggiest clue how to delete them (Google translation). Now, an email from the National Police Services Agency (KLPD) has surfaced, revealing that the working of the technology in question is a NetApp trade secret. The Dutch police are now trying to get their Israeli supplier Verint to tell them how to delete tapped calls and comply with the law. Meanwhile, attorneys in the Netherlands remain afraid to use their phones."

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