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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 9 declined, 1 accepted (10 total, 10.00% accepted)

Submission + - Ssatellite images show summer ice cap is thicker->

dcbrianw writes: At the close of 2014's Summer, the Arctic ice cap's growth has surged by 63% by some measurements and 43% by others. This marks 1.71 million square kilometers of growth since 2006. US National Snow and Ice Data Center and the University of Illinois's Cryosphere project have each captured and analyzed satellite imagery to produce this data.
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GNOME

Submission + - Tablet UIs on Laptops/Desktops: What's Slashdot's Readers' take?-> 1 1

dcbrianw writes: I want to know the Slashdot's community's take on the new trend of desktop and laptop operating system developers moving towards tablet based UI's. Ubuntu has moved to Unity. Windows 8 will have such a UI. Even Gnome 3 looks tablet based. You can revert to Gnome classic, but it's very minimal in comparison Gnome 2.

If I'm not using a tablet, I don't want my computer to operate as though I am. I'm just not sold on this, and I want my old UI back (without having to use earlier, less advanced OS'). What are others' takes on this? Am I missing some of the pros associated with a tablet UI on non-tablet devices?

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GNOME

Submission + - What are desktop and laptop users takes on tablet style UI's?->

dcbrianw writes: I want to know the Slashdot's community's take on the new trend of desktop and laptop operating system developers moving towards tablet based UI's. Ubuntu has moved to Unity. Windows 8 will have such a UI. Even Gnome 3 looks tablet based. You can revert to Gnome classic, but it's very minimal in comparison Gnome 2.

If I'm not using a tablet, I don't want my computer to operate as though I am. I'm just not sold on this, and I want my old UI back (without having to use earlier, less advanced OS'). What are others' takes on this? Am I missing some of the pros associated with a tablet UI on non-tablet devices?

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Submission + - FDA Regulating Your Stem Cells as Interstate Comme-> 2 2

dcbrianw writes: A non-surgical procedure that treats joint pain involves removing stem cells from a patient's blood and reinserting them into the joint. The facility conducting these procedures resides in Colorado, but because it orders equipment to perform the procedure from outside of Colorado, the FDA claims it must regulate this process and it that it can classify stem cells as a drug. This issue opens the debate of what the FDA, or other regulatory bodies, may regulate within each of our own bodies.
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Submission + - Foundation Has Major Lead on Cancer Cure->

dcbrianw writes: The Kanzius Research Foundation, one of those funded by inventor/businessman/philanthropist John Huntsman, Sr., has a major lead on a cure to ALL types of cancer. The research has its roots in a cancer victim who experimented with using targeted radio waves to affect cancer cells. That research, with the help of medical research institutions, has evolved into a technique under development in which specially designed molecules flowing through the blood stream latch onto cancerous cells and destroy them. This youtube video explains the science.
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Submission + - Vaccine Helps Prevent HIV Infection->

dcbrianw writes: "FNC's website has posted this article about the following. For the first time, an experimental vaccine has prevented infection with the AIDS virus, a watershed event in the deadly epidemic and a surprising result. Recent failures led many scientists to think such a vaccine might never be possible."
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Networking

Submission + - Network Routing for the Lowest Energy Costs

dcbrianw writes: This article claims that an Internet-routing algorithm that tracks electricity price fluctuations could save data-hungry companies such as Google, Microsoft, and Amazon millions of dollars each year in electricity costs. A study from researchers at MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and the networking company Akamai suggests that such Internet businesses could reduce their energy use by as much as 40 percent by rerouting data to locations where electricity prices are lowest on a particular day.
Security

Submission + - Cell Phone Spyware Snooping

dcbrianw writes: A co-worker sent this email to me today, and I thought it's worth sharing with the Slashdot community. The article discusses spyware that runs on cell phones and can snoop at any time, whether you're on a phone call or not! — You may not want to own a cell phone after seeing this. Very interesting and yet very scary. You just might be transmitting without your knowledge. This is just another reason to make sure cell phones do not go into sensitive areas. A link is provided to the news website out of Indianapolis. http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp?S=9346833&nav=menu188_2_2
Programming

Submission + - Exploring the C++ Unit Testing Framework Jungle->

dcbrianw writes: A computer games programmer has posted an overview, titled Exploring the C++ Unit Testing Framework Jungle, of some unit testing utilities for software written in C++. Each implements a unit testing solution similarly to JUnit for software developed in Java. My project team has to select one for use, and this page was very helpful in providing an overview of some popular choices.
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