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Comment: Re:Progressive Fix 101 (Score 1) 622 622

Eliminate the SUV loophole and the big bloated turds would be gone quickly.

Hmm, not exactly. If you look at the current Jeep lineup they are happy to put underpowered 4-cylinder engines into the low end of the line for each vehicle. Since they really suck to drive with the 4-cylinder it must be their way of getting to that fleet average mark.

+ - Raymond Chen authored the Windows 3.1 Ctrl+Alt+Del Screen 1 1

rfernand79 writes: Raymond Chen has posted a rather amusing clarification as to the provenance of the Windows 3.1 Ctrl+alt+Del Screen. The screen was not authored by Steve Ballmer, as reported by various sites. It was authored by Raymond Chen. Amusingly, his original post was misrepresented in amusing ways, in a variety of news outlets.

+1 for the echo chamber.

Comment: Document the requests (Score 2) 221 221

Keep a written record each time something unreasonable is requested.

After a few months (6?) show the documentation to the manager of whomever is making the requests.

Then crack open a beer and wait for your new middle manager to arrive.

Political or not, software project or not, someone in the management chain isn't doing their fucking job and you should not simply accept that.

Comment: Risk Plan? (Score 1) 273 273

Yeah, it's a cute story but I wouldn't trust them with my backup data.

These people didn't have a risk plan for their business that included hard drive shortages?

Their product isn't worth $10/mo ? (raising price)

Can you imagine an airline that doesn't factor in changes in fuel prices? Or a farm that doesn't have a plan for drought?

Bone for tuna!

Comment: Re:It's from Microsoft and this is Slashdot... (Score 1) 1027 1027

Agreed. The designer in me goes nuts every time I see text artificially clipped on the right hand edge of the screen. It's just terrible;

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU.
I was starting to think I was the only person who thought that was an extremely poor design decision.

Biotech

Gold Nanoparticles Help Red Blood Cells Deliver Drugs 36 36

New submitter MTorrice writes "Scientists decorated red blood cells with gold nanoparticles so they could trigger the cells to dump their contents with a zap from a laser. The laser pulses heated the particles to produce nanopores in the cells' membranes. The cells contained two fluorescent dyes and both flooded through the pores and out of the cells after the laser pulses. Although the researchers studied the release of dyes, their end goal is to use red blood cells as a vehicle for drug delivery, because the cells are naturally compatible with the immune system and circulate for days in the body. Until now, researchers have found easy ways to load the cells with drugs, but the challenge has been to control the molecules' release."
Businesses

Ask Slashdot: What Is the Best Note-Taking Device For Conferences? 300 300

First time accepted submitter Duncan J Murray writes "I will be attending a 3-day science conference soon, consisting mainly of lectures, and was wondering what people thought would be the ultimate hardware/software combo note-taking device, taking into account keyboard quality, endurance, portability, discretion & future ease-of-reference. Is a notepad and pen still king? What about an Ipad? N900? Psion 5mx? A small Thinkpad X-series? And if so which OS? Would you have a GUI? Which text-editor?"

Comment: NYC treats engineers like crap (Score 2) 235 235

Maybe it's because you've got a bunch of C+ business majors running the show, continually fucking up simple projects.

And then on top of that, treating your software engineers like 2nd class citizens.

Fuck that noise. I left after 6 years and don't plan to ever go back.

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