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Comment: Re:One UCD Student's view (Score 5, Informative) 566

by erilane (#38142132) Attached to: The Future of Protest In Panopticon Nation
I am a UCD almnus (class of 2007) and classifying the student body as "mildly conservative" is not accurate. Nor is the claim that most students come from the central valley. Most students come from the San Francisco Bay area or other population centers around the state, and most students, like college students everywhere, are liberal-leaning. I agree that most protests do not effect the changes they strive for, but I don't think the "right to protest" is something you should give away so casually. You pay the salaries of the people who assaulted your classmates and you don't seem to care. There is some form of protest on the quad virtually every week, and only recently have our campus police forces (across the US, not just Davis) started breaking them up.

Comment: Seklild Rderaes (Score 4, Interesting) 420

by erilane (#38065116) Attached to: Skilled Readers Recognize Words By Shape
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh?

Comment: Expensive But Available (Score 1) 206

by erilane (#36766848) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Connect Scheme For a 2-ISP Household?
There are companies that make routers with 2 WAN links. Health checks are run periodically (pinging a public DNS server or some other reliable IP through the link), and traffic is routed across your preferred link if it is up, or the backup if the preferred link is down. The one I'm familiar with is made by FortiNet and costs $500+ http://www.fortinet.com/products/fortiwifi/50B.html

World's Smallest Superconductor Discovered 72

Posted by samzenpus
from the none-more-small dept.
arcticstoat writes "One of the barriers to the development of nanoscale electronics has potentially been eliminated, as scientists have discovered the world's smallest superconductor. Made up of four pairs of molecules, and measuring just 0.87nm, the superconductor could potentially be used as a nanoscale interconnect in electronic devices, but without the heat and power dissipation problems associated with standard metal conductors."

Graph-View of Collaborative Development At GitHub 14

Posted by timothy
from the better-art-than-most-coffee-shops dept.
VindictivePantz writes "In an interesting graphical view on collaborative development, FlowingData writes: 'GitHub is a large community where coders can collaborate on software development projects. People check code in and out, make edits, etc. Franck Cuny maps this community (with Gephi), based on information in thousands of user profiles.'"

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead