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Researchers Nearly Double the Size of Worker Ants 99

Posted by Soulskill
from the why-would-you-do-this dept.
sciencehabit writes: Researchers have nearly doubled the size of a handful of Florida ants by chemically modifying their DNA, rather than by changing its encoded information. The work may help explain how the insects—despite their high degree of genetic similarity—grow into the different varieties of workers needed in a colony.

Comment: Re:Canadians (Score 1) 176

by iONiUM (#49119959) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

I think your opinion is rather bias. Both job offers I had offered a signing bonus (no strings attached), as well as stock options (if I stayed there for 2 years) and of course free re-location, as well as a tour (that I did go on) of the area beforehand. If I took the job, I was more than free to quit and move back to Canada at anytime if I disliked it.

So I don't know what you mean by 'vulnerable' position. If you take a job in another country, you take that job. You can quit and return to your own country at any time.

Comment: Canadians (Score 4, Interesting) 176

by iONiUM (#49119781) Attached to: H-1B Visas Proving Lucrative For Engineers, Dev Leads

Everyone seems to imagine those holding H1-B visas to be from poor countries who are ready to work 12 hours a day as a slave to avoid being shipped "back to the slums."

As a Canadian, I've been offered over the years 2 separate jobs in the US with the offer to do it through a H1-B visa. Many of my ex-co-workers took up this offer at one point and have since moved to the US. I have no idea if they'll ever move back.

The salary offered through both of my offers were very competitive, and I only turned them down because I disagree with a lot of the way the US is run and prefer Canada, and the extra amount offered wasn't enough to make me want to leave.

Comment: SharePoint (Score 2) 343

by iONiUM (#49075423) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Version Control For Non-Developers?

Probably people will downvote me for this, but this exactly scenario is why SharePoint exists. It's specifically to help non-technical users post, share and have version control for their office documents.

It integrates with Microsoft Office, so Word etc. simply presents a 'check out' button on the top, and asks you to 'check in' if you press the 'x' and try to leave, and you can add comments.

Don't know why this wasn't considered?

Comment: Lack of management (Score 2) 716

by iONiUM (#49030181) Attached to: Is Modern Linux Becoming Too Complex?

The behaviour of "Linux" (all the distributions and kernels) as a whole is exactly the same behaviour you see in companies with poor management. Everyone is working on stuff, and maybe even working hard, but all those things don't add up to the whole. There's no 1 person over-seeing it all to ensure everyone is working smart, and in the same direction.

To me, this is what is happening with Linux. Everyone has ideas, and some of those ideas are great, but when everyone can fork and create and merge without an overall management process, you end up with a bit of a mess and mass confusion for those on the "outside."

This is both the advantage (choice) and disadvantage (lack of alignment) with Linux. Should I use Gnome or KDE or Unity? Do I even know what those are as a end-user? Should I?

What I get OSX, I know what I get. When I get Windows, it's the same. Everything (mostly) from the previous version will work with this version, the interface isn't some massive surprise, etc (which is partially why Windows 8 was such a fiasco; things WEREN'T compatible and the UI was totally different).

At the end of the day, what needs to happen is exactly what most Linux devs hate the most: a large corporation with 1 vision needs to come in and create a clean, uniform experience that allows consistency and compatibility for years/decades, and reduces "choice" to a degree in order to provide consistency.

To some degree, you can argue RedHat did this a bit, especially with packages, but everyone hates on them too now..

Comment: Android too (Score 1) 120

by iONiUM (#48942107) Attached to: Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

I would also like to mention this occurs on my Nexus 5 pretty frequently: I'm at home, using the WiFi, and randomly it just stops working. It just says, for every request I put out, that they time out. The only way to "fix" it is to shut off WiFi, and then turn it back on.

This happened on my Galaxy S3 as well. All other devices in the house (Xbox, laptops with the exception of the MacBook Pro which suffers from this Yosemite issue) have no problems.

There are other issues I've had as well as this in other places with Android, but this is the most annoying one.

Comment: Anecdotal Example (Score 1) 120

by iONiUM (#48941701) Attached to: Wi-Fi Issues Continue For OS X Users Despite Updates

I posted this in another place before, but I will post my personal experience again:

2 weeks ago, I bought a brand new Macbook Pro. During setup, I ran into a bug where the 'next' button disappeared entirely during apple ID "linking", and could not be finished. I had to force re-start the machine, and then skip that step. After setup, it became apparent that Yosemite did not ship with it (why?), so I had to upgrade. However, due to my faulty Apple ID setup the first time, it couldn't use the apple store to do it. I deleted all the iCloud users, and added a new one, but adding one doesn't make it primary (what the fuck?) so I had to delete it and re-add it a different way.

Once I had Yosemite, my WiFi stopped working altogether. You can google about this issue, it's awful. Since there's no hard network jack on the pro, I can't get to the internet at all, which means I can't get a patch even if they release it.

It's pretty terrible.

+ - Ocean Warming Accelerating->

Submitted by iONiUM
iONiUM (530420) writes "From the article: "Oceans are warming at an accelerated pace — forcing scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to re-scale its heat chart to account for the warming that occurred in 2014."

It goes on to say: "Dr Abraham says this is the “clearest nail in the coffin” that there has been no let up in global warming.""

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Comment: Re:Data about where and how people drive? (Score 2) 238

by iONiUM (#48859237) Attached to: Google Thinks the Insurance Industry May Be Ripe For Disruption

There are two settings on Android that let you control this. Location reporting, and location history. They are named similar, so it might be confusing. Location history allows apps like Google Now etc to work, but ironically, does not store your data in this specific history thing (mine is blank, for example, despite using a Nexus 5 with location history on). Location reporting is a terrible battery drain, and designed to "ping" apps when you move around. This "ping" is also what goes to Google and updates this map.

Thus, to stay off this list but still get to use everything in Android, simply turn Location reporting off.

+ - Samsung approaches BlackBerry about buyout->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) recently approached BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY.O) (BB.TO) about buying the company for as much as $7.5 billion, looking to gain access to its patent portfolio, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters.

South Korea's Samsung proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, which represents a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry's current trading price, the source said.

Executives from the two companies, which are working with advisers, met last week to discuss a potential transaction, the source said, asking not to be identified because the conversations are private.

Shares of Blackberry jumped as much as 30 percent on heavy volume in afternoon trading in New York.

The offer price would imply an enterprise value of $6 billion to $7.5 billion for BlackBerry, assuming conversion of $1.25 billion of convertible debt, according to the documents.

BlackBerry announced a high-profile security partnership with Samsung in November. The partnership will wed BlackBerry's security platform with the South Korean company's own security software for its Galaxy devices."

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