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Comment: Re:Hrm. The latest theme in the religious PSYOPS (Score 3, Insightful) 717

by jaqen (#37937986) Attached to: Censored Religious Debate Video Released After Public Outrage
What you’re describing is belief that human reasoning is correct. But that’s not “belief” in the religious/spiritual sense. Not to me. Religious belief is faith that something that can't be proven is true. Science is a method of showing how something can be proven to be true. Just because you “believe” what someone else has proven, doesn’t make science belief-based—it makes you lazy at worst, or reliant on your fellow humans to do the hard work at best. You take Science’s word that evolution happens because you can't be bothered to test it out yourself. That doesn't mean you couldn't if you wanted to. That doesn't mean every person in the world couldn't do it if they wanted to. Religion is a belief because *no human* can prove that any tenet is true. *Everyone* has to take it on faith. There is not one human who has ever lived who could prove that God/gods exist, nor show how any other human could verify that existence for himself. That's what faith means. The only thing you have to “believe” is that your experience of life follows predictable patterns of cause & effect. If you “believe” in that, then Science is just an elaborate extension (and rigorous testing) of that.

+ - New York City Selects Electronic Voting Machine

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From the NYTimes: "Levers in the voting booth are history. An Omaha company will provide electronic machines in time for the September 2010 [New York City] primary. election commissioners chose Election Systems by 6-to-1 over Dominion Voting, a Toronto company that has supplied several New York municipalities with machines. Election Systems won because its machines were easier to read and to use, especially for immigrants and the disabled. Two commissioners abstained — with one complaining that neither system was adequate — and one commissioner was absent.""

+ - How is the Office Work Ethic in the IT Industry? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As a recent graduate entering industry for the first time at a large software and hardware company, I have been shocked at what seems to be a low standard of work ethic and professionalism at my place of employment, especially in this poor economy. I'm curious to ask Slashdot how my experience compares to the rest of the industry, and what methods others have used to deal with it. For example, at my company, the large majority of developers seem to each individually waste--no exaggeration--hours of time on the clock every day talking about football, making personal phone calls, gossiping, taking long lunches, or browsing the Internet (including, yes, Slashdot!). Even some of our subcontractors waste time in this manner. Being the "new guy", I end up being stuck with much of the weekend and after hours grunt work when we inevitably miss deadlines or produce poor code. Management seems to tolerate it, and being a fresh college graduate I'm not in any position to go around telling others to use their time more efficiently. How have other on Slashdot dealt with office environments such as this? Is my situation unique or is it common across the industry?"

Comment: Earthsea Series + The Chronicles of Prydain (Score 1) 1419

by jaqen (#24118687) Attached to: Sci-Fi Books For Pre-Teens?
For younger readers, the Lloyd Alexander series, The Chronicles of Prydain are fantastic. I didn't read them until I was much older, and I regretted it. It definitely got me hooked on fantasy (even more than Tolkein). In order, these are:
  • The Book of Three
  • The Black Cauldron (Winner of the 1966 Newbery Honor)
  • The Castle of Llyr
  • Taran Wanderer
  • The High King (Winner of the 1969 Newbery Medal)
  • The Foundling and Other Tales from Prydain
Wireless Networking

+ - What to do with a dozen AirPort Extremes?

Submitted by msardinas
msardinas (994410) writes "I recently started working at a small private high school in Southern Vermont. We have over a dozen AirPort Extremes that are no longer being used and are sitting in closets around campus. I could sell them on eBay, or donate them, but I would love to involve the students in doing some sort of fun and educational project with all of these unused AirPorts. What would the /. community do with a dozen AirPorts?"

+ - Satellite images used to monitor Burmese junta

Submitted by BurmesePython
BurmesePython (666) writes "Human rights groups are using high-resolution satellites images to reveal the activities of Burma's junta as it gets tough with pro-democracy protesters. Apparently "it should be easy to spot groups of monks because of their distinctive maroon robes". Like previous efforts to use satellites to monitor the humanitarian crisis in Darfur [], the hope is it will prod the UN and other international actors into putting pressure on the Burmese rulers."

+ - Movie Industry Censoring Itself by Mistake?

Submitted by Dak RIT
Dak RIT (556128) writes "It seems that in its zeal to stop the distribution of copyrighted materials on YouTube, the movie industry has just inadvertently censored itself. Alliance Atlantis has apparently sent a takedown notice to YouTube for a video clip from the movie Rush Hour 3 that was uploaded to YouTube by New Line Cinema, and linked to from the Rush Hour 3 home page (at the bottom of the page, click on the Special Sneak Peek — The Nun Clip). Rush Hour 3 is distributed by New Line Cinema in the US, although it appears that Alliance Atlantis may be responsible for distribution in Canada and the UK."
The Internet

+ - Out With E-Voting, In With M-Voting->

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InternetVoting writes "The ever technology forward nation sometimes known as "E-stonia" after recently performing the world's first national Internet election are already leaving e-voting behind. Estonia is now considering voting from mobile phones using SIM cards as identification, dubbed "m-voting." From the article: "Mobile ID is more convenient in that one does not have to attach a special ID card reader to one's computer. A cell phone performs the functions of an ID card and card reader at one and the same time.""
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+ - EFF vs. Telecoms has lobbyists working overtime->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The best lobbyists in Washington are working overtime to churn legislation through that would grant full retroactive and future immunity to prosecution for the telecoms against lawsuits for information sharing with the intelligence community. Newsweek reports that the EFF lawsuit's recent successes have the entire intelligence community in a near-panic state. Wait... the EFF is being useful for a change?"
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+ - The First Thing IT Managers Do in the Morning?

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An anonymous reader writes "When I was a wee-little IT Manager, I interviewed for a IT management position at an online CRM provider in San Francisco, a job I certainly was qualified for, at least on paper. One of the interviewer's questions was "What is the first thing you do when you get to work in the morning." I thought saying "Read Slashdot" wouldn't be what he was looking for — so I made up something, I'm sure, equally lame. Needless to say, I didn't get the job. But the question has stuck with me over the years. What do real IT and MIS managers do when they walk in to the office in the morning? What web sites or tools do they look at or use the first thing? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity, so be honest."

+ - Tiny generator runs off vibrations->

Submitted by Warbothong
Warbothong (905464) writes "Researchers at Southampton University in the UK have developed a tiny (less than 1 cubic centimetre) generator which uses local vibrations to output microwatts of power, making it an alternative to batteries, which need replacing regularly. The devices are currently being used in industry where "there is the potential for embedding sensors in previously inaccessible locations", but its creators imagine it could be used in devices such as pacemakers, where the beating of the heart would produce ample movement for the magnetic mechanism inside to work."
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The Internet

+ - Multiple Perspectives on Online Social Networking

Submitted by jg21
jg21 (677801) writes "Malene Charlotte Larsen, a PhD student at Aalborg University in Denmark, has been doing research on youngsters and online social networking and has in the course of her research gathered thirty-five perspectives on online social networking that reflect how multitudinous the phenomenon is. They range from the idealistic ("The love perspective") to the distinctly disquieting ("The bullying perspective"). Very thought-provoking."

+ - Copyright watchdog forces ISP to block P2P-traffic->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After a legal battle since 2004, the Belgian copyright watchdog SABAM has get what it wanted in court (the article is in Dutch since their English site is still under construction, but the pdf has been translated to English). According to the pdf: "The Belgian Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SABAM) has just won an important legal battle within the context of the dispute that opposes it to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) TISCALI, which has become SCARLET EXTENDED Ltd. In its sentence of June 29, 2007, the Court of First Instance of Brussels is demanding from the access provider that it adopts one of the technical measures put forward by the expert in order to prevent Internet users from illegally downloading SABAM's musical repertoire via P2P software." There are rumors that Scarlet is forced to use the same software as myspace uses to filter the illegal p2p traffic from the legal p2p traffic (Audible Magic), which should be able to filter 70% of the illegal content. Is this the beginning of forcing more ISP's to block traffic, or is this just the start of more powerfull encryption on p2p-applications?"
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