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Comment: Music has always been useful, long before computer (Score 1) 737

by kshkval (#46737557) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Are You Apocalypse-Useful?
The poster must be a guy and a nerd at that. Some of the most intense music making of all time happened during the bleakest periods of human history, including the Middle Ages. So, a medieval gymel expert might well find better and more lucrative employment compared to someone who services a machine. Gymel is not so abstruse after all, unless one listens exclusively to bad classic rock... riffing on what your voice can do, the first human instrument, may have occupied a lot of talented people back in the day. Bards, jesters, poets, writers, and other creative types made it big in tough times, as they do now sometimes.

Comment: Re:How I see it... (Score 1) 1144

by kshkval (#45054939) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Does the US Gov't Budget Crunch Affect You?
Hello Frosty, hang in there. My first day of work in 1995 was the first day of the shutdown and I didn't get paid for 2 months, but I did get paid. My creditors did not allow me to pay when I got the check, I had to pay on time. But I was proud of my work taking care of veterans. Still am. The entire IT department is going to be furloughed, so if there's a computer problem, and it impacts veteran care, people will just have to be patient (I am non-IT, but rely on it a lot). You make total sense to me, a disabled veteran who cares about his country and his brother and sister veterans who have been injured and who need medical attention. Oh, the election following the shutdown saw the political ouster of a lot of the people who had brought it on, so you are right about that too.

Comment: Witches of Karres is my favorite (Score 1) 726

by kshkval (#40393369) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Science-Fiction/Fantasy For Kids?
The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz. A wonderful not too long story about magic and spaceship technology geared for the younger crowd (but I love it). Anything by Edgar Rice Burroughs, but especially the John Carter of Mars series. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle (and you can suggest Sherlock Holmes as well). Down Town by Viido Polikarpus and Tappan King. The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula LeGuin. All very interesting and short enough, as well as cool.

Comment: Witches of Karres is one of the best (Score 1) 1244

by kshkval (#39270733) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good, Forgotten Fantasy & Science Fiction Novels?
One of the best forgotten books of children's' science fiction is The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz. Try to find an unedited copy. The edited editions are subject to severe remarks on Amazon, for example, and for good reason. The highly idiosyncratic dialog penned by Schmitz is a delight. The story is one of the most entertaining and original in early sci-fi.

+ - Study Shows Online Dating Habits Differ By Race R->

Submitted by gabbo529
gabbo529 (1993036) writes "A study from the University of California at Berkeley suggests online dating sites are somewhat segregated.

The study's authors gathered data from one million profiles of singles looking for love online. According to the results, whites overwhelmingly prefer to date members of their own race. Meanwhile, blacks especially men, are far more likely to cross the race barrier while looking for a partner. The researchers analyzed the racial preferences and online activity of people from the United States between 2009 and 2010 to a major Internet dating service."

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Open Source

+ - OpenSource Web Application Firewall Launches->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Led by the team behind ModSecurity, a new open source web application firewall project dubbed “IronBee,” was unveiled today, with the goal of producing a web application firewall sensor that is secure, high-performing, portable, and freely available – even for commercial use.

IronBee, hopes to create a sustainable community for commercial and open source contributors that will ensure that companies of all sizes are able to use next-generation WAF technology to protect their data and IT assets."

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Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki 249

Posted by samzenpus
from the 9cm-edited dept.
sonamchauhan writes "A Londoner helped his wife deliver their baby by Googling 'how to deliver a baby' on his mobile phone. From the article: 'Today proud Mr Smith said: "The midwife had checked Emma earlier in the day but contractions started up again at about 8pm so we called the midwife to come back. But then everything happened so quickly I realized Emma was going to give birth. I wasn't sure what I was going to do so I just looked up the instructions on the internet using my BlackBerry."'"

Cell Phone Searches Require Warrant 161

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-search-me-bro dept.
schleprock63 writes "The Ohio state supreme court has decided that a cell phone found on a suspect cannot be searched without a warrant. The majority based this decision on a federal case that deemed a cell phone not to be a 'closed container,' and therefore not searchable without a warrant. The argument of the majority contended that a cell phone does not contain physical objects and therefore is not a container. One dissenting judge argued that a cell phone is a container that simply contains data. He argued that the other judges were 'needlessly theorizing' about the contents of a cell phone. He compared the data contained within an address book that would be searchable." The article notes that this was apparently the first time the question has come up before any state supreme court.

Comment: I get it (Score 1) 736

by kshkval (#30263010) Attached to: Do You Hate Being Called an "IT Guy?"
You think being called an IT guy is bad, try being called a "male nurse." Which is what I am, but I mostly support the electronic medical record software for a hospital. There's just a way that people say it, "oh, you're a male nurse?". Every time I hear the "male nurse" remark, it's like reliving the meet the parents dinner scene in "Meet the Fockers." "You work for IT" is not as bad, but again, you are being lumped into a vague non-white non-blue collar job category in some weird way. I have friends who are certified, trained electricians who work for the Engineering Department and people say to them, "you work for Engineering?" as if being a trained guy who works in a dangerous environment shouldn't command a level of respect. All of this may have more to do with the lingering bias in the health care and hospital world towards physicians, actually. I liked Avatar8's remark, that anyone who says you work for IT simply means to say they don't have a clue about what you do or how to use computers (I think that's what he meant).

Firefox Most Vulnerable Browser, Safari Close 369

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the say-what-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Cenzic released its report revealing the most prominent types of Web application vulnerabilities for the first half of 2009. The report identified over 3,100 total vulnerabilities, which is a 10 percent increase in Web application vulnerabilities compared to the second half of 2008. Among Web browsers, Mozilla Firefox had the largest percentage of Web vulnerabilities, followed by Apple Safari, whose browser showed a vast increase in exploits, due to vulnerabilities reported in the Safari iPhone browser." It seems a bit surprising to me that this study shows that only 15% of vulnerabilities are in IE.
Input Devices

Project Natal Release Details Emerge 173

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the watch-me-dance-computer dept.
scruffybr writes "Today the first information about the pricing and launch of Microsoft’s Project Natal has emerged. The pricing for the hardware will be much much lower than many had anticipated, coming in at around £50 when sold separately from the console. The idea being that it’s low enough that people will purchase on impulse."

Comment: An algae nightmare? (Score 1) 134

by kshkval (#29714363) Attached to: Commercial Fuel From Algae Still Years Away
As a botanist, I worry about some of the new genetically engineered or the kind of super plant getting out of control. In the same manner, I guess I should worry about an enhanced high yield algae escaping some sort of super algae farm. Would it have the same effect on the environment as other specialized "plants"? Would it be some kind of fairly fragile monoculture type algae that would not do well in the wild? Algae is already a major problem in the Mediterranean and along the west coast of the US recently. I wonder if anyone has examined of this critter might be a problem? A high yield algae would certainly find it's way back into the oceans and lakes.

Comment: Re:Hit by lightning (Score 1) 611

by kshkval (#28752599) Attached to: Best Home Backup Strategy Now?
Yep, that's exactly what I thought as well after my next door neighbor had a break-in. It's a safe area, but why risk 10 years of digital photos? We have the safe deposit box anyway, so I bought an OWC drive that fits into it like a Russian nested doll. I back up all 3 Macs on the partitioned drive. The safe deposit box costs about $55/year, cheap at the price.

Anything free is worth what you pay for it.