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+ - Asking the readers; how would you write to your mistress->

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nerdpocalypse writes "There isn't much of a scoop on the news--everybody both knows the story and the situation is hardly unique in the Petraus... 'affair'. I'm just wondering how our readership would send tells to their mistress in ways that the FBI would have a tougher time finding out about.

Oh, and has anyone noticed that Big Brother now can monitor everyone's e-mail ?"

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+ - Ask Slashdot: What is the Best Way to Conduct Online Tutoring Sessions?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am working with a tutoring center franchise which is trying to create an online real-time tutoring experience between a student and a tutor. The main features that we need include video chat, screen-sharing, and the ability to share pdf's between the student and tutor and then mark them up via a mouse or other input. I have not been able to find any turn-key solutions, and the cost and time required to build a completely custom solution is not an option, but I have seen some software such as Skype which offer bits and pieces (in Skype's case, video chat and screen-sharing). So, my question is has anyone on Slashdot worked on anything like this before? What did you find to offer up some of these abilities? How would you suggest integrating these components together?"

+ - Yes, the FBI and CIA can read your email. Here's how-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Petraeus-gate," some U.S. pundits are calling it. How significant is it that even the head of the CIA can have his emails read by an albeit friendly domestic intelligence agency, which can lead to his resignation and global, and very public humiliation? And, it's not just limited to U.S. citizens. Through the Patriot Act, they can access EU/U.K. and Australian citizens' data, too. Here's how they do it."
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+ - Airlines Face Acute Pilot Shortage 2

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The WSJ reports that US airlines are facing their most serious pilot shortage since the 1960s, with federal mandates taking effect that will require all newly hired pilots to have at least 1,500 hours of prior flight experience—six times the current minimum—raising the cost and time to train new fliers in an era when pay cuts and more-demanding schedules already have made the profession less attractive. Meanwhile, thousands of senior pilots at major airlines soon will start hitting the mandatory retirement age of 65. "We are about four years from a solution, but we are only about six months away from a problem.,” says Bob Reding, recently retired executive vice president of operations at AMR Corp. A study by the University of North Dakota's aviation department indicates major airlines will need to hire 60,000 pilots by 2025 to replace departures and cover expansion over the next eight years. Meanwhile only 36,000 pilots have passed the Air Transport Pilot exam in the past eight years, which all pilots would have to pass under the congressionally imposed rules and there are limits to the ability of airlines, especially the regional carriers, to attract more pilots by raising wages. While the industry's health has improved in recent years, many carriers still operate on thin profit margins, with the airlines sandwiched between rising costs for fuel and unsteady demand from price-sensitive consumers. "It certainly will result in challenges to maintain quality," says John Marshall, an independent aviation-safety consultant who spent 26 years in the Air Force before overseeing Delta's safety. "Regional carriers will be creative and have to take shortcuts" to fill their cockpits."

Comment: extraction/concentration (Score 1) 348

by nerdpocalypse (#41427371) Attached to: Favorite way to add capsaicin to a dish:
Several methods to extract the hot. http://www.scribd.com/doc/18344219/Extracting-Capsaicin-from-Peppers making Chili Jam http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/8257/sweet-chilli-jam (personally I would combine the two by including hot chili oil into the jam a bit) There is hot chili oil at the grocers. Its quality varies tremendously even within the same manufacturer. http://www.heavenlyheathotsauce.com/ctgy/extracts.html I just dice up the chili's and cook them in oil inside a strainer. I remove and repeat with multiple batches of diced chili's (include seeds; avoid fumes; see PDF in first citation).

+ - Republicans fight to save internet from censorship. Apocalypse obviously nigh.->

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nerdpocalypse writes "Facing increasing international pressures to end free speech on the internet, Democrats and Republicans are coming together against a United Nations-backed International Telecommunications Union". There's this planned meeting in December among ITU member countries in Dubai to update a 1988 treaty establishing international telecommunication regulations. Dubai. Internet regulation. Recent uproar about anti-Muslim tape on the internet. This isn't going to be pretty.....
And US representatives are trying to be somewhat proactive by taking a stand against breaking up the internet with bipartisan support.
The apocalypse is nigh; but it will be a nerdpocalypse"

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+ - Advertisers never intended to honor DNT->

Submitted by oldlurker
oldlurker (2502506) writes "After much discussion where many hoped a voluntary Do Not Track standard was agreed with advertisers, it turns out the advertisers already had a very different interpretation than most of us on how to practice it:

"Two big associations, the Interactive Advertising Bureau and the Digital Advertising Alliance, represent 90% of advertisers. Downey says those big groups have devised their own interpretation of Do Not Track. When the servers controlled by those big companies encounter a DNT=1 header, says Downey, "They have said they will stop serving targeted ads but will still collect and store and monetize data.”"

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+ - Medicare Bills Rise as Records Turn Electronic

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theodp (442580) writes "As part of the economic stimulus program, the Obama administration put into effect a Bush-era incentive program that provides tens of billions of dollars for physicians and hospitals that make the switch to electronic records, using systems like Athenahealth (which made U.S. CTO Todd Park a wealthy man). The goal was not only to improve efficiency and patient safety, but also to reduce health care costs. But, in reality, the move to electronic health records may be contributing to billions of dollars in higher costs for Medicare, private insurers and patients by making it easier for hospitals and physicians to bill more for their services, whether or not they provide additional care. Hospitals received $1 billion more in Medicare reimbursements in 2010 than they did five years earlier, at least in part by changing the billing codes they assign to patients in emergency rooms, according to a NY Times analysis. There are also fears that features which can be used to automatically generate detailed patient histories and clone examination findings for multiple patients make it too easy to give the appearance that more thorough exams were conducted than perhaps were. Critics say the abuses are widespread. 'It's like doping and bicycling,' said Dr. Donald W. Simborg. 'Everybody knows it's going on.'"

+ - Federal judge says no right to secret ballot->

Submitted by doug141
doug141 (863552) writes "A Colorado county put bar codes on printed ballots in a last minute effort to comply with a rule about eliminating identifying markings. Citizens sued, because the bar codes can still be traced back to individual voters. In a surprise ruling, Denver U.S. District Judge Christine Arguello said the U.S. Constitution did not contain a "fundamental right" to secret ballots, the citizens could not show their voting rights had been violated, nor that they might suffer any specific injury from the bar codes."
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+ - Nexus 7... not so much

Submitted by nerdpocalypse
nerdpocalypse (1807180) writes "Google rushed a little fast on shipping out the Nexus 7. Many failed on start up, The customer service (required both for troubleshooting and returns ?!?) experienced a bottle neck lasting on average over 3 hrs to get through.

The required 15% restocking fee on failed product doubtless will be profitable !"

+ - Space X Mission Highlights Video | Dragon Makes History->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On May 25, 2012, SpaceX made history when the Dragon spacecraft became the first privately developed vehicle in history to successfully attach to the International Space Station. Previously only four governments — the United States, Russia, Japan and the European Space Agency — had achieved this feat."
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+ - Google declares war on free clicks->

Submitted by redkemper
redkemper (2621761) writes "Google is an advertising company first and foremost, but the big revenue the company sees from ads is funding the rest of the company’s efforts — efforts that have brought us great products and services like Gmail, Google Maps and the company’s new Nexus 7 tablet. Search remains Google’s core product, of course, and countless businesses are sustained by traffic generated by Google searches. As such, it’s no mystery that advertising is Google’s biggest revenue generator by a landslide. Google has made moves recently to promote clicks on paid ads rather than organically surfaced results, and a new study reveals that Google’s efforts have had quite an impact..."
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+ - Penny Arcade Sells Out->

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sanosuke001 writes "Penny Arcade has taken the crowdfunding idea from the other direction; try to fund an existing, and already successful, operation via their fans. With 29 days to go they have already passed their initial goal of $250,000 USD and are on their way to reaching some very interesting stretch goals including new Lookouts and Automata strips, an ad-free penny-arcade.com, revived podcast, and my personal favorite: Jerry Holkins cosplay which will be decided on by the fans.

They will be giving out some pledge goodies like t-shirts, autographed prints, digital versions of their first two books, Stream codes for Rainslick Precipice of Darkness Episode 3. For those with deep pockets: promises of twitter following, re-tweeting, an internship for a day, hang-outs with the PA crew, and even a shirt-of-the-month club, just to name a few."

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