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Comment: Re:close (Score 1) 73

by nmr_andrew (#48661403) Attached to: Problem Solver Beer Tells How Much To Drink To Boost Your Creativity
AFAIK, most (perhaps all?, I can't think of an exception) states are still 0.08%, although more and more have reduced limits for new/underage drivers. There are some groups pushing to lower this to 0.05% or even lower, though. Which IMO becomes a problem. I don't condone drunk driving, but lets not lower the limit to the point where a single beer or glass of wine with a meal will put you over.

Comment: Re:Private? (Score 1) 67

by nmr_andrew (#48574805) Attached to: BitTorrent Launches Project Maelstrom, the First Torrent-Based Browser

Peered file sharing will work fine for the parts that are common to everyone, like background images, javascript libraries, CSS, etc. Actual user specific data and operations, like bank account balances, I can't really picture going through hosts other than the customer and the bank, but that's probably a miniscule fraction of the data transferred.

That sounds sort of like I'd expect something of this sort to work, but there has to be more to it. All of those things mentioned as "common to everyone", with the possibility of some larger JS libraries or Java applets, are already fairly small (or at least can be, anyone using a 4+ MB image for their background should be summarily executed). I'd expect the overhead of noting the request, sending the torrent data, then having the local browser connect to multiple peers would actually INCREASE the total amount of bandwidth consumed.

Now, something like this makes some sense if links to download large images, videos, game updates, or whatnot point to a torrent instead of a large, locally hosted file, but in that case, I don't see how a "torrent-based browser" is any better than a stock browser with a built-in BT client.

+ - Fedora 21 Released-> 2

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linuxscreenshot (3888545) writes "The Fedora Project is pleased to announce the release of Fedora 21, ready to run on your desktops, servers and in the cloud. Fedora 21 is a game-changer for the Fedora Project, and we think you're going to be very pleased with the results. As part of the Fedora.next initiative, Fedora 21 comes in three flavors: Cloud, Server, and Workstation. The Fedora Workstation is a new take on desktop development from the Fedora community. Our goal is to pick the best components, and integrate and polish them. This work results in a more polished and targeted system than you've previously seen from the Fedora desktop.

Here are screenshots for Fedora 21 GNOME, KDE, Xfce, LXDE, and MATE"

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+ - X.Org Hit By Security Issues With Code Dating Back To 1987->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Some of the worst X.Org security issues were just publicized in an X.Org security advisory. The vulnerabilities deal with protocol handling issues and led to 12 CVEs published and code dating back to 1987 is affected within X11. Fixes for the X Server are temporarily available via this Git repository."
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+ - IBM Researchers: Old Laptop Batteries Can Power Slums

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Old laptop batteries still have enough life in them to power homes in slums, researchers have said. An IBM study analysed a sample of discarded batteries and found 70% had enough power to keep an LED light on more than four hours a day for a year. Researchers said using discarded batteries is cheaper than existing power options, and also helps deal with the mounting e-waste problem. The concept was trialled in the Indian city of Bangalore this year. The adapted power packs are expected to prove popular with street vendors, who are not on the electric grid, as well as poor families living in slums. The IBM team created what they called an UrJar — a device that uses lithium-ion cells from the old batteries to power low-energy DC devices, such as a light. The researchers are aiming to help the approximately 400 million people in India who are off grid."

+ - Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Electronics-Induced Pseudo ADHD? 1

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An anonymous reader writes "I am a graduate student in his twenties who used to be able to read dozens and dozens of lengthy books in his childhood. Over the years, I have noticed that my attention span and ability to concentrate has decreased noticeably, seemingly in synchronization with society's increased connectedness with the Internet and constant stimulation from computers and mobile devices alike. I have noticed that myself and others seem to have a difficult time really sitting down to read anything or focus on anything relatively boring for even more than ten seconds (the "TL;DR Generation," as I sometimes call it). I see it when socializing with others or even during a professor's lecture. It is not that I have developed true ADHD in a clinical sense, but rather pseudo ADHD, possibly due to electronics dependence and a constant need for stimulation. I have tried leaving my mobile phone at home and limiting myself to fewer browser tabs in an effort to regain concentration that I believe has been lost in recent years. Nonetheless, this is an issue that has begun to adversely affect my academic studies and may only get worse in time. What advice do fellow Slashdot users have with regard to reclaiming what has been lost? Should such behaviors simply be accepted as a sign of the times?"

Comment: Re:Who cares (Score 1) 216

by nmr_andrew (#48501655) Attached to: How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything
Or, they could limit the speed of their connections somewhat, or give you a choice of speed vs. cap. For example, unlimited data but speed capped at 1 Mb/s (or even 500 kb/s) vs. 5 GB/month data cap at max speed. The former would be more than adequate for most of us who aren't streaming 1080p or 4k video via wireless plan.

Comment: Re:Let me be the first to say (Score 1) 107

by nmr_andrew (#48420973) Attached to: Head of FCC Proposes Increasing Internet School Fund

...but I think most would agree both are more important than a bloody football field that primarily benefits a small percentage of the student population.

You most obviously have NOT lived in the deep south or the midwest. Can't afford new books, but we can build a $2M football stadium for the high school and hire 5 football coaches. Because "Johnny gonna be a football star".

+ - Will an open Internet policy emerge? FCC Advisor on net neutrality->

Submitted by jenwike
jenwike (2888285) writes "In the wake of President Obama's stance on net neutrality we wonder, where does the FCC stand and when will they make it known? Melanie Chernoff, Public Policy Manager for Red Hat, attended a forum led by Daniel Alvarez, Legal Advisor for Wireline, Public Safety, and Homeland Security at the FCC, last week with the North Carolina Technology Association about the FCC’s deliberations on a framework to "protect and promote Internet openness." Alvarez says the FCC is clear on the goals of a net neutrality policy and described the "virtuous cycle" of innovation spurred by the Internet. When asked about the burden imposed on ISPs, he replied, "There will be a burden on providers. The question is, 'Is that burden justified?' And I think our answer is 'Yes.'""
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Comment: Re:When is something well-known enough to not cite (Score 1) 81

by nmr_andrew (#48271233) Attached to: The Most Highly Cited Scientific Papers of All Time

Out of curiosity, what journals are you submitting to that require "camera ready" copy? I'm aware of very few in the life or physical sciences, and most of those aren't exactly top tier.

Most journals expect the text (including citations) in a "standard" format, I'm aware of none that won't accept any semi-recent version of word (.doc/.docx), most accept PDF, many will accept RTF, a few will accept TEX (maybe most if your field is physics or math). They generally want each figure as a separate file, either vector or bitmap with a fairly high minimum resolution, so they can resize the images and reflow text around them. How tables are presented/accepted is pretty journal specific, but this is the one area where many journals may reformat your work.

As for Nature and Science, I "created" the cover image for a supplemental issue of Nature Structural Biology quite a few years ago. For covers and promotional things, their art department gets involved and the final image may only look vaguely like what they were sent in the first place. Really, I probably could have sketched something on a napkin instead of spending time trying to make a decent figure in the first place with the changes they made in the end (though we did get to give our approval for the final image). As for the associated review article, the figures were all published as submitted; one of the editors may have asked for a change, but we would have made it ourselves.

Comment: Re:somebody lied to you. We spend the most, do it (Score 1) 143

I think both parent and GP are somewhat correct. As a country, we do spend more than most other countries and get overall poor results. However:

We spend the money poorly. Most of that money should go to educational materials (books, pencils and paper, and even so to computers), teachers, and infrastructure (buildings, heat, electricity). However, most districts have become pretty administration heavy; I've seen towns with one elementary/middle school and one high school that have both a superintendent and an assistant superintendent, both making 6 figure salaries. I've also lived in the south, where a district "couldn't" afford textbooks, but could afford $2M for a new football facility plus pay for 5+ full time coaches.

At the same time, we don't pay teachers particularly well. Sure, a 20+ year veteran teacher is probably making $60-70k in a reasonably well off district, but probably starts around $30k, less in some areas. So what we get is far from the "best and brightest" going into teaching as a career.

The money that is there doesn't get distributed at all uniformly. Overall, I'd say that the poorer (and incidentally more rural) communities tend to have worse outcomes. There actually are plenty of good public school systems in the US, but they tend to cluster in areas where parents tend to be better educated themselves or at least care about education for their children and that tend to be better off financially - no surprise that the two tend to go somewhat hand in hand. And on top of that, crap like "no child left behind" all but guarantees that the districts most in need of increased funding get less.

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