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Comment: Re:Dogism (Score 2, Interesting) 497 497

by phoenix.bam! (#28085945) Attached to: Should We Just Call Dog Breeds a Different Species?

I saw a great segment on I think Discovery Channel about wolves vs dogs.

First, a piece of meat was tied to a length of rope and placed in a cage. Both the dog and the wolf ( on the outside of the cage, of course) were able to pull the meat out using the length of the rope.

Next, a piece of meat was tied to the rope, but the rope was then tied to the center of the cage, so no matter how hard the rope was pulled the meat would not move.

After a few tugs the dog ran over to the humans and looked to them for help. The wolf spent longer tugging on the rope, but eventually gave up and walk away, not even acknowledging the humans standing nearby.

Comment: The state demands filtering (Score 1) 1117 1117

by phoenix.bam! (#26159573) Attached to: What Restrictions Should Student Laptops Have?

But does that mean on each machine or simply that computers on school property must be filtered?

If it's the latter, I'd recommend filtering things like myspace and facebook via the school's net connection

But to put filtering on the machines themselves is just asking for the students to break administrative restrictions on the laptops. And then some overexcited school administrator is going to press criminal charges for some random computer crime.


+ - New Theory Explains Periodic Mass Extinctions

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i_like_spam writes: The theory that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid impact, the K-T extinction, is well known and supported by fossil and geological evidence. Asteroid impact theory does not apply to the other fluctuations in biodiversity, however, which follow an approximate 62 million-year cycle. As reported in Science news, a new theory seems to explain periodic mass extinctions. The new theory found that oscillations in the Sun relative to the plane of the Milky Way correlate with changes in biodiversity on Earth. The researchers suggest that an increase in the exposure of Earth to extragalatic cosmic rays causes mass extinctions. Here is the original paper describing the finding.

+ - Xfce 4.4.0 Released

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kelnos writes: "After more than two years since our previous stable feature release, the Xfce Team is proud to announce the release of Xfce 4.4.0. This release features our new file manager, Thunar, as well as many improvements and feature additions to Xfce's core components.

Head over to our brand-new website and take a look at our visual tour, or go straight to the downloads."

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