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Comment Re:Field dependent requirement (Score 1, Funny) 1086

The supply is higher then the demand for open jobs, so they give tough courses to limit the number of grads. (And degrees that don't weed-out students, like English, end up with a lot of degreed students working at Mickey D's.)

I'll bet those English majors wouldn't have used "then" in place of "than." ;-)

Comment Re:Doing in a lab is one thing (Score 5, Insightful) 327

9 years ago, a great deal of military technology went from lab to massive scale rather quickly for new bombs to wreak havoc in cave strongholds. Why is BP or some other interested party with deep pockets unable to do the same here?

We have an existing crisis and a potential solution. Somebody pony up the cash and start producing this. Its a risk, but if effective there is a great deal of profit to be made in the event of another oil spill.

Calling any entrepreneurs...

Comment User Interface Design (Score 1) 338

The best book I've encountered on UI design is an ancient tome entitled "Principles and Guidelines in Software User Interface Design" by Deborah J. Mayhew. Search for it on Amazon; looks like there are 30 used copies.
This was used as the text for my GUI design class in college. Very enlightening, even though I HATE writing GUIs.

Submission Oil-eating microbes produce green energy

Roland Piquepaille writes: "It is estimated that oil sands — or bituminous sands — represent two thirds of the world's oil reserves. Still, it's expensive and difficult to extract oil from these sands. Even with today's crude oil prices, the industry is still looking for cheaper ways to produce energy from the so-called 'tar' sands. Now, according to the University of Calgary, an international team of researchers has found a way for using microbes to extract methane from oil sands. With its enormous reserves, Canada could become one of the major oil producer in the 21st century. Field tests of this new technology should start in 2009. Read more for additional details and references about how bacteria can generate energy from oil sands.."
The Almighty Buck

Big Box Store Reps Push Unnecessary Recovery Discs 380

Ed Albro, PC World writes "At PC World, we've got a story today on salespeople at Best Buy and Circuit City pushing consumers to pay the stores' technicians to create recovery discs for their new laptops. Recovery discs are important to have, of course, but the fact is that they're easy to make yourself. Or you can get them from the manufacturer of your PC, often for half of what Best Buy and Circuit City charge you. The salespeople often tell you that you can buy from the manufacturer — but they claim you'll pay twice as much as the stores charge."
The Courts

Submission Hookers go hi-tech, start advertising on Craigslis->

secretsather writes: "oday's hi-tech prostitutes are leaving the streets, and turning to the Internet to find their next 'John.' A recent prostitution sting in Chicago, Illinois, uncovered many hookers who used Craigslist, the popular online classifieds service, to advertise their special services.

Cook County Sheriff, Thomas J. Dart, participated in a 4 month prostitution sting where over 250 people were arrested, many of which were caught through their own advertisements on Craigslist.

"We have two types of prostitution," Dart said, "We have street prostitution and we have a very sophisticated ongoing process on the Internet."

Thomas J. Dart and his men searched through Craigslist, finding ads for services such as "special massages," most of which would be accompanied by photographs of the women, in little to no clothes at all.

An undercover investigator would then contact the women, and arrange to meet at a Chicagoland hotel where they would be offered money for performing sexual acts. Once the women agreed, they were arrested.

According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, the majority of the Craigslist arrests were from out-of-state hookers, some who would fly to Chicago, to meet their Johns, before flying back home.

"There was a desire to conduct these activities away from their hometown," said Dart. "Most would come here and stay for a month and then go back."

The police report noted that the Internet prostitutes were charging between $150 and $300 per hour, well above the going street rate. (so we hear)

Sheriff Dart pledges to not just stop at these arrests, but to make these activities known, hoping Craigslist will take the initiative to better police its site.

"We are sending Craigslist a letter detailing what we found," Dart said.

However, Craigslist representative, Susan MacTavish Best, responded saying, "All illegal activity is banned by our terms of use, nor is it welcome on the site. Do remember that escort services are perfectly legal, and that the line between an escort ad and a prostitution ad is gray and somewhat non-intuitive.""

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Submission World's Most Powerful Single-kernel Linux System?

An anonymous reader writes: NASA has selected an SGI Altix supercomputer to help it meet future high-performance computing requirements. The new system will be the first supercomputer to operate 2,048 processor cores in SMP mode under control of one Linux kernel, creating the world's largest single-kernel Linux system. Driven by 1,024 Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processors, the new system will generate 13.1 TFLOPs of compute power. To accomplish this feat, SGI had to extend the Linux kernel's SMP support from 1,024 CPUs to 2,048 CPUs. Fancy that on your desktop!

Submission What did Hooters do to Dell?

An anonymous reader writes: You won't find any reference to this in major media. In fact, this may be the first public discussion of it. Dell inc. recently rolled out "ethics training" to all of it's "Small and Medium Business" sales reps. Mixed in with "don't sell servers to yourself" and "don't offend your neighbor" was an unexpected announcement.... Do not eat lunch at hooters anymore. Wait.....what?? You can't tell me where I can and can't eat can you?!?! Well, that very question was posed at the "Ethics Training", the answer was, "yes, we can". This ruling from the same company that used quite busty south korean models at a recent compter model launch. link: g-101-dells-inspiron-us-vs-korean-launch/ Well, sorry Hooters, I guess you've lost my business. From now on I'm going to the place 1 more mile down the road where they dress in catholic school girl uniforms and oggle them instead.

Submission Report Faults NASA on Equipment Losses->

rbanffy writes: "From TFA: "NASA has lost $94 million in office equipment over the past decade, looking the other way as employees give computers to spouses or claim missing laptops are lost in space, according to a Congressional report.

"These problems are deeply rooted in an agency culture that does not demand accountability," the Government Accountability Office said in a report released yesterday.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration noted the problem five years ago in its own study. Instead of tightening controls, it relaxed them, making $10,000 the minimum value for trackable items, instead of $5,000, the report said."

One employee said the notebook computer assigned to him was thrown out of the ISS, that, while not impossible, is quite fishy. I would love to read other lame excuses like this... Maybe something on the lines of "the green alien ate my car"."

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Feed Engadget: NASA employee caught in act of sabotage on ISS bound computer->

Filed under: Transportation

According to breaking news from NASA, a space program worker is alleged to have deliberately damaged a computer that was meant to fly aboard the shuttle Endeavor in less than two weeks in an apparent act of sabotage. NASA says the unnamed individual, who works for one of the space agency's subcontractors, cut wires inside a computer that was headed to the International Space Station (ISS) on the shuttle. The alleged tampering occurred outside of NASA operations in Florida, but the agency isn't naming the subcontractor or where exactly the incident took place. NASA hopes to fix the damage, and launch the Endeavor August 7th, as planned. As this appears to be the first ever report of sabotage on the space program, you can expect to hear a lot more on this story in the very near future.

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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Submission New ReBoot movies in the works. 1

codesmith writes: With Rainmaker Animation's purchase of Mainframe Entertainment, it looks like theres new ReBoot material on the horizon. Rainmaker's executive VP Paul Gertz said 'I think it's time.' in regards to getting ReBoot going again. Plans are in the work for an online comic book, and three new ReBoot movies. See coverage from, Animation Magazine, and Cinema Blend.

Submission Private colo data

An anonymous reader writes: Is it possible to have a completely secure remote system; that is, a co-located or virtual server with some sort of encrypted disk that the system administrators at the remote site can't read or alter? Has anybody made this work?

I also saw in the following comment: proxy server to colo a way to encrypt anything and then use a colo to actually do the real communication with the outside world. Can anyone give a howto on how to set this up?

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.