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Role Playing (Games)

+ - Dungons & Dragons & IT - Why we crave boun

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boyko.at.netqos
boyko.at.netqos writes "An editorial in Network Performance Daily tries to take a (1d6) stab at explaining why geeky engineering types are also typically the types that enjoy a rousing game of D&D. "The greatest barrier to creativity is a lack of boundaries. Counter-intuitive — almost zen-like — but we've found it to be true. And this is why people play Dungeons & Dragons (and similar games), and why network engineers often spend time putting out fires when they could be improving the network... Have you ever noticed that, in your job as a network engineer, you spend quite a lot of it putting out fires, as opposed to starting new initiatives? Those network emergencies are obstacles. You have defined parameters and you must overcome the obstacle. Engineers trained to find the best solutions to problems usually feel most in their element when solving a problem!"
Editorial

+ - Can the U.S. Army defeat the Blackwater Army?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Even though this is a hypothetical question, what if the Blackwater private army's purpose is to make sure the U.S. Army will keep fighting in Iraq/Iran and no military opposition can arise against the Bush Administration? I doubt these will be true, but who would win if these two armies fight each other? Should the U.S. even have a private army?"
Security

+ - Hacking Web Applications Over Lunch

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Vuljnerable web applications are a huge problem. A new SANS paper: Web Application Auditing Over Lunch shows some very simple tricks on how to check your web application for common security issues.

After all, many web application didn't take longer then that to write. So why not break them in the same time. The paper is pretty platform neutral. However, I found the mentioned firefox extension "Tamper Data" to be very usefull."
Music

+ - What musical instrument to learn?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I've recently watched too much Star Trek and got a kick in my ass from the "improved yourself"-theme. I've always wanted to learn a musical instrument but I never really what to learn. Anyone got a tip? It shouldn't be to large/expensive and suitable for learning it on your own. Some kind of flute perhaps?"

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