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Comment: And knowing is half the battle (Score 1) 48

by rot26 (#48572645) Attached to: Army Building an Airport Just For Drones
In related news, the FAA has just cleared 4 companies (Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, Clayco Inc. and Woolpert Inc.) to use drones commercially

I guess now we know who pushes those "news stories" about all the near-catastrophic near-misses with all of the non-(Trimble Navigation Limited, VDOS Global, Clayco Inc. and Woolpert Inc.) drones.

+ - US Marshals auctioning $20M worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins ->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "The US Marshals office this week said it would auction off almost 50,000 or about $20 million worth of alleged Silk Road creator Robert Ulbricht’s Bitcoins. The auction, which is the second sale of Silk Road’s Bitcoin collection, will take place during a 6-hour period on Dec. 4 from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST. Bids will be accepted by email from pre-registered bidders only, the US Marshall’s office stated. In June a more than $17 million in Bitcoins seized from the Silk Road take-down was auctioned off."
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+ - Major brain pathway rediscovered after century-old confusion, controversy->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) writes "A couple of years ago a scientist looking at dozens of MRI scans of human brains noticed something surprising: A large fiber pathway that seemed to be part of the network of connections that process visual information that wasn't mentioned in any modern-day anatomy textbooks. “It was this massive bundle of fibers, visible in every brain I examined,” said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington’s Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences. “... As far as I could tell, it was absent from the literature and from all major neuroanatomy textbooks.”

With colleagues at Stanford University, Yeatman started some detective work to figure out the identity of that mysterious fiber bundle. The researchers found an early 20th century atlas that depicted the structure, now known as the vertical occipital fasciculus. But the last time that atlas had been checked out was 1912, meaning the researchers were the first to view the images in the last century. They describes the history and controversy of the elusive pathway in a paper published Nov. 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."

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Comment: Re:Computers used for evil (Score 2) 253

by rot26 (#48313267) Attached to: Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques
I think the core of what you're saying is true, you're just overgeneralizing. It's not just "white males" who tend to have decision making positions, it's "fit, good looking, tall white males" who discriminate against EVERYONE who is not a fit, good looking, tall white male. Of course, not 100% true, but true often enough to hurt and anger in other than just AA's. And possibly even more prominent since it's rarely against the law to discriminate against people who are short or fat, or can't run 2 miles in 14 minutes.

Comment: Re:Scum (Score 1) 253

by rot26 (#48313095) Attached to: Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques
Now my real issue are the companies who make job requirements so select, in essence they are trying to get the same guy that left.

Nah, they're posting the job to meet EEO requirements. They already know who they're going to hire, and the posted job description consists of HIS EXACT SKILLSET, often down to the version of tools, plus a few "required" skillsets for other stuff NOBODY has ever heard of. 100% effective as far as I know.

Comment: Re:oh boy! (Score 2) 253

by rot26 (#48312959) Attached to: Tech Recruiters Defend 'Blacklists,' Lack of Feedback, Screening Techniques
Leaning passable people skills is more akin to learning passable football skills. If you have some talent, you can certainly learn to do better with practice and coaching. For those without talent, no matter how much you practice you'll never be any good, and as for finding a coach, good luck.

And as for "talent" wrt people skills what that really means is "good genes" just as with sports. F'rinstance, try teaching people skills to somebody with Aspergers.

Comment: HP-32SII (Score 1) 328

by rot26 (#45448227) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Cheap Second Calculators For Tests?
HP-32S or HP-32Sii

Should be allowed into any certification exam. Made until the early 2000's, so it should be relatively cheap and readily available. Will last the rest of your life if you don't do something stupid.

Engineering cred. I bought mine used on ebay a couple of decades ago and it's still selling for as much or more than what I paid for it.

Comment: Re:I read this on Techdirt: (Score 0) 510

by rot26 (#45355807) Attached to: Edward Snowden Leaks Could Help Paedophiles Escape Police, Says UK Government
Off topic but I'm curious: how did you get a five-digit member number? How long ago did you FIRST open your account? 5 digits would mean that unless someone intervened you would have to have been a slashdotter for something close to 15 years. Since by your comment I would guess you're no more than 17, you would have started reading /. when you were two? Set us straight here, lad.

All the simple programs have been written.