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The First Photograph of a Human 138

wiredog writes "The Atlantic has a brief piece on what is likely to be the first photograph (a daguerreotype) showing a human. From the article: 'In September, Krulwich posted a set of daguerreotypes taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter in Cincinnati 162 years ago, on September 24, 1848. Krulwich was celebrating the work of the George Eastman House in association with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Using visible-light microscopy, the George Eastman House scanned several plates depicting the Cincinnati Waterfront so that scholars could zoom in and study the never-before-seen details.'"

Giant Impact Crater Found In Australia 109

An anonymous reader writes "One of the largest meteorite impacts in the world has been discovered in the South Australian outback by geothermal researchers. It may explain one of the many extinction events in the past 600 million years, and may contain rare and exotic minerals. The crater is said to have been 'produced by an asteroid six to 12 km across' — which is really big!"

Comment Re:Hubris! (Score 1) 570

At least that way my commute is shorter.

Yup. Look at it this way. As long as those interruptions take less time on an average day than your commute would have then you are still time ahead.

I've worked from home for several different customers (I'm a consultant) over the last 12 years and gotten of ton of my life back.

60 minute average round trip
200 commute days a year
200 hours
12 years of doing this is 2400 hours
You're only awake 16 hours or so each day so 2400 hours is 150 days

That's almost half a year I've gotten back just in reduced commute.

There are also significant money savings. A car costs about 30 cents a mile to operate. Let's assume your average speed is going to be 40 over the course of your commute. That's almost $29,000 in auto costs saved simply by not going to the office.

Lot's of people go out for lunch every day. That's another $17,000 in savings over the last 12 year.

I've also seen that many more employers allow flexible scheduling. Probably partly because they know they can't monitor you closely and partly because they already believe they can measure output or you wouldn't be working from home. As a result you can much more frequently work the hours that suit you than in an office setting. Yesterday, for example, I started at about 09:00, worked until 14:00 went to the doctor, played a couple hours of soccer (yeah! first indoor games of the season) and got home at about 21:00. Wrapped up a few things I had left hanging and called it a night.

Between the half a year I've gotten back, $40K I've saved, the flexible hours and the more quiet environment I'm sold. I'll keep doing this as long as I can.

Microsoft Calls for Truce With GPL and Linux? 464

An anonymous reader writes to mention an eWeek article discussing Microsoft's efforts to reach out to the open source community. The company is hoping to find a common ground with softare released under the GPL, so that OSS and Microsoft products can interoperate. From the article: "The goal, from both sides, is to meet customer needs, he said, adding, 'This is just the more mature view of the way the world is evolving, and we want to make sure that if customers are choosing Linux or other open-source-based products that we have ways of interoperating and working effectively with that.'" A related article mentions Windows server Expert Jeremy Moskowitzs' call for a truce between the Linux and Windows communities.

Sun's Open Source DRM 274

DigDuality writes "Wired has an interesting look at Sun's proposed 'Open Source DRM'. From the article: 'Its goal is to promulgate an open-source architecture for digital rights management that would cut across devices, regardless of the manufacturer, and assign rights to individuals rather than gadgets [...] If DReaM works, consumers will be able to access their purchased songs through a number of providers, and using a wide variety of devices." Slashdot took a first look at Sun's DReaM last August.

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