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Education

Genetic Glitch May Prevent Kids From Learning From Their Mistakes 500

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the bzzt-ow-bzzt-ow-bzzzzzzzzzt-ooooooow dept.
jamie pointed out an interesting piece being featured in Newsweek that claims a "genetic glitch" may prevent some kids from learning from their mistakes to the same degree as others. "If there is one thing experts on child development agree on, it is that kids learn best when they are allowed to make mistakes and feel the consequences. So Mom and Dad hold back as their toddler tries again and again to cram a round peg into a square hole. [...] But not, it seems, all kids. In about 30 percent, the coils of their DNA carry a glitch, one that leaves their brains with few dopamine receptors, molecules that act as docking ports for one of the neurochemicals that carry our thoughts and emotions. A paucity of dopamine receptors is linked to an inability to avoid self-destructive behavior such as illicit drug use. But the effects spill beyond such extremes. Children with the genetic variant are unable to learn from mistakes. No matter how many tests they blow by partying the night before, the lesson just doesn't sink in."
Operating Systems

Is Gentoo in crisis? 199

Posted by Hemos
from the well-yeah-probably dept.
TheCoop1984 writes "A recent article on distrowatch, and an extended thread on the gentoo forums, have pointed out that gentoo is not what it used to be. Daniel Robbins came back and went again after only a few days, developer turnover is as high as ever, personal attacks on the mailing lists are common, and people are generally not happy about the current state of affairs. Is gentoo rotting from the inside, and can anything be done about it?"
Power

Is Daylight Saving Shift Really Worth It? 652

Posted by Hemos
from the questioning-the-wisdom dept.
Krishna Dagli writes "Two Ph.D. students at the University of California at Berkeley say that Daylight Saving Shift will not do any good or create any energy savings. We are already spending money for software upgrades in the name of saving energy and after reading following article I wonder has congress really studied the impact of DST shift? " I also read some back story on the concept; OTOH, I found TiVo's suggestions that I manually change everything on my Series 1 device to be somewhat...insulting.
Media

+ - The Great Global Warming Swindle?

Submitted by TheGuapo
TheGuapo (864659) writes "Some of the big name anti-anthropogenic global warming scientists are featured in this BBC documentary entitled "The Great Global Warming Swindle". There's nothing terribly new about these arguments, but this is the first extended media-produced documentary I've ever seen being critical of man-made global warming. So, is this the same pseudo-science that global warming apologists claim? http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=9005566792 811497638&q=great+global+warming+swindle&hl=en"
Linux

French Parliament Chooses Ubuntu 174

Posted by kdawson
from the all-those-letters-are-silent dept.
atamyrat reminds us that last November it was announced that the French Parliament had decided to switch to Linux. At that time the distro had not been determined. It will be Ubuntu: "[T]wo companies, Linagora and Unilog, have been selected to provide the members of the Parliament as well as their assistants new computers containing free software. This will amount to 1,154 new computers running Ubuntu prior to the start of the next session which occurs in June 2007."
Privacy

+ - Drug selectively removes rats memory

Submitted by rednuhter
rednuhter (516649) writes "Nature online is reporting scientists have used drugs to selectively remove one memory while unaffecting another. Musical tones were played to the rats and at the same time the subjects were given a mild electric shock. Half the study group were given the drug (not approved for use in humans) and then the experiment was repeated with a new tone. The following day the rats that had not been given the treatment were afraid of both tones while the treated half were only afraid of the second tone, the memory of fear of the first had been erased."
Operating Systems

+ - Do we need a new OS?

Submitted by barry_the_bogan
barry_the_bogan (976779) writes "Unix was designed so that one machine could service multiple users, who were each running multiple jobs. It allowed the resources (processor) of the machine to be used more efficiently. Over the last 35 years or so, more and more functionality has been required from our computers, they need to securely handle many users, in many groups (known and anonymous), communication within a LAN or over the internet, etc. IMO, the main resource of a computer system has changed from the processor to the storage space. We now have a big pool of data, with multiple users accessing or processing it through various servers and clients. Through all the changes unix has been modified and added to extensively, and is still doing a fine job, but how many more changes can this cobbled OS accept?

So, my points for discussion are:
1. Do we need to start again, or continue patching what we have?
2. Is the paradigm I suggested valid? Is it possible to write a data centric OS?
3. Describe is your ideal operating."
Security

+ - Chinese figher plane and missile up for sale

Submitted by
Madas
Madas writes "Apparently a Chinese man has up for sale from his "personal collection" a Jian-5 fighter jet as well as a Red Flag 2 surface-to-air missile. The auction has been running on www.taobao.com for a while. The seller said that the missile has been disarmed and for a small fee the items can be disassembled and reassembled at the winning buyers site."
Linux Business

+ - French government choose Ubuntu Linux for National

Submitted by uberspider
uberspider (1074583) writes "It's been talked about for some time, but finally the French government has finally chosen the standard operating system and applications for its National Assembly, of course its Linux not Microsoft. But more suprisingly the French didn't choose the local distro Mandriva, but instead it chose the seemingly unstoppable Ubuntu distro, according to this ZDnet article (in French) here.

The news was also picked up by Investment and Business News

"Whilst France is currently in the throws of a vicious election campaign, it seems that quietly in the background another victory has taken place. The victory isn't just for freedom, it seems that the victory is for free software."

The article goes on to indicate momentum for Linux on the desktop in France after the Peugeot deal as well

"That Linux is accelerating rapidly in the server market is not in doubt, that it is now starting to make headway on the desktop should be a strong indicator of things to come.""
Portables

+ - Antec Notebook Cooler S Review @ Tweaknews.net

Submitted by
Nathan
Nathan writes "Article Url: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/antec_notebook_co oler_s/
Article PIC: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/antec_notebook_co oler_s/img/email.jpg

Article Snippet:

"At last, a notebook cooler that is actually practical. If anyone is in the market for a notebook cooling solution, your searching is over. This product is small, simple, ergonomic and actually useful. Finally someone realizes that you don't have to use a huge metal pad to cool a laptop accordingly.""
United States

+ - Defense Contractor Halliburton Moving HQ to Dubai

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "Much-maligned defense contractor Halliburton is moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai's friendly tax laws will add to Halliburton's bottom line. Last year, it earned $2.3B in profits. Sen. Patrick Leahy called the company's move 'corporate greed at its worst.' Halliburton, once headed by VP Dick Cheney, has received contracts valued at an estimated $25.7B for its work in Iraq."
Software

Opera's Slashdot Easter Egg and Speed Dial 157

Posted by kdawson
from the easter-already? dept.
Thelomen writes "Opera Browser contains an Easter egg that is not widely known, recently reported over at OperaWatch.com: type /. in the address bar and you are taken directly to slashdot.org. Other recent news from Opera is their new Speed Dial feature, present in the most recent build from Desktop Team. At first glance Speed Dial just looks like 9 bookmarks you can open with CTRL+1 to CTRL+9. However, the pages on the Speed Dial are shown in thumbnail and are automatically pre-fetched in background — a useful thing if you have some heavy pages among your top bookmarks."

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