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Comment: 260.00 @TB server (Score 1) 609

by tmbailey123 (#32218916) Attached to: Best Solutions For Massive Home Hard Drive Storage?

For 130.00 US get one of the new plug computers with the ESATA interface.
http://www.globalscaletechnologies.com/p-32-guruplug-server-plus.aspx

I purchased a 2TB external drive with USB and ESATA port from buy.com for 130.00 last week.

Use Samba and NFS to export your volumes on your local network to your various computers.

I have an older plug computer connected to the external drive via USB 2.0 and it streams movies and music to a variety of devices in my home.

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NHS Should Stop Funding Homeopathy, Says Parliamentary Committee 507

Posted by samzenpus
from the how-am-I-going-to-align-my-chakras-now dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Homeopathic remedies work no better than placebos, and so should no longer be paid for by the UK National Health Service, a committee of British members of parliament has concluded. In preparing its report, the committee, which scrutinizes the evidence behind government policies, took evidence from scientists and homeopaths, and reviewed numerous reports and scientific investigations into homeopathy. It found no evidence that such treatments work beyond providing a placebo effect." Updated 201025 19:40 GMT by timothy: This recommendation has some people up in arms.
Medicine

Brain Surgery Linked To Sensation of Spirituality 380

Posted by timothy
from the applied-psychology dept.
the3stars writes "'Removing part of the brain can induce inner peace, according to researchers from Italy. Their study provides the strongest evidence to date that spiritual thinking arises in, or is limited by, specific brain areas. This raises a number of interesting issues about spirituality, among them whether or not people can be born with a strong propensity towards spirituality and also whether it can be acquired through head trauma." One critic's quoted response: "It's important to recognize that the whole study is based on changes in one self-report measure, which is a coarse measure that includes some strange items."

Comment: Re:As someone from Alabama, let me say thanks (Score 1) 1306

by tmbailey123 (#27319525) Attached to: Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution

Texas the new 21st century model for a "classic" southern redneck.

Yep, this action makes me actually embarrassed to be a Texan, [its been happening more frequently over the past 8 yrs or so 8-( ]

I am not opposed to teaching ID in schools, just not in a science class. Plan a lesson discussion about ID in a philosophy class, or world history or any place but a science class.

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Refactoring SQL Applications 159

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
stoolpigeon writes "My past as a DBA probably makes me a bit biased, but the reaction I've seen the most when a database application isn't performing as well as would be liked seems to focus on the database side of things. The search for a solution usually seems to center around tuning db parameters, the building (or removal) of indexes and, if the budget allows, throwing hardware at the problem. In their new work, Refactoring SQL Applications, Faroult and L'Hermite bring a much wider range of options to the table. There is a lot in this little book for the developer charged with fixing an existing application and I think a lot of good information that could save one from making a number of headache-inducing mistakes on a new application." Keep reading for the rest of JR's review.

Comment: fretlight.com (Score 1) 120

by tmbailey123 (#27098963) Attached to: Guitar Hero, On a Real Guitar, To Hit Shelves In 2009

while you can't use a fretlight guitar with Guitar Hero, it is an excellent teaching tool when you are just starting out. LEDs for each string/fret position that light up as you play a specially formatted midi tune for the guitar. You can get a fretlight strat knockoff for about 300 bux off ebay.

Technology

Beamlines To Reveal Secrets of the Mummies 64

Posted by timothy
from the look-deep-inside-you-are-getting-sleepy dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "A British X-ray with a light ten billion times brighter than the sun is to be used to reveal the secrets of statues, mummies, sarcophagi and other ancient artifacts to analyze their composition and how they were made. Three Egyptian bronze figurines from the British Museum will be among the first treasures to be investigated by the Joint Engineering, Environmental and Processing beamline, or Jeep, using intense radiation known as synchrotron light which allows scientists to see through solid objects and to show structural details that cannot be seen by standard X-rays. 'It might give us the chance to look at the contents. The Egyptians used to stash things inside their statues. We also get very fragile inner sarcophagi or mummy wrappings,' says Jen Hiller, a scientist working on the beamline. In Grenoble a team has used synchrotron radiation to discover the first known fossilized brain, of a fish-like creature; details are to be published this month. In California it is being used to decipher the Archimedes palimpsest — a text by the Greek mathematician that was overwritten in medieval times."
Businesses

Inside Factory China 135

Posted by kdawson
from the making-it dept.
blackbearnh writes "While China is attempting to pull its industry up out of mere manufacturing mode, for now the country is the production workhorse of the consumer electronics industry. Almost anything you pick up at a Best Buy first breathed life across the Pacific Ocean. But what is it like to shepherd a product through the design and production process? Andrew 'bunnie' Huang has done just that with the Chumby, a new Internet appliance. In an interview with O'Reilly Radar, he talks about the logistical and moral issues involved with manufacturing in China, as well as his take on the consumer's right to hack the hardware they purchase."

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