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Submission How writing literature is like writing code->

An anonymous reader writes: In an article on, University of Texas at Austin developer Lacey Williams Henschel writes:

The truth is that technology and humanities aren't so far apart; in fact, a lot of concepts we English majors perfected over our thesis papers get used in our daily lives as developers. This article isn't about what coders can learn from humanities majors or vice versa. It's a demonstration of the overlap between the two disciplines; a study in their compatibility and how they complement one another.

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Submission SPAM: Luscious Latvia: Specials things are waiting for you

carrycalvin writes: Tucked between Estonia to the north and Lithuania to the south, Latvia a north European country laden with stimulating fixings. Thick green foliage forms the Gauja Valley of pines; beautiful domed cathedrals decorate the local towns and spicy Riga adds an extra zing as the countryâ(TM)s cosmopolitan nexus and the unofficial capital of the entire Baltic. This country is beneath the radar profile makes it the perfect pit stop for those seeking something a bit more authentic than the overrun tourist hubs further afield.
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Comment Re:Divide-and-conquer is an art (Score 2) 204

To a certain degree, you can optimize a process by splitting tasks in independent subtasks, preferably assigned to one person each.
However, there are several major problems:
1) some tasks are not as independent as you may imagine
2) some tasks require that people with multiple domains work on them
3) some tasks are so long that it slows down the entire process. It is well known in Supply Chain that a single bottlenecks reduce your output.
4) splitted tasks become boring as hell
5) working alone doesn't improve your knowledge

In my experience, your first point is where most attempts at microservices fail. Someone designs a monolithic application - then management chops it up into little pieces and thinks they have microservices. But they don't have microservices because all the same interdependencies are still there. All they have are chunks of a bigger program.

Submission DNA vaccine sterilizes mice, could lead to one-shot birth control for cats, dogs->

sciencehabit writes: Animal birth control could soon be just a shot away: A new injection makes male and female mice infertile by tricking their muscles into producing hormone-blocking antibodies. If the approach works in dogs and cats, researchers say, it could be used to neuter and spay pets and to control reproduction in feral animal populations. A similar approach could one day spur the development of long-term birth control options for humans.
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Submission Humans are worse than radiation for Chernobyl animals->

sciencehabit writes: Elk, roe deer, wild boars, and other wildlife are thriving in a radiation-contaminated preserve largely off limits to people near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, researchers have found. In a study published today, scientists report “no evidence of a negative influence of radiation on mammal abundance” in the Chernobyl exclusion zone straddling the Belarus-Ukraine border. Much of the 4200-square-kilometer zone was evacuated after the nuclear plant’s unit 4 reactor exploded in 1986, sending a radioactive plume over Europe.

“When humans are removed, nature flourishes, even in the aftermath of the world's worst nuclear accident,” says co-author Jim Smith, an environmental scientist at the University of Portsmouthin the United Kingdom. But some scientists argue that the study glosses over findings showing that the radioactive contamination has damaged individual animals.

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Submission Worst Tech Recruiter 'Pickup Lines'

snydeq writes: We've all received them: Trawling emails from tech recruiters looking to lure us away from our current employer, often with a cringe-worthy line or two that makes it seem as if we are being courted by an unwanted pickup artist. From the article: 'The men and women tasked with recruiting tech talent go to great lengths to attract the attention of their targets — (often unsuspecting) tech pros viewed as valuable "gets." While some recruiters prove to be invaluable in improving your career, finding exactly the right words to pique your interest in a new gig, far more seem to stammer, stumble, and elicit exasperated sighs.' What are the best doozies you've received?

Comment Re:Black Swan (Score 1) 167

We're not otherwise spending the money fixing the world's most pressing problems

We (presumably you mean the United States) is indeed spending lots of money on world problems. If you rank the relative risk and potential consequences of things like over-population, genocide, disease, famine, extreme poverty, pollution, depletion of resources, etc, etc, versus the risk and consequences of an asteroid strike, it's easy to see why the money is better spent elsewhere.

A committee is a group that keeps the minutes and loses hours. -- Milton Berle