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Submission + - How to fix Slashdot Beta? 17

Forbo writes: Since the migration to Slashdot Beta was announced, it seems all meaningful discussion has been completely disrupted with calls to boycott and protest. Rather than pull an Occupy, what can be done to focus and organize the action? What is the end goal: To revert entirely to the previous site, or to address the problems with the new site?

Submission + - SD card survives real-life disaster test (stuff.co.nz)

An anonymous reader writes: A newly-wed couple lost their digital camera and SD card in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. The SD card survived flooding with silt and exposure to the weather for 20 months embedded in a gravel driveway. Amazingly, all 2.5 Gb of photos have recently been recovered. Sadly the digital camera did not fare so well. Even more interesting is that the SD card was from by a budget supplier, kudos to Adata!

Submission + - For Obama, Jobs, and Zuckerberg, Boring is Productive

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Robert C. Pozen writes in the Harvard Business Review that while researching a behind-the-scenes article of President Obama's daily life, Michael Lewis asked President Obama about his practice of routinizing the routine. "I eat essentially the same thing for breakfast each morning: a bowl of cold cereal and a banana. For lunch, I eat a chicken salad sandwich with a diet soda. Each morning, I dress in one of a small number of suits, each of which goes with particular shirts and ties." Why does President Obama subject himself to such boring routines? Because making too many decisions about mundane details is a waste of your mental energy, a limited resource. If you want to be able to have more mental resources throughout the day, you should identify the aspects of your life that you consider mundane — and then "routinize" those aspects as much as possible. Obama's practice is echoed by Steve Jobs who decided to wear the same outfit every day, so that he didn't have to think about it and the recent disclosure that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is proud that he wears the same outfit every day adding that he owns "maybe about 20" of the gray, scoop neck shirts he's become famous for. "The point is that you should decide what you don't care about and that you should learn how to run those parts of your life on autopilot," writes Pozen. "Instead of wasting your mental energy on things that you consider unimportant, save it for those decisions, activities, and people that matter most to you.""

Comment What about the cost of peace? (Score 1) 707

How can the author ignore the insane costs of a nuclear programme? Surely he realizes thousands, if not orders of magnitude more, will die due to starvation, poorer health services and forced labour while a government is busy maintaining an implausible status quo, is that just signed off as "acceptable loss"?

Comment Re:WHAT'S STOPPING US? (Score 5, Insightful) 585

What the majority believes may be wrong some times.

This is a well-known let's say 'urban legend', refuted several times throughout history but which keeps coming back as a way to stress just how dark the Dark Ages were or to make a Mayan discovery look more spectacular. Educated people over the millenia have always known that Earth is round, and belief otherwise is just that - a dogma imposed by some religions, methinks as a simple yet powerful way to describe how precious and rare life as we know is. See the "Myth of a flat Earth" page references for some amusement.
  There will also always be nutcases that deny common sense and science, some of them might even go as far as to negate Darwinism in American schools, but I do hold hope that humanity can work around those.

Comment Login screen? (Score 1) 205

I don't get this. Why was work and detailing involved in such a feature? Was I able to login before? Yes. Am I still able to login? Hope so, unless they botched something.
3 years ago, I had to patch and rebuild GDM to allow fingerprint authentication, with code from an IBM developer (awfully sorry for not remembering the name). Today - do I have fingerprint by default? Hell no, but it is "integrated with the rest of the user experience". Quite disappointing.

Comment Re:I think you had to be there (Score 1) 204

once everyone is doing it, it's not cool anymore

Why would that be? If everyone had a garden, would you dislike flowers? If most people around you were playing music, would you not enjoy dancing anymore? All the instruments available playing at the same time, or all the perfumes combined will quickly lead to saturation or even become hurtful, but with careful orchestration from capable/creative people you will get countless enjoyable moments.
As with anything else, the Internet experience needs a bit of guidance and restraint, but as a concept I find it nothing short of amazing.


Submission + - Why MacOS X is Unsuitable for Web Development 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Ted Dziuba has an interesting and amusing post on why he made a big mistake when he went to work for eBay and was offered a choice for his company laptop: Lenovo Thinkpad or MacBook Pro and picked the Mac, thinking it would be closer to what he was used to. So what's wrong with using the Mac as a development machine for Milo, a Python application backed by PostgreSQL and Redis? "I've only poked around a little, but so far I've found three separate package managers for OS X: Fink, MacPorts & Homebrew," writes Dziuba adding that when you are older, you will understand the value of automated version dependency satisfaction. "The scary part about having many general use package managers is that it pushes programmers toward using programming language specific package managers like gem and pip, which only serve to metastasize the problem." Next is that your development platform should be as close as possible to your production platform but "OS X and Linux have different kernels, which means different I/O & process schedulers, different file systems, and a whole host of other implementation details that you'll write off as having been abstracted away until you have your first serious encounter with "It Works On My Machine.'" Finally Textmate sucks. "Sooner or later, you have to face facts. Man up and learn Emacs." Dziuba used to be a big time Mac fanboy. In fact, he even had a letter published in Macworld magazine when he was 15. "However, at some point, I started writing code to put food on my table, and found that the Mac just does not cut it," concludes Dziuba. "Mac developers, stay out of the command line. You'll hurt yourselves.""

Extinct Mammoth, Coming To a Zoo Near You 312

Techmeology writes "Professor Akira Iritani of Kyoto University plans to use recent developments in cloning technology to give life to the currently extinct woolly mammoth. Although earlier efforts in the 1990s were unsuccessful due to damage caused by extreme cold, Professor Iritani believes he can use a technique pioneered by Dr Wakayama (who successfully cloned a frozen mouse) to overcome this obstacle. This technique will enable Professor Iritani to identify viable cell nuclei, and transfer them to egg cells of an African elephant which will carry the mammoth for a 600 day pregnancy."

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