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PC-BSD 8.0 Release Focuses On Desktop Use 154

donadony writes "Last Monday PC-BSD 8.0 was released. PC-BSD is based on FreeBSD and uses KDE as its default desktop environment. PC-BSD is designed to make BSD much easier for desktop use. The 8.0 release includes support for 3D acceleration with NVIDIA drivers on amd64 and improvements in the USB subsystem. The PC-BSD team has also developed a friendly package manager system with a simple-to-use GUI tool (see the screenshots tour). For a full list of changes, refer to the changelog."

Comment Re:Who cheats who (Score 1) 684

Good point. I however believe that the value of a CS diploma/degree is being degraded FAR MORE by so-called "online degree" programs or fly-by-night "universities" that SOMEHOW have been accredited and offer programs in CS. These organizations practically GIVE out degrees with LITTLE value and substance to education. Being from a somewhat-of-a top school for my program, I wished more people paid attention to WHERE I got my degree, rather than just the fact that I have one. Unfortunately, most employers don't have a clue and think that my degree is equal with Joe Schmoes degree that he got from ACME Online University when nothing is farther from the truth. This to me IS cheating and is a form of cheating that is much more prevalent and insidious than what TFA describes.

Comment Re:And They Give Me Free Legal Help... (Score 1) 606

I used to work at a health clinic doing IT stuff. They were all on a piss-poor electronic health record system so I was pretty busy helping the doctors with navigating the system for them. On occasion, a doc would come into my office with an "urgent" problem that I needed to fix, which I would quickly remedy (usually). Before they left though, I'd say "Hey, wait a minute, now it's my turn. My foot hurts when I do X." And an impromptu medical consult would ensue, answering all my questions! Now THAT was a fair trade system.

Comment Re:Sony Should Shop At ThinkGeek (Score 1) 240

Quick! Somebody buy the Sony engineers a pair of these!

The warning for this "WEC" device reminds me of an old SNL skit:

* Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Happy Fun Ball.
* Caution: Happy Fun Ball may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds.
* Happy Fun Ball contains a liquid core, which, if exposed due to rupture, should not be touched, inhaled, or looked at.
* Do not use Happy Fun Ball on concrete.
* Discontinue use of Happy Fun Ball if any of the following occurs:
o itching
o vertigo
o dizziness
o tingling in extremities
o loss of balance or coordination
o slurred speech
o temporary blindness
o profuse sweating
o heart palpitations
* If Happy Fun Ball begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head.
* Happy Fun Ball may stick to certain types of skin.
* When not in use, Happy Fun Ball should be returned to its special container and kept under refrigeration. Failure to do so relieves the makers of Happy Fun Ball, Wacky Products Incorporated, and its parent company, Global Chemical Unlimited, of any and all liability.
* Ingredients of Happy Fun Ball include an unknown glowing green substance which fell to Earth, presumably from outer space.
* Happy Fun Ball has been shipped to our troops in Saudi Arabia and is being dropped by our warplanes on Iraq.
* Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.
* Happy Fun Ball comes with a lifetime warranty.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 238

I see what you are saying. But at least in theory, optical media such as CD/DVD, etc *should be* much cheaper than anything like a disk drive by virtue of the material components used alone. A DVD is largely plastic, whereas a disk has electronics and finely tuned mechanics and is much more complex; the media AND the drive for that media are all-in-one whereas with DVD, you have one drive for any number of media.

Ya, I'm not sure where we are going wrong there either...

Dad Builds 700 Pound Cannon for Son's Birthday Screenshot-sm 410

Hugh Pickens writes "The Charleston Daily Mail reports that machinist Mike Daugherty built his son a working cannon for his birthday — not a model — a real working cannon. 'It looks like something right out of the battle at Gettysburg,' says Daugherty. The 700 pound cast iron and steel howitzer, designed to use comparatively small explosive charges to propel projectiles at relatively high trajectories with a steep angle of descent, has a 4-inch gun barrel that is 36 inches long mounted on a wooden gun carriage with two 36- inch diameter wheels and took Daugherty about two weeks to build at a cost of about $6,000. 'I've always been interested in the Civil War and cannons, so I thought it would be a good gift,' says Daugherty's 11-year old son Logan. Daugherty said he is not worried about the federal government coming to get his son's cannon because he spoke to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and found it is legal to own such a cannon because it does not use a firing pin and is muzzle loaded so the government does not consider the weapon a threat. Two days after the family celebrated Logan's 11th birthday, father and son offered a field demonstration of the new cannon on top of a grassy hill overlooking Fairmont, West Virginia and on the third try, the blank inside the barrel went boom and a cannon was born. For a followup they popped a golf ball into the gun barrel, lit the fuse, and watched the golf ball split the sky and land about 600 yards away. 'Any rebels charging up this hill would be in trouble with a cannon like this at the top,' Logan says."

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