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Comment Re:Warning? (Score 0, Offtopic) 297

True, I'd prefer a web page. But a press release would typically be a printed document, especially from a governmental agency. I don't think "warning" is appropriate...makes it out to be some kind of dangerous thing. Sounds more like anti-Microsoft type behaviour.

Viruses? If you aren't running a virus scanner, you're gonna get a virus by just going to web pages or via other means and other document formats.

Comment Warning? (Score -1, Troll) 297

Why is there a warning that the press release is a Word document? It's a frickin' document format, not some evil-doer conspiracy! Plenty of word processing programs can open Word documents. What about PDF? I'd prefer a word document over PDF any-day because I can edit it, annotate it, and open it faster than a PDF. Just because something is from Microsoft doesn't mean it's bad.

Note: I'm writing this on Ubuntu, and running Open Office in the background.

Comment Re:Long Weekend (Score 2, Insightful) 341

Because people are required to memorize multiple passwords, between many different systems, that have different password construction requirements, require differing expiration dates on passwords. Not to mention each different system has a different login username and sequence. Then you wonder why people write their login information down on a post-it-note on their desk. Too many passwords and usernames lead to greater insecurity. Don't blame them for forgetting a password amongst so many.

Comment Yipee? (Score 5, Insightful) 115

So what? There have been Wireless-N products out now for quite a long time. Who gives a flippin' **** about the official approval of the format? It's not like the manufacturers will go back and update the firmware on the older devices. They'll just put out new products, brand them as "Official Wireless-N", and drop support for older equipment which may or not work as well.

Comment Lost Opportunity (Score 2, Interesting) 128

Back in the early days of RedHat, they used to be located in a non-descript office park in the Raleigh-Durham area. I remember working for an obscure Sales Automation company and our office was located upstairs, where if you turned to the left you'd head into our office and if you turned right you'd enter the small RedHat Software offices. I used to pop my head in occasionally to this company that was making this stuff called "Linux", and even asked for help when I was secretly setting up a Linux server at my company's office to replace our Windows NT 3.51 server.

If I had only turned right when heading into work instead of turning left when walking up those stairs, I'd today be a millionaire. :(


Natural Gas "Cleaning" Extracts Valuable Waste Carbon 73

Al writes "There's been a lot of focus on "clean coal" lately, but a Canadian start-up called Atlantic Hydrogen is developing a way to make natural gas more environmentally friendly. The process involves using a plasma reactor to separate hydrogen and methane in the gas. The procedure also turns carbon emissions into high-purity carbon black, a substance that is used to make inks, plastics and reinforced rubber products. Utility companies could potentially sell the carbon black, making the process more financially attractive."

Google Mows With Goats 466

Kelson writes "Google's Mountain View headquarters has fields that need to be kept clear of fire hazards. This year instead of mowing them, they took a low-carbon approach: they hired a herd of goats to eat the grass for a week. 'It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers,' wrote Dan Hoffman."

Comment We've heard this same song for years (Score 0, Redundant) 266

Every few months, another prediction comes out that IPv4 is doomed and that we are going to run out of addresses. Those dire predictions never come true, and the predicted date keeps getting extended. When are we truly going to run out? Nobody knows. What will happen is that IPv6 won't become a priority until things start breaking. That's just how it goes.

Comment Will this work with the Apple iCar? (Score 3, Funny) 369

In future news, Apple announces the release of their new, sleek iCar! With touch-screen capabilities, smooth acceleration, and lots of eye candy. Better Place, however has been stymied by the fact that the iCar's batter is sealed and hidden inside of the frame of the car, and cannot be swapped out. Millions of iCar fans can only hope to travel 250 miles and struggle to find their lost iCar charging adapters, while Microsoft and PC-maker made Windows-Roadsters take advantage of the Better Place swapping program.

gCar and kCar enthusists, while having the first electric cars out there can be seen at the side of the road, can be seen hand-wiring in their own D-cell battery replacements every 100 feet, soldering gun in hand.


Scientists Begin Mapping the Brain 129

Raindance writes "A team at the University of Utah has unveiled a system to map and digitize brain tissue — thus fulfilling one of the long-standing holy grails of neuroscience and enabling for the first time in-depth analysis of how mammalian neural networks function. So far, maps for the entire retina and related neural networks have been released; no ETA on a full-brain digital reconstruction yet. (One of the lead authors hangs out here on Slashdot.)"

Why Every Office Needs an Outsider 81

Research has shown that having an oddball team member not only gives you someone to make fun of, but also leads to better decision making. Researcher Katie Liljenquist, says having "socially distinct newcomers" on a team can help it perform at a higher level. Team tension is crucial, and shaking up the same old crowd is the way to create it. "You can imagine if you work in an office and you've got this outsider like Dwight Schrute who walks in and a lot of his ideas resonate with you. Your fellow in-group members are hearing this and thinking, 'Wait, you agree with Dwight?' That can be really uncomfortable and socially threatening," she says.

Largest High-Tech Tornado Chase Set To Begin 112

coondoggie writes "Next month, with the help of a variety of high-tech gear, researchers will begin a wide-ranging project to better understand the origin, structure and evolution of tornadoes. The National Science Foundation has given $9.1 million to the project called Vortex2 (of course it has a convoluted backronym), which will take place from May 10-June 13. Researchers say Vortex2 is the largest attempt in history to study tornadoes, and will involve more than 50 scientists, 40 research vehicles, and 10 mobile radars, and will cover 900 square miles in southern South Dakota, western Iowa, eastern Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, the Texas panhandle, and western Oklahoma."

Apple Patent Claim Threatens To Block Or Delay W3C 332

Kelson writes "The W3C Widget specification is running into a problem: Apple claims a patent on automatic updates and is unwilling to license it royalty-free in the event that it impacts the spec. The W3C is investigating to determine whether the spec includes anything covered by the patent, and decide what to do."

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