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Comment Re:Why Unix?? (Score 1) 586

I suspect they plan to push additional updates as they release more cables. That means a remote connection (secured with a secret: SSH key or similar) and something like rsync to update the files. There is no standard and reliable way to do that in Windows (as far as I know).

Comment Re:Fractint (Score 1) 131

I just looked around the Ubuntu repositories for nostalgia's sake and found Fraqtive (http://fraqtive.mimec.org/). It looks pretty slick, uses multiple cores and SSE instructions to get you there faster, Win/Mac/Linux.

The last 3 minutes of exploring would have taken weeks on my Apple II.


Scientists Say a Dirty Child Is a Healthy Child 331

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of California have shown that the more germs a child is exposed to, the better their immune system in later life. Their study found that keeping a child's skin too clean impaired the skin's ability to heal itself. From the article: "'These germs are actually good for us,' said Professor Richard Gallo, who led the research. Common bacterial species, known as staphylococci, which can cause inflammation when under the skin, are 'good bacteria' when on the surface, where they can reduce inflammation."

Comment Local University? (Score 1) 314

There's a reasonable chance that there's somebody at your local university that would be interested in working with some interested high school students. Finding that person could be the tricky part: I'd suggest going to the relevant department's web site and see if you can find somebody who does outreach/recruiting/admissions.

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