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Comment Remember why you're marrying her (Score 2, Insightful) 1146

As a FEMALE geek who met her husband via Slashdot, there are a few things which have been said over and over, but they're important.

-- You're not that good of a liar. Therefore, if something is bothering you, you can try to hide it in order to spare your partner's feelings, but bottom line, just as you're not that good of a liar, your partner isn't stupid. So just get it out, it's easier and quicker and will result in fewer hurt feelings.

-- Realize that no matter how geeky you both are, you are different. Different things cause us to be stressed, and one of the important components of a relationship is realizing what things won't cause panic in yourself but will in your spouse and proactively helping your spouse through that.

-- Most importantly, remember why you're marrying her. Not only do you have lust for her, and love for her, you LIKE her as a person. You find her beautiful, brilliant, funny. So when she's left her dirty dishes in the sink for the millionth time in favour of reading a book, shake your head and smile, because that's part of who she is. Just like how she's going to tolerate how stinky you get during your WoW binges. Yes, these things are minor annoyances, and over time, she'll realize she can do the dishes and THEN read, and you'll make sure to shower prior to that huge raid, but don't let the little things get in the way of that most important thing. There's a reason you're marrying her, because you like her, love her, feel lust for her. Don't ever forget that.

Far too many marriages fail, and while people cite many things, it often boils down to one or both partners in the marriage just plain not being NICE to the person they claim to love.

Comment CYA (Score 1) 680

Have a little chat with your in-house counsel. Not in the "OMG my boss is making me break the law!" but in the "Look, I want to make sure we protect ourselves" way. Better yet, do it via email so it's documented. Then your counsel will go have a little chat with your boss telling him what an idiot he is.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Tennessee taxes your illicit substances

An anonymous reader writes: No, Really! you had better get your tax stamp for your smoke & shine...

From Time mag. via CNN, this story is both amusing and bemusing.
our government in action.

              "Tennessee's Unauthorized Substances Tax requires anyone in possession of a certain quantity of contraband to buy a tax stamp and affix it to the drug."

http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,157 8857,00.html?cnn=yes
HP

Journal Journal: HP To Improve Chip Density Using Nanotechnology

The CBC is reporting that HP has developed a new technique using nanotechnology to increase the transistor density on their chips. The key to the new technique lies in the use of silicon nanowires to connect the transistors.
Sci-Fi

Two Stargate SG1 Films Announced 181

Presence2 noted that MGM announced that the Stargate franchise will migrate to the big screen, carrying with it the ending of the last two season's Ori plot-line. The plot summaries listed in the article don't seem like anything surprising... one even has a wacky time-line slip-up plot. Very original for scifi ;) I'll still watch it.
Windows

Submission + - Windows based installer for Linux

Verunks writes: The guys at ubuntu are working on a easier way to install linux for windows users:
"The aim of this installer is to provide an easier way for a Windows user to install Ubuntu without having to know how to burn a cd iso, set the bios to boot from cd, repartition the disks, set up a multiboot system, etc. It will not replace any of the current Ubuntu installation options, and will not require that windows is installed prior to the installation of Ubuntu."
Games

Sequels We'd All Like To See 514

Voodoo Extreme has a feature up that's a wishlist for future sequels. They run down some great game franchises that have been off the board for a little while, and wonder out loud about the possibility of new installments. Besides the usual suspects for lists like this (StarCraft, TIE Fighter, Descent, Ultima), they touch on some cult favorites that are ... less likely to show up in modern gaming. From the article: "Planescape Torment 2: The Poop -- Loved by many a forumgoer is Planescape Torment, a Dungeons & Dragons-themed RPG set in the other planes of existence. It was a dark game with evil undertones, but also lighthearted and funny at times. Just think Baldur's Gate with an M rating. The Scoop -- Odds of a sequel are equal to or greater than Elvis coming home on the mothership." Any oldies you'd like to see back on modern systems? While I really like many of the ideas listed here, the LucasArts classics Grim Fandango and Maniac Mansion are the ones I'd most like to see rehashed.
Security

Journal Journal: Your Kids Could be Exposing Your Files on the Net

Your kids could be exposing all of your confidential computer files to the entire world. WFXT (Fox 25 TV in Boston) has a video report on kids unwisely changing the sharing options in many P2P software packages, often sharing the entire hard drive without their parent's knowledge. After that, they are just a simple search from trouble. As
Games

Submission + - Gaming your way to fitness

MC Jiggles writes: Is your former self a shadow of who you currently are? Ars Technica has an article on using video games to drop those pounds gained over the holidays. Using DDR 2 Extreme, Yourself Fitness, and EyeToy Kinetic on the PS2, the author managed to lose almost 20 pounds. 'Do these games make it easier to lose weight? Of course not; these two months took a lot of hard work, and I came close to quitting more than once. There is no "easy" way to get the pounds off. They do make it a little bit more enjoyable and put weight loss in a context that was more comfortable for me than a gym or a personal trainer.'
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Illegal Substances Subjected To Taxes

s31523 writes: "In the US, drugs are considered controlled substances, and the Drug Enforcement Agency has a schedule of the controlled substances. The scheduled list of drugs contain everything from pot to cough syrup. Even though many of these "scheduled" drugs are illegal to possess or sell, Time has an article on the state of Tennessee's "Unauthorized Substance Tax", which allows people to "anonymously" buy stamps for illicit drugs, which surprisingly has generated substantial revenue for the state (3.5 million since 2004). A judge recently declared the tax unconstitutional but the state is confident that this will be overturned and is continuing with the assessments."
Censorship

Submission + - How Game Raitings have Failed

twistedsymphony writes: "Thoughthead discusses the various ways the Software rating system has failed, why various state and local governments are going after the industry the way they are and offers some suggestions as to how they might fix their various problems.
The last major stumbling block the Video Game industry has to conquer is not only the most important towards getting the government off their back but also the biggest difference between the movie industry and the video game industry is enforcement. A rating system is useless unless it is actually adhered to, without that it's just noise.
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Announcements

Submission + - UK Petition to Ban DRM Technologies

Neil H writes: "A little while ago I raised a petition to ban Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies on the new Number 10 petitions site. To date the petition has recieved 1,264 signatures, but the deadline (January 23rd) is fast approaching. As long as the petition gathers enough signatures all signees will recieve an email response, so if you live in the UK and dislike DRM please sign the petition!"
The Internet

Submission + - Internet downloading soon to be a crime

Elektroschock writes: "Toine Manders, an influential Dutch player in the European Parliament's Legal Affairs Committee, told a Dutch Radio station that he wants 'downloading' to become a criminal offence. His slogan: 'Downloading is heling'. Toine Manders and his colleques currently discusses a Directive on criminal measures aimed at the Enforcement of intellectual property rights ('IPRED2')."

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