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Comment A record was set - so what? (Score 1) 757

There has been plenty of news about it, but what's the call to action? Maybe we should get ready for major winter snows in the US Northeast, like happened the winter after the last record was set? There is increasing acceptance that the rise is human accelerated, but there is no common wisdom on what can stop it or even the degree to which the rate of change can be slowed down. What we see here is just another snapshot of the ride towards a warmer planet and we'll have to deal with the impact as it happens, what ever happens.

Comment Big rains - bigger culverts (Score 4, Interesting) 416

The civil engineers around here are replacing any culvert that needs it with the bigger size, so that the increased run-off can be handled without washing out the roads. They assume 500 year events are now 100 year events and 100 year events are 30. 10 year events can happen at any time. Makes sense to me.

Submission + - Why groundwater use may not explain half of sea-level rise (arstechnica.com)

Sir Realist writes: A recent Slashdot scoop pointed us at a scientific study that claimed that 42% of global sea-level rises could be due to groundwater use. It was a good story. But as is often the way with science, there are folks who interpret the data differently. Scott Johnson at ars technica has a good writeup which includes two recent studies that came to remarkably different conclusions from mostly the same data, and an explanation of the assumptions the authors were making that led to those differences. Essentially, there is some reason to think that the groundwater estimates used in the first study were too high, but thats still under debate, so its worth reading the whole argument. Scientific review in action!

Submission + - I need a job change

rolakyng writes: Dear friends,

I've been working as a software developer for past 4 yrs and making the same 23$/hr. I asked my boss several times to increase/match my pay to the regular market rate and I keep getting BS that everything is on a freeze or I've to prove myself. I'm pretty pissed that they gave me a promotion without a pay raise. Now my duties alongwith coding in C# and SQL include SAP, Sharepoint Development/Support. I work very hard and am very dedicated to my job but I don't want to work here anymore as my talent is not recognized and appreciated. I've good programming skills in C# and little bit of C++, a lot of jobs seem to be in C/C++/JAVA. I was wondering if I should learn these programming languages and GTFO of this company. It just pains me that I perform beyond expectations without any reward and still get the "Depending on your progress we'll decide on your salary raise".

Thanks for listening to my rant
Rolakyng

Submission + - 5 Powerful App Features to Get Things Done Naturally (lightarrow.com)

Adi Mishra writes: "We propose a system that takes an organic view of productivity to more truly reflect how we get things done in life. This system takes into account all the real-life elements of getting things done — things beyond notes and lists of tasks. For example, with something as complex as planning an event (like a birthday party or wedding), going on a family vacation, or embarking on a large household project (major landscaping improvements), tasks and notes with simple reminders only take you so far. Many more elements are involved, such as services utilized, managing the providers for those services, shopping, bookmarks, sharing with and managing event co-hosts, travel companions, or project team-mates, in addition to a comprehensive calendar view of everything with proper reminders. LifeTopix does 5 things to make it all come together more naturally."
Verizon

Submission + - Sorry, T-Mobile: Your shared data plans are just as lame as Verizon's (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: There are some valid reasons to criticize Verizon’s new “Share Everything” plans — the main one being that they don’t offer as much value as Verizon’s old unlimited data plan — but T-Mobile doesn’t have many of them. That didn’t stop the carrier from promoting an old blog post on its Twitter feed earlier this week that outlined the value of T-Mobile’s family plans compared with the shared plans of “some of their competitors.” While the post never mentioned Verizon by name, the fact that T-Mobile promoted this piece on the same day Verizon announced its shared plans makes it pretty clear that T-Mobile still thinks its points and conclusions are still valid. But does T-Mobile really offer “simple, unlimited data plans” that differ significantly from Verizon? Not quite...

Submission + - US senators concerned with surveillance bill 'loophole' (wsj.com)

zer0point writes: The law lets U.S. agencies monitor the communications of foreigners outside the U.S. But two senators are questioning whether a loophole allows the storage and search of messages from Americans that are picked up inadvertently while foreigners are being monitored. The intelligence community has repeatedly said it takes steps to minimize the data collected on Americans.

Comment Economic boom caused by impact of changing climate (Score 1) 759

Climate change can do the same thing for an economy as a war. It was WW2 that brought the US economy back from the great depression, because people had stuff to make, stuff to rebuild. Same thing for a changing climate. Construction business will boom. New levees to build, new houses to build away from the coasts, repairing flooded and hurricaned areas and so on. Preventing the change is very unlikely, but adaptation will be the new priority. It won't be based on predictions, just adapting to what already happened. Just let mother nature run its course and deal with it.

Submission + - Could This Be The Future Of Darpas Drone Fleet... (dailymail.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Many animal lovers find it hard to part with their pets when they die.
So when cat Orville, named after the famous aviator Orville Wright, was run over by a car, his artist owner decided to turn him into a permanent piece of artwork as the ultimate tribute by transforming him into a flying helicopter.
Dutch artist Bart Jansen first stuffed Orville before teaming up with radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman to build a specially-designed flying mechanism to attach to the cat.

For a closer look at this Marvel of tech, you just have to watch the YouTube video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMQHHObgnSg&feature=related

Submission + - Very Bad News for Fukushima (cringely.com) 6

Frosty Piss writes: According to technology journalist Mark Stephens (also known as I, Cringely), 'there is a 90 percent chance of a large earthquake in the minimum three years required to remove just the most unstable part of the fuel load at Fukushima Daiichi. The probability of a large earthquake in the 10+ years required to completely defuel the plant is virtually 100 percent. If a big earthquake happens before that fuel is gone there will be global environmental catastrophe with many deaths.'
Apache

Submission + - IPv6 enabled websites primarily European based and powered by Linux (hackertarget.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A recent study by HackerTarget.com of the top 1 million web sites shows European based web hosts are leading the way towards IPv6. Germany and Russia have about 5% of websites sitting on IPv6 enabled domains, while the USA sits at 0.38%. Of the IPv6 enabled websites; Apache and Nginx host over 90% of the total web sites, while Microsoft IIS sits at 4.5%.

A second study is planned following World IPv6 day to examine any significant increase in the number of IPv6 enabled web sites.

China

Submission + - Oops! Chinese Censors accidentally block Shanghai Index (bloomberg.com)

Vulcan195 writes: "Now this is amusing in so many ways ...
Today (June 4 1989 ... i.e. 6/4/89) is the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Naturally, the Chinese Censors were working overtime to block anything that made remote or oblique references to that event.

Well, sometime during the day the Shanghai Composite Index dropped by 64.89 points ... triggering the wrath of the censors!

You can guess what happened next ... Searches for “Shanghai Composite” were blocked!"

Submission + - Could data scientist be your next job? (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: In the past several months, large enterprises, staffing firms and universities have observed increasing interest in a new class of data professional — the data scientist. A curious blend of business, analytics and computer skills, this hot new title is on the march in diverse verticals such as energy, e-commerce, healthcare and financial services. And if experts are correct, this is just the beginning. "Companies are becoming so data- and application-centric. They need individuals who can come to the table to model and mine in big data environments," says Laura Kelley, Houston vice president at IT consulting and staffing firm Modis. What sets data scientists apart from other data workers, including data analysts, is their ability to create logic behind the data that leads to business decisions. These hefty responsibilities lead to a commanding salary — $110,000 to $140,000 across the country, Kelley has found.
Programming

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What is the future of standing/walking workstations?

secretrobotron writes: As a developer who spends most of each day at the same desk in the same chair, I'm concerned about ergonomics and what I can do to keep my body from wasting away while I program. Some IT professionals have the relative luxury of being able to walk around on a headset, solving problems, installing equipment, etc.. My utopia (albeit a pretty low-bar) is a world in which technology exists to allow me to walk about as I program.

My question is, what's available? Are people working on mobile-programming in this way? Are there hybrid standing workstations which allow me to take advantage of pacing-enabled programming?

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