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Submission + - Why don't we buy sysadmin books anymore? (standalone-sysadmin.com) 4

Bandman writes: Our needs for good information and documentation have not changed, but the way that we get it has. The ebook revolution has made physical shelves of sysadmin books endangered species. A bigger issue may be that even ebook sales of books related to system administration have not been selling. Somewhere along the line, people stopped buying things like "DNS and Bind" or "Sed & Awk".

Has our need for documentation changed, or just our sources of it?


Geologists Might Be Charged For Not Predicting Quake 375

mmmscience writes "In 2009, a series of small earthquakes shook the region of L'Aquila, Italy. Seismologists investigated the tremors, but concluded that there was no direct indication of a big quake on the horizon. Less than a month later, a magnitude 6.3 earthquake killed more than 300 people. Now, the chief prosecutor of L'Aquila is looking to charge the scientists with gross negligent manslaughter for not predicting the quake."

Comment Re:Honestly, I hope the US (Score 1) 378

But I'm doing some other stuff on the side to hedge my bets.

I've got mod-points, but I'd rather provoke a discussion: in broad-brush terms, what are the sort of things you're doing? Currency or precious metal investments, or more along the lines of buying extra tins of food every week, on the assumption that TEOTWAWKI is coming?


Comment Re:Worse than nuclear fallout? (Score 1) 913

I'm still a supporter of offshore drilling. Ask me again in a year, when this whole episode has concluded (or not), and I may change my mind.

No you won't. No, seriously - catastrophic leaks from rigs and super-tankers happen all the time, at least every couple of years. From the fact you're posting on slashdot, it's a fair bet that you at least know about the Exxon Valdez. If you didn't change your mind from that (or more recent examples), why would you change your mind about this spill, other than it's closer to home and therefore closer to the public conciousness?

And yes, IAAGeologist, though not an oil geo.


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