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Comment It Just Natural Selection at work (Score 1) 408

"A Herd of buffalo can move only as fast as the slowest buffalo and, when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular culling of the weakest members."

Its just unfortunate these idiots take the stronger with them sometimes.

Comment Re:Winter-to-Winfly (Score 1) 451

Thanks for the education Alan. I think the further north(or south) you live from the equator the more you appreciate the sun when it comes back. I live in Canada and here we get 6-8 hours of sun in the winter. while not extreme, people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder have a hard time. I always wanted to visit antarctica, but I think I suffer that fate.

Comment Re:I've always wonderded... (Score 1) 926

...He'd do much better if he could just talk FLOSS software up without talking closed source software down so extremely.

Exactly. The 'rules' as they were laid down to me a long time ago in my Sales/Marketing career were that you Never Bashed Your Competition. It makes you look bad and the company you work for. What do you think this looks like for the FSF now? They come off poorly I say.

Comment Re:This is a good idea... (Score 1) 98

You are obviously not a parent. Giving your kids the best chance of success takes strong lessons of morality, honesty, character building and hard work ethic not hocus pocus 'your genes tell you you will be good at x'.
Focusing on one child over the over is the perfect way to make one successful over the other child. Is it worth it to destroy one of your own offspring at the cost of another's chance of success just because 'the gene test' says so?
Besides, scientists haven't been able to cure most of the world's deadly diseases in all our years of existence. Seems kind of sneaky that we can all of a sudden jump to gene manipulation with any success...

Submission + - A strong business case for IPv6 (

Matt Simmons writes: "There are many arguments for and against the adoption of IPv6, but it's undeniable that IPv4 address blocks are dwindling. As of April, just over 10% were still unassigned.

Contrary to a lot of the FUD out there, the internet will NOT break when we run out of new addresses. Instead, new internet access will be provided via IPv6 addresses. With the eventual rise of internet access in emerging markets, it seems unavoidable that these new markets will come online with IPv6.

That means that if you don't want to be seen as a second class internet presence, you should be developing an IPv6 migration plan, at least if your company is at all interested in doing business with nearly limitless potential clients. Ignoring this future market could be disastrous to your company's financial future."


Submission + - Why should I trust my network administrator? 4

Andrew writes: Slashdotters, I need guidance. I'm a manager at a startup, and decided recently to outsource to an outside IT firm to set up a network domain and file server. Trouble is, they (and all other IT companies we could find) insist on administering it all remotely. They now obviously have full access to all our data and PC's, and I'm concerned they could steal all our intellectual property, source code and customers. Am I being overly paranoid and resistant to change? Should we just trust our administrator because they have a reputation to uphold? Or should we lock them out and make them administer the network in person so we can stand behind and watch them?

Submission + - Netbook or Notebook? A Buyer's Guide ( 1

MojoKid writes: "The netbook and notebook market has seemingly exploded recently with hundreds of new offerings targeted at various usage models. Obviously, if you're in the market for a netbook, you have decidedly different computing needs versus someone that is looking at a desktop replacement notebook. That said, there are varying shades of gray within the different classes of machines. This netbook and notebook buyer's guide at HotHardware explains exactly what to look for when shopping for your next portable PC. After all, it's much easier to whittle things down and settle on a machine when you know precisely what you're after (and what to avoid like the plague). For example, how many flavors of Intel's Atom processor are there? Core 2 Duo, Celeron? Integrated or discrete graphics? You get the idea."

Submission + - Science, Technology, Natural History Museums?

beadfulthings writes: An unexpected windfall has enabled my husband and me to plan a road trip next year. He's expressed a wish to visit some good science, technology, and natural history museums along the way. Of course it's easy to obtain a long list of them via Google, but I'd like some insight and input. What does your area or city in the U.S. or Canada have in the way of science museums? Are they worth traveling to visit? Do you have any particular favorite exhibits or "must see" recommendations? This man was brought up in Philadelphia and apparently spent most of his boyhood and adolescence at the Franklin Institute and its Fels Planetarium, so I guess that would be his "gold standard." I grew up going to the Smithsonian. Any area of science, math, technology, natural history, or even industrial stuff would be fair game. I think we'll probably want to miss out on the "creation science" stuff.

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