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Comment Re:40 hour week is a myth (Score 2) 193

You know, it's not a myth. It just requires discipline, and working for a company that doesn't suck. I've managed it for the 28 years since my first child was born. I just decided to start working normal hours. Since I got as much done as when I worked 60+ hours, no one seemed to care.

Is this is really true for most large US companies? What's your definition of large? I've worked for companies with several $100 million in annual revenue, is that too small too count? Maybe you should avoid really large companies if that's the case.

Comment Re:what's wrong with ifconfig? (Score 1) 164

Never heard of it before, but thanks for the tip. It solved a problem I started having with NetworkManager after upgrading to Fedora 21. It was interfering with my Juniper VPN (route monitor alarm when connecting, stopping the VPN). Took just a few minutes to install and get it running, nice tool.

Comment Re:Female programmers (Score 5, Insightful) 608

Up until I the last few years, I would have agreed that women programmers are rare (and they are at most companies). However, I now work for a company with a large number of Indian engineers, and about half of them are women. My conclusion is that the lack of women must be largely cultural (in the US) and nothing whatsoever to do with gender differences in ability.

Comment Re:I get up .. (Score 5, Interesting) 635

Yep, although I don't go to the gym, I just walk. And not for 3 hours. I walk 15 minutes before work, 45 minutes at lunch and another 15-30 minutes after work. And I stopped overeating. That's all it takes. I lost 90 pounds in the last 6 months and feel so much better. Really, it just takes a little discipline. Also take a walk around the floor at work every 2-3 hours, not good to sit for extended periods.

Comment Re:Word (Score 2) 586

Well I've been programming for 40 years (since I was 14), and resisted IDE for a long time until I realized that I was being an idiot and embraced Eclipse. It's a tremendous productivity booster, I can't imagine not having the wonderful refactoring tools it offers, and I have no interest in navigating folder hierarchies. But it's a personal choice, use whatever you prefer and don't worry about what others are using.

Biotech

Printing Replacement Body Parts 101

Deep Penguin sends in a piece that appeared in The Economist a couple of weeks back about a developing technology to "print" body parts for transplant. "A US and an Australian company have developed the $200,000 machine, which works by depositing stem cells and a 'sugar-based hydrogel' scaffolding material. (The stem cells are harvested from a transplant patient's own fat and bone marrow, to avoid rejection down the line.) The companies are Organovo, from San Diego, specializing in regenerative medicine, and Invetech, an engineering and automation firm in Melbourne, Australia. The initial targets are skin, muscle, and 'short stretches of blood vessels,' which they hope to have available for human implantation within five years. Down the line, they expect the technology could even print directly into the body, bypassing the in-vitro portion of the current process."
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Jetman Attempts Intercontinental Flight 140

Last year we ran the story of Yves Rossy and his DIY jetwings. Yves spent $190,000 and countless hours building a set of jet-powered wings which he used to cross the English Channel. Rossy's next goal is to cross the Strait of Gibraltar, from Tangier in Morocco and Tarifa on the southwestern tip of Spain. From the article: "Using a four-cylinder jet pack and carbon fibre wings spanning over 8ft, he will jump out of a plane at 6,500 ft and cruise at 130 mph until he reaches the Spanish coast, when he will parachute to earth." Update 18:57 GMT: mytrip writes: "Yves Rossy took off from Tangiers but five minutes into an expected 15-minute flight he was obliged to ditch into the wind-swept waters."

Comment Re:Well time means I drive myself (Score 1) 1137

My time is also valuable to me. That's why I take the train. Although my commute is about 15 minutes longer each way (45 minutes vs. 1 hour), I actually end up ahead, because 45 minutes of that hour I'm sitting on the train reading (which is not wasted time to me like sitting in the car listening to the radio is). Some people use audio-books, but I prefer to read.

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