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Comment Next: Teaching Social Skills to Slashdot Reader (Score 5, Funny) 171

Slashdoter: "No one expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

Robot: "Women are not impressed by your vast array of Monty Python Quotes."

Slashdoter: "I'll bite your kneecaps off!"

Robot: "Women are not impressed by your vast array of Monty Python Quotes."

Slashdotter: "It's merely resting, pining for the fjords."

Robot: "Women are not impressed by your vast array of Monty Python Quotes."

Next week: Watch the Robot attempt to disuade the Slashdotter from using an "In Soviet Russia" joke.

Slashdoter: "In Soviet Russia, robot programs you!"

Robot: "I'm just not getting through to you, am I?"

Crow T. Trollbot

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Submission + - No Climate Change Consensus Among Top Scientists (

Lawrence Person writes: "When Financial Post reporter Lawrence Solomon started interviewing top scientists who dissented from the global warming orthodoxy, he "accepted the prevailing view that scientists overwhelmingly believe that climate change threatens the planet. I doubted only claims that the dissenters were either kooks on the margins of science or sell-outs in the pockets of the oil companies...Now, after profiling more than 20 deniers, I do not know when I will stop — the list of distinguished scientists who question the IPCC grows daily, as does the number of emails I receive, many from scientists who express gratitude for my series. Somewhere along the way, I stopped believing that a scientific consensus exists on climate change. Certainly there is no consensus at the very top echelons of scientists — the ranks from which I have been drawing my subjects — and certainly there is no consensus among astrophysicists and other solar scientists, several of whom I have profiled. If anything, the majority view among these subsets of the scientific community may run in the opposite direction. Not only do most of my interviewees either discount or disparage the conventional wisdom as represented by the IPCC, many say their peers generally consider it to have little or no credibility. In one case, a top scientist told me that, to his knowledge, no respected scientist in his field accepts the IPCC position.""

Submission + - Obama's Massive MySpace Martyr

DoTheRightThingBarack writes: This is unbelievable. Obama's campaign staff has been successful is killing-off the biggest political fansite on MySpace. The fansite is going to be deleted this morning! 160,000 friends, gone! The crazy thing is, the fansite had been in support of Obama. How smart is that?! For a political candidate to kill-off their biggest fansite?!?! Have any other political campaigns been dumb enough to shoot themselves in the foot like this? (mirror link) More info is available on techPresident, Technorati, and Joe Anthony's site.

Submission + - IBM to announce faster/efficient chips....

mattatwork writes: "According to the NY Times, IBM is set to announce a major advance in how it makes it chips. Using an unnamed substance, IBM expects faster and more energy efficient semiconductors. They also are using a newer technique of self-assembly, which has previously been used on the biological, Molecular (nano- and micro-scale) and Supramolecular. Instead of drilling holes (like in traditional chips), heat is used to create holes for substance X to be put through. Very cool process...though it does give me a headache thinking about it...."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Cheapest way to setup 150 computers temporarily?

justanotheritguy writes: We need to provide a web-browser, keyboard, and mouse to 150 people at a convention every so often. Currently we rent laptops and set each one up on a wireless network and they all run IE and access a webserver running on the internal network. Renting all the laptops is expensive and not very reliable.

With all the new technology out there, I'm guessing there are new options for doing something like this we're unaware of. What alternatives are there to getting a webbrowser in front of several hundred people for just a few days before everything's torn down? I'm figuring some smart slashdot reader will have a really clever idea we haven't considered.

Submission + - Brains!

Crow T. Trollbot writes:
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Submission + - Neil Gaiman One Step Closer to Sainthood

Lawrence Person writes: "Locus Online is reporting that bestselling fantasy writer, comics god, and all-around cool guy Neil Gaiman had officially been beautified, bringing him one step closer to Sainthood. "Vatican spokesman Cardinal Bertoli insisted that Gaiman had met the church's stringent requirement of three miracles necessary for sainthood, saying 'Truly the Holy Ghost works though the Venerable Gaiman's hands.'""

Submission + - Anti-Matter's Potential in Treating Cancer

eldavojohn writes: "The BBC is taking a look at how atomic physicists are developing cancer treatments. A step past radiotherapy, the CERN institute is publishing interesting results: "Cancer cells were successfully targeted with anti-matter subatomic particles, causing intense biological damage leading to cell death." The press release from last year is finally sparking interest in the medical community."

Submission + - Apple's Quicktime Vulnerabilities Fixed

Aditi.Tuteja writes: "Media files have increasingly become a vector for attacks, Commonly used Apple's Quicktime also had vulnerabilities, Five of the flaws were found by researchers at McAfee's antivirus labs. Three issues appear to have been independently reported by two or more researchers. The security vulnerabilities existed on this program that handles a variety of different media formats, including movie files, 3GPP files and more, the company stated this in an advisory.

Apple reportedly has released an update this week for QuickTime that patches eight flaws in the Windows version of the program, including seven flaws that also affect QuickTime for the Mac OS X."
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Vendor Performance and Energy Efficiency, Quad Core Xeon Servers 50

Hi, my name is Bob and I will be representing Intel from March 5-March 9 in the Intel Opinion Center. I am here with two of my colleagues, Joe and Cory, answering questions about Quad-Core Xeon servers -specifically any questions or comments you have around performance and energy efficiency. We've been looking forward to having this opportunity to engage in open dialog with the fellow IT community. Don't be shy with the questions, we're here to give straightforward answers, and learn from you a

Submission + - Microsoft Considered Dumping Mac Office

narramissic writes: In the wake of the recent Iowa anti-trust trial, documentary evidence emerged that Microsoft considered abandoning Office for Mac. In a June 1997 e-mail memo to then Mac Business Unit chief Ben Waldman, Bill Gates says that halting development is 'the strongest bargaining point we have, as doing so will do a great deal of harm to Apple immediately.' The document also confirms that Microsoft at the time saw Office for the Mac as a chance to test new features in the product before they appeared in Windows, 'because it is so much less critical to our business than Windows.'

Submission + - E-auction Company Uses Patent to Sue Nashville PD

Synistar writes: GovDeals, an Ebay-like government auction company, is using a patent that they were awarded on a "tiered method for auctioning government assets over a computerized network, such as the Internet"to sue the Nashville Police Department . Apparently GovDeals was rejected in their bid to become a contractor for the city government. They warned the city that they were in process of obtaining a patent and that the city would be in violation of it if they did not hire GovDeals. When they lost the bid and were awarded the patent they then turned around and sued the Police Department for violating it. So were patents intended as a means to wrangle government contracts and punish those who don't hire you?

Submission + - What content management system do you recommend?

An anonymous reader writes: So I'm trying to decide on an open source content management system to use for a weekly college newspaper. Right now we're using Dreamweaver to manually update static pages and moving directories around to archive stories — very ugly. I'm having some difficulty convnincing the school employees to go along with my megalomaniacal plans for the website. I initially wanted to use Drupal, but the system administrators don't want to use PHP because of "security holes." The site is hosted on a Windows server and unfortunately setting up our own Unix server isn't an option.

Basically, I'm looking for something that will allow us to post stories, pictures that go with those stories, and we'd also like to get into video content, probably using YouTube as a host. It can't require PHP, and should be as configuration-free as possible (for instance not necessarily requiring access to email). It should also allow for weekly archiving of the stories and, although not a must, autogeneration of RSS feeds would be nice. Of course, I'd like something that is as widely used/standard as possible so that I can point to other sites as support for switching to the new system.

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