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Submission + - How do I get back into IT after a five year absence?

boredemt writes: I know this kind of question is asked ad nauseum, but I can't think of a better place to ask. I used to work in IT. Mostly Windows administration and support. Typical corporate stuff. I was laid off in 2007 and, out of a need to pay the bills, I took my volunteer hobby (Emergency Medical Services) and started doing it full time. Fast forward five years and I'm sort of stuck in EMS. To add to it I was recently injured at work and it doesn't look like I'm going to be able to go back. I've been applying to some IT jobs but it seems that my hiatus from the field has made me a dinosaur. I actually had a hiring manager tell me that directly. So, Slashdotters, what's my best route back with an (extremely) limited budget?

Submission + - When has one 'finished' a game?

Diskonekted writes: With more and more games being released each year (some with DLC), where does one find the time to see them through to completion? With this in mind, what do we all consider "completing a game"? Some would say that this is finishing the story-line and seeing the developers credits, others would wager that 100% of the achievements should be obtained, some would argue that every possible outcome should be experienced. I think it depends on the type of the game, but what do you think?

Submission + - 'Innocence of Muslim' Protest at Google's London HQ

theodp writes: The BBC reports that up to 3,500 people protested Sunday outside Google's London headquarters over the Innocence of Muslim , calling for the anti-Islam film's trailer to be removed from YouTube. Video footage and photos over at The Telegraph, which pegged attendance at 10,000, show protestors waving signs charging that Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt support terrorism. Organiser Masoud Alam said: 'Our next protest will be at the offices of Google and YouTube across the world. We are looking to ban this film.' One of the speakers, Sheikh Faiz Al-Aqtab Siddiqui, told The Daily Telegraph: 'Terrorism is not just people who kill human bodies, but who kill human feelings as well. The makers of this film have terrorised 1.6 billion people. Organisations like Google are key players and have to take responsibility for civility. You can't just say it doesn't matter that it's freedom of speech. It's anarchy.'

Submission + - Einstein letter calling Bible "pretty childish" to be auctioned on eBay (theatlantic.com)

cheesecake23 writes: In an admirably concise piece in The Atlantic, Rebecca J. Rosen summarizes Einstein's subtle views on religion and profound respect for the inexplicable, along with the news that a letter handwritten by the legendary scientist that describes the Bible as a 'collection of honorable, but still primitive legends' and 'pretty childish' will be auctioned off on eBay over the next two weeks. Bidding will begin at $3 million.

Submission + - Where’s Jimmy? Just Google His Bar Code (foxnews.com)

Velcroman1 writes: Scientists tag animals to monitor their behavior and keep track of endangered species. Now some are asking whether all of mankind should be tagged too. Looking for a loved one? Just Google his microchip. Taiwanese researchers postulate that the tags could help save lives in the aftermath of a major earthquake. And IBM advocated chips for humans in a speech earlier this week. The ACLU disagrees. “Many people find the idea creepy," spokesman Jay Stanley told FoxNews.com.

Comment Re:Interesting. (Score 1) 114

It could even be very efficient, if coupled with something like "Dasher" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dasher). By choosing just a few 'patterns' you could very easily direct the Dasher program to type for you (using for example just something for "start" "up" "down" "reverse" "finished". And maybe "slower" "faster".)
The Military

Submission + - Iran Awaiting Ayatollah's Order to Build N-bomb (timesonline.co.uk) 3

suraj.sun writes: Iran has perfected the technology to create and detonate a nuclear warhead and is merely awaiting the word from its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to produce its first bomb, Western intelligence sources have told The Times.

The sources said that Iran completed a research programme to create weaponised uranium in the summer of 2003 but had halted the research because it had achieved its aim — to find a way of detonating a warhead that could be launched on its long-range Shehab-3 missiles.

They said that, should Ayatollah Khamenei approve the building of a nuclear device, it would take six months to enrich low-enriched uranium to highly-enriched uranium at the Natanz plant, and another six months to assemble the warhead.

Iran's scientists have been trying to master a method of detonating a bomb known as the "multipoint initiation system" — wrapping highly enriched uranium in high explosives and then detonating it.

TimesOnline : http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/middle_east/article6736785.ece


Submission + - Internet Empowers Everyone to "Spy" (wsj.com)

reporter writes: "According to a startling report by the "Wall Street Journal", the Internet has empowered ordinary people and Slashdotters to be part-time intelligence officers uncovering secrets — like military facilities and prison camps — about the landscape of North Korea. The report states, "[Curtis] Melvin is at the center of a dozen or so citizen snoops who have spent the past two years filling in the blanks on the map of one of the world's most secretive countries. Seeking clues in photos, news reports and eyewitness accounts, they affix labels to North Korean structures and landscapes captured by Google Earth, an online service that stitches satellite pictures into a virtual globe. The result is an annotated North Korea of rocket-launch sites, prison camps and elite palaces on white-sand beaches.

'It's democratized intelligence,' says Mr. Melvin.

More than 35,000 people have downloaded Mr. Melvin's file, North Korea Uncovered. It has grown to include thousands of tags in categories such as 'nuclear issues' (alleged reactors, missile storage), dams (more than 1,200 countrywide) and restaurants (47). Its Wikipedia approach to spying shows how Soviet-style secrecy is facing a new challenge from the Internet's power to unite a disparate community of busybodies.


Submission + - Location-Aware Browsing to become Mainstream (infoq.com)

snitch writes: "With the W3C working on a specification that defines an API for providing scripted access to geographical location information, Mozilla recently announced built-in Geolocation support for Firefox 3.5. This is aligned with an earlier announcement from Opera that also adds support for Geolocation in their browser. Will this make geographically aware applications ubiquitous?

The Geolocation API, as proposed in the W3C draft, is a high-level interface to location information, such as latitude and longitude, associated with the device hosting the implementation. The API itself is agnostic of the underlying location information sources. Common sources of location information include Global Positioning System (GPS) and location inferred from network signals such as IP address, RFID, WiFi and Bluetooth MAC addresses, and GSM/CDMA cell IDs"


Submission + - Creating Artificial Consciousness (discovermagazine.com)

jzoom555 writes: "In an interview with Discover Mag, Gerald Edelman, Nobel laureate and founder/director of The Neurosciences Institute, discusses the quality of consciousness and progress in building brain-based-devices (BBD's). His lab recently published details on a brain-model that is self-sustaining and 'has beta waves and gamma waves just like the regular cortex'."

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