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Comment The real reason? (Score 1) 180


MTV videos started the depressing slide into 'attention avoidance' by flipping a scene every 1-2 seconds. At that rate there just isn't time to *focus* on anything. The result is that the brain enters passive mode and just avoids paying attention to anything.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

A whole generation is now incapable of focusing on *anything* for a whole hour.


Simpler "Hello World" Demonstrated In C 582

An anonymous reader writes "Wondering where all that bloat comes from, causing even the classic 'Hello world' to weigh in at 11 KB? An MIT programmer decided to make a Linux C program so simple, she could explain every byte of the assembly. She found that gcc was including libc even when you don't ask for it. The blog shows how to compile a much simpler 'Hello world,' using no libraries at all. This takes me back to the days of programming bare-metal on DOS!"

Using EMP To Punch Holes In Steel 165

angrytuna writes "The Economist is running a story about a group of researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology in Chemnitz, Germany, who've found a way to use an EMP device to shape and punch holes through steel. The process enjoys advantages over both lasers, which take more time to bore the hole (0.2 vs. 1.4 seconds), and by metal presses, which can leave burrs that must be removed by hand."

Comment Re:Virtualization (Score 1) 73

Runs very well under QEMU. I've also tried it on VirtualBox. Works Ok, but VB doesn't support all BSDs equally well. Here's a shot of all 4 BSDs under QEMU

Interesting factoids-

Host: IBM T40 laptop with 1GB RAM. running FreeBSD 7.1-RC1. Guests: FreeBSD 7.1-RC1, (two VMs) NetBSD 4.0.1 OpenBSD 4.4 DragonFlyBSD 2.0.1-RELEASE. QEMU version 0.9.1. AQEMU version 0.5 (01/09/2008)

I'm working on using it for BSD Professional Certification lab exams.


Jim B.

Submission + - BSD Professional Certification Job Task Analysis S (bsdcertification.org)

Foozy writes: "The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) has announced the launch of the Job Task Analysis Survey for the BSD Professional Certification. According to the Group, the survey is designed to collect the views of both the BSD community and employers on the kinds of tasks that are performed by advanced BSD system administrators in their day-to-day duties. It records the Importance and Frequency for these tasks for later psychometric analysis. The survey features a standard browser interface and takes approximately 20-25 minutes to complete. Translations of the survey are underway, but help is needed. The final end date for the English survey will be October 16, 2009, with other translations ending after that. The survey is available in English here. Results will be published on the BSDCG website when all surveys are complete."

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