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Comment Re:Idiocracy was prophetic (Score 1) 702

The Hugo voted by the fans, who are the ones paying money to buy the books is obviously the "biggest prize" More money means you can afford to write more of the stories "you" want to write.

An author might appreciate the Nebulas because it is a vote from his peers but that doesn't pay the bills.

The Oscars are everybit a popularity contest as the Hugos

Comment Do Both (Score 1) 735

Take the offer, but then offer to your (now) former employee that you can help/consult/be available in the evenings or weekends for particularly difficult problems. Offer to do it for free and if they do value you, they might be willing to pay you for it. Your junior developers will be grateful but not as grateful as the owners.

    This has worked for me twice in the past. You don't burn bridges, and in fact strengthen relationships. You will probably find, as I did, that your period of working two jobs will last less than a month.

Security

Submission + - Sony takes a week to admit credit card hack (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "PlayStation users have reacted furiously, after Sony admitted customers' credit-card details may have been stolen in a hack attack. The PlayStation Network — the console's online gaming service — has been down for the best part of the week as Sony battled with an unidentified security issue. The company tonight broke its silence, admitting that customers' personal details — and possibly their credit-card data — have been stolen.

Sony admitted that stolen data included the name, address (city, state, zip), country, email address, birthdate, PlayStation Network/Qriocity password and login, and handle/PSN online ID. "While there is no evidence at this time that credit-card data was taken, we cannot rule out the possibility," the company said."

Comment Re:You don't (Score 1) 704

How exactly are you supposed to know what *He* wants to do unless you have him try it out? Most kids are pretty open to all things interesting and fun. If you can make coding interesting and fun...there you go. If he doesn't like it after your best shot, after getting the best advice you can, then go try something else. While there is not much connection between playing games and coding, at least there is *A* connection. Better that than "Ooooh my kid likes WOW maybe he will end up being a Blacksmith"

Earth

New Estimates Say Earth's Oceans Smaller Than Once Believed 263

Velcroman1 writes with this snippet from Fox News: "Using lead weights and depth sounders, scientists have made surprisingly accurate estimates of the ocean's depths in the past. Now, with satellites and radar, researchers have pinned down a more accurate answer to that age-old query: How deep is the ocean? And how big? As long ago as 1888, John Murray dangled lead weights from a rope off a ship to calculate the ocean's volume — the product of area and mean ocean depth. Using satellite data, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute set out to more accurately answer that question — and found out that it's 320 million cubic miles. And despite miles-deep abysses like the Mariana Trench, the ocean's mean depth is just 2.29 miles, thanks to the varied and bumpy ocean floor."
Privacy

Lower Merion School's Report Says IT Dept. Did It, But Didn't Inhale 232

PSandusky writes "A report issued by the Lower Merion School District's chosen law firm blames the district's IT department for the laptop webcam spying scandal. In particular, the report mentions lax IT policies and record-keeping as major problems that enabled the spying. Despite thousands of e-mails and images to the contrary, the report also maintains that no proof exists that anyone in IT viewed images captured by the webcams."
Power

MIT Unveils First Solar Cells Printed On Paper 125

lucidkoan writes "MIT researchers recently unveiled the world's first thin-film solar cell printed on a sheet of paper. The panel was created using a process similar to that of an inkjet printer, producing semiconductor-coated paper imbued with carbon-based dyes that give the cells an efficiency of 1.5 to 2 percent. That's not incredibly efficient, but the convenience factor makes up for it. And in the future, researchers hope that the same process used in the paper solar cells could be used to print cells on metal foil or even plastic. If they're able to gear efficiencies up to scale, the development could revolutionize the production and installation of solar panels."

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