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Submission + - Writing helps women overcome sexist stereotypes 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to a new study, a brief writing exercise can help women in college physics classes improve their academic performance and reduce some of the well-documented differences between male and female science students. The writing exercise seems particularly beneficial to female students who tend to subscribe to the negative stereotype that males perform better in physics, the researchers say. Apparently, awareness of this so-called gender gap can negatively affect women's performance on their physics exams. But, this rather simple writing exercise—aimed at re-affirming an individual's core values—appears to narrow the gap and level the playing field for women who find themselves in this frequently stereotyped demographic.
Firefox

Submission + - Firefox Just Perfected Tabbed Browsing. Tab Candy (techcrunch.com)

Nunavut writes: Be sure to watch the video below for a full overview — from the looks of it, it seems as if Tab Candy is sort of like Apple’s Expose feature mixed with their Spaces feature, both of which are baked into OS X. For those who don’t use a Mac, basically these features allow you to zoom out and get a bird’s-eye-view of all your windows (or tabs, in this case) that are open — and you can also arrange open windows (or again, tabs, in this case) in certain spaces so they’re clumped together. This allows you to more easily find what you’re looking for with so many tabs open.
Intel

Submission + - Dell pay $100 million settlement to the SEC (economist.com)

Sri.Theo writes: Dell's brilliant business model may not have been all it seems. HIdden slush funds and secret agreements between Dell and Intel helped the two giants to thrive, in exchange for locking out AMD Intel provided Dell with huge sums of money that at one point made up to 76% of Dell’s quarterly operating income. Accounting mistakes are being blamed.
Databases

Submission + - Repository of Technical Knowledge for Everything?

abstrusestruedel writes: I read an article recently about NASA and how the knowledge base of all those old engineers from the Apollo and other programs was being lost as they retired. I started wondering if there is any project to allow people record as much as they can about what they know and how to make things. Not just some superficial description of how things are made but including all the nitty gritty details of the process including process fabrication problems and nuances of quality control that you simply don't find anywhere, including tricks of the trade.I know some of you will say "Library" or scientific technical journal but often these are not complete or scattered among different journals or facilities worldwide. Is there a database that can contain all this from rockets to rocking chairs? I want a project that could tell me how to make any technological item or process whether ancient, recent or modern. Why hasn't anyone created such a project?

Submission + - Where to Go When Google Locks You Out? (blogspot.com) 2

Lobais writes: It can be difficult to find out where to head, when a free service suddenly lock you out from your data. A man spent three years trying to find his way back in.

Resume:
After about a year of using Google groups for the PyChess project, I started feeling a problem. When I wrote mails to the list, no one would answer. And when I answered other peoples post, they seamed to ignore them and press for new answers. As I tried to check the online group to see what was happening, I got a 403 Forbidden error. After a short while I realised that this error was given for any page one the groups.google.com sub domain.
The lockout meant that I was unable to manage the PyChess mailing list. I was unable to fight the, at that time, increasing spam level; and more importantly I couldn't reply anybody in my community. I wasn't even able to visit the Google help fora, which are all on groups.google.com.
As the services are free of charge, I never really expected any support options. However I also never really expected the need for them. When things failed, I saw no way to buy the missing support, and the friendly facade suddenly seamed like a tall dark wall.
Perhaps the grief of this issue is in its rareness, but how can we know how often this kind of thing happens? If any admin can lock you all out by a sloppy click, and give you no option to defend yourself, then it is bound to happen once in a while.

Submission + - Students show dramatic drop in empathy (psychologytoday.com) 1

MotorMachineMercenar writes: Several news sources report that today's college students show a precipitous drop in empathy. The study of 14,000 students shows that students since year 2000 had 40% less empathy than those before them, and the article has a laundry list of culprits, from child rearing practices and self-help movement to free market economy and income inequality. There's also a link so you can test your very own level of narcissism. Let's hope slashdot crowd doesn't break the lack of empathy -counter.
Intel

Submission + - Intel targets AMD with affordable unlocked CPUs (techreport.com) 3

EconolineCrush writes: For years, AMD has catered to gamers and enthusiasts with mid-range Black Edition processors whose unlocked multipliers make overclocking easy. Intel has traditionally reserved unlocked multipliers for its ultra-expensive Extreme CPUs, but it has now brought the feature to affordable models that compete directly with AMD's most popular processors. The Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K have two and four cores, respectively, and they're priced at just $216 and $342. It appears that both will easily hit speeds in excess of 4GHz with air cooling. Surprisingly, even at stock speeds, the i7-875K offers better performance and power efficiency per dollar than just about any other desktop CPU out there.

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