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Submission + - Brainy Guys Get the Chicks

MyLongNickName writes: Hey guys, I know you are going to find this hard to believe, but there is hope for us yet. According to some researchers, guys with brains score better with the chicks. Myself, I am leaning towards wishful thinking on the researchers' part, or women who report things differently when making a conscious decision versus what happens in reality. However, get out of your mom's basement, put on a clean shirt and put on the pocket protector. It might be time to get lucky!
Math

The 23 Toughest Math Questions 340

coondoggie sends in a Network World post that begins "It sounds like a math phobic's worst nightmare or perhaps Good Will Hunting for the ages. Those wacky folks at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency have put out a research request it calls Mathematical Challenges, that has the mighty goal of 'dramatically revolutionizing mathematics and thereby strengthening DoD's scientific and technological capabilities.' The challenges are in fact 23 questions that, if answered, would offer a high potential for major mathematical breakthroughs, DARPA said." Some of the questions overlap with the Millennium Prize Problems of the Clay Mathematics Institute, which each carry a $1M prize.
Businesses

Submission + - Staying Current in a Small Office Environement

MyLongNickName writes: Less than a month ago I took a position at a smaller firm (around 50 employees) as an IT Manager. As you might expect from the size of the company, I oversee quite a variety of tasks. I come from a background of computer programming, and am definitely not a master of every function.

We rely on third party solutions providers for areas like our networking, web hosting, phone systems, etc. I am used to working in a larger environment with a large IT staff (and not just because of super sizing at McDonald's). Just the daily rubbing elbows allowed me to stay current in areas that I did not directly touch. And when I had a question, I personally knew someone who could answer my question. I am not in that environment now.

How do I stay current? I don't want to be a master of every technology, but I want to be aware of trends in the industry. I want to not depend on one contractor advising me. I know, of course, that Slashdot is the IDEAL place for this type of information, but I'd like to hear other ideas as well :)
Software

Submission + - Since Ghost's decline, what to use for cloning?

HikingStick writes: Alright, I'm an old dog, and I need some help from you system jockies who have been in the game lately. I was in the trenches a long time, but ended up in a cushy job for the past nine years. It's not that the job was bad, or that I let all my skills degrade. It's just that I was in a big enough shop that I was able to specialize. Now, I'm back in the game in a big way — I'm the new (and only) IT guy at a mid-sized manufacturing firm, and I've been charged with building an IT department. In short, I'm back to doing everything, but I'm finding that some of my preferred methods are no longer supported. Thus, enter the Ghost issue.

Ghost used to be one of my most dependable tools for cloning hard disks for future recovery, or when preparing for mass deployments. It seems that, since the final days of Ghost 2003, the venerable tool I knew and loved has become a glorified (and bloated) consumer backup/recovery tool.

My question is this: What tool(s) do you recommend for disk cloning or duplication? I'm not looking for the ability to back up specific files and folders, but I am looking for that old-time-Ghostiness: being able to copy either to/from both disks and partitions (e.g. disk to image to partition, image to disk, partition to image to disk). I don't need no stinkin' GUI, but I won't refuse one where available. What say you? What tools do you use for cloning/disk-partition duplication? We're currently a Windows-only shop (something I hope to change), so keep that in mind.
Businesses

Submission + - How to Stay Current in a Small Business Environmen

New PHB writes: Less than a month ago I took a position at a smaller firm (around 50 employees) as an IT Manager. As you might expect from the size of the company, I oversee quite a variety of tasks. I come from a background of computer programming, and am definitely not a master of every function. We rely on third party solutions providers for areas like our networking, web hosting, phone systems, etc. I am used to working in a larger environment with a large IT staff (and not just because of super sizing at McDonald's). Just the daily rubbing elbows allowed me to stay current in areas that I did not directly touch. And when I had a question, I personally knew someone who could answer my question. I am not in that environment now. How do I stay current? I don't want to be a master of every technology, but I want to be aware of trends in the industry. I want to not depend on one contractor advising me. I know, of course, that Slashdot is the IDEAL place for this type of information, but I'd like to hear other ideas as well :)
Announcements

Submission + - Retrofit any car to be nearly emissions free car? (msn.com) 1

MyLongNickName writes: According to Reuters, cares could be fitted with a device to substantially reduce their emissions. A box can be inserted into the existing exhaust of virtually any car, trapping and storing the greenhouse gases in a stable form. These gases could then be reprocessed, using genetically modified algae, to create biofuel. The team of developers has worked on this for a couple years and has performed 130 tests, demonstrating an 85-95% capture rate. While I am somewhat skeptical, they are not making outlandish claims. If true, and it has no negative impact on gas mileage, this would be an incredible breakthough. Reduced emissions without requiring everyone to buy specially engineered cars.

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