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Submission + - How to set up a government email server

Skidge writes: A guy involved with setting up early email service for gives his suggestions on how it should be done today. (Hint: not much different than back then.) He says in regards to Hillary Clinton: "You’d be president today if you and the DNC weren’t so stupid about IT."

Submission + - Pipeline rupture spews oil into creek 150 miles from Standing Rock. (

Avantare writes: A interesting tidbit from The Guardian.
Quote: Electronic monitoring equipment failed to detect a pipeline rupture that spewed more than 176,000 gallons of crude oil into a North Dakota creek, according to the pipeline’s operator, about 150 miles from the site of the Standing Rock protests.

I was signing petitions to have the Dakota Access pipeline stopped and donated some money as well. Good things can happen in this Nation once its citizens and the press (meaning Slashdot, Ares Technica and Techdirt) get involved.

Comment Not just this one. (Score 5, Informative) 99

While the summary makes it sound like this is some breakthrough idea, there are several similar sites out there:

And others, I'm sure. Is the submitter the owner of this particular version? The marketing speak is a bit over-the-top.

I used sharelatex for a group project last semester and it worked fine. Several features were added since then that make it likely I'll use it again.

Comment Re:Whiteboards are critical, you see the mistakes. (Score 1) 372

I've just gone back to school to work on a PhD. My previous schooling was in the late 90s, before PowerPoint was used regularly in classrooms. This time around, I've had classes with older professors who use the chalkboard and young ones (younger than me) who rely on a presentation. It is vastly easier to follow a proof when it's being written out on the chalk/whiteboard as it's being explained than when it's just sitting on a projection screen being pointed at.

Comment Re:Can't... (Score 1) 680

In Germany, people know how to drive. It costs more than $1500 to get your license, which includes many hours of driving lessons and a driver must me 18 or older. It's much more serious business than in the U.S., where you can start driving in some locales when your practically just old enough to see over the steering wheel. American drivers, in general, couldn't handle driving like they were in Germany.


Submission + - Amazon Introduces Wireless E-Book Reader 1

What'sInAName writes: As anticipated, Amazon has just released Kindle , their wireless e-book reader. The reader can apparently download books wirelessly (via Sprint's EVDO network). Utilizing electronic paper, Kindle is said to provide a crisp black-and-white screen that resembles the appearance and readability of printed paper. The screen works using ink, just like books and newspapers, but displays the ink particles electronically. It reflects light like ordinary paper and uses no backlighting, eliminating the glare associated with other electronic displays. The cost is $399, and some books seem to be going for $9.99. This would make a nice stocking stuffer!

Submission + - Amazon Introduces Amazon Kindle, a Wireless Reader ( 1

Tech.Luver writes: " today introduced Amazon Kindle, a revolutionary portable reader that wirelessly downloads books, blogs, magazines and newspapers to a crisp, high-resolution electronic paper display that looks and reads like real paper, even in bright sunlight. More than 90,000 books are now available in the Kindle Store, including 101 of 112 current New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases, which are $9.99, unless marked otherwise. Kindle is available starting today for $399 at Amazon/Kindle. — Downloads Content Wirelessly, No PC Required, No Hunting for Wi-Fi Hot Spots The Kindle wireless delivery system, Amazon Whispernet, uses the same nationwide high-speed data network (EVDO) as advanced cell phones. Kindle customers can wirelessly shop the Kindle Store, download or receive new content — all without a PC, Wi-Fi hot spot, or syncing. ( )"

Submission + - Hybrid Cars to Get More Realistic Mileage Ratings

Skidge writes: "Wired is running a piece showing the drastically reduced mileage ratings for hybrids after the upcoming changes in gas mileage calculations by the EPA. While the cars themselves aren't changing, plugging these new numbers in to the equation makes a hybrid much less cost effective: "The two top-selling hybrid vehicles, the Prius and Honda's Civic Hybrid, will lose 12 and 11 miles per gallon respectively from their city driving estimates." The new values come from more realistic testing; the old, over-inflated ratings were higher in part because the cars idled a lot, allowing the hybrids to completely turn off their engines. The new ratings should be more in line with what hybrid drivers are actually seeing."

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