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Submission + - The more humanely a fish is killed, the better it tastes (sciencemag.org)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: If you’re an eco-conscious eater, you’ve probably asked how your fish journeyed from ocean to aisle. But have you ever asked how the fish died? Researchers have shown that meat from stressfully slaughtered fish may have a shorter shelf life—and a worse taste—than fillets from quickly killed fish. In the study, to appear in the 1 January 2016 issue of Food Science, the team compared two groups of rainbow trout. Fish in the first group died from a swift strike to the head. In the second group, lingering asphyxiation above water—a common practice—killed them. After 75 days in the freezer, fatty acids like omega-3s—the heart-healthy chemicals that attract so many people to consume fish—started to break down in the fillets from stressed-out trout. When the researchers measured the breakdown products of fatty acids, they found twice as many in asphyxiated trout after 135 days in storage. To determine the potential impacts for fish aficionados, the scientists enlisted four judges specially trained in detecting “marine off-flavors” to taste test the samples. Fillets from the asphyxiated group tasted bitter and smelled rancid after 105 days, they reported, whereas fillets from the quickly killed fish never started to smell. The authors suggest a higher concentration of hydroperoxides—compounds that accrue in the body during stress—led to the quickened rancidness. Hydroperoxides break down into aldehydes and ketones: the chemicals behind the foul smell and bitter taste of unsavory meat. The results could encourage faster slaughter for more fish, whose expressionless faces tend to inspire less empathy than cows and pigs, the authors say.

Submission + - Hunt for the Dangerous Defecator—company demands DNA swabs, employees sue (arstechnica.com)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: Who left offensive fecal matter throughout an Atlanta warehouse that stored and delivered products for grocery stores?

Two employees, who were forced to give a buccal cheek swab to determine if their DNA matched the poop, are suing in what could be the first damages trial resulting from the 2008 civil rights legislation Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), which generally bars employers from using individuals' genetic information when making hiring, firing, job placement, or promotion decision.

Although there was no DNA match, the two were offered a combined $200,000 settlement. The plaintiffs rejected it and "said the offer was a load of doo doo".

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to introduce 7-year-old son to programming

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: I'm a professional programmer and have been programming since I was a small boy. I want to introduce this to my 7-year-son but know nothing about teaching this to children. Since he enjoys Roblox and Minecraft very much, and knows how to use computers already, I suspect teaching him to write his own small games would be a good starting point. I'm aware of lists like this one, but it's quite overwhelming. There are so many choices that I am overwhelmed where to start. Anyone in the Slashdot in the community have recent hands-on experience with such tools/systems that he/she would recommend?

Submission + - Caffeine Linked to Lower Skin Cancer Risk (go.com)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: The curative effects of coffee continue to be discovered as the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital published a new study today that links caffeine consumption with reduced skin cancer rates. Quoting:

    The study of nearly 113,000 men and women found those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma than those who said no to Joe.

Caffeine in non-coffee substances was found equally effective. The cause is speculated to be related to caffeine's ability to "kill off damaged skin cells," said Dr. Josh Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "If you get rid of these cells that are damaged, then they don't have the opportunity to grow and form cancers."

Robotics

Submission + - Print your own custom robot (cnet.com)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: In the future, you may go to a "Robo Kinkos" store to have your robots printed.

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology today announced a five-year research initiative to let people design personalized robots and have them made with three-dimensional printers.

The ambitious project envisions a day where individuals choose from a set of templates to create a robot to solve a specific task, be it playing with a pet or measuring radon levels in a basement. It is funded by a $10 million National Science Foundation grant and includes the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard University.

IT

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why are there so few attractive women in IT 1

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: I have worked in IT departments for 20 years in dozens of different companies, large and small. In all that time, I can only recall one or two attractive women in those departments. I realize attractiveness is in the eye of the beholder, but my male colleagues report the same experiences. I also realize the gender ratio of those in IT is skewed towards male. But if one considers even 10% of those he sees attractive, then my figures still don't come close to adding up. What's going on here? Are we "programmed" to not find female co-workers attractive when, if circumstances were different, we'd find them precisely that?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to become paperless? 3

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: I've had numerous ADF scanners over the years, and all of them jam or grab multiple pages at a time (thereby missing pages). Like you, I've got years of tax returns and legal documents to scan, but with these kinds of barriers, it would take months to scan everything. Enterprise-grade machines cost 5 figures. How do Slashdotters become paper-free?

Submission + - Redbox to compete with Netflix (pcworld.com)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: Redbox and Verizon have teamed up to offer streaming video, available 2012 Q2: subscription services and more in an easy-to-use, flexible and affordable service that will allow all consumers across the U.S. to enjoy the new and popular entertainment they want, whenever they choose, using the media and devices they prefer.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How to securely share passwords? 1

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: "My tech-savvy father died suddenly and unexpectedly. He did everything online: bill-pay, banking, ebay sales (and other auction sites), paypal, investing, etc. When he died, he still had online auctions up for sale, items I had no idea how to fulfill when sold. He still had unprocessed auction refunds, people claiming they returned items and are waiting for a refund.

Fortunately, he left gmail.com open and logged in when he died. So I was able to configure his account to forward to mine for any future emails he received.

He even had his health insurance automatically debited from his checking account (who needs heath insurance when you're dead?)

I had no way to log into these systems to cancel pending transactions. I called every institution; some were willing to help while others required me to fax/mail death certificates and proof of executorship (which I didn't have yet). Meanwhile, auctions were selling for items I had no idea how to fulfill; debits from his checking account were occurring even though they were irrelevant; etc. You get the idea.

How can I share my login credentials with my siblings so they don't have to go through this when I'm gone? I change my passwords every month and never use the same password on more than one site. I don't want my siblings to be able to impersonate me unless I'm dead, so publishing a monthly list to them won't help and would be insecure."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Best way to destroy 10-15 hard drive 5

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: I have 10-15 old hard drives I want to trash, some IDE and some SATA. Even if I still had IDE hardware, I don't want to wait several weeks to run DBAN on all of them. I could use a degausser, but they are prohibitively expensive. I could send them to a data destruction firm, but can they be trusted? What's the fastest, cheapest DIY solution?

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