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Comment Re:Ummm (Score 1) 74

Seems one of those annoying sites. Am I downloading the pdf or a FREE Video Conversion Tool (bound to work like a lucky charm on Linux) or FREE Download Manager... (ooh, I want one, I can't manage my own downloads...)! Anyone got a link to the pdf that DOESN'T involve all this nonsense?

Comment If you're not enjoying it, don't do it (Score 1) 516

It would be worth checking out whether you are depressed, especially if you've lost interest in other things you've previously enjoyed. Perhaps you can find some enjoyment in contributing to one of the many open source projects out there, or maybe you should consider a change of job environment and just go for a few interviews. You can always practice your interview technique with a friend. I don't see anything wrong in always trying to do a better job than the one expected, but be careful that your code isn't so advanced it becomes a maintenance nightmare. I always try to 'sneak in' code that goes beyond the basic scope of the task assigned, so I generally look to make generic, parameterisable code. Even as an experienced programmer, I still like to learn new stuff, for example I've just used annotations and reflection in java to make a self-documenting command parser. For me the fun part is knowing that you've written something that you can re-use and re-purpose but if you're really not enjoying programming any more for its own sake, perhaps it's time to become a salsa instructor, bricklayer, accountant, b&b proprietor or whatever else it was you once dreamed of becoming :-)

Submission + - Cancer Cured by HIV (

bluefoxlucid writes: Apparently cancer has been cured, by injecting people with HIV. From the article, "As the white cells killed the cancer cells, the patients experienced the fevers and aches and pains that one would expect when the body is fighting off an infection, but beyond that the side effects have been minimal." Nifty. Poorly edited run-on sentence, but nifty.

Submission + - Why Microsoft Is Losing This Browser War ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla, Google and Microsoft all launched their new browsers in March and it appears that Firefox 4 is beating IE9 in downloads at least 3:1. There is an excellent chart and analysis over at ConceivablyTech that highlights Microsoft's problem of the slow IE8 and IE9 update pace and that Microsoft may have already lost this browser war. It appears that both Google and Mozilla could quickly grab market share from Microsoft this year.

Submission + - How Mac OS X, 10 Today, Changed Apple's World (

CWmike writes: "Ten years ago today, Apple's first full public version of Mac OS X went on sale worldwide to a gleeful reception as thousands of Mac users attended special events at their local computer shops all across the planet. What we didn't know then was that Apple was preparing to open up its own chain of retail outlets, nor had we heard Steve Jobs use the phrase, "iPod". Windows was still a competitor, and Google was still a search engine. These were halcyon days, when being a Mac user meant belonging to the second team, writes Jonny Evans. We're looking at the eighth significant OS X release in the next few months, Lion, which should offer some elements of unification between the iOS and OS X. There's still some bugs to iron out though, particularly the problem with ACL's (Access Control Lists) inside the Finder. Hopefully departing ex-NeXT Mac OS chief, Bertrand Serlet, will be able to fix this before he leaves."

Submission + - Quantum physics explanation for smell (

SpuriousLogic writes: The theory that our sense of smell has its basis in quantum physics events is gaining traction, say researchers.

The idea remains controversial, but scientists reporting at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, are slowly unpicking how it could work.

The key, they say, is tiny packets of energy, or quanta, lost by electrons.

Experiments using tiny wires show that as electrons move on proteins within the nose, odor molecules could absorb these quanta and thereby be detected.

If the theory is right, by extending these studies, an "electronic nose" superior to any chemical sensor could be devised.

In 1996, Luca Turin, now of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, suggested that the "vibrational modes" of an odorant were its signature.

Molecules can be viewed as a collection of atoms on springs, and energy of just the right frequency — a quantum — can cause the spring to vibrate.

Since different assemblages of molecules have different characteristic frequencies, Turin proposed, these vibrations could act as a molecular signature.

The idea has been debated in the scientific literature, but presentations at the American Physical Society meeting put the theory on firmer footing.

Most recently, Dr Turin published a paper showing that flies can distinguish between molecules that are chemically similar but in which a heavier version of hydrogen had been substituted.


Submission + - Apple cripples iBooks for jailbreakers (

intellitech writes: According to the Social Apples blog, iPhones and iPads running the latest iOS firmware contain a “jailbreak check” that automatically detects when the devices have been unlocked using the greenpois0n jailbreak kit. Jailbroken devices that attempt to load content using the iBooks application – even legally acquired e-books – display an error message that reads: “There is a problem with the configuration of your iPhone. Please restore with iTunes and reinstall iBooks.”

Submission + - SPAM: HTC Desire HD vs iPhone 4

An anonymous reader writes: Following today's unveiling of the HTC Desire HD, it's clear that this new smartphone is going to the give Apple's iPhone 4 a run for its money. Whether you're new to this smartphone malarkey, or you're considering upgrading your current handset, these are both handsets that you need to consider. If you're already a die-hard fan of either brand then you probably don't need our help to decide. However, if you've yet to pledge your alleigance to Team Apple or Team Android, then read on for our head to head comparison
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Submission + - Industrial Ethernet helped rescue Chilean miners (

alphadogg writes: A hardened Ethernet switch was used to help evaluate conditions in the San Jose mine in Chile just before rescue operations commenced to free the 33 trapped miners a month ago.

A 3-by-5-inch Sixnet SLX-5ES-2ST industrial Ethernet unmanaged switch with a small camera attached to it was mounted inside the "Phoenix" rescue capsule. The purpose of the network-connected camera was to get images to allow inspection of the rock structures in the tunnel prior to human transport.

Rescuers wanted to inspect the tunnel and perform test runs before any humans traveled in the capsule. They also wanted to have the camera look up, down and inside the capsule so they would know what would happen during capsule movement.

Although the Sixnet switch only weighs a few ounces, the switch and camera were removed from the Phoenix in order to remove any unnecessary weight before miners were raised from the mine.


Submission + - CERN Physicists Create Genuine Antimatter

adeelarshad82 writes: The news from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva keeps getting better. Researchers have now created genuine antimatter for the first time. Physicists at CERN managed to create 38 antihydrogen atoms and preserved them for more than one-tenth of one second. The antihydrogen atoms themselves consist of a positron, or antimatter electron, orbiting an antiproton nucleus. The idea for the experiment was to take a regular hydrogen atom, which consists of one proton and one electron, and check to see if its antimatter counterpart behaves in the same way.

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