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Submission + - Stop Spocking Laurier!

bellwould writes: The Toronto Sun is reporting that Bank of Canada executives are urging Star Trek fans to stop altering Wilfred Laurier's face on the Canadian $5 bill to look like Spock. Although not illegal to draw on the bills, a Bank of Canada spokesperson points out that the markings may reduce effectiveness of the security features or worse, the money may not be accepted. C'mon now, would ever reject a $pock?

Submission + - hitchBot's Pilgrimage Continues in Germany (

bellwould writes: After traversing Canada with 19 rides in 26 days, the beer-cooler-based, swim-noodle and wellingtons-wearing Canadian robot, hitchBot, landed in Munich on Feb 14 and is being accompanied by (goolge-translated) as it continues it's adventure in Germany. The social/robotic experiment created by roboticists from Ryerson and McMaster Universities has gained quite a following as it posts on Twitter and Instagram during its travels. Known to politely ask drivers to plug it in to the cigaratte lighter to recharge it's batteries, hitchBot can also carry on semi-intellegent conversations. As one of the creators put it, "We wanted to see whether we can trust technology that’s surrounding us, especially robots and especially as they come into our daily lives, into our houses. And can robots trust human beings?

Submission + - Do any development shops build-test-deploy in a cloud-based service?

bellwould writes: Our CTO has asked us to move our entire dev/test platform off of shared, off-site, hardware onto Amazon, Savvis or the like. Because we don't know enough about this, we're nervous about the costs like CPU: Jenkins tasks checks-out 1M lines of source, then builds, tests and test-deploys 23 product modules 24/7; as well, several Glassfish and Tomcat instances run integration and UI tests 24/7. Disk: large databases instances packed with test and simulation data. Of course, it's all backed up too. So before we start an in-depth review of what's available, what experiences are dev shops having doing stuff like this in the cloud?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What software is available to help learn about data transmission?

bellwould writes: In teaching information tech to a 13-yr old with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), I've found she's wildly interested in the details of data transmission but not programming. We've had limited success with command-line tools like traceroute and tcpdump, but now I'm seeking tips/advice on software that may help her explore and visualize things like transmission protocols.

Submission + - Amperes: Secret to Math Success? (

Bell Would? writes: Don't try this at home — we're professionals! "It's just like a tingling sensation in your skull.", according to one subject in an experiment using electric current to stimulate learning mathematics as reported today in News Daily.

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