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Submission + - IT Job Bidding Software

Corbets writes: "As is so often the case with people in the IT field, I find myself doing a fair amount of "side" work such as systems consulting, intranet building, that sort of thing. I typically do rough estimates with a bit of paper and a pen. My latest quote was a little more complex, however, so I pulled out OmniPlan and started putting together a project plan from which I intend to bid the job. I realized then that I've never seen any software designed for IT job bidding, although there is some excellent stuff available in other areas like construction. An admittedly quick search of Sourceforge didn't turn up much, though I'm sure someone will point out that I used the wrong search terms. What do you use to bid your small-scale IT jobs? What do you recommend?"

Fructose As Culprit In the Obesity Epidemic 821

drewtheman writes "According to an interview with Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatric Endocrinology from the University of California, San Francisco, fructose, once touted as diabetic-friendly because it doesn't raise insulin levels directly, could be a major culprit for the obesity epidemic, high blood pressure, and elevated blood levels of LDL in Americans and others worldwide as they adopt American-style diets. Fructose comprises 50% of table sugar and up to 90% of high-fructose corn syrup, both ingredients found in copious quantity in most American prepared foods."

Submission + - Wider Integration of OLPC?

headkase writes: "As everyone knows, the One Laptop Per Child project is a noble effort. Once the laptops begin to enter wide circulation are there more supporting systems that could complement OLPC? Imagine financial, logistical, and knowledge mechanisms working in concert. The Internet infrastructure comes first so as an example a village needs to build a water well. So they have a wireless connection and they access a logistical site that is basically Wikipedia for how-to(s). The how-to(s) tell them how to make a well and the logistical infrastructure provides information on what required parts can be manufactured locally and what needs to be ordered (such as one metal piece as part of the well-pumping mechanism). Then financial supports could subsidize specific items only such as the one piece that couldn't be made locally in the well pump example. Now, the software to implement all this would be a great open source project to develop with the OLPC hardware as the target. Basically the question is this: should the OLPC project expand out from an initial position of just providing hardware into wider education, philanthropy, and self sustainable development missions? Please try to elaborate more on these or your own ideas."
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Submission + - Will pervasive multithreading make a comeback? (

exigentsky writes: "Having looked at BeOS technology, it is clear that like NeXTSTEP, it was ahead of its time. Most remarkable to me is the incredible responsiveness of the whole OS. On relatively slow hardware, BeOS could run eight movies simultaneously while still being responsive in all of its GUI controls and launching programs almost instantaneously. Today, more than ten years after BeOS's introduction, its legendary responsiveness is still unmatched. There is simply no other OS (major) that has pervasive multithreading from the lowest level up (requiring no programmer tricks). Is it likely, or at least possible that future versions of Windows or OS X could become pervasively multithreaded without creating an entirely new OS?"

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