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Comment Here's how I did it (Score 2, Informative) 1354

Learned to play the guitar (badly). Learned to dance (just enough to look and feel confident). Learned to cook, and present the output nicely on a plate. Got fit. Ignore any fad diets, the best way is to grab a "Get fit for the army" type poster from your local armed forces office and *follow* it. Went to lots of parties. If you can't get any invites, start some of your own. Relax. It takes time for you to become more personable and socially aware. It takes time for people you meet to know you. Outcome? Epic win. I'm going out with a British model, who is also a programmer!

Comment Re:I've been thinking (and saying) this for a long (Score 5, Funny) 101

...it looks a hell of a lot bad ass when you open up a system that's got it's guts exposed and just start hot-swappin' like a mofo

A mechanic was removing a cylinder-head from the motor of a Harley motorcycle when he spotted a well-known cardiologist in his shop. The cardiologist was there waiting for the service manager to come take a look at his bike when the mechanic shouted across the garage "Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?"

The cardiologist walked over to where the mechanic was working on the motorcycle. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag and said, "So Doc, look at this engine. I open its heart, take the valves out, repair any damage, and then put them back in, and when I finish, it works just like new. So how come I make $25,000 a year and you get $160,000 when you and I are doing basically the same work?"

The cardiologist paused, smiled and leaned over, then whispered to the mechanic...

"Try doing it with the engine running!"

Comment Strange story (Score 2, Insightful) 599

why the US government is pouring billions into buying companies instead of heavily funding useful research. You can give $10 billion to a company to squander or you can invest $10 billion into a battery research and just give the findings to the whole of the US industry for free

You're linking two not-really-related issues. Bailouts for large companies are intended to avoid a chain reaction of collapses and thus preserve economic confidence. Publicly funded "Blue Sky" research will provide for very long term improvements to the human race from scientific progress. If you're wanting to increase the money supply to prevent a recession, you're better off allocating the cash to areas that can absorb them readily (such as construction and consumer finance). Or just get Ben Bernanke a helicopter...

Comment Re:Try the slow down method (Score 3, Interesting) 902

What a god awful method... pay for service to a service person who is already paid to do the job they are asking you to do.

You have misunderstood the OP, and basic economic theory. Dealing with a rush job is costly to the IT staff, and to the other customers whose jobs are delayed in response. Recovering the full cost of such a job is the only way to not waste resources. Without such cost recovery, people will gladly cause a loss to other internal divisions of $80000 to save their own division $500, and everyone will flag their jobs as "rush".

He is not advocating getting paid twice for the same job.


Submission + - Looking for home LDAP + mail server advice

cyclomedia writes: "I've got a new laptop and so have the old one spare, which combined with a pair of new hard drives (main + backup) means I finally have the hardware I need to run a home server with a nice low power, heat and noise footprint. I'd like it to run LDAP so I can centralise user accounts and Fetchmail tied into an IMAP + webmail server so our email is centralised too (IMAP when home, webmail when out). The OSs on my LAN include Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, XBMC, Win XP, Win 2000 and Windows Mobile and I would love them to all work with the LDAP. I've done minimal research and am thinking OpenSUSE running OpenLDAP and Open Xchange — though I have no clue about each OS's compatibility with the former and would prefere something lightweight like Bongo for the latter (but it's far from stable). Before I end up installing a massive enterprise solution for a 4 person LAN I'd like to ask slashdotters to share their experience and advice on this sort of set up. So, slashdotters, could you share any experiences or advice you have on this sort of set up?"

Comment Re:Wrong Comparison (Score 1) 516

As NZer, one of the huge issues with have with hydro is that the capacity varies, and due to environmental regulations we don't have enough fossil backup. As a consequence, in winter there is a period where everyone prays for rain, and if there isn't enough of it, the lights go out and the country incurs hundreds of millions of dollars in costs due to lost productivity.

Comment Re:Wrong Comparison (Score 1) 516

Transmission losses are one of the biggest arguments in heating the home with gas vs. electric, since with gas you're getting 100% of the avalible heat from the fuel, as opposed to electric where at most 90% of the heat is converted into electricity at the plant, you lose another 7% in transmission and then another 1-2% in the heater itself = 18-19% energy loss from a coal or natural gas power plant vs. heating with gas in the home

There is a "loss" that comes from building a natural gas AND electricity infrastructure, instead of just one or the other. It's easier to go from electricity to heat, instead of natural gas to electricity.

Comment Disclaimer: IAAMB (Score 5, Interesting) 245

Yes, I am a molecular biologist by training. This won't work. The reason genetic engineering is carried out in labs is because it requires expert knowledge of protocols, and expensive equipment. In TFA, one of the people interviewed is trying to insert a targeted florescent marker, and struggling. This is fairly trivial to do in the lab, but only with good understanding of basic principles, hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gear and consumables, and tested/documented protocols. You can't build a space shuttle in your backyard, neither can you successfully build a recombinant bacterium that meets spec in your garage. Just because cells are squishy does not make this equivalent to software development!

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