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Comment Clever cut&paste (Score 1) 150

The most annoying part of web-based research was for me always copy & paste. Each month I am doing a literature digest from my scientific field, which requires me to copy titles, abstract, urls of selected articles. And each journal has another format / layout, furthermore, you sometimes need more than this information, so that manual copying is necessary. Copy, switch to the editor window, paste, switch to the browser window, where the hell am I, copy, ...

Therefore, I have written myself a small tool to record all copy operations automatically. Essentially, anything that I mark (since this means "copy" in Linux) gets *added* to a clipboard. I am not going to publish it, though, because it was written in perl/tk and seems to work only with particular versions of perl/tk, but as an idea it greatly improved the process of storing my web searches. I tried to find a ready tool that does just that, but I could not find anything.


Submission + - Can the web ruin your career?

Batgirl writes: Bloggers beware! Your next job could be over before it's even started — according to research reported on, employers are increasingly searching cyberspace to dig the dirt on prospective job candidates.

From the article:
"Examples of online information that has been shown to create negative information include MySpace sites that reveal excessive drinking or disrespect for work. One survey respondent said their company rejected a candidate based on activities that "did not fit ethically" into the organisation."

Submission + - Directing fluids with light

Matthew Sparkes writes: "Scientists have found a way to direct liquid using only the force of light. The discovery could one day offer a new way to control the flow of fluids through extremely narrow channels in devices used for in biomedical analysis. A team of US and French scientists used a laser to produce a surprisingly long and steady jet of liquid in two fluids. With one fluid sitting on top of the other, the jet — about 10 microns wide — extended from the fluid above into the one below in the direction of the beam. When the direction of the beam was reversed, it just pushed the liquid below upwards slightly. It is the first time light has been used to affect the flow of a fluid in this way, the researchers believe."

Submission + - Could KDE 4.0 be the holy grail of Desktops ?

An anonymous reader writes: This article ponders on whether the upcoming KDE 4.0 could indeed be the holy grail of Desktops. One of the most repeated complaints by a section of Linux enthusiasts is the perceived complexity of KDE when compared with its popular counterpart Gnome. The author of the article wonders whether incorporating the simple but functional File manager Dolphin is a sure sign that the KDE developers are gunning for KDE 4.0 to be everything for all sections of Linux/Unix users be they power users like Linus Torvalds or the grandmas and grandpas.

Submission + - when did you find slashdot?

rucs_hack writes: I first encountered slashdot during an 'ethics in computer science' lecture in 2002, when the lecturer mentioned it, and a friend stared at me in disbelief when I said I hadn't heard of it. Now it's an essential part of my daily net routine (who doesn't have one of those..).

It took me a few tries to understand the way slashdot works (I'm a bit slow...), I rather stupidly was surprised at the way stories moved off the front page so quickly. I saw a story on speech recognition and went back in a week to find it gone (omg, such a noob).

What about you? How did you find slashdot?

MIT Shows How to Shut Down Brain With Light 223

An anonymous reader writes "The MIT home-page story today is about a way to use light to shut down brain activity. "Scientists at the MIT Media Lab have invented a way to reversibly silence brain cells using pulses of yellow light, offering the prospect of controlling the haywire neuron activity that occurs in diseases such as epilepsy and Parkinson's disease."

Submission + - Secure Programming Exams launched

An anonymous reader writes: The SANS Institute, in conjunction with organizations such as Siemens, Symantec, Juniper, OWASP, and Virginia Tech, has announced a program for testing whether programmers know how to write secure code. The Secure Programming Skills Assessment is split into separate language families (C/C++, Java/J2EE, Perl/PHP, and ASP/.NET). Director of research Alan Paller says "This assessment and certification program will help programmers learn what they don't know, and help organizations identify programmers who have solid security skills." The pilot exam will be held in Washington DC in August, followed by a "global rollout." /post_4.html
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Submission + - China Says No More Internet Cafes

eldavojohn writes: "For many Chinese, internet access just got a little bit harder to acquire. For better or for worse, China will not be allowing anymore internet cafes to open this year. There are 113,000 internet cafes in China which serve as connection points for communities where personal internet connections are clearly not within the means given an average income. Considering recent stories and trends the Chinese government is taking, they aren't fooling around with 'protecting' their people from the 'forbidden fruit' of the internet."

Submission + - RIAA going after Internet Radio

scopius writes: As reported this morning in The Wall Street Journal, the RIAA is now pushing Congress to hike royalty rates for Internet Radio. Tim Westergreen, co-founder of, claims that this action will shut down Pandora, along with many other internet radio stations. The rates set by the board are .08 cents per song per listener, and this rate is in addition to royalties already paid to the songwriters of the works. Up until this point, these stations had been paying a flat fee, but these new rates will be much larger than revenues for most stations. One interesting point is that normal radio doesn't have to pay anything like this rate, they only pay the songwriters royalties, according to the article.

Submission + - A hole in the earth's crust?

Rockin' Green writes: There's a hole in the earth's crust, according to this story by the Associated Press (via Yahoo). Normally, the earth's crust is a thick layer of hot lava. But in one spot, three miles below the ocean and 2,000 nautical miles off the Canary Islands, the normal crust is missing — replaced by the dark green rock from the earth's mantle, the layer below the crust. "It is like a window into the interior of the Earth," Bramley Murton, a geophysicist who is taking part in the six-week mission, said. d_expedition;_ylt=Ai0v_8.DZ1WEjHhooLUyhQ_MWM0F

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