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Comment wildstar, eq classic, eq next (Score 1) 669

I am desperately waiting to get into EQ Next beta. I still occasionally play EQ classic on an emulated server (project99). Wildstar beta has been eating up most of my time lately, though. The game is great fun so far minus some minor class balancing issues which isnt out of the ordinary for a RPG. From the Wildstar wiki: "WildStar development started in 2005, after 17 former members of Blizzard Entertainment founded Carbine Studios. At the time, the seventeen former members of Blizzard Entertainment had a desire to "do anything but WoW","

Submission + - Are You a Competent Cyborg?

An anonymous reader writes: Beyond your smartphone screen lies an infinitely more interesting world, if only you could get past the myopic app view you're currently bound to. Glen Martin ponders the existential unease lying at the root of the Internet of Things "We're already cyborgs: biological matrices augmented by wirelessly connected silicon arrays of various configurations. The problem is that we're pretty clunky as cyborgs go. We rely on screens and mobile devices to extend our powers beyond the biological. That leads to everything from atrophying social skills as face-to-face interactions decline to fatal encounters with garbage trucks as we wander, texting and oblivious, into traffic.
So, if we're going to be cyborgs, argues Breseman, let's be competent, sophisticated cyborgs. For one thing, it's now in our ability to upgrade beyond the screen. For another, being better cyborgs may make us — paradoxically — more human."

Comment huh? (Score 1) 87

Forgive me, IANAPG but didnt Mars cease to be geologically active long ago. Which is why we see no active volcanoes and very little atmosphere (no shielding from solar winds). Also, if earth is the only planet with active tectonics why is Venus literally covered with active volcanoes and an atmosphere thousands of times denser than earth?

Comment Debian+openbox+thunar (Score 1) 319

You simply cannot go wrong with Debian, openbox WM, and a lightweight file manager like thunar. Fast, easy to use, access to the entire Debian repository for software, and great user support.

I also highly recommend Crunchbang (a lightweight Debian based distro). No need to even install Crunchbang to learn the OS...just boot off the live CD and tinker away.

Submission + - Hint of HIggs Boson (

An anonymous reader writes: Both ATLAS and the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiments are seeing an unusual surplus of events in a rough mass range of 130–150 gEV. The data are far from conclusive, but physicists believe this could be the first indication of the Higgs particle, believed to be responsible for the masses of other particles.

Submission + - Physicists Report Possible Hints of Higgs Boson (

sciencehabit writes: Physicists working with the world's largest atom smasher may have spotted evidence of the long-sought Higgs boson. Officially, experimenters working the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the European particle physics laboratory CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, have merely ruled out vast ranges of potential masses for the Higgs, the particle key to physicists' explanation of how all other particles get their mass. But it's a slight excess in another region of mass that has people talking, especially as the LHC should be able to confirm or quash the putative signal within a year.

Comment What's next? (Score 1) 1

Theorizing if Humpty Dumpty's fall was sufficient enough to break a normal egg? Did Humpty have a pre-existing genetic condition that made his shell extremely brittle? Perhaps, farmers at the time were using a pesticide similar to DDT? Someone needs to ask these tough questions about imaginary beings.

Submission + - China building EMP weapons for use against U.S. (

cultiv8 writes: "China's military is developing electromagnetic pulse weapons that Beijing plans to use against U.S. aircraft carriers in any future conflict over Taiwan, according to an intelligence report made public on Thursday.

Portions of a National Ground Intelligence Centerstudy on the lethal effects of electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and high-powered microwave (HPM) weapons revealed that the arms are part of China’s so-called “assassin’s mace” arsenal — weapons that allow a technologically inferior China to defeat U.S. military forces.

EMP weapons mimic the gamma-ray pulse caused by a nuclear blast that knocks out all electronics, including computers and automobiles, over wide areas. The phenomenon was discovered in 1962 after an aboveground nuclear test in the Pacific disabled electronics in Hawaii."


Submission + - SPAM: Our performances can improve by listening music?

mymusicworksforyou writes: Music is magical. Some people dance to it, some write, play or sing it, and others just listen. Music's power is that it touches everyone in different ways. Valerie, Graphic Designer, claimed: "I love to listen to music while I work, but I’m careful to choose which type to listen to. I know that music has a profound effect on how my subconscious is working and can affect my mood. Sometimes I even change the type of music to parallel the type of client that I’m working on. I feel it helps to get me in the mood for a certain type of project and can affect my results."

HealthDay News recently announced a study exploring whether harmonic sounds are therapeutic for people who suffer from neurological disorders. That makes us wondering wether our brains are tuned to healing frequencies? This is not surprising that background music affects the body and mind in many powerful ways. Those who practice music therapy are finding a benefit in using music helping them on their daily mood. Sports music isn't useful for the regular distance runner in search of that extra boost. It may work in warm-up, it may help in cool-down, but when it comes to really pushing your aerobic limits, Depeche Mode said it better than anyone: Enjoy the Silence.

Human beings have an innate tendency to co-ordinate movement and rhythm — this is final piece in the exercise and sports music puzzle. Performance can be greatly improved by choosing sports music with the right tempo for the right exercise. That is yet very interesting to know. Music is our happiness and we always feel in side. While the benefits of using background music should be evident, employers ought to consider the type of music played in a workplace to ensure that the mood and style best fits the workforce and their desired behaviour. It is a win-win process for the employer as well as for the employee. A recent research conducted by the University of Leicester monitored the effects of classical and pop music and background silence on consumers’ buying behaviour. It revealed that classical background music has a serious impact on the spending process while a customer is at the restaurant.

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Submission + - Fish oil the 'elixir of youth' (

krou writes: New research on fish oil has identified why omega-3 fatty acids are so good for you: they protect telomeres from shortening as cells divide, and thus help decrease the rate of cellular damage. The results of tests on rats showed that those on a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids lived approximately a third longer than those without, and a study on 608 patients with heart disease found that 'those with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids in their diet over five years had longer' telomeres than those without. Dr Ramin Farzaneh-Far from the University of California at San Francisco noted that 'These findings raise the possibility that omega-3 fatty acids may protect against cellular ageing in patients with coronary heart disease.'

Submission + - SPAM: The Six Most Common Pitfalls for Business Owners

Gowerstone writes: The Six Most Common Pitfalls For Business Owners (And How To Avoid Them)
By Andy Jones, The Gowerstone Group

Are you:
Working around the clock but still wondering how to pay the bills? Flush with orders but lacking the time, capital or people to fill them? Ready to take the next step to grow your business, but unsure of how to take it? Reeling from the loss of a major client or industry group and unsure of how to refocus? Overwhelmed with the pressure of having to carry out every aspect of your business?
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, you're not alone. As any business consulting expert will tell you, there are many ways to grow your business, but not all growth is good growth. Here, we examine the six most common pitfalls business owners encounter, along with strategies for ensuring business success today and in the future.

Pitfall #1: Hitting the ground running
Many small business owners “evolve” into their roles. An unexpected opportunity comes up, and suddenly you're in business. Then one opportunity leads to another, and before you know it, you're a full-fledged business owner. But are you leading your business or is your business leading you?
Working without a clear vision of your business' goals and purpose will find you continually reacting to whatever work comes your way, rather than proactively targeting your ideal customers — the ones who will help to take your business to the next level.

Strategy: Create clear, precise vision and strategy statements for your business. Why are you doing what you're doing? What are your goals? How will you achieve them? Another helpful guiding tool for your business is a values statement. Understanding – and stating – the values you uphold, as well as the values you expect in your customers, will help you build a business with integrity and a solid reputation.
The most effective vision, strategy and values statements are brief and clear. Enlisting the help of business colleagues, mentors and business consulting experts to help you translate yours into words can be invaluable.

It pays to get good advice
In one study, entrepreneurs who regularly sought professional advice, including business consulting services, experienced
76 per cent more revenue growth than those who didn't enlist outside advisors.
(Source: 2004 CIBC Small Business Outlook Poll, Decima Research)

Pitfall #2: Navigating without a road map
Once you've articulated your vision, strategy and values, you'll need a plan that outlines your specific business processes and procedures. A commonly understood set of business practices, along with documented procedures for everything from order fulfilment to resource management to marketing is critical. After all, without a road map, you may eventually arrive at your destination — or you may get lost along the way or run out of gas before you get there.

Strategy: Develop a carefully considered, well-documented business plan that will act as the “GPS” for your business and help to keep it on the right path to growth. Your plan should address all aspects of your business, and should be understood and vetted by all of your company's key stakeholders.

Stay tuned for further Pitfalls......

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Submission + - SPAM: FTC slams spam gang boss with $15M fine

coondoggie writes: Whether or not anyone actually ever gets this money remains to be seen but at the behest of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal judge has ordered the mastermind of what was a vast international spam network to pay $15.15 million in a default judgment for his role in running the operation which sent out billions of junk e-mails. The anti-spam organization Spamhaus Project called Atikinson's crew the largest spam gang in the world which at one point may have accounted for as much as one-third of the world's spam. The group's specialty was pushing male-enhancement pills, prescription drugs, and weight-loss pills, the FTC stated.

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Submission + - SPAM: Sony's 3D TV Plans

itwbennett writes: Sony's road to 3D TV domination is "all up to the content," said Hiroshi Yoshioka, executive deputy president of Sony and head of the unit that includes its TV business. According to an article on ITworld, 'Sony's 3D plans revolve around gaming, movies and sports. Sony is already working on gaming with the PlayStation 3 upgrade plans and its movies division, Sony Pictures, is already producing 3D movies. If history is any indicator, sports is an additional area where users are willing to pay a little more money for a better experience. The company's existing relationship with broadcasters through its movie division and TV production house could serve well in promoting 3D but even if it doesn't there will be a secondary route to 3D-capable sets. Sony is expanding its PlayStation Network service to cover its televisions and will launch a new content delivery service next year that will pump movies, TV shows and other video content directly into Bravia TVs and Blu-ray Disc players from its own servers.'
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Comment Re:Explained by a Simple Formula (Score 1) 944

"but the USA didn't seem to do too hot without one before the Great Depression"

-The Federal Reserve was created December 23, 1913.

-The Great Depression lasted from Oct. 24, 1929 until about 1940.

So how exactly did the Fed save us again? You do realize many people believe that the Fed actually created the Depression to consolidate power for themselves right?

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.