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Submission + - How to live a happy and fulfilling life (not necessarily limited to and in IT) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Every now and then i take some time to step back and have a look at my life, evaluating my current situation. Is there something to change for the better? If, so, what can i do to accomplish this goal? Of course, nobody is perfect and there is always room for improvement. For the average person, it shouldn't be that hard to come up with a laundry list of things to change, or new things to try. Apart from obvious (at least for the average slashdotter) and mundane quests you can set yourself every year, like escaping mothers basement, learning a new programming language or trying to take over the world — what can you do to really make a difference regarding the quality of your life?

After working fulltime for several years i have sold my terrible excuse of a car, bought a nice apartment and reduced my (sysadmin) working hours to 22 per week. This leaves me plenty of time to visit the gym regularily, ride the bike on sunny days, attend karate lessons once every week or just plain sit on my ass and do nothing. Which is really all i've ever dreamt of. But here is the catch: It becomes boring rather quickly.

Now, what would YOU do or change to allow for a happy, fulfilling and even meaningful life?

Federal Judge Limits DHS Laptop Border Searches 359

Declan McCullogh is reporting at CNET that a federal district court judge has rebuked the Department of Homeland Security, "which had claimed it can seize a traveler's laptop and search it six months later without warrant." As described in the article, DHS policies have been stacked against travelers entering the US, including citizens returning from abroad: "There's no requirement that they be returned to their owners after even six months or a year has passed, though supervisory approval is required if they're held for more than 15 days. The complete contents of a hard drive or memory card can be perused at length for evidence of lawbreaking of any kind, even if it's underpaying taxes or not paying parking tickets." This ruling does not address immediate searches at the border, but says that DHS cannot hold computers for indefinite searching, as in the case to hand, concerning a US citizen returning from a trip to Korea, whose laptop was seized and held for months before a search was even conducted on it.

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