Outsourced Tech Jobs Are Increasingly Being Automated
After all, this will end all of the hassle of dealing with real people.
Maybe they can get virtual people to buy all of their products.
Virtual customers will be the next growth industry
Ask Slashdot: Is Running Mission-Critical Servers Without a Firewall Common?
After all, this is the vendor's recommendation, which should be in writing anyhow.
Have the vendor sign a waiver accepting full responsibility for any damages and liability that could be attributed to not using a firewall
I am sure that the company lawyers would be very eager to have something like this in place.
Studies Say Earth Won't Die As Soon As Thought
In 600 million years
The Sun's increasing luminosity begins to disrupt the carbonate–silicate cycle; higher luminosity increases weathering of surface rocks, which traps carbon dioxide in the ground as carbonate. As water evaporates from the Earth's surface, rocks harden, causing plate tectonics to slow and eventually stop. Without volcanoes to recycle carbon into the Earth's atmosphere, carbon dioxide levels begin to fall. By this time, they will fall to the point at which C3 photosynthesis is no longer possible. All plants that utilize C3 photosynthesis (~99 percent of present-day species) will die.
in 800 Million years
Carbon dioxide levels fall to the point at which C4 photosynthesis is no longer possible. Multicellular life dies out.
I not that this would be rather inconvenient
Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment For Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures
If the Americas were not there, then the climate would have been very much different.
Which would have led to a very different alternate history.
OmniPage Maker Nuance Loses Patent Trial Over OCR Tech
Was that so difficult?
OmniPage Maker Nuance Loses Patent Trial Over OCR Tech
There should be an alternate source for this sort of thing.
Too bad Groklaw had to close up shop because of the government being an idiot.
Ask Slashdot: Experiences Working At a High-Profile Game Studio?
A lot of the time, by the time you hear that ABC place is the really cool place to be, the people who made it a really cool place to be have moved on to other locations, having been replaced by other people who have all these other ideas as to how a shop should run (which do not involve being cool), and now that really cool place to be is now "meh, not so much"
similar to investing is stocks, by the time the mass market gets in on it you may be on the wrong side of the curve.
The Atlantic's Scientology Advertorial
Part of this is that everyone who participated in the 2008 protests thought that Scientology was dead and buried.
Suddenly here they are, bigger than ever, and vying for space in main stream media publications.
Most of the controversy is because it's THEM.
The statements that they make in the advertorial seem to be conservative positive reports about facilities they have opened, etc. This sort of thing is all verifiable, as well as the conclusion that this means something for their leadership.
Because it's THEM, this upsets everyone who thought they had killed Scientology.
It's like being in a bad horror movie, and the boss of the movie that you think you kicked butt on shows up again with only minor scratches.
Are Windows XP/7 Users Smarter Than a 3-Year-Old?
is the latest phase in Microsoft's search for the one true interface.
maybe they should learn something from Malcolm Gladwell when he talks about spaghetti sauce.
The Gradual Death of the Brick and Mortar Tech Store
never mind that most of their profit comes from Monster Cables
Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Destroy Hard Drives?
But will it Blend?
Cheaters Exposed Analyzing Statistical Anomalies
I personally think that the whole cheating thing can be avoided by having a test bank of questions that is open to everyone, and which is sufficiently large that it is less effort to actually learn the principles, etc, rather than memorize the answers to 100,000+ questions for a specific course.
Let everyone download it.
With modern technology, you should be able to generate unique tests for each student, with each question identified by numeric code. Dump it into the scanner for a score.
If it is still an issue increase the number of test questions to 250,000 or more.
obviously the test bank could be inspected for grading the tests in situations where you are not doing multiple choice.
Killer Apartment Vs. Persistent Microwave Exposure?
There are paints you can get which have metallic dust incorporated into them. This will act as shielding. You can also go with a "Luster Dust" which would give a metallic sheen to your current wall color. Or even a straight metallic wall paint. There is also metallic wall paper.
see also Force Field Wireless for paint additive, although you could also experiment with various metallic powders on your own.
Ditto Storm windows with metal frames and screens. Apparently prefinished flooring also contains metallic powder which can reduce wifi signals. The new double pane windows also have metallic coatings that can reduce wifi.
Normal cell phone reception would have to come from the side of the building opposite where the transmitters are located.
Scientology Charged With Slavery, Human Trafficking
holy writ of copyright law
because you probably hadn't noticed. but many bibles also have a copyright notice. and law suits to match
See wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copyright_on_religious_works
Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?
The Client Security Agent appears to be another bit of Microsoft Madness
Which appears to require MS Windows.
Given the the classicly high rate of computer infection among teens, this could be make sense for the school administration. Of course, it might be easier if they just required everyone to just get a Mac.
What Filters Are Right For Kids?
Just how old is she, anyhow?
There's this whole controversy about what age is a good age for Sex Education, and how long to "prolong the innocence of Childhood". Sometimes people do this because it's "cute";- I consider it potentially damaging. But a lot depends on circumstances.
What Filters Are Right For Kids?
Oh, and build up her self-esteem. That is the critical factor in teen girls getting into situations they're not ready for.
In this regard, get her something like a rubics cube (if she is interested in it). Just being able to do something the grownups can't does marvels for the self esteem.
"Smash Your Hard Drive" To Fight Identity Theft
1) dismantle the drive and twist the platters with heavy pliers into the shape of an ash tray
2) drill through the platters several times (with a half inch/ 1cm drill), then let soak in a bucket of salt water for a month to corrode everything together.
Birth of the Moon: a Runaway Nuclear Reaction?
Just how much crust there is is often misunderstood.
Example: imagine a model of the earth where 1 mm = 1 mile. (or you can use 1mm = 1 km, if you like)
The earth is 7926.28 miles (12756.1 km) in diameter.
At this scale, you can make out significant mountain ranges, etc. The Atmosphere would be 4 or 5 inches deep. The crust is an inch or 2 thick.
And the Earth itself is more than 8 yards across. That inch or two of crust is sitting on a chewy molten insides. (check volcano flows, etc.)
The Earth is really a molten droplet spinning in space with the thinnest external layer where life has happened to accumulate, like the layer of tarnish on a coin.
Randy Pausch Has Died
Monster Cables pushes around the wrong 'small' company
The Wetware Crisis: the Dead Sea effect in the IT workplace
Many large IT shops -- and not a few small ones -- work like the Dead Sea. New hires are brought in as management deems it necessary. Their qualifications (talent, education, professionalism, experience, skills -- TEPES) will tend to vary quite a bit, depending upon current needs, employee departure, the personnel budget, and the general hiring ability of those doing the hiring. All things being equal, the general competency of the IT department should have roughly the same distribution as the incoming hires. Instead, what happens is that the more talented and effective IT engineers are the ones most likely to leave -- to evaporate, if you will. They are the ones least likely to put up with the frequent stupidities and workplace problems that plague large organizations; they are also the ones most likely to have other opportunities that they can readily move to. What tends to remain behind is the 'residue' -- the least talented and effective IT engineers.
The Hardware Needed to Model a Human Brain
the model is so successful that its biggest restrictions are now technological. "We have already shown that the model can scale up," Markram says. "What is holding us back now are the computers." The numbers speak for themselves. Markram estimates that in order to accurately simulate the trillion synapses in the human brain, you'd need to be able to process about 500 petabytes of data (peta being a million billion, or 10 to the fifteenth power). That's about 200 times more information than is stored on all of Google's servers. (Given current technology, a machine capable of such power would be the size of several football fields.) Energy consumption is another huge problem. The human brain requires about 25 watts of electricity to operate. Markram estimates that simulating the brain on a supercomputer with existing microchips would generate an annual electrical bill of about $3 billion . But if computing speeds continue to develop at their current exponential pace, and energy efficiency improves, Markram believes that he'll be able to model a complete human brain on a single machine in ten years or less.
YouTube hijacked by Pakistan, causing global outage.
A PC designed to be worn around your neck
Using the new light-weight Microsoft operating system, SLIM, this PC travels with you effortlessly. The projected touch-gesture interface allows you to interact with your software wherever you are without requiring interface peripherals but its wide-coverage 700 MHz WiFi wireless allows both connection to the web and to performance enhancing peripherals.
'Vista Capable' lawsuit against Microsoft now a class action
Ch-Ch-Chatting with the IT manager at the South Pole
Site Generator Monitoring in a Small Package
Google's Secret 10GbE Switch
Zogby/463 Internet Attitudes Poll
'Mythbusters' to Test Cockroach Radiation Myth
Congressional Hearing on Troubled 'Troubled Teen' Camps
'We don't do open source because there's no one to sue'
Global Rent a Scope
PC World declares Laptop bag 'Incompatible with Mac Laptops'
Comcast Slightly Clarifies High Speed Extreme Use Policy
A while back I got a email from a guy claiming to be a DMOZ editor saying that I had to pay him $5,000.00 or he would have my site [...] removed from the dmoz. I thought nothing of it.... then today I got a email from him saying it was removed and I might want to rethink not paying him. I thought I would check just for grins. It was removed... WOW
Of course this opens an interesting can of worms for debate.
First Person Shooter Syndrome
Efficency of Programming Languages vs. Legal Languages