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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Stay Fit At Work?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Excellent idea! (635 comments)

And your load steadily increases, especially if you have boys!

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Webcam To Augment Impaired Vision?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Electronic & optical choices (63 comments)

You may already have a digital camera (still or camcorder)with video or hdmi out which you can plug into a TV or monitor. These have the advantage of zoom and autofocus and often have a power input for continuous use. It's steadier and less tiring to use a tripod or copy stand. For camcorders, see the thread at Another choice is to get some strong binocular loupe glasses from China via ebay. They come in a variety of strengths and you can examine or read by moving the material in front of you. They are cheap ($1-50) and portable. Some come with their own LED illuminators. Search for binocular loupe

about a year and a half ago

How the Militarization of the Internet is Changing Warfare

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x How do you have rules with no traceability? (204 comments)

Even if you could specify a set of rules, how would you trace violators? If TOR can protect child porn addicts, why not "Defence" departments?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Low Cost Way To Maximize SQL Server Uptime?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Missing advice (284 comments)

You have some advice on mirroring/Raid. Be sure to address your points of failure/threat:

HD failure
Use SSD(s) rather than a hard disk, mirrored if possible
Power glitch
Get a UPS or run on a locked-up laptop.
no internet connection (do not share LAN with any internet-connected PC) + remove USB connections and disable them in OS
Equipment Theft
take daily backups home or to a safety deposit box. Keep 1 for every day of week + 1 for every week + 1 for every month
Lightning or motor surge
good surge supressor(s)
Equipment failure
have duplicates available, immediate for low-cost, at shop for hi-cost; replace failing/old stuff.

more than 2 years ago

History Will Revere Bill Gates and Forget Steve Jobs, Says Author

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x It's all ego (679 comments)

Andrew Carnegie and John D.Rockefeller are remembered, usually sans first names, because they gave money away to intellectual causes - Rockefeller grants, Carnegie Libraries, Carnegie hall, Carnegie-Mellon University. They made lots of money keeping down workers' wages and keeping prices high.
But what do you do after you accumulate that pile? How could you spend a billion dollars on yourself? or forty? Time to turn over a new leaf and spend the money making people happy.
But there is no Stephen P. Jobs Foundation anymore. Apple may live on, but Jobs is history.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x åæ¼èz (402 comments)


more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Find a Job In China For Non-native Speaker?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Re:maybe not developing? (402 comments)

Hey, the world needs more timbits and double-doubles! If he can deke them out well enuff, maybe sell them some hydro, get those hosers to buy some cases of 50, or maybe just some pop, KD, or a nanaimo bar or two.

more than 2 years ago

The Gamification of Hiring

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x No bartending problem here. (203 comments)

Give em all longnecks. Heineken for the suits, Bud for the blue collars. No glass, no cleaning, then take a nap.

more than 2 years ago

Wozniak Calls For Open Apple

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x The Apple ][ was open - how well did that work? (330 comments)

The Apple][ had an open architecture with 8 open slots. These got filled with memory, z80 processor cards, HD interfaces, and lots more. It spawned an industry. Now Apple is busy selling sizzle rather than protein, gloss rather than substance. But they do sell. There are more rich idiots than geeks.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: How To Secure My Life-In-A-Briefcase?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Re:Make it ugly (241 comments)

Use a diaper bag.

more than 2 years ago

Gamma-Ray Bending Opens New Door For Optics

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Not just for looking... (65 comments)

Currently, integrated circuits like CPUs are fabricated using UV light, wavelength 10^-8m. Gamma rays are 10^-12m long. All other things being equal (but they never are...), this may lead to chips with 10^4*10^4=10^8 more features. This might be worth constructing a 100m long gamma ray lens or two.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Option For Printing Digital Photos?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x For longevity:no-acid paper,pigments,good storage (350 comments)

Basically, UV, acids, and our atmosphere, especially in cities, is hostile to colours we use in images. Look at the faded signs as well as faded photos. But print on non-acid paper, with inert pigments rather than fragile organic dyes, and keep the air out with a sealed frame or box, and you can expect hundreds of years of stable colour life.
So print it yourself (Canon and Epson have pigment inks on some photo printers) on no-acid paper and matte it under glass (UV protection), keep it out of the sun, and enjoy. (Not against the glass- it will stick. That's why the matte.)
If you're storing photos away, make sure the environment is all non-acidic, too, eg, metal boxes not cardboard or plastic.
Cost-wise, look for processors who advertise no-acid paper and pigment inks.
See for the most comprehensive look.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: What Language Should a Former Coder Dig Into?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x APL (530 comments)

Want to learn A Programming Language? Learn APL. Nothing else approaches it in parallelism or will be as useful when we all have thousands/millions of processors in the box.

more than 2 years ago

What Is Your Beverage of Choice In the Morning?

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Morning? (209 comments)

This seems to assume we rise before noon. If we rise after noon, then our beverage of choice in the morning is not the hair of the dog, but the dog itself.

more than 2 years ago

Why Drones Could Be the Future of Missile Defense

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Can't stop dope smuggling... (167 comments)

If the US can't stop many, many tons of weed and coke coming in, what's to prevent an atomic weapon arriving the same way?

more than 2 years ago

Gold Nanoparticles Help Red Blood Cells Deliver Drugs

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Gotta keep my drugs! (36 comments)

Release drugs by a laser shot? It usually takes a handgun or cash for me to release my drugs....

more than 2 years ago

Waterboarding Whistleblower Indicted Under Espionage Act

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Re:Hope and change (338 comments)

Politicians lying? Whenever does that happen?

more than 2 years ago

Many Police Departments Engage in Warrantless Cell Phone Tracking

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x The biggest threat to freedom (85 comments)

The biggest threat to life and liberty is the State. Israel has killed more civilians than Hamas, the US has killed more civilians than Al-Quaeda.
The US constitution, despite its age, can be a strong limit on state power. But all three branches of government have to have principled people in them who are willing to enforce the constitution, not look the other way like they did during the internment of Japanese-origin Americans or the "rendition" to torture of Canadians and Americans of Arab origin.

more than 2 years ago

MIT Solar Towers Beat Solar Panels By Up To 20x

a-zA-Z0-9$_.+!*'(),x Re:Good...but not enough (159 comments)

Actually, we get 1,000 watts from sunlight per square metre, so it would take a very minor portion of the earth's landmass to power our civilisation.

more than 2 years ago


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