antifoidulus (807088) writes "The BBC is reporting that a Japanese woman has been arrested for making a 3d model of her vagina that can be printed using a 3d printer. Megumi Igarashi had sent the printable model to people who sent her money to create it. A police spokesman told AFP news agency she had distributed data that could "create an obscene shape". While giant phalluses are a common spectacle at Japanese fertility festivals, apparently vaginas are still considered "taboo". Ms. Igarashi is fighting the charges." top
How can I increase cooperation between the QA dept and (test) engineers
antifoidulus (807088) writes "I was recently put in charge of my company's newly formed test automation group after nearly quitting over the sorry state of the tests. While we have been making progress in getting engineers excited about automated testing and actually using the tests, we haven't been able to really get the QA department to cooperate. Currently the QA department just runs through manual test plans and then reports any bugs without verifying whether what they are testing has been automated or not. I have been tasked to fix this problem, but don't really have any experience working with big QA departments so I'm turning to/., does anyone here have any experience with increasing cooperation between those who write automated tests and QA department testers? How did you overcome the political and technological hurdles and actually get QA to not spend most of their time just verifying stuff that has already been verified?" top
The fax is not dead, North Korea threatens South Korea... by fax
To all the commuters out there
Chikan is a crime
Making illegal copies of software at the office is a crime
Both hurt people dear to us
If you see anyone pirating software at work, please report it to the BSA
antifoidulus (807088) writes "So I'm about to get my masters in CS and start out (again) in the "real world", I already have a job lined up, but there is one thing that is really nagging me. Since my academic work has focused almost solely on computer science and not software engineering per se, I'm really still a "hacker", meaning I take a problem, sketch together a rough solution using the appropriate Computer Science algorithms, and then code something up(using a lot of prints to debug), do some basic testing and go with it.... Obviously something that works quite well in the academic environment but not in the "real world" obviously. Even at my previous job, which was sort of a jack-of-all-trades(sysadmin, security, support, and programming) the testing procedures were not particularly rigorous and as a result I don't think I'm really mature as an "engineer"
So my question to the community is how do you make the transition from hacker(in the positive sense) to a real engineer. Obviously the "Mythical Man Month" on the reading list, but anything else? How do you get out of the "hacker" mindset?" top
Are there any scientifically-verified ways to impr
antifoidulus (807088) writes "So after missing the date of a lifetime due to a killer cold(doesn't help that the country I live in bans Nyquil), I have become interested in ways to potentially "boost" my immune system, but most of what is out there seems like pseudo-science at best. Are there any actual ways to boost the immune system that have been published and peer-reviewed out there? Has anyone actually had any success using these methods? Or should I just give up and try smuggling some Nyquil into the country:P" top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "Fox News, obviously out of better things to talk about, has a list of 8 websites that are dying. The list includes Gawker, digg, blogging sites, and last on the list, this site. However their stats seem to be questionable as they report less than 100k users in April before bouncing up to 500k. Something tells me that such a wide variance is more the result of bad statistics than a dying site, but I could be wrong." Link to Original Source top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting that Rinderpox, a disease that affects cattle, buffalo, and related animals, has been officially declared eliminated. The disease is only the second ever to be totally eliminated, and the first non-human disease to get that classification. Could polio be next?" Link to Original Source top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "After spending the past 6 years practically Windows free, I have become accustomed to how advanced other operating systems(such as Linux and OS X) are compared to Windows. Whenever I use Windows I am shocked and frustrated with how primitive it is, for example no NFS or SSH out of the box, an insanely stupid file structure etc. I would prefer to never have to touch the thing again, but I do like being employed. Is not having any Windows experience on your resume a problem nowadays? How do you handle the inevitable questions about not using the World's Worst Operating System? Should I just have to suck it up and learn how to deal with it?" top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "I'm currently employed as a software developer who has been migrating more and more towards system administration work. While I like programming I think that I would like to keep it as a hobby(such as contributing to Open Source projects) rather than a job. However, since bills still need to be paid, I am looking into positions as a sysadmin. I have an interview with a company in a really cool part of the world, but I'm a bit concerned. I have never really interviewed for a sysadmin job before. How different are they from say your typical software engineering position? Can anyone who has done both give any advice on what to expect during the interview? How can I convince them that a background in software engineering is applicable to system administration?" top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo! reports that Eco geeks get all the girls. While I am a bit wary of the methodology of the study, it may show that becoming environmentally aware may also be chic. Some highlights include girls preferring the latest fuel-efficient vehicles to the latest sports cars , auto buyers finding talking fuel economy isn't a bore at parties, and more and more people no longer consider fuel efficient cars to be unfashionable. However, the article notes that it is probably more energy efficient to keep driving your current vehicle than it is to buy a new one. Alas, as a cyclist I didn't see any mention of increased lovin' for bikers. The study was conducted as part of the GM Challenge X competition, in which college students compete to make GM cars more fuel efficient." top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo! is running a story that claims that city residents produce less carbon emissions than their rural counterparts per capita. The study used the emissions from residential electricity, heating/cooling, and transportation to calculate that the residents of the 100 most populated metropolitan centers in the US emit an average of 2.47 tons of carbon per year per person, whereas the United States average is 2.87 tons per person per year. While these cities account for more than half the total US carbon output, the increased population density and use of mass transit significantly reduced their average output. Cities in the east, which depend more on coal for electricity when compared with other parts of the country, emitted the most greenhouse gasses the study found." Link to Original Source top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "CNN is reporting that they were the target of a Denial of Service attack yesterday. According to the article, there have been reports on Asian tech sites that Chinese hackers were targeting CNN for their coverage of the unrest in Tibet. One has to wonder if this hacking attempt was government sponsored or not. The Chinese government hasn't been very happy with CNN, in fact Beijing Bureau Chief has been summoned about a day before this happened." top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "As many perl hackers can attest to, computers can easily automate almost anything. I have been thinking about ways to automate the drudgery of daily tasks such as cooking, cleaning etc. There are products such as roomba which help, and of course the inevitable wife/girlfriend/mom jokes, but I was wondering what do slashdot users do to help automate the less than pleasant daily tasks that life requires? What can one do for less than $1k? And, why aren't networked appliances more common?" top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "A blurb from the freakonomics blog points out that in the UScyclists are 12 times as likely to be involved in a fatal accident as drivers are per kilometer. The study was done by a researchers in the United States and The Netherlands. While the odds of dying in a collision are relatively high, other studies have found that the overall morbidity rate from commuting via bicycle versus car is actually lower. An interesting from the paper cited, "American pedestrians and cyclists are much more likely to get killed than Dutch and German pedestrians and cyclists, both on a per-trip and per-km basis. They are also far more likely to be injured." Yet another reason why SUVs(which are very rare in Europe) need to banned ASAP." top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "At work we occasionally have to pull shifts to support our application, and we divide each day into a day shift and night shift. However, the married people at my office have all coopted the day shifts and because there are more of them than there are unmarried people, they not only force the singles to work nights(including weekends), but force us to work almost 2x as many shifts per person. I guess they assume that since we aren't married our lives are pointless and should be spent at work, but I don't see them eager to dole out the raises in the same fashion. Is this type of behavior prevalent in the IT world? In the US, is it even legal to so blatantly discriminate against a group of people? What are some of the worst things slashdotters have seen in regards to this type of behavior?" top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "Yahoo finance is running an article detailing how the EPA is changing fuel efficiency standards for 2008 models. This seems to be the first overhall of the miles per gallon(1 mpg=.42 kpl) since the 1980's. Previous tests assumed that drivers did not exceed 55 mph(88 kph), that drivers never used their air conditioner and heaters. The new tests push cars up to 80 mph(128 kph) and drive them in hot and cold weather conditions. Naturally the reported MPG number has dropped, for example the Prius' reported mileage dropped 20%, but the new number reflects what most drivers see. And as always, your mileage may vary. (Your kilometres per litre may vary)" top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "As an avid cyclist but someone who gets lost frequently, I have always wanted a GPS system like some of my friends have in their cars. But I wasn't sure that I could find soemthing that was accurate enough for cyclists as well as something that wouldn't tell me to go on a highway when it was obviously unsafe. However, as always technology has marched forwards and there seem to be several handheld units that are accurate enough for cyclists. Some seem to be a very fancy(and somewhat expensive) bike computers without much navigation aid, others seem to be navigation aides with a bit of bike computer tacked on. Have any slashdotters ever used a GPS on their bike? If so, what kind? My ideal GPS would have maps for both North America and Europe(and maybe Japan as well). Any suggestions?" top
antifoidulus (807088) writes "The NY Times is reporting on how Indosnesian farmers are cleared huge tracts of rainforests to make farms for palm oil. Demand for the oil surged as many European governments subsidised it in order to attempt to reduce emissions. However, to quote the article, "But last year, when scientists studied practices at palm plantations in Indonesia and Malaysia, this green fairy tale began to look more like an environmental nightmare." In addition to clearing rainforests, the farmers also cleared large tracts of peat that sent huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the air. So much that Indosnesia is the world's 3rd largest carbon producer. In response, some governments, such as that of the Netherlands, are suspending palm oil subsidies and many environmentalist groups are saying that biofuels are not automatically considered to be renewable sources of energy."
antifoidulus writes | more than 8 years ago
After reading the news everyday in the US, I was suddenly hit with a realization, the Simpsons predicted the response in 1996, 5 years before 9/11 in the episode Much Apu About Nothing. Basically a bear ends up in downtown Springfield and the town goes nuts and spends tons of money on things such as stealth bombers despite the fact that Flanders stated that this is the first bear in over 30 years. Of course the people get upset about the cost but refuse to get rid of the over the top protections, so the mayor decides to placate them by shifting the blame to illegal immigrants.
Remind you of the American response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11? It was the first time it happened in a long time, we went way over the top to prevent another attack, and of course when that all inevitably went south, the government shifted focus towards illegal immigrants who of course, like Apu, tend to work harder than your Homer Simpsons.....