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Daylight Saving Time Linked To Heart Attacks

l3v1 sleep... (240 comments)

I know sleep loss and/or sleeping for unregular length and time can lead to all kinds of problems, but since I can't even remember when I've slept more than 6 hours at a time, and I have to pull all-nighters from time to time, and I'm still alive and kicking, I have to say I believe that eating habits (type and quantity) and regular exercising can help a lot in balancing the scale. Of course, people having circulatory, blood pressure or heart problems might have a different story to tell.

about three weeks ago

Creationists Demand Equal Airtime With 'Cosmos'

l3v1 ewual airtime? demand? (667 comments)

They can demand all they want. What I demand is, that if a show is supposed to present scientific results about what we know about the universe at this point, then it should not feed religious issues into the topic. Make a different show, name it differently, and talk about religious issues all you want. But demanding all scientific publications (tv or not) also include all kinds of religious and creativist ideas as well is plainly idiotic. If you feel offended by that view, then at least you know how other people feel when you demand them to be fed religious issues everywhere they turn. And that comes from a person (yes, me) who has been regularly going to church since early childhood. Religion has its place, and I don't believe Cosmos is that. Neither is our children's biology class for that matter.

about a month ago

Google Android Studio Vs. Eclipse: Which Fits Your Needs?

l3v1 'Do you agree?' (140 comments)

Do I agree? I've been using AStudio since the first preview came out after I/O, and after using it for 5 minutes it became clear to me that I'll never go back to frustrate myself with eclipse, ever. I don't mean to offend to good people who develop eclipse, but the damn thing gave me so many headaches over the time I had to use it, that dropping it felt like recovering from a long illness, honestly. Of course, there are lots of people who like it, obviously I'm not one of them. Regarding AStudio, if you didn't try it up to now, I think it's time, since it really matured from its first preview release, and while there can be some big changes between updates causing some minor trouble, it's already pretty good, and I think it's pretty clear it'll be the best IDE for android development.

It'll take you some time to switch from eclipse though, getting used to doing things a bit differently, so don't plan to do it overnight. First I kept using eclipse for existing projects, and using AS for new ones, then at some point I moved everything to AS and never looked back.

about 1 month ago

Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data

l3v1 unless... (136 comments)

"This is good news for replicating experiments, building on past results, and science in general."

It is, unless the data can't be made "publicly available, without restriction" (very important emph. added), in which case you can't publish there. Yes, there are others, but demanding dropping all restrictions in all cases is simply an approach blind to reality. Also, if they demand so, they must provide free storage, which in some cases could range to multiple gb of data - and you won't want to pay for indefinite storage of large datasets, for certain.

Also, I wish to repeat my hatred towards the kind of open access publication methods most (if not all) major sci outlets use, namely charging the author many thousands of USD/EUR for publication, costs which most grants don't cover (e.g. my institute mandates open access publications, but of course they don't provide the financial resources to do so). This in turn shifts the focus, since now it's in the best interest of a publisher to accept as many as they can (keep the money flowing), instead of accepting the best ones and get the money from interested readers (and yes, if it's good, they come). Of course politician-scientists like the publicity they get from folks for trying to 'set science free'. I just wish they'd do a bit more thinking, they are scientists after all (or so they claim to be).

about 2 months ago

Ford Dumping Windows For QNX In New Vehicles

l3v1 better (314 comments)

" cited reliability problems with Windows and lower licensing costs for the switch to the classic realtime OS"

Just say it, there's no shame in it: qnx is better. I'd welcome the change even if it were more expensive.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

l3v1 Re: Passport belt (445 comments)

Well, come back when you find a network security guy who accomplished more then Einstein.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

l3v1 Re:Keepass (445 comments)

"Calling that "multi-user" is stretching it a little..."

Well, do what I do, each user can use the portable version, self-contained and easily movable to wherever they want to store it. And you just need to copy the database file over to the android, etc. clients. I checked other solutions, but there's just no other that is offline + easy to move, port and backup + cheap (free is pretty cheap).

about 2 months ago

Good Engineering Managers Just "Don't Exist"

l3v1 comparison (312 comments)

"Compare this to the engineers who aren't as strong, and use the opportunity to move up as a way to get their voice heard."

No need to go very far, most of us experience this every day. And suffer the consequences. Also, these people are often good survivors as well, masters in shifting the blame and pointing fingers when they cause trouble, never admitting their fault. Like the best politicians.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do You To Tell Your Client That His "Expert" Is an Idiot?

l3v1 just tell it (384 comments)

"But when the 'expert' turns out to be the wrong person how do you tell the client (or boss) that you just can't work with that individual?"

Here's how: Boss, I just can't work with that individual.

You're welcome.

about 2 months ago

A Year With Google Glass

l3v1 wrong (292 comments)

"People get angry at Glass. They get angry at you for wearing Glass. They talk about you openly. It inspires the most aggressive of passive aggression. ... Wearing Glass separates you. It sets you apart from everyone else. It says you not only had $1,500 to plunk down to be part of the âoeexplorerâ program, but that Google deemed you special enough to warrant inclusion (not everyone who wanted Glass got it; you had to be selected). Glass is a class divide on your face." [emph. added]

I agree and disagree with many of the above statements, but overall, I just think he simply doesn't get it.

People start talking about you openly because, hello, you are there with a device that can record their every action and every word they say, and you wear the device knowing what it can do, and without caring about whether other people like that or not. So if you allow yourself the liberty to disregard everyone else, why would you expect to be treated any differently? Maybe they think talking about you will make you stop, since for legal reasons they might not have any other way to stop you at most public spaces - besides common sense and basic social etiquette which you might consider learning about sometime.

And yes, wearing it might set you apart, but not because we might think you are 'special', or that Google thought you're 'special', but because it makes an obvious statement that you don't care about other people's opinion of being monitored and recorded without notice, which makes you a jerk (at least).

When meeting with GGlass-wearing people, I ask them to put it away while having a conversation. If they don't, then I shouldn't be talking to them anyway.

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Command Line Interfaces -- What Is Out There?

l3v1 posting age (383 comments)

I'd like to make mandatory to post the age of a submitter alongside any 'news' item. Why? Because if the poster of this item is a 10 year old, then I'd say OK, someone getting into the game is looking around, good job. However, I don't think this is the case here, I even thought first that it was a joke, which it doesn't seem so. I'd suggest redirecting noobies into other forums instead of posting their totally useless submissions on /.

about 4 months ago

Are Tablets Replacing Notebook Computers? (Video)

l3v1 Re:Maybe not replaced, but ruined the market (211 comments)

"Ever since tablets got popular, it's been almost impossible to find a decent notebook."

So right. There are some good ones, but much less to choose from then we could a few years ago. Thats why I'm happy I got an xps13 when it came out, still using it, especially when I'm travelling since I'm much more productive with it than with any tablet. I just hope that when I'll have to ditch it there will still be some decent notebooks to pick from (I'm not too optimistic though).

about 4 months ago

Metamaterials Developed To Bend Sound Waves, Deflect Tsunamis

l3v1 inertia (110 comments)

I'm not a physicist, but I'm pretty sure these materials can't 'bend' inertia and mass, making this talk about diverting tsunami waves sound pure nonsense.

about 4 months ago

NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

l3v1 Re:confiscation? wtf? (453 comments)

"In this case, the "reason" was because they suspected the fella of importing "objectionable" material. So making a copy and then giving the device back wouldn't serve the purpose ..."

Why wouldn't it serve the purpose? If they'd make a copy that could perfectly well used in any criminal case they'd raise against the guy afterwards, if ever.

My point is, at a lot of airports - US airports included - they can do with anyone what they did with this guy, and while I can (not easily, but still) accept their point, I'd much prefer giving them my data from the devices than the devices themselves. Especially regarding phones, which would be much easier and faster to backup, and it's probably the one device even the most privacy-fanatic people don't wipe before every travel...

about 4 months ago

NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

l3v1 Re:confiscation? wtf? (453 comments)

"making copies can take time. drives are pretty large today and it can take a while to zip up your media"

I don't much care, I'd still prefer to wait instead of the hassle that would be caused by taking all the devices away for god knows how long.

about 4 months ago

NZ Traveler's Electronics Taken At Airport; Interest in Snowden to Blame?

l3v1 confiscation? wtf? (453 comments)

OK, first I have to say I travel a lot and I know they can check your devices at a lot of airports, and I hate that as much as everyone. However, my question is why don't they just make a copy/backup/etc of all the devices you have and give them all back? Why do they have to take everything away? It's not that I'd have something sensitive or illegal on my devices: I never take sensitive information with me on travels, I always access them remotely on our servers, all the software I use is legit or free, and I buy all my music and videos. However, taking the devices away can cause a lot of problems, the most important being making you unreachable (and making you unable to reach people). Yes, you can buy a new tablet or a new laptop, and you can buy a new phone, but good luck trying to convince your phone company to forward your calls to a new number if you don't actually have the device and you're not even in your home country... and propagating your new number to all your important contacts could be a real PITA. Yes, some can use Google Voice, but others would be simply fscked. All in all, I don't see how one could come out OK from such an encounter.

about 4 months ago

62% of 16 To 24-Year-Olds Prefer Printed Books Over eBooks

l3v1 ebooks crap (331 comments)

My opinion is that every new printed book should have a free ebook 'companion' version available right on release, obtainable with some code/qr from the printed book, with let's say a 6 months expiration date. Then, the ones who have the printed version could purchase the electronic version for let's say 5% of the printed price, and for 20% if you don't have the printed version.

I'm sure I wasn't the first to think of such a scheme, but it seems they just don't want the ebook market to grow 100x faster than it is now, so they don't implement such a structure.

And that's exactly why I never bought any electronic book. The only electronic reading material I ever bought are scientific articles, and even that is very rare, since I find most of them for free somewhere, or get it directly from the authors.

about 5 months ago

Is a Postdoc Worth it?

l3v1 you can also do a postdoc (233 comments)

Oh, most certainly you can do a postdoc. And you don't even have to be a postdoc for it :D

Anyway, on the serious side, postdoc jobs mean one thing: working for food. But, there are much worse places to do that than at some university's research lab, so at least you might be at a nice place to be exploited while you figure out a). where to go to actually make some money and then leave, or b). that you can't actually get a job where you could make money so you get stuck. Problem is when one gets to be a postdoc at 27-28 years of age - calculating with 5 years university and 3-5 years until the phd degree, which is pretty normal -, and realizing you're just starting to - eventually - earn some real money, with some friends having got to well-paying positions during those 3-5 years you've spent for that degree.

Especially since there are now companies who actually don't want to hire phd's based on some weird philosophies. Go figure.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Customers Hit With New Wave of Fake Tech Support Calls

l3v1 Re:Hallo Windows man (201 comments)

It sounds best with an Italian accent :)

about 5 months ago

Why Letting Your Insurance Company Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing

l3v1 'Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing' (567 comments)

So, 'Monitor How You Drive Can Be a Good Thing'. Maybe it can. Problem is, how we drive and how they think we drive will never mean the same.

Firstly, dangerous drivers who present the most risk are not those, who drive faster, make one or two sudden moves from time to time, or drive more than the average. Dangerous drivers are those who can't drive fast enough - ever been in a jam caused by some idots holding everyone back? -, those who can't drive safely according to environmental conditions - ever seen Californians drive in a rain? -, those who are not patient enough - remember those idiots jumping lanes like a kangoroo? -, those who aretoo inexperienced to judge any traffic situation and cause even more trouble, and so on and so forth.

Secondly, if they are not there, and can't judge the circumstances, than they are in no position to make decisions on how safely we drive. They can calculate your prices based on the speeds you drive at, the roads you drive on, the moves you make, and while they all might be safe and adhering to current traffic situations, you might still end up paying more.

This is all too short to speak about all relevant issues, but all things considered, I'll never opt for monitoring-based payments. If my fees will be higher because of this, I'll still be fine with that, since at least they won't lie to my face about how honestly and objectively and correctly they calculated those fees.

about 5 months ago


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