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The students will be asked to voluntarily submit a DNA sample. The cotton swabs will come with two bar code labels. One label will be put on the DNA sample and the other is kept for the students own records.
peterofoz writes "Here's some more gloom and doom from the global warming group. The claim is that climate change (is it getting warmer or colder?) is directly causing 315,000 deaths a year through hunger, sickness and weather disasters. What is the Geneva-based Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF) selling? It was founded in 2007 by General Kofi Annan.
I wasn't sure this was science so I filed it as politics. You can disagree in the comments.
peterofoz writes "The software company Serena new owner for Projity Open Project uses a story/joke on their web site to try and explain the benefits of agility as it relates to their services. Here is the story/joke
A pig and a chicken are walking down a road. The chicken looks at the pig and says, "Hey, why don't we open a restaurant?" The pig looks back at the chicken and says, "Good idea, what do you want to call it?" The chicken thinks about it and says, "Why don't we call it 'Ham and Eggs'?" "I don't think so," says the pig, "I'd be committed but you'd only be involved.
Here is their interpretation:
The point — Pigs are the ones involved who write and deliver software, while the Chickens in the project are interested in the outcome but aren't directly writing software. The needs, desires, ideas and influences of the Chickens are important and taken into account, but not in a way that would prevent the completion of the project by the Pigs.
I think they got it wrong; they only talk about being involved and interested but no one is committed.
Does this reflect reality? Perhaps the SlashDot community can help them improve their interpretation." Link to Original Source
peterofoz writes "Dedicated SlashDot readers will recall Dec 22, 2007 and the posting for
Mystery Company Recruiting Talent With a Puzzle. This turned out to be n-Brain releasing a new product that allows multiple editors in the same code in real time to support the collaborative programming paradigm. Now they're back with another challenge:
"Are two heads really better than one? N-BRAIN, Inc. intends to definitively answer this question by sponsoring the
Hydra Versus Dragon Coding Competition, a Reality TV-style battle between the world's finest software developers." Mark June 23rd on your calendars." Link to Original Source
peterofoz writes | more than 5 years ago
I'm frustrated. Why can't business apps be designed to have GUI's that are as slick and clean as a game? One issue to overcome is the screen real estate taken up by graphics and chrome. Also, business apps design should include a configuration management tool; hand editing web.config files should be in the past.
It's surprising that the quality and security of the eVoting machines is still so poor that after 4 or even 8 years it still makes headline news.
Verifiable voting record (paper trail)
Voter Receipt (with serial number?)
Physical security no worse than old paper ink or punch ballots
A lot of the problems seem to be around setup and configurations. Is someone keeping a list of voting machine problems (as a base for a comprehensive requirements list).
Then there is the topic of verifiable voting over the internet. How do you authenticate a voter? Credit card? Passport number? Pre-authorized internet voting id/pin from the registrar? Maybe treat this like a credit card - a voter id card - and send plastic.