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rhyder128k (1051042) writes "If you dread Christmas and you're not a wuss, this is the list for you. We've got senseless violence, we've got explosions, we've got monsters taking over a town. If you're still not feeling that Yuletide buzz, there's futuristic dystopias, secret societies and the adventures of a counter-assassination expert who lost her memory. These are hard-edged and subversive movies that are set over the Christmas period.
A film that makes good use of a Christmas setting tends to explore duality. For this reason, often, Christmas films are films of two halves. A Christmas setting brings with it a set of expectations, and this is a situation that is ripe for subversion. There is a contrast between what Christmas represents to us on the surface and the reality of what it's really like. Family celebration and acts of generosity are the Christmas that gets depicted on a Christmas card. For a lot of us, we're painfully aware of the commercialism of Christmas and how far Christmas has strayed from its religious and spiritual origins. It can also be a time of loneliness and sky high stress levels. So, load up on a festive hamper of hand grenades, and let us pull the pin out for you." Link to Original Source top
The Societal Effects of Shared Custody Arrangements
rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Giving men and women equal rights of custody would have benefits for most of society macroeconomically and socially, but no one seems to be talking about it. I've outlined some of the possible changes to society as a whole.
From the article:
"When we're talking about making changes to custody arrangements, we are talking about making changes to the family itself, the fundamental unit of a society. This terrifies some people, and yet it needn't. Urbanisation, information technology, sexual revolution, the effects of 24/7 media: social change was the dominant theme of the 20th century. Single parent families were once a rarity, but currently, 1.8 million households would be classified as such. What the family is can't be frozen, any more than it can be reverted it to what it was 60 years ago. It has already changed, and it will continue to change.
One of the most common mistakes people make when considering gender politics issues is to ignores the reality of a zero-sum game. In other words, it's impossible to impact the lives of one gender without affecting the other gender as well. If shared parenting became the default judgement it would mean that childcare responsibilities, for many women, would drop to only three and a half days a week. Similarly, many men would experience an improvement in their ability to sustain meaningful relationships with their children and to achieve a more substantial family life. It would also bring about other less obvious benefits for men and women that we'll come to in a moment."" Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k writes "Breasts — sexual or not? Or is it simply a case of "sexual when we say they are"?
Women’s breasts can be a confusing subject for heterosexual men. Sometimes, the feminist assertion is that they are sexual, such as when wagging a finger of disapproval in the direction of a girly poster or a strip club. In fact, even looking at them from across a room is often at odds with the rules of polite behavior. On other occasions, the feminist position is that breasts are not sexual and that it is offensive to consider them so. Examples include the right to breast feed in public or the right to be topless in all situations where a man could be topless.
In such cases, women’s breasts are merely mammary glands which women use to feed their young. Analyzing the situation, it becomes clear that breasts have two modes – we’ll call them mode A and mode B – and the only consistent rule is that men are usually on the wrong side of the rules." Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k writes "This story is bubbling around a few of the mainstream news sites. I'm far from an expert, but wouldn't the existence of dark matter inside the solar system be an epoch making discovery if true?
From the Daily Mail article: "Scientists say they are now '99% certain' the Sun is surrounded by dark matter, a phenomenon first proposed in the 1930s by a Swiss astronomer.
Fritz Zwicky, who came up with the theory decades ago, believes that clusters of galaxies were filled with a mysterious dark matter that kept them from flying apart. At nearly the same time, Jan Oort in the Netherlands discovered that the density of matter near the Sun was nearly twice what could be explained by the presence of stars and gas alone.
rhyder128k writes "From the article (on a site concerned with book publishing industry news and information):
"One confessed eBook pirate asked the Reddit community an important question: “eBook pirates, how do you justify what you do?”
We’ve collected seven responses below, complete with links to the comments thread. Publishers, authors and readers should all pay attention to these rationalizations–they will play an important role in the future of publishing."" Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k writes "Just who are the geekiest computer geeks of the large and small screen?
Jim Carrey had a point when he said, "Free cable is the ultimate aphrodisiac" as frankly, anyone who can hand out free cable is going to be popular.
However, even The Cable Guy might find his social influence supplanted these days by the nearest computer geek. Gradually, computers have developed from a niche interest into something that everyone depends on to get through life. As a result, the computer geek has enjoyed a transformation from outcast to linchpin." Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k writes "700MHz processor, 256MB of RAM. It doesn't seem that long ago since I was running a desktop PC like that. However, these are the specs of a new keyring-sized computer to be released by a UK not for profit company. They hope to be able to sell it for $25 dollars a pop, and best of all, it runs Linux." Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k writes "Back in the 80s, a GUI paradigm called WIMP (Windows, Icons, Mouse, Pointer) began to establish itself as the new way in which most people interacted with computers. When it comes to one of the most significant elements of that system, overlapping windows, I'm beginning to wonder, has it had its day?" Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k writes "German insurance company LVM has switched 10,000 laptop and desktop machines over to Ubuntu Linux with the help of Ubuntu creator Canonical (announcement). Some early reports on the net have hailed this as a victory for Linux, but it seems like the company was already a mixed shop of Windows and Linux machines with a long history of reliance on open source software." Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k writes "Something I penned for A Voice For Men recently. For fellow language nerds.
"A man and his young son were apprehended in a robbery. The father was shot during the struggle and the son, in handcuffs was rushed to the police station. As the police pulled the struggling boy into the station, the mayor, who had been called to the scene, looked up and said “My God, it's my son!” "
I'm sure that we've all seen riddles like the one above. The task for the reader is to guess what the relationship is between the robber and the mayor. It has already been established that robber and his son are male. So, who is the mayor?" Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Google Inc. continues to make incremental improvements to web search, and in this vein, Instant search was added in 2010. For better or worse, the accompanying search suggestions cannot be disabled. This drop down list is intended to save time, but it also gives some clues about what other people are searching for.
How about some Linux people? Searching for Mark Shuttleworth produced “blog”, “twitter”, “unity” and “girlfriend”. I have two suggestions for the last result. Firstly, in the past, Shutteworth has made a some interesting, but vague, comments about having lifestyle aspirations that challenge traditional, family-orientated life-goals for men. Secondly, he’s fairly young, he's successful and he’s traveled into space. No doubt, many a lonely she-geek must have wondered if he’s available. As expected, a search for my own name produced nothing of the sort." Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Despite some premature reports on the net, Canonical isn’t moving to a rolling release schedule for Ubuntu. However, the organisation is open to making some changes to the way that some software packages are updated. It’s seems likely that a mechanism that supports the adding of up to date application packages outside of the normal software repository updates is probably on the cards, and I’d say that it’s about time." Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Dylan Winter, freelance writer, broadcaster and film maker, has built a business around making high quality, niche films on the subjects of sailing and trucking. He gives an outline of how much money he makes, who his customers are and how, by working with organizations such as Adsense, Yahoo and Amazon, he was able to turn his creative endeavors into an income. He was a walking, talking (and filming) example of how creatives, trained in traditional media production can profitably re-orientate themselves towards engagement with the Internet age.
However, things went wrong when he awoke one morning to discover that he had been thrown off Adsense. The moral: if you're thinking of building a business that relies on Adsense, bear in mind that they have a user contract that allows them to throw you off the service on a whim. Maybe the user experience would improve if Google had a bit more competition in this area?" Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Lightweight Portable Security is a LiveCD distro designed by the US Department of Defense to function as a secure end node, in other words, a safe environment from which to access the web or a remote desktop host. The focus is on security, and for this reason, it boots from a CD and executes from RAM, providing a web browser, a file manager and a few other small tools." Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k (1051042) writes "Cloud computing is not only the latest buzz term, it might well be the model of computing that powers the 21st century. However, it’s easy to forget that personal computing, in which each user has a standalone system that can operate without a network, is itself a relatively new approach." Link to Original Source top
rhyder128k (1051042) writes "There's a lot of news flying around at the moment about the latest Russian attempt to create a national, Linux-based operating system. Let's take a look at some of the issues that surround the creation of national Linux distributions.
The first point to make is that this isn’t the first Russian attempt adopt open source software. In 2007, the Armada group won the government tender to supply Russian schools with a Linux based operating system, making use of ALT Linux, a Russian fork of Mandrake Linux. Red Flag (China), Pardus (Turkey) and Bayahnian (Philippines ) were all created to meet the requirements of state institutions." Link to Original Source top
Could Linux Abandon Directories In Favour Of Tags?
rhyder128k (1051042) writes "On my Linux Journal blog I posed the following question to the readers:
"For a fairly scruffy looking guy, I have a surprisingly healthy approach to organising my files. However, I'm constantly pushing up against the limitations of a system that is based around directories. I'm convinced that Linux needs to make greater use of tagging, but I'm also beginning to wonder if desktop Linux could abandon the hierarchical directory structure entirely."
rhyder128k writes "Some demographic groups are under-involved in software development. A common conjecture in discussions of this phenomenon is that the cause is under-representation of these groups in academic Computer Science courses. An earlier poll asked about the most common non-CS degree amongst our co-workers. I wonder what proportion of Slashdot users are involved in software development (commercial or hobby) but have no degree?
The poll answers are: I do software dev for a living. I don't have a CS qualification. I do dev for a living. I have a CS qualification. I do software dev as a hobby. I don't have a CS qualification. I do software dev as a hobby. I have a CS qualification. My story's a bit more complicated than that (please explain). I just picked it up by watching Cowboy Neal using C64 Basic." top
rhyder128k writes "The seemingly unstoppable run of good luck that Apple Computer is currently enjoying seems to have hit a brick wall. In the UK, amongst the press and the general public, the collective feeling towards the iPhone seems to range between [note — article written by submitter] iT's OK and iDon't Want One. Following the user profile links of forum posters on international sites reveals a significant correlation: people who are in love with the iPhone tend to be US based and people who are disinterested are largely UK based. This ad-hoc approach to social sampling is backed up by disappointing UK sales figures.
The raises the question, what has gone wrong for Apple in Europe? Perhaps the difference is cultural? The explosion in mobile phone usage has made these bleeping plastic pals an integral part of our daily lives. Perhaps the iPhone is designed for a usage pattern and techno-orientation that just isn't British enough? On the other hand, the collective show of ``meh...'' might be the result of more practical considerations as many have reasoned that the European iPhone packages just aren't competitive with other, local deals.
rhyder128k writes "From the site: "Today, 26th August 2007, OSNews has turned exactly ten years old. For a decade now, OSNews has been giving you the latest news on operating systems, its major applications, and a whole lot of other technology related things. We covered the demise of Be, Inc. we have seen 10 different years of Linux-on-the-desktop, we reported the release of Windows XP, and so much more. Thank you for reading, commenting, and complaining on OSNews for ten years now — we could not have done it without you. "" Link to Original Source