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Sci-fi (or other reading) for girls?

schliz Mercedes Lackey (6 comments)

Try Mercedes Lackey. I loved her stories about Valdemar while at high school, and they do have a feminine feel to them.

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Wii fit? Too much work! Pill offers up bitchin bod

schliz HELLS YES! (2 comments)

Will this let me buff up without needing to do any exercise?

more than 6 years ago

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Scientists boost the "Will To Persevere" with a current to the brain

schliz schliz writes  |  about 9 months ago

schliz (994115) writes "Stanford scientists say they could help boost people's motivation to overcome difficulties by electrically stimulating the anterior midcingulate cortex in the brain.

The study involved two patients, who described the "will to persevere" beautifully. One said it was like driving into a storm front and knowing that he had to get through. Check out the transcript in the story."

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Adults Make Riskier, More Inconsistent Decisions As They Get Older, Study Finds

schliz schliz writes  |  about a year ago

schliz (994115) writes "People aged over 65 make poorer financial decisions and inconsistent choices than younger individuals with the same IQ, an international research group has found.

The study had 135 healthy participants aged 12-90 make a series of decisions: for example, choosing between gaining $5 and the chance to win $20 in a lottery. On average, over-65s earned 26-39% less than all other age groups, including adolescents — a finding that could partially explain their susceptibility to problem gambling and scams."

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Research Finds Link Between Inflation And Laughter In Federal Reserve Meetings

schliz schliz writes  |  about a year ago

schliz (994115) writes "A one percentage point increase in an inflation forecast brings about a 75% rise in laughter, according to an American University PhD student, who studied transcripts of the Federal Open Market Committee at the Federal Reserve. Laughter usually comes in response to witticisms during a meeting at the time of the inflation forecast, and has been shown to be a mechanism for coping with the stress of a perceived threat."
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Researchers Develop The Most Detailed Map Of Gravitational Variations Ever

schliz schliz writes  |  1 year,4 days

schliz (994115) writes "An Australian-German team of researchers has developed the most detailed map of gravitational variations ever, using satellite data, gravitational readings and small-scale topographical models. They say the data will help civil engineers and miners, and will be available for free online.

Gravity varies because the Earth isn't perfectly spherical. According to the new map, gravity is 0.7% greater near the North Pole (9.83ms-2) than at Peru’s Nevado Huascaran summit (9.76ms-2). The difference is 40% more than previously expected."

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Geneticists Extend The Lifespan Of Yeast; Findings Could Slow Human Aging

schliz schliz writes  |  1 year,11 days

schliz (994115) writes "A team of scientists from Japan and New Zealand have helped baker’s yeast live 50% longer than usual by artificially stabilizing a genetic sequence called ribosomal DNA. The study’s authors say that rDNA is a “hot spot for production of the aging signal”. Because rDNA genes are very similar in yeast and humans, they say their experiment is a first step towards anti-aging drugs."
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Chemists build app that could identify cheap replacements for luxury wines

schliz schliz writes  |  about a year ago

schliz (994115) writes "Australian startup Wine Cue is combining the chemical composition of wines with customer ratings for what it hopes to be a more objective wine recommendation engine than existing systems that are based on historical transactions. The technology is likely to reach the market as a smartphone app, and could be used to identify cheap alternatives to expensive bottles."
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Australia's got some weird political parties running in its September election

schliz schliz writes  |  about a year ago

schliz (994115) writes "Business Insider has posted a list of 10 "Unusual Political Parties" that will contest the Australian federal election this year.

There are some cool ones in the list, like Future Party, which is basically run by scientists and mathematicians, and the WikiLeaks Party, with Julian Assange running for a seat. Others are just kind of weird, like Bullet Train for Australia... which is " run by ordinary voters who want, among other things, “a faster way to get out of town for a holiday”.""

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Salesforce's secret sauce

schliz schliz writes  |  about 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "Salesforce.com's head of infrastructure Steve Fisher has explained how it uses commodity hardware and custom software to provide software as a service to some 100,000 customers around the world. Instead of using virtualization, Salesforce treats all customer data as part of a single application server and database, and presents customers with the "illusion" of their own environments through metadata."
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Bank puts 1b transaction records behind analytics site

schliz schliz writes  |  about 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "Australia's UBank has put a billion real-world transaction records behind a website that allows users to compare their spending habits with others of the same gender, in the same age/income range, neighborhood and living situation. The 'PeopleLikeU' tool surfaces favorite shops and restaurants surprisingly accurately — because it's based on real customers' transactions, it lists places like good takeout joints that wouldn't normally come to mind when you think of a favorite place to eat. The bank says all data was 'deidentified' and it consulted with privacy authorities."
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Privacy advocates oppose Aussie data breach laws

schliz schliz writes  |  about 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "This week, Australia's Attorney-General released a discussion paper about introducing laws that would force companies to notify members of the public any time personal information about that customer falls into the wrong hands. California introduced similar mandatory data breach notification laws in 2003, but Australian privacy advocates are now opposing the move, saying it's a decade too late."
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Aussie Tax Office wants phone tapping, data retention

schliz schliz writes  |  about 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "The Australian Taxation Office has called for phone-tapping powers while backing a controversial proposal to force telcos to store web traffic and subscriber data for up to two years. It said such data may be crucial to investigations, with the Commissioner of Taxation previously explaining that the connection between criminals and their finances made them "especially vulnerable to revenue collection agencies, because of the ability to identify the discrepancy between their wealthy lifestyle and modest tax declarations".

The Tax Office's statements come after this week's passage of new legislation that will allow law enforcement agencies to force internet service providers to store data on subscribers while an official warrant is sought."

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Australia passes 'lite' data retention laws

schliz schliz writes  |  about 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "Australian parliament has passed a bill that will allow law enforcement agencies to force internet service providers to store data on subscribers while an official warrant is sought.

The changes move Australia closer to its two-year-old proposal to accede to the 2004 Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime, designed to assist with international cybercrime investigations through sharing of information on persons of interest, among other avenues."

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Amadeus commits €16.3m to improving data centre uptime

schliz schliz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "Travel industry IT giant Amadeus has spoken out about major outages that delayed passengers of Qantas, Finnair, Air Canada, Southwest Airlines, Air France, KLM, and others in recent years.
In 1996, Amadeus systems were used predominantly by travel agents, and handled about 27 queries for each airline booking. This has grown to 270 queries per booking — over a billion queries a day — thanks to how customers are now using the system to check and book their travel directly on the web."

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Australian Army upgrades battle simulator

schliz schliz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "The Australian Army has spent $2.8m on upgrading a core battlefield simulation system that it has used since 2005, to train soldiers deploying to Iraq. The software is developed by Bohemia Interactive; a version of the product is also available for Defence personnel to use on their home computers along with commercial variants. Defence says it does not consider the simulator as a gaming system."
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Aussie network engineers form members-only ISP

schliz schliz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "A group of Australian network engineers is planning to launch a not-for-profit internet service provider that will provide access to the nation's high-speed NBN fibre network for like-minded people.

The cooperative, dubbed "No ISP", has no staff or add-on services to keep costs down. Members will be able to 'trade' excess download quota for a market-based price, depending on supply and demand."

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Aussie telco lays new fibre for microsecond trading boost

schliz schliz writes  |  more than 2 years ago

schliz (994115) writes "Australian data centre and telecommunications provider Vocus has installed two new underwater fibre links across the Sydney Harbour in a bid for the lowest connection latency between the city's financial district and the Australian Securities Exchange's recently opened data centre, north of the CBD. The project involved 1.6 kilometres of custom, 312-core single-mode optical fibre cable, and was expected to deliver a route that is 400 metres shorter than existing links. RTFA for pretty installation photos."
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DoD software pirate extradition likely first of many

schliz schliz writes  |  more than 7 years ago The recent extradition of Australian resident Hew Griffiths (of Drink or Die fame) could set precedence for similarly harsh sentencing of software pirates worldwide, Australian technology lawyer Nick Abrahams predicts in an interview.

"Particularly in the U.S. where the #1 export is intellectual property, they are incredibly vigilant; I see this as the start of more international prosecution for cyber-related crime," he said.

Hew Griffiths faces up to 10 years in a U.S. prison, on top of a hefty fine. This seems a rather harsh punishment for intellectual property theft, especially since the average punishment for rape in the Australian state of Victoria is 6 years and 10 months.

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