Book Review: The Human Division
I've seen both of those movies, and I just finished The Human Division just yesterday. The movies are great, and the book is good, but the book itself and TFA aren't related to the movies really at all.
They could be, but Scalzi chooses to treat the CDF warriors as modified humans, rather than a different species entirely.
Ask Slashdot: What's Your Take On Stand-Up Desks?
The desks at my work are on hydraulics, so they can be raised or lowered at will. It's great to be able to raise your desk and stand for a while after sitting for a couple hours, but I wouldn't want to have to be forced to stand all the time.
The desks get high enough that I can push my high-backed office chair underneath it, and low enough to get probably two feet or so off the ground. It's a great compromise between having to sit or stand the entire day.
Korean Artist's Intentionally Useless Satellite To Launch This December
Oh come on. I can't imagine that this $400 "satellite" has a propulsion system of any kind. It will deorbit in months if not weeks, and burn up on reentry in to the atmosphere.
This satellite isn't going to be space junk.
Gubernatorial Candidate Wants to Sell Speeding Passes for $25
The speed limit is 75 most of the way through Nebraska on I-80. :-)
Apple Announces New iPods, iTunes 10, Social Network, AppleTV
Indeed, here's a photo of someone using their Android phone to watch the keynote.
A delicious steak should be ...
Charcoal-grill is the best way to cook a steak.
Hank Hill disagrees with you. :-)
New Linux Petabyte-Scale Distributed File System
"Do you have support for smooth, full-screen Flash video yet?"
Frankly, that's Adobe's fault, not ours.
The Fruit Fly Drosophila Gets a New Name
Here's an easy one for you:
Turdus migratorius, or the American Robin.
I learned that one when I was like 5, and remembered it solely because it had the word "Turd" in it. :-)
Half-Male, Half-Female Fowl Explain Birds' Sex Determination
There should be a "bad puns" mod option...
8% of Your DNA Comes From a Virus
This is actually quite similar what happens in the Hyperion books, except with nanotech instead of viruses.
Ex-Astronaut Developing Plasma Rocket To Revitalize NASA
No idea why, but the video page linked in the summary totally kills my Kubuntu box. Had to do a hard restart, twice, until I finally just decided to try not watching the videos. :-(
Parallel Processing For Cardiac Simulations Using an Xbox 360
I thought everyone used the PS3 for this sort of off-the-shelf supercomputer thing.
Console Makers Scaling Back Their Push For HD
Sure... but the 1600x1200 of 1999-2000 is 1920x1200 or higher these days.
Dell Says High Linux Netbook Returns a "Non-Issue"
According to Dell, and TFA, Linux netbooks don't have high returns vs. windows netbooks.
Can We Build a Human Brain Into a Microchip?
Don't forget that it's your anniversary too. :-)
US Declares Public Health Emergency Over Swine Flu
When we kill germs with powerful disinfectants, we eliminate the chances of allowing our immune system to strengthen itself. I see commercials for cleaners that kiil 99.9% of bacteria, commercials for disinfectants aimed at parents using children as an excuse for sanitizing everything they touch so they don't get a cold.
The more we continue to push for stricter standards, and the increased sanitization of our homes, workplaces, and restaurants, the weaker our immune systems will get, and the more deadly previously harmless germs will become.
GERMS ARE GOOD!
All I can say is "I told you so.".
I agree with your premise - people aren't dirty enough these days, and it's bad for them. However, this is a virus, not a "germ". Disinfectants like the ones you describe do not work against viruses, and will neither help nor hinder the spread of the swine flu virus.
Privacy In BitTorrent By Hiding In the Crowd
It seems like more and more of Cory Doctorow's book "Little Brother" is coming to life. In relation to this article, see chaff.
Violent Video Games Can Improve Vision
Unreal Tournament 2004 is very bright. It has fantastic lighting - eye strain is never an issue.
Google Engineers Say IPv6 Is Easy, Not Expensive
Sure, it's easy if you work for Google. :-(