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+ - 116 When is it a good idea to incorporate?

Submitted by stairmaster
stairmaster (2652939) writes "A couple of months ago I came across an opportunity to supplement my income by doing some consulting work (read mobile app development) on the side. It appears that I will be doing this work for some time and my question for you, the /. community, is this: is it worth it to incorporate as a business? I know that the answer to this question is extremely dependent on circumstance but I'm interested in your experiences. Have you been in a similar situation and if you have how did it work out for you?"

+ - 194 Scotch Tape Turns Semiconductors Into Superconductors-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Move over, duct tape; you’re not the only brand of store bought tape with near-magical powers anymore. Scotch tape, that humblest denizen of the office supply store, has surprised researchers at the University of Toronto with the ability to transform semiconductors into high-energy superconductors. The discovery could have repercussions for the computing industry — especially the young field of quantum computing — and could even improve energy efficiency in electronics in general."
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The Media

+ - 113 Scientists Themselves Play Large Role in Bad Reporting

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "A lot of science reporting is sensationalized nonsense but are are journalists, as a whole, really that bad at their jobs? Christie Wilcox reports that a team of French scientists have examined the language used in press releases for medical studies and found it was the scientists and their press offices that were largely to blame. As expected, they found that the media’s portrayal of results was often sensationalistic. More than half of the news items they examined contained spin. But, while the researchers found a lot of over-reporting, they concluded that most of it was “probably related to the presence of ‘‘spin’’ in conclusions of the scientific article’s abstract.” It turns out that 47% of the press releases contained spin. Even more importantly, of the studies they examined, 40% of the study abstracts or conclusions did, too. When the study itself didn’t contain spin to begin with, only 17% of the news items were sensationalistic, and of those, 3/4 got their hype from the press release. "In the journal articles themselves, they found that authors spun their own results a variety of ways," writes Wilcox. "Most didn’t acknowledge that their results were not significant or chose to focus on smaller, significant findings instead of overall non-significant ones in their abstracts and conclusions, though some contained outright inappropriate interpretations of their data.""

+ - 107 Apple bans words from iTunes which would make a 4th grader giggle->

Submitted by Nate the greatest
Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Remember when (a href="">Apple banned the word Jailbreak from iTunes? It looks like Apple might be up to their old tricks. A friend tipped me today to the fact that Apple is now censoring a couple words in iTunes. If you search for the words, any book or song title which uses them will show the first letter of the word and asterisks instead of the complete word. The 2 banned words are body parts, and you almost certainly have one or the other (penis, vagina). I knew that Apple has a youth oriented culture but this is getting ridiculous."
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+ - 120 Moo, Tracking School Children With RFID->

Submitted by niftymitch
niftymitch (1625721) writes "Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates Radio Frequency Identification Device chips to monitor livestock, a Texas school district just begun implanting the devices on student identification cards to monitor pupils’ movements on campus, and to track them as they come and go from school.

Tagging school children with RFID chips is uncommon, but not new.

The risk is in the abuse. Merchants and many many more locations can deploy readers and track these passive ID tags. The result is that it is not only the school that can track the students."

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+ - 190 Unusual discovery of new African monkey species-> 1

Submitted by rhettb
rhettb (1067382) writes "In a remote and largely unexplored rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), researchers have made an astounding discovery: a new monkey species. The new primate, which is name the lesula and described in a paper in the journal PLoS ONE, was first noticed by scientist and explorer, John Hart, in 2007. The discovery of a new primate species is rare nowadays. In fact, the lesula is only the second newly discovered monkey in Africa in the past 28 years."
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+ - 117 How do I convince a school not to standardize on iPads?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "My daughter's school is currently considering mandating tablets for all students. They are leaning towards iPads, but I would like to convince them to allow other tablets (Android?) as well. I don't like Apple very much and would loath to be forced to spend money on their products. It doesn't appear they have chosen iPad specific educational apps yet, so there should be some flexibility. But obviously, they might want to avoid perceived complications caused by having different devices in the classroom.

Can you suggest some good arguments against iPads, which I could present to the school? Price? Not wanting to support an 'unethical' company? Closed, un-free system? Teaching the children that there is choice in the market place? Have you had these discussions before? How successful were they for you?"

+ - 181 House Approves Extending the Warrantless Wiretapping Act->

Submitted by wiedzmin
wiedzmin (1269816) writes "US House of Representatives voted 301-118 today, in favor of extending the FISA Amendments Act until December 31st, 2017, effectively reauthorizing the broad electronic eavesdropping powers that largely legalized the George W. Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program."
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+ - 120 Discovery Suggests That "Virgin Births" May Be Common in the Wild->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Virgin births have been discovered in wild vertebrates for the first time, suggesting that reproducing without the need for a male may not be so rare in the animal kingdom.
Scientists found that two wild snake species: the copperhead snake and the pit viper snake can reproduce fertilization from a male in a process called facultative parthenogenesis, in which an unfertilized egg develops to maturity.
Experts noted that while asexual reproduction is common among invertebrates, or animals without backbones, birth via parthenogenesis rarely occurs in vertebrates, and have only been observed in vertebrates in captivity to females that have been kept away from males."

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+ - 117 Stem Cells Turn Hearing Back On->

Submitted by puddingebola
puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "Scientists have enabled deaf gerbils to hear again—with the help of transplanted cells that develop into nerves that can transmit auditory information from the ears to the brain. The advance, reported today in Nature, could be the basis for a therapy to treat various kinds of hearing loss.""
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+ - 117 Intel Confirms Decline of Server Giants->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Wired article discusses the relative decline of Dell, HP, and IBM in the server market over the past few years. Whereas those three companies once provided 75% of Intel's server chip revenue, those revenues are now split between the big three and five other companies as well. Google is fifth on the list. 't’s the big web players that are moving away from the HPs and the Dells, and most of these same companies offer large “cloud” services that let other businesses run their operations without purchasing servers in the first place. To be sure, as the market shifts, HP, Dell, and IBM are working to reinvent themselves. Dell, for instance, launched a new business unit dedicated to building custom gear for the big web players — Dell Data Center Services — and all these outfits are now offering their own cloud services. But the tide is against them.'"
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+ - 222 MP seeking to outlaw 'written accounts of child abuse'->

Submitted by Anduril1986
Anduril1986 (1908840) writes "A UK Conservative MP is seeking to expand censorship in another 'think of the children' debate. The plan this time is to make it illegal to possess written accounts of child abuse. According to Sir Paul Beresford, the MP for Mole Valley such writing "fuels the fantasies" of offenders and could lead to the physical abuse of children.

FYI Paul Beresford is the MP responsible for campaigning to make it illegal to forget your encryption keys.."

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+ - 134 Data Science into a spectator "sport"?->

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vu1986 writes "Kaggle has a "predictive-modeling competition platform that makes public the competitors in invite-only private competitions. Think of it like watching a major tournament in golf or tennis, where you can watch the best in the world shoot it out to see whose algorithms are king. Kaggle’s tagline is “We’re making data science a sport.” Maybe now it can make data science a spectator sport.""
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+ - 125 Europe sets sights on asteroid tracking radars->

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coondoggie writes "The European Space Agency today said it would develop a radar system that will be capable of tracking space hazards such as asteroids and orbital debris. ESA and France's Office National d'Etudes et Recherches Aérospatiales — research center will work with five other partners in France, Spain and Switzerland to this month design a test surveillance radar and develop a $6 million demonstrator model."
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United States

+ - 143 The Awful Film That's Ignited Anti-American Fury in the Middle East-> 1

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pigrabbitbear writes "Yesterday a chanting crowd of approximately 2,000 Egyptians stormed the walls of the American embassy in Cairo, while another mob in Benghazi stormed the U.S. consulate there. In Egypt, the mob scaled the embassy and tore the U.S. flag to pieces while raising a black Islamic flag of their own. In Benghazi, RPGs were fired at the consulate which was also set to flames. Twenty gunmen fired rounds and rockets, one of which killed Chris Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya who’s spent the last five years serving there. Three other Americans were also killed on the consulate grounds in Benghazi last night.

Amateurish films funded by religious fundamentalists aren’t uncommon. But translate them into the language of other religious fundamentalists, and you can spark a hell-storm of murderous fury."

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+ - 119 Link between H1N1 and Flu Vaccines confirmed in 5 studies, recreated in ferrets.->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Vancouver researcher's findings help strengthen the evidence that the "Flu Shot" is linked to the H1N1 virus. 5 separate studies confirmed initial findings which noted the link, but were dismissed as a "Canadian problem" when other studies claimed different results in their findings. Now the link has been demonstrated as the study has been recreated in ferrets, which casts serious doubt on the claim that the initial studies were flawed."
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