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+ - 208 Can a court order you to delete a facebook account?-> 4

Submitted by jaymz666
jaymz666 (34050) writes "Can a court really order you to delete a Facebook account?
When Asher initially appeared in court after the July 20 accident, the judge told her to delete her Facebook account, Kittinger said. Asher did not take it seriously, and was charged with contempt of court when the judge learned her Facebook page was still active.

Seems like a big over reach."

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Education

+ - 193 Ask Slashdot: Where should a geek's charitable donations go? 5

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm in the position to direct (or at least suggest the direction of) a fairly large amount of charitable donation on behalf of a foundation interested in promoting education. As a lifelong geek, I'd like to see some of this money directed toward organizations involved in things geeks like (e.g. spreading technology in education to those without it, improving the use of technology for those who have it, etc.). If it was up to you, what charitable organizations would you support and why?"
Programming

+ - 169 Designers Criticize Apple's User Interface for OS X and iOS

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Austin Carr writes that a number of user interface designers have become increasingly critical of Apple’s approach to software user interface design with much of their censure directed against a trend called skeuomorphism, a term for when objects retain ornamental elements of past that are no longer necessary to the current objects’ functions such as calendars with faux leather-stitching, bookshelves with wood veneers, fake glass and paper and brushed chrome. "It’s visual masturbation," says one former senior UI designer at Apple who worked closely with Steve Jobs. "It’s like the designers are flexing their muscles to show you how good of a visual rendering they can do of a physical object. Who cares?" The issue is two-fold: first, that traditional visual metaphors no longer translate to modern users; and second, that excessive digital imitation of real-world objects creates confusion among users. "I’m old enough, sure, but some of the guys in my office have never seen a Rolodex in real life," says Designer Gadi Amit. "Our culture has changed. We don’t need translation of the digital medium in mechanical real-life terms. It’s an old-fashioned paradigm." One beneficiary could be Microsoft where the design of Windows 8 distances itself from skeuomorphism emphasizing a flat user interface that’s minimalist to the core with icons without embellishments: no bevel, no 3-D flourishes, no glossiness and no drop shadow. "It’s Microsoft’s stripped-down UI that many find appealing," writes Carr, "a welcome alternative to Apple’s approach to software design.""
Science

+ - 140 Scientists say that prejudice can cause depression->

Submitted by keyblade5
keyblade5 (1819472) writes "It's commonly known that many people have depression that is caused by persistent, automatic negative thoughts about themselves (e.g., "I'm stupid," "I'm ugly"). Some scientists recently put out an article elaborating on how these cognitions in depression are the same type of neurocognitive structure as the automatic negative stereotypes studied by prejudice researchers. Like these depressive thoughts, most automatic or "implicit" prejudice is caused by persistent, automatic negative stereotypes (e.g., "That Black guy is a criminal,"). "This depression caused by prejudice – which the researchers call deprejudice — can occur at many levels. In the classic case, prejudice causes depression at the societal level (e.g., Nazis’ prejudice causing Jews’ depression), but this causal chain can also occur at the interpersonal level (e.g., an abuser’s prejudice causing an abusee’s depression), or even at the intrapersonal level, within a single person (e.g., a man’s prejudice against himself causing his depression)." By identifying and elaborating the common neurocognitive cause of these very different phenomena, the scientists reveal that the past century of research on depression can be used to improve interventions against prejudice, and depression researchers can harness decades of prejudice research to improve treatments for depression. This work is an amazing reminder of how, sometimes, we as scientists can get caught up in our terminology and not realize that we may use different words to describe exactly the same underlying process."
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Books

+ - 190 Amazon's Free Graphic Novel Could Become A Movie?->

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Amazon's just announced that they're giving away a free graphic novel — a supernatural "horror" comic set during the Civil War — that you can read online or with a Kindle app (or the Kindle Fire tablet). But it looks like Amazon's ultimate plan is to film it as their own movie. “If we made this comic into a full-budget feature film, would you go see it?” Amazon asks on the first page of the graphic novel. In the last two years, "Amazon Studios" pored through more than 10,000 possible movie screenplays, and ultimately settled on just 17 finalists (along with nine possible TV series), saying crowdsourcing convinced them to test this idea "for viability as a major motion picture.”"
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+ - 195 Patent Troll sues... uh... just about everyone-> 1

Submitted by zaba
zaba (746842) writes "A company named PersonalWeb Technologies has decided a host of heavy players in the tech industry, including Apple, Facebook, IBM, Microsoft and Yahoo! for patents it holds related to data processing.

They have a previous suit against other big names like Amazon, Google and HP.

Anyone care to guess where the company is based or where the suits were filed?"

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Google

+ - 149 Author Silvia Hartmann Writing Novel in Public via Google Docs->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Are you familiar with the works of author Silvia Hartmann? No? Well, neither are we. Apparently she writes about magic, energies, and something called “EmoTrance“.

We don’t know much about mystical emo energy here at The Powerbase, but we do know about the virtues of developing things out in the open, which is just what Silvia is doing now with the “Naked Writer Project”. The entirety of her new book “The Dragon Lords” is being written in full view of the public through the collaborative functions of Google Docs."

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Open Source

+ - 227 Best Open Source Software of the Year->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld has announced the winners of its sixth annual Best of Open Source Software Awards, including more than 100 worthy projects across seven categories, from desktop apps, to databases, to application development tools. 'We've taken it upon ourselves to plow through all that frenetic activity and dig up the juiciest, smartest, and most useful open source software available. If you'd just like to page through from beginning to end, start here. Stick around in this article and you'll get a tour of the important trends in open source this year.'"
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Games

+ - 140 BioWare Founders Announce Retirement->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "BioWare founders and doctors, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk announced their retirement from the gaming company as well as the video game industry. In two separate blog posts, the founders who were awarded the 2011 Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame announced their decision and their future plans. Muzyka writes, "After nearly two decades in videogames, I’ve decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges." Zeschuk writes, "I’ve reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation.""
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Windows

+ - 162 Maybe with help from Google and Adobe, Microsoft can kill Windows XP->

Submitted by colinneagle
colinneagle (2544914) writes "Google announced last Friday that, in accordance to its policy of supporting a current browser and the immediate predecessor, its Google Apps productivity suite would drop support for Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) once Windows 8 ships. Neither IE9 nor IE10 are available on XP. Adobe announced on the Photoshop Blog that the next version of Photoshop CS would support only Windows 7 and 8. The current version, CS6, is available for XP but, amusingly, not for Vista, which was its successor.

This is a much-needed boost for Microsoft, which anxiously wants to put XP out to pasture after 11 years. Despite efforts to get rid of the old OS, XP still holds 43% of the market, according to the latest monthly data from Net Applications. Among Steam customers, Windows 7 has 70% market share, covering both 32-bit and 64-bit, while XP has 12%.

That confirms what has been known for some time: consumers are adopting Windows 7 at a much faster rate than businesses. I know there is a whole economic argument to be had, and these numbers are not precise or scientific, but if XP really can be found in only 12% of households but 43% of businesses (or something close to that), then it really is time for the enterprise to stop dragging its tail."

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Science

+ - 168 A Step Forward for Fusion->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "In the high-stakes race to realize fusion energy, a smaller lab may be putting the squeeze on the big boys. Worldwide efforts to harness fusion for energy on Earth currently focus on two multibillion dollar facilities: the ITER fusion reactor in France and the National Ignition Facility (NIF) in California. But other, cheaper approaches exist—and one of them may have a chance to be the first to reach "break-even," a key milestone in which a process produces more energy than needed to trigger the fusion reaction. Researchers at the Sandia National Laboratory in New Mexico are set to announce that their process, known as magnetized liner inertial fusion, has passed the first of three tests, putting it on track for an attempt at the coveted break-even. The team expects to take its first shot at fusion before the end of 2013."
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+ - 179 ASK SLASHDOT: Hearing Aids that directly connect to smart phones 2

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mtcups
mtcups writes "I am a musician/IT guy whose hearing has suffered from VERY LOUD guitar players, (yes I do use earplugs now, but too late), and am faced with the outrageously priced hearing aids $4.5K+/pair and was appalled at their lack of integration with smart phones. It seems obvious to me that I should be able to control the hearing aids via a smart phone interface so I can shape the profile for different environments, and also control features like "hearing loops" and Bluetooth connections. I have done some research, but my guess is that the hearing aid companies want proprietary systems and don't want a smartphone interface since they would loose control and it would allow for competition for cheaper & better programs.
I am not convinced that a combination of good ear-buds, good microphone(s), and a smartphone interface couldn't totally replace these overpriced solutions.
Open source devices for the hearing impaired would be a boon, wouldn't you agree?"

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