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Submission + - Open Source is insecure says Disney (theregister.co.uk) 1

dgharmon writes: 'A Disney sitcom .. has slipped in an insult to open source software .. In the offending episode .. a squeaky-voiced, glasses-and-argyle-jumper-wearing kid who is clearly meant to be a nerd, is asked to fix another character's stricken computer. His diagnostic repartee sees him ask':

“Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?”

Submission + - Recording streaming audio on an intranet? 2

dousette writes: "I have been tasked with modernizing our company's board room. Replacing the overhead projector with a more modern LCD projector is a no-brainer, speakers are easy enough to wire off of the HDMI projector, but one of the requirements that has me stumped is the recording of minutes. The existing system uses wired microphones connected to a cassette player, and what I would love to replace this with are some sort of Ethernet microphone that could stream directly to a Windows file share. Does such an animal exist? Do you have any other suggestions for the room that I might be missing?"

Submission + - The Mathematics of 'Legitimate Rape' and Pregnancy

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "James Hamblin, MD writes in the Atlantic that it's unclear how common the misconception that women rarely become pregnant after rape may be, but remarks by Missouri Senatorial nominee Todd Akin that "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down" may provide some benefit as a learning opportunity. "From a holistic perspective, one might hypothesize that a woman's body could respond to the extreme stress and trauma of enduring rape in such a way that she would be physiologically more likely to miscarry (or not to conceive at all)," writes Hamblin. After all there is a multi-million dollar alternative reproductive health market aimed at optimizing an environment for conception so there could be something to a theory that the other, much darker end of that spectrum functions analogously. But that hypothesis doesn't hold, to any relevant degree. A widely-cited 1996 study from the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology sampled over 4,000 women and found that the rape-related pregnancy rate was 5.0 percent and studies from other countries have reported the percentage to be even greater. "As pervasive as abortion conversation is, it's important that we're all on the same page about reproductive physiology. How common is this belief that rape rarely leads to pregnancy? If people are earnestly advancing a cause that mistakenly overlooks 32,000 annual rape-related pregnancies, Akin's remarks calling this to light may have an upside.""

Submission + - German government wants Google to pay for the right to link to news sites (aljazeera.com)

presroi writes: "Al Jazeera is reporting on the current state of plans by the German government to amend the national copyright law. The so-called "Leistungsschutzrecht" (neighbouring right) for publishers is introducing the right for press publishers to demand financial compensation if a company such as Google wants to link to their web site. Since the New York Times reported on this issue in March this year, two draft bills have been released by the Minister of Justice and have triggered strong criticism from the entire political spectrum in Germany, companies and activist bloggers.

(Full disclosure: I am being quoted by Al Jazeera in this article)"


Submission + - Rover fuel came from Russian nuke factory (slate.com)

gbrumfiel writes: The Curiosity rover will soon start rolling, and when it does, it will be running on gas from a Russian weapon's plant. Slate has the story of how the plutonium-238 that powers the rover came from Mayak, a Sovit-era bomb factory. Mayak made the fuel through reprocessing, a chemical process used to make nuclear warheads that also polluted the surrounding environment. After the cold war ended, the Russians sold the spare pu-238 to NASA, which put some of it into Curiosity. Now, the Russian supply is running low and Nasa hopes to restart pu-238 production on US soil (They're planning on making less of a mess this time).

Submission + - Next Mars mission selected for funding (washingtonpost.com)

Dr Bip writes: Flush with the good news coming from Mars, NASA has announced that JPL has won funding for the next mission to Mars. It seems that the lander will be carrying a self-driving mole developed by the german space agency (DLR). Commiserations to the two other projects that were also in the selection finale (TiME and CHopper).

Note the DLR mole's last attempt to get to Mars was with the Bealge 2 lander, fingers crossed for this second attempt.

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Submission + - Teacher Fired for Refusing to Make Students Buy E-Textbooks (www.good.is)

cultiv8 writes:

Wanting to save his students some money, rather than requiring them to buy an e-book he considered “redundant” and “irrelevant,” he left all texts off his syllabus and is now out of a job because of it. Tracy, who has previously never required books for his Photoshop class, was informed by school administrators that all teachers must require e-book purchases from their students as part of a new school policy. When Tracy refused to adhere to that policy, he received a letter dated last Tuesday, August 10, from school president Gregory Marick, who issued this ultimatum: "As you have been previously informed, you are required to utilize an eBook from the listFailure to comply with this directive will result in your immediate termination of employment for insubordination." The teacher refused, and was fired August 14.

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Submission + - Sealed-box Macs: should computers be disposable? (computerworld.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Apple's new Retina MacBook Pro is essentially completely non-upgradable, a sealed-box, following a trend started with the MacBook Air in 2008. It's a given that hardware companies are in the business of selling hardware, and would love for computers to have iPhone-like replacement cycles of 1-3 years, but does this mean we're moving irresistibly into an era of "sealed-unit computing," even for power users?

Submission + - The Enterprise Datacenter OS War is Over: Linux, Microsoft at Stalemate (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Paul Teich argues that Linux will never gain significantly more share of enterprise datacenters; it’s at a market standoff with Windows, that is, until advances in cloud services make owning your own enterprise datacenter obsolete.

The Linux portion of public cloud installed infrastructure is today mostly a collection of proprietary and non-public modifications to public distributions, he argues, which means that current Linux enterprise distributions (like RHEL) are not selling much into this market."


Submission + - Apple Is Now the Most Valuable Company In History

derekmead writes: Apple, as of this morning, is valued at $621 billion, thanks to a stock price that spiked at $663.10 per share (and that has risen this afternoon). That finally beats Microsoft, who previously held the record for most valuable company in 1999 at $619 billion. Incredibly, Apple has almost doubled its valuation in the last year, when it topped Exxon-Mobil for most valuable American company with a valuation of $346 billion.

It’s not the cleanest comparison, but to give you an idea of how much $621 billion actually is, only 23 countries had a GDP higher than that in 2011. So, basically, Apple alone is worth more than what 200+ countries in the world could produce in an entire year.

Submission + - US Army grants $3 million for anti-suicide nasal spray research â" RT (rt.com)

rabok writes: The US Army has awarded a scientist at the Indiana University School of Medicine $3 million to develop a nasal spray that eclipses suicidal thoughts. Dr. Michael Kubek and his research team will have three years to ascertain whether the nasal spray is a safe and effective method of preventing suicides.

Since the 1970's scientists have known that the natually occurring neurochemical thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) has powerful antidepressant effects, and works quite rapidly. Until now doctors have only been able to administer TRH through spinal cord injections, pills & blood injections do not allow TRH to enter the brain. With the new technology the researchers have found that the nasal cavity can safely carry TRH across the blood-brain barrier.


Submission + - Near-universal Mexican healthcare coverage results from science-informed changes (nature.com) 4

ananyo writes: A revamp of Mexico’s beleaguered health-care system is proving to be a runaway success and offers a model for other nations seeking to reform their own systems, according to a review published this week in The Lancet (abstract). The key to the scheme’s success is the way in which it has modified its reforms in response to scientific assessments of their effectiveness, the authors say.
Launched in a law in 2003, the Mexican scheme was designed to sort out widespread inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the country's health-care system. Some 50 million Mexicans — nearly half the country’s population — who previously were not covered by health insurance are now enrolled, leading the scheme’s architects to claim that the country has near-universal health-care coverage.
As well as the increased coverage, the scheme has seen the number of conditions treated under Mexican public health insurance nearly quintuple. Admittedly, the former health minister Julio Frenk, now dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, is a co-author on the paper.


Submission + - Facebook Terrorism? Ex-Marine arrested, 9-11 conspiracy posts ruled 'terrorist i (networkworld.com) 1

colinneagle writes: There are conspiracy theorists who believe 9/11 was an inside job. I don't really follow that news, but can people be arrested after saying so online, exercising their First Amendment right to Freedom of Speech? On August 16, the FBI, Secret Service and the Chesterfield Police arrested a decorated former U.S. Marine for "airing his critical views of the U.S. government on Facebook."

On Facebook, Raub talked about the Illuminati, a shadow organization in which "some of the leaders were involved with the bombing of the twin towers" and the "great amount of evil perpetrated by the American Government." He said people may think he was going crazy, but a "civil war," the "Revolution" is coming. "I'm starting the Revolution. I'm done waiting." On July 24, he said he was at a "great crossroads. As if a storm of destiny is about to pick me up and take me to fight a great battle." On August 9 he talked about severing heads and told the generals he was coming for them. On August 13, he wrote, "Sharpen up my axe; I'm here to sever heads." On August 14, Raub wrote, "The Revolution will come for me. Men will be at my door soon to pick me up to lead it." On August 15, Raub wrote, "And they will say he said it to the NSA first."

Is there such a thing as Facebook terrorism?