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Comment: Re:A true and accurate and transparent lie detecto (Score 1) 456

by Colan (#43220139) Attached to: If I could augment my senses (w/ implant or similar) ...
It may not be built-in, but there is a program that automatically checks facts in the political world. ( http://techcrunch.com/2013/01/29/realtime-political-fact-checking-becomes-a-reality-with-wapos-truth-teller/ ) Maybe someday it can be expanded to a wider range of scenarios, and perhaps integrated with Google Glass? That would keep people on their toes. :-D

Comment: Assuming you will always type the same way. (Score 5, Interesting) 69

---If you ever get a sprained wrist, you'll be locked out of your computer. Hopefully, there would be alternate authentication methods built in. And what happens if you don't log into your computer for an extended period of time? After I learned to type (taking lots of notes does that to you), my typing ability and methods (and patterns/rhythms) had completely changed. That was in the course of a month. At the end of that time, I would have been locked out of my computer.
Technology

+ - 4D Printing: Objects That Make Themselves->

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iONiUM writes "From the article: "Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.
At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble."
There could be many applications for this. Definitely a cool step forward."

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+ - Moscow's speed cameras 'knackered' by MYSTERY malware->

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iComp writes "Malware has infected a Russian police computer network, knackering speed cameras in and around Moscow, according to reports.

Broadsheet daily Izvestia reckons a server operated by the Office of Traffic Police was infiltrated by an unidentified Trojan. The infection disabled parts of the cops' Arrow-ST system used to monitor key highways in and around the Russian capital, we're told.

Cleaning up the mess has been complicated by the transfer of a government contract for the equipment's maintenance: SK Region, the supplier of the kit, handed the reins over to IntechGeoTrans earlier this year.

The cameras should bring in 100 million roubles ($3.2m) per month in speeding fines, but the network apparently hasn't been working properly for at least two weeks. Some reports suggested it went wrong as early as the start of February.

All this has sparked a massive political row: politicians blamed IntechGeoTrans for not sorting out the problem, but the company claimed it inherited a system in a state of chronic disrepair."

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Government

+ - Homeland Security Stole Michael Arrington's Boat-> 2

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An anonymous reader writes "Michael Arrington, founder of TechCrunch, lives near Seattle and bought a boat there. He ordered it from a company based near him, but across the border in Canada. Yesterday, the company tried to deliver it to him, and it had to clear customs. An agent for the Department of Homeland Security asked him to sign a form. The form contained information about the bought, including its cost. The price was correct, but it was in U.S. dollars rather than Canadian dollars. Since the form contained legal warnings about making sure everything on it is true and accurate, Arrington suggested to the agent that they correct the error. She responded by seizing the boat. 'As in, demanded that we get off the boat, demanded the keys and took physical control of it. What struck me the most about the situation is how excited she got about seizing the boat. Like she was just itching for something like this to happen. This was a very happy day for her. ... A person with a gun and a government badge asked me to swear in writing that a lie was true today. And when I didn’t do what she wanted she simply took my boat and asked me to leave.'"
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Android

+ - Pwnie Express releases network hacking Kit->

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puddingebola (2036796) writes "From the article, "The folks at security tools company Pwnie Express have built a tablet that can bash the heck out of corporate networks. Called the Pwn Pad, it’s a full-fledged hacking toolkit built atop Google’s Android operating system.
Some important hacking tools have already been ported to Android, but Pwnie Express says that they’ve added some new ones. Most importantly, this is the first time that they’ve been able to get popular wireless hacking tools like Aircrack-ng and Kismet to work on an Android device."

Pwnie Express the price is $795."

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Businesses

+ - For Businesses College Degree Is the New High School Diploma

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The NY Times reports that a college degree is becoming the new high school diploma: the new minimum requirement for getting even the lowest-level job with many jobs that didn’t used to require a diploma — positions like dental hygienists, cargo agents, clerks and claims adjusters — increasingly requiring a college degree. From the point of view of business, with so many people going to college now, those who do not graduate are often assumed to be unambitious or less capable. “When you get 800 résumés for every job ad, you need to weed them out somehow,” says Suzanne Manzagol. A study by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce found that more than 2.2 million jobs that require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree have been created (PDF) since the 2007 start of the recession. At the same time, jobs that require only a high school diploma have decreased by 5.8 million in that same time. “It is a tough job market for college graduates but far worse for those without a college education,” says Anthony P. Carnevale, co-author of the report. “At a time when more and more people are debating the value of post-secondary education, this data shows that your chances of being unemployed increase dramatically without a college degree.” Even if they are not exactly applying the knowledge they gained in their political science, finance and fashion marketing classes, young graduates say they are grateful for even the rotest of rote office work they have been given. “It sure beats washing cars,” says Georgia State University graduate Landon Crider, 24, an in-house courier who, for $10 an hour, ferries documents back and forth between the courthouse and his company's office."

Comment: Re:One small problem (Score 2) 368

by Colan (#42978325) Attached to: NASA's Basement Nuclear Reactor
BUT, as the researchers go on to say, it's the 'valley of inaccessibility' only because “between, say, 5 or 7 THz and 30 THz, we don't have any really good sources to make our own controlled frequency.” What we should actually be worried about is whether the phenomenon actually exists. (Also according to the article.)

+ - Flu shot doing poor job of protecting older people->

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Gunilla
Gunilla writes "It turns out this year's flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group.

The vaccine is proving only 9 percent effective in those 65 and older against the harsh strain of the flu that is predominant this season, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Health officials are baffled as to why this is so. But the findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year.

Despite the findings, the CDC stood by its recommendation that everyone over 6 months get flu shots, the elderly included, because some protection is better than none, and because those who are vaccinated and still get sick may suffer less severe symptoms...Read more:
http://news.yahoo.com/flu-shot-doing-poor-job-protecting-older-people-232338537.html"

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