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Comment Re:Screw the law. (Score 1) 301

You might want to differ. Installing software on foreign computers without consent is perfectly legal in lots of jurisdictions, in some western nations it is even tried by the state. Why should it be acceptable for the state to install trojans to monitor your net use (see: Bundestrojaner, EU in general), but despictable to kill a botnet with similar tactics?

Anti-Virii are no new invention - they were around in the 1990s.


Submission + - Zen and the Art of Guitar Hero

An anonymous reader writes: Julian Murdoch over at GamersWithJobs.com has what can only be described as a piece of liturgy, proclaiming a gospel experience at his local Best Buy as he watches someone beat "Through the Fire and the Flames" on Expert in Guitar Hero 3. Maybe video games are a religious experience, and us old farts just don't get it.

"At 6 minutes in, a small crowd has formed, perhaps 15 of us. His sravaka — his disciples — look nervously at us, absorbing the distractions, protecting him a bubble of calm. There is complete silence. Even my son is staring slackjawed, like he does in church during communion, not understanding the content of the ritual but understanding the tone and sacredness of the space."

Submission + - Video Games Train A Better Surgeon!

Phooey42 writes: "Reuters is reporting today that Surgeons who play video games are more skilled at laparoscopic surgery. From the article, "Playing video games appears to help surgeons with skills that truly count: how well they operate using a precise technique." It continues to say that, "Out of 33 surgeons from Beth Israel Medical Center in New York that participated in the study, the nine doctors who had at some point played video games at least three hours per week made 37 percent fewer errors, performed 27 percent faster, and scored 42 percent better in the test of surgical skills than the 15 surgeons who had never played video games before." Sounds like every hospital needs a Wii with Trauma Center: Second Opinion."

Vista Security — Too Little Too Late 483

Thomas Greene of The Register has a fairly comprehensive review of Vista and IE7 user security measures. The verdict is: better but not adequate, and mostly an attempt to shift blame onto the user when things go wrong. From the review: "[Vista is] a slightly more secure version than XP SP2. There are good features, and there are good ideas, but they've been implemented badly. The old problems never go away: too many networking services enabled by default; too many owners running their boxes as admins and downloading every bit of malware they can get their hands on."


Submission + - Video Games Improve Surgeons' Skills

Kazade writes: A Reuters article reports that a recent U.S. study shows that video games greatly improve the skills of surgeons.

From the article:
""It was surprising that past commercial video game play was such a strong predictor of advanced surgical skills," said Iowa State University psychology professor Douglas Gentile, one of the study's authors."

Perhaps playing video games should be part of the job description :)
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Submission + - UK Government Ignores Petition To Ban DRM

taskforce writes: "A petition to ban DRM on the UK Government's new (and seemingly pointless) petition site which was signed by 1,400 people was blown off today by the British Government. In its typical response to the swell of public opinion, the government said Digital Rights Management, 'helped give users unprecedented choice,' and that it would fully support the continued embedding of the software into digital media. The full text of the dismissal can be found here."

Submission + - New Energy Source - Organic Modules

QuatumCrypto writes: "Approximately 90% power generation involves burning fossil fuels to create heat, often in the form of steam, to spin a turbine that, in turn, drives a generator that produces electricity. In the process, more energy is wasted in the form of heat than used. In an attempt to hardness this wasted heat, a research at UC Berkeley has successfully generated electricity directly from heat by trapping organic molecules between metal nanoparticles. This process not only allows the recovery of wasted energy, but it is also a more efficient way of producing electricity."

Submission + - Chain-mail could connect wearable gadgets

MattSparkes writes: "Microscopic chain mail has been made by US researchers, which could ultimately be used to create textiles with sensors and other electronics built in. The links are about 500 microns across, and the fabric has a similar tensile strength to nylon. It can be bent around any shape and stretches to increase its length by one-third, and readily conducts electricity. Microchip-scale electronic components could perhaps also one day be built directly into the links of the chain-mail."
Linux Business

Submission + - Which Embedded Linux Distribution?

Abhikhurana writes: I work for a company which designs a variety of video surveillance devices (such as MPEG4 video servers). Traditionally, these products have been based on proprietory OSs such as Nucleus and VxWorks. Now we are redesigning a few of our products and I am trying to convince my company to go down the Linux route. Understandably, our management is quite sceptical about that and so I was asked by our CTO to recommend a few RTOSs which have mature Networking stacks and which work well on ARM platform. I know that there are many embedded linux based distributions out there. There are commerical ones such as Montavista, LynuxWorks, free ones such as uclinux, muLinux and some Linux like distros such as Ecos, but which is the most stable and best community supported embedded Linux distribution out there?

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