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Comment: Re:2 way street (Score 1) 335

by Goglu (#43827143) Attached to: Eric Schmidt: Teens' Mistakes Will Never Go Away
If the "people doing the hiring" were all honest, efficient, unbiased people, then you'd be right right.

Most likely, though, this will facilitate discrimination by systematically rejecting arabs or blacks, but hide it behind a "screening process" that highlights those mistakes...

Plus the fact that people coming from poorer and harsher environments (immigrants and minorities, mostly) have more chances of finding their mistakes online than ivy-league offsprings. Redemption will become even harder for them.

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Google Pledges Not To Sue Any Open Source Projects Using Their Patents 153

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the now-and-forever dept.
sfcrazy writes "Google has announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion (OPN) Pledge. In the pledge Google says that they will not sue any user, distributor, or developer of Open Source software on specified patents, unless first attacked. Under this pledge, Google is starting off with 10 patents relating to MapReduce, a computing model for processing large data sets first developed at Google. Google says that over time they intend to expand the set of Google's patents covered by the pledge to other technologies." This is in addition to the Open Invention Network, and their general work toward reforming the patent system. The patents covered in the OPN will be free to use in Free/Open Source software for the life of the patent, even if Google should transfer ownership to another party. Read the text of the pledge. It appears that interaction with non-copyleft licenses (MIT/BSD/Apache) is a bit weird: if you create a non-free fork it appears you are no longer covered under the pledge.

+ - Microsoft Seeks Patent for 'Search by Sketch'

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "So, how does one search for images that aren't tagged with keywords? Google does offer its sometimes-spotty search by image, but what if you don't have an image handy that looks like what you're searching for? Microsoft, reports GeekWire, offers a solution that's 'a little like playing Pictionary with a search engine — drawing a sketch and seeing if the algorithm can return pictures that match it.' That’s the concept behind Microsoft Research's patent-pending 'MindFinder' project, which has already been incorporated into a Windows Phone app called Sketch Match. A patent application made public Thursday notes that touch computing makes sketching easier than ever, making one wonder if we'll be 'giving Bing the finger' with Windows 8!"

Comment: Missclassified (Score 1) 219

by Goglu (#38184194) Attached to: The Problem With Carbon-Cutting Programs
This should have been classified under "YRO", not "Science".

Science disappeared a long time ago from Canada's tar sands industry discussions.

The Alberta and the Canadian governments try to call their approach "scientific" (a MP even used the expressions "based on facts" when talking about the conservatives' agenda - hilarious!) while forbidding scientists to present the results of their research, cutting their fundings and replacing their voices with marketing.

+ - Facebook Sued For Not Enforcing Age Restrictions 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A father is suing Facebook after his 12-year-old daughter posted "sexually explicit" photos on the social network. His main argument is that Facebook does not properly enforce its own policy for requiring users of the social network to be at least 13 years old, saying the site is "guilty of negligence" and creates "a risk of sexual and physical harm" to the child. Facebook meanwhile explains its stance regarding underage children signing up for the social network is having multiple systems in place, and educating its users."

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