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Comment Re:This should be modded up (Score 1) 609

I think they key point here is "proprietary". So you buy a Drobo to back up your Drobo. One bad firmware update and you have two bricks. And frankly - I'm looking for hassle free. If I wanted to stage Firmware revisions and test and then rollout I'd be a sysadmin. Or cut my wrists. Whichever came first. They have great marketing "Yep, Callie is very cute" - but the execution isn't even close.

Comment Re:This should be modded up (Score 4, Informative) 609

A contrary opinion. I have had a Drobo since the original release and it has been nothing but a disappointment. Drive incompatibilities, an extraordinarily high drive failure rate (at least 1/quarter)and a very confused partitioning scheme. Not something I'll repeat in the future. Oh, and data loss that had to be corrected via a firmware update. In short if I'm spending the money for Raid - I don't want to lose data. Period.

Comment Mixing a couple of capabilities here (Score 1) 134

There's really two different capabilities being discussed here. One (the Northwestern example) is the actual generation of prose from an underlying data asset. There are certain well structured domains of information (baseball games, earnings announcements, etc) where this will most likely work quite well. The second capability is automating the analysis of new content. NewsScope falls into that category. It takes raw news (written by humans) and extracts key terms, entities and events to make that content more easily consumable by machines. If you're interested you can use the same Thomson Reuters tools that are under NewsScope on your own content. My site uses them to analyze news from feeds, throw most of it away and put the rest in the right places. Thomson makes this capability available to anybody for free at a project called OpenCalais (see to play with it). Another group has built it into a complete publishing platform called OpenPublish.

Comment Re:This attack was perfectly succesful (Score 1) 809

Great point. I was over-focusing on the economic / hassle factor. You're correct that a potentially even greater impact is the fragmentation of our society based on profiles and stereotypes. I travel to Israel regularly where profiling (say - at a club or the airport) is a 100% accepted practice. Why - it works. The downside - a 2 tier society.

Comment This attack was perfectly succesful (Score 5, Insightful) 809

It's important to remember that the goal here is not to bring down planes or buildings - it's to create turmoil and terror. Simple actions like this cause millions to billions of dollars of cost to our economy for the investment of a can of lighter fluid and a firecracker. Because of one case of semi-successful action by one clown millions of us will now be subject to ineffective additional screening, more TSA invasions of privacy and general police state tactics, more delays. I don't have the answer - but I know the ROI from a terrorist perspective is outstanding.

Comment Thomson Reuters Calais (Score 2, Interesting) 91

If you're in the world of investigative journalism I'd encourage you to take a look at a new class of semantic data generation tools. New capabilities like Calais ( from Thomson Reuters allow you to ingest unstructured text (news articles, press releases, FOIA documents, whatever) and automatically extract semantic metadata like people, companies, management changes, natural disasters and hundreds of others. You can take the output of these tools and load them directly into databases to query. You could take news stories and build a social network of family relationships then play news events against the network. We're already seeing some initial uses in the area of investigative journalism and would love to see more. Jump in and give it a try.

Comment Re:In case you have no clue what they're talking a (Score 1) 135

Ummh, I think that's the point. The concept - first advocated by Tim Berners Lee - has been around for a long time. The technology to make it real has not. This is a big step in that direction. It's not the whole answer - but services like this will help overcome one of the key constraining factors: ubiquitous metadata tagging of content.
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Submission + - Defense Contractor Halliburton Moving HQ to Dubai

theodp writes: "Much-maligned defense contractor Halliburton is moving its corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai's friendly tax laws will add to Halliburton's bottom line. Last year, it earned $2.3B in profits. Sen. Patrick Leahy called the company's move 'corporate greed at its worst.' Halliburton, once headed by VP Dick Cheney, has received contracts valued at an estimated $25.7B for its work in Iraq."
Input Devices

Submission + - Cool interface technology

Tom writes: Defense Tech and have a video demonstrating use of "Perceptive Pixel"'s interface technology. They don't want you to call it "The Minority Report" tech, but that's probably the easiest way to describe it to mainstream users. Either that or "a touchscreen that doesn't suck". Looks like a cool way to organize your photos. (Or it would be, without the 6-figure price tag.)

Submission + - Are email disclaimers legally binding?

Bifurcati writes: "Half the emails I receive have email disclaimers at the end, warning me of the dire consequences that would follow if I am the unwitting recipient of juicy details which I then divulge, or perhaps even read. IANAL, and I know most of /. aren't either, but I'm interested in knowing the legal status of such disclaimers. Slate says they're mostly useless, except perhaps for trade secrets. Surely, though, if a Coca Cola exec emails me their recipe by mistake, they have no legal protection? (Their "reasonable steps" at security are no more?) What if I discovered my friend's spouse was having an affair — would I be prohibited from informing my friend? Aside from secrets, what else can they protect against?"

Submission + - S Korea works on ethical code for robots

jonkster writes: reported by ABC in Australia 01.htm

From Story:

South Korea is drawing up a code of ethics to stop humans misusing robots or vice versa, officials say.

The Government plans this year to issue a "Robot Ethics Charter" for manufacturers and users, which will also cover ethical standards to be programmed into robots, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy says.

A five-member task force including experts, futurists and a science fiction writer began work last November.

"The Government plans to set ethical guidelines concerning the roles and functions of robots as robots are expected to develop strong intelligence in the near future," the Ministry said in a statement.

Submission + - Computer foul-up breaks Canadian tax filing system

CokeJunky writes: "During a weekend maintenance window, the Canada Revenue Agency (Fills the same role as the IRS south of the border) experienced data corruption issues in the tax databases. As a precaution, they have disabled all electronic filling services, and paper based returns will be stacking up in the mail room, as returns cannot be filed at all until the problem is fixed. Articles: The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Canada Revenue Agency. Apparently on Monday they discovered tax fillings submitted electronically where the Social Insurance Number, and the Date of Birth were swapped."

Submission + - How hard is it to get a tech job in California?

An anonymous reader writes: I have recently moved from the UK to San Francisco and am trying to get a tech job here. My experience has been difficult. I've had some interviews, but I find that getting feedback just does not happen. One of the companies is a (well known company) that told me they would get back in a week. I heard nothing for a month. Emailing them has produced no response. I assume I did not get the job, but is this typical of how companies treat candidates?

I have also applied to lots positions and got no response at all. This has been direct through comany websites and through job sites.

I was wondering if others can provide some insight into what I am doing wrong?

To give a bit of background I've worked for 10yrs in IT in programming and application support/operations. I also have a degree in Comp Sci.

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