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Submission + - FTC sets facial recognition software best practices (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "If facial recognition software is a big part of your company's security system you might want to take a look at a new report from the Federal Trade Commission which outlines personal privacy protection company's that use the technology should employ. The FTC report recommends for example: Users develop reasonable security protections for the information they collect, and sound methods for determining when to keep information and when to dispose of it;"

Submission + - Arrival of the "Mindnet" (organismiccomputing.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Social Logic Institute (www.organismiccomputing.com), is developing a transformational technology: the "Mindnet". The idea is to combine the contributions and actions of many people so that they are capable of solving problems that might be beyond the capabilities of any one person. They are running an MMOG-style hide-and-seek game to investigate this, which appears to be open to free participation.

Submission + - Child Death Sparks Post-PC Era at Seattle Hospital (wsj.com) 2

kye4u writes: The wall street journal reports that 'At Seattle Children’s Hospital, the death of an infant spurred its CIO, Wes Wright, to install a new generation of PCs providing faster boot-up times. Called zero clients because they contain no conventional operating system of their own and instead rely almost entirely on data and applications transmitted from a server, the new devices can shave almost an hour per day of wasted time per employee. Wright won’t be going back to traditional PCs, even for employees who don’t handle critical cases. “The speed and ubiquity the staff now has – if I took that away I’d have a riot on my hands,” Wright tells CIO Journal.' The CIO claims that making the switch to dumb terminals will save the hospital 6 million over 5 years. I don't see that savings. Is the hospital really better off?

Submission + - Babylon 5's Michael O'Hare dies, aged 60 (hollywoodreporter.com)

Dynamoo writes: "Michael O'Hare, Jeffrey Sinclair from Babylon 5, died last Friday after suffering a heart attack. He is the fourth actor with a major role in the show to pass away, after Richard Biggs (2004) Andreas Katsulas (2006) and Jeff Conaway (2011). While paying respects to O'Hare, show creator J. Michael Straczynski remarked "I can only assume from all this that someone in the afterlife has begun pre-production on a Babylon 5 movie...""

Submission + - Quantum Processor Factors Prime Number (tgdaily.com) 2

deksza writes: Researchers at UC Santa Barbara have built a quantum processor that can factor prime numbers. Their processor split the number 15 into 3 and 5. If they succeed in scaling this up, how long before any encryption can be cracked in polynomial time?

Submission + - O2 to compensate customers over outage (connectingeurope.ent)

ConnectingEurope.net writes: O2 to compensate customers over outage

19 July 2012—In an effort to placate customers affected by last week’s 24 hour outage, mobile
carrier O2 has confirmed that is will compensate contract customers with a 10% discount on
next month’s bills and a 10% bonus on pay as you go customers on their next top up...

More at www.connectingeurope.net

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Submission + - When Continental Drift was considered Pseudoscience (smithsonianmag.com)

Lasrick writes: Love this article in Smithsonian by Richard Conniff. One of my geology professors was in grad school when the theories for plate tectonics, seafloor spreading, etc., were introduced; he remembered how most of his professors denounced them as ridiculous. This article chronicles the introduction of continental drift theory, starting a century ago with Alfred Wegener.
A nice read.


Submission + - EPIC Criticizes Facebook Over Timeline Launch

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook yesterday started rolling out its new Timeline profile, which was unveiled three months ago at the company's 2011 f8 developer conference. The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) is criticizing Facebook for its Timeline launch. It believes Facebook should have gotten user consent before giving them the new profile. EPIC said Timeline was a "surprising announcement" given that last month Facebook settled with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over default privacy settings made in December 2009 and Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg followed up with a commitment to privacy. EPIC was the privacy group that spearheaded the original complaint filed against Facebook at the FTC.

Submission + - Inventor Creates Next-gen Peripherals With FTIR Te (techzwn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The locked systems of current peripherals “really serve to slow down the progress of creativity by only allowing every person the same tools to communicate their intent,” said inventor Jason Giddings. In hopes to change this, he has created a keyboard and mouse using FTIR multi-touch technology, shining infrared LEDs into a piece of glass, which shines light downward to a camera when touched, translating the position of the light to a command. He made the underlying software open source in hopes other tinkerers can help him build on the technology, noting “I believe in order to realize the true potential of a multi-touch keyboard and mouse we are going to need everyone’s great ideas! Imagine a mouse that can select objects and zoom like an iPad or rotate puzzle parts while moving them to position, or a keyboard that can toggle from a standard keyboard to a tool to smear separate areas of color for each finger on an image.”

Submission + - Inside the High-Tech Jobs Hiring Boom (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "After some tough years for IT and tech pros, high demand for tech workers is here and expected to continue in specific areas, most notably for developers, cloud experts, and business strategists, InfoWorld reports. 'Talk to anybody in tech and you'll hear analogies to the dot-com boom. A lot has changed since then, but today's job market is nearly as hot. ... But don't make the mistake of thinking that jobs are going begging. They are not. Landing a position as a programmer, developer, database analyst, or support desk jockey still takes the right experience, the right education, and a willingness to chart a new career path when necessary.'"

Submission + - Reading, Writing, Ruby? (itworld.com) 2

itwbennett writes: "A BBC article outlines a push to make software programming a basic course of study for British schoolchildren in hopes that Britain could become a major programming center for video games and special effects. Can earlier exposure to better technology courses reverse the declining enrollment in university computer science courses and make coding cool?"
United Kingdom

Submission + - Dollar-and-change sale KOs U.K. gadget site (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: "U.K.-based computer and electronics site Ebuyer thought it could make Cyber Monday even sweeter with a clearance sale featuring laptops, cameras and the like for a British pound apiece, or about a buck-and-a-half. The promotion turned out to be a disaster when the site’s servers proved unequal to the task."

Submission + - Amazon App Store: Rotten To The Core (wordpress.com) 1

suraj.sun writes: Amazon's biggest feature by far, has been their Free App Of The Day promotion. Publicly their terms say that they pay developers 20% of the asking price of an app, even when they give it away free. To both consumers and naive developers alike, this seems like a big chance to make something rare in the Android world: real money. But here's the dirty secret Amazon don't want you to know, they don't pay developers a single cent. Before being featured by Amazon, you get an email like this one:

      " As you may already know, the Free App of the Day offer placement is one of the most visible and valuable spaces on the Amazon Appstore. We would like to include your app "[name removed]" in our Free App of the Day calendar. We have seen tremendous results from this promotion spot and believe it will bring you a great deal of positive reviews and traffic. It is an opportunity to build your brand especially in association with a brand like Amazon's. The current price of this placement is at 0% rev share for that one day you are placed. "

All this seemed way too one sided to us, Amazon is being predatory here, and asking developers (who are often desperate for exposure) to give away their app, in order to promote Amazon. In the end we agreed that we had entered the world of Android development as an experiment, and it would seem silly not to add more data to the experiment we were conducting. The day of our promotion came:

That’s right, Amazon gave away 101,491 copies of our app! At this point, we had a few seconds of excitement as well, had we mis-read the email and really earned $54,800 in one day? We would have done if our public agreement was in place, but we can now confirm that thanks to Amazon’s secret back-door deals, we made $0 on that day. That’s right, over 100,000 apps given away, $0 made.


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