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+ - Study finds that a tired brain is more creative->

Submitted by monkeyzoo
monkeyzoo writes: An article published in Thinking and Reason finds that people perform better on creativity challenges when they are less awake. Participants were divided into two groups (night owls and early birds) according to their answers to a questionnaire and then asked to solve "analytical" (math) problems and "insight" problems that require creative thinking to solve. Both groups of subjects did consistently better on the insight problems when they were sleepier. The reason may be that creative problem solving requires seeing things from a new point of view, and during your most productive hours of the day, your ability to focus and block out distracting thoughts is higher. When you are groggier, your brain may be less good at blocking out passing, random thoughts, and these can then combine with your main thought and lead to a breakthrough.
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Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 1) 298

By allowing authors to benefit from their work for 70 years you do not motivate them to create more material. Hence, less material leads to stiffed creativity.

What we're discussing is something recorded (fixed) in 1965 that would come available this December. So, what struggling artist recorded a one-hit-wonder that year, retained the rights rather than selling it off to some megacatalogue-owning bank, and is now depending on its continuing sales of their "classic" for their retirement income? Something tells me this beneficiary is a pretty rare bird. These changes are being done because the businesses of Sony, Disney, and the like want them. It is simply insulting to our intelligence to dress it up as being done for the performers, most of whom will benefit not at all.

Comment: Re:They should be doing the opposite (Score 1) 298

The other problem is orphaned works. Take a random video game from the 80's and try to find who owns the rights to it now. Unless it was a big name company at the time, you're likely to have to navigate through a thicket of legal acquisitions, sales, bankruptcy proceedings, etc. It can be an extremely challenging effort just to find out who owns a work published 30+ years ago.

Now imagine that it is 2095 and you want to publish a "classic" from 2015. How would you track down the rightful owner over 80 years?!!

I'd like to see a renewal system in place. Ideally with limited renewals (e.g. 2 renewals and you're done) or ever-increasing renewal fees (e.g. $5 for first renewal, $50 for 2nd renewal, $500 for 3rd, etc.). This way, you would not only have a public record of who owns what, but you would force companies to either give up their unused works or pay more for them. Maybe Star Wars is worth renewing for a 10th time, but is RANDOM_CULT_HIT_FROM_1975?

I don't know how it's done for games, but for the music recycling business there are several companies who run databases of who "owns" what and facilitate licensing. You may have heard of ASCAP, BMI, Harry Fox Agency, SOCAN, RIAA, etc.? As much as their practices have been combative, it's hard to claim they make it tough to find out where to license something. That's pretty much the one thing they do well.

+ - Tractor Software and the DMCA->

Submitted by moeinvt
moeinvt writes: From Wired: In a particularly spectacular display of corporate delusion, John Deere—the world’s largest agricultural machinery maker —told the Copyright Office that farmers don’t own their tractors. Because computer code snakes through the DNA of modern tractors, farmers receive “an implied license for the life of the vehicle to operate the vehicle.”

It’s John Deere’s tractor, folks. You’re just driving it.

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+ - 3D display without the need for 3D glasses

Submitted by Qualitypointtech
Qualitypointtech writes: Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology have shown the capacity of a technique using graphene oxide and complex laser physics to create a pop-up floating display without the need for 3D glasses.At this moment, the demonstrated graphene 3D display can only allow images up to 1cm. But there is no limitation for the up scalability of this technique.This new generation floating 3D display technology also has potential applications for military devices, entertainment, remote education and medical diagnosis. In a paper, published in Nature Communications, they show how their technology realises wide viewing-angle and full-color floating 3D display in graphene based materials.

+ - Yahoo Called Its Layoffs a 'Remix.' Don't Do That.->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster writes: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, in a conference call with reporters and analysts, referred to the net layoffs of 1,100 employees in the first quarter of 2015 as part of a 'remixing' of the company. A 'remix' is a term most often applied to songs, although it’s also appropriate to use in the context of photographs, films, and artwork. CEOs rarely use it to describe something as momentous as a major enterprise’s transition, especially if said transition involves layoffs of longtime employees, because it could potentially appear flippant to observers. If you run your own shop (no matter how large), it always pays to choose words as carefully as possible when referring to anything that affects your employees’ lives and careers. Despite a renewed focus on mobile and an influx of skilled developers and engineers, Yahoo still struggles to define its place on the modern tech scene; that struggle is no more evident than in the company’s most recent quarterly results, which included rising costs, reduced net income, and layoffs.
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+ - New Javascript Attack Lets Websites Spy on the CPU's Cache->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Upbin at Forbes reports on a new and insidious way for a malicious website to spy on a computer. Any computer running a late-model Intel microprocessor and a Web browser using HTML5 (i.e., 80% of all PCs in the world) is vulnerable to this attack.

The exploit, which the researchers are calling “the spy in the sandbox,” is a form of side-channel attack. Side channel attacks were previously used to break into cars, steal encryption keys and ride the subway for free, but this is the first time they're targeted at innocent web users. The attack requires little in the way of cost or time on the part of the attacker; there’s nothing to install and no need to break into hardened systems. All a hacker has to do is lure a victim to an untrusted web page with content controlled by the attacker.

Link to the full research paper at arXiv

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+ - GCC 5.1 Released->

Submitted by kthreadd
kthreadd writes: Version 5.1 of GCC, the primary free software compiler for GNU and other operating systems, has been released. Version 5 includes many changes from the 4.x series. Starting with this release the default compiler mode for C is gnu11 instead of the older gnu89. New features include new compiler warnings, support for Cilk Plus. There is a new attribute no_reorder which prevents reordering of selected symbols against other such symbols or inline assembler, enabling link-time optimization of the Linux kernel without having to use -fno-toplevel-reorder. Two new preprocessor directives have also been added, __has_include and __has_include_next, to test the availability of headers. Also, there's a new C++ ABI due to changes to libstdc++. The old ABI is however still supported and can be enabled using a macro. Other changes include full support for C++14. Also the Fortran frontend has received some improvements and users will now be able to have colorized diagnostics, and the Go frontend has been updated to the Go 1.4.2 release.
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+ - Japan looks to distributed control theory to manage energy market deregulation-> 1

Submitted by Hallie Siegel
Hallie Siegel writes: Japan’s power industry is currently centralized, but it aims to deregulate by around 2020. Coupled with this major structural market change, the expansion of thermal, nuclear and renewable power generation will place additional demands on the management of the country’s energy market. Researchers from the Namerikawa lab at Keio University are working with control engineers, power engineers and economists to designing mechanical and control algorithms that can manage this large-scale problem.
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+ - Wi-Fi Attack Breaks iPhones By Locking Them Into an Endless Loop-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from Skycure demonstrated a novel attack at the RSA 2015 conference that affects iPhones and other iOS devices. The attack, which takes advantage of new and previously announced vulnerabilities, locks iPhones into a never-ending reboot cycle effectively rendering them useless.

Developing a Denial of Service Attack
Skycure CEO Adi Sharabani explained that this attack began when Skycure researchers bought a new router and were messing around with its network settings. In doing so, they discovered a particular configuration that caused apps in iPhones connected to that router to crash whenever they launched.

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+ - Autism occurrence by MMR Vaccine status among US children with older siblings..-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Autism Occurrence by MMR Vaccine Status Among US Children With Older Siblings With and Without Autism


Importance Despite research showing no link between the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), beliefs that the vaccine causes autism persist, leading to lower vaccination levels. Parents who already have a child with ASD may be especially wary of vaccinations.

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