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+ - What features would you like in a search engine? 3

Submitted by nicolas.slusarenko
nicolas.slusarenko (4084291) writes "Nowadays, there is one dominant search engine in the world among few alternatives. I have the impression that the majority of users think that it is the best possible service that could be made. I am sure that we could have a better search engine. During my spare time I been developing Trokam, an online search engine. I am building this service with the features that I would like to find in a service: respectful of user rights, ads-free, build upon open source software and with auditable results. Well, those are mine. What features would you like in a search engine?"

+ - When You're the NFL Commish, Getting E-Medical Record Interoperability's a Cinch->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "The NFL recently completed the rollout of an electronic medical record (EMR) system and picture archiving and communication system (PACS) that allows mobile access for teams to player's health information at the swipe of a finger — radiological images, GPS tracking information, and detailed health evaluation data back to grade school. But as NFL football players are on the road a lot, often they're not being treated at hospitals or by specialists whose own EMRs are integrated with the NFL's; it's a microcosm of the industry-wide healthcare interoperability issue facing the U.S. today. The NFL, however, found achieving EMR interoperability isn't so much a technological issue as a political one, and if you have publicity on your side, it's not that difficult. NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle, who led the NFL's EMR rollout, said a call from a team owner to a hospital administrator typically does the trick. Even NFL Commissioner Roger Godell once made the call to a hospital CEO, "and things started moving in the next couple of days," McKenna-Doyle said. "They're very aware of the publicity.""
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Comment: Re:Privacy First (Score 1) 3

by LeadSongDog (#49493753) Attached to: What features would you like in a search engine?
Yup. Also browser neutral, plain html, text-only result preview (pubmed e.g.), structured results (clusty/copernic e.g.), result filtering. Pay-per-use vice advertising model (bitcoin, paypal, etc). Clear disclosure of what jurisdictions will see the data. Identify or filter-by license applicable to result.

+ - Life Insurance Companies Hoping Wearables Can Delay Death Payouts 2

Submitted by cameronag
cameronag (4084439) writes "Life insurance companies have started providing free fitness trackers (such as FitBits) to new customers. In exchange for letting their activity be monitored, customers can receive discounts of up to 15%. Insurer John Hancock said of the recent move, "Delaying a death benefit would obviously be good for us, but also good for them." According to recent research, up to 57% of adults would be likely to use a fitness tracker in exchange for lower premiums."

+ - Leaked Sony Contract Reveals Hollywood's Netflix Geo-Blocking Requirements->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist has uncovered Hollywood's geo-blocking requirements that imposes on Netflix in its content licensing agreements. Included with the Sony documents posted by Wikileaks, the contractual provision requires Netflix to use geo-blocking technologies. However, it is only required to target VPNs and anonymizers that "have been created for the primary intent of bypassing geo-restrictions." Moreover, Sony was forced to admit that "geolocation and geofiltering technologies may in some cases be circumvented by highly proficient and determined individuals or organizations.""
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+ - The Hidden FM Radio Inside Your Pocket->

Submitted by mr crypto
mr crypto (229724) writes "Data providers would probably prefer you not know that most smart phones contain an FM chip that lets you listen to broadcasts for free: "But the FM chip is not activated on two-thirds of devices. That's because mobile makers have the FM capability switched off." The National Association of Broadcasters, National Public Radio, and American Public Media — have launched a lobbying campaign to get those radios switched on."
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+ - Breakthrough in Artificial Photosynthesis Captures CO2 In Acetate->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers from Berkeley Lab and the U.S. Dept. of Energy have created an artificial photosynthetic process that capture carbon dioxide in acetate, "the most common building block today for biosynthesis." The research has been published in the journal Nano Letters (abstract). "Atmospheric carbon dioxide is now at its highest level in at least three million years, primarily as a result of the burning of fossil fuels. Yet fossil fuels, especially coal, will remain a significant source of energy to meet human needs for the foreseeable future. Technologies for sequestering carbon before it escapes into the atmosphere are being pursued but all require the captured carbon to be stored, a requirement that comes with its own environmental challenges. ... By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, the new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the environment: solar-powered green chemistry using sequestered carbon dioxide.""
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Comment: Re:As opposed to what, exactly? (Score 1) 183

by LeadSongDog (#49485821) Attached to: How Many Hoaxes Are On Wikipedia? No One Knows

What source of information is flawless and can be believed without question? Why do people exhibit good critical thinking skills when it comes to Wikipedia, but swallow wholesale what they get from Encyclopedia Britannica, CNN, Fox News, the Bible, etc?

Perhaps because those others tell them to believe, while Wikipedia tells them *not* to believe, but think critically? Compare:




+ - Why 'Designed for Security' is a Dubious Designation->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "The list of products designed to be security enhanced that turned out to be anything but seems to get longer by the day. In just the latest instance, reported by Wired last week, the crowd-funded privacy-enhancing home router Anonabox had to be recalled after an independent researcher discovered serious security flaws in the product. But security experts caution that the real problem may be bigger than vulnerabilities hidden in application code: 'Designed for security products don't just have to be good. They have to be beyond reproach,' explains John Dickson, a Principal at the Denim Group. 'All it takes is one guy with a grudge to undo you.'"
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+ - World's Tiniest Computers Are About To Be Released->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "University of Michigan professors are about to release the design files for a one-cubic-millimeter computer, or mote. They have finally reached a goal set in 1997, when UC Berkeley professor Kristopher Pister coined the term "smart dust" and envisioned computers blanketing the Earth. Such motes are likely to play a key role in the much-ballyhooed Internet of Things."
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+ - A Data-Driven Exploration of the Evolution Of Chess

Submitted by HughPickens.com
HughPickens.com (3830033) writes "Randy Olsen has a interesting article where he explores a data set of over 650,000 chess tournament games ranging back to the 15th century and looks at how chess has changed over time. His findings include:

Chess games are getting longer. Chess games have been getting steadily longer since 1970, increasing from 75 ply (37 moves) per game in 1970 to a whopping 85 ply (42 moves) per game in 2014. "This trend could possibly be telling us that defensive play is becoming more common in chess nowaday," writes Olsen. "Even the world’s current best chess player, Magnus Carlsen, was forced to adopt a more defensive play style (instead of his traditional aggressive style) to compete with the world’s elite."

The first-move advantage has always existed. White consistently wins 56% and Black only 44% of the games every year between 1850 and 2014 and the first-move advantage becomes more pronounced the more skilled the chess players are. "Despite 150+ years of revolutions and refinement of chess, the first-move advantage has effectively remained untouched. The only way around it is to make sure that competitors play an even number of games as White and Black."

Draws are much more common nowadays. Only 1 in 10 games ended in a draw in 1850, whereas 1 in 3 games ended in a draw in 2013. "Since the early 20th century, chess experts have feared that the over-analysis of chess will lead “draw death,” where experts will become so skilled at chess that it will be impossible to decisively win a game any more." Interestingly chess prodigy and world champion Jose Raul Capablanca said in the 1920's that he believed chess would be exhausted in the near future and that games between masters would always end in draws. Capablanca proposed a more complex variant of chess to help prevent “draw death,” but it never really seemed to catch on."

+ - How to break the Internet (in a bad way)->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""No decent person," write Geoffrey Manne and Ben Sperry in a special issue of Reason, "should be *for* net neutrality."

Across the board, the authors write, letting the FCC dictate ISP business practices will result in everything they say they're trying to avoid. For instance, one of the best ways to route around a big firm's brand recognition is to buy special treatment in the form of promotions, product placement and the like (payola, after all, is how rock and roll circumvented major label contempt for the genre). That will almost certainly be forbidden under the FCC's version of neutrality."

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According to the latest official figures, 43% of all statistics are totally worthless.