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+ - Apple Announces iPad 2

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "As anticipated Apple has officially announced iPad 2. The new iPad will carry the new A5 chip, dual processor, two cameras as well as a built-in gyroscope. iPad 2 is 33% thinner than the previous iPad, from 13.4 mm to 8.8mm thick, and weighs only 1.3 pounds. Moreover iPad 2 will be available in two colors, black and white. Apple has kept the prices the same and will be shipping iPad 2 starting March 1st."

Comment: Re:School = Child Assembly Line (Score 1) 344

by Llywelyn (#26587509) Attached to: Texas Board of Education Supports Evolution
You should probably read Gatto's work, it's a good starting point on what is horribly wrong with our schools in this regard.

That said: I remember science labs quite vividly. They rarely asked you to question anything, and mostly involved following a set of instructions with little room for variation or asking "what if." So today we measure the speed of a bb, rather than asking "how might we do that?" and then investigating, most HS labs I've seen say "we do that by..." with a checklist.

Comment: Re:other "theories" (Score 1) 344

by Llywelyn (#26587473) Attached to: Texas Board of Education Supports Evolution
One thing with the gravity comparison though, is that gravity *is* tested in school. Frequently and empirically. Things of different masses are dropped, times are measured, and constants are calculated. Critical thinking and scientific approach can (sadly not necessary *are*, but they could) be taught using gravity as a backdrop. This is a somewhat different matter from evolution.

Not saying that I do not support said theory, but let's be up front about the difference here.
Biotech

+ - End to Stem Cell Harvesting Moral Debate In Sight 1

Submitted by MikShapi
MikShapi (681808) writes "This Just In: Skin Cells can now be turned back to Stem Cells. A genetic modification to four genes using a viral vector reverses differentiating, making the cells revert to a stem cell state, capable for becoming any other cell in the body. Published in Cell and Nature by teams of researchers from the universities of Kyoto and Wisconsin, implications range from uprooting the moral justification for the GWB veto to expand funding for embryonic stem cell research, to an important step in the engineering roadmap to end (involuntary) aging. And, lest it go unmentioned, should this technique be adopted, stem cells will henceforth be abundant, easier and cheaper to come by for research and therapeutic purposes."
Security

+ - Using Google to crack MD5 passwords.-> 2

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stern
stern writes "A security researcher at Cambridge, trying to figure out the password used by somebody who had hacked his website, ran a dictionary through the encryption hash function. No dice. Then he pasted the hacker's encrypted password into Google, and Shazzam — the all-knowing Google delivered his answer. Conclusion? Use no password any other human being is ever likely to use for any purpose, I think."
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Portables (Apple)

+ - Apple now sells more than one in six laptops->

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Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "Apple's share of the laptop market has grown greatly over the past few years and the company is now beating Gateway in sales, according research firm NPD Group Inc. in Port Washington, N.Y. "Their sales are continuing to grow faster than the rest of the marketplace," the firm stated. Apple is now in third place behind HP and Toshiba, and their sales are continuing to grow faster than the rest of the marketplace. Next on Apple's plate: a totally refreshed iPod, NPD says."
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Java

+ - CNET 1997: Java is Dead!->

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porkrind
porkrind writes "David Herron has a great post on his blog at java.net. David uncovered an old CNET article listing 10 technologies that "don't stand a chance" with Java, of course, being one. It would seem that the death of Java has been foretold multiple times for at least 10 years now. One wonders how long it needs to survive before someone admits, "well, perhaps this Java thing will make it after all.""
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Portables (Apple)

+ - Apple now sells more than one in six laptops->

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Lucas123
Lucas123 writes "Apple's share of the laptop market has grown greatly over the past few years and the company is now beating Gateway in sales, according research firm NPD Group Inc. in Port Washington, N.Y. "Their sales are continuing to grow faster than the rest of the marketplace," the firm stated. Apple is now in third place behind HP and Toshiba, and their sales are continuing to grow faster than the rest of the marketplace. Next on Apple's plate: a totally refreshed iPod, NPD says."
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Security

+ - Data breach generates class action lawsuit->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "The fallout from Certegy Check Services (CCS) data breach has reached the courts. A class-action lawsuit has been filed by a California law firm against Fidelity National Information Services, accusing it and its CCS subsidiary of negligence, invasion of privacy and breach of implied contract, on behalf of the 8.5 million customers whose sensitive information was sold to direct marketers by a former employee of the check verification service. The complaint alleges that Certegy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Jacksonville, Fla.-based Fidelity National Information Services (FIS), did not institute adequate security controls to prevent the breach. The suit does not specify damages. William Sullivan, the former Certegy senior-level database administrator alleged to be responsible for the theft. Sullivan is named in the legal complaint as one of the defendants, as is a Largo, Fla.-based company he reportedly owns, S&S Computer Services.Data breaches have maddeningly become commonplace. Some 85% of 700 C-level executives, managers and IT security officers revealed in a recent survey they had experienced a data breach event, and about half of those admitted they had no incident response plan in place. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18598"
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The Internet

+ - Comcast getting threats from irate customers

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pcjunky
pcjunky writes "It seems some customers can't take it anymore. Comcast has received two threats in as many weeks. It seems a 75 year old man threatened to throw has cable box through their window. Reported in our local news paper. The original story can be read here."
The Internet

+ - Expert Claims Internet is NOT Haven for Pedophiles->

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An anonymous reader writes "A University of California PhD student has claimed the Internet is NOT a haven for pedophiles.

Danah Boyd, a University of California PhD student and social networking guru, told delegates at the Generation MySpace seminar in Brisbane on Monday that the internet itself was not to blame for online sexual stalking. "The data shows that this is basically not an issue to be worried about," she said during a break."

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Space

+ - Newfound Planet "Theoretically Should Not Exis

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indiejade
indiejade writes "Various sources are reporting on the discovery of an extra-solar planet that is "20 times larger than Earth and circling a star 1,400 light-years away." It is thought to be the largest planet found so far for which we actually know the size, and one which some scientists say "theoretically should not even exist." TrES-4 is approximately "70 percent larger than Jupiter," according to Georgi Mandushev, the Lowell Observatory astronomer and lead author of the paper announcing the discovery."
NASA

+ - NASA's Mars Phoenix ready for Launch

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StaffInfection
StaffInfection writes "After a one day delay in fueling of the Boeing Delta II-7925 (http://www.boeing.com/defense-space/space/delta/d elta2/delta2.htm) launch vehicle due to weather, the Phoenix Mars Scout Mission is prepared for launch on Saturday, August 4th, at 5:26 a.m. or 6:02 a.m EDT. The Mars Phoenix lander (http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/mission.php) is a table for four — about the size of a modest dinner table. At Mars, it will soft land a suite of science instruments for studying the Martian Polar regolith. Phoenix is the rekindling of the Mars Surveyor Lander, twin to the ill-fated Mars Polar Lander (MPL, http://solarsystem.nasa.gov/missions/profile.cfm?M Code=MPL). The science payload will analyze the martian polar soil for water and mineral content and study the surrounding morphology and atmospheric conditions. The stationary lander includes an 8 foot robotic arm that will feed soil samples to miniaturized chemical laboratories (MECA,http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/science_meca. php and TEGA, http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/science_tega.php). Landing (animations at http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/newsArchive.php?p=4 &y=2007) will be a Viking style soft landing rather than the air bag system used on the Mars Pathfinder and Rover missions. All missions to Mars are challenging but Phoenix represents a last chance to rectify for the loss of MPL and Mars Climate Orbiter in 1999. All three spacecraft share a common development lineage at Lockheed Martin, Denver. A successful landing will present our first visit to the Martian Polar environment. In the last ten years, American, European and Japanese Mars exploration has resulted in seven successful missions and four failures. Phoenix will be supported by a constellation of orbiters presently at Mars — Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Express and Mars Odyssey, functioning as communication relays."

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