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+ - Wikipedia admin's manipulation "messed up perhaps 15,000 students' lives" 5

Submitted by Andreas Kolbe
Andreas Kolbe (2591067) writes "Recently, "ArbCom", Wikipedia's highest court, banned an administrator account that for years had been manipulating the Wikipedia article of a bogus Indian business school – deleting criticism, adding puffery, and enabling the article to become a significant part of the school's PR strategy. Believing the school's promises and advertisements, families went to great expense to send sons and daughters on courses there – only for their children to find that the degrees they had gained were worthless. "In my opinion, by letting this go on for so long, Wikipedia has messed up perhaps 15,000 students’ lives," an Indian journalist quoted in the story says. India is one of the countries where tens of millions of Internet users have free access to Wikipedia Zero, but cannot afford the data charges to access the rest of the Internet, making Wikipedia a potential gatekeeper."

+ - Developers and the Fear of Apple->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "UI designer Eli Schiff has posted an article about the "climate of fear" surrounding Apple in the software development community. He points out how developers who express criticism in an informal setting often recant when their words are being recorded, and how even moderate public criticism is often prefaced by flattery and endorsements.

Beyond that, the industry has learned that they can't rely on Apple's walled garden to make a profit. The opaque app review process, the race to the bottom on pricing, and Apple's resistance to curation of the App Store are driving "independent app developers into larger organizations and venture-backed startups." Apple will even cut contact with developers if they release for Android first. The "climate of fear" even affects journals, who face not only stonewalling from Apple after any negative reporting, but also a brigade of Apple fans and even other journalists and bloggers trying to paint them as anti-Apple."

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Comment: Re: This is why these can't be public records (Score 1) 113

Why is the issue here the FOI request and the records being made public and not the fact that a branch of the government is collecting that massive amount of data in the first place? The government can abuse that date more efficiently than any member of the public can.

+ - Mars Curiosity experiences short circuit; rover to be stationary for days-> 1

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "NASA has revealed that its Mars Curiosity rover has experienced a transient short circuit and has a result the rover has halted all work temporarily while its engineers analyse the situation. NASA reveled that from the telemetry data it received from Curiosity indicated a transient short circuit following which vehicle followed its programmed response, stopping the arm activity underway at the time of the irregularity in the electric current. NASA has parked Curiosity as its engineers analyse the issues and figure out if any damage has been done. NASA did say that transient short circuit would have little effect on rover's operations in some systems, but it could force the team to restrict use of rover's mechanism."
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+ - MongoDB Interview Questions->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "What is MongoDB?
MongoDB (from humongous) is a cross-platform document-oriented database. Classified as a NoSQL database, MongoDB eschews the traditional table-based relational database structure in favor of JSON-like documents with dynamic schemas (MongoDB calls the format BSON), making the integration of data in certain types of applications easier and faster."

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+ - Neck Pain Can Be Changed Through Altered Visual Feedback

Submitted by sys64764
sys64764 (1109873) writes "Using virtual reality to misrepresent how far the neck is turned can actually change pain experiences in individuals who suffer from chronic neck pain, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

“Our findings show that the brain does not need danger messages coming from the tissues of the body in order to generate pain in that body part — sensable and reliable cues that predict impending pain are enough to produce the experience of pain,” says researcher G. Lorimer Moseley of the University of South Australia. “These results suggest a new approach to developing treatments for pain that are based on separating the non-danger messages from the danger messages associated with a movement.”

Pretty soon we'll all be going to the gym wearing VR headsets while running appropriate programs and that sore neck or aching back won't mean a thing anymore!"

Comment: Re:Okay there you go (Score 1) 1523

by Melbourne Pete (#24098161) Attached to: Hans Reiser Leads Police To Nina's Body

At least until the body is positively identified (perhaps by DNA testing) to be that of Nina Reiser's, for all I know this is some ploy/maneuvering by the defense attorney (who had more than ample time to tell Reiser what he was planning) in order to reduce Reiser's sentence.

His attorney just happened to have another body on hand that they could give up as part of some legal maneouver? That's quite a defence attorney.

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