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Submission + - Personal Genomics Firm 23andMe Patents Designer Baby System

An anonymous reader writes: Consumer genomics company 23andMe has developed a system for helping prospective parents choose the traits of their offspring, from disease risk to hair color. The patent — number 8543339, “Gamete donor selection based on genetic calculations” — describes a technology that would take a customer’s preferences for a child’s traits, compute the likely genomic outcomes of combinations between a customer’s sperm or egg and other people’s sex cells, and describe which potential reproductive matches would most likely produce the desired baby.

Submission + - NYC bans mention of dinosaurs, dancing, birthdays on student tests. (

SchroedingersCat writes: New York educators banned references to "dinosaurs," "birthdays," "Halloween" and dozens of other topics on city-issued tests. That is because they fear such topics "could evoke unpleasant emotions in the students." Dinosaurs, for example, call to mind evolution, which might upset fundamentalists; birthdays are not celebrated by Jehovah's Witnesses; and Halloween suggests paganism. Homes with swimming pools and home computers are also unmentionables — because of economic sensitivities. The city asks test companies to exclude “creatures from outer space" as well — for unspecified reasons.

Submission + - Security Vulnerability found on HTC Phones (

An anonymous reader writes: Threat Vulnerability: Android Security Elevation/Information Leak
Products Effected: Any device with HTCLogger.apk running htcloggerd binary

HTCLogger allows any app that has access to android.permission.INTERNET on devices such as the evo3d to obtain full access to query sensitive info such as network/appusagestats/meid/esn/phone#/past 10 location broadcasts and last known locations/and more. Root is not required, for this demo I will show completely stock cdma htc evo 3d running version 2.08.561.2, but it will also work on rooted phones and expose more info (wimax dumps, etc). This is available to any application ONLY having permission internet.


Submission + - Hans Reiser's bizarre lawsuit ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Computer guru Hans Reiser, convicted of murdering his estranged wife even before he led Oakland police to her body, has filed a federal lawsuit naming nearly everyone connected to his case — including his own children — and claiming that he was forced to take the stand in his own defense. Attached to the suit is a claim against state corrections officials and the California judiciary in the amount of “$3 trillion,” a trillion each for him and his two children.

Submission + - Symbian MicroKernel finally goes Open Source (

ruphus13 writes: Symbian announced over a year ago that they were going to Open Source their code, and the industry has been patiently waiting for that to happen. Well, it finally has. According to news on Wednesday, "Symbian has released its platform microkernel, and software development kit (SDK), as open source under the Eclipse Public License. The Symbian Foundation claims that it is moving quickly toward an open source model, which is questionable, but the release of the EKA2 kernel is a signal that Symbian still means business about adopting an open source model. Accenture, ARM, Nokia and Texas Instruments contributed software to the microkernel, Symbian officials said. "

Submission + - HTC Finally Releases Hero Source Code (

An anonymous reader writes: After months of prodding by developers, HTC has finally released the long requested Android source code for the HTC Hero. This follows up on a previous recent report on Slashdot concerning device manufacturer HTC's perceived stonewalling over releasing source code for the device after repeated attempts to initially obtain source were met with vague responses, which is covered here.

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