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Submission + - BBC refuses to publish Stallman article-> 8 8

Richard Stallman writes: "The BBC invited me to write an article for their column series, The Tech Lab, and this is what I sent them. (It refers to a couple of other articles published in that series.) But the BBC was unwilling to publish it with a copying permission notice, so I have published it here."
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Google

Submission + - Google's Evil NDA

An anonymous reader writes: Google claims that it's motto is "Do No Evil" — but they sure have an evil NDA! In order to be considered for employment there, they require you to sign an agreement which forbids you to "mention or imply the name of Google" in public ever again. Further, you can't tell anyone you interviewed there, or what they offered you, and you possibly sign away your rights to reverse engineer any of Google's code ever. And this NDA never expires. Luckily, someone has posted the contents of the NDA before he signed it and had to say silent forever.
Businesses

Submission + - Michael Eisner Launches Online Serial Mystery

GFatica writes: "Prom Queen, the first production from Michael Eisner's new Tornante company, is an online, serialized mystery that follows the day to day lives of high school kids as they count down to Prom Night this June. The really interesting thing about it is that the story is told in real time — every day a new episode is available on the Prom Queen website (http://www.promqueen.tv) and that episode represents a day in the life of the characters."
Software

Submission + - Vista more secure than MacOS 10.4

An anonymous reader writes: Macworld has an article up about security in MacOS 10.4, in which they post an email interview with Dino Dai Zovi, the New York-based security researcher who took home $10,000 in the highly-publicized MacBook Pro hijack on April 20. From the interview:

From your research on both platforms, is there a winner between Mac OS X 10.4 and Vista on security? I have found the code quality, at least in terms of security, to be much better overall in Vista than MacOS 10.4. It is obvious from observing affected components in security patches that Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) has resulted in fewer vulnerabilities in newly-written code. I hope that more software vendors follow their lead in developing proactive software security development methodologies.

I recommend that Mac users make their primary user a non-admin account, use a separate keychain for important passwords, and store sensitive documents in a separate encrypted disk image. I think these are fairly straightforward steps that many users can take to better protect their sensitive information on their computer.

Feed Ginseng, Ginko Biloba Do Not Interfere With Drug Absorption If Taken At Recommen->

Daily use of ginseng or ginkgo biloba supplements at the recommended doses, or the combination of both supplements, are unlikely to alter the pharmacokinetics -- by which drugs are absorbed, distributed, metabolized, and eliminated by the body -- of the majority of prescription or over-the-counter drugs, according to medical scientists.
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Feed Corals -- More Complex Than You?->

The humble coral may possess as many genes -- and possibly even more -- than humans do. And remarkably, although it is very distant from humans in evolutionary terms, it has many of the immune system genes that protect people against disease. In fact, it is possible some of these were pioneered by corals.
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Feed Helping Migrating Swans Find Forage->

Migrating Bewick's Swans find fuel for their long flight in the leftovers in Dutch sugarbeet fields. The swans prefer to avoid humans and be near their roosts, but exactly which fields help the swans in their flight? The authors developed a calculation of energy intake to predict accurately which fields help the swans the most. This might help manage declining populations of migrating birds.
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