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+ - Philippines Passes a Cybercrime Act worse than SOPA/PIPA->

Submitted by It's the tripnaut!
It's the tripnaut! (687402) writes "The dark days of SOPA and PIPA are behind the US, at least temporarily as copyright tycoons reground and restrategize, attempting to come up with measures that don’t cause the entire internet to shut down in protest.

But one country has already moved ahead with similar legislation. The government of the Philippines has passed the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which on the surface, as usual, sounds perfectly well-intentioned. But when you read the actual contents of what’s been deemed “cybercrime,” SOPA’s proposed censorship sounds downright lax by comparison."

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+ - Scientists ask for legal safeguards to keep their work out of court->

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concealment writes "How much privacy is the scientific process entitled to? During the course of their work, researchers produce e-mails, preliminary results, and peer reviews, all of which might be more confused or critical than the final published works. Recently, both private companies with a vested interest in discounting the results, and private groups with a political axe to grind have attempted to use the courts to get access to that material.

Would it be possible or wise to keep these documents private and immune to subpoenas? In the latest issue of Science, a group of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) argue that scientists need more legal rights to retain these documents and protect themselves in court."

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+ - Finnish Nazi Site Hosted In Germany, Finnish Police Unable To Act->

Submitted by Detektiivi
Detektiivi (2743705) writes "Finnish police is unable to act in a case where an extremist site is making death threats and distributing terrorist manuals, since the website is hosted in Germany. And Germany supposedly has tighter laws about such extremism than Finland.

The case is quite unique. Apparently it is quite easy for amateur net detectives to find the supposedly anonymous webmaster, but the police is still unable to track him after a year. The extremist site has been trying to use the TOR anonymizing network, but quite unsuccessfully. The site also uses identity theft. All articles are published using the name of some innocent bystander."

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+ - $1 Billiion Dollar Mission to Reach the Earths Mantle-> 1

Submitted by black6host
black6host (469985) writes "Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our planet. This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km (3.7 miles) beneath the seafloor to reach the Earth's mantle — a 3000 km-thick layer of slowly deforming rock between the crust and the core which makes up the majority of our planet — and bring back the first ever fresh samples."
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Comment: John Medina uses his laptop on top of a treadmill (Score 1) 204

by Smigh (#40221479) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Is the Future of Standing/Walking Workstations?
John Medina is a molecular biologist, author of the book "Brain Rules". It's a great book, I bought the audiobook which is read by himself, I can't recommend it enough. Anyway, he uses his laptop on top of a treadmill in his office. His reasons are different than yours, they're about a connection between our brain's activity and certain kinds of exercise, and it's all in the book.

Comment: Different pointing devices? (Score 1) 101

by Smigh (#39889499) Attached to: Verifying a User By Following the Movements of Their Mouse
I use three different types of mice during the day. Different types means different patterns due to the way they're used. Even if I use different mice of the same type, they vary wildly in sensitivity. Plus, if I use a mouse in a different pc, I'm never sited in the same way at the same exact distance (actually, I'm usually standing, leaning over the desk) which means that a different mechanic will be used by my body to get the cursor where I want it to be.

All in all, this is a cool idea but I can't see it have any practical use unless in very specific scenarios for very specific purposes.

Comment: The problems I've faced so far... (Score 1) 1264

by Smigh (#39848177) Attached to: Why Desktop Linux Hasn't Taken Off
I've been trying to implement Ubuntu on the workplace for some time now and most of the problems that people have with it are the result of their familiarity with Windows. People don't like change, especially when they don't see its benefits, and it's hard to make people that are almost IT illiterate to understand that taking away a tool that worked perfectly for something different, is a good move. They'll move and then every little problem that they stumble upon results in a lot of frustration because they could do their work faster without all the hassle of learning something new with something they had before.

Also, there are some specific things:

- Office. With the change to LibreOffice comes complaints of documents not being shown the way they were made in Word. The need to understand the different file extensions. Some Thunderbird's quirks.

- Legacy in-house applications developed in a language that doesn't work on Linux.

- Games. This one is for home, obviously. The only reason I still have a Windows system is to play pc games. Maybe Valve can start changing that.

Comment: Me? Taking a morning off in the week really helps (Score 1) 969

by Smigh (#39377871) Attached to: Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week
Everyone's different, of course. Me? I felt sharpest and most productive in my work when I started being able to take a morning off in the middle of the week. I usually work overtime and, after a few days, I start to feel unable to concentrate after the 6th hour of work. When I get something done, I take much more time than I usually would and with stupid little mistakes in it. Just taking a morning off, in the middle of the week, really makes a huge difference for me.

This is just anecdotal evidence but there's something to be said about this. In the end, everyone's different and every job is different. Companies don't have the luxury of knowing all the variables about the way your brain works so they have to find an average. Some people's sweet spots for optimal performance, will fall closer to that average, others wont. If you have the flexibility to find it yourself, great! If you don't, arguing with your boss that you should work less is usually out of question.

Hopefully, companies will become more flexible and work more with its employees brains and less against them.

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