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+ - Chimp genetics influence culture->

Submitted by hessian
hessian (467078) writes "A team of primatologists headed by Kevin Langergraber of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, pulled together behavioural data on nine wild chimpanzee groups, and analysed DNA samples from 246 individual apes. Groups that were more genetically different turned out to have significantly more differences in their behaviours (Proceedings of the Royal Society B, DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2010.1112)."
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+ - Does Using Your Blackberry Count As Overtime?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Now that many workers are expected to be "always on," does that mean that checking your Blackberry counts as overtime? A lawsuit in Chicago is underway to answer that question. Of course, many salaried employees are considered "exempt," meaning they don't get overtime wages, but for non-exempt, hourly workers, when they're given a Blackberry and expected to check it during off-hours, where is the limit?"
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+ - iD's Wolfenstein under GPL

Submitted by saulot
saulot (1758688) writes "As told in ioquake3.org, Wolfenstein Enemy territory and Return to castle Wolfenstein joined the ranks of opensource during the last QuakeCon!

[url=http://ioquake3.org/2010/08/12/welcome-wolfenstein-enemy-territory-and-return-to-castle-wolfenstein/]source[/url]"

+ - PS3 Hacked via USB PORT!->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Quoting the website " PS Jailbreak is a USB plug and play solution that installs in seconds, keeping your valid warranty seal in tact.

Easy to use installer and GUI takes you step by step.

Compatible with all production models FAT and SLIM. Supports all regions: USA, JAP, PAL and KOREA

PS Jailbreak disables forced software updates and will never brick your console.

Supports all games (it does not allow backups of bluray movies , dvd movies , or past consoles games)

Backup games to your internal hard drive or external hard drive through USB, and boot directly off GUI. Eliminating the need for expensive blueray burners and costly blank media.

Play backups off your hard drives 2x as fast as off the blueray drive. This eliminates lags and glitches to provide you with smoother game play.

Open up your console to a new generation of homebrew applications. Load homebrew apps/games off any USB hard drive/flash drive.

Fully updatable with new features/updates by connecting PS Jailbreak to any computers USB port.
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Comment: Complex or Complicated? (Score 1) 256

by Stefanwulf (#28272457) Attached to: Ray Ozzie Calls Google Wave "Anti-Web"
It seems like what he is saying is more that it is too complicated, rather than too complex. Complexity - in terms of many interacting agents, the difficulty of predicting emergent behaviors, and the ability to spontaneously form new structures - seems to be the key feature that made the web successful.
Social Networks

+ - Facebook User-Data Gathering Goes Viral->

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JD Rucker
JD Rucker writes "When a company has news that they want buried, they issue their information on a Friday night and hope nobody in the media notices on Monday morning. Marred in controversy over their Beacon advertising platform, Facebook hoped that their latest attempt to gather more user-data would go unnoticed."
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Privacy

+ - Judge:Man can't be forced to divulge passphrase-> 2

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mytrip
mytrip writes "A federal judge in Vermont has ruled that prosecutors can't force a criminal defendant accused of having illegal images on his hard drive to divulge his PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) passphrase.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jerome Niedermeier ruled that a man charged with transporting child pornography on his laptop across the Canadian border has a Fifth Amendment right not to turn over the passphrase to prosecutors. The Fifth Amendment protects the right to avoid self-incrimination.

Niedermeier tossed out a grand jury's subpoena that directed Sebastien Boucher to provide "any passwords" used with his Alienware laptop. "Compelling Boucher to enter the password forces him to produce evidence that could be used to incriminate him," the judge wrote in an order dated November 29 that went unnoticed until this week. "Producing the password, as if it were a key to a locked container, forces Boucher to produce the contents of his laptop."

Especially if this ruling is appealed, U.S. v. Boucher could become a landmark case. The question of whether a criminal defendant can be legally compelled to cough up his encryption passphrase remains an unsettled one, with law review articles for the last decade arguing the merits of either approach. (A U.S. Justice Department attorney wrote an article in 1996, for instance, titled "Compelled Production of Plaintext and Keys.")"

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Television

+ - Canadian VCRs/PVRs illegal, Bill direction unclear

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Few Canadians probably realize that using a VCR to record/time shift Television programming is illegal. That's one of the reasons that Tivo has been reluctant to introduce the device in Canada until this year and even so, it's availability if very limited. Canada's laws in fact, are more restrictive than the U.S., UK, Australia and New Zealand when it comes to Home/Private use of Copyrighted materials. According to an article in the Toronto Star, http://www.thestar.com/article/277621 , Michael Geist writes that the upcoming Copyright Bill being proposed needs to include 3 provisions.. First, "Time-Shifting" should be clarified to remove any ambiguity and Grant ability to record Television programs. Second, allow 'Media Shifting' — transfer of content to different devices and finally, expand the current backup provision, that applies to Computer Programs on media to include other copyrighted material such as music and video. He asks in the end if the Lobbyists will win or the consumer...."
Education

+ - Why bicycles are so stable? 1

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "For almost 150 years now, mathematicians have tried to understand why a bicycle could be so stable. Now, researchers of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), working with colleagues from Cornell University and the University of Nottingham, UK, say they've build a model which unravels how a bicycle works. As said a bicycle maker, when designing a bike, only three parameters are used: the general geometry, the distance between the axles, and the angle at which the fork points downwards. The new mathematical model includes 25 parameters and will permit to build bicycles aimed directly at special target groups. Already, a Dutch bicycle manufacturing company is hoping to design better bikes using this model. But read more for additional details and a picture of the bicycle used to calibrate the model."
Privacy

+ - Congress questions campus IT officers about piracy

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Jared
Jared writes "The lawmakers from the House of Representatives submitted a "Survey of University Network and Data Integrity Practices" to the heads of the 19 college campuses that have recently received the largest number of copyright infringement notices from both the RIAA and the MPAA, and have asked for them to be completed by their campus technology officers."

Maggots Rid Patients Of Antibiotic-resistant Infection, MRSA->

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Medical researchers are ridding diabetic patients of the superbug MRSA -- by treating their foot ulcers with maggots. The scientists used green bottle fly larvae to treat 13 diabetic patients whose foot ulcers were contaminated with MRSA and found all but one were cured within a mean period of three weeks, much quicker than the 28-week duration for the conventional treatment.
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