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+ - Business competition, Korean Style->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "A spat has developed between 2 of the biggest Korean chaebols , Samsung & LG

Samsung is accusing LG's employees, one of which was a high-ranking executive, of damaging Samsung's branded washing machine in Germany

LG has retaliate with a charge that this episode is nothing but an attempt by Samsung to damage its (LG's) reputation

Prosecutors in Korea and Police in Germany are getting involved

Stay tuned ..."

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+ - Foxconn workers come down with leukemia->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "Chances are the electronic device you use, whether it be smartphones, tablets, servers, or whatever, came from a factory somewhere in China

Foxxconn (or Hon Hai) is one of the biggest electronic factory that churns out millions and millions of electronic device every single day

A recent report came out that 13 young employees of Hon Hai had developed leukemia and 5 of them died of it. Instead of helping its employees, Foxconn denied everything and has adopted heavy-handed approach by demanding news outlets to retract their report (about Hon Hai's employees came down with leukemia) or Foxconn threatening them with lawsuits

As part of their "denial campaign" the "union" representing Hon Hai's workers came out with company approved propaganda, denying the link of benzene to those employees who were infected with leukemia

All in all, the picture is not pretty. Hon Hai is doing everything to cover up the truth, while its workers are still exposed to health-damaging chemicals in their workplace"

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Comment: The market is always there (Score 1) 103

by Taco Cowboy (#47915223) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

I'm not sure there's even really a market for science fiction

There is always a market for good scientific fiction, inspiring stories that will bring the readers towards a universe which they never experience before

What was that last Star Trek movie? I can't even remember the name of it now. It wasn't science fiction. It was an action flick with more explosions than ideas. It just happened to be set on a spaceship

I am totally with you on that flick --- the flick is a perfect example of how severely the lacking of the ability to imagine, on current crop of writers, has become!

I suspect that the current definition of "sci-fi" is no longer similar to what we are accustomed to. Nowadays the thinking is that if something happens on board of a space-ship it automatically qualifies as "sci-fi". Gone are the days that sci-fi offered the readers a glimpse of what could-be, thus inspiring the readers (many of them young) to strive to make the world that they read in sci-fi comes alive

Comment: SCI-FI used to be inspiring (Score 1) 103

by Taco Cowboy (#47914103) Attached to: Sci-Fi Authors and Scientists Predict an Optimistic Future

Used to. No more.

Sci-fi writers of yesteryears used to ask pertinent questions, something like - Can robot dreams?

Nowadays we have the so-called 'sci-fi-writer-wannabes' who produce crappy stories, crappy plots, crappy concepts, craps such as 'twenty-mile-high-buildings"

The current crop of sci-fi-writer-wannabes just ain't got the imagination to inspire

Comment: If there was only one viable choice ... (Score 1) 88

by Taco Cowboy (#47913587) Attached to: Court Rules the "Google" Trademark Isn't Generic

Let me Xerox off a few examples of when similar Noun/Verb phrases lost their trademark in the past

Before Xerox came out with the photocopy machine which uses plain-paper for duplicating purposes, were there any such machine on the market?

No?

Before Google was online, was there any online search engine?

Yes!

Yahoo, Astavista, ... amongst others

Coke gets to retain its trademark precisely because Coke wasn't the first mass-marketed bottled soft drink either

The one big problem with Yahoo is it cluttered up its interface - even from the start we users already complained about their interface, but they just won't listen, and when Google came out with its back-to-basic minimalist interface users flocked to Google (including me) and since then the only time I go to yahoo is when I need to log on to my yahoomail account

+ - More than 75% of Mobile Apps will Fail Basic Security->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "According to the Gartner 2014 Magic Quadrant for Application Security Testing Report "Through 2015, more than 75% of mobile applications will fail basic security tests"

https://www.qualys.com/docs/ga...

Mobility is a critical tool for businesses. Don't let weak mobile apps allow a critical strike against your business

According to the Gartner report “Global-scale scandals around critical applications' breaches have highlighted the need for effective detection of exploitable application security vulnerabilities. Application security testing is the solution for Web, cloud and mobile applications.” The report also states that: “through 2015, more than 75% of mobile applications will fail basic security tests”"

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Comment: I do not understand (Score 3, Insightful) 51

by Taco Cowboy (#47906825) Attached to: Malware Distributed Through Twitch Chat Is Hijacking Steam Accounts

If someone wants me to type in my account and then my password I won't

I really won't

Common sense tells me that no one has any right to demand me to type in my account name/number and then my password

That is why I do not understand why there _are_ people who are simply void of any common sense

Ain't there enough stories of scams already? Why can't those people learn _anything_ from the mistakes of others?

Comment: Actually, it was U$ 200 million (Score 0) 557

I could have used that money as a down payment towards an iHouse or an iCar...

Just be proud that you helped pay for the $100,000,000.00 that Apple gave iU2 for the album

Under the deal between Apple and the band where Bono is one of the members, U2 "gives away" the album on iTune and for that, Apple awards them with a cool Two Hundred Million United States Greenbacks

Comment: Your country is North Korea, right ? (Score 1) 238

Thomas Jefferson was a dangerous fool, this country would do well to forget him

If you are from North Korea, you are right

But if you are an American, take my advice --- get a visa, fly to North Korea, and when you arrive at North Korea, tear that North Korean visa to shred and demand a political asylum !

Comment: This has gone way beyond "national security" (Score 1) 238

The guise of national security ...

If the "five eyes" limit their surveillance on the people of their respective five countries the 'national security" argument could still be applied

But what TFA is describing has gone way beyond their respective national border. Their aim is to extend their authoritarian control over THE ENTIRE WORLD and this is the one thing that the whole world must reject

Not since the dawn of time _any_ one entity has the control of the entire planet - As a comparison, even the largest empire ever was, the British Empire, in its peak, controlled less than 25% of the world

The worldwide hegemony must be defeated, dismantled and destroyed, or our future, the future of the Human Race, will forever be shrouded under a thick layer of very dark cloud

Biotech

Medical Milestone: Scientists Reset Human Stem Cells 73

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-power-cycle-them dept.
SternisheFan sends news that researchers from the University of Cambridge have made a breakthrough in the production of human pluripotent stem cells. The goal when developing this kind of stem cell is to have them as early in the cell's lifecycle as possible, so that they're more like true embryonic stem cells and can fulfill whatever role is needed. But all of them made so far are advanced slightly down their developmental pathway. The new work, published in the journal Cell (abstract), has found a way to "reset" the cells by introducing two genes that induce a developmental "ground state."

+ - Significant milestone in medicine: scientists reset human stem cells->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "'

Scientists led by the Wellcome Trust Medical Research Council (MRC) Cambridge Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK, have discovered how to successfully "reset" human pluripotent stem cells to the earliest developmental state, equivalent to cells found in an embryo before it implants in the womb (7-9 days old) — a significant milestone in regenerative medicine.
Stem cells are unspecialized cells that can develop into cells with highly specialized functions. They can be classified according to their plasticity, or developmental versatility, and range from totipotent stem cells (the most versatile type) and pluripotent to multipotent (the least versatile).

stem cells
Pluripotent stem cells have the potential to become almost any of the cell types of the body, including muscle, nerve, heart and blood.
Pluripotent stem cells have the potential to become almost any of the cell types of the body, including muscle, nerve, heart and blood. They can be produced in a lab from cells extracted from an early stage embryo or from adult cells that have been induced into a pluripotent state.

Research using human pluripotent stem cells may help generate cells and tissue for transplantation, improve understanding of human development and what causes birth defects and cancer, and change the way drugs are developed and tested for safety.

Previously, researchers have struggled to generate human pluripotent stem cells that are in a truly "blank state." Instead, they have only been able to derive cells that have advanced slightly further down the developmental pathway and exhibit characteristics of differentiation into specific cell types.

Researchers have rendered "reset cells" by rewiring the genetic circuitry in human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. The resulting cells share attributes of authentic naïve embryonic stem cells isolated from mice, suggesting that they represent the earliest stage of development.

The breakthrough, published in Cell, marks the starting point for further understanding of human development and may eventually lead to the production of safe and reproducible materials for a range of applications including cell therapies.

MRC Prof. Austin Smith, co-author of the paper, explains:

"Capturing embryonic stem cells is like stopping the developmental clock at the precise moment before they begin to turn into distinct cells and tissues."

He adds, "Scientists have perfected a reliable way of doing this with mouse cells, but human cells have proved more difficult to arrest and show subtle differences between the individual cells. It's as if the developmental clock has not stopped at the same time, and some cells are a few minutes ahead of others.""

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+ - So You Want The Truth About Ukraine?->

Submitted by theangloamerican
theangloamerican (1248720) writes "This was a government manipulating its citizens with tools straight out of the pages of the Third Reich. “If you are not for us, you are against us” pretty much closes down rational argument.

Now we find US intelligence officers were closed down like the rest of us as the US Government politicised intelligence. But perhaps equally alarming is that this politicisation of intelligence continues today in government under a completely different administration.
http://theangloamerican.com/so..."

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Businesses

Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13 34

Posted by Soulskill
from the internet-impermanence dept.
An anonymous reader writes: Amazon WebPay, a free online money-transfer service, is shutting down October 13, 2014. This means you'll no longer be able to send, receive, or request money using just your email address and the Amazon Payments webpage. There were hints back in June that the service would be going away soon. Amazon sent out an email this week to active Amazon Payments account users notifying them it is pulling the plug.

+ - Amazon Is Killing Off Its Free P2P Money-Transfer Service WebPay On October 13

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Amazon WebPay, a free online money-transfer service, is shutting down October 13, 2014. This means you’ll no longer be able to send, receive, or request money using just your email address and the Amazon Payments webpage. There were hints back in June that the service would be going away soon. Amazon sent out an email this week to active Amazon Payments account users notifying them it is pulling the plug."

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