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Submission + - You're probably about to notice a lot more ads in Gmail->

Mark Wilson writes: On the same day that Google unveiled its new logo, the company also slipped out some other news that didn't get quite as much attention. Considering the news means that Gmail users are likely to be inundated with more ads than ever before, it's hardly surprising that Google wasn't shouting from the rooftops, but that's what's happening.

Native Gmail ads are now rolling out to AdWords users, giving companies a new way to gain a presence in potential customers' inboxes. This is not spam. This is not a new way to start an email-based ad campaign. It's actual AdWord-triggered ads at the top of inboxes.

In fact, native Gmail ads are not entirely new; Google has been testing them for a couple of years now, making them available to a select group of advertisers. But now the ad format is being made available to all advertisers, and the potential benefits that could stem from the sheer number of people Gmail-based ads could reach means companies are sure to be quick to jump on board.

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Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 244

Yeah, by today's standards I messed up. But I started that database when Reference Manager came out, in the early 1990s. There were not a lot of choices back then for citation software. Plus, for some time it was really the best citation software out there. Thompson Reuters bought them out to stop competition with Endnote. So I also have Endnote X7 which has a relatively simple conversion capability that takes about 10 minutes if I need to convert the whole 10K citation library, which has over 4000 associated PDF files to the original publications. I am positive that Endnote will be supported for a long time to come, so I am not worried.

Submission + - Microsoft's Anti-privacy in Windows 7, 8 in Detail

WheezyJoe writes: ghacks, Extremetech, Ars, and even Forbes are providing more detail about Windows 10's telemetry and "privacy invasion" features being backported to Windows 7 and 8. The articles list and explain some of the involved hotfixes by number (e.g., KB3068708, KB3022345, KB3075249, and KB3080149). The Extremetech and ghacks articles suggest what you might be able to do about it.

gHacks notes that ”these four updates ignore existing user preferences stored in Windows 7 and Windows 8 (including any edits made to the Hosts file) and immediately starts exchanging user data with vortex-win.data.microsoft.com and settings-win.data.microsoft.com. These, and maybe others, appear to be hardcoded which means that the Hosts file is bypassed automatically”

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 1) 244

Actually you can be tied to Windows by software. I have several very expensive programs, and I don't have any idea what I would do to replace those in a different OS without spending lots of money and even more time relearning different software than the programs I have used for years. Here is a partial list. Image Pro Plus by Media Cybernetics, Sigmaplot 12, MS Office Suite (2010), Adobe Creative Suite CS5 (I use photoshop, illustrator, premier pro, after effects, audition, flash and media encoder), Reference Manager with a large 20+ year database of over 10K citations and ChemBio Office 3D among others. Si while it is possible to start all over in another OS environment, but it would be very expensive in both money and time.

Comment Re:To be expected (Score 5, Interesting) 244

They are using their installed base of Windows computers as an advertising base now. Free always means the ad-filled version, and the version that tracks you and sells information about your surfing habits and preferences. I really hope that this is not the end of Windows as a basic, functional, user friendly operating system. It was never a perfect OS, but Windows 7 got many things right. Windows 10 got many, many things wrong.

An interesting take on the UI of Windows from Josh Fruhlinger at IT World, with many of today's must have's in an OS came from Windows 95, including aspects of OS X.

Link: http://www.itworld.com/article...

Submission + - UNC scientists open source their genomic research->

ectoman writes: The human genome specifies more than 500 "kinases," enzymes that spur protein synthesis. Four hundred of them are still mysteries to us, even though knowledge about them could spark serious medical innovations. But scientists at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, have initiated an open source effort to map them all—research they think could pioneer a new generation of drug discovery. As members of the Structural Genomics Consortium, the chemical biologists are spearheading a worldwide community project. "We need a community to build a map of what kinases do in biology," one said. "It has to be a community-generated map to get the richness and detail we need to be able to move some of these kinases into drug facilities. But we're just doing the source code. Until someone puts the source code out there and makes it available to everybody, people won't have anything to modify."
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Submission + - Windows 10 users won't see Chrome notifications in the Action Center for years->

Mark Wilson writes: If you were hoping to see Chrome notifications integrated into Windows 10, prepare to be disappointed: it's not going to happen. While the Action Center might seem the natural home for Google's web browser to display messages, developers have a different opinion.

In short, Chrome's notifications are staying as they are. Despite a campaign for Action Center support, the request has been labeled Won'tFix and there's no sign that this will change for some years to come. Chrome and Windows 10 have already clashed heads once, but this time Google seems unlikely to back down.

The feature was requested on the Chromium support site, and quickly gained some enthusiastic support from other users. The development team, however, has rather different ideas. While many people see the value in having all notifications appearing in one place, Chrome will continue to use its own system.

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Comment Re:Windows 10, it's free (Score 1) 318

They have fully integrated the MS app store (that started with Windows 8), and they are would appear to be marketing user data. They are monetizing the OS in a different way that I would rather avoid. My copies of Windows 7 are paid for, and don't include the app store at least. I am aware that some have said that some of the recommended Windows 7 updates may be pushing MS data collection. We'll see how this new model, which seems to be trying to emulate Apple in many respects, works for MS. I think they are making a mistake. But then again, the Enterprise version will probably be different, and less like adware and spyware combined. They will need to do something to get businesses to upgrade from 7, which many of them just finished upgrading to in the last couple of years.

Submission + - FBI informant: Ray Bradbury's sci-fi written to induce communistic mass hysteria->

v3rgEz writes: The FBI followed Ray Bradbury's career very closely, in part because an informant warned them that his writing was not enjoyable fantasy, but rather tantamount to psychological warfare. "The general aim of these science fiction writers is to frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria," the informant warned. "Which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would believe could not be won since their morale had seriously been destroyed."
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Submission + - Oldest message-in-a-bottle found after 108 years

schwit1 writes: A bottle launched to sea as part of a scientific experiment in the early 20th century has been found by a couple in Germany, 108 years after it was deployed.

When the couple unfurled the note inside, they found a message in English, German and Dutch. It asked the finder to fill in some information on where and when they had found the bottle, before returning it to the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. It said whoever did so would be rewarded with one shilling.

Communications director of the Marine Biological Association, Guy Baker, told The Daily Telegraph: "It was quite a stir when we opened that envelope, as you can imagine." Once at the association, staff recognised the bottle was one of 1,020 released into the North Sea between 1904 and 1906 as part of a project to test the strength of currents. Mr Baker told the paper: "It was a time when they were inventing ways to investigate what currents and fish did. Many of the bottles were found by fishermen trawling with deep sea nets. Others washed up on the shore, and some were never recovered. Most of the bottles were found within a relatively short time. We're talking months rather than decades."

True to their word, the association sent a shilling to the couple as the promised payment.

Submission + - It takes 26 fundamental constants to describe our Universe

StartsWithABang writes: The standard model, gravity, and all the known particles and interactions can be semi-elegantly explained with only 26 parameters, including dark energy and neutrino masses. And yet with these 26 constants, we still don’t get everything: dark matter, the matter-antimatter asymmetry and cosmic inflation may yet dictate that more parameters are required to give us everything our Universe requires. Is there a more fundamental theory out there to describe it all more simply? Or is this simply a messy, inelegant Universe we’re stuck with?

Submission + - Forgetful scientists accidentally quadruple lithium-ion battery lifespan->

schwit1 writes: Todayâ(TM)s lithium-ion batteries typically rely on graphite anodes to offer a long lifespan. Rechargeable battery performance declines and eventually falls off a cliff (becomes unusable) due to those anodes repeatedly expanding and contracting as lithium ions migrate during the cycle of charging and discharge.

A better alternative to using graphite for the anodes would be aluminum, but aluminum expands and contracts too much during each cycle. If scientists could stop that happening, weâ(TM)d have much better performing batteries.

Scientists have been working to stop the oxide coating that forms on the surface of aluminum nanoparticles when it is exposed to air. Their idea was to soak the nanoparticles in a sulfuric acid and titanium oxysuplphate mix, which would dissolve the aluminum oxide and replace it with titanium oxide.

Achieving the new outer coating required a set time of soaking. The accident occurred when they forgot to remove one batch of the nanoparticles from the soaking process. That batch ended up soaking for several hours longer than intended with the result being the sulfuric acid and titanium oxysulfate mix leaked into the 50nm nanoparticles and dissolved some of the aluminum inside. What this left was a nanoparticle with a 4nm outer shell of titanium hydroxide and an inner 30nm âoeyolkâ of aluminum.

Rather than discarding this forgotten batch, they decided to test it by building batteries using these particles. It turns out they have potentially solved the problem of using aluminum for the anodes in the battery. The extra long soak meant the anodes did not expand and contract, in fact they created a battery that over 500 charge/discharge cycles retained up to four-times the capacity of the equivalent graphite anode batteries. These batteries last considerably longer in terms of usable lifespan and can hold up to three-times the energy.

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Comment Re:When you can't trust scientific journals (Score 1) 186

Yes, this is all journal dependent. Recently we have stopped even suggesting possible reviewers when we get to that stage in the submission process. We stopped listing negative reviewers a long time ago. The process is broken, and needs to be revamped from the ground up. I think that each journal maybe should even consider having an open comment period on submitted manuscripts, and that back and forth discussions occur between the authors and the commenters and reviewers. Many papers would probably end up being much more accurate by the time they were published if they went through a more public process. Of course this would only work in an open access environment, because the pay-walled journals would never let anyone see the papers before they were published.

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