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+ - Oakland mayor's chief legal adviser resigns over "->

Submitted by TheClockworkSoul
TheClockworkSoul (1635769) writes "The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Dan Siegel, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan's chief legal adviser, resigned early this morning after what he called a "tragically unnecessary" police raid of the Occupy Oakland camp.

Dan Siegel, a civil rights attorney and one of Oakland's most active and vocal police critics, said the city should have done more to work with campers before sending in police.

"The city sent police to evict this camp, arrest people and potentially hurt them," Siegel said. "Obviously, we're not on the same page. It's an amazing show of force to move tents from a public place.""

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Comment: Petri dishes aren't going anywhere. (Score 4, Informative) 43

by TheClockworkSoul (#38049468) Attached to: Plasma-Filled Bags Could Replace the Petri Dish

This seems more like marketing hyperbole than anything else. They're just sterile bags (though the pictures of the plasma sterilization are kind of cool). You don't need plasma to sterile a bag: if we really wanted to use bags for tissue culture, we would have had them 30 years ago.

As a graduate student in the field, I can tell you that the humble petri dish has FAR too may uses, and is far too easy to use, to ever be replaced by something as awkward as a bag for pretty much anything. I suppose that the bags could perhaps be used for some function that's currently being served by the (also enclosed and sterile) flasks that we usually use for tissue culture tissue culture, but bags are harder to stack in an incubator, where space can often be in short supply.

Whiz-bang hyperbole aside, plasma-sterilized bags will probably find a niche use in which it would be handy to culture in a container that can be easily cut away, tissue engineering comes to mind, but to assert that petri dishes are going the way of the dodo is patently absurd.

+ - SPAM: US sharpens intellectual property crime battleaxe

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "After years of criticism, the Department of Justice today set up a task force it says will focus exclusively on battling US and international intellectual property crimes. The Task Force will focus on bolstering efforts to combat intellectual property crimes through close coordination with state and local law enforcement partners as well as international counterparts, the DoJ stated. It will also monitor and coordinate overall intellectual property enforcement efforts at the DoJ, with an increased focus on the international IP enforcement, including the links between IP crime and international organized crime. The Task Force will also develop policies to address what the DoJ called evolving technological and legal landscape of this area of law enforcement.
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The Internet

+ - Obama Finds Cybersecurity Czar, Finally->

Submitted by Entropy98
Entropy98 (1340659) writes "FTA: 'Howard Schmidt, a former eBay and Microsoft executive was appointed after others turned the post down.

"I bring to this challenge lessons learned during 40 years of experience in government, business and law enforcement," said Mr Schmidt.

"In our digital world the information technologies we depend on every day present us with great opportunity and great danger — for our national security, public safety and economic competitiveness as well as our personal privacy," added Mr Schmidt in a video broadcast posted on the White House's website.

Mr Schmidt served under President George W Bush for three years, where his tasks involved reviewing how to improve network security for government agencies, the private sector and citizens.

Some in the industry warn of the political pitfalls ahead as Mr Schmidt tries to pull together a number of government agencies and their various cybersecurity issues.

"I think it will be a very tough job. He's going to have to herd some cats," said Roger Thornton, CTO and founder of security vendor Fortify Software.'

Finally, the internet is safe, I'm going to uninstall my security software, downgrade my browser and flash, look at some porn and then do some online banking."

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+ - Girl gamers more hard core than guys->

Submitted by TheClockworkSoul
TheClockworkSoul (1635769) writes "Scientific American reports on a study published this month in the Journal of Communication, which found that women who engage in a role-playing game online actually commit more time on average than the guy players do. The authors surveyed 7,000 logged in to EverQuest II, and found that the average age of the gamers surveyed was 31, and that playing time tended to increase with age. Interestingly, however, the female gamers not only tended to log more time online (29 hours a week, versus 25 for the males), but were more likely to lie about how much they really play."
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Security

+ - SPAM: Ignore Microsoft, Check Everything

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Steven Vaughan-Nichols is blogging about a Microsoft gaffe first reported Monday by Trend Micro researcher David Sancho. 'When Microsoft published a list of what files you shouldn't bother to check for viruses, since looking in on them can really slow a PC down, they also gave a blueprint to virus-writers on where they should focus their attacks,' writes Vaughan-Nichols. 'Anti-virus software isn't any kind of sovereign remedy for malware,' says Vaughan-Nichols, 'but it's the best protection that 99% of all users have and any policy that might weaken it is a bad policy.' In a Computerworld article, Andrew Storms, nCircle Network Security's director of security operations downplayed the potential danger, saying essentially that antivirus software isn't going to catch everything anyway."
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Zombie Pigs First, Hibernating Soldiers Next 193

Posted by samzenpus
from the fattening-up-on-brains dept.
ColdWetDog writes "Wired is running a story on DARPA's effort to stave off battlefield casualties by turning injured soldiers into zombies by injecting them with a cocktail of one chemical or another (details to be announced). From the article, 'Dr. Fossum predicts that each soldier will carry a syringe into combat zones or remote areas, and medic teams will be equipped with several. A single injection will minimize metabolic needs, de-animating injured troops by shutting down brain and heart function. Once treatment can be carried out, they'll be "re-animated" and — hopefully — as good as new.' If it doesn't pan out we can at least get zombie bacon and spam."

Comment: Re:p16 is not new (Score 1) 118

by TheClockworkSoul (#29893569) Attached to: Discovery of "Cancer-Proof" Rodent Cells
While it's certainly true that p16 is not only known, but a major focus of cancer research, this paper isn't announcing its discovery, it's describing an impressive property of naked mole rat cellular biology (namely, its resistance to cancerous transformation), which they traced to the naked mole rat's version of the p16 protein (which is homologous to human p16).

Like a previous poster said, I would be more convinced had the researchers transfected a human cell with the mole rat p16 and showed it to be resistant to cancerous transformation, but that being said, this is likely to be a pretty big discovery. Considering the central role that p16 plays in oncogenesis, this can potentially lead to new insights about that process.

+ - Nigerian "Scam Police" shut down 800 web sites\

Submitted by
Sooner Boomer
Sooner Boomer writes "Nigerian police in what is named Operation "Eagle Claw" have shut down 800 scam web sites, and arrested members of 18 syndicates behind the fraudulent scam sites. Reports on Breitbart.com, and Pointblank give details on the busts. The investigation was done in cooperation with Microsoft, to help develop smart technology software capable of detecting fraudulent emails. From Breitbart "When operating at full capacity, within the next six months, the scheme, dubbed "eagle claw" should be able to forewarn around a quarter of million potential victims.". So maybe Microsoft does a little bit of good after all."
Biotech

+ - Virus-Like Particles May Mean Speedier Flu Vacines->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As the world struggles to produce enough H1N1 vaccine, Technology Review reports on two human trials involving so-called virus-like particles (VLP) vaccines, which promise to be much faster to churn out. VLP vaccines use a protein shells, grown in either plants or insect cells, that look just like real viruses to the body's immune system but that contain no influenza RNA genetic material. A company called Medicago grows its VLPs in transgenic tobacco plants, while another, called Novavax, uses a "immortalized" cells taken from caterpillars. Providing they pass safety regulations both techniques should be able to produce an influenza vaccine more quickly than current methods, using just the DNA of the virus."
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+ - Nokia sues Apple for iPhone patent infringement

Submitted by YouWantFriesWithThat
YouWantFriesWithThat (1123591) writes "Nokia filed suit Thursday against Apple for patents infringed by the iPhone Details from a Reuters article:

"By refusing to agree appropriate terms for Nokia's intellectual property, Apple is attempting to get a free ride on the back of Nokia's innovation," Ilkka Rahnasto, Vice President for Legal & Intellectual Property at Nokia, said in a statement.

Nokia has ten patents that cover different technologies that the iPhone uses and stated that they include: "wireless data, speech coding, security and encryption and affect all Apple iPhone models shipped."

The story is developing, but is confirmed by multiple sources."

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