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+ - High Court Orders UK ISPs to Block eBook Sites->

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An anonymous reader writes: The High Court has granted an application by The Publishers Association to have several major 'pirate' eBook sites blocked at the ISP level. The action, a first for book publishers, requires BT, Virgin Media, Sky, TalkTalk and EE to block sites including Ebookee, LibGen and Freshwap within 10 days.

Rather than tackling unauthorized sites with direct legal action, major entertainment industry companies are increasingly attempting to disrupt ‘pirate’ operations with broader strokes.

One of the favored tools is site blocking, a technique that has gathered considerable momentum in Europe and the UK in particular. More than 120 domains are currently blocked by the country’s major ISPs, largely thanks to action taken by the movie and music industries plus soccer body The Premier League.

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+ - A Ph.D thesis defense 77 years late-> 1

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: A story about a 102-year old lady doing her PhD thesis defense is not that common, but when the thesis defense was delayed by a whopping 77 years, that gotta raise some eyebrows

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport studied diphtheria at the University of Hamburg in Germany and at 1938, the 25-year old Protestant-raised, German-born Ingeborg Syllm submitted for her doctorate thesis defense

Ms. Ingeborg Syllm was denied her chance for her thesis defense because her mother was of the Jewish ancestry, making her an official 'cross-breed'

As a 'cross-breed' the Nazi regime forbidden the university from proceeding with her defense, for 'racial reasons'

She became one of the thousands of scholars and researchers banished from German academe, which at the time included many of the world’s most prestigious research institutions, on account of Jewish ancestry or opposition to Nazi policies. Many of them ended up suffering or dying in concentration camps

Rudolf Degkwitz, Syllm’s professor, was imprisoned for objecting to euthanizing children

Syllm, however, was able to reach the United States and earned her medical degree from the old Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia

Eventually she married a fellow physician named Samuel Mitja Rapoport, had a family, and moved back to Germany in the 1950s, where she achieved prominence in neonatology

Syllm-Rapoport, who is now 102 years old, might have remained just a doctor (if a very accomplished one) had not the present dean of the Hamburg medical school, Uwe Koch-Gromus, heard her story from a colleague of her son, Tom Rapoport, a Harvard cell biologist

Determined to do what he could to mitigate this wrong, Koch-Gromus arranged Syllm-Rapoport’s long-delayed defense

Despite failing eyesight, she brushed up on decades of developments in diphtheria research with the help of friends and the Internet. Koch-Gromus called the 45-minute oral exam given by him and two colleagues on 13 May in her Berlin living room “a very good test. Frau Rapoport has gathered notable knowledge about what’s happened since then. Particularly given her age, she was brilliant.”


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+ - SPAM: IJAEMS: Open Access International Journal (No Publication Charges)

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Ijaems Journal writes: International Journal of Advanced engineering, Management and Science (IJAEMS) is an international open access online journal in the field of engineering, management and science. It’ main aim is to give quality research papers. It covers all sub-fields of above mentioned fields. It provides platform to academicians, students and professionals. It publishes only original research papers. Submitted paper should meet some criteria like, manuscript/paper should be original, unpublished and not submitted to any other journal.
All published paper in this journal is freely available and published every month.

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+ - SPAM: IJAEMS: Open Access International Journal (No Publication Charges)

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: International Journal of Advanced engineering, Management and Science (IJAEMS) is an international open access online journal in the field of engineering, management and science. It’ main aim is to give quality research papers. It covers all sub-fields of above mentioned fields. It provides platform to academicians, students and professionals. It publishes only original research papers. Submitted paper should meet some criteria like, manuscript/paper should be original, unpublished and not submitted to any other journal.
All published paper in this journal is freely available and published every month.

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+ - SPAM: Boomers - the one not feeling from economic upturn

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: Many old timers like me are boomers, and there have been too many comments on Slashdot bitching and moaning about the hardship

Well, an article on udemy's blog claiming that everyone's feeling the economic upturn, except for the boomers

With the threat of losing their job to the H1-B scabs, it is rather amusing that the article claims

... ighty-three percent of the 1,000 workers surveyed felt very or somewhat secure in their current jobs

Yes, you read it right. 83%!!

As for the boomers ...

...While nearly 8 in ten Millennials believe they’ll see a salary increase this year, only 58 percent of Boomers are optimistic they’ll see the same

The article went on to claim that

...It’s not only that Millennials are feeling the economic upswing. They’re also the most likely to embrace new ways of making money. Millennials continue to explore freelance work and many have second jobs to supplement their incomes. Nearly half of Millennial respondents said they worked a second job last year versus just a quarter of Boomers...

In other words, according to TFA, the boomers are fixated with their one job and can never conjured up the courage to go freelance

So let me ask you guys, especially the boomers, are you as timid, and as useless as TFA has put it??

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Comment: That's what happening in my company (Score 1) 315

by Taco Cowboy (#49780099) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

I cannot tell you how many times I have wanted to apply the 'unwritten rule' and walk out on some PM that was just sucking all of the intelligence out of the room and keeping people from working

In the companies that I run I encourage my key people to learn public speaking skills. In fact, several of them have internal Toastmaster chapters, in which they get to hone the skill of giving speeches as well as learning ways to make whatever they want to convey comprehensible to the audiences - sweet and short

That is not to say that I haven't been into meetings that were time wasters - and every time I've encountered such meeting I just walk. straight. out. of. the. room.

That is all I need to do - as I do not like people wasting my time, I also do not like others' time being wasted, especially in meetings that have no apparent aim and are not going anywhere, fast

Comment: The difference between a useful meeting and (Score 1) 315

by Taco Cowboy (#49779745) Attached to: Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned

one that is a totally time waster is due to several factors -

1. The skill of the one holding (chairing) the meeting

2. The way the information being conveyed

Let's face it --- The purpose of having meeting is to convey messages and to encourage exchange of views of the participants - either top-down, bottom-up, horizontal, or all of the above

The skill of the one who chair the meeting is crucial - but unfortunately I have been to too many meetings whereby those who supposed to be leading the meeting don't even know why they are there to begin with

I have been in all kinds of meeting - from the ridiculous to the marvelous

Back in China where I was from, back when the cultural revolution was still raging, 'meeting' was a mean used by the 'elite' to spread their propaganda, and to 'enhance' the effect of those meeting, the elite will incorporate episodes of 'showing example' whereby they would parade those who have been accused of 'counter-revolutionary' and publicly punish them (sometimes ended with summary execution) in front of everyone

While that was taking place, the participants, no matter if they were horrified with what happened in front of them, were all enthusiastically applauding the 'elites' with their 'righteous acts'
 
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But I have been in excellent meetings as well, meetings that have been led by people who know what they are doing, and do it very well

People's attention span is short. A meeting can only be successfuly if it doesn't end up cramming the brains of the participants with all kinds of garbage

Information must be pre-sieved before any meeting has taken place so that the info that were being disseminated during the meeting can easily be digested and understood and absorbed

Powerpoint is only a tool - it is far from perfect

But for people who knows what they are doing, even an imperfect tool such as Powerpoint (and all the open-sourced variants) can aid in information dissemination

That is why a call for banning meeting and/or Powerpoint altogether is mindless to the very fucking core

Comment: Re:It's actually surprising... (Score 3, Insightful) 65

by MightyMartian (#49777741) Attached to: Microsoft Bringing Cortana To iOS, Android

I'm not sure that logic plays through. Frankly, for Microsoft, the real problem is that damned few people really even consider Microsoft mobile products at all. They're a niche player, competing with BlackBerry for who will end up pushed right out of the market.

Imagine you're Microsoft, you're faced with the possibility that you will never, even if you heavily subsidized a mobile Windows product line, be able to make any significant headway into the iOS-Android hegemony. What would you do? If it was me, I'd quietly admit that I'm never going to be able to dominate mobile platforms the way I do desktops and portable computers, and I'd leverage what I had by opening up my software to more platforms.

This isn't even a revolutionary idea for Microsoft. They once owned their own *nix platform; Xenix. Windows NT itself was designed a hardware abstraction layer so it could be ported to multiple hardware platforms. But somewhere along the line Microsoft and the x86 computer manufacturers welded themselves together. I can't say it was a bad decision, as it made Microsoft and Intel absolute shitloads of money for a quarter century, but at the same time it seems to have frozen Microsoft in place. It became a one-trick pony, only able to envision itself in a world of Backoffice apps and OEM licensing. Now it's got to be nimble again, and as it has already effectively ceded a large portion of the computing products out there to Apple and Google, it's got to make the best it can with what it has.

Comment: Re:bunch of naggers (Score 2) 118

First of all, I'm not British, so I only meant this as an outside observation. I'm Canadian, so certainly well versed in the realities of Westminster politics.

Second of all, as much as Cameron may be far from ideal, I don't think he's any kind of Palpatine. As much as anything, he's been delivered the fruits of the Labour meltdown in Scotland which began in 2010 and now appears to be permanent.

I do think that the specter of a Labour government reliant on the SNP disturbed a good many English, and I think there are reasonable grounds to argue that, for England, the idea of a Devo-maxed Scotland still able to push English MPs around on matters of largely English concern demonstrates fundamental inequities. And before we all forget, it is Labour, as much as anyone, who created this dilemma by dealing with the Scottish question, and going out of its way not to deal with English question.

At any rate, British voters had their chance to pick a new electoral system that would have made the ability of any party to form government with less than even a 40% share of the popular vote far less likely. They rejected that. Coupled with what looks to be a permanent break with Labour in Scotland, and the phenomena of UKIP actually stealing more Labour votes than Conservative votes in the North, the Tories probably have a good chance of repeating the 2015 election again, providing they don't go completely off the rails. And that will moderate them as much as anything. Their first majority in 23 years is not something they're going to be keen to throw away on a pack of Thatcheresque exploits.

+ - NSA wants to hijack Android Store->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy writes: NSA wants to exploit app store servers, — as part of a pilot project codenamed IRRITANT HORN, — using the servers to launch so-called "man-in-the-middle" attacks to infect phones with spying malwares

A surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from the "Five Eyes" alliance — the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia, — developed a method to hack and hijack phone users' connections to app stores so that they would be able to send malicious "implants" to targeted devices

The implants could then be used to collect data from the phones without their users noticing

The agencies used the Internet spying system XKEYSCORE to identify smartphone traffic flowing across Internet cables and then to track down smartphone connections to app marketplace servers operated by Samsung and Google

Google declined to comment for this story. Samsung said it would not be commenting "at this time


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