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Google

+ - Why Google's new privacy principles miss the point-> 1

Submitted by Dada Vinci
Dada Vinci (1222822) writes "Google recently announced five new privacy principles designed to product development at the company. However, many commentators are starting to notice that the list is based on a Web 1.0 view of the world: the privacy principles address only what Google does with the data, not what privacy invasions can be done by others using Google's services and tools. In a Web 2.0 world, is "Privacy 2.0" required?"
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Oracle

Oracle To Invest In Sun Hardware, Cut Sun Staff 135

Posted by timothy
from the taketh-with-one-hand dept.
An anonymous reader writes "There's been much speculation as to what Oracle plans to do with Sun once the all-but-certain acquisition is complete. According to separate reports on InfoWorld, Oracle has disclosed plans to continue investing in Sun's multithreaded UltraSparc T family of processors, which are used in its Niagara servers, and the M series server family, based on the Sparc64 processors developed by Fujitsu. However, Larry Ellison has reportedly said that once the Sun acquisition is complete, Oracle will hire 2,000 new employees — more people than it expects to cut from the Sun workforce. Oracle will present its plans for Sun to the public Wednesday."
Puzzle Games (Games)

+ - Gamers to Help Design HIV Vaccines

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "For years, biochemists have reengineered naturally occurring proteins by growing them in viruses and single-celled organisms in a process called directed evolution. Now David Baker, a leading protein scientist at the University of Washington, has demonstrated the first algorithm for building novel, functioning enzymes from scratch and wants to enlists gamers to improve three-dimensional protein structures, using graphical representations of real protein chemistry. Baker's game, called Foldit which is avaiable for download, uses humans, who are better at seeing the big picture than computers are, to improve computer-designed proteins. The first several levels of Foldit are designed to teach players what good proteins look like and how to manipulate them using the tools of the game. After improving the designs of a few test proteins, players can advance into competitive play, working in teams or alone. By making the game available to anyone over the Web, the researchers expect to find people they call protein savants — people who are very good at solving protein structures and who will spend several hours a week playing the game."
The Media

+ - Hurricane Expert Calls Gore Theory "Ridiculous-> 5

Submitted by DrWho520
DrWho520 (655973) writes "ONE of the world's foremost meteorologists has called the theory that helped Al Gore share the Nobel Peace Prize "ridiculous" and the product of "people who don't understand how the atmosphere works".
Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal hurricane forecasts, told a packed lecture hall at the University of North Carolina that humans were not responsible for the warming of the earth."

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Education

+ - School Administrators Gone Wild 3

Submitted by
theodp
theodp writes "Parents of public school kids in Oak Lawn (IL) are all a-titter as traditions like the annual Halloween Parade and Santa's Visit face elimination after complaints that the activities are offensive, particularly to Muslim students. School officials agreed earlier in the month to change the lunch menu to exclude items containing pork to accommodate Muslim students, including a Jell-O ban. And in nearby Oak Park, school administrators are busy cracking down on hugging and high-fives."

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