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Submission + - Gene's can't be patented (In Australia) (

aitikin writes: Two-time breast cancer and cervical cancer survivor Yvonne D'Arcy predicts breast cancer testing will become cheaper and more available after she won a High Court challenge to a patent covering the breast and ovarian cancer gene, BRCA1.

The High Court unanimously ruled that BRCA1, which is linked to an increased risk of a cancer, is a naturally occurring gene and not a patentable invention.

Submission + - Wireless Hacking a Car Now a Reality

aitikin writes: As the two hackers remotely toyed with the air-conditioning, radio, and windshield wipers, I mentally congratulated myself on my courage under pressure. That’s when they cut the transmission.

Immediately my accelerator stopped working. As I frantically pressed the pedal and watched the RPMs climb, the Jeep lost half its speed, then slowed to a crawl. This occurred just as I reached a long overpass, with no shoulder to offer an escape. The experiment had ceased to be fun.

Submission + - First usage, now cell phone calling on US Airlines (

aitikin writes: The Federal Communications Commission will propose allowing passengers to use their cellphones on airplanes, people familiar with the matter said.

While phone use would still be restricted during takeoff and landing, the proposal would lift an FCC ban on airborne calls and cellular data use by passengers once a flight reaches 10,000 feet, an FCC official said.

Submission + - Microsoft's Creative Director Resigns (

aitikin writes: Well, looks like his commentary was not so well received internally either, although it's unclear whether it was voluntarily or forced.

Microsoft Studios creative director Adam Orth is no longer with the company following last week’s “deal with it” comments. The news comes via Polygon, who confirmed with two sources that Orth has departed.


Submission + - How to Choose the Better Linux Distribution? 1

aitikin writes: I've been out of the Linux world for a few years, living in the relatively un-walled Garden that has gradually become more walled... That being said, I'm looking to head back to the Linux world. Back when I was actively using Linux, I was using Gentoo primarily, but I kind of had the mentality of, "if it ain't broke, don't stop tinkering!" Now I'm a little older and my desktop is no longer something that I can just let go down due to a package conflict or a circular dependency and I still want similar customization. I'm trying not to start a flame-war between distros but I'd love to hear the pros of some that I have or haven't heard of. My end all be all goal for this is this project, but like I say there, it'll be a while coming.

Submission + - Web Hosting for a newb?

aitikin writes: I'm currently helping out a friend who is trying to put together a website for his business and is very eager to get started but we have not figured out a webhosting solution yet. It is mostly and informational website and as suchit does not require much in the way of upkeep beyond the typical information updates, however he needs the ability to upload decent file sizes (multiple files up around a couple hundred megs, some even to gigs) and have them accessible preferably through a changeable password protected system. While the focus won't be rich interactions, having a music player and video streaming available is required. He is not exactly the most tech savvy individual, doesn't have the administrative know-how to manage a website without usage of tools like iWeb, and I do not have the ability to maintain it for him, so a "set it and forget it" type mentality is going to be necessary for anything that's public facing. He knows his way around FTP and SSH well enough to upload all the necessary files, is working on the layout, and has most of the media he needs put together, however he has yet to register the domain. In my searches I found this post from February however it takes a much more nerdy focus than he will be able to achieve (as expected given this is /.). I know he has a significant interest in the use of subdomains, although he's not exactly sure what he will be using them for at this point, he wants to have them readily available. I personally do not run any websites and while I can code and have limited experience, I don't want this to become a project that I will have to deal with regularly. I'm sure that many amongst you have had this sort of occurrence before and as such, any advice from the /. community would be much appreciated.

At the source of every error which is blamed on the computer you will find at least two human errors, including the error of blaming it on the computer.