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Comment: Better them than us (Score 1) 170

by alphacow (#37060330) Attached to: Browser Wars Redux: This Time It's the Apps
It makes a lot more sense for browser makers (which, by my last count, consist mainly of four or so major vendors... FF, Chrome, Safari, and IE) to have to keep up with novel web standards than for web developers (10,000? 50,000? 100,000?) to have to keep up with browser inconsistencies. Sure, there are places where the standards are inconsistent. This sort of shift will force the W3C to move faster to improve the standards, which is good news for everybody.
Government

+ - How A US Debt Default Will Affect IT->

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jfruhlinger writes "As the US Congress plays a game of chicken, American IT needs to start planning for scenarios where the debt ceiling isn't raised. Once the limit has been reached, techies will quickly confront a number of consequences, some immediate (like not getting paid) and some tied to the ripple effects that will roil the economy in case of a default. Sadly, with two economic disasters in the past decade, we've become familiar with economic fallout."
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Operating Systems

+ - OS X Lion Improves Security->

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dogmatixpsych (786818) writes "Early reports say that Apple's new Lion OS "has definitively leapfrogged its rivals by offering an operating system with state-of-the-art security protections that make it more resistant to malware exploits and other hack attacks." Some of the enhancements include: full ASLR, tightened web processes, full disk encryption, and built in virtualization."
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Comment: research money (Score 2) 306

by alphacow (#36815510) Attached to: Can Long Term Research Survive the Coming Age of Austerity?
As a researcher, I think giving to the most elite is a moderately good idea. Reading most of the research that's generated by people like me, you realize it's just PhDs trying their darnedest to ++publicationCount, which is a pretty stupid thing for taxpayer dollars to fund. The major work, more often than not, comes out of well-renown labs, and the students who come out of those labs.

On the other hand, lots of the fundamental knowledge necessary for the "major work" mentioned earlier comes from the incremental work that isn't sexy in its own right, but very necessary nonetheless. No simple answer here.
Social Networks

+ - "Facebook = Bad Grades" based on poor rese->

Submitted by alphacow
alphacow (1516741) writes "The wonderful headline put out by Time magazine earlier this month ("What Facebook Users Share: Lower Grades") appears to have been based on some fairly faulty research. While poorly conducted research is nothing new, its interesting to see how the article really describes to the public what you can do with bad research. From the article: "So read another way, the study might just as easily have erroneously concluded that 'Facebook somehow encourages students to seek technical careers rather than humanities interests,' notes Chris Dede, a professor of education at Harvard." Its not too often that the general press actually describes bad research and explains how a poorly conceived study can lead to partly — or completely — false conclusions."
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