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+ - Taiwan Suicide Rate 1

Submitted by arminw
arminw (717974) writes "I did not know where to reply, but hope that some human eyes will read this at Slashdot and maybe, just perchance, hopefully do something about the broken moderation system.

Compared to the suicide rate in China... (Score:0, Troll)
by stephentyrone (664894) Alter Relationship on Friday May 21, @02:17PM (#32299170)
The factory in question supposedly employs 400,000 workers. The annual suicide rate in China (as reported by the WHO) is 16.7 per 100,000 people. That means that in a population of randomly selected Chinese the size of the factory workforce, we should expect to see 400000 people * 16.7 suicides/(100000 people * 1 year) * 5 months / 12 months = 27.8 suicides so far this year.

Can we conclude that assembling shiny gadgets makes it less likely that one will commit suicide? It meets the standards for publication...

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Here is an example how the Slashdot moderation system is totally broken. Obviously, the moderator disagrees with a rational presentation of a mathematical fact. I suppose though, that as long as the site gets enough hits, to make advertisers happy, nothing will be done about it.

Because of this screwed up moderation system, I too have been moderated into oblivion by those trolls who disagree with me. If the people that run the site really cared about objective fact filled posting or free speech in general, they would fix this glaring shortcoming of this site. However since they are a business, like any other business, the biggest consideration is the bottom line. Truth and justice are never considered."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Releases First iPhone App

Submitted by
arminw
arminw writes "Is it possible some at Microsoft find the iPhone a more attractive platform than the software giant's own Windows Mobile? Engineers in the company's Live Labs have released the company's first application for Apple's popular smartphone--even before making it available on Microsoft's own mobile platform. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-10122751-37.html Seadragon Mobile, which was added to Apple's App Store on Saturday, is a free image-browsing app that allows users to quickly "deep zoom" images while online and is intended to demonstrate what is possible with a mobile platform. Seadragon is the backbone for Microsoft's Photosynth, which allows users to take a grouping of photographs and stitch them together into a faux 3D environment. So where's the Windows Mobile version of Seadragon? "The iPhone is the most widely distributed phone with a (graphics processing unit)," Alex Daley, group product manager for Microsoft Live Labs, told TechFlash. "Most phones out today don't have accelerated graphics in them. The iPhone does and so it enabled us to do something that has been previously difficult to do.""
Security

+ - Literally Freeze Decryption Key In Memory

Submitted by
arminw
arminw writes "Computer scientists have found a way to steal critical data from computers by freezing memory chips with liquid nitrogen and breaking the encryption system used in programs like Microsoft's BitLocker and Apple's FileVault.

http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7010122446

"There seems to be no easy remedy for these vulnerabilities Simple software changes are likely to be ineffective; hardware changes are possible but will require time and expense; and today's Trusted Computing technologies appear to be of little help because they cannot protect keys that are already in memory.

If the police confiscate your encrypted laptop, they may now be able to get your data."
Education

+ - Greenland was once green

Submitted by
arminw
arminw writes "Greenland is named that becuase it was once green, forested and warm. This is according to an article in Scientific American found here:

http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?articleID=9860B8B 0-E7F2-99DF-32AE7FF8D8922266&chanID=sa007

From the article:

In 1981 researchers removed a long tube of ice from the center of a glacier in southern Greenland at a site known as Dye 3. More than a mile (two kilometers) long, the deep end of the core sample had been crushed by the pressure of the ice above it and sullied by contact with rock and soil. By destroying the pattern of annual layers, this contamination seemingly made it impossible to assess the region's ancient climate. But DNA extracted from the previously ignored dirty bottom has revealed that Greenland was not only green, it boasted boreal forests like those found in Canada and Scandinavia today.

According to the article, that was between 400,000 and 800,000 years ago, not all that long in geologic time frames."
Slashdot.org

+ - Fortune Editor Appraisal of Slashdot

Submitted by
arminw
arminw writes "David Kirkpatrick, Fortune Senior Editor writes an article quoted on CNN here: http://money.cnn.com/2006/02/09/technology/fastfor ward_fortune/index.htm, about the Slashdot website. The article talks a little about the history of Slashdot and it is very informative, both for long time reder here and those relatively new. The title of the article is "Is Slashdot the future of media?" The article also mentions Slashdot companion site, Sourceforge.net in a very positive manner."
Security

+ - 10%+ Phishing victims?

Submitted by
arminw
arminw writes "One in 10 internet users respond to phish attacks!

It seems incredible that the numbers are this high. No wonder I get a large number of these in my junk mail box.

Here is from the article in New Scientist:

One in 10 internet users may be lured into handing over sensitive personal information such as a credit card number, by fraudulent "phishing" emails, research suggests.

A phishing message closely resembles a legitimate email from a genuine bank or online shop. It typically encourages the recipient to click on a link that leads to a bogus version of that company's website, where they are asked to enter their account information. This data is then captured and can be used to pilfer a bank or shop account.

The rest of the article is here:

http://www.newscientisttech.com/article/dn10347-on e-in-10-snared-by-fake-phishing-messages.html"

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