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+ - High Fructose Corn Syrup And Obesity->

Submitted by clm1970
clm1970 (1728766) writes "Princeton University Researchers have determined that given the same caloric intake lab rats gained significantly more weight when given high fructose corn syrup in their diet. The story is detailed here."
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+ - Google warns Australia over 'Net filters->

Submitted by Tyler Too
Tyler Too (909326) writes "A day after redirecting to Hong Kong servers, Google has come out in opposition to Australia's Internet filtering system. 'Google is unlikely to come right out and compare Australia to China, but the implication is obvious—and has been made explicit by other groups. Reporters Without Borders said recently that Australia would "be joining an Internet censors' club that includes such countries as China, Iran, and Saudi Arabia."'"
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+ - Does This Headline Know You're Reading It?-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Not yet, but it could." German artificial intelligence researchers are combining JavaScript with eye-tracking hardware to create "text 2.0," which "infers user intentions." Unimportant words also fade out while you're skimming the text, and a bookmark automatically appears if you glance away. It can pronounce the words you're reading, and reading certain words can trigger the appearance of footnotes or even translations, biographies, definitions, and sound effects or animations, almost like the truly interactive books in Neal Stephenson's The Diamond Age. "With the help of an eye tracker, Text 2.0 follows your progress and presents effects just in time," the researchers explain in a video. Meanwhile, DFKI has already created a free "Processing Easy Eye Tracker plugin" (or PEEP) to manipulate windows with what they call "gaze-controlled tab expose," while there's speculation similar technology may be adopted by Apple. Apple has already purchased Tobii's eye-tracking hardware, and "Whether these are for internal research only or for a future product, Apple is characteristically not saying."
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+ - SPAM: Top US domain name registrars lag on DNS security

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "The leading domain name registrars in the United States (Network Solutions, Go Daddy, etc.) appear to be dragging their feet on the deployment of DNS Security Extensions, an emerging standard that prevents an insidious type of hacking attack where network traffic is redirected from a legitimate Web site to a fake one without the Web site operator or user knowing. DNSSEC prevents cache poisoning attacks by allowing Web sites to verify their domain names and corresponding IP addresses using digital signatures and public-key encryption. Cache poisoning attacks are possible because of a serious flaw in the DNS that was disclosed by security researcher Dan Kaminsky [spam URL stripped] 2008. In order for Web site operators and end users to benefit from DNSSEC, the standard must be supported at every level of the DNS heirarchy."
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Research Lets You Type Words By Thought Alone 114

Posted by StoneLion
from the put-on-your-thinking-cap dept.
An anonymous reader writes "How about typing on a computer just by thinking about it? The downside is you have to wear a skull cap with electrodes that capture your brain waves like an EEG machine. According to this EE Times story, a team of researchers from Belgium and the Netherlands has presented Mind Speller, a thought-to-text device intended to help people with movement disabilities. The system does rely on a lot of processing on a remote computer, but it is a wireless system. And these thought-to-computer systems have wider applicability than medical support. One of the research groups involved in this development has already looked at wireless electroencephalography (EEG) to enable measures of emotion to be fed back into computer games."

Comment: Possible alternate explaination (Score 1) 364

by ayana (#23362722) Attached to: Microsoft IM Blocking YouTube Links
I'm one of the seemingly many who submitted this to Slashdot, and it certainly annoys me, however... I was thinking, what if Microsoft are doing this because of Youtube having rather a lot of unauthorised copyrighted content? You can often find whole episodes or even whole seasons of TV shows on Youtube, split up into 10 minute segments in Youtube's fantastic, high resolution better-than-bluray quality, and perhaps Microsoft had some legal paranoia that if they allow links to potentially copyrighted material, they could get in legal trouble... either that or they're in so deep with the media companies that they want to act as "Copyright Cops". In favour of this theory, there's that whole story posted recently about the Zune potentially refusing to play "pirated" content. On the other hand, I've not heard anything about them blocking popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay, and if they're setting up a competing service I can see them pulling this sort of crap. Whatever the truth turns out to be, this whole thing is very, very weird.

Google's Street View Meets Resistance In France 201

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the not-surrendering dept.
Ian Lamont writes "Google has begun to scan the streets of Paris as part of its Street View service, but the company may be hindered from publishing them unedited. The reason? French privacy laws. Google may be forced to blur faces or use low-resolution versions of the photographs. The Embassy of France in the US has a page devoted to French privacy laws, that says the laws are needed to 'avoid infringing the individual's right to privacy and right to his or her picture (photograph or drawing), both of them rights of personality.'"

UK Uses CCTV, Terrorism Laws, Against Pooping Dogs 303

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the let-this-be-a-lesson dept.
An anonymous reader writes to tell us that it seems the UK is trying make up for their judicious use of surveillance cameras that, according to recent research, do not actually deter crime, by using the surveillance network to prosecute petty crimes. "Conjuring up the bogeymen of terrorists, online pedophiles and cybercriminals, the U.K. passed a comprehensive surveillance law, The Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, in 2000. The law allows 'the interception of communications, carrying out of surveillance, and the use of covert human intelligence sources' to help prevent crime, including terrorism. Recent reports in the U.K. media indicate that the laws are being used for everything but terrorism investigations."

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