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+ - SPAM: The Google+ API Is Released

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Developers have been waiting since late June for Google to release their API to the public. Well, today is that Day. Just a few minute ago Chris Chabot, from Google+ Developer Relations, announced that the Google+ API is now available to the public"
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Comment: Re:Why have any racial indicators? (Score 2) 464

by deadmantyping (#37144694) Attached to: American Grant Writing: Race Matters

My experience is more with Department of Energy grants, so I don't know how much of this applies to NIH grants, but in grants I have dealt with a lot of time is spent basically promoting the expertise of the PI and how that person's expertise would allow them to successfully perform the research proposed in the grant proposal.

If you intend to strip out all identifying information then a large part of the introductory sections are can no longer be confirmed by the peer reviewers by means of checking the PI's background or references. Expertise and ability to successfully execute the proposed research is an important aspect of any grant, and it can be an unreasonable burden on a Project Manager to have to evaluate each proposal without some kind of expert input.

I agree with the sentiment of wanting to strip out all identifying information, as I have personally experienced bias from competing researchers during various peer review processes, but I believe that it would simply be impractical.

Open Source

+ - Why Startups Don't Use .NET->

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "Back in March, Expensify CEO David Barrett wrote a blog post explaining why .Net experience is a disqualifier for a job at his company. His reasoning, in a nutshell, is that startups don't develop in stodgy old .Net because of the cost. In a post on the piehead blog, developer Ian Muir takes a different view: Microsoft's Bizspark program has made the cost differences between .Net and FOSS essentially moot and the reason for not using .Net in favor of PHP and Ruby comes down to culture and ego."
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Facebook

+ - Social Networks Miss-representation

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In recent months I have noticed a trend on 2 social network sites. Facebook and Linkedin, doing things that are resulting in miss-representation.

Lets look at Facebook first .. how often have you seen a friend invite, to puzzle over why that person is asking to join your network. Then when asking them, only to get the response 'because you sent me a friend request'. This has happened to me 3 times in the last month. Facebook is sending friend requests to my friends, and a message to me saying they have sent a request to me, when we compate notes, neither me or my friend sent any 'requests' at all. Facebook did it automatically. This is miss-representing my chosen network, and making requests without my permission.

With Linkedin I recently updated my profile, I added an additional few words into my work outling. The next day I had an inbox full of people asking what had happened, congratulating me on the new job, wanting to know why I had left. It turns out Linkedin had posted on my news thread and the thread of all of my contacts that I had left the business, causing just a slight bit of panic across the globe. I notified Linkedin and they said nothing can be done ... again automatic miss-representation in my professional network.

I am interested if anybody else on Slashdot has seen either of the above, or if I have just be unfortunate?"
Idle

+ - Woman wins right to watch porn, masturbate at work->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In a decision that can only be described as touchy, a Brazilian judge has reportedly ruled that a 36-year-old female accountant can legally masturbate at work and watch porn on her work computer. Ana Catarian Bezerra successfully argued that she suffers from a chemical imbalance that triggers severe anxiety and hypersexuality, according to a viral news story."
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PlayStation (Games)

+ - PlayStation Store to return on May 24 - leak memo->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to a memo sent by Sony to its game developer and publishing partners which is obtained by Gamasutra, Sony has finally decided to bring back its PlayStation Store on 24th of May.

It seems like the restless PSN users have to wait for few more days to get entertained from the free game offers granted as a ‘Welcome Back’ package by Sony. It should also be noted that, all the content and games that was planned to roll out between the phase when Sony was attacked by hackers, will now be coming in stages over the following weeks."

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Government

+ - Interview: "Face" of Anonymous Quits->

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CWmike
CWmike writes "Barrett Brown, an author and writer for Vanity Fair, The Huffington Post, and True/Slant, has been a media-friendly public face for the group Anonymous. But Brown is quitting Anonymous and turning his focus to his brainchild Project PM, which has multifaceted goals, including 'to best utilize information technology along with our collective knowledge base to better the world in every aspect possible.' Last year Brown went from a journalist reporting on Anonymous's activities to being an informal spokesperson for the group. He gave interviews and wrote press releases, but maintained that he was not a leader as the group Anonymous was leaderless. Yet there were other members of Anonymous who accused Brown of giving too much attention to the group and of hogging the spotlight. There was also talk of Anonymous members being worried about having their identities exposed, worried about Brown's focus on government wrongdoing. Upon learning that Brown was quitting Anonymous, 'Security is Sexy' blogger Darlene Storm interviewed him upcoming projects and reports he has planned stemming from HBGary e-mails."
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Iphone

+ - iPhone Explosion: 5M iOS Games Downloaded Per Day->

Submitted by donniebaseball23
donniebaseball23 (1888144) writes "iPhone gaming has certainly accelerated in the last year or so, and iOS in general has seen a boost from iPod Touch and iPad as well. The numbers are impressive, as new research from Newzoo and Distimo (an App Store analytics firm) shows that games now represent the largest single App-category on Apple App Stores, and account for half of the downloads of both free and paid Apps. Newzoo said that more than five million games were downloaded per day in the U.S. and six major European territories combined during March 2011. There are 63 million iOS gamers in these countries who downloaded an average of 2.5 games per month."
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Media

+ - Netflix signed Deal with Mirimax->

Submitted by ShadowFoxx
ShadowFoxx (2015582) writes "Netflix, Inc. and Miramax on Monday announced a multi-year agreement under which Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch motion pictures from the Miramax film library. It is the first time Miramax titles have become available through a digital subscription service.

Beginning in June, Netflix members in the U.S. will be able to instantly watch several hundred Miramax movies, with dozens of titles being added on a rotating basis. The movies can be watched on multiple platforms, including TV, tablet, computer and mobile phones. Financial terms of the deal are not being disclosed."

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Japan

+ - Satellite Sees Atmospheric Warming Before Quake->

Submitted by cybrpnk2
cybrpnk2 (579066) writes "From Tech Review's arXiv Blog: "Dimitar Ouzounov at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland and a few buddies present the data from the Great Tohoku earthquake which devastated Japan on 11 March. Their results, although preliminary, are eye-opening. They say that before the M9 earthquake, the total electron content of the ionosphere increased dramatically over the epicentre, reaching a maximum three days before the quake struck. At the same time, satellite observations showed a big increase in infrared emissions from above the epicentre, which peaked in the hours before the quake. In other words, the atmosphere was heating up.""
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NASA

+ - Search for spacelife takes aim at specific planets->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "In the past the SETI@Home group has blasted radio waves throughout a wide swath of space looking to perhaps serendipitously come across alien communications. But a new University of California, Berkeley project will aim the world's largest radio telescope at 86 planetary systems recently discovered by NASA's super-space telescope Kepler in an effort to detects signs of extraterrestrial communications."
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The Courts

+ - Supreme Court Approves Warrantless Home Invasions->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The U.S. Supreme Court has made it significantly easier for police to force their way into a home without a warrant. On Monday, the court, by an 8-1 vote, upheld the warrantless search of an apartment ... police pursuing a drug suspect banged on the door of an apartment where they thought they smelled marijuana. After loudly identifying themselves, police heard movement inside, and suspecting that evidence was being destroyed, kicked in the door ... they found Hollis Deshaun King, smoking marijuana. Police also found cocaine ... King was not the suspect police had been looking for, but the drug evidence in the apartment was more than enough to charge him with multiple crimes. King was sentenced to 11 years in prison ... 'Occupants who choose not to stand on their constitutional rights but instead elect to attempt to destroy evidence have only themselves to blame for the warrantless exigent-circumstances search that may ensue,' wrote [Justice] Alito."
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Android

+ - Android Data Leak->

Submitted by arnodf
arnodf (1310501) writes "FTA:
Nearly all Android smart phones running a version of the operating system prior to 2.3.4 are potentially "leaking" sensitive data, according to researchers at the University of Ulm. Here's what you need to know to stay safe and keep your information to yourself.

Certain Android applications, including ones officially bundled with the OS such as Calendar, Contacts and Picasa, send certain data, including authentication tokens (a form of password used to identify a user), in a clear rather than encrypted format.

Worse still, these tokens have a long life (up to 14 days) and aren't attached to the phone from which they originated. This means hackers could steal a legitimate user's credentials and use them elsewhere on a different handset."

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PlayStation (Games)

+ - PlayStation Network password reset hit by exploit->

Submitted by dotarray
dotarray (1747900) writes "Sony just can’t win. As the company tries to roll out the new and improved PlayStation Network after nearly a month of downtime, it’s been shown that the password reset system suffers from a nasty exploit.

An attacker simply needs your PSN account email and your date of birth to change your password and access your account – and, you guessed it, that information was compromised in last month’s attack on the data centre."

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Games

+ - 10 Unreleased Video Game Consoles

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "It's been almost four decades now since the first video game console, the Magnavox Odyssey, made waves in electronic entertainment. With such a long and varied history of video game systems behind us, it should be no surprise that more than a few consoles were planned but never made it to market. Even though concepts like Odyssey 3, Phantom and others were marketable, unfortunately they never made it into production."

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