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DHS Ends Data-Mining Program 75

Posted by samzenpus
from the and-i-have-a-bridge-to-sell-you dept.
ExE122 writes "The Department of Homeland Security has "scrapped an ambitious anti-terrorism data-mining tool." The tool, called ADVISE, was being tested with live data rather than test data without having proper security in place. This program had already been under criticism by privacy advocates and members of Congress. However, according to the article, a DHS spokesman assures that the program will be restarted once the security and cost are re-evaluated."

+ - Plastic artificial bone->

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pnosker writes: "Researchers at Rutgers University have found a way to create artificial bone using a blend of usually immiscible plastics, both bio-compatible, where one plastic is dissolved and excreted creating an empty sponge-like region for natural bone to grow and a lattice of PMMA plastic for the growth to occur. The new material is undergoing further study and testing."
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+ - Microsoft delays Office 2008 for Mac until mid-Jan->

Submitted by i_hate_robots
i_hate_robots writes: AppleInsider is reporting that Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) said Thursday that the release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac has been pushed back from the second half of 2007 until mid-January. The Redmond-based firm now anticipates showing a final version of the software at the Macworld trade show and conference in January, with global availability to commence in the first quarter of 2008. "This was a business decision based on the Mac BU's commitment to deliver a high-quality product," said Mac BU General Manager Craig Eisler. "Our number one priority is to deliver quality software to our customers and partners, and in order to achieve this we are shifting availability."
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Journal: PageRank and me...

Journal by antispamist

I'm kinda new to the pagerank game but i've been trying to better my ranking of my page.

I know there are a lot of factors but, being rather new, I don't know very much about it all. Have any input/suggestions?

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Comment: Re:No source code - OPENWRT (Score 1) 329

by Natalie's Hot Grits (#8220730) Attached to: Creating A Super-Router (For Free)
There is nothing stopping you legally from working and distributing this project. The only licensing problems I can see is that linksys might try to sue you for distributing their binary-only driver. I have not read the license terms of that drivers, so I do not know if they allow re-distribution of it or not.

Worst case scenerio (for sourceforge), ship the sources without the binary driver. If you decide to not go with sourceforge, there is NOTHING IN THE GPL which REQUIRES you to distribute sources to linux kernel drivers that you distribute with your distribution. There are MANY linux distributions out there that distribute linux binary drivers without source. For instance, any distro which ships nvidia drivers (which is practically ALL of them). This is not a violation of the GPL, as it is legal for you to ship packages with seperate binary files provided they are not derrived from the GPL works. (which they are not.)

Anybody telling you otherwise has no idea what they are talking about. This has NOTHING to do with the GPL or copyright law, and EVERYTHING to do with GPL zealots who want free wireless drivers. I say to those people: if you want it, write it yourself or petition the copyright owner to release his sources.

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Journal: Shit day, what about you?

Journal by chrisos

Just lost my job. Bugger.

We were expecting the news today, one by one each of the staff that where to be made redundant were called to a meeting room to be told.

As a contractor, I was expecting to lose my job, then the news comes around at 4ish, that everyone still standing is safe.

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Journal: So here I am... 1

Journal by chrisos

So here I am, I can't metamoderate, as the Perl script seems to be missing, so I start doing some investigating...
So what do I find?
Well it would seem that I'm one of the good guys, I finally have good Karma :)
Only another year or two and I may have Excellent Karma!
Then I find out you can be mailed if a friend has updated their journal, so I thought, what the hell, if anyone is listening...
Hear me roar :)
Righto, I'm off to see

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