This has quite a number of scientists and science educators up in arms. The fact that she's African American and that the same assistant state attorney has decided not to charge a white teenager who accidentally killed his brother with a BB gun has some thinking whether this is a case of doing science while black.
girlmad writes: Judge Birss, who gained renown as the man who forced Apple to run adverts saying Samsung didn't copy the iPad, is back under the spotlight, claiming that we need to take the fight to patent trolls. But he's also warning that the courts might run out of capacity soon to handle the growing number of patent cases.
egjertse writes: A Louisiana law that opponents say leaves the backdoor open to teaching "creationism" in public schools will stay on the books after a Senate committee Wednesday effectively killed a bill that would repeal the statute. After hours of testimony for and against House Bill 26, which repeals the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act, the senators narrowly deferred the legislation, effectively killing it in committee. The bill was sponsored by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson, D-New Orleans.
DavidGilbert99 writes: The job of a chief security officer has never been tougher. As well as an exponential increase in threats from cyber-criminals, hacktivists and nation-state cyber-espionage, the higher media profile cyber-security is getting these days means everyone knows about it and this puts even greater pressure on CSOs. The problem is, the biggest threat is right under their noses. According to a survey of UK organisations across the government, banking, finance and defence sectors, the majority of security breaches come from employees, ex-employees and trusted partners — and yet 69% of those surveyed said protecting sensitive data from outside threats their main focus.
purpledinoz writes: PC World has an interesting article about a lawsuit Eminem has filed against Apple: "The music publishing companies that represent rap artist Eminem have filed a multimillion-dollar suit against Apple Inc. for selling downloads of Eminem's music on iTunes online music service without compensating them. The suit could have ramifications for the current compensation plan that online music services have for divvying up profits between record labels and the publishing companies that hold rights to artists' songs."
fdmendez writes: "In reality there's no 100% sure way to tell if you're Xbox 360 is going to break, but you can find out if you're machine is one of the consoles likely to go sour.
Here's how it breaks down: In response to a staggering rate of failure for the 360, Microsoft decided to fix the heat sink issue with its console. The earlier Xbox 360s tend to lack the new heat sink, and the older Xbox 360s tend to have the new heat sink.
If you're console doesn't have the new heat sink, there's a good chance you're going to witness the red ring of death soon, but, if you're curious as to whether your 360 has the new heat sink, Ben Heck has the deets on how to tell without voiding your warranty and all you need is a digital camera."