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Comment: Welcome, Lords of the Underworld! (Score 1) 495

by endofoctober (#32157384) Attached to: A Peace Plan To End the Flash-On-iPhone Fight
Apple has every right to guard their monopoly, as does Adobe. I just hope that Adobe announces very soon that they're going to stop developing Creative Suite for Macs, and watch the Windows-only CS6 force Mac users into buying PCs. Then Apple will either have to develop their own version of CS, or go to Microsoft to buy their creative apps. That will indeed signal the end times.

Comment: Nothing New, but Glad to Hear It Discussed (Score 2, Interesting) 338

by endofoctober (#31896874) Attached to: China's Research Ambitions Hurt By Faked Results
I've heard this same issue come up from two different bio researchers - one doing post-doc work (French), and the other finishing his PhD (American) here in the US. They both related the same 'joke' about Chinese research, something like, "A non-PRC scientist approaches science to seek a result...a PRC-trained/educated scientist asks, "What result do you want to see?" Faking data is rampant among the Chinese students here in the US according to them, so much so that the non-Chinese are being passed over for grants here because they're shackled by such pesky things as 'ethics' and the scientific method. Afterward, when the grant donors see results blow up in their faces when reviewed by peers, they're usually too chagrined to make an issue out of it, having been made thorough fools of.

+ - Meteor explosion lights up sky over Utah->

Submitted by skulluminati
skulluminati (1379551) writes "A probable meteor likely exploded over Utah's western desert region Wednesday night, producing a flash that briefly turned night into day over a vast portion of the West.

According to Patrick Wiggins, a NASA ambassador living in Tooele County, the intense light was most likely a bolide meteor, one that becomes a fireball and breaks up.

People in Los Angeles, Nevada, Utah, Idaho and Wyoming reported seeing the meteor."

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+ - Chicago's Camera Network Is Everywhere->

Submitted by
DesScorp writes "Over the past few years, the City of Chicago has installed video cameras all over the city. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that the city has not only installed its own cameras for law enforcement purposes, but with the aid of IBM, has built a network that possibly links thousands of video surveillance cameras all over Chicago. Possibly, because the city refuses to confirm just how many cameras are in the network. Critics say that Chicago is becoming the city of Big Brother.

"The city links the 1,500 cameras that police have placed in trouble spots with thousands more—police won't say how many—that have been installed by other government agencies and the private sector in city buses, businesses, public schools, subway stations, housing projects and elsewhere. Even home owners can contribute camera feeds. Rajiv Shah, an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who has studied the issue, estimates that 15,000 cameras have been connected in what the city calls Operation Virtual Shield, its fiber-optic video-network loop."

There are so many camera feeds coming in that police and officials can't monitor them all, but when alerted to a situation, can zoom in on the area affected. The ACLU has requested a total number of video feeds and cameras, but as of yet, this information has not been supplied. Worries have been raised about the possible abuses of the system... other cities have had cases where male police officers would follow females via video even though no suspicious behavior was exhibited. Chicago Police brush off such criticism, saying that all use of the system is logged, and that the benefits of public safety and law enforcement are huge."

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Comment: I count myself lucky... (Score 4, Informative) 304

by endofoctober (#29686029) Attached to: Comcast's War On Infected PCs (Or All Customers)
...that they called and told me that I had a zombie PC. I run updates, antivirus software and am very careful about where I go on the web, and what I download. Despite all my precautions, though, my PC got infected via an infected CD from my office (autorun is now turned off, btw). I got a call from Comcast saying that they'd noticed some odd traffic. The tech guy said it looked like my PC had been infected although it didn't seem to be actively sending/receiving any unusual data. After a quick re-scan with my antivirus software, it was gone, and all was right with the world (well, my tiny corner of it, anyway). I was used to Comcast sucking hardcore before this happened. Now my attitude is a little better toward them -- the Comcast tech guy knew his stuff, and was very helpful.

Comment: Re:That's an interesting business model (Score 1) 261

by endofoctober (#23000344) Attached to: Imperial Storm Troopers Skirmish in Latest IP Battle

If a designer signs a "work for hire" contract, then anything created under that contract belong to the client, not the designer, true. It's one of the main reasons designers refuse "work for hire" terms. [Another being that usually the WFH language usually explicitly denies me the right to use MY designs in MY OWN portfolio...uh, no thanks.]

Under non "work for hire" terms, if you hire me to design it, I'm only contractually bound to give you the finished work. All IP remains with me, the designer, until you pay me for the IP.

You might find it an "interesting" business model, but it protects the interests of those who use their creative skills to make clients money (in this case a /buttload/ of money). I never sign my IP away unless clients are willing to compensate me for it, and I never, ever, EVER sign contracts with WFH terms. Why should I?


+ - New failsafe graphics mode for Ubuntu->

Submitted by ianare
ianare (1132971) writes "Ubuntu Xorg maintainer Bryce Harrington recently demonstrated the BulletProof-X feature that is planned for inclusion in Ubuntu 7.10. It provides a failsafe mode which will ensure that users never have to manually configure their graphics hardware settings from the command line. If Xorg fails to start, the failsafe mode will initiate with minimalistic settings, low resolution, and a limited number of colors. The failsafe mode also automatically runs Ubuntu's new GTK-based display configuration utility so that users can easily test various display settings and choose a configuration that will work properly with their hardware. Features like BulletProof-X deliver tangible usability improvements that contribute to a more positive user experience."
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+ - Doom and Gloom for web radio->

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "DailyTech posted interviews with the founder of Pandora and management from Proton Radio (and Proton Music) asking them what SoundExchange's latest rulings mean to them. A lot of net radio stations are dreading the upcoming changes in royalty rates, which are said to be around 400%... a number that would bankrupt most of the industry. An interesting read for anyone who uses online radio..."
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+ - ASUS $199-$299 Notebook Announced

Submitted by
Plekto writes " uces_new

I ran across this last night, but it evidently is slow to get out into the news.

Go to the ASUS site and select "global" as your area — there's an area on the left bottom side of the screen that you can click to bring up a nice bit of animation(the site's all JAVA, so I can't provide a direct link).

Prices will be $199-$299 — and it's not marketed as a OLPC, but a small basic laptop aimed at the younger crowds/college students/etc — who need more than a PDA but don't want it to be huge, either. It reminds me a lot of the Toshiba Libretto. Just under a pound."

+ - Online shoppers will pay more for privacy->

Submitted by
Caroline Matische
Caroline Matische writes "People are willing to pay more to buy items from online retailers who make their privacy policies clear, a new Carnegie Mellon University study showed. People were more likely to buy from online merchants with good privacy policies and were also willing to pay about 60 cents extra on a $15 purchase when buying from a site with a privacy policy they liked."
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Navy Now Mandated To Consider FOSS As an Option 205

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the still-spending-$600-on-a-keyboard dept.
lisah writes "In a memorandum handed down from Department of the Navy CIO John Carey this week, the Navy is now mandated to consider open source solutions when making new software acquisitions. According John Weathersby, executive director of the Open Source Software Institute, this is the first in a series of documents that will also address 'development and distribution issues regarding open source within Navy IT environments.'"
Operating Systems

+ - Linux developers outline tech gaps->

Submitted by
dmarti writes "Linus Torvalds, Andrew Morton, and Jonathan Corbet talk about core kernel areas needing significant development work, including the filesystem, power management, and instrumentation. "Many people would like for the driver to also use power efficiently, and handle suspend/resume well, but it's definitely a secondary concern to 'working'," Linus says."
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+ - Censorship is changing the face of the Internet->

Submitted by
Lucas123 writes "Amnesty International is warning that the Internet "could change beyond all recognition" because state-sponsored censorship has spread from a handful of countries to dozens of governments that apply mandated net filtering, and because companies such as Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have remained complicit, according to a BBC story. '"More and more governments are realising the utility of controlling what people see online and major internet companies, in an attempt to expand their markets, are colluding in these attempts,"' said Tim Hancock, Amnesty's campaign director."
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The Internet

+ - Web 2.0 'distracts good design'

Submitted by
stevedcc writes "The BBC is running a story about web 2.0 and usability, including comments from Jakob Nielsen stating "Hype about Web 2.0 is making web firms neglect the basics of good design".

From the article:

He warned that the rush to make webpages more dynamic often meant users were badly served.

He said sites peppered with personalisation tools were in danger of resembling the "glossy but useless" sites at the height of the dotcom boom.
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - US wants everyone else to destroy the climate too

Submitted by minuszero
minuszero (922125) writes "BBC news Is reporting on some of the changes the US wants to put in the new G8 climate texts.

Such changes include:
Striking out "climate change is speeding up and will seriously damage our common natural environment and severely weaken (the) global economy... resolute action is urgently needed in order to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions".
and "we are deeply concerned about the latest findings confirmed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)".

Yet, a spokeswoman for the White House Council on Environmental Quality claims "The US continues to lead the global effort on climate change."

Question is, did she mean stopping climate change, or encouraging it?"

No problem is insoluble in all conceivable circumstances.