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+ - How Penguins Huddle->

Submitted by arisvega
arisvega (1414195) writes "Penguins, which most of us know and respect, face numerous challenges on staying warm. For Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri), huddling is the key to survival during the Antarctic winter. Penguins in a huddle are packed so tightly that individual movements become impossible, reminiscent of a jamming transition in compacted colloids. This huddle structure is continuously reorganized to give each penguin a chance to spend sufficient time inside the huddle, compared with time spent on the periphery. This study aspires to show that Emperor penguins move collectively in a highly coordinated manner to ensure mobility while at the same time keeping the huddle packed. Every 30–60 seconds, all penguins make small steps that travel as a wave through the entire huddle. Over time, these small movements lead to large-scale reorganization of the huddle, and those dynamics of penguin huddling are governed by intermittency and approach to kinetic arrest in striking analogy with inert non-equilibrium systems, including soft glasses and colloids. If you find the paper itself too scientific, skip directly to the timelapse video of those masters of cuteness."
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+ - Embed A Video... Go To Jail?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A few weeks ago, Slashdot had a post about the new bill in Congress to make streaming infringing videos a felony, punishable by up to 5 years in jail if just 10 people watch the video. As more details come out, the bill keeps looking worse and worse, as it appears that the definitions used in the bill would mean that merely embedding or linking to an infringing YouTube video could put you on the hook for jailtime. Obviously, supporters of the bill insist that's not who will be targeted with this bill, but just the fact that they could be should be worrisome enough. We've seen other laws "misused" in the past."
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+ - TN crime to share Rhapsody p/w with your child->

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michaelmalak
michaelmalak writes "As widely reported, it is now illegal in Tennessee to "share passwords". Specifically, SB 1659, signed by the governor on May 30, turns a violation of terms of service from a civil matter into a crime (and a felony for values over $500). Now the popular press keeps citing Netflix as the prime example, but when it comes to family matters Netflix has some common sense terms of use. Netflix say you "shouldn't" share your password, but that if you do share it with members of your household, you're responsible for their use of it. The terms of use for Rhapsody, the other service cited in the popular press for this story, however, are not as well thought out when it comes to family matters. It says, "Only you may access the Services using your user name and password", meaning, presumably, that you as a parent must manually click on every song you want your minor child to listen to. The only way around it would be to set up a co-signed credit card in your minor child's name, and have your child create his/her own Rhapsody account. To have your six-year-old access Rhapsody otherwise is now a crime in Tennessee."
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Businesses

FCC Commissioner Leaves To Become Lobbyist 309

Posted by samzenpus
from the passing-the-smell-test dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Meredith Attwell Baker, one of the FCC Commissioners, is leaving the FCC to become a lobbyist for Comcast-NBC, just four months after approving their merger deal. She refused to put any significant conditions on the merger, saying that the deal would 'bring exciting benefits to consumers that outweigh potential harms.' Comcast has released an official statement saying that, 'Meredith's executive branch and business experience along with her exceptional relationships in Washington bring Comcast and NBCUniversal the perfect combination of skills.'"

Comment: Re:Professor of Woo? (Score 1) 487

by ferd_farkle (#35940040) Attached to: Reform the PhD System or Close It Down

If I wanted the thoughts and discussion of a proponent of a Demon Haunted World, I would go to BioLogos, not where I go for 'News for Nerds'. Really, Templeton Prize winners' wacky notions of reality are available all over the web, if you bother to explore a bit. I'm reading Slashdot for a reason, and Woo isn't what I'm looking for.

Comment: Professor of Woo? (Score 1, Informative) 487

by ferd_farkle (#35939840) Attached to: Reform the PhD System or Close It Down

Before going to the article, I quick checked Wikipedia for "Mark C. Taylor".
First sentence:

Mark C. Taylor (born 13 December 1945) is a philosopher of religion and cultural critic who has published more than twenty books on theology, philosophy, art and architecture, media, technology, economics, and the natural sciences.

I didn't read the article.

Politics

+ - Private Companies May Get Web Censorship Powers->

Submitted by esocid
esocid (946821) writes "The House and Senate are both drafting "rogue sites" legislation that will likely support website blocking at the domain name level and will require online ad networks and credit card companies to stop working with sites on the blacklist. That idea is controversial enough when only the government has the power to pursue the censoring; it gets even more controversial if private companies get the right to bring a censorship action in court without waiting for government to act.

Appearing at today's "Legitimate Sites v. Parasites" hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, Google's Kent Walker was clear: a private right of action to bring a COICA claim would give rightsholders tremendous leverage over Google. Walker went so far as to warn of "shakedowns" from private companies wanting to force changes in Google's behavior.

But the general mood of the hearing was that tough new steps must be taken. As Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) asked Morton during his questioning, "What change in the law would allow you to pursue everyone?" While stressing he wasn't talking about kids using P2P file-sharing, Issa wanted to bring the hammer down on everyone else. Issa, who made his money creating the Viper car alarm and watched as counterfeiters knocked off imitations, demanded "zero tolerance" from ICE. "You have to get it down to zero," he said."

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Crime

+ - Servers Breached at Fortune 100 Company->

Submitted by Orome1
Orome1 (1901578) writes "The Connecticut-based Hartford Financial Services Group — a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest investment and insurance companies in the US — has suffered a breach that resulted in password-stealing Trojans being installed on a number of the company's servers. A number of servers were compromised, including the Citrix servers which the employees use to access the company systems from a remote location."
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Comment: Re:With all these recent findings... (Score 1) 97

by ferd_farkle (#35477324) Attached to: Laser Scribing Promises More Efficient Solar Cells

"findings"? What "findings", exactly?

The research project will continue for a three year period, by the end of which which the scientists hope to have established the scientific basis for their laser-ablation technique.

Wow! Lasers! This is the kind of news I get up early for. Will there be film at 11:00?

Firefox

+ - Mozilla To Pin Firefox To Win7 Taskbar By Default?->

Submitted by dkd903
dkd903 (1156359) writes "If you are a Windows 7 user then you must have seen that Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer are pinned to the Taskbar by default. Well it seems that Mozilla now plans to pin Firefox and it’s other products to that Taskbar too. Although there is no documented way to pin shortcuts programmatically to the taskbar but it seems Mozilla will eventually end up doing it."
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America Online

+ - AOL's "Dirty Little Secret": 60% of AOL's Profits -> 4

Submitted by satuon
satuon (1822492) writes "Ken Auletta's big New Yorker piece on AOL (subscription only) this week revealed an interesting detail about the company's inner workings. According to Auletta, 80% of AOL's profits come from subscribers, and 75% of those subscribers are paying for something they don't actually need.

Auletta lays out how this works:
The company still gets eighty percent of its profits from subscribers, many of whom are older people who have cable or DSL service but don't realize that they need not pay an additional twenty-five dollars a month to get online and check their e-mail. "The dirty little secret," a former AOL executive says, "is that seventy-five percent of the people who subscribe to AOL's dial-up service don't need it.""

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Electronic Frontier Foundation

+ - AISD Teacher Throws Fit Over Student's Linux CD-> 4

Submitted by trrichard
trrichard (1774338) writes "Teacher in Austin Texas takes up and reports a student for showing his peers his Linux OS Computer and handing out Helios CD's. "Mr. Starks, I am sure you strongly believe in what you are doing but I cannot either support your efforts or allow them to happen in my classroom. At this point, I am not sure what you are doing is legal. No software is free and spreading that misconception is harmful.

These children look up to adults for guidance and discipline. I will research this as time allows and I want to assure you, if you are doing anything illegal, I will pursue charges as the law allows. Mr. Starks, I along with many others tried Linux during college and I assure you, the claims you make are grossly over-stated and hinge on falsehoods. I admire your attempts in getting computers in the hands of disadvantaged people but putting linux on these machines is holding our kids back.""

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