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+ - Adobe using Digital Editions v4 to spy on readers 1 1

An anonymous reader writes: Adobe has taken their Digital Editions ePUB software to new lows, using it to spy on reading habits, transmitting data on ePUBs back to Adobe in plain text, regardless of whether you've actually opened them in ADE. Aside from the huge breach of trust, their lack of encryption leaves all the data open to interception. Apparently this pesky thing called privacy is only a suggestion.

+ - EU Libraries Can Digitize Books Without Publisher Consent->

jfruh writes: An advisor to the EU's top court says that European libraries can create digital copies of books without having to acquire an agreement with the books' publishers — but there are a number of restrictions to this right. The digital copies can only be used on terminals in the libraries themselves, and must be actually created by the libraries, not merely downloaded from an already available eBook.
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Comment: Re:13 deaths? (Score 1) 518 518

How about you just require the cameras in the vehicles with the worst problems: SUVs, minivans and pickups? The blindzone for a regular car is very small, and reliance on a video screen for those cars probably won't help much; SUVs have the highest number of rollover accidents, followed by pickups, vans and finally passenger cars (in last place). The current law seems like a very expensive undertaking for the most part.

Comment: Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651 1651

they assume they are free to ride on sidewalks, run red lights and stop signs, etc. etc. mostly because there is zero enforcement of these laws, too.

Are you talking about the car drivers too? I see everything except driving on sidewalks on a regular basis. I can't count the number of times - as a pedestrian - I've almost been hit by a car going through a red light, turning right on red and trying to drive through the people crossing the road with their signal, or running a stop sign, all of which seems to happen with zero enforcement of the law. And then when the city wants to put in red light cameras to stop people doing that, people scream about their constitutional rights. (*My* constitutional right to not get hit by the aforementioned idiots seems to go unnoticed.)


+ - The 12 Most Dreaded Help Desk Requests->

snydeq writes: "'Working on an IT help desk can feel like an endless case of déjà vu. Let's face it: Computer users are damn predictable. If you've heard a problem once, you've heard it a thousand times before. Some things, though, have been said so many times that they've practically become help desk clichés — and the very sound of them is enough to make any IT pro want to smack his or her head with the nearest blunt object.'"
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+ - Indian Superbug gene found in American cat->

dywolf writes: The NDM-1 story has been long and contentious (my archive of posts is here), but from the first, two things have been clear. However the political battles fall out, medicine views the emergence of this gene as a catastrophe, because it edges organisms to the brink of being completely non-responsive to antibiotics, as untreatable as if the infections were contracted before the antibiotic era began. And because the gene resides in organisms that happily live in the gut without causing symptoms, NDM-1 has been a hidden catastrophe, crossing borders and entering hospitals without ever being detected.
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+ - Google Mapmaker "forgets" data->

spectrokid writes: I have been playing with Google Mapmaker for a while now. Now I see that additions I have made were approved, published,... only to disappear again 2-3 weeks later. When route-planning my cycle trip to work, Google insists I should take an expressway which would not only be illegal but also pretty suicidal. I both edited the expressway and used the feedback form, but a month later nothing has changed. (Luckily Open Street Map gets it right.) What are your experiences with Googles latest addition of crowd-sourcing?
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Comment: Re:Will this result in lower prices? (Score 1) 242 242

I hear you about Baen - they're one of the few places I've gotten non-free ebooks. I've "bought" more than 800 Amazon ebooks, most of which were free (promotional) or exceptionally cheap (I think I bought a couple for $1.29). I think that's a pretty good deal. Couple that with library e-lending and I really have no need to buy anything (unless I want to own it badly enough and want it *right now*).


+ - Lack of Developers Still a Big Problem for IT->

CowboyRobot writes: "A new InformationWeek survey (slideshow, lots of pretty graphs) shows that most IT managers are having trouble finding developers with the skills they need. It seems obvious that an unsatisfied need would eventually translate into larger salaries for the developers on staff, but that is hindered by the fact that most (94%) managers plan to address the talent shortage by contracting out work and/or hiring new cheaper developers instead of raising salaries to attract more skill. The survey contains some other enlightening opinions, including the prediction that things will get worse before they get better, and that certifications don't matter."
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+ - Google Awarded Face-To-Unlock Patent->

An anonymous reader writes: CNet reports that Google was awarded a patent yesterday for logging into a computing device using face recognition (8,261,090). 'In order for the technology to work, Google's patent requires a camera that can identify a person's face. If that face matches a "predetermined identity," then the person is logged into the respective device. If multiple people want to access a computer, the next person would get in front of the camera, and the device's software would automatically transition to the new user's profile. ... Interestingly, Apple last year filed for a patent related to facial recognition similar to what Google is describing in its own service. That technology would recognize a person's face and use that as the authentication needed to access user profiles or other important information.'
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+ - Thin and light notebooks/"Ultrabooks" as development workstations?

adobelis writes: I'm looking to upgrade the laptop on which I do a fair amount of development when I'm on the road or co-working. (Currently I'm mostly writing Python code, running Django's development server, using Eclipse as an IDE and running commands from Git Bash.) I'm satisfied with how well my old clunker has worked, but it has aged — it's lived a long and fulfilling life, and it needs to be replaced.
Portability is very important to me, so I'd like to go with an "Ultrabook" or a MacBook Air. I'm fairly agnostic as to operating system: Python runs fine on Windows for what I need it to do, though Eclipse on the JVM runs rather slowly. I could see switching to a Mac or dual-booting to Linux if that would make my life better in some way. Any thoughts on best Ultrabook choices for either of the above setups (running Windows only, dual-booting) or the MacBook Air switch would be very much appreciated.

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