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Submission + - Elementary Schools To Test Anti-Piracy Curriculum. (

newbie_fantod writes: Ignoring the fact that the surest way to get a child to do something is to tell them not to, the RIAA and MPAA have developed an anti-piracy curriculum for kindergarten through grade 6. The pilot project is scheduled for testing in California schools later this year.

Submission + - Ben Bernanke resets Federal Reserve policy by doing nothing (

Courner writes: WASHINGTON — Ben Bernanke reinforced his standing as the most activist Federal Reserve chairman in history by doing the unexpected: nothing.

The policy-setting Federal Open Market Committee on Wednesday refrained from reducing the $85 billion pace of its monthly securities buying, sending stocks to record highs and triggering the biggest rally in Treasuries since 2011 as investors repositioned for a more accommodative central bank. Bernanke said the Fed must determine its policies based on "what's needed for the economy," even if it surprises markets.

Submission + - Georgia Cop issues 800 tickets to motorists texting while waiting at red lights (

McGruber writes: WSB-Television, Atlanta, tells us that Gwinnett County police officer Jessie Myers has issued more tickets for texting and driving than any other officer in the state.

Officer Myers says Myer said he sees most people typing away on their phones while waiting at red lights. "Most people think they're safe there," Myers said. However, he said it’s still illegal. "At a red light, you're still driving. according to the law. You're on a roadway, behind (the wheel of) a car, in charge of it, with a vehicle in drive," Myers said.

Myers also tickets drivers using navigation apps. One driver said she was just using her phone's GPS. The law forbids that and Myers issued her a ticket. "That's right. You can't use your navigation while driving. Unless it is a GPS-only device, such as Garmin or Tom Tom, something that is not used as a communication device," Myers said.

Submission + - FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Child-Porn and Leaking Secrets to AP (

McGruber writes: Today, Former FBI agent Donald John Sachtleben has agreed to plead guilty to leaking secret government information about a bomb plot to the Associated Press.

In May, Sachtleben agree to plead guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography and pay restitution to an identified victim portrayed in the images and videos he allegedly possessed (

Submission + - Why Are Cells The Size They Are? Gravity May Be A Factor ( 1

carmendrahl writes: Eukaryotic cells, which are defined by having a nucleus, rarely grow larger than 10 m in diameter. Scientists know a few reasons why this is so. A new study suggests another reason--gravity. Studying egg cells from the frog Xenopus laevis, which reach as big as 1 mm across and are common research tools, Princeton researchers Marina Feric and Clifford Brangwynne noticed that the insides of the eggs' nuclei settled to the bottom when they disabled a mesh made from the cytoskeleton protein actin. They think the frog eggs evolved the mesh to counteract gravity, which according to their calculations becomes significant if cells get bigger than 10 m in diameter.

Submission + - The basic flaw behind ERP systems

cavehobbit writes: I have worked in IT for many years, and been forced by circumstance into changing from working in shops using homegrown applications and commercial software, to working in SAP shops in various roles. There is a difference between shops that use home-grown applications, or a mix of individually selected commercial tools, and those running ERP's like Peoplesoft and SAP. Using home-grown or selectively purchased applications allows you to choose the processes that fit best with the goals you choose. ERP's define the process by which you get to your goal, which requires you to choose your goals to fit the process, unless you are willing to undertake expensive and difficult modifications. This is not unlike the difference between centralized command and control economies and market economies. I am interested in seeing what Slashdotters think of this and what they think is driving demand for ERP's. Discuss.

Algorithm Seamlessly Patches Holes In Images 198

Beetle B. writes in with research from Carnegie Mellon demonstrating a new way to replace arbitrarily shaped blank areas in an image with portions of images from a huge catalog in a totally seamless manner. From the abstract: "In this paper we present a new image completion algorithm powered by a huge database of photographs gathered from the Web. The algorithm patches up holes in images by finding similar image regions in the database that are not only seamless but also semantically valid. Our chief insight is that while the space of images is effectively infinite, the space of semantically differentiable scenes is actually not that large. For many image completion tasks we are able to find similar scenes which contain image fragments that will convincingly complete the image. Our algorithm is entirely data-driven, requiring no annotations or labelling by the user."

Submission + - Microsoft struggling to gain endorsement for OOXML (

Tri writes: The Open Source Industry of Australia (OSIA) has formally contacted Standards Australia, requesting that Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format not be endorsed by the body as an ISO standard.

  "Quite apart from the technical problems with OOXML, the main problem from OSIA's point of view is a substantive one — the 'standard' is designed so that it can only be implemented by a single vendor", said Brendan Scott, Director of Open Source Industry Australia. "So, while in theory a third party could create an independent implementation, in practice it is very unlikely", he said.

Be careful when a loop exits to the same place from side and bottom.