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Comment: Re:That's pretty much what they did (Score 1) 576

by jstomel (#38535034) Attached to: World's Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

I wonder if this Paul Cristoforo has pioneered a new PR strategy for startups though. . . hire him, or someone like him, to stir up a big pot of controversy, publicly fire him saying you had NO IDEA he was going to abuse his position, and release press releases talking about how great your products are for disabled people/kids/other sympathetic group, etc. Get the public to view your company as another victim of his abuse and try to get them to feel bad for you and good about your products, while transferring their rage to the "rogue employee/consultant".

Sort of Good Cop/Bad Cop for startups.

Well, if you read Machiavelli (or even Dune), that is exactly what is suggested. Invade a country, put a horrible despot in control of it. Let the despot kill the violent opposition and beat the populace into submission. Then, depose the despot, execute him publicly, say you had no idea what he was doing in your name, and lower taxes slightly. Even though taxes are still higher than they were before, people will still love you because you are better than the despot you deposed. Now, I don't think Christoforo the idiot is the Machiavellian genious who would come up with this plan, but wouldn't it be funny if he were?

Comment: Re:I have tried a lot of them (Score 1) 254

by jstomel (#37144224) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Ebook Reader for Scientific Papers?
Another thing to consider is that the iPad has some very good apps designed specifically for scientific paper reading. "Papers" on the iPad is not only an excellent pdf reader with good coverflow options, it will sort and arrange your papers by author, year, and journal. It directly searches public repositories of articles like web of science and google scholar and will directly import both from the web and from dropbox, eliminating the need to deal with iTunes.

+ - Ask Slashdot: convention hall WiFi interference 2

Submitted by bbowman
bbowman writes: one of my job responsibilities is to set up the small network for our company's exhibit at the trade shows we attend. the mobile demo devices we use depend upon a reliable WiFi connection to a router I have in the exhibit. in the days leading up to the opening of the trade show, WiFi connections are reliable and work as expected. however as soon as the show opens none of our devices can reliable maintain a WiFi connection to the router. The devices we use at the trade shows are Windows-based laptops, iPods/iPads, Android tablets, and a variety of WiFi enabled cell phones. I have tried using channels 1, 6, and 11 (as well as the others) and used different routers (Linksys, D-Link, Netgear) without success. I'm sure it is likely that there are poorly insulated electrical cabling, fluorescent lighting, and other issues that would contribute to WiFi interference in the convention hall. A quick scan shows dozens and dozens of discoverable WiFi networks nearby.

If I take the router back to my hotel room, I have zero connection problems. How can I overcome this so that WiFi works reliably in the convention hall?

+ - A Space Robot Competition for High School Kids->

Submitted by null action
null action writes: Straight from the "wish I was back in high school" department, high school kids from all over the U.S. will have a chance this fall to write code that will be run on a real spacecraft inside the International Space Station as part of a space robotics competition held by DARPA, NASA, MIT, and TopCoder. The teams will write C programs for the SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites), and 27 finalists will have a head-to-head battle in the space station moderated by an astronaut. The bowling-ball sized satellites were developed to "test multi-body formation flying and maneuvering in a micro-gravity environment," and now high school kids are going to get to take them out for a spin — in outer space.
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+ - ISP's Will Now be Copyright Cops->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Wendy Seltzer, Fellow at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy, talks about the new plan by ISP's and content providers to "crack down on what users can do with their internet connections" using a 6-step warning system to curb online copyright infringement.
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+ - DARPA Funds Hacking Projects to Fight Cyberthreats

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Fahmida Y. Rashid reports that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will fund new cyber-security proposals under the new Cyber-Fast Track project intended to cut red tape for hackers to apply for funding for projects that would help the Defense Department secure computer networks, says Peiter Zatko, a hacker known as Mudge who was one of the seven L0pht members who testified before a Senate committee in 1998 that they could bring down the Internet in 30 minutes and is now a program manager for the agency's information innovation office. Anything that could help the military will be considered, including bug-hunting exercises, commodity high-end computing and open software tools and projects with the potential to "reduce attack surface areas, reverse current asymmetries" are of particular interest. Under the Cyber-Fast Track initiative, DARPA will fund between 20 to 100 projects annually. Open to anybody, researchers can pitch DARPA with ideas and have a project approved and funded within 14 days of the application. Developers will retain intellectual property rights while DARPA will operate under government use rights. "It's time to start funding hacker spaces, labs and boutique security companies to make it easier to compete with large government contractors.""

+ - Android app controls DSLRs over USB->

Submitted by SirJorgelOfBorgel
SirJorgelOfBorgel writes: TechCrunch reports that fairly well known mobile hacker Chainfire (known among other things for creating the very first "turn your phone into a hotspot" application — now commonplace in mobiles) has just released a BETA version of his DSLR Controller application on Android Market.

As you would expect from an app called DSLR Controller, it allows full control over compatible DSLRs from a compatible Android phone or tablet.

Beware though, the beta is not free, at the moment only Canon EOS DSLRs are supported, and the list of supported Android devices pretty much comes down to the Samsung Galaxy S2 and dual-core Honeycomb tablets.

Nevertheless, this is a very interesting development as it's the first mobile app to do this directly over USB — without needing an extra laptop or computer as a go-between. Root isn't required either.

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+ - The Revolutionary Wave Disc Generator Engine->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula writes: The mid-term future for fuel efficient vehicles with useful range is likely a hybrid solution of electric motors powered by batteries, topped up by a fuel-burning generator. Dr. Norbert Müller at Michigan State, backed by $2.5 million from the US Government, aims to make that last part of the equation a much more compact and efficient proposition with a revolutionary new form of combustion engine.
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+ - Bethesda tells Minecraft creator: cease and desist-> 1

Submitted by dotarray
dotarray writes: While most people from Bethesda and id Software are at QuakeCon this weekend, it seems that at least one of them has stayed back at the office, buried under a pile of paperwork.

How do we know this? A tweet from Minecraft creator Notch, who has just received a message from the company’s law team, claiming his new game infringes on their upcoming game.

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+ - Sony Crowned 'Epic Fail' at Pwnie Awards->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec writes: Hackers’ hot favourite victim Sony Corp. has won an award at the Black Hat conference held in Las Vegas this week. However, much to the embarrassment of the company, the award it nailed was in the category of the “Epic Fail” of the year. The Pwnie award, which is kind of close being an Oscar equivalent in the hackers-community, awarded this ‘honour’ to Sony following the series of hack attacks it was subjected to a few months back, which saw the company’s PlayStation and PC Gaming Networks, as well as many other services suffering heavily through the hands of cyber criminals.
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+ - Drone Plane Converted to Airborne Hacking Platform

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 writes: A pair of security researchers have turned a U.S. Army drone plane into an airborne hacking platform that infiltrates Wi-Fi networks, intercepts cellphone calls, and even launches denial-of-service (DOS) attacks. The researchers built the plane as a proof of concept to show what criminals, terrorists and others might also soon be using for their nefarious activities.

Comment: Re:Streisand Effect (Score 1) 581

by jstomel (#36248004) Attached to: Doctors To Patients: First, Do No Yelp Harm

I was under the impression that a contract cannot take away rights guaranteed by the constitution. Am I wrong?

First, IANAL. However, this is a common misconception. The constitution does not guarantee you free speech in all circumstances. It just guarantees that the Government itself will not make any laws that restrict your speech. Anyone else can restrict your speech in any way they see fit using whatever powers they may have. Your company can fire your if they don't like what they say. Your doctor can refuse to treat you. Your school can expel you (assuming it is a private school). Most especially, you are free to restrict your speech by voluntarily entering into a contract not to speak on certain issues. How else would NDAs work? To the best of my knowledge, the Bill of Rights (and most of the other amendments) limits only what actions the Government may take and does not inhibit the actions of individuals or groups such as corporations.

Comment: Re:Uh oh (Score 1) 627

by jstomel (#35329284) Attached to: New Apple MacBook Pro Reviewed
I'm not sure it's a troll exactly, though it probably wasn't phrased in a completely accurate manner. Since apple's move to Intel it has consistently taken longer to offer access to the newest processors than other hardware manufacturers. This is because apple has a philosophy of fewer hardware models that get refreshed on an anual basis, as opposed to Dell, HP, and the like which have no problem offering the newest chip the day after release. I think that TFS was simply commenting that it is interesting that good timing on the Macbook Pro refresh and an unintended supply chain error had conspired to make Apple the first out with the newest processor rather than having a delay of a few months which is more typical. If you read "new technology" to mean "new CPU technology" (I feel it is clear from context that they are talking about processor technology) then the statement is reasonably accurate. Admittedly, TFS could have been more clear. And yes, I know that "processor" and "CPU" are not necessarily synonymous, but I think the statement holds in either case.

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