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Comment: Re:Sensational indeed (Score 1) 417

by kcurtis (#42760459) Attached to: Are There Any Real Inventors Left?
Agreed.

Then there is this: "the iPhone was not a new invention - it was just a much better telephone than any we'd seen before." Hogwash. Sure, we call it a telephone, but it is as different as shouting is from a landline, and it uses a crap-ton of new materials, software, imaging and wireless innovations - many of which did not exist 15 years ago.

Privacy

+ - Scientists show genetic privacy of research participants is at risk->

Submitted by kcurtis
kcurtis (311610) writes "According to a Boston Globe Article, team of Cambridge scientists reported Thursday that they used Internet searches and genealogy websites to discern the names of nearly 50 people who had anonymously provided genetic samples listed in a publicly-accessible research database, demonstrating that like credit card and bank account numbers, genetic information is vulnerable to hacking."
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Businesses

+ - Worst CEOs of 2012->

Submitted by daktari
daktari (1983452) writes "Dartmouth College professor Sydney Finkelstein, best selling author of 15 books on leadership and business strategy, has for the third time compiled a list with the top five worst CEOs. Last year's list included CEOs of Netflix, Research in Motion, and Hewlett-Packard. This year's list had Zynga's Mark Pincus and former Best Buy CEO Brian Dunn vie for the top spot. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and Groupon's Andrew Mason almost made the list. Zuckerberg got hammered for his “massive ego,” while both men were deemed immature and letting their company's share price dip. Professor Finkelstein: “There’s no reason to believe they have the management skills to run a major public company.""
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Comment: Too many missing the point (Score 4, Insightful) 369

by kcurtis (#42141647) Attached to: Bradley Manning (WikiLeaks Source) Given Hearing After 2 Years In Jail
He is not a civilian. He is a sworn member of the military. Civilian laws only apply under very limited situations. He violated his oath. He committed espionage while on active duty. And while I agree that there has been a slow, dangerous process of reducing our civil liberties, this has nothing to do with the Manning case. It is a red herring that ignores the fact that Manning is a traitor who performed his crimes while a sworn, active member of the military. He is lucky that the military no longer pushes for capital punishment for these cases.

Comment: Schools = Parents (Score 1) 493

by kcurtis (#35520144) Attached to: US Ed Dept Demanding Principals Censor More
In the US an elementary school has some serious legal powers and obligations as a surrogate parent. The best example of this is that in quite a few states corporal punishment is still permitted in public schools.

Given that reality, I find it humorous that the /. crowd that is always arguing that it is the job of the parent (not the government) to control a child's internet access (a sentiment I agree with), now argues that schools, which are obligated to act as the parent during the school day, should not meet these obligations when it comes to the internet.

They are obligated to stop bullying in the schoolyard, but some here want them to ignore bullying in social media (often done while using school resources, mind you). Apparently the tubez on the interwebz are immune from their responsibilities now?

Those of us who are parents send our kids to school with the knowledge that the school is empowered to act as our agent. This protects our kids. This protection should not stop when kids sit down at a keyboard.

+ - Supreme Court justices baffled by technology-> 3

Submitted by kcurtis
kcurtis (311610) writes "Not really surprising that a group of rich old lawyers don't really use technology the way the rest of us do.

From the Washington Post story: The 72-year-old justice [Stephen Breyer] said in a speech at Vanderbilt Law School on Tuesday that he was perplexed when he recently saw the film "The Social Network" about the origins of Facebook.

Chief Justice John Roberts in a public employee privacy case before the court earlier this year tried to figure out the role of a text-messaging service in enabling an exchange between two people. "I thought, you know, you push a button; it goes right to the other thing," Roberts said. Responded Justice Antonin Scalia: "You mean it doesn't go right to the other thing?""

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Security

+ - Intrusion Detection Honeypots Compared->

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "InfoWorld's Roger Grimes provides an in-depth comparison of intrusion detection honeypots — fake computer assets that exist only to alert owners if it is touched. 'When used as early-warning systems, honeypots are low cost, low noise, and low maintenance, yet highly effective at drawing attention to threats in the network environment. They belong in any defense-in-depth program,' Grimes writes. Grimes' honeypot primer puts KFSensor, HoneyPoint, and Honeyd through their paces, and for those interested in turning on old PC into a network security asset, Grimes also provides a guide on how to roll your own honeypot."
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Movies

+ - Amazon.com launches online movie studio-> 1

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Amazon.com is getting into the movie business by opening Amazon Studios, with the goal of using the Internet to put fresh movies on the big screen. The new Internet movie studio will allow writers to upload screenplays to its website where the global Internet audience can read them and offer feedback, or producers/directors can use them to make test movies. The test movies, which must be at least 70 minutes in length, can also be uploaded."
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+ - New Imaging Method Reveals Brain Connections

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, applying a state-of-the-art imaging system to brain-tissue samples from mice, have been able to quickly and accurately locate and count the myriad connections between nerve cells in unprecedented detail, as well as to capture and catalog those connections' surprising variety. A typical healthy human brain contains about 200 billion nerve cells, or neurons, linked to one another via hundreds of trillions of tiny contacts called synapses. It is at these synapses that an electrical impulse traveling along one neuron is relayed to another, either enhancing or inhibiting the likelihood that the second nerve will fire an impulse of its own. One neuron may make as many as tens of thousands of synaptic contacts with other neurons, said Stephen Smith, PhD, professor of molecular and cellular physiology and senior author of a paper describing the study, to be published Nov. 18 in Neuron."

+ - iRobot + Kinect = Robotic Overlord->

Submitted by InfiniteZero
InfiniteZero (587028) writes "Philipp Robbel, a student at MIT’s Personal Robotics Group, has hacked together the Kinect 3D sensor with an iRobot Create platform and assembled a battery powered bot that can see its environment and obey (sure) your gestured commands. Will they include the three laws of robotics in the next firmware update?"
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