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+ - Florida Home to 12 of 50 Best Hospitals in U.S: Su->

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An anonymous reader writes "Florida houses 12 of the best 50 hospitals in the country, followed by Ohio with seven, a new survey has found. The "America's 50 Best Hospitals for 2011" report released by Denver-based HealthGrades Inc. said patients, on average, treated at these hospitals had a nearly 30 percent lower risk of death and 3 percent lower rate of complications."
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+ - Microsoft TMG (OMG!) security->

Submitted by m2f2
m2f2 (1420929) writes "I was talking with a colleague of mine about the new incarnation of good ol' Microsoft ISA server, the TMG edition.

Browsing thru the filtering options I found this little gem (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd441053.aspx). To inspect https traffic, nothing better than generating your fake certificate in the name of the target site, acting as man-in-the-middle.
So when accessing www.yourbank.com you will be presented with a fake certificate issued by Microsoft TMG, Internet Explorer will trust it because signed by a CA in your trusted ring et voilà... your banking session ends — in cleartext — at proxy level.

Nice way to get sure that techies will do their ebanking at home."

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Canada

+ - Usage Based Billing in Canada a sure thing.-> 1

Submitted by Nabeel_co
Nabeel_co (1045054) writes "Usage based billing has become a certainty. It is scheduled to go into effect on March 1st, and Canada's future will suffer. It seems to be obvious to everyone in Canada, except for our government, and the CRTC. Please make your voice heard, and email the CRTC, your local MP or fill out the form on StopTheMeter.ca"
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Australia

Australian Senate Hears Open Source Is Too Expensive 365

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-get-what-you-pay-for dept.
schliz writes "The Australian Government Information Management Office says that a platform change to open source could cost more than it saves. It was pushed to investigate open source software to reduce its AUD$500m budget at a Senate meeting yesterday. From the article: 'Agencies are obliged to consider value for money on each occasion they apply a software,' spokesperson Graham Fry said. 'If the cost of assessing it [open source] was greater than the cost of the software, you would have to think twice.'"
Robotics

Armed Robot Drones To Join UK Police Force 311

Posted by samzenpus
from the you-have-30-seconds-to-comply dept.
Lanxon writes "British criminals should soon prepare to be shot at from unmanned airborne police robots. Last month it was revealed that modified military aircraft drones will carry out surveillance on everyone from British protesters and antisocial motorists to fly-tippers. But these drones could be armed with tasers, non-lethal projectiles and ultra-powerful disorienting strobe lighting apparatus, reports Wired. The flying robot fleet will range from miniature tactical craft such as the miniature AirRobot being tested by one police force, to BAE System's new 12m-wide armed HERTI drone as flown in Afghanistan."
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Subversive Groups Must Now Register In South Carolina 849 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been-a-member-of-the-communist-party dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Raw Story reports that terrorists who want to overthrow the United States government must now register with South Carolina's Secretary of State and declare their intentions — or face a $25,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. The 'Subversive Activities Registration Act' passed last year in South Carolina and now officially on the books states that 'every member of a subversive organization, or an organization subject to foreign control, every foreign agent and every person who advocates, teaches, advises or practices the duty, necessity or propriety of controlling, conducting, seizing or overthrowing the government of the United States ... shall register with the Secretary of State.'"
Robotics

When Will AI Surpass Human Intelligence? 979

Posted by samzenpus
from the I'm-afraid-I'm-smarter-than-you-dave dept.
destinyland writes "21 AI experts have predicted the date for four artificial intelligence milestones. Seven predict AIs will achieve Nobel prize-winning performance within 20 years, while five predict that will be accompanied by superhuman intelligence. (The other milestones are passing a 3rd grade-level test, and passing a Turing test.) One also predicted that in 30 years, 'virtually all the intellectual work that is done by trained human beings ... can be done by computers for pennies an hour,' adding that AI 'is likely to eliminate almost all of today's decently paying jobs.' The experts also estimated the probability that an AI passing a Turing test would result in an outcome that's bad for humanity ... and four estimated that probability was greater than 60% — regardless of whether the developer was private, military, or even open source."

Comment: Sorry for the late post (Score 1) 488

by Globe199 (#30805666) Attached to: NY Times To Charge For Online Content

I'm obviously getting into the comments very late, but I felt the need to reply.

If you plan on replacing your nytimes.com reading with BBC News, you obviously have never read both of them. They are nothing alike. Whereas the BBC mainly reports strictly news (with an arguable anti-US spin that has grown tiresome to me), the NYTimes produces fantastic journalism. They have the best columnists and investigative reporters anywhere. Their travel and food sections are second to none. I also enjoy the tone of their writing -- it carries a more traditional, formal language than many newspapers these days.

I will watch with great interest how this plays out. I love my nytimes.com and would have to think hard about whether to pay for it.

+ - Falling leaves, failing domains ...

Submitted by m2f2
m2f2 (1420929) writes "Network solutions may have a problem. A series of domains (one of which, an NGO, I am pleased to administer) have been disabled yesterday and put on "pending renewal".
Their own records tell that the domain expires on 21-Jun-2010 but admin and tech contacts now are the limbo of pendingrenewalordeletion@networksolutions.com.
How many of the ./'ers have been there, and ... what have they done?
Cheers"

Comment: You can't compete with free unless you lie (Score 1) 703

by m2f2 (#29249985) Attached to: James Murdoch Criticizes BBC For Providing "Free News"
Just pump up your sales with ads of snowy mountains etc, and do not tell anyone of those nitrate levels, higher than standard tap water, and you're done.

Also, why not *advise* using that bottled water for infant feeding?
If nitrates grow plants, just imagine what wonders might be done with kids...

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