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Submission + - British Government Tries To Kill EU Privacy Regulation (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "The British Government has joined corporations such as Yahoo, Facebook and BT, in arguing against a tough proposed EU Regulation on Privacy. The UK government's intervention, led by justice minister Lord McNally, wants to scrap the proposed Regulation and replace it with a system of Directives. That's not just a matter of word play, it dilutes the proposals greatly. Regulations must be implemented in all EU member states at once, while the states have freedom on when and how to put a Directive into force."

Submission + - Free coding school for geeks ande develoopers founded in Paris and called "42" (zdnet.fr)

neutrino38 writes: Xavier Niel, founder and CEO of the ISP Free Telecom, well known in France to be an agressive competitor of the big incumbent telcos like Orange, called a press event to explains a new mysterious intiative called "born2code".

It appeared to be the launch of a new computer programming school, based in Paris, codenamed "42" in reference to Douglas Adams books. The cursus is quite revolutonary in regards of the traditional French education system:

- the admission requires no prior background, only to pass the selection tests (and age limit from 18 to 30).
- the selection tests are in two phases: first tests are online. It will preselect 4000 candidates. The second tests need the people to come and be involved in actual intensive programming tasks (15 hrs / day) during one month in a dedicated room called "the pool". Out of this will 1000 student be selected.
- once admitted in the school, no tuition fee will be required nor any future contribution as a professional.
- the school will not deliver any diploma. Mr Niel argues that companies are hiring on skill and experience basis rather than on diploma (note: french HR are badly addicted to Diplomas)

Mr Niel blasted the traditionnal education systems saying it produces "standard engineers" that are not innovative and that existing private schools are too expensive and prevent real talents to emerge by selecting student over money. It also reject traditionnal education in favor of a 2.0 education, peer to peer and project centered education that are in line with today's connected society

The goal of this school is to train 1000 "genius" every year. The proclamed purpose is to help IT companies to find suitable people for innovation, helping in this way the country competitivness.

Mr Niel will be funding the school on its own money during 10 years by putting 50 M euros on the table. Hehopes that other IT companies will take over as he is conviced that "only private initiative" can bring this kind of renewal.

The school is due to open next fall and be equipped with brand new 27 inches iMacs.

Submission + - Comparison Between Responsive Design and Mobile Sites (webdesign.org)

Yuri Bril writes: "The days of a fixed-width 960-pixel-wide web design are behind us. The markets for smart phones, tablet devices, and personal computers have created and environment where websites need to function on vastly different screen sizes and form factors. Desktop monitors can be over 2,000 pixels wide, while some phones are less than 400 pixels.

Read more: http://www.webdesign.org/comparison-between-responsive-design-and-mobile-sites.22252.html#ixzz2OjJpEFc0"

The Internet

Submission + - Future of a "secure" internet?

An anonymous reader writes: I know there are various file-sharing platforms. With BREIN trying to outlaw linking to copyrighted materials, and Microsoft assuming your content is infringing unless verified by them, it seems that their holy dystopia is a world where you have to get stuff signed by a Trusted Third Party before you can even put it on your homepage.

How would you explain to a government agency whether legally mandating a Trusted Third Party is a good or bad idea?
Assuming apache becomes mandated in certain jurisdictions to only serve up signed content (even to private networks) what could this do to the development of web applications?

Netgear Launches Open Source-Friendly Wireless Router 182

An anonymous reader submits news of Netgear's release of the "open source Wireless-G Router (model WGR614L), enabling Linux developers and enthusiasts to create firmware for specialized applications, and supported by a dedicated open source community. The router supports the most popular open source firmware; Tomato and DD-WRT are available on WGR614L, making it easier for users to develop a wide variety of applications. The router is targeted at people who want custom firmware on their router without worrying about issues, and enjoy the benefits of having an open source wireless router."

Submission + - perl6 and Parrot 0.5.2 Released (oreillynet.com) 1

mAriuZ writes: "Bob Rogers just released Parrot 0.5.2. This monthly release includes a couple of interesting new features.

First, weve managed to bundle up Patrick Michauds Rakudo (thats the implementation of Perl 6 on Parrot) such that you can type make perl6 on Unixy platforms and make perl6.exe on Windows and get a working standalone Perl 6 binary. This is experimental and we hope to iron out some installation and deployment issues by next months release, but it was important to demonstrate our progress.

The second new feature is a toolkit for starting your own compiler. Max Mohun built a prototype several months ago, and weve added a stripped down version for now that builds the skeleton of a compiler for you using the Parrot Compiler Tools. I mentioned the LOLCODE compiler in What the Perl 6 and Parrot Hackers Did on Their Christmas Vacation; this is how Simon and Company were able to get LOLCODE up and running so quickly."

Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Sun needs to fix MySQL (computerworld.com)

jcatcw writes: "Sun has a lot of work to do according to some MySQL users. Complaints about technical issues include problems with MySQL's replication, logging and internal memory-allocation features, and performance and concurrency problems when it's paired with InnoDB. Sun will also have to mend fences with users who are unhappy about sales tactics and who claim that MySQL has ignored their development suggestions."
United States

Submission + - Helium crisis approaching (stltoday.com)

vrmlguy writes: "In ten years, the National Helium Reserve will be depleted, according to an article in the St. Louis Post Dispatch. An article in Science Daily echoes the concern, quoting Dr. Lee Sobotka, of Washington University in St. Louis: "Helium is non-renewable and irreplaceable. Its properties are unique and unlike hydrocarbon fuels (natural gas or oil), there are no biosynthetic ways to make an alternative to helium. All should make better efforts to recycle it." On Earth, Helium is found mixed with natural gas, but few producers capture it. The US created a stockpile in 1925 for use by military dirigibles, but stopped stockpiling it in 1995 as a cost-saving measure."

Submission + - Spam Bots on Google?

dsojourner writes: "It looks like there may be spam bots generating matches for google searches people have done. The web comic xkcd has generated searches for different kinds of accidental death — and the results for each search increase over time, with many of the pages looking very much like spam (the summary contains random sentence fragments with a diversity of presumably popular keywords). Check out the forum discussion, especially later entries."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - How To Install an Internal 3G Card in the Asus Eee (gizmodo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: If you thought the Asus Eee PC was cool, wait until you see it gaining 3G communications powers: 'Hardware hacking genius and electromagician JKK has published a video tutorial showing how to add an internal 3G HSDPA card to the Asus Eee PC, allowing you to connect at high speeds to the Internet from anywhere in the world with 3G cellphone coverage. We talked with JKK and according to him "the hack is doable by any amateur with a solder iron.' And the amazing thing is that you can do this for $291, according to the article. After solving its OS license problems, it looks like this amazing little machine just got even better.

Submission + - Whispers of new security intelligence theories (blogspot.com)

Mr Robot writes: "Brand Killer Robots discuss the field of "security intelligence" and in particular a new area of security research entitled "Smart Integrity" which considers the application of counter-systems-resiliency strategies as a defensive warfare mechanism. Many of us in the security business are concentrated on digging up the next exploit or security vulnerability or publishing the next exciting revelation to consider, where the real art lies in taking your knowhow and employing it in creative ways to build systems of what we call "smart integrity"."

Submission + - Universe running out of time (telegraph.co.uk)

RenHoek writes: With heat death, the big crunch and quite a few other nasty ways in which the universe could see its demise, we can now add "running out of time" to the list. A team of scientists came up with a new theory that would solve the problem of the elusive dark energy that seems to be accelerating the expansion of the universe. They figure that the universe is not speeding up but we are, in relation to the outer regions of space, slowing down. Tests with the upcoming Large Hadron Collider will give more insight if we're going to end up frozen in time.

Chemist who falls in acid will be tripping for weeks.