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Comment: Re:But does it work? (Score 1) 707

by rblancarte (#27956985) Attached to: Court Orders Breathalyzer Code Opened, Reveals Mess

Short answer yes.

For whatever reason Schneier did a review on a case from 2 years ago. If you read that page you realize that this was analysis done in 2007. Since then the NJ Supreme Court ruled that this particular breathalyzer is accurate and can be trusted.

http://www.njdwidefense.com/alcotest.htm

Biotech

+ - Antiperspirants Do More Than Block Sweat->

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Charles Betz
Charles Betz writes "For some, the thought of abandoning antiperspirants gives them the cold sweats. For others, its the thought of using them. Underarm antiperspirants guard against odor and wetness, but could the aluminum-based compounds that reduce sweat actually cause Alzheimers disease and breast cancer? The latest edition of the Scientific American adresses the smelly issue."
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Privacy

Site Claims to Reveal 'Tattle-tales' 565

Posted by Zonk
from the true-capitalism-in-action dept.
Dekortage writes "Have you ever ratted somebody out? If it was a legal case, you might end up on Who's A Rat, an online database of police informants and undercover agents, identified through various publicly-available documents such as court briefings. The data-mined information is now available online at a price. As reported in the New York Times, 'The site says it has identified 4,300 informers and 400 undercover agents, many of them from documents obtained from court files available on the Internet.' Understandably, U.S. judges and law enforcement agents are upset, although defense lawyers seem to like the idea. Where do you draw the line between legal transparency and secrecy?"
Microsoft

Microsoft Will Not Sue Over Linux Patents 291

Posted by Zonk
from the what's-with-the-saber-rattling-then dept.
San Muel writes "In an official statement, Microsoft has said it has no immediate plans to sue after alleging patent infringements by open-source vendors for the time being. The company goes on to say that, essentially, it could have done that any time in the last three years if it wanted to. So what's the purpose of these bold announcements? '[John McCreesh, OpenOffice.org marketing project lead] added that while Microsoft may not have plans to sue, it could be using the threat of litigation to try to encourage corporate customers to move to those open-source product vendors with whom it had signed licensing agreements, such as Novell. "Microsoft has spent time and money accumulating patents. Maybe it has started using that armory to move corporate customers to open-source software that Microsoft approves of."'"
Businesses

+ - Athena Garden Villas

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Gilang
Gilang writes "Bali Villas located only 10 minutes from downtown Legian-Seminyak. Refresh your body & Relax your mind by hot spring with private swimming pool, spa therapist by Taiwanese teacher. Outdoor massage session and Spa are also provided by our experienced aromatherapists in an elegant and beautiful garden-like natural setting. As the first ever holiday resort ever equipped with outdoor Spa and hot spring pools."
Announcements

+ - Apple Unveils New Unveiling Product

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eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "Steve Jobs unveiled the new iLaunch product on Tuesday to a crowd of journalists and Apple fans. What was most impressive for this launch is that the iLaunch itself had generated the very presentation that Jobs was delivering. Clearly this technology is the way forward, I absolutely must have one. From the article, "Get ready for the future of product introduction," said Jobs, looking resplendent in a black turtleneck and faded jeans. "The iLaunch will be able to make announcements from this, or any other stage, making human participation in generating consumer awareness almost entirely unnecessary." And, of course, shortly after Jobs' address, Microsoft announced that they are working on a similar product to kill the iLaunch — the Launch-O, due to debut in 2009."
Television

+ - DRM - not to fight piracy but to boost profits

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paltemalte
paltemalte writes "Off the record the big studios readily admits that DRM is not meant to fight piracy. Its meant to boost studio profits by taking away the rights that regular paying customers expect. Like being able to view your movie in any compatible device, or letting a friend borrow it. From the story:
For almost ten years now I have argued that digital rights management has little to do with piracy, but that is instead a carefully plotted ruse to undercut fair use and then create new revenue streams where there were previously none. I will briefly repeat my argument here before relating a prime example of it in the wild.
In a nutshell: DRM's sole purpose is to maximize revenues by minimizing your rights so that they can sell them back to you."
Enlightenment

+ - Global Warming Exposes New Islands in the Arctic

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circletimessquare
circletimessquare writes "The New York Times has a sobering article about the rapidly accelerating pace of glacial melting across the arctic, focusing on the discovery of new islands and the fact that this is occuring far faster than climate scientist's models predict. What were called Nunataks or "lonely mountains" in Inuit, trapped in the ice, only a few years ago, are now in the open ocean by kilometers. Off of Greenland, what was known previously as penninsulas have been revealed to be islands as the ice retreats. Dennis Schmitt, a modern day explorer and discoverer of one of these new islands and fluent in Inuit, has named it Uunartoq Qeqertoq: the warming island."
Movies

+ - Netflix Launches Downloads: Watch Now

Submitted by
Mike
Mike writes "Netflix launched a new movie download service called "Watch Now" at no charge for current subscribers. The typical Netflix subscriber will get 18 hours of free movie downloads, in addition to access to 70,000 DVD movies. Access will be limited at first, but HackingNetflix has screen shots and more info."
Businesses

+ - The Twilight Years of Cap'n Crunch

Submitted by
Carl Bialik from WSJ
Carl Bialik from WSJ writes "Tech pioneer John Draper, a legendary, eccentric figure in Silicon Valley better known as Cap'n Crunch, has slipped to the margins while his peers became rich, the Wall Street Journal writes in a profile. Draper was a 'phone phreak' and helped develop the technology for word processing and voice-activated telephone menus; meanwhile, he eluded the mainstream by tampering with the phone system, frequenting the rave scene and shouting at anyone smoking anywhere near him. 'Once tolerated, even embraced, for his eccentricities, Mr. Draper now lives on the margins of this affluent world, still striving to carve out a role in the business mainstream,' says the WSJ. More from the article: 'Contemporaries who've gone on to riches and fame say they've tried to help Mr. Draper over the years. Mr. Wozniak, who now invests in high-tech companies and is involved in computer education in schools, recently gave Mr. Draper a new Apple Powerbook computer. He has also helped out with Mr. Draper's legal bills. Mr. Wozniak says Mr. Draper's problem is that his skills lie in technology rather in making business deals or starting a company. "He didn't come from a business orientation," says Mr. Wozniak.'"
Space

+ - NASA to use Metric System on Moon Mission

Submitted by JustOK
JustOK (667959) writes "With the first mission scheduled for 2020, NASA plans, among other things, to use "metric units for all operations on the lunar surface"
"NASA's lunar plan also encourages participation by other nations, as well as non-governmental organizations and commercial groups." NASA has nearly 60 space and Earth science projects currently, with about half having some type of international cooperation. North and South lunar poles are being looked at as locations for moon bases. Lunar stays of up to 180 days are being planned.
The project will see "A string of robot spacecraft will shoot for the Moon within the next two years, departing from Japan, China, India, as well as the United States."
According to a report via Yahoo! by Space.com staff, NASA has had informal discussions on using Internet protocols for lunar communications."

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