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Submission + - Julian Assange to run for Australian Senate (

bozman8 writes: Announced recently on social networking platform Twitter, Julian Assange has found a way to run for the Upper House of the Australian Senate; despite being detained under house arrest in Britain. Along with Julian's candidacy, Wikileaks has announced that they are going to run a nominee against current Prime Minister Julia Gillard in her local electorate.

Submission + - How to Make your boss understand the role of IT 3

An anonymous reader writes: I currently work for a small marketing firm that has hired me on to provide support for various things such as data tele's and networking. The problem being my boss has little concern over security and really a lack of knowledge for the need of any of it. what is the best way to bring him on board with the program (He is also in charge of the funding for new equipment and anything else needed)

Submission + - Facebook's Bad For You But Good For Me (

RichDiesal writes: Research recently published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking reveals that on average, people perceive Facebook to negatively affect other people, but do not believe themselves to be affected in the same way. Student participants believed the privacy of others was reduced due to Facebook use, but did not perceive their own privacy to be affected. They also perceived later job opportunities for other people to be decreased due to a Facebook use, but did not perceive a decrease in opportunities for themselves.

Submission + - I Don't Want My M-TV

theodp writes: Microsoft, reports GeekWire, is seeking a patent on monetizing the buttons of your TV remote. In its application for a patent on 'Control-based Content Pricing,' Microsoft explains how one can jack up the cable bill of those who dare fast-forward past a Luvs Heavy Dooty commercial or replay a LeBron highlight. From the patent application: 'If a user initiates a navigation control input to advance past (e.g., skip over) an advertisement, the cost of a requested on-demand movie may be increased. Similarly, if a user initiates a replay of a sporting event, the user may be charged for the replay control input and for each subsequent view control input.' Hey, as George Harrison sang, be thankful they don't take it all!

Submission + - Stanford Researcher Uses Himself as Guinea Pig for Real Time Genomics (

damn_registrars writes: "As sequencing and purification technologies have rapidly improved over the years, genomics (and related sciences such as transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics) have bcome practical not only on larger scales of sample numbers but also on shorter time frames. Stanford researcher Michael Snyder, head of a research group, made himself a test subject for exactly this kind of work. Over a time course, Snyder had his genome sequenced and assembled, while also having RNA and protein levels monitored over time. Amongst other findings, this was the first time a genomics experiment was done before, during, and after a rhinovirus (common cold) infection to see the genetic response. Oh, and they found Dr. Snyder to be predisposed to type II diabetes, before his physician had noticed any clinical signs.

This article is non-paywalled, and should be available for anyone to download directly from the journal Cell."


Submission + - South Korean Scientists to Clone Wooly Mammoth (

An anonymous reader writes: Last year Russian researchers discovered a well-preserved mammoth thigh bone and announced plans to clone a mammoth from the bone marrow within — and they just signed a deal with South Korea's Sooam Biotech Research Foundation to bring the project to fruition. The Sooam scientists plan to implant the nucleus of a woolly mammoth cell into an elephant egg in order to to create a mammoth embryo, which would then be placed in an elephant womb. “This will be a really tough job,” Soaam reasearcher Hwang In-Sung said, “but we believe it is possible because our institute is good at cloning animals.”

Submission + - When did code become a dirty word? 1

CexpTretical writes: SOA has be heralded as a panacea. Why? So we can avoid changing code or the need to write code?

In SOAs, using the service interface pattern to achieve loose coupling merely moves the logic for determining which implementation of a service or component of code is used during any given invocation of such interfaces from code to system configurations, contracts, protocol definitions, UDDI registries, standards definitions, metadata dictionaries, etc, etc. not to mention compliance and monitoring because at some point in a system, logic must be exercised to determine the routing of method calls to concrete implementations. SOA is supposed to make it so that implementations can be changed by manipulating these SOA elements without changing code.

If code became a dirty word because it was decided that changing code is too expensive and/or time consuming then why would you replace it with something that is even more complex, expensive and time consuming such as aforementioned SOA elements?
Also, the last time I checked the specialties needed as far as personnel in SOA systems like SO Architects, system architects, etc. and those needed to maintain monitoring and compliance are much more expensive than software engineers.

If all of the time and money that has been spent on SOA were to have been spent on concrete components and systems such as AspectJ that allow instrumentation at the code level and other capabilities that serve as glue or connectors at the code level or technologies that allow easy linking of applications across computer language boundaries, then software and systems engineering would be in a far better state.

Even though the links in a system really do define it, as is often the case, they are either completely ignored or not even recognized as entities in and of themselves. Links are instead seen as constraints or guides but not as essential parts themselves. In steel fabrication the links in the system are the welds. They are treated as special entities that require special attention to the point of using x-rays when the welds must be without defect to some high tolerance. In the area of search, Google has recognized the significance of links as a part of their page ranking system and treated them with special attention. It is time for software and system engineering to stop "defining" the links between applications and start building the links as efficient hard technologies not abstract protocols and frameworks. These technologies are of necessity built anyway but it is done in such a way as to create a concrete representation of protocols or frameworks instead of with an eye toward efficiency and optimization to the task at hand. Or else they are created as part of a vendor's application or SOA stack that is only optimized in the context of the rest of said vendor's stack. In the end, if you want to change the behavior of a system you must change something in the system or in its environment. When changing the environment becomes more complex and expensive than just changing the system, then just change the system, just change the code.

Submission + - Polycasso v1.0.0 released (

SF:dbrosius writes: Polycasso is a image generation program that uses randomly placed semi-transparent polygons to draw cubism-style artwork. It attempts to produce increasingly realistic work through a training feedback method and hillclimbing. A webstart link is available at Version 1.0.0 has been released and is available at

Submission + - DARPA Network Challenge lasts all of 9 hours (

stillnotelf writes: A team based at MIT has won the DARPA Network Challenge. DARPA notes:

“The Challenge has captured the imagination of people around the world, is rich with scientific intrigue, and, we hope, is part of a growing 'renaissance of wonder' throughout the nation," said DARPA director, Dr. Regina E. Dugan. “DARPA salutes the MIT team for successfully completing this complex task less than 9 hours after balloon launch.”

PDF with (scant) details at Hit the subject link for a map with the locations. How many did your team find?


Submission + - Personalized search from google now Opt-Out ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Cnet reports that Google now intends to deliver customized search results even to those searching its site without having signed into a Google account."

This may be what finally drives me to seriously experiment with cookie-free browsing. I consider non-personalized search results to be a value. They quasi-subconsciously give me a better perspective of the full range of information and ideas on the net. That, and I'm also a bit paranoid about a coming world with pushbutton infrastructure for personalized mis/disinformation.


Submission + - Defining Useful Coding Practices (

markmcb writes: A NASA engineer wrote about his disappointment that despite having well-documented coding practices, 'clever' solutions still made the code he now has to maintain hard to follow. This got me thinking about the overhead spent at my own company regarding our code. We too have best practices that are documented, but most seem to focus on the basics, e.g., comments, modularity, etc. While those things are good, they don't directly ensure quality, maintainable code is written. As the author points out, an elegant one-liner coupled with a comment from a few revisions ago makes for a good headache. I'm curious what experience others have had with this, and if you've seen manageable practices that ultimately offer a lot of value to the next programmer down the line who will have to maintain the code.

Submission + - Farmville, Social Gaming, and Addiction (

MarkN writes: "Facebook has been trumpeting the fact that Farmville, the most popular game on its site, has more users than Twitter, with 69 million playing over a month and 26 million playing each day. Combined with Facebook's announcement that they have hit 350 million users, that means that one out of every five people on Facebook is playing Farmville. Gamasutra has a featured post taking a critical analysis of Farmville, its deceptively slow level grind, how a number of gameplay features end up as simply decorative since they aren't balanced with the benefits of raising crops, and discussing why Farmville succeeds so well in virally spreading itself and addicting people."

Comment Re:F-Secure smells money (Score 2, Insightful) 137

No amount of AV is going to protect against a user's stupidity.

And no amount of AV is going to protect against vendor/distributor stupidity either. Here we have a program, running on a non-firewalled device, which on install, instead of being non-functional, opens up to the whole world with a default password. This is not the 1990's people! In this day and age, I expect a program to be secure by default... whatever it takes, even if it means it is non-functional at install.

I actually have a jailbroken iphone on which I installed openssh. When I logged in I immediately realized the risk I was running and changed the password. However, between the time of installing openssh on my iPhone and the moment I changed the password there was at least a period of 5 minutes in which people could have hijacked the machine. Unforgivable. This distributor should be ashamed of himself.

Marvelous! The super-user's going to boot me! What a finely tuned response to the situation!