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Comment: Re:reduce the amount (Score 1) 983 983

Funny, btw, for jpeg and mp3 backup, there is at least one lossy compression solution: http://www.elektronik.htw-aale... For up to date code take a look at the Matthias There are pre-built (command line) windows exe It's LGPL (and GPL) code fairly portable, alas, the compression isn't streamable (so the inclusion in some packers is quite hard).

Comment: Re:I keep wondering why... (Score 2) 258 258

Fancy answer, I'm thinking about "internet" as a worldwide thing, what's the meaning of "foreign courts", where are you from? It's not the "business" area, it's the "justice", not really a nation by itself. I.E. We don't have death penalty in any "region", so we should regard USA (or China, or any other nation) as a barbarian society? Greetings.

Comment: Re:"Lobbyists"? (Score 1) 150 150

Don't you know? Berlusconi is everything. Weird, but, w/o him the left parties would have fallen in pieces years ago (no good ideas,no leaders). I've heard something about him and: - Titanic's shipwreck - Apollo 13's troubles - some natural disasters (choose one). - the big black hole in the middle of the galaxy. Also.. italian justice is questioning him about two thousands years ago... and his collusion with Ponzio Pilato in a triple murder. Anyway, take a look at our recent history: we are a republic since 1945 and we haven't had any stable government since then. It's quite a miracle that there is still an italian republic. Oh, the law is far from perfect, but it's against the abuses (and we had a LOT of them). Greetings from one of the most beautiful and rich of art country in the world - really. I don't remember who wrote this here, but it's quite true, when you come to politics, it's like soccer (or baseball or ....put your favourite sport here...)... Reason leave. Maybe it's the same for me. P.S. psst... do you have a real opposition to spare? Even an used one. Please.

+ - "Brain Activity" Found in a Dead Salmon Demonstrat->

AthanasiusKircher writes: "Neuroscientist Craig Bennett used a dead salmon in his Dartmouth lab as a test object while they were evaluating new lab methods. The lab even followed proper experimental protocols, including showing the salmon photos of humans displaying various emotions. They were somewhat surprised by the results:

When they got around to analyzing the voxel (think: 3-D or 'volumetric' pixel) data, the voxels representing the area where the salmon's tiny brain sat showed evidence of activity. In the fMRI scan, it looked like the dead salmon was actually thinking about the pictures it had been shown.

Of course, the salmon wasn't actually responding to pictures illustrating human emotions. But the data manipulation commonly used in brain studies caused apparently significant patterns to appear by chance. More from the Wired article: 'The result is completely nuts — but that's actually exactly the point. Bennett, who is now a post-doc at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his adviser, George Wolford, wrote up the work as a warning about the dangers of false positives in fMRI data. They wanted to call attention to ways the field could improve its statistical methods."

The study demonstrates the potential for misinterpretation and misuse of data in brain studies, particularly as data manipulation becomes more and more complex. Bennett notes: 'We could set our threshold [of significance] so high that we have no false positives, but we have no legitimate results.... We could also set it so low that we end up getting voxels in the fish's brain. It's the fine line that we walk.'

So far the paper has been rejected for publication a number of times, but there is a poster available that was employed in a conference presentation. Recently it has been making the rounds informally in the neuroscience community."

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+ - VMware deprecates VMI->

ian.woodstock writes: "In a posting to the linux kernel mailing lists VMware announced it's intention to stop supporting VMI their paravirtualized extensions to the Linux kernel.
VMI's been included in SUSE Linux and Ubuntu, as separate kernels for improved virtualization performance, but according to the posts it's irrelevant given the speed of modern hardware"

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New Logitech Dark Field Mice Operate On Glass 225 225

Slatterz writes "Logitech has introduced new mice that use two lasers rather than one to work on a variety of previously unusable surfaces. The first laser picks out imperfections in the surface of a tabletop while the second laser focuses on microscopic imperfections highlighted and uses those to direct the cursor. The technique, dubbed dark field microscopy, allows mice to be used on almost any surface, including glass (as long as it is more than 4mm thick)."

+ - New tricks for file viruses->

KingofGnG writes: "File viruses are only small part of nowadays malicious code diversified landscape, and yet these ancient malware designed to infect legitimate software by parasitizing its executable routines continue, every now and then, to hit the headlines with news worth the attention. The latest couple of examples of this remarkable endurance ability affects an old but still popular development environment and the most known among CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs."
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+ - Cloud Model Under Pressure? Amazon Slashes Pricing 1 1

Anonymous writes:, which runs Amazon Web Services (AWS) and a suite of cloud-based hosted services, may be having trouble getting customers to commit long term. According to this piece, Amazon sent out email today to its customers announcing it was cutting the price on its "Reserved Instance" (long-term commitment) by as much as 30 percent. Maybe the business reality of cloud computing isn't yet living up to the hype.

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