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Comment: OMG Bold! And Italic! And Colors! (Score 2, Interesting) 737

by svyyn (#39878199) Attached to: Gimp 2.8 Finally Released

Now it is possible to change text inside the bounding text box and also use certain styles! For example select a word and press a “Bold” or “Italic” button. You can also change the size, line-height and font! Not just that – meanwhile it is also possible to change the color of certain words and characters.
This feature is absolutely great!

Bold, italic, and colors!? Is this a joke?


China's Influence Widens Nobel Peace Prize Boycott 360

Posted by timothy
from the friends-of-un-friends dept.
c0lo writes "Not only did China decline to attend the upcoming Nobel peace prize ceremony, but urged diplomats in Oslo to stay away from the event warning of 'consequences' if they go. Possibly as a result of this (or on their own decisions), 18 other countries turned down the invitation: Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco. Reuters seems to think the 'consequences' are of an economic nature, pointing out that half of the countries with economies that gained global influence during recent times are boycotting the ceremony (with Brazil and India still attending)."

FCC To Allow Texting To 911 321

Posted by kdawson
from the omg-srsly dept.
tekgoblin writes "The FCC is looking into allowing people to report incidents to 911 via SMS from their mobile phones. They are also considering mobile video to show the 911 service what is going on. The current 911 system handles around 230 million calls per year with most of the calls being from mobile phones. One situation influenced this move to allow texting to 911 was the Virginia Tech shooting. 'The technological limitations of 9-1-1 can have tragic, real-world consequences,' the release said. 'During the 2007 Virginia Tech campus shooting, students and witnesses desperately tried to send texts to 9-1-1 that local dispatchers never received. If these messages had gone through, first responders may have arrived on the scene faster with firsthand intelligence about the life-threatening situation that was unfolding.'"

Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life 486

Posted by kdawson
from the delta-vee dept.
scottbomb sends in this feel-good story of an engineer-hero, calling it "one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time." "A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained."

+ - Department of Treasury Sites Hacked->

Submitted by lord_rotorooter
lord_rotorooter writes: A few Department of Treasury Web sites ( and hosted by a third party were hacked on Monday redirecting visitors to a malicious site in Ukraine and later tracking IP addresses. The Department of Treasury did not identify the provider that hosted the sites, but did acknowledge in a statement that it "entered the cloud computing arena last year." What is not mentioned in any of the articles is the fact that every bank in the US has to access these sites for various purposes every day. I am not sure why this is not making front page news.

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US Grants Home Schooling German Family Political Asylum 1324

Posted by samzenpus
from the come-get-you-some-learnin dept.
A US judge has granted political asylum to a family who said they fled Germany to avoid persecution for home schooling their children. Uwe Romeike and his wife, Hannelore, moved to Tennessee after German authorities fined them for keeping their children out of school and sent police to escort them to classes. Mike Connelly, attorney for the Home School Legal Defence Association, argued the case. He says, "Home schoolers in Germany are a particular social group, which is one of the protected grounds under the asylum law. This judge looked at the evidence, he heard their testimony, and he felt that the way Germany is treating home schoolers is wrong. The rights being violated here are basic human rights."

Comment: Re:Here's A Tip, Folks (Score 3, Interesting) 313

by svyyn (#30913256) Attached to: Darwinian Evolution Considered As a Phase

Acquisition of a trait (by whatever means) would never amount to a significant percentage of the gene pool of an organism unless it proffered some usefulness.

Though a popular view, that's not true. Assuming 'trait' means an independent mutation, then that trait can go to fixation in a population by simple chance (the expectation is that this happens to 1/2N mutations). Also, genes that are physically near each other on the genome tend to be passed as a set. Therefore, it is likely that a completely neutral, or even slightly disadvantageous mutation, that happens to be near an advantageous mutation (or a mutation that won the mating lottery and is heading toward fixation) will also be propagated throughout a population. There are other more esoteric reason why this could happen too, but a strictly adaptationist view of evolution was dropped in the 60s.

Comment: Re:Here's A Tip, Folks (Score 1) 313

by svyyn (#30913218) Attached to: Darwinian Evolution Considered As a Phase
Evolution does not require selection. Genetic drift, purely stochastic changes in a population due to sampling when mating, is sufficient to cause changes in a population. More specifically, it is expected that 1/2N of the total mutations that arise in a population (where N is pop size) will randomly drift to fixation in a population. This means more mutations drift to fixation in smaller pops. It also means that reproductively isolated pops will drift apart, even if they have exactly equal selection.

+ - Forensics Meets Its Match: New Tools Thwart Police->

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rabblerouzer writes: "Antiforensic tools have slid down the technical food chain, from Unix to Windows, from something only elite users could master to something nontechnical users can operate. "Five years ago, you could count on one hand the number of people who could do a lot of these things," says one investigator. "Now it's hobby level." Take, for example, TimeStomp. Forensic investigators poring over compromised systems where Timestomp was used often find files that were created 10 years from now, accessed two years ago and never modified."
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