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+ - Helmets Inspired by Brain Fluid to Offer Better Impact Protection->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Inspired by the fluid that wraps your brain in a protective, wet blanket, Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS), which is the name of both the technology and the company behind it, claims to offer superior protection for your head. Major helmet manufacturers are starting to turn on to what is self-hailed as the "next generation" of helmet design."
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Government

+ - 1st Amendment is Gone: Bill makes protest illegal-> 5

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Just when you thought the government couldn’t ruin the First Amendment any further: The House of Representatives approved a bill on Monday that outlaws protests in instances where some government officials are nearby, whether or not you even know it.

The new legislation allows prosecutors to charge anyone who enters a building without permission or with the intent to disrupt a government function with a federal offense if Secret Service is on the scene, but the law stretches to include not just the president’s palatial Pennsylvania Avenue home. Under the law, any building or grounds where the president is visiting — even temporarily — is covered, as is any building or grounds “restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance.""

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Cloud

+ - OSLC Community opens its first Survey-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The OSLC (Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration) Community has opened its first ever survey:
"Regardless of how familiar you are with OSLC, through your participation in this survey you help us get a better understanding of the awareness of OSLC throughout the industry.
You can not only clarify how we've been doing, but also guide our actions in the future. We're also looking to understand your attitudes towards and usage of OSLC"
(quoted from: http://open-services.net/members/2012-survey/)

If you've never heard of OSLC before, here are some details (from the community's "about" page http://open-services.net/about/):
"Open Services for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) is a community of software developers and organizations that is working to standardize the way that software lifecycle tools can share data (for example, requirements, defects, test cases, plans, or code) with one another.
We want to make integrating lifecycle tools a practical reality.
"

OSLC is the key integration technology of the the Jazz Platform (https://jazz.net/about/about-jazz-platform.jsp) from IBM Rational. Since OSLC specifications are created in the open, and are free for anyone to use, it has also seen some uptake in open source projects. For example, Fusion Forge Tracker and Jenkins can be integrated using OSLC (here's a screencast: http://vimeo.com/23480321).

The Eclipse Lyo ( http://eclipse.org/lyo/ ) project is another open source initiative to make implementing an OSLC specification easier. Lyo is not only an SDK for OSLC development (in Java, initially), the project is also building test suites and reference implementations. (There will be a webcast showing off some of the highlights of Eclipse Lyo Milestone 1 on March 20th: http://open-services.net/blog/upcoming-webcast-highlights-of-eclipse-lyo-milestone-1/)

Quoting from the main article (the announcement):
"The survey is designed for current workgroup participants, specification implementers, and anyone else (including end-users) who has an interest in data integrations for lifecycle tools.
The core survey can be completed in just five minutes. It will be available from March 1 to March 31.
Your feedback will help improve the OSLC community experience for you and for the entire community.
We will post the final results of the survey publicly on this site. (Don't worry: the survey is totally anonymous.)"

Whether you create developer tools or use them, the survey is quick and interesting."

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Comment: doublethink (Score 1) 254

by swanriversean (#33609384) Attached to: Conroy Still Hell-Bent On Internet Filter

"I'm not sure that the censorship claim stacks up. This is about classification systems."

"Classification systems" are an essential part of censorship. Indeed the examples he gives of "classification systems", movie and TV ratings, are age-based censorship systems.

"Conscience votes go to matters to do with life and death ..." Sure there isn't much death involved here, but there is a potentially large, and definitely some, effect on what it is like to live in Australia. Ultimately, every vote is a "conscience" vote, and even this one is, as Conroy himself challenges the conscience of Malcolm Turnbull: "[he] has to explain to Australian families that he is prepared to do nothing about blocking access to those sites."

I guess they're trying really hard "down under" to live up to the ideals of Orwell's Oceania.

Comment: automation (Score 4, Insightful) 462

by swanriversean (#33409566) Attached to: What 'IT' Stuff Should We Teach Ninth-Graders?

Whatever route you take, at the end, make sure the students have actually automated some task, understand the value of it, and can do it again.

Give them some big piece of tedious work, and make sure they can write a little program to do it for them.
Better make sure they understand how to work iteratively and test their results too.

A society filled with regular office workers who can use a computer to automate their tasks will be much more productive, and consequently richer.

Comment: Re:US gallons, presumably (Score 1) 1141

by swanriversean (#33155110) Attached to: My Automobile Gets __ MPG

mpg, km/L ... I could only wish
we get to measure our mileage (oh - "fuel economy" I suppose, since miles aren't involved) in, are you ready for it?
L/100 km
what brain-dead bureaucrat thought it'd be a good idea to flip the ratio and divide by a factor of a hundred ? I bet he got a bonus and a promotion for "stimulating the economy" since everyone had to hire an accountant to figure out what the hell that meant it terms they could understand.

Comment: one less reason to *buy* the game (Score 1) 400

by swanriversean (#31945438) Attached to: Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals

Having a nice printed manual to leaf through can be one of the joys of a new game ... just as there is something special about buying music on vinyl that was lost for cassettes and CDs, could there be something lost for games here?

I don't really know, the only games I play now are my childhood favourites on my SNES (yes, I still have it and it still works - though I do have to do the NES "cartridge-blow" trick from time to time) and I haven't bought a new name since Civ 3, so I'm not really in their target audience anyway ...

Comment: not on slim (Score 4, Informative) 270

by swanriversean (#31773688) Attached to: Geohot Brings Other OS Support To PS3 With Custom Firmware

I will be completely surprised if this works on the PS3 slim.
I understood that one of the ways Sony cut the price and reduced the size for the slim was that they did not include the IBM hypervisor that made the whole thing possible.
(see:
      http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-linux-ps3-1/
      http://www.osnews.com/story/22073/Why_No_OtherOS_Option_on_PS3_Slim_Sony_Answers
for a few more details)

Without the hypervisor, its just not possible.

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