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+ - Android source gone for good?

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vyrus128
vyrus128 writes "Many people were upset at the revelation, reported here in May, that the Honeycomb version of Android would not be open sourced. But Google promised that the next version, Ice Cream Sandwich, would have full source available. Now that ICS is out, though, the source is nowhere in sight. In the thread, Android's Jean-Baptiste Queru offers the following, as to the question of whether source will ever be made available: "At the moment I don't have anything to say on that subject.""
Google

+ - Googlers gagged on Real Names; Protests coming->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There has been ongoing controversy over Google's demand for Real Names from Google+ users, but comments from Googlers have slowed to a trickle. People inside the company are now reporting that, on pain of disciplinary action, they have been ordered not to speak externally on the issue. Google execs seem to be hoping that if everyone quiets down, the whole thing will just blow over.

Outside of Google, though, things seem to be heating up: Shava Nerad, Development Director and former Executive Director of the Tor Project, is organizing protests of Google's heavy-handed Real Name policy. They will be held outside of Google Cambridge, and Google offices everywhere, starting this Friday."

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Security

+ - Ask Slashdot: You Break RSA. What next?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A near 20-year hobby of mine has been searching for an algorithm to efficiently factor large numbers into their constituent primes. While I'm no closer to a solution, I sometimes fantasize about what I would do with one if I somehow succeeded--Lease it to the government? Release it into the public domain? Become paranoid and never leave my house? What would you do?"
Science

+ - MIT Printed Solar Panels Fold 1000X, Still Produce->

Submitted by smitty777
smitty777 (1612557) writes "MIT Press is reporting on a breakthrough in solar panel production and technology. From the article:

"In order to create an array of photovoltaic cells on the paper, five layers of material need to be deposited onto the same sheet of paper in successive passes, using a mask (also made of paper) to form the patterns of cells on the surface. And the process has to take place in a vacuum chamber. The basic process is essentially the same as the one used to make the silvery lining in your bag of potato chips: a vapor-deposition process that can be carried out inexpensively on a vast commercial scale."

You can also see a direct link to a video of the researchers folding the material into a paper airplane connected to a meter, without a drop in voltage."
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Google

+ - Is Google Requiring Legal Names on Google+?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The debate over Real Names on Google+ is intensifying, and Google is not giving many answers. The official word is that legal names are not a requirement; the official policy says to use "the name that you commonly go by in daily life." But there are already reports of people being suspended from the service for not using their legal names. A blogger's e-mail exchange with a Google representative, the first published clarification of the policy, sheds little light on the subject. Q: "How does Google define 'the name that you go by in daily life'?" A: "Unfortunately, I cannot go into more detail.""
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Security

+ - Anonymous Releases 90,000 Military E-Mail Accounts->

Submitted by jjp9999
jjp9999 (2180664) writes "Anonymous Operations posted 90,000 military email addresses and passwords to Pirate Bay on July 11, in what they're calling "Military Meltdown Monday." They obtained the emails while hacking government contracting and consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton. They hinted at other information obtained during the breach, which they describe as "maps and keys for various other treasure chests buried on the islands of government agencies, federal contractors and shady whitehat companies." The breach comes just days after Anonymous hacked government contractor IRC Federal. Both breaches are linked to the new AntiSec movement, which LulzSec joined forces with shortly before disbanding."
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Politics

+ - Congressmen pusshing to reopen Yucca Mountain->

Submitted by Bob the Super Hamste
Bob the Super Hamste (1152367) writes "A story over at CNN Money is reporting that a group of congressmen who are backed by the nuclear industry are pushing to reopen the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. Currently the site sits closed and uncompleted since the Obama administration scrapped the project. The article goes into the pros and cons of the Yucca Mountain site for storage and also brings up some interesting political issues with it. Also of note is that there as been a fee on electric bills since 1983 for the building of the site."
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Google

+ - Google Tells Devs, "Stay Tuned" For Google+ Tools->

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CWmike
CWmike writes "It became standard procedure in recent years for Internet companies to launch early test versions of their newest services with hooks for external developers (Wave, for example), but Google is bucking that trend with its Google+. Currently, external developers don't have any Google+ APIs or tools to tinker with. A Google spokeswoman said, 'We definitely plan to involve developers and publishers in the Google+ project, but we don't have specific details to share just yet. Please stay tuned.' The spokeswoman declined to say specifically if Google+ will be compatible with the company's OpenSocial set of common APIs for social networking applications. For one, the spokeswoman declined to say specifically if Google+ will be compatible with the company's OpenSocial set of common APIs for social networking applications."
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Comment: Re:Thinking out of the box (Score 1) 520

by vyrus128 (#33370626) Attached to: Look-Alike Tubes Lead To Hospital Deaths

Yeah, I guess I should be clear. I absolutely believe that most failures in healthcare are systems issues. I would never want a nurse to be prosecuted for making a mistake. I just read this story as "a nurse deliberately bypassed a safety feature, resulting in the death of a patient." You're absolutely right that even then, it could be a training issue, or a workload issue, or a combination of factors. I shouldn't be too quick to judge.

Comment: Re:Thinking out of the box (Score 1) 520

by vyrus128 (#33367856) Attached to: Look-Alike Tubes Lead To Hospital Deaths

In many cases it comes down to the resourcefulness of the nurse. I have heard of at least one case of a nurse who gave an enteral feeding intravenously. The connections were incompatible. Her solution was to attach the two ends together and keep them in place with surgical tape.

I hope she was fired and prosecuted, but somehow I suspect otherwise.

The Internet

+ - Cosmetic Carbon Copy, a new standard in email->

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paulproteus
paulproteus writes "Say you have an email where you want to send an extra copy to someone without telling everyone. There's always been a field for that: BCC, or Blind Carbon Copy. But how often have you wanted to do the opposite: make everyone else think you sent a copy to somebody without actually having done so? Enter the new IETF-NG RFC: Cosmetic Carbon Copy, or CCC. Now you can conveniently email all of your friends (with a convenient exception or two...) with ease!"
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