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Submission + - Beyond PRISM: "Plenty" more domestic spy programs to reveal (zdnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Although Edward Snowden revealed many of the NSA's clandestine activities, there's belief among US lawmakers that the whistleblower didn't disclose everything. Sen. Ron Wyden is seen as one of the only hopes of US intelligence reform from within Congress.

Submission + - Adobe Flash Update Installs McAfee Security Scan Plus Crapware

An anonymous reader writes: If you get an update notification for Adobe Flash you will also be installing McAfee Security Scan Plus. This mornings update did open an Adobe webpage but did not give the option of unticking a box to prevent installation of McAfee crapware like previous updates have had. To uninstall — Start, McAfee Security Scan Plus, Uninstall, restart, cross your fingers nothing gets borked.

Submission + - Apple might lose Siri's core tech to Samsung 1

An anonymous reader writes: We all know Apple bought Siri in 2010, but what many didn't know is its core technology is owned by Nuance, maker of Dragon NaturallySpeaking. Well, it seems Samsung is looking to buy Nuance, and if it does, what are the chances it will cut off the Nuance core from Apple? About as likely as the sun rising in the east.

Submission + - Munich Council say talk of LiMux demise is greatly exaggerated (omgubuntu.co.uk)

ndogg writes: The rumors of Munich city going back to Microsoft seem to have been greatly exaggerated. There was a review of the city's IT systems that was called for by the mayor, but it wasn't solely just to decide on whether to move back to Microsoft. And while there have been complaints about LiMux, they mostly seem to concern compatibility with OpenOffice.org, which may well be resolved by switching to LibreOffice.

Comment Re:How the Patent System Destroys Innovation (Score 5, Insightful) 97

Well yes and no, patent protects innovation because you have a monopoly on your idea. Then up to you to make other researches on new products with the money gained.
But if you use a patent, you're forced to reveal your idea and prepare your competitor to use it later. You're never forced to patent your idea tho (see Coca-Cola, never patented, receipt never given).
 

Submission + - Beijing Doctors Implant World's First 3D-Printed Vertebra into 12 Year-Old Boy (ibtimes.co.uk)

concertina226 writes: Doctors from the Peking University Third Hospital (PUTH) in Beijing, China, have become the first in the world to use 3D-printing in complex spinal cord surgery, after replacing a section of cancerous vertebra in a boy's neck with a piece created on a 3D printer.

The procedure to remove this form of cancer is so complex that only five hospitals in China are equipped to perform the surgery. The tumour affects the top of the spinal cord in the neck, but also the internal and external carotid arteries, and the patient's windpipe.

Submission + - PJ rides again (groklaw.net) 2

thorpie writes: There is a new headline link on Groklaw, from July 22 2014 — U.K. Cabinet Office Adopts ODF as Exclusive Standard for Sharable Documents.
Is she back? or is it a one off?

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