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Comment Re:can also test for "hidden" traits, like homosex (Score 1) 581

I'm a psychologist, and I was always taught that tests are a component of an evaluation. They can be used as "short-cuts" to learning important things about someone, but cannot be the be-all, end-all. The psych should have taken those issues into context.

However, I would think whatever test you took would use more than one or two questions to determine bi-polar or depression...

Comment Re:I would like to hear from a lawyer on this.. (Score 2, Interesting) 581

As someone who works in the mental health field, while you have a good idea, it's not always that simple. I'm not familiar with tests used in an employment setting, but am familiar with testing children/adolescents for various things. Most tests have a "lie" scale. This means that there are questions that are worded in a way to make someone who is trying to make themselves look good answer them in the affirmative when a more honest answer would be to answer in the negative. A broad example would be, "I always tell the truth." Obviously, the honest answer would be no.

Comment Re:Not sure I agree with that last bit. (Score 2, Interesting) 502

I don't know why you think you would take a hit, because you make valid points. I think the fact that this issue involved an adult harassing a child makes it a problem. I don't believe she would have knowingly done this if she knew suicide would be the outcome. But the point remains that adults are not supposed to treat children like that. And I don't see how anyone can say that Lori's actions did not contribute to the suicide. I also agree with you about the different types of people. I work in a school system and it fascinates me. It is one of the only settings in life where you spend a large portion of your time with a group of people that you are placed with and have no control over where they come from, who they are, or how they act.

Submission + - New Tool Automates Webmail Account Hijacks (

An anonymous reader writes: A pair of software tools demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference today automate the interception of cookie files transmitted over a wireless network that allow attackers to hijack accounts for Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook and a number of other Web 2.0 services,'s Security Fix reports. From the story: "the attack works even if victims subsequently change their passwords, or actively sign out of their accounts. However, attackers would be unable to change the victim's password, as all of the above-named services force the user to reenter the current password before changing it to a new one."

Submission + - KDE 4.0 Beta 1 Released 1

mernil writes: "The KDE Community is happy to announce the immediate availability of the first Beta release for KDE 4.0. This release marks the beginning of the integration process which will bring the powerful new technologies included in the now frozen KDE 4 libraries to the applications."

Publishers Scrambling for Wii Titles 328

Bloomberg is reporting on the publisher scramble for Wii titles, prompted by the console's explosive popularity since its launch late last year. Though the article focuses on EA's initial coolness on the console, they certainly weren't the only company that initially missed the bus. "Electronic Arts wasn't the only publisher slow to see Wii's appeal. New York-based Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., maker of Grand Theft Auto games, had no Wii titles when the player was released and now plans to have three this year, said spokesman Jim Ankner. Activision Inc., based in Santa Monica, California, plans to release six Wii games this year, giving the second-largest publisher a total of 11, said spokeswoman Maryanne Lataif." Though that's great news for Wii gamers, the question is: how many of these titles are going to be 'shovelware'?

Submission + - Defendant prevails in RIAA file-sharing case

GiveItToMe writes: As we all know, the RIAA has been suing everyone left and right for file sharing but only actively pursuing a handful of cases that it knows it can win. As for the others, the RIAA moves to have them dismissed without prejudice, meaning that the RIAA and the defendant both walk away covering their own attorney fees. But defendants have begun to fight back, demanding that the cases be dismissed with prejudice so that they can collect attorney fees from the RIAA for wasting their time.

Well, a federal judge has now dismissed a recent case (Elektra v. Santangelo) with prejudice, meaning that the defendant can now collect attorney fees from the RIAA. From the Ars Technica article:

This is a scenario the RIAA has been anxious to avoid. Although the record industry has been eager to file lawsuits, it never wants to see the defendants exonerated, even when it's a clear case of mistaken identity. Instead, it would rather just quietly drop unwinnable cases and walk away, leaving defendants to deal with the legal bills from defending against a case that should never have been brought. For at least the second time, a judge has prevented the RIAA from doing exactly that. If the trend continues, the music industry's legal strategy could end up being far more expensive than it anticipated.
The Courts

Submission + - Principal cancels classes, sues over MySpace prank

Earnest writes: A prank MySpace page has led to to a barrage of lawsuits and the misuse of school resources as the principal targeted by the pranksters attempted to find the perpetrators. In 2005, students at Hickory High School in Pennsylvania created a fake MySpace profile of principal Eric Trosch. As a result, the school's IT staff spent about 25 percent of his work time dealing with the issue and finding the culprits. That's not all. 'Trosch kept at it, even taking measures that led to the "cancellation of computer programming classes as well as usage of computers for research for class projects." Now the basic educational mission of the school was being compromised in order to keep students from visiting these profiles during school hours (students were still free to look at the profiles from home, of course).'

Submission + - Purdue University decides not to follow UW-Madison

An anonymous reader writes: I attend Purdue University and apparently, they will be bowing to the RIAA not soon after another Big 10 school spat in their face (University of Wisconsin). Every student has been sent the following email:

Some users of the Purdue University Internet network this week will begin receiving notices of threatened legal action from the Recording Industry Association of America.

In a stepped-up effort to enforce music copyright, the association is harvesting Internet addresses of computers that allegedly offered music for others to download illegally. It then is sending emails to Internet service providers and asking that the emails be forwarded to these computer users.
The notices offer the option of paying a settlement fee or facing legal action.

Purdue University, as an Internet service provider, will forward these emails to the user of the specified address when the user can be accurately identified. While the university will do its best to deliver these notices to the proper individuals, it is not responsible for the accuracy of the identification or address to which such notices are sent.

It will be up to each recipient to decide how to respond to these notices.
All users of Purdue IT resources are ultimately responsible for their own conduct and for responding to any notification received from a copyright owner. Should an individual choose not to pay the settlement, the RIAA may ask Purdue for its logs for the purpose of pursuing legal action. The next step would be for RIAA to file a request to subpoena the name of the computer owner. The university will at all times honor valid subpoenas.

Purdue does not generally monitor the content of Internet transmissions.
The university, however, can match computers to the addresses they use when connecting to the Internet.

Information on your legal obligations and methods to protect yourself can be found at:

Individuals with questions regarding the settlement notice should contact legal counsel of their own choosing for advice.


Gerry McCartney
Interim Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
Purdue University

Thomas B. Robinson
Vice President for Student Services
Purdue University
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Submission + - Science Spring Showdown - NCAA style!

Dave Ng writes: "Imagine an NCAA tournament that pits scientific concepts against each other, and you'll get the Science Spring Showdown. It includes four divisions (life science, chemistry, physics/math, and science in society) with match-ups as heated as "high speed particle physics" vs "high speed internet", "entropy" vs "enthalpy", "caffeine" vs "ethanol", and "Darwin" vs "Jesus." Intro post and printable brackets here (At least check out the brackets, they're beautiful to look at!) Press center with information on arenas and games is here (and note that the project strongly encourages commentary from readers since we all know that fan support is part of that intangible 'X' factor)""
Media (Apple)

Submission + - EU Commissioner lightens stance on iTunes Store

tlhIngan writes: "The EU consumer chief (who slammed the iTunes Store as being anti-competitive earlier this week) has lightened her stance against the argument that iTunes should become more compatible with other formats, and discounted talks of legal action against Apple. The change came from talks with the Competition Commissioner whose department found no reason to pursue Apple as there "were no problems with Apple's use of digital rights technology.""

Submission + - Battlebots: The Next Level

SixFactor writes: As described here, Israel has developed an infantry bot called VIPeR (Versatile, Intelligent and Portable Robot). It can pack an Uzi, pistol, or grenade launcher, among other hardware. An interesting feature is its Galileo wheel system, which can morph from a simple wheel to a track system. So far, the human will always be in the loop, and the article offers a key contrast with the US approach:

"Unlike the ambitious US plan to develop and deploy highly autonomous combat robots as part of the FCS [Future Combat Systems] program, the Israeli approach is more pragmatic, considering the contributions of such autonomously navigated vehicles in rather limited, mission-specific tasks. These will initially include perimeter security and border patrols and could later be enhanced to specific roles in force protection.

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