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Submission + - US senators concerned with surveillance bill 'loophole' (wsj.com)

zer0point writes: The law lets U.S. agencies monitor the communications of foreigners outside the U.S. But two senators are questioning whether a loophole allows the storage and search of messages from Americans that are picked up inadvertently while foreigners are being monitored. The intelligence community has repeatedly said it takes steps to minimize the data collected on Americans.

Comment Economic boom caused by impact of changing climate (Score 1) 759

Climate change can do the same thing for an economy as a war. It was WW2 that brought the US economy back from the great depression, because people had stuff to make, stuff to rebuild. Same thing for a changing climate. Construction business will boom. New levees to build, new houses to build away from the coasts, repairing flooded and hurricaned areas and so on. Preventing the change is very unlikely, but adaptation will be the new priority. It won't be based on predictions, just adapting to what already happened. Just let mother nature run its course and deal with it.

Submission + - Could This Be The Future Of Darpas Drone Fleet... (dailymail.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Many animal lovers find it hard to part with their pets when they die.
So when cat Orville, named after the famous aviator Orville Wright, was run over by a car, his artist owner decided to turn him into a permanent piece of artwork as the ultimate tribute by transforming him into a flying helicopter.
Dutch artist Bart Jansen first stuffed Orville before teaming up with radio control helicopter flyer Arjen Beltman to build a specially-designed flying mechanism to attach to the cat.

For a closer look at this Marvel of tech, you just have to watch the YouTube video

Submission + - Very Bad News for Fukushima (cringely.com) 6

Frosty Piss writes: According to technology journalist Mark Stephens (also known as I, Cringely), 'there is a 90 percent chance of a large earthquake in the minimum three years required to remove just the most unstable part of the fuel load at Fukushima Daiichi. The probability of a large earthquake in the 10+ years required to completely defuel the plant is virtually 100 percent. If a big earthquake happens before that fuel is gone there will be global environmental catastrophe with many deaths.'

Submission + - IPv6 enabled websites primarily European based and powered by Linux (hackertarget.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A recent study by HackerTarget.com of the top 1 million web sites shows European based web hosts are leading the way towards IPv6. Germany and Russia have about 5% of websites sitting on IPv6 enabled domains, while the USA sits at 0.38%. Of the IPv6 enabled websites; Apache and Nginx host over 90% of the total web sites, while Microsoft IIS sits at 4.5%.

A second study is planned following World IPv6 day to examine any significant increase in the number of IPv6 enabled web sites.


Submission + - Oops! Chinese Censors accidentally block Shanghai Index (bloomberg.com)

Vulcan195 writes: "Now this is amusing in so many ways ...
Today (June 4 1989 ... i.e. 6/4/89) is the 23rd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. Naturally, the Chinese Censors were working overtime to block anything that made remote or oblique references to that event.

Well, sometime during the day the Shanghai Composite Index dropped by 64.89 points ... triggering the wrath of the censors!

You can guess what happened next ... Searches for “Shanghai Composite” were blocked!"

Submission + - Could data scientist be your next job? (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: In the past several months, large enterprises, staffing firms and universities have observed increasing interest in a new class of data professional — the data scientist. A curious blend of business, analytics and computer skills, this hot new title is on the march in diverse verticals such as energy, e-commerce, healthcare and financial services. And if experts are correct, this is just the beginning. "Companies are becoming so data- and application-centric. They need individuals who can come to the table to model and mine in big data environments," says Laura Kelley, Houston vice president at IT consulting and staffing firm Modis. What sets data scientists apart from other data workers, including data analysts, is their ability to create logic behind the data that leads to business decisions. These hefty responsibilities lead to a commanding salary — $110,000 to $140,000 across the country, Kelley has found.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What is the future of standing/walking workstations?

secretrobotron writes: As a developer who spends most of each day at the same desk in the same chair, I'm concerned about ergonomics and what I can do to keep my body from wasting away while I program. Some IT professionals have the relative luxury of being able to walk around on a headset, solving problems, installing equipment, etc.. My utopia (albeit a pretty low-bar) is a world in which technology exists to allow me to walk about as I program.

My question is, what's available? Are people working on mobile-programming in this way? Are there hybrid standing workstations which allow me to take advantage of pacing-enabled programming?

"Open Source Bach" Project Completed; Score and Recording Now Online 110

rDouglass writes "MuseScore, the open source music notation editor, and pianist Kimiko Ishizaka have released a new recording and digital edition of Bach's Goldberg Variations. The works are released under the Creative Commons Zero license to promote the broadest possible free use of the works. The score underwent two rounds of public peer review, drawing on processes normally applied to open source software. Furthermore, the demands of Bach's notational style drove significant advancements in the MuseScore open source project. The recording was made on a Bösendorfer 290 Imperial piano in the Teldex Studio of Berlin. Anne-Marie Sylvestre, a Canadian record producer, was inspired by the project and volunteered her time to edit and produce the recording. The project was funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign that was featured on Slashdot in March 2011."

Comment The I in CIO means information (Score 1) 269

Many CIOs think their job is to keep the infrastructure running. That would be the role of a CTO or COO. There is a need in most organizations to treat information as an asset and analyze it. Analysis is what will drive growth. When a CIO says you can’t have that report needed tomorrow for three weeks, because he/she has to keep the modem lights blinking, they have become irrelevant. Many business applications are now available from cloud based providers that the business no longer needs to go to the IT organization to get much of what they need. And they don’t.

Submission + - Scientists Pin Down Historic Sea Level Rise (scienceworldreport.com)

fishmike writes: "The collapse of an ice sheet in Antarctica up to 14,650 years ago might have caused sea levels to rise between 14 and 18 meters (46-60 feet), a study showed on Wednesday, data which could help make more accurate climate change predictions.

The melting of polar ice could contribute to long-term sea level rise, threatening the lives of millions, scientists say."


Submission + - How HTML5 Can Turbo-Charge Your Freelance Business (tutorialspalace.com)

An anonymous reader writes: No doubt you’ve heard about HTML5, Canvas, CSS3, accessibility and graceful degredation a lot lately.What is all the fuss about and why are these things so special? HTML5, in particular, is the evolution of website markup marked for readiness in 2009 and set to be finished this year or next. It has come to mean more than just a simple set of tags, combining several technologies that work in parity in order to achieve newer, faster, better results.

Comment Second verse, same as the first (Score 2) 47

The article shows nothing new from an analytics angle, except how to apply common techniques to the online gaming industry. For quite some time, grocery stores to airlines to web sites have been modeling user patterns, and exploiting them by adapting the product to what works the best. Anti-churn algorithms and targeted educative emails are cool techniques that work. Not every company needs or can use this style of analytics. Some companies stumble upon "gut-feel" brilliance and just do everything right. Others have to work at success and modern analytic techniques make that possible. As the article points out, insight can be misused. Those that become overbearing will suffer, and others will take their place.

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