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Comment Re:web based (Score 1) 344

Give it a simple interface and then you can use any phone or device with the web page.

It would also be a lot simpler to develop, phone SDK's just don't compare to modern web development frameworks and IDE's.

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Submission + - Hacker Could Keep Money from Insider Trading

Reservoir Hill writes: "On Oct. 17, 2007, someone hacked into a computer system at IMS Health. A few minutes later Oleksandr Dorozhko, a Ukrainian resident, invested $41,671 in put options that would expire worthless three days later unless IMS shares plunged. The next morning IMS announced earnings and the share price did plunge, making $296,456 for Dorozhko by selling the puts. "Dorozhko's alleged 'stealing and trading' or 'hacking and trading' does not amount to a violation" of securities laws, Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald ruled last month. Although Dorozhko may have broken laws by stealing the information, "Dorozhko did not breach any fiduciary or similar duty 'in connection with' the purchase or sale of a security" and she ordered the SEC to let him have his profits. Through a strange anomaly in American securities laws a person who legally obtains insider information and trades on the basis of that information is breaking the law, while someone who illegally gets their hands on such information may not have violated the securities laws by trading on it. If her opinion stands, it will be very hard for the SEC to go after hackers in the future. The judge herself appreciated the absurdity of the situation, and expressed disappointment that the Justice Department had not brought criminal charges for computer hacking."

Submission + - SPAM: Arab satellite TV charter sparks freedom of speech

WirePosted writes: "A new charter governing broadcasts over satellite TV throughout the Arab world has led to public protests from a freedom of speech advocate as well as leading global Arab media group Al Jazeera. The Arab satellite TV charter, agreed to by the Information Ministers of nearly all the Arab League nations (except Qatar and Lebanon), has been described as a major setback to freedom of the press in the Arab world by its opponents both within and outside the Arab region."
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Journal SPAM: Oldest City 2

I was just reading this bit about St. Augustine and how it is the oldest city in the United States. I found it rich in irony that it quotes someone who says that few know about St. Augustine because it was not an English settlement. The reason that is funny to me, is because there are a few places I can think of that have been inhabited for much longer than St. Augustine. I think there is good evidence t


Submission + - Google's Death at Indiana U. Highly Exaggerated?

msmoriarty writes: Looks like earlier reports of Indiana University dropping Google in favor of people-driven ChaCha search (as featured in this Slashdot item from Saturday) weren't exactly accurate. This afternoon the university's Vice President of Technology Brad Wheeler told a reporter from CampusTechnology.com that Google isn't going anywhere — at least not yet. From the article:

"...the deal with ChaCha is not an exclusive one, but one involving a variety of technologies, including ChaCha and Google. Reports have stated that IU planned to drop Google entirely from its technology repertoire; this is not the case, as the university continues to run searches off its Google Search Appliances, and a decision has not yet been made as to whether Google will be dropped from the mix or not.

Wheeler indicated that the university will likely reevaluate the use of Google Search Appliances in about a year when its current licenses expire.

Submission + - Penalizing for Poor Health 2

theodp writes: "Perhaps laying the groundwork for Sicko II, Clarian Health announced that starting in 2009, it will fine employees $10 per paycheck if their body mass index is over 30. Even slim-and-trim employees have to worry about their cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose levels — they'll be dinged $5 for each standard they don't meet. Smokers get a sneak preview of the policy starting next year, when they'll find $5 less in each check. Clarian credited new government HIPPAA rules that became effective July 1st for giving it the courage to follow its penalize-for-poor-health convictions."

Submission + - Corporate CEO targets teenage blogger 3

marylouluddite writes: "A corporate CEO named Patrick Byrne, who runs a company called Overstock.com, has sicced his Director of Communications, Judd Bagley, on a teenage blogger who lampooned him.

The blogger's name is Zac Bissonnette, a college freshman and 19 years old. Zac blogs on stocks at AOL, and also has a parody website, wwww.hedgefunnies.com.

One of his items lampooned Patrick Byrne, and he has also been critical of Byrne in Blogging Stocks. See http://hedgefunnies.com/2007/07/30/patrick-byrne-u nveils-irrefutable-proof-of-naked-short-selling

Byrne struck back by having Bagley attack Zac on Wikipedia, and by threatening to do an item about him in antisocialmedia.net, a website dedicated to attacking critics of Patrick Byrne.

An investigative reporter, Gary Weiss, has the scoop on his blog: http://garyweiss.blogspot.com/2007/08/overstockcom -sinks-to-new-low-targets.html

It's really a shame that a big company is so paranoid and sensitive to criticism that it has to chase after a teenage blogger."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - CellPhones light up operating room during blackout (reuters.com)

Tech.Luver writes: "Reuters reports,"BUENOS AIRES — The light from the cell phone screens allowed surgeons to complete an emergency appendix operation during a blackout in a city in central Argentina, reports said on Saturday. Leonardo Molina, 29, was on the operating table on July 21, when the power went out in the Policlinico Juan D. Peron, the main hospital in Villa Mercedes, a small city in San Luis province. The generator, which should have been working correctly, didn't work. The surgeons and anesthetists were in the dark. A family member got some cell phones together from people in the hallway and took them in to provide light.""

Submission + - Gates wasted $60 million Education '08 campaign (crosscut.com)

NewsCloud writes: "NYT Columnist Timothy Egan suggests Bill Gates should apply his $60 million Education '08 campaign more directly (NYT subscribers) i.e. into the pockets of politicians. Excerpted here:

Following the life of Bill Gates himself, Egan notes, "has been like watching Pete Townshend go from smashing his guitar with The Who to the aging master who just wants world peace and a complex string arrangement of Tommy. He was the high-voiced bully boy of Microsoft, snarling at people with less intellectual bandwidth, a Napoleon Dynamite with money — idiots!" ... The campaign could use a little remedial schooling. Three of the Republican candidates don't even believe in evolution. Don't know much about history, don't know much biology. ... the world's richest man has little leverage in a wide-open presidential campaign. At the early debates, the Gates' group took out ads and held press conferences. But what did it get them? The candidates barely mentioned education.
For those keeping score at home, Gates' contribution to the campaign is less than half one thousandth of his net worth."


Submission + - Shuttle Workers Vote to Strike (orlandosentinel.com)

stoolpigeon writes: "A union representing 570 space shuttle program workers at the Kennedy Space Center voted to strike Saturday, less than a week before the planned launch of the shuttle Atlantis. The International Association of Machinist and Aerospace Workers, which represents the United Space Alliance employees, rejected the company's contract offer Saturday morning, Florida Today reported. The union could strike as early as June 9, a day after NASA officials plan to launch Atlantis. It was unclear Saturday whether the vote to strike could affect the launch schedule."

Submission + - NASA Administrator: Don't fight Global Warming

mdsolar writes: "Engineer and NASA Administrator Michael Griffin revealed in an NPR interview that he was unsure there was any need to take steps to make sure that the climate remain stable. Now the NYT has editorialized that his lack of vision may help explain NASA's back peddling on its planet protection mission. The post of NASA Administrator is a tough one, with the last one being chased out of office for being too cautious. Is Griffin stepping into a meat grinder on this one?"

Some Journals Rejecting Office 2007 Format 474

hormiga writes "Some scholarly journals are rejecting submissions made using new Office 2007 formats. Science and Nature are among publishers unwilling to deal with incompatibilities in the new formats, and recommend using older versions of Office or converting to older formats before submission. The new equation editor is cited as a specific problem. Rob Wier recommends that those publishers consider using ODF instead."

Submission + - Firefox Usage Hits 25% (www.kbox.cc)

googtube writes: "According to W3counter.com, The website statistics provider, Firefox usage has reached an all time high of almost 25%. For those of you who suck at maths, that is nearly one in four internet users using Firefox. Go Firefox!

W3counter.com have based these numbers on the last 31,612,302 unique visits to 4,511 websites, So it should be a fairly accurate representation of the internet as a whole, Even though figures may be skewed on industry specific sites, Such as slashdot."

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