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Comment great! (?) (Score 1) 67

so we should expect to see yet more encouragement of people to take the easy way out and not behave like responsible human beings? yes. i'm totally ignoring people predisposed to obesity due to genetic ailments. but really. now that we have this information (and great though it is), what are the ramifications? subsidized liposuction? do what you want, don't pay for it with your health (at least up front), and everything's cool?

Comment Re:Lets try to be a bit more supportive here! (Score 1) 487

i don't disagree fully, but the difference here is that it's a business. if someone came out and said here's a $2m storage array for your house(!), we'd all scream and laugh and point fingers.

since it's a business, and (especially in this case) the storage array in question is a basic and required tool for the business to function, it doesn't seem to make sense for them to skimp on it.

what they came up with is cool. but that's not the issue. the issue is yet another (in this case small/startup) company saying "we're going to do X!!!" and then realizing "oh, shit it costs how much to do X right?" and then saying "fuck it here's some hard drives*".

* can be substituted for pirated copies of whatever software, PDF creator when they need Acrobat Pro, or whatever skimpy solution many companies employ because they're not willing to shell out the $$ for the cost of doing business.

Network Adapter Keeps Talking While a PC Is Asleep 188

Al writes "Researchers at Microsoft and the University of California, San Diego have developed a network adapter that lets a computer enter sleep mode without disrupting the network connection. The adapter, dubbed Somniloquy (meaning to talk in one's sleep), consists of a gumstix running embedded Linux, 64MB of RAM and a 2G SD memory card, connected via USB. The adapter keeps the network connection going and the researchers have also developed a simplified IM client and bittorrent client that carry out more complicated tasks autonomously, only waking the computer if, for example, an actualy IM is received or a download is completed."

Neural Networks-Equipped Robots Evolve the Ability To Deceive 116

pdragon04 writes "Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have found that robots equipped with artificial neural networks and programmed to find 'food' eventually learned to conceal their visual signals from other robots to keep the food for themselves. The results are detailed in a PNAS study published today."

Comment why should they? (Score 1) 730

why should they have the keys to the city? who are they? what do you know about them? unless there are legal, binding contracts, NDAs, and more in place, why not require that they earn remote access rights?

also, if you are looking for someone to be your local net admin, why are you considering companies that will only do it remotely?

Submission + - AT&T Blocks Select 4chan Boards ( 3

SmarkWoW writes: "In what appears to be the first major steps toward stifling Net Neutrality, AT&T blocks a select few boards from the major imageboard 4chan. First reported by the official 4chan Status Blog, it appears that those who have residential AT&T DSL connections are unable to view certain boards on 4chan. The boards in question are /rk9/ and the infamous /b/. As most readers know, /b/ is the home of Anonymous, a large group of computer users responsible for spawning many memes such as RickRolling and LOLcats. Sources estimate that 15.5% of all internet users user AT&T DSL. A few short hours after reports of the blockage surfaced, members of /b/ have already begun to retaliate. The first strike appears to be toward the AT&T CEO, Randall Stephenson. Needless to say, this is going to get ugly."

Submission + - Should Copyright Of Academic Works Be Abolished? (

Dr_Ken writes: "From the Tech Dirt summary of this Harvard Cyber-Law Center study: "I've even heard of academics who had to redo pretty much the identical experiment because they couldn't even cite their own earlier results for fear of a copyright claim. It leads to wacky situations where academics either ignore the fact that the journals they published in hold the copyright on their work, or they're forced to jump through hoops to retain certain rights. That's bad for everyone." Indeed it is and especially so given the huge amounts of tax dollars spent doing research that then gets published in proprietary journals where it can't be accessed without payment."

Comment Re:Spoiled ! (Score 4, Funny) 412

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i feel so alone.

Comment Re:Physchology (Score 2, Interesting) 274

But do not think, even for a moment, that this gives particularly meaningful data on what a real Mars trip would be like!

i see what you're saying, but i have to disagree some. remember the stanford prison experiment? everyone there knew they were part of a study or an experiment, and yet they went well beyond what their described roles were, into some very dark places.

Submission + - Researcher Discovers ATM Hack, Get's Silenced (

Al writes: "A researcher working for networking company Juniper has been forced to cancel a Black Hat presentation that would have revealed a way to hack into ATM machines. The presentation would have focused on exploiting vulnerabilities in devices running the Windows CE operating system, including some ATMs. The decision to cancel was taken to give the vendor concerned time to patch the problem, although the company was notified many months ago. The article above mentions a growing trend in ATM hacking. In November 2008 thieves stole nearly $9 million from more than 130 cash machines in 49 cities worldwide, and in January of this year, the second biggest maker of ATMs, Diebold, warned customers in an advisory that certain cash machines in Eastern Europe had been loaded with malicious software capable of stealing financial information and the secret PINs from customers performing ATM transactions."

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