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Submission + - OSU students develop alternative to Facebook with more privacy (dispatch.com)

assertation writes: It is not vaporware. It is up, running and growing in membership by 10% a week for the last month. Co-founders, Dustin Studer and Suprasanna Mishra were inspired by the desire to share good times with friends on the web, but were weary of reading that 69 percent of employers said they have rejected job applicants because of what they have found on Facebook. Privacy is #1 at CapStory.com, giving the users control over their information, even to the point giving the users the ability to set special permission on pictures. CapStory.com runs on servers that have the same level of security as bank websites do.
Science

Submission + - Glasses That Cure Colorblindness? (txchnologist.com)

MatthewVD writes: "In 2006, researcher Mark Changizi came up with a novel theory for why humans evolved with color vision: to detect social cues and emotions in others. He built glasses called 02Amps to enhance perception of blood pooling. Some hospitals have tried using the glasses to see bruising that's not visible unaided, or help nurses find veins. But it turns out now that the glasses might be able to fix some forms of colorblindness, too."

Submission + - Here's why it's so hard to predict how caffeine will affect your body (acs.org)

carmendrahl writes: "Emergency-room visits linked to caffeine-laden energy drinks are on the rise. This gives scientists who'd like to see caffeine regulated the jitters. But the US Food and Drug Administration seems to be dragging its feet on regulating caffeine content in food and drink, because people have different sensitivities to it. Currently, caffeine-rich products like Monster Energy get around the rules because they're marketed as dietary supplements."

Submission + - Son of SOPA may be on the way (breitbart.com)

bricko writes: "Start the calls again....SOPA seems to never die.

Seems some congressmen have rehired former staff and are working with VP from Verizon to write up another son of SOPA.

Another sign, according to these sources, is that another former House Judiciary Democrat staffer, Stacey Dansky, vice president of government relations for Viacom, has been on the Hill recently promising members and staffers that a new bill is forthcoming – meaning in Hillspeak that industry attorneys are currently drafting the new bill. Prior to her departure in 2010, Dansky was the committee’s Chief Copyright Counsel when the Democrats controlled the House and the committee."

Cloud

Submission + - Rackspace Flips, Won't Support Third-party OpenStack Distros (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Last year, Rackspace planned to support third-party OpenStack distributions as part of its private cloud offering. That was then. 'Things have evolved quickly as enterprises start evaluating their options in the cloud generally and the OpenStack market specifically,' said Jim Curry, general manager of Rackspace Private Cloud, in an email interview with ITworld's Nancy Gohring. Customers, it seems, want to run a cloud model internally that 'looks and feels like what Rackspace delivers in the public cloud. To deliver that experience, we needed to develop software that deploys an OpenStack cloud that Rackspace can operate and support.'"
Graphics

Submission + - Light Field Photography Is the New Path to 3-D (xconomy.com)

waderoush writes: "In November, Lytro, the maker of the first light field camera for consumers, upgraded its viewer software to enable a feature called ‘Perspective Shift.’ In addition to refocusing pictures after they’ve been taken, Lytro audiences can now pivot between different virtual points of view, within a narrow baseline. This 3-D capability was baked into Lytro’s technology from the start: ‘The light field itself is inherently multidimensional [and] the 2-D refocusable picture that we launched with was just one way to represent that,’ says Eric Cheng, Lytro’s director of photography. But while Perspective Shift is currently little more than a novelty, the possibilities for future 3-D imaging are startling, especially as Lytro develops future devices with larger sensors — and therefore larger baselines, allowing more dramatic 3-D effects. Cheng says the company is already exploring future versions of its viewer software that would work on 3-D televisions. ‘We are moving the power of photography from optics to computation,’ he says. ‘So when the public really demands 3-D content, we will be ready for it.’"
China

Submission + - First Details of Chinese Spacecraft's Asteroid Encounter

the_newsbeagle writes: Chinese aerospace engineers have revealed, for the first time, details about their Chang’e-2 spacecraft’s encounter with the asteroid Toutatis last month. They have plenty to boast of: The asteroid flyby wasn’t part of the original flight plan, but engineers adapted the mission and navigated the satellite through deep space.

Exactly how close Chang'e-2 came to Toutatis is still unclear. The article states that the first reports “placed the flyby range at 3.2 km, which was astonishingly—even recklessly—tight. Passing within a few kilometers of an asteroid only 2 to 3 km in diameter at a speed of 10 730 meters per second could be described as either superb shooting or a near disaster.” If the Chinese spacecraft did pass that near, it could provide a “scientific bonanza” with data about the asteroid’s mass and composition.

Submission + - Bye bye Linksys...

Vals713 writes: It’s been a weird decade for Cisco. After being a dot-com darling in the late 90s (everyone wanted a few Cisco routers for their door-to-door pet food delivery services), the company tried its hand at consumer products with the Flip video camera series and, a little while later, Linksys routers. It seems, then, that Cisco’s grand consumer experiment is over.
-John Biggs
Games

Submission + - Epic Mickey's studio closed down by Disney (arstechnica.com) 1

skade88 writes: Ars is reporting that Junction Point Studios, the company that gave us Epic Mickey 1 and 2, has been closed by Disney due to poor sales. Epic Mickey 1 sold 1.3 million units in its first month while Epic Mickey 2 only sold 250,000 units. Times are hard these days for game developers.

Comment Re:Why even use a gun? (Score 1) 3

I have been around all types of dogs. I know if you cause a bigger threat to the dogs than a helpless kid then they will leave the kid alone. I know how fast a dog can kill a child. There is no time to waste in running inside to unlock your safe, get your gun, run out and shoot the dogs. Just go after the dogs and take one for the team so the kid does not get hurt more.

Submission + - IOC Trademarks '2014' (blogspot.com)

Cid Highwind writes: The UK Intellectual Property Office has issued a trademark on the number '2014' to the International Olympic Committee. The IOC's legal monopoly on next year covers all 45 possible trademark registration classes, from live animals to fire extinguishers to metal for railway tracks.

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