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Submission + - It's no longer Anarchy in the UK it's ANIME in UK! (www.uk-anime.nethttp)

Mike C writes: "As a huge Otaku (refers to an anime fan — sometimes a slightly derranged and obsessive collector of asian toys and nick nacks + (deep breath) square eyed watcher of hundred episode japanese animated fight scenes! ...phew!), I thought it'd be good for all the rest of us out there to know that the UK has a hugely resurgent Anime Scene right now! I have always loved the technically amazing stories, such as Ghost In The Shell and Bubblegum Crisis and even Robotech and Gundam from wayyyy back in the 80's. But after a small spat of interest in the early 90's anime all but died out over here. Thankfully though, some great companies have helped to revive it. Awesome and amazing releases pumped out from Japan (Final Fantasy for example) and the resultant merge with the gaming culture mean it's back, and back with a vengance! I run an anime company over here called Kamika-Z and we have spent the last three years touring around the country to an ever increasing number of events. It's really good to see this happening, as if you go back a few years, there was not even a small Con over here, now we boast one of the largest Anime and Gaming events in Europe, which takes place twice a year in London (London Expo). So if you are a fan of Samurai Swords, Cyborgs, Epic Stories, Insane Technology and Awesome Art — then maybe you can join us — and help bring this amazing culture into the mainstream! Motoko would be proud!"
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Submission + - Intel to Launch Core i3 & i5 Lines at CES (pcmag.com)

adeelarshad82 writes: Intel will officially launch the Core i3 and Core i5 product lines at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. In total, Intel will launch 17 new processors at CES. With the addition of three chipsets and various wireless components, 27 new products will launch at CES, Stephen Smith, vice president and director of PC clients and enabling, said at a press conference. Although the Core i3 and i5 products contain hyperthreading, or the ability to run more than one thread per core (in both cases, two threads per core) only the i5 contains what Intel calls turbo boost, which dynamically overclocks the clock speed if permitted.

Submission + - SPAM: Not Enough Women In Computing?

itwbennett writes: Do geeks really 'drive girls out of computer science,' as the headline of a LiveScience article contends? Blogger Cameron Laird doesn't think so. In fact, 'I don't think 'gender issues in computing' is important enough to merit the attention it gets,' says Laird in a recent post. And maybe the problem isn't that there are too few women in computing, but that there are too many men. 'I'm waiting to read the headline: 'Women too smart for careers with computers,' says Laird, 'where another researcher concludes that only 'boys' are stupid enough to go into a field that's globally-fungible, where entry-level salaries are declining, and it's common to think that staying up all night for a company-paid pizza is a good deal.'
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Submission + - What got Cringley's Holiday Card censored? (cringely.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wonder what choices some people make in sending out there holiday cards, and why some our censored? Tech pundit Cringley just posted about the problems her had getting his Holiday Card Printed at Kinkos. Any one have a similar experience?

Submission + - Mandatory use of open standards in Hungary (nyissz.hu)

qpeter writes: Hungarian Parliament has made the use of open standards mandatory by law in the intercommunication between public administration offices, public utility companies, citizens and voluntarily joining private companies, conducted via the central governmental system. The Open Standards Alliance initiating the amendment aims to promote the spread of monopoly-free markets that foster the development of interchangeable and interoperable products generated by open standards, and, consequently, broad competition markets, regardless of whether the IT systems of interconnecting organisations and individuals use open or closed source software. In the near future, in spite of EU tendencies the Alliance seeks to make its approach – interoperability based on publicly defined open standards – the EU norm under the Hungarian presidency of the European Union in 2011. To that end, it will promote public collaboration – possibly between every interested party, civil and political organisation in the European Union. What do you think: what would be the best way to cooperate?

Feed Engadget: Second Fuse UI video shows wild, dynamically lit 3D interface (engadget.com)

We only got the briefest of glimpses at the new UI approach in Synaptics' collaborative Fuse concept handset, and now TAT (The Astonishing Tribe, the folks behind the original Android UI), has posted a brief clip that gives a better idea of the full UI. It's pretty wild, with some sort of rendering engine that really emphasizes depth, lighting and motion. We're not sure it's the most usable UI on the planet, but it's certainly one of the oddest we've witnessed. Check it out in motion after the break.

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Submission + - Twitter, anyone? (todaysengineer.org)

Poodleboy writes: If you're old like me, then you may be wondering what's the use of Twitter. Beyond reading highly epitomized versions of Homer's Iliad, what's the point? Is it a social tool, a business tool or both? This article in Today's Engineer examines the issue, from the arguably frumpy perspective of the IEEE. The question is this: is this just the last generation's view of the thing, or is its analysis consistent with younger users as well? What do you do with it?
Censorship

Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.

Comment Re:Censorship. (Score 1) 305

Yes, of course I went from private school library to municipality, that is my whole point. Censorship is not always infringing upon peoples' right to free speech, yet it is still censorship, i.e. the suppression of anything considered objectionable. When practiced by a minority it is simply annoying, but when it's institutionalized it's damaging, because *then* it detracts from free speech.

Once censorship becomes an infringement, though, it's a bit late to address the problem. Instead, we need to keep our eyes open and avoid it while it's still just annoying, particularly when the writing is on the wall, as it were...

Comment Re:Censorship. (Score 1) 305

You have a point, ceoyoyo, but I don't think it's a very good one. Your point is that the cloud's servers are private, so the owners are free to use them any way they please. Certainly that is true, but this doesn't exclude the fact that they are censoring content if they disallow the sharing of material that they have, alone, whimsically determined to be "offensive." The building metaphor is persuasive, but misleading--a building is not an information medium. Graffiti is offensive, indeed a crime, not because of its semantic content but because of the paint. A more apt metaphor would be that of a private school library refusing to shelve Salinger's "Catcher in The Rye" because it offends the librarian. He has every right to exclude anything from his library that he likes, but it's still censorship.

The argument that I can share my material elsewhere, like here at Slashdot for example, doesn't change the fact that the cloud owners are censoring content, it only changes the *effect* of the censorship. A sophomore in the private school can always get "Catcher in The Rye" in a public library, or buy it himself. If, however, municipalities ban the book from their library shelves, and then private bookstores prefer not to stock it for fear of offending their customer base, then we have a problem. A bunch of yahoos burning books in a parking lot is pretty harmless, but if the yahoos are the majority or the authority then it becomes frightening. Somewhere in between "harmless" and "frightening" is cause for alarm--the question is, where?

I raised the point (hardly a rant), because I believe that there is some cause for concern here. First, the very private companies that market their clouds have, in the past, colluded with governments in order to censor content. Clearly, for the people of China, this is bad--the equivalent of the "frightening" scenario above. One may argue who cares, we don't live in China, but our own federal government and some states have moved or are planning to shift their information services to privately owned clouds. So ultimately, even here in the USA, a private cloud can actually be public.

That is why we should all be wary of censorship on private cloud computing platforms.

Comment Censorship. (Score 3, Interesting) 305

"Censorship" is the proper word to describe this. The notion that I cannot express myself except in some "inoffensive" manner, for whatever values of "inoffensive" are acceptable to the owner of the cloud. I can see the "great wall cloud of China" already. Haven't big search companies already kowtowed to the Chinese government in order to access their markets? Is it inconceivable that Google would agree to Chinese government review of shared documents in order to serve the Chinese "cloud computing" market? I don't think it is.

Even here, imagine trying to write almost any kind of literary critique of Henry Miller, Ferdinand Celine or Vladimir Nabakov...

Comment Re:Double-edged sword... (Score 1) 520

I agree that there will be such bugs. Reviewing the code may or may not reveal them. It seems to me that if the question is one of whether or not the device works properly, then submitting to testing by an independent laboratory is a much better way to find out, and one that doesn't compromise the company. In my experience, we prove that we meet software requirements by testing, not by peer review.

Feed Teenage Risk-taking: Biological And Inevitable? (sciencedaily.com)

While the government spends billions of dollars on educational and prevention programs to persuade teens not to do things like smoke, drink or do drugs, a Temple University psychologist suggests that competing systems within the brain make adolescents more susceptible to engaging in risky or dangerous behavior, and that educational interventions alone are unlikely to be effective.

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