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Comment Re:pardon my ignorance (Score 3, Informative) 263

and usually medical databases are quite thoroughly tied down in this respect.

I don't know much about this case, but in Sweden we have a national test for all newborns, where they collect blood to check for a few diseases (PKU, the google is your friend). When they have checked it, they store the information "for research purposes".

When our minister of foreign affairs was killed, the Police requested samples from the database and got them.

So, don't count on the database staying "for research purposes"...

/Hans

Wine

Submission + - Running MS Office 2003 on Linux with Wine 0.9.52 (blogspot.com)

twickline writes: "This is a Office 2003 on Linux with Wine 0.9.52, Guide with lots of nice screenshots and tips. The long standing error"Microsoft Office (Word or Excell) has not been installed for the current user. Please run setup to install the application" has now been properly fixed as of Wine 0.9.52 in addition to many other fixes and enhancements. If you currently use Office 2003 on Linux via Wine this should be considered as a major upgrade."
Biotech

Submission + - Gene Study Supports Single Bering Strait Migration (eurekalert.org)

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes: "One of the most comprehensive analyses of genetic variation ever undertaken supports the theory that the ancestors of modern native peoples throughout the Americas came from a single source in East Asia across a northwest land bridge some 12,000 years ago. One particular discovery is of a 'unique genetic variant widespread in natives across both continents — suggesting that the first humans in the Americas came in a single migration or multiple waves from a single source, not in waves of migrations from different sources. The variant, which is not part of a gene and has no biological function, has not been found in genetic studies of people anywhere else except eastern Siberia. The researchers say the variant likely occurred shortly prior to migration to the Americas, or immediately afterwards.' The full article is available online from PLoS."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Is SCO dead yet? Q&A with Pamela Jones of Grok (itpro.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The SCO Group's current fate can be neatly summarised by the title of Pamela Jones' very first article on the case, back in May 2003 — "SCO Falls Downstairs, Hitting its Head on Every Step." In the intervening years PJ and Groklaw can be credited with unearthing and exposing many of the flaws in SCO's case, most notably, obtaining and publishing the 1994 settlement in the USL vs BSDi case, which had been hidden from public view and played a significant role in undermining SCO's claims to the ownership of Unix. Earlier this year PJ memorably compared SCO's persistence in the face of the facts to the black knight in the Monty Python film who claimed "It's only a flesh wound". This article asks PJ about SCO, the impact of Groklaw and future of free software and the law.
Software

Submission + - CNet promotes major open source alternative apps (cnet.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: CNet is running a massive article promoting open source applications as alternatives to major commercial products, in an aim to educate the average Joe on the advantages of open source. While uber-l337 open source aficionados will already using many of these, it's an admirable pitch to put the word out that open source is ready for mainstream adoption.
Music

Submission + - Increase in Encrypted Torrents Spotted in the UK (theregister.co.uk)

angryphase writes: The British Phonographic Institute (RIAA-UK) has noticed a significant increase in the amount of encrypted torrents. Whether it follows a trend for hiding suspicious activities or an increased awareness of personal privacy is up for (weak) debate, either way, this change of attitude is apparently catching the eye of ISPs, music industry officials and enforcement agencies. Matt Phillips, spokesman for the UK record industry trade association explains, "Our internet investigations team, internet service providers and the police are well aware of encryption technology: it's been around for a long time and is commonplace in other areas of internet crime. It should come as no surprise that if people think they can hide illegal activity they will attempt to."
Toys

Submission + - James Randi $1Million Award on Speaker Cables 2

elrond amandil writes: James Randi offered $1 million USD to anyone who can prove that a pair of $7,250 Pear Anjou speaker cables is any better than ordinary (and also overpriced) Monster Cables. Pointing out the absurd review by audiophile Dave Clark, who called the cables "danceable," Randi called it "hilarious and preposterous." He added that if the cables could do what their makers claimed, "they would be paranormal."

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