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Submission + - MS funded study says forcing users upon IE cuts costs (

Billly Gates writes: Microsoft and its browser are under more threat than ever. Not only are consumers no longer willing to use their outdated browser. We are starting to see corporations warm up as well. Many have BYOD and offer Firefox as well. A supposedly independent study that somehow is linked in Microsoft's website is being touted as a way to reduce costs. One standard, one OS, one browser, at one version ensures maximum security and functionality with less malware and viruses. This sounds somewhat familiar like we heard this before? I am sure as 2014 approaches that those 10 years ago who thought like this with their web apps thought what could possible go wrong!

Submission + - kickstarter and game development highlighting linux support (

An anonymous reader writes: This is part 6 of a 7 part series highlighting some of the game developers supporting linux. Overclockers spoke with photon productions about their upcoming game forsaken fortress a post apocoliptic rpg/rts game

Submission + - Did Google pay Belgian newspapers a $6M copyright fee? (

SternisheFan writes: In a blog post on Wednesday, Google said it has resolved a long-running dispute with Belgian newspapers that have demanded copyright fees every time Google displays a link or excerpts to one of their stories. Google’s announcement says the parties are “collaborating” to make money but also takes pains to note that “we are not paying the Belgian publishers or authors to include their content in our services”. Oh, really?
    US press outlets have noted Google is paying all the legal fees but have generally framed the deal as a tie or a win for Google. The Europeans, however, have been less gracious. Le Monde‘s triumphant account begins by explaining that the Belgian papers “forced Google to bend” and that Google will “compensate” papers and journalists to the tune of “2 to 3 percent of sales” —or “around 5 million euros” ($6.5 million). So what exactly happened? Did Google pay up or not? The solution to the mystery lies in a part of the blog post where Google explains the ways it will work with the papers, including: “Google will advertise its services on the publishers’ media.” In other words, the American search giant appears to have bought millions of dollars of advertising in the hopes of staving off a direct copyright levy. The company did not immediately reply to a request for comment


Submission + - Denial-of-Service Attack Found In Btrfs File-System (

An anonymous reader writes: It's been found that the Btrfs file-system is vulnerable to a Hash-DOS attack, a denial-of-service attack caused by hash collisions within the file-system. Two DOS attack vectors were uncovered by Pascal Junod that he described as causing astonishing and unexpected success. It's hoped that the security vulnerability will be fixed for the next Linux kernel release.

Submission + - California Medicaid department publishes 14K SSNs on public website (

PantherSE writes: The State of California's Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has acknowledged that it accidentally published 14,000 Social Security numbers online for nine days last month.

Between HIPPA, PCI, and the many initiatives out there, one would think these type of issues are a thing of the past.


Submission + - Iran threatens legal action against Google for not labeling Persian Gulf (

PantherSE writes: From the article:
Iran has threatened legal action against Google for not labeling the Persian Gulf on its maps.
"Toying with modern technologies in political issues is among the new measures by the enemies against Iran, (and) in this regard, Google has been treated as a plaything," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Thursday, according to state-run Press TV.
He added that "omitting the name Persian Gulf is (like) playing with the feelings and realities of the Iranian nation."


Submission + - DARPA seeks Holy Grail: Quantum-based data security system (

coondoggie writes: "Information security systems based on quantum computing techniques are one of the holy grails of the industry but the scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency want to change that with a program that could develop such a system in 3 years. The main goal of the new program, called Quiness is to demonstrate that quantum communications can generate secure keys at sustainable rates of 1-10 Gbps at distances of 1,000-10,000 km."

Submission + - HP reveals robots that stress-test laptops (

nk497 writes: "HP has revealed how it stress tests laptops, putting them through military grade benchmarks using robots, such as one that opens and closes the lid 25,000 times, the equivalent of ten times a day for seven years. Keyboards are hit with 10 million keystrokes , while HP shocks laptops with up to 15,000 volts and tests them at temperatures as low as -20. HP also drops them 30 inches from a table, not once, but 26 times on each side."

Submission + - History's first prank call is almost as old as the telephone (

netbuzz writes: "You could picture the event as a 19th Century Bart Simpson making history’s first documented prank phone call to Mo’s Funeral Home. The documentation comes via Google Books from the February 1884 edition of The Electrical World – only eight years after Bell’s famous summoning of Watson — and the one-paragraph story is headlined: “A grave joke on undertakers.” The little-publicized gem was unearthed by Portland State University professor Paul Collins, who is also known at The Literary Detective."

Submission + - Paralyzed woman uses mind-controlled robot arm (

MrSeb writes: "Using BrainGate, the world’s most advanced brain-computer interface, a woman with quadriplegia has used a mind-controlled robot arm to serve herself coffee — an act she hasn’t been able to perform for 15 years. BrainGate, which is being developed by a team of American neuroscientists from Brown and Stanford universities, and is currently undergoing clinical trial, requires a computer chip to be implanted in the motor cortex of the patient, which it then transmits to a computer for processing. Like all brain-computer interfaces, the user must train the software — but once this is done, you simply think of a movement, and the software moves the robot accordingly. Moving forward, the researchers would like to miniaturize the system and make it wireless — at the moment, BrainGate users have a box attached to their head, and they're tethered to a computer — which is OK for robot arm use at home, but obviously doesn't grant much mobility. The work was partly funded by DARPA, with the hope of creating more advanced prosthetics for wounded war veterans."

Submission + - Judge to Oracle's attorney: I can code - can you? (

RemyBR writes: "One month into the Oracle v. Google judgement, judge Alsup said this to Oracle's attorney David Boies: "You're one of the best lawyers in America. I don't know how you could make that argument", in response to Boies' claim that the tiny amount of computer code Google has been found liable for infringing helped it get the Android mobile operating system to market sooner, therefore Oracle should be entitled to a slice of the profits.
He then proceeded to reveal his own personal knowledge of the technology in question. Alsup said he has personally written computer code, not in the Java language involved in the lawsuit, but in other languages. And rangeCheck, he said of the nine lines of infringed Java code that Google said it mistakenly put in a version of Android, "is so simple." — "I could do it. You could do it," the judge told Boies. "It was an accident.""

Comment It's still all data (Score 1) 371

When I took statistics in college my didn't put so much emphasis on whether we knew the formulas our not, he cared more whether we were able to argue our interpretation of the numbers. He told us that computers and calculators will do a better job of crunching the numbers for us, but it will never be able to do what a human does best: interpret that data based on facts, morals and experience. Most important is the moral judgement. I believe that the market failed because of the lack of moral fortitude of enough people in the market sector.

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