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50-Year-Old Assumptions About Muscle Strength Tossed Aside 57

vinces99 writes "The basics of how a muscle generates power remain the same: Filaments of myosin tugging on filaments of actin shorten, or contract, the muscle – but the power doesn't just come from what's happening straight up and down the length of the muscle, as has been assumed for 50 years. Instead, new research shows that as muscles bulge, the filaments are drawn apart from each other, the myosin tugs at sharper angles over greater distances, and it's that action that deserves credit for half the change in muscle force scientists have been measuring."

Comment Re:Who Cares? (Score 1) 1448

What the hell are you talking about?

The article has nothing to do with Card's homophobia. It wasn't even triggered by one of his anti-gay rants. The article came out about the time Card was demanding the press be punished for reporting truthfully on abuses by the American government during the War on Terror.

And, FWIW, your attack on the article doesn't even make sense, it certainly doesn't suggest you read it. The author isn't attacking Card for making Ender Hitler, he's merely referencing what happened when someone else made that claim.

The author's suggestion is that Card probably never wrote the first two Enders Games novels. He draws this conclusion based upon Card's response to the claim that Ender is Hitler - namely that Card didn't appear to know what was in his own novel, denying the novel contained elements even given references, and the massive quality change that occured between the second and third novels - as well as the substantial delay in publication.

Is that a reasonable conclusion? I don't know, it sounds to me more like Card has difficulty coping with criticism, and the third novel could easily be bad because he's, ultimately, a hack who got lucky with his first. But it certainly isn't a conclusion drawn by someone trying to explain why Card's homophobic, or more generally, a fascist.


Dropbox Wants To Replace Your Hard Disk 445

Barence writes "Dropbox has kicked off its first developer conference with the stated goal of replacing the hard disk. 'We are replacing the hard drive,' said Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. 'I don't mean that you're going to unscrew your MacBook and find a Dropbox inside, but the spiritual successor to the hard drive is what we're launching.' The new Dropbox Platform includes tools for developers that will allow them to use Dropbox to sync app data between devices. The company's new APIs will also make it easier for app developers to include plugins that save to Dropbox, or choose files stored in the service for use within apps."

Comment Re:Scrum (Score 3, Insightful) 221

Interrupting a 1-week sprint occasionally due to business needs is fine. Doing so on such a regular basis that a member of the development team feels the need to beg for help in a public forum (Slashdot, no less) is indication of a rather large management failure. Blaming schedule slips on the devs after arbitrarily changing direction shows that management has no concern or respect for them.

I know the submitter doesn't want to hear this, but if his description is even remotely accurate, he needs to start looking for another job (yes, it is *always* an option).

Comment Re:Yes, all works are derivative. (Score 1) 344

Although do remember that you are allowed to copy the original via the copy. The derivative copyright only applies to the portion of the derivative work which is new. Old material that reappears in the derivative work is fair game. So if you could carefully extract only the non-Disney parts from, say, Disney's Cinderella, you'd be fine even though you took that particular route.

Comment Re:Translation is a copyright owner's exclusive ri (Score 1) 344

In the US fair use is basically a tautology: a fair use is an otherwise infringing use which is fair under the circumstances. Any use might be fair, but not every use will be. There is no rule that all quotes or all educational uses or all time shifting is fair, you see. Each individual use must be analyzed anew and will depend on the circumstances in the case at hand.

So all fan translation and subtitling of movies isn't a fair use because it's too generic. A specific instance of a specific fan translating and subtitling a movie, under just the right circumstances, however, could be fair.

The previous poster was referencing some of those factors, so it seems that be knows more about fair use in the US than you do.

Comment Re:Translation is a copyright owner's exclusive ri (Score 1) 344

Makes sense to me. The purpose of copyright is twofold: first, to incentivize authors to create and publish works which they otherwise would not have created and published; and also to place those works into the public domain, so that they're the most useful to the public, as fully and quickly as possible.

Remember, what was said was:

You aren't allowed to muck with someone else's work without their permission.

Copyright exists to foster what you would describe as piracy.

Which is to say, copyright has as a goal placing as many works as possible, as quickly and fully as possible, in the public domain, so that they can be mucked about with, without anyone's permission.

Comment Re:Only in US-style banana republics. (Score 1) 344

(note that in teh abstract normalization of laws acros borders is a good thing)

Oh, I disagree. Sometimes it's good, but plenty of laws are neither better nor worse than alternatives (including not having the law), and should be chosen according to local preferences, rather than what everyone else is doing.

For copyright there's no need for harmonization at all; let each country do what's good for its own people, and merely coordinate informally to avoid situations where two countries have laws which are so incompatible that an author who wanted a copyright in both has to choose between one or the other.

Submission + - Android Master Key Vulnerability Checker now Live (

darthcamaro writes: Last week, Rain Forrest Puppy (aka Jeff Forristal) first disclosed the initial public report about an Android Master Key flaw. Code was released earlier this week for attackers to exploit the flaw — but what about users? Google has claimed that it has patched the issue but how do you know if your phone/carrier is safe? Forristal's company now has an app for that. But even if your phone is not patched, don't be too worried that risks are limited if you still to a 'safe' app store like Google Play.

The only way an Android user can be attacked via this master key flaw is if they download a vulnerable application. "It all comes down to where you get your applications from," Forristal said.

Comment Re:Change Management (Score 2) 221

I don't believe this answer will be well received on /. because it is usually practiced by project managers, and /. doesn't believe in project management.

Slashdot most decidedly believes in project management. In fact, The Slashdot Consensus very fervently believes that project management is too important to be entrusted to project managers; like marketing, sales, management, and pretty much every other non-technical facet of business, project management is doomed to fail unless the technical people are doing it.

We'll call it "Slashdot's Rule of Business": No matter what the task, the only people to which it can be reasonably entrusted are the computer geeks.

Submission + - Microsoft reveals its 3D printing strategy for Windows 8.1 ( 1

colinneagle writes: At the Inside 3D Printing conference in Chicago, Microsoft senior product manager Jesse McGatha discussed why Microsoft recently announced that Windows 8.1 will support 3D printing, even giving a demo of a sample app for printing a design file. But in the presentation it became clear that Microsoft is capitalizing on the recent hype of 3D printing and positioning itself to capitalize on the future consumer markets for 3D printing.

However, a Gartner analyst recently warned that 3D printing may not become the household consumer item that some are making it out to be. So, by capitalizing on the buzz, Microsoft may attract makers, innovators, and even enterprise customers that use 3D printing, but avoids any risk if the consumer market fails to reach its potential.

Submission + - Dropbox, WordPress Used As Cloud Cover In New APT Attacks (

ancientribe writes: The cyberespionage gang out of China that recently hacked into The New York Times and other media outlet networks is now using Dropbox and WordPress in its attacks rather than traditional email phishing and server compromise, researchers say. Dropbox is being used to distribute malware, and WordPress, for the initial stage of command-and-control to the infected machine--all as a way to remain under the radar. "They are hiding in the noise of cloud computing," said researcher Adam Vincent, CEO of Cybersquared.

The Pentagon's Seven Million Lines of Cobol 345

MrMetlHed writes "A portion of this Reuters article about the Pentagon's inability to manage paying soldiers properly mentions that their payroll program has 'seven million lines of Cobol code that hasn't been updated.' It goes on to mention that the documentation has been lost, and no one really knows how to update it well. In trying to replace the program, the Pentagon spent a billion dollars and wasn't successful."

Comment Re:Why shouldn't they be free to decide their pric (Score 1) 383

Those books are public domain because their copyright has expired. You're free to print em, change em, do anything you want.

So I guess I do have a free speech right to copy works made by other people. Since the expiration of copyright doesn't grant me any rights, but merely removes rights that had been granted to the author, and since it's rather odd to claim that free speech is a right which flows from the state to the people, I guess I must have the same right even as to copyrighted works. Copyright infringes on my right while it subsists, but there doesn't appear to be any other way of making sense of this.

Oh, and BTW, Oliver Twist was never copyrighted in the US; we didn't grant foreign authors copyrights until much later. I just chose those works because the authors hated people copying their work, legally or not.

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