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Submission + - Video game creator Eugene Jarvis is Player One (chicagotribune.com)

BigVig209 writes: "The Chicago Tribune has done a really nice profile on Eugene Jarvis, President of Raw Thrills, a.k.a. the man who invented Defender.

"Jarvis was born and raised in Silicon Valley.... Jarvis, who is responsible for a remarkable number of gaming innovations and an absurdly long list of successful titles stretching four decades...[has] witnessed (or had a hand in) a number of pivotal moments in the history of the medium.

Scrolling games, for instance. Jarvis pioneered scrolling. (Which is like being the first guy to say, "Hey, what would happen if we added pages to this stone tablet?") Also, dual joysticks — he created dual joysticks.""

Government

Submission + - FTC Strengthens Children's Privacy Protections Online (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission today updated the privacy standards that protect children's privacy online. The new rules say companies must gain parental consent before collecting a kid's geolocation data, photos, and videos. It also broadened existing language to include third parties and companies that collect data on users across multiple websites. 'While the new rule strengthens such safeguards, it could also disrupt online advertising. Web sites and online advertising networks often use persistent identification systems — like a customer code number in a cookie in a person’s browser — to collect information about a user’s online activities and tailor ads for that person. But the new rule expands the definition of personal information to include persistent IDs — such as a customer code number, the unique serial number on a mobile phone, or the I.P. address of a browser — if they are used to show a child behavior-based ads.'

Submission + - Senator Introduces Bill to Study Impact of Violent Video Games (huffingtonpost.com)

seepho writes: Senator Jay Rockefeller (D — WV) has introduced a bill directing the National Academy of Sciences to lead an investigation to determine what impact violent video games have on children. Senator Rockefeller commented, "Recent court decisions demonstrate that some people still do not get it. They believe that violent video games are no more dangerous to young minds than classic literature or Saturday morning cartoons. Parents, pediatricians, and psychologists know better. These court decisions show we need to do more and explore ways Congress can lay additional groundwork on this issue. This report will be a critical resource in this process."
Businesses

Submission + - Most Kickstarter Projects Fail to Deliver on Time 1

adeelarshad82 writes: A recently conducted analysis found that out of the top 50 most-funded Kickstarter projects, a whopping 84 percent missed their target delivery dates. As it turns out, only eight of them hit their deadline. Sixteen hadn't even shipped yet, while the remaining 26 projects left the warehouse months late.
Education

Submission + - Broun: Evolution, big bang are "lies straight from the pit of hell" (onlineathens.com)

BigVig209 writes: "Evolution and the big bang theory are “lies to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior,” U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee), said in a recently released video.

In the video, taken from the 2012 Sportsman's Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Broun also repeated fundamentalist Christian tenets that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and the Holy Bible is a guidebook to every aspect of life."

Education

Submission + - Broun: Evolution, big bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" (onlineathens.com)

BigVig209 writes: ""Evolution and the big bang theory are “lies to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior,” U.S. Rep. Paul Broun (Chairman of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee for the U.S. House Science, Space, and Technology Committee), said in a recently released video..

In the video, taken from the 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Broun also repeated fundamentalist Christian tenets that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and the Holy Bible is a guidebook to every aspect of life."

Government

Submission + - Broun: Evolution, big bang theory are "lies straight from the pit of hell" (onlineathens.com) 1

BigVig209 writes: "Evolution and the big bang theory are “lies to keep me and all the folks who are taught that from understanding that they need a savior,” U.S. Rep. Paul Broun said in a recently released video.

In the video, taken from the 2012 Sportsman’s Banquet at Liberty Baptist Church in Hartwell, Broun also repeated fundamentalist Christian tenets that the Earth is less than 10,000 years old and the Holy Bible is a guidebook to every aspect of life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rikEWuBrkHc"

Education

Submission + - Hacker Group Breaches Thousands of University Records to Protest Higher Educ (chronicle.com)

BigVig209 writes: ""A team of hackers claims to have broken into more than 120,000 computer accounts at dozens of universities to protest what it sees as the high cost and low quality of higher education.

The group, called “Team GhostShell,” claimed responsibility on Monday for the computer attacks with a post on pastebin (http://pastebin.com/AQWhu8Ek). The post listed the universities that were the group’s targets, including Harvard University and the Universities of Cambridge and Tokyo.

Leaders of Team GhostShell called its latest attack “Project WestWind,” and they said the goal was to protest higher-education systems around the world. ""

Google

Submission + - FTC Releases Google Privacy Audit, Blacks Out The Details (securityledger.com)

chicksdaddy writes: "Google could tell you about its privacy practices except, well....they're private. That's the conclusion privacy advocates are drawing after the Federal Trade Commission took a black marker to an independent audit of the company's privacy practices before releasing it to the group EPIC in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Security Ledger is reporting that the FTC released a copy of a Price Waterhouse Coopers audit of Google that was mandated as part of a settlement with the FTC over complaints following a 2010 complaint by EPIC over privacy violations in Google Buzz, a now-defunct social networking experiment. However, the agency acceded to Google requests to redact descriptions of the search giant’s internal procedures and the design of its privacy program."

Education

Submission + - Univ. of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-access textbooks (insidehighered.com)

BigVig209 writes: "Univ. of MN is creating an online catalog of peer-reviewed, open-access textbooks and enticing Univ. of MN faculty to review the texts by offering $500 per review. Outside faculty may also submit reviews, but they will not be able to collect $500 for doing so.

This may be the first time a land-grant, public university makes this kind of resource available to faculty and students."

Submission + - Univ. of Minnesota compiles database of peer-reviewed, open-acces textbooks (insidehighered.com) 1

BigVig209 writes: "Univ. of MN is cataloging open-access textbooks and enticing faculty to review the texts by offering $500 per review. Despite the author calling the open-source rather than open-access, this may be the first time a land-grant, public university makes this kind of resource available to faculty and students."
Security

Submission + - Discover discontinues Secure Online Acct Numbers (discovercard.com)

BigVig209 writes: "This really doesn't seem like a good idea.

"Secure Online Account Number Discontinuation

Since Secure Online Account Numbers launched over a decade ago, we’ve continued to add layers of fraud detection and prevention, authentication and ID verification to protect your account information.

We have made the decision to discontinue Secure Online Account Numbers as of Sept. 8, 2011 because the above comprehensive security measures help protect your card from unauthorized use online, offline, anytime, anywhere. ""

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