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Submission + - New Device to Detect Disease with Drop of Blood

An anonymous reader writes: An NJIT research professor known for his cutting-edge work with carbon nanotubes is overseeing the manufacture of a prototype lab-on-a-chip that would someday enable a physician to detect disease or virus from just one drop of liquid, including blood. "Scalable nano-bioprobes with sub-cellular resolution for cell detection," , (Elsevier, Vol. 45), which will publish on July 15, 2013 but is available now online, describes how NJIT research professors Reginald Farrow and Alokik Kanwal, his former postdoctoral fellow, and their team have created a carbon nanotube-based device to noninvasively and quickly detect mobile single cells with the potential to maintain a high degree of spatial resolution.

Comment don't screw up (Score 3, Insightful) 100

If a doctor does this and then makes a mistake during surgery, it's an instant lawsuit. It's all being captured on video. Furthermore the attorney can claim the doc was distracted and more interested in experimenting with technology than with providing the best possible patient care.

Submission + - Android Fragmentation Isn't Hurting Its Adoption (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: Apple’s developer Website offers a new, handy graph of iOS fragmentation—which is to say, the mobile operating system isn’t fragmented much at all. A full 93 percent of iOS users are on iOS 6, the latest version; another 6 percent rely on iOS 5; and a mere 1 percent use an earlier iOS. Compare that to Google Android, which really is fragmented: some 33 percent of Android devices run some variant (either 4.1.x or 4.2.x) of the “Jelly Bean” build, while 36.5 percent run a version of “Gingerbread,” which was first released in December 2010—ancient history, in mobile-software terms. (Other versions take up varying slices of the Android pie.) For years, Google’s rivals have used the “Android is fragmented” argument to hype their own platforms. But is Android’s fragmentation really hurting the platform? Not as far as global shipments are concerned. According to recent data from research firm IDC, Android’s market-share stood at 75 percent in the first quarter of 2013—up from 59.1 percent in the same quarter a year ago. Meanwhile, iOS owned 17.3 percent of the market—compared to 23.1 percent in the year-ago quarter. Whatever the drawbacks of fragmentation (and people can name quite a few), it's clear that it's not really hurting Android device shipments or adoption.

Submission + - State Photo-ID databases Mined By Police

Rick Zeman writes: Showing once again that once a privacy door is opened every law enforcement agency will run through it, The Washington Post details how state drivers license photo databases are being mined by various LEOs in their states--and out. From the article: "[L]aw enforcement use of such facial searches is blurring the traditional boundaries between criminal and non-criminal databases, putting images of people never arrested in what amount to perpetual digital lineups. The most advanced systems allow police to run searches from laptop computers in their patrol cars and offer access to the FBI and other federal authorities.

Such open access has caused a backlash in some of the few states where there has been a public debate. As the databases grow larger and increasingly connected across jurisdictional boundaries, critics warn that authorities are developing what amounts to a national identification system — based on the distinct geography of each human face."

Submission + - Thousands companies share with NSA (bloomberg.com)

da5idnetlimit.com writes: Bloomberg is reporting that the recent NSA Prism scandal is just a tiny scratch on the privacy surface. Citing "four people familiar with the process", the agency claims that in fact thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies work with US national security.
Interestingly it explains, for instance, how Microsoft gives government agencies a heads-up when it comes to bug fixesâ"and two sources describe how the news is used to exploit vulnerabilities in software sold to foreign governments.

On a side note maybe we can thank the NSA for giving more steam to Linux on the desktop. And on servers. And routers 8)

Comment develop skills (Score 5, Insightful) 299

In the current job market it's always desirable to keep up one's skills. Learning a new language like Python or (if you haven't already) Java would be great. If your language skills are good contributing to an open source project is smart. Both of these document your continuing education. It's good to show you can benefit the company in multiple ways (or be prepared for another job if necessary).

Submission + - Will Fear of Spying Drive Us to the Dark Side of the Web? (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Prism and the NSA spying scandal has made a lot of people jittery about what they do online. Who is watching them and what are they doing with the information they steal? In a paranoid world like this, many people could begin to consider the deep web as a way of anonymising their online activities, but as David Gilbert says in IBTimes UK, the dark internet is not a place for the faint-hearted

Submission + - NSA, Obama Sued Over Domestic Surveillance Program 4

Trailrunner7 writes: A group of people, including a former federal prosecutor and the parents of a Navy SEAL sniper killed in action, have filed a class-action law suit against the National Security Agency, Verizon and President Obama over the NSA’s collection of cell phone data. The suit says the order that enabled the surveillance program is “the broadest surveillance order to ever have been issued” and enables indiscriminate collection of data.

The suit, filed this week in federal court in Washington, D.C., also names Roger Vinson, the judge who signed the Verizon order, as a defendant, along with Attorney General Eric Holder and NSA Director Keith Alexander. The plaintiffs say that the NSA’s surveillance program violates the Constitution and unfairly and unnecessarily infringes on citizens’ privacy. The classified order directs Verizon to hand over all of the so-called metadata for calls on its network to the NSA. The metadata includes the originating and terminating phone numbers along with details of the call, but not the contents of the call.

“The order, issued and signed by Judge Roger Vinson, violates the U.S. Constitution and also federal laws, including, but not limited to, the outrageous breach of privacy, freedom of speech, freedom of association, and the due process rights of American citizens.”

Submission + - Why Chinese hacking is only part of U.S. security problem (cnn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: 'Cyber espionage, crime, and warfare are possible only because of poor application or system design, implementation, and/or configuration,' argues U.S. Air Force cyber security researcher. 'It is technological vulnerabilities that create the ability for actors to exploit the information system and gain illicit access to sensitive national security secrets, as the previous examples highlight. Yet software and hardware developers are not regulated in the same way as, say, the auto or pharmaceutical industries.'

'The truth is that we should no longer accept a patch/configuration management culture that promotes a laissez-faire approach to cyber security.'

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can Microsoft Survive If Windows Doesn't Dominate? (slashdot.org) 1

Nerval's Lobster writes: In his latest Asymco blog post, analyst Horace Dediu suggested that Windows’ share of the personal-computing market is declining at a faster rate than many believe, once Microsoft’s cash cow is put in direct competition with Android, iOS, and other platforms built for tablets. In that context, Windows’ share of the personal-computing market has dipped past 60 percent on its way to 50 percent. The big question is whether it’ll keep plunging. “If Windows tablets start growing as fast as the tablet market overall then Windows could stabilize in share,” Dediu wrote. “But if Android and iOS tablets follow their phone brethren in growth then it will be far harder for Microsoft to maintain share.” Yet despite that gloomy scenario, Dediu doesn’t necessarily see a market-share dip as a cause for concern on Microsoft’s part: “Even if Windows dips to only 20 [percent] of the world’s computing market it will still be perfectly ‘viable’ for some time to come,” he wrote. But even if Windows can perpetuate, will its decline fatally undermine Microsoft as a company? All that Windows (and Office) money also allows Microsoft to launch projects that lose money for years before they gain traction. Without that monetary base, for example, it’s possible that the Xbox (which bled money for the first few years of its existence) wouldn’t have survived long enough to become a viable platform from a financial perspective—much less the center of Microsoft’s future plans for living room domination. In a scenario where Windows’ market share declines to a fraction of its previous highs, Microsoft could find itself squeezed into a sort of Alamo—frantically evolving its core properties in a bid to keep up with the latest thing, and without the cash to make the aggressive moves necessary to regain its former prominence.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Supplementing a Non-CS Degree to Enter the Programming Field

An anonymous reader writes: I have a question about trying to supplement a non-CS degree with CS related skills. Right now I have a BA in a study that involves a mix of art and technology. That is partial 3d modeling and partial programming, but really no advanced mathematics. My goal was to try and get into the game industry, but after nearly two years of trying without any luck I am broke and need an escape plan.

Can anyone recommend what someone should focus on that would like to try and shift to getting a job in the programming field? Right now I basically know Java and some C++ (the program decided to change programming languages midway through). I'm not excellent at them, but I understand the basic principles of OOP. What fields are viable for someone like myself? What language should I focus on trying to master? Are there any sort of programs or certificates that mean something? Is it even an option for someone in their early thirties like myself? Going back for a BS is not an option as there is absolutely no way I can pay for it or go even more in debt on the off chance someone gives me a loan.

Hopefully this hits the main page so I can try to plug my sinking ship. Either way, thanks for taking a look.

Submission + - Excavating for E.T.

Essellion writes: In the early 1980's Atari was rumored to have discarded an oversupply of games and possibly prototype hardware in a landfill and cemented it over. Now a company has the go ahead to excavate in that landfill and recover those items. Among the games that legend has it are there is the Atari 2600 E.T. game, infamous for how bad it was.

However, an excavator of another kind has cast doubts on how bad it was by exploring in depth the E.T. ROM, how it played and why, and designing some bug fixes for it.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How important IS advanced math in a CS degree? 6

AvailableNickname writes: I am currently pursuing a bachelor's in CompSci and I just spent 3 hours working on a few differential equations for homework. It is very frustrating because I just don't grok advanced math. I can sort of understand a little bit, but I really don't grok anything beyond long division. But I love computers, and am very good at them. However, nobody in the workforce is even going to glance at my direction without a BSc. And to punish me for going into a field originally developed by mathematicians I need to learn all this crap. If I had understood what I was doing, maybe I wouldn't mind so much. But the double frustration of not understanding it and not understanding why the profanity I need to do it is too much. So, how important is it?

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