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Comment Re:How about learning some statistics? (Score 1) 332

I will say Bioengineering programs are much better as a result for R&D into biology. There is still push back as the changing of the guard is occurring with research guided by engineering methodology slowly gaining ground over almost random testing of traditional biology. Check out systems biology, where you need a strong background in math and computer science to create complex models to use your research results and guide your further research. Note, I was a PhD student in a MolBio program till I dropped out (classes were somewhat depressing how it was really the same stuff as undergrad but slightly more detailed) and eventually moved into programming for the game industry. Anyways need all the basic headway of traditional biology to have the rich amount of data that allows system biology to work.

8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision 265

An anonymous reader writes "Activision, after acquiring Vivendi, became the new copyright holder of the classic King's Quest series of adventure game. They have now issued a cease and desist order to a team which has worked for eight years on a fan-made project initially dubbed a sequel to the last official installment, King's Quest 8. This stands against the fact that Vivendi granted a non-commercial license to the team, subject to Vivendi's approval of the game after submission. After the acquisition, key team members had indicated on the game's forums (now stripped of their original content by order of Activision) that Activision had given the indication that it intended to keep its current fan-game licenses, but was not interested in issuing new ones."

Hand Written Clock 86

a3buster writes "This clock does not actually have a man inside, but a flatscreen that plays a 24-hour loop of this video by the artist watching his own clock somewhere and painstakingly erasing and re-writing each minute. This video was taken at Design Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach 2009."

Two Senators Call For ACTA Transparency 214

angry tapir writes "Two US senators have asked President Barack Obama's administration to allow the public to review and comment on a controversial international copyright treaty being negotiated largely in secret. The public has a right to know what's being negotiated in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), Senators Sherrod Brown, an Ohio Democrat, and Bernard Sanders, a Vermont Independent, argue in the letter."

EA Shuts Down Pandemic Studios, Cuts 200 Jobs 161

lbalbalba writes "Electronic Arts is shutting down its Westwood-based game developer Pandemic Studios just two years after acquiring it, putting nearly 200 people out of work. 'The struggling video game publisher informed employees Tuesday morning that it was closing the studio as part of a recently announced plan to eliminate 1,500 jobs, or 16% of its global workforce. Pandemic has about 220 employees, but an EA spokesman said that a core team, estimated by two people close to the studio to be about 25, will be integrated into the publisher's other Los Angeles studio, in Playa Vista.' An ex-developer for Pandemic attributed the studio's struggles to poor decisions from the management."

Computer Activities for Those With Speech and Language Difficulties? 145

An anonymous reader writes "My girlfriend is training to be a speech and language therapist here in the UK (speech pathologist in the US). A number of clients are guys who enjoy playing computer games, and for a variety of reasons some have no incentive to try and improve their speech. The issue is, this can obviously inhibit options for jobs and/or other aspects of life. I was trying to think of fun computer-based activities for those with speech and language difficulties that encourage individuals to speak, and furthermore to speak with greater clarity. Or games/activities that might encourage them to do more speech work. The first options that sprang to mind were the online games with team-speak / team-talk for those with mild difficulties. The sampling / accent issue might force them to speak with greater clarity or wish to have that ability. Obviously, they can just type. Any thoughts?"

Submission + - Malware and standards – is it possible? (

Je$tie writes: I quote the Auditor ... " I am excited to be involved in the joint industry effort of defining an XML format which will allow for the rapid exchange of information between security companies. This work was done by the “Malware Working Group” operating as part of the “Industry Connections Security Group” (ICSG) and under the umbrella of the IEEE. If you Google for “IEEE” and “ICSG” you should have the link at the top of the list – IEEE ICSG .

There were about 20 people from multiple security companies who contributed to the development of the proposal for the standard and I am very pleased with the results. It is a simple, flexible and powerful format that is already being used by 4 anti-malware companies to transmit meta-data about the prevalence of malware in the field. Wider adoption of this meta-data sharing will replace the trivial malware sample exchange of the past with a real-time exchange of threat intelligence data. Communicating the relationships between malware samples, domains, IPs will open endless possibilities for improving the security of all Internet users."

With so many threats coming out ... will security companies start to excersize a unified consolidate security strategy ..with each other to combat the bad stuff ?


Submission + - Happy Halloween: Looks at Zombies (

blackbearnh writes: No doubt, there will be more than a few brain-munching glassy-eyed zombies showing up on the typical doorstep tomorrow night, demanding brains, brains, BRAINS, or at least some Milk Duds. But according to this essay over on, zombies are more than just the trendy monster on the block, they are to Americans what Godzilla is to Japan, a personification of our fear of science and technology. "It seems you can't throw a half-eaten cerebrum these days without hitting a posse of zombies brought to life by some kind of biological mishap (28 Days Later, Resident Evil, Planet Terror, Quarantine). Like Godzilla, zombies keep up with the times, always ready to mirror whatever aspect of science and technology people feel most uncertain about at the moment."

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