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Submission + - Researcher Tests Feasibility of Implanted Prosthetics for Horses (experiment.com)

Cynic writes: Niki Marie Hansen, a Veterinary Medical Sciences PhD student at Louisiana State University is working to determine whether bone-integrated prosthetics are appropriate for horses, and is crowdfunding her project. Modern techniques in prosthetics seem to have dealt with the infection- and healing-related issues, but the huge stresses that horses would place on such devices requires additional research before any real-world applications are possible. Reaching this milestone in the animal model might clear the way for approval of such prosthetics in humans.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Recourse for unauthorized email access?

DeadCatX2 writes: My mother's Yahoo account was recently compromised. Her password has been changed, but I would like to investigate other options as well. Yahoo helpfully provides a Recent Login Activity page, which provided me with an IP address, date, and time of the unauthorized access. The date and time correspond to an obvious piece of spam email that I received from her account. A traceroute on the out-of-state IP address suggests the ISP is Verizon Wireless. Given this evidence, are there any legal options for pursuing the attacker? If so, how much time and effort might this involve?

Submission + - Laser pointers produce too much energy, pose risks for the careless (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "Commercial grade green and red laser pointers emit energy far beyond what is safe, posing skin, eye and fire hazards. That was the conclusion of a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study on the properties of handheld laser devices that tested 122 of the devices and found that nearly 90% of green pointers and about 44% of red pointers tested were out of federal safety regulation compliance."

Submission + - CS Faculty and Students to Write a Creative Commons C++ Textbook

Cynic writes: Inspired by an earlier Slashdot story about Finnish teachers and students writing a math textbook, I pitched the idea of writing our own much cheaper/free C++ textbook to my programming students. They were incredibly positive, so I decided to move forward and started a Kickstarter project. We hope to release the textbook we produce under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license and sell cheap hard copies to sustain the hosting and other production costs.

Submission + - Cyber War Manual Proposes Online Geneva Convention (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "A new manual for cyber war has been compiled by international legal experts and published by NATO. The manual proposes that hospitals and dams should be off-limits for online warfare, and says that a conventional response is justified if an attack causes death or serious damage to property. The manual might get its first practical application today — South Korea's TV stations and banks have come under an attack which may well originate from North Korea."

Submission + - VT & FL Candidates Unveil "Direct Representative" Site 3

Cynic writes: "As I've previously mentioned, I'm running for Vermont State Senate and Phil Dodds is running for the US House of Representatives in Florida’s 3rd District on a platform of "direct representative democracy". One of the first steps to making this work is to have a platform for constituents to weigh in on bills and issues. Here's the press release describing the unveiling, and here's the site. Like anything else, it's still under construction (for example, it's currently open to folks outside of Vermont and Florida) but we're adding new stuff all the time. We'd love some feedback and hopefully not get slashdotted too hard."

Comment Re:The disenfranchised (Score 1) 126

I'm going to reiterate a question I posed last time that I don't feel was adequately addressed. The poor, the non tech-savvy, those without an internet connection, or those who are unable (through some mental or physical impairment) to operate a computer: How do you plan to make sure that these people still have a vote in this system.

A citizen sending me a letter saying "I am against X" is as good as a vote for it online. Similarly, submitting some sort of ballot at a citizens' meeting should count the same, too. I would then enter these "offline" votes and attribute them to the appropriate citizen (to avoid double voting). This is a component that I feel is an essential part to any system that seeks to empower citizens.

Jeremy Hansen

Comment Re:Time Frame Problem (Score 1) 126

This could be a problem, but the Vermont Legislature works sufficiently slowly that I don't believe this to be an issue in general. I expect to vote according to what I know of the attitudes of the citizens, and what I know of the legislation being presented.

I have to say, though, that I am a fan of what ganjadude and RobertLTux suggest here - we need to give everyone a reasonable chance to digest what's going on. Transparency is crucial.

Jeremy Hansen

Comment Re:21st Century Democracy - here to stay? (Score 1) 126

Jeremy Hansen here.

As I mentioned above, Phil Dodds is on the ballot for the House of Representatives in North Florida's 3rd District. He and I are collaborating on the software platform. Even if neither of us get elected, the software will be out there and available for anyone to use, whether as a representative or a citizen.


Submission + - CS Professor Announces Run for VT State Senate on a Platform of Internet Polling (vermontelection.org)

Cynic writes: "Having read pretty heavily on the topic, weighed the pros and cons, and seen a few relevant slashdot articles, I wondered why an elected representative couldn't use online and in-person polling of constituents to decide the way he or she votes. Though we are living in the "information age" and have rich communications media and opportunities for deep and accessible deliberation, we are getting by (poorly) with horse-and-buggy-era representation. In the spirit of science and because I think it's legitimately a better way of doing things, I recently announced my candidacy for Vermont's State Senate in Washington County."

Submission + - US carriers join forces on stolen phones database (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile are joining forces with the FCC to work on curbing phone thefts using a central database that will store information about stolen phones. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, along with law enforcement and representatives from the wireless industry, will announce the plan Tuesday. Operators will disable and block further use of a device once it is reported stolen.

Submission + - New Zealand Developers Building Open Source Code for Electric Cars (txchnologist.com)

MatthewVD writes: "New Zealand electric racecar developer Greenstage is close to finishing an open source project called "Tumanako," that would allow electric cars and motorcycle owners to tweak the code in their vehicles. Electric vehicle gearheads grouse about proprietary code that keeps current, torque and speed within very conservative limits. "In racing, you need the system to push all those parameters to the limits. You only need the system to survive until just past the finish line,” says Bill Dube, the owner of the record-setting KillaCycle. Open source code could also be used to build any type of electric vehicle, from cars and submarines to motor-launched aerial gliders, from scratch. It's like Linux for your Chevy Volt."

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