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Submission + - Ballmer Slams Android As 'Cheap,' Overcomplicated (itworld.com) 1

jfruhlinger writes: "On the day Android Ice Cream Sandwich was released, Steve Ballmer livened up the Web 2.0 conference by lobbing potshots at Google's mobile OS, calling it the choice of "cheap" phones and claiming "the biggest advantage we have over Android is that you don’t need to be a computer scientist to use a Windows Phone.""

Submission + - Flowchart Guides Readers Through 100 Best SF Books

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "T. N. Tobias writes that over the summer, over 60,000 people voted at NPR to select the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books of all time. The result? A list of 100 books with a wide range of styles, little context, and absolutely no pithy commentary to help readers actually choose something to read from it. Now SF Signal has come to the rescue with a 3800 x 2300 flowchart with over 325 decision points to help you find the perfect SF or Fantasy book to meet your tastes. Don't like to scroll? There's an interactive version that let's you answer a series of questions to find the perfect SF book."

Submission + - Hacked medical device sparks Congressional inquiry (informationweek.com)

Frenzied Apathy writes: Two members of Congress have asked the GAO to review the FCC's approach to medical devices with wireless capabilities to ensure that the devices are "safe, reliable, and secure." The letter was sparked by a medical device hacking demonstration earlier this month at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. At the conference security researcher Jerome Radcliffe actually hacked — live and onstage — his own insulin pump, which he relies on to subcutaneously administer multiple doses of insulin per day. Next came the medical device hardware hacking. Specifically, Radcliffe reverse-engineered the wireless commands sent from the small controller that ships with his pump, and which is used to tell the pump what dosage of insulin to administer.

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