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Submission + - 400 parts per million CO2 breached (ucsd.edu)

symbolset writes: Over the past month a number of individual observations of CO2 at the Mauna Loa Observatory have exceeded 400 parts per million. The daily average observation has crept above 399 ppm, and as annual the peak is typically in mid-May it seems likely the daily observation will break the 400 ppm milestone within a few days. This measure of potent greenhouse gas in the atmosphere should spark renewed discussion about the use of fossil fuels. For the past few decades the annual peak becomes the annual average two or three years later, and the annual minimum after two or three years more.

Submission + - Dvorak Claims US CIO Vivek Kundra is a Fraud (dvorak.org)

Philip K Dickhead writes: "From the "can-you-spare-some-change dept.":

John Dvorak researches the background of the US Chief Information Officer, Vivek Kundra, and discovers some very serious questions pertaining to his background and qualifications. Regarding his claimed MS in Information Technology from the University of Maryland? "The registrar has no record of it. After initially posting this article the degree has cropped up apparently at the nearby University Campus in 2001. This was found by Nextgov.Com. But his degree in biology has yet to appear as his record shows a degree from College Park Campus for Psychology and nothing more." "I first suspected something was fishy about this fellow by listening to... his common referrals to Twitter and Google Docs as some sort of high-tech breakthroughs and a way to save money and empower the public... pure cornball pop culture and the blogosphere, not... computer science or Information technology." "He hasn't done anything to warrant this appointment. There are no great policy papers. There are no books. There is no invention. There is nothing but vague tech positions in city and state governments. How does this make him a "techno-whiz" as he was portrayed by the New York Times? It took him six years to get a simple undergrad degree in psychology! Was it just because he uses Facebook and likes Twitter?" These are not the first troubles and dubious circumstances related to Kundra and his appointment."

GNU is Not Unix

Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Released 482

SDen writes "Bang on target, the new version of Ubuntu Linux is available for our downloading pleasure. Amongst various changes it sports updates to the installer, improved networking, and a new 'Mobile USB' version geared towards the blossoming netbook market. Grab a copy from the Ubuntu website, and check out Linux Format's hands-on look at the Ibex."

Comment Re:Proof (Score 4, Insightful) 131

Pffft. So tell me-- why when I browse a site in the "Internet-zone" and then print a table of links, does that function run in the 'Local Zone'?

I'll tell you why: because it has to. You can't access local devices in the Internet Zone. That's the point. Granular approaches would allow you to print without accidentally giving other permissions to something that shouldn't have them.

At the enterprise level, with something like NoScript, you can just allow entire domains, say intranet.example.com or whatever your organization uses.

Next thing you're gonna tell me is that you think Microsoft should do away with ACLs at the individual file level or even the directory because users are just too stupid to figure that out. They should just have "file zones" and people will just have to stick their files in the right zone. Pffft.


Submission + - SPAM: Study: H-1Bs Go Hand-in-Hand with Job Creation 8

narramissic writes: "A new study by the National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP), a pro-immigration think tank finds that between 2002 and 2005, for every H-1B position requested, tech companies listed on the S&P 500 stock index increased their employment by five workers. For tech firms with fewer than 5,000 employees, each H-1B request corresponded with an average increase of 7.5 workers, the group said."
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Submission + - SPAM: The web vs. U.S. Bank

destinyland writes: "Online information is creating problems for U.S. Bancorp. A new federal law lets customers opt-out of high-fee overdraft protection. In October a consumer site published an internal U.S. Bancorp memo, which inspired a Washington customer to confront a local manager who insisted that opting out was impossible. He ultimately received an apology from the bank's CEO — but two days later recorded the bank's tellers again wrongly advising customers that opting out was impossible. Now he's posted the audio recording online, targetting the $50 billion a year banks earn from their "courtesy" overdraft protection."
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Journal Journal: How to Convince Non-IT Friends that Privacy Matters?

As technology becomes more advanced I am more and more worried about my privacy in all aspects of my life. Unfortunately, whenever I attempt to discuss the matter with my friends, they show little understanding and write me off as a hyper-neurotic IT student. They say they simply don't care that the data they share on social networks may be accessible by others, that some laws passed by governments today might be privacy infringing and dangerous or that they shouldn't use on-line banking with


Submission + - Natural Selection Can Act on Human Culture 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "Scientists at Stanford University have shown for the first time that the process of natural selection can act on human cultures as well as on genes. The team studied reports of canoe designs from 11 Oceanic island cultures evaluating 96 functional features that could contribute to the seaworthiness of the canoes and thus have a bearing on fishing success or survival during migration or warfare. Statistical test results showed clearly that the functional canoe design elements changed more slowly over time, indicating that natural selection could be weeding out inferior new designs. Authors of the study said their results speak directly to urgent social and environmental problems. "People have learned how to avoid natural selection in the short term through unsustainable approaches such as inequity and excess consumption. But this is not going to work in the long term," said Deborah S. Rogers, a research fellow at Stanford. "We need to begin aligning our culture with the powerful forces of nature and natural selection instead of against them. If the leadership necessary to undertake critically needed cultural evolution in these areas can't be found, our civilization may find itself weeded out by natural selection, just like a bad canoe design.""

Submission + - Master Diebold key copied from web site! (boingboing.net)

Harrington writes: In another stunning blow to the security and integrity of Diebold's electronic voting machines, someone has made a copy of the key which opens ALL Diebold e-voting machines from a picture on the company's own website. Sure, we can trust these guys with our elections results:


Submission + - Toddlers Learn Language by Data Mining? 1

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "Toddlers' brains can effortlessly do what the most powerful computers with the most sophisticated software cannot, learn language simply by hearing it used and a ground-breaking new theory postulates that young children are able to learn large groups of words rapidly by data-mining. Cognitive Science researchers Linda Smith and Chen Yu attempted to teach 28 12- to 14-month-olds six words by showing them two objects at a time on a computer monitor while two pre-recorded words were read to them. No information was given regarding which word went with which image. After viewing various combinations of words and images, however, the children were surprisingly successful at figuring out which word went with which picture. Yu and Smith say it's possible that the more words tots hear, and the more information available for any individual word, the better their brains can begin simultaneously ruling out and putting together word-object pairings, thus learning what's what. Yu says if they can identify key factors involved in this form of learning and how it can be manipulated, they might be able to make learning languages easier for children and adults, through training DVDs and other means. The learning mechanisms used by the children could also be used to further machine learning."

Submission + - SPAM: Huge airship aims to zip fliers around the world

coondoggie writes: "A massive, experimental airship that can carry 55 people at about 160mph is under development by French researchers. The 700ft, double-decked and aptly named Manned Cloud will cruise at at 18,000ft., and include a 20-room hotel, restaurant, library, gym and a spa. There will also be a sun deck on top of the double helium-filled deck. The airship will be powered by a giant rear propeller and two additional engines pointing downwards downward facing engines for vertical take-off. [spam URL stripped]"
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Submission + - Information Exchange During Kissing

Reservoir Hill writes: "Human lips have the slimmest layer of skin on the human body, and lips are among the most densely populated with sensory neurons of any body region. An article in Scientific American says that when we kiss, these neurons, along with those in the tongue and mouth, send messages to the brain and body, setting off delightful sensations, intense emotions and physical reactions that some scientists believe facilitate mate selection. "Kissing," says evolutionary psychologist Gordon G. Gallup, "involves a very complicated exchange of information — olfactory information, tactile information and postural types of adjustments that may tap into underlying evolved and unconscious mechanisms that enable people to make determinations ... about the degree to which they are genetically incompatible." A majority of both men and women disclosed there had been times when they were attracted to someone only to find that their interest evaporated after their first kiss and they ended the romantic relationship then and there — a kiss of death for that coupling and although a deep kiss is largely a way of males advancing to the next level sexually, women use kissing "to provide information about the level of commitment if they happen to be in a continuing relationship," Despite all these observations, scientists admit that the subject continues to resist complete scientific dissection as romance grudgingly gives up the mystery of the kiss."
The Media

Submission + - How to skew election perceptions CNN style 2

cryogenix writes: Has anyone looked at the way CNN is reporting their election caucus results? At first glance, one might think that Hillary Clinton won by a landslide. On some of their site they report the results of the Iowa caucus straight forward, but on other pages one gets a totally different impression. As of this writing, Hillary is 3rd at 29%, and if you scroll down to the bottom section of that page, you'll see that. That is if you scroll. Right at the top however, she's positioned much better. Here she is declared in 1st place flat out. Not bad for someone that came in third in the first and only results so far. So the lesson of the day is you can win overwhelmingly if you lose. The same things are going on with the Republican side as well.

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