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Submission + - Personality Types Cluster Geographically

Hugh Pickens writes: "Drawing on a database of hundreds of thousands of individual personality surveys, psychologists have mapped the distribution of personality types across the United States and interestingly, America's psychogeography lines up reasonably well with its economic geography. Greater Chicago is a center for extroverts and also a leading center for sales professionals. The Midwest has a prevalence of conscientious types who work well in a structured, rule-driven environment. The South, and particularly the I-75 corridor, where so much Japanese and German car manufacturing is located, is dominated by agreeable and conscientious types who are both dutiful and work well in teams. Regions like Silicon Valley or the high-tech Route 128 corridor around Boston are home to concentrations of open-to-experience types who are drawn to creative endeavor, innovation, and entrepreneurial start-up companies. One potential explanation is that people migrate to places where their psychological needs are easily met or perhaps a process of selective migration drains the agreeable and conscientious regions of the most driven, most creative, and most mobile — only reinforcing their psychogeographic profiles, while magnifying the innovative edge in places where open-to-experience types concentrate."

Submission + - bone-eating worms found on cow bones (

joe jones writes: "A new paper appearing in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Jones et al documents for the first time bone-eating worms (genus Osedax) on something other than whale bones. The scientists placed experimental settlement bones (graciously supplied by a local meat market) on a PVC "christmas tree" (see Fig 1A in the paper) at the bottom of the Monterey Bay. Amazingly, the Osedax worms not only grew on cowbones, but they did so extremely quickly (2 months in some cases) and the females were able to produce eggs and recruit males into their "harem". Odd are they are found on any other bones that may be at the bottom of the ocean..."
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Mission-critical hospital systems on Linux (

jcatcw writes: "Health care software vendor McKesson Provider Technologies is focusing on ways to cut IT costs for customers, including hospitals and medical offices. The cure is moving many of McKesson's medical software applications to Linux, which can then be used on less expensive commodity hardware instead of expensive mainframes. A deal with Red Hat allows McKesson to offer its software in a top-to-bottom package for mission-critical hospital IT systems."
The Internet

Submission + - Unibet CEO Detained by Dutch Authorities (

mpawlo writes: "Mr Petter Nylander, CEO of Swedish online gaming company Unibet, was yesterday detained by Dutch authorities, using a European arrest warrant issued by French authorities. Unibet is considered (by French authorities) to be in violation of French gaming laws. However, the European Court of Justice recently ruled that betting services are to be considered under the EU Treaty, hence Unibet's French operations should be deemed legal under EU law. No relevant Swedish official has yet commented on the issue. Mr Nylander is reportedly still held, awaiting questioning Wednesday morning."
The Courts

Submission + - Walmart forcing Black Friday sites to remove ads ( 1

Anonymous Coward writes: "As a mid-sized shopping website with a niche Black Friday ad following every year, I was surprised to find that Walmart took notice of our site and sent us a letter informing us that we cannot post their Black Friday 2007 ads without "giving rise to liabilities and severe legal penalties." I read /. nearly every day and come across people's legal queries all the time. I never thought my website would be subject to a possible suit, but it's a very real possibility if and when someone comes across Walmart's Black Friday 2007 ad and posts it in our forum. As a "little guy," I'm sure I don't have the budget to fight this in court, which gives rise to several questions. What sorts of rights do I have as a website publisher to display a company's ads? Do my rights to free speech come into play here? I can't police my forum 24/7, so is there any kind of wiggle room within the law if I don't take it down immediately because I am not aware of it?"
The Courts

FBI Coerced Confession Deemed "Classified" 456

Steve Bergstein is one of several who have blogged about a recent court ruling that reads like most any bestselling crime novel. Apparently, when the court originally posted their decision (complete with backstory) it detailed how a coerced confession was obtained by the FBI from Abdallah Higazy in relation to the 9/11 attacks. The details, however, were later removed and deemed "classified". "As I read the opinion I realized it was a 44 page epic, too long for me to print out. I blogged about the opinion while I read it online and then posted the blog as I ate lunch. Then something strange happened: a few minutes after I posted the blog, the opinion vanished from the Court of Appeals website! [...] The next day, the Court of Appeals reissued the Higazy opinion. With a redaction. The court simply omitted from the revised decision facts about how the FBI agent extracted the false confession from Higazy. For some reason, this information is classified."

Submission + - Viacom Wants Industry Wide Copyright Filter (

slashqwerty writes: Unsatisfied with the proprietary copyright filter Google recently unveiled, Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman has called for an industry standard to filter copyrighted material. Mr. Dauman has the backing of Microsoft, Disney, and Universal. "They reflect the fact that there ought to be a filtering system in place on the part of technology companies," he noted. "Most responsible companies have followed that path. What no one wants is a proprietary system that benefits one company. It is a big drain to a company like ours to have to deal with incompatible systems." How would an industry standard impact freedom of speech and in particular censorship on the internet? How would it affect small, independent web sites?

Submission + - Radiohead's site inaccessibility causing piracy? (

An anonymous reader writes: Forbes recently reported that Radiohead's album was pirated more than legally downloaded, even when it could be downloaded for free. Opponents of this distribution model claim it's proof of failure, while proponents say it's done out of habit. Bill Zeller discusses a number of technical issues that make the site broken in a number of cases, leaving piracy or silence the only option a large number of users.
The Courts

Submission + - Provider of Free Public Domain Music Shuts Down (

Mark Rogers writes: "The International Music Score Library Project has provided access to copies of many musical scores that are in the public domain. It has just been shut down due to a cease-and-desist letter sent to the site operator by a European Union music publisher (Universal Edition). A majority of the scores recently available at IMSLP were in the public domain worldwide. Other scores were not in the public domain in the United States or the EU (where copyright extends for 70 years after the composer's death), but were legal in Canada (where the site is hosted) and many other countries. The site's maintainers clearly labeled the copyright status of such scores and warned users to follow their respective country's copyright law. Apparently this wasn't enough for Universal Edition, who found it necessary to protect the interests of their (long-dead) composers and shut down a site that has proved useful to many students, professors, and other musicians worldwide."

Canada May Tax Legal Music Downloads 246

FuriousBalancing writes "MacNN is reporting that Canadians may soon pay a small tax on every legal music store download. This fee is the work of a measure proposed by the Copyright Board of Canada. About two cents would be added to every song downloaded, with 1.5 cents being added to album downloads. Streaming services and subscriptions would also be taxed, to the tune of about 6% of the monthly fee. Most interesting - the tax would be retroactively applied to every transaction processed since 1996. 'The surcharge would help compensate artists for piracy, according to SOCAN's reasoning. The publishing group draws similarities between this and a 21-cent fee already applied to blank CDs in the country; the right to copy a song from an online store demands the same sort of levy applied to copying a retail CD, SOCAN argues. The tax may have a significant impact for online stores such as iTunes and Canada-based Puretracks, which will have to factor the amount both into future and past sales.' The full text of the measure is available in PDF format."

Submission + - Comcast Blocks P2P - tests confirm (

rueger writes: According to CBC and AP "Comcast Corp., the second-largest U.S. internet service provider, actively interferes with attempts by some of its high-speed subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of net traffic equally. The interference, which the Associated Press confirmed through nationwide tests in the United States, is the most drastic example yet of data discrimination by a U.S. internet service provider. It involves company computers masquerading as those of its users."

Submission + - Openoffice offered with latest Java update

phantomfive writes: "Sun is offering Open Office free with the latest Java update. Most people have Java installed on their computers, and they will probably notice this. The update message says: "To get a FREE copy of OpenOffice, the global standard in free Microsoft Office compatible productivity software, just click the More Information link below.""

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