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Submission + - Meetings and taking notes!

HTMLChecker writes: Hi Slashdoters,

After reading the following blog entry:


and this reply from Scott Berkun:


Made me think about the notes we take, and the way we use them. I still like
to use a paper notebook to take my notes from meetings, and general ideas when
i am around, and i like this methof, and works fine for me.

I feel that, for me of course, this work best, as i often then go back through
the notes and take out the ones more important and move them to the digital
format. Where it fails, i will accept that, is that when i want to search
something and of course i will need to flip pages back and fourth until i find
what i want.

Now in this modern days, with all kind of devices that in one way and the
other allow people to take notes, i start wondering:

1. what most people use for personal note taking?
2. your meetings, what is used for note taking? laptop? paper notebook?

And most important, like in the first blog, in which side of the field do you
stand? Digital only? Mix of digital and paper? Or paper only?

The Military

Submission + - No Planes in Burma after all? (bbc.co.uk)

FBeans writes: In a story at the end of last year, it was reported that up to 124 Lost WWII Spitfires could be buried in Burma in various locations.

A team sponsored by Wargaming.net lead by David Cundall who says he witnessed one such burial of planes, have been investigating a site that was thought to have up to 36 planes that were buried in crates near the end of the war. However, based on the evidence they have obtained recently, it seems there are no spitfires buried at this location, and no substantial evidence supporting any other location, possibly leading to the end of the hunt?

Over 20,000 Spitfires were made between 1938 and 1948, and cost around £12,000 each.

David Cundal has spent 17 years of his life and around $200,000 dollars hunting the Supermarine planes down; presumably evidence stating there are no planes to find, will not stop him searching.


Submission + - Popular Android ROM Accused of GPL Violation (thepowerbase.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A petition has recently been started to get the developer of the popular Android "MIUI" ROM, Chinese based Xiaomi, to comply with the GPL.

While Android itself is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License, and therefore does not actually require derivative works to be FOSS, the Linux kernel itself is GPL-licensed and needs to remain open.

Unless Xiaomi intends to develop a replacement for the Linux kernel, they need to make their modifications public.


Submission + - Giant Boxing Robots Reality Show Unveiled (ew.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It looks like the next generation of "Battle Bots" is here:

Syfy has greenlit and shot the first season of a new show where eight-foot-tall state-of-the-art humanoid robots will rock ‘em and sock ‘em in a boxing cage until one is defeated. The future-shock new series is called Robot Combat League and the project has been kept under wraps until today. The action resembles a real-life version of last year’s hit movie Real Steel, with large menacing robots pounding away at each other in a satisfying shower of sparks and gushing hydraulic fluid.

There's pics with the story.


Submission + - World's First 3D Printing Photo Booth Set for Scan (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: Ever wanted a life-like miniature of yourself or loved ones? Now's your chance, thanks to Omote 3D, which will soon be opening what's described as the world's first 3D printing photo booth in Harajuku, Japan. There, visitors will have their bodies scanned into a computer, a process which takes about 15 minutes. Then the company prints your statuette on their 3D color printer in one of three sizes.

Submission + - Haiku R1 Alpha 4 has been released! (haiku-os.org)

kallisti5 writes: "The Haiku project released their 4th alpha release today. A year and four months have passed since the 3rd alpha release. Haiku R1A4 includes several enhancements such as a large number of bug fixes, early IPv6 support, better drivers, improved file system support, better localization, and a wide variety of new features and applications."

Submission + - Scandalous Wiki Timelines (wecheck.org)

sparkydevil writes: "WeCheck, the people's fact check, is generating a new kind of wiki page — the scandal timeline. So far the site is getting success with its Benghazi Attack Timeline and it has just launched the David Petraeus Scandal Timeline

As new data comes in the page can be instantly updated with new sources, giving an up-to-date overview of the situation. Take that traditional media!"


Submission + - Dumping iron at sea to fertilize algae does sink carbon (nature.com) 1

ananyo writes: "In the search for methods of geoengineering to limit global warming, it seems that stimulating the growth of algae in the oceans might be an efficient way of removing excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere after all.

Despite attracting controversy and a UN moratorium, as well as previous studies suggesting that this approach was ineffective, a recent analysis of an ocean-fertilization experiment eight years ago in the Southern Ocean indicates that encouraging algal blooms to grow can soak up carbon that is then deposited in the deep ocean as the algae die. Each atom of added iron pulled at least 13,000 atoms of carbon out of the atmosphere by encouraging algal growth which, through photosynthesis, captures carbon. The team reports that much of the captured carbon was transported to the deep ocean, where it will remain sequestered for centuries — a 'carbon sink' (abstract)."


Submission + - Japan creates new nuclear reg agency, links nuclear energy to "security" (thebulletin.org)

__aaqpaq9254 writes: Japan has been taking steps to strengthen regulation and safety at nuclear power plants, but a surprising item in the article points out that Japan has been reprocessing fuel, so has enough plutonium to start weapons production. The government also just linked Japan's atomic energy law to national security, fueling regional distrust. Interesting read.

Submission + - Texas GOP Educational Platform Opposes Critical Thinking Skills (amazonaws.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Texas Republican delegates met earlier this month to put together their 2012 platform. Much of this focused on the educational system. Alarmingly, they openly state that they oppose schools teaching critical thinking, on the grounds that it may challenge "student's fixed beliefs" and undermine "parental authority."

http://s3.amazonaws.com/texasgop_pre/assets/original/2012-Platform-Final.pdf (page 12 for the tidbit)


Submission + - Meet The Hackers Who Get Rich Selling Spies Zero-Day Exploits (forbes.com)

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: Forbes profiles Vupen, a French security firm that openly sells secret software exploits to spies and government agencies. Its customers pay a $100,000 annual fee simply for the privilege of paying extra fees for the exploits that Vupen's hackers develop, which the company says can penetrate every major browser, as well as other targets like iOS, Android, Adobe Reader and Microsoft Word. Those individually fees often cost much more than that six-figure subscription, and Vupen sells them non-exclusively to play its customers off each other in an espionage arms race. The company's CEO Chaouki Bekrar says Vupen only sells to NATO governments and "NATO partners" but he admits "“if you sell weapons to someone, there’s no way to ensure that they won’t sell to another agency.”

Submission + - Satellite phone encryption cracked (telegraph.co.uk)

The Mister Purple writes: It appears that a team of German researchers has cracked the GMR-1 and GMR-2 encryption algorithms used by many (though not all) satellite phones, as described by this article in The Telegraph. Anyone fancy putting a cluster together for a listening party?

Mr Driessen told The Telegraph that the equipment and software needed to intercept and decrypt satellite phone calls from hundreds of thousands of users would cost as little as $2,000. His demonstration system takes up to half an hour to decipher a call, but a more powerful computer would allow eavesdropping in real time, he said.

Submission + - Obama pushes for more H1B visas (dhs.gov)

SuhlScroll writes: President Obama and the White House have announced an initiative to import more foreign STEM workers into the United States. This despite a poll conducted in October of 2011 by the Washington Post (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/polls/postbloombergpoll_100911.html) indicating that a majority of Americans do not favor this policy, and a recent inquiry by a woman at an online question and answer forum with the President in which she asked him why her husband, a semiconductor engineer, could not find employment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knvI_vwIf7s&feature=player_embedded).

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