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Submission + - Global Warming Scientist Slamdown (wsj.com)

phantomfive writes: Earlier 16 scientists said anthropogenic global warming is not something to worry about. This generated some rebuttals, "Do you consult your dentist about your heart condition? In science, as in any area, reputations are based on knowledge and expertise in a field and on published, peer-reviewed work."
Now the 16 are hitting back. "We urge readers not to depend on pompous academy pronouncements—on what we say....everyone should look at certain stubborn facts that don't fit the theory espoused in the Trenberth letter."


Submission + - On the Seventh Day, he logged off (abc.net.au)

beaverdownunder writes: Our constant connectivity is a unique feature of the modern age — internet and mobiles have removed much of the time and distance that was once a part of our lives.

But there is a growing trend toward technology Sabbaths — perhaps a weekend off Twitter, a week without Facebook, or a day sans smart phone.

American writer William Powers, his wife and their son started doing an "internet Sabbath" every weekend more than four years ago.

"We basically decided we were being pulled apart from each other by our internet time and our addiction to the screen," he told ABC News Online.

At first, Powers found it hard to stop going online and he cheated a few times — once to catch the end of a movie, another because a hurricane was forecast to hit their town — but he persevered.

"It was like an existential crisis — we didn't know who we were anymore. My nine-year-old son had moments of tears," he said.

"It continued to be hard for about six more weekends, and then it became routine and normal and we began to notice the benefits."


Submission + - "Aussie Mafia" strikes it rich in Silicon Valley (theage.com.au)

beaverdownunder writes: They're known as the "Aussie mafia" making some big waves in Silicon Valley — and now the serial entrepreneurs want to bring more of their countrymen along for the ride.

Australians have taken the US tech hub by storm and while many of their big payouts have been kept secret, between them they have hauled in hundreds of millions of dollars through investments and acquisitions in just a few years.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/gold-diggers-aussies-strike-it-rich-in-silicon-valley-20110915-1kaoe.html#ixzz1XzUzxLug


Submission + - North Korea announces achieving nuclear fusion (bbc.co.uk)

aftertaf writes: North Korea claims to have achieved nuclear fusion:
Quote ' by building what they describe as a "unique thermo-nuclear reaction device".
Pyongyang says its latest scientific breakthrough coincides with the birthday of the country's founder, and eternal president Kim Il-sung — not the first time it seems that the laws of nature have been bent in his honour.
According to official biographies, when his son, the current leader Kim Jong-il was born, a new star appeared in the sky. '

an announce met by scepticism on just about every news web site this side of Saturn.


Submission + - Patent Absurdity - The movie (swpat.org)

Taco Cowboy writes: Patent Absurdity explores the case of software patents and the history of judicial activism that led to their rise, and the harm being done to software developers and the wider economy.

The movie is based on a series of interviews conducted during the Supreme Court's review of in re Bilski ââ a case that could have profound implications for the patenting of software. The Court's decision is due soon,

You can watch the movie online or download it, or both, @ http://patentabsurdity.com/

You can even make your own comment(s) to the producer of the movie as well, @ http://news.swpat.org/2010/04/patent-absurdity/


Submission + - Hidden cores on Phenom CPUs can be unlocked (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: One of the major ways a semiconductor manufacturer manages to make the most of its chips is through binning. Chips able to cope with high clock speeds with all cores running end up as premium product lines, while others will end up as models rated at lower speed grades, or with fewer cores. In the case of AMD's Phenom CPUs dual and triple core models are quad cores with some disabled, while some newer quad core CPUs are actually six core models with two disabled. To this end both ASUS and MSI have announced that they have modified versions of AMD 890FX and 890GX based motherboards to unlock these hidden cores. Much like overclocking, there is no guarantee that you will gain anything by unlocking the hidden cores — everything depends on just why your CPU ended up in a certain product line.

Submission + - More Professors Ban Laptops in the Lecture Hall 1

Pickens writes: "The Washington Post reports that professors have banned laptops from their classrooms at George Washington University, American University, the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia, among many others compelling students to take notes the way their parents did: on paper. "This is like putting on every student's desk, when you walk into class, five different magazines, several television shows, some shopping opportunities and a phone, and saying, 'Look, if your mind wanders, feel free to pick any of these up and go with it,' " says David Cole at Georgetown Law who was among the first professors in the Washington region to ban laptops for most of his students. A generation ago, academia embraced the laptop as the most welcome classroom innovation since the ballpoint pen but during the past decade, it has evolved into a powerful distraction as wireless Internet connections tempt students away from note-typing to e-mail, blogs, YouTube videos, sports scores, even online gaming — all the diversions of a home computer beamed into the classroom to compete with the professor for the student's attention. Even when used as glorified typewriters, laptops can turn students into witless stenographers, typing a lecture verbatim without listening or understanding. "The breaking point for me was when I asked a student to comment on an issue, and he said, 'Wait a minute, I want to open my computer,' " says David Goldfrank, a Georgetown history professor. "And I told him, 'I don't want to know what's in your computer. I want to know what's in your head.' " Not all students agree with the ban. "The fact that some students misuse technology is no reason to ban it," writes Leslie Gehring in the student newspaper at the University of Denver. "After all, how many professors ban pens and notebooks after noticing students doodling in the margins?""

Submission + - There Is A Social Engineering Scheme For Everyone (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: The human factor is the weakest link of the security chain — this statement has been said and written so many times, that is starting to become a cliche'. Even so, it doesn't make it less true. It's easy for security professionals to assert that they would never fall for this or that scheme — even if a moment of distraction can prove anyone a fool — but it's sometimes difficult for them to get in the mind of the common user and search for the reason behind this amazing "flaw" in the human psyche that makes us inherently trust other people. Security penetration tester Mike Bailey says that he has never had to employ complex schemes during a testing process — all it takes is to send a cleverly crafted email with a malicious link, and the employees just open the door for him. It is usually an email telling them that their passwords are being tested for strength, and that they should follow the link and and input their passwords for testing. What's really shocking is that this approach works in nearly 50 percent of the cases!

Submission + - Report: Steve Jobs Says You Won't Be Able To Link (consumerist.com)

tugfoigel writes: Anyone who currently owns an iPhone and was hoping they would be able to use it as a mobile web access point for a WiFi iPad got some bad news today, as Apple's turtleneck-in-charge Steve Jobs has reportedly said this will not happen.

Swedish blog Slashat.se claims they e-mailed Job directly to ask him whether or not you'd be able to tether your iPad and iPhone and received a terse "No" in reply.


Submission + - Growing low-oxygen zones in oceans worry scientist (yahoo.com)

suraj.sun writes: Growing low-oxygen zones in oceans worry scientists

Lower levels of oxygen in the Earth's oceans, particularly off the United States' Pacific Northwest coast, could be another sign of fundamental changes linked to global climate change, scientists say.

They warn that the oceans' complex undersea ecosystems and fragile food chains could be disrupted.

In some spots off Washington state and Oregon , the almost complete absence of oxygen has left piles of Dungeness crab carcasses littering the ocean floor, killed off 25-year-old sea stars, crippled colonies of sea anemones and produced mats of potentially noxious bacteria that thrive in such conditions.

Areas of hypoxia, or low oxygen, have long existed in the deep ocean. These areas — in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans — appear to be spreading, however, covering more square miles, creeping toward the surface and in some places, such as the Pacific Northwest , encroaching on the continental shelf within sight of the coastline.

Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/mcclatchy/20100307/sc_mcclatchy/3444187


Submission + - Researchers: AIDS virus can hide in bone marrow (google.com)

suraj.sun writes: The virus that causes AIDS can hide in the bone marrow, avoiding drugs and later awakening to cause illness, according to new research that could point the way toward better treatments for the disease.

Dr. Kathleen Collins of the University of Michigan and her colleagues report in this week's edition of the journal Nature Medicine that the HIV virus can infect long-lived bone marrow cells that eventually convert into blood cells.

The virus is dormant in the bone marrow cells, she said, but when those progenitor cells develop into blood cells, it can be reactivated and cause renewed infection. The virus kills the new blood cells and then moves on to infect other cells, said.

In recent years, drugs have reduced AIDS deaths sharply, but patients need to keep taking the medicines for life or the infection comes back, Dr. Collins said.

AP: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5jIzw5TNPc3bTHfHDOrmqk5VNd9rgD9E9UL400

Submission + - Cannabidiol researchers discover the switch to tur (examiner.com)

SimonGirty writes: We discovered that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychotropic compound from the plant Cannabis sativa, can inhibit the processes that allow breast cancer cells to grow and spread (metastasis). The study is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Early test results on animals are very positive. The doctors hope to begin testing cannabidiol on humans within 2-3 years.
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Submission + - Call For OSS Projects Who Want New Developers (grad-dc.co.uk)

kittylyst writes: Open Source Jumpstart 2010 is a 1-day event being run by the London Graduate Development Community on April 17th at IBM South Bank in central London to provide an introduction to Open Source development for students and recent graduates. We're getting together a group of 60 students and helping them get started in contributing to Open Source — fixing bugs, writing code, improving docs and adding test cases. We're completely full (and wait-listed) for student places, but we have space for 1 or 2 more projects who would like to come and present, have the students work on project tasks for them, and hopefully get some enthusiastic new developers into their community. Our current roster of projects includes Apache Harmony, Tuscany and Aries, PHP, JRuby and several others. If you know of a project that would like to participate, and can send an experienced dev to London for the day, please get in touch. Full Disclosure: I'm one of the organizers of the event.

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