RemyBR writes: A former girls' basketball coach at an Idaho high school in the US was fired for posting a photo on Facebook which shows her fiance holding her breast. Laraine Cook said she does not know how the photo reached the office of the school district. The image, which shows Cook in a bikini posing with her fiance in front of a lake, was taken on a family holiday in the summer, she said. Her fiance, Tom Harrison, an American football coach at the same school, was not fired over the incident, but received a reprimand.
RemyBR writes: Softpedia points to a Nvidia Developer Zone forum post revealing that the company has removed a specific Linux feature as of the v310 drivers due to the Windows platform. A BaseMosaic user on Ubuntu 12.04 noticed a change in the number of displays that can be used simultaneously after upgrading from the v295 drivers to v310. Another user, apparently working for Nvidia, gave a very troubling answer: "For feature parity between Windows and Linux we set BaseMosaic to 3 screens".
'Let us all send a message to security researchers across the world and say that we appreciate the efforts they make for the good of everyone.', said Marc Maiffret, CTO of BeyondTrust and the starter of the campaign.
It's still possible to donate on the campaign website.
RemyBR writes: Can computers tell a good joke? Is comedy just a matter of statistics or is there something only a human can bring to creating a joke? A joke generator created at the University of Edinburgh suggests that AI can be funny. Some AI generated jokes: "I like my relationships like I like my source, open", "I like my coffee like I like my war, cold", "I like my boys like I like my sectors, bad". Full paper here.
RemyBR writes: "One month into the Oracle v. Google judgement, judge Alsup said this to Oracle's attorney David Boies: "You're one of the best lawyers in America. I don't know how you could make that argument", in response to Boies' claim that the tiny amount of computer code Google has been found liable for infringing helped it get the Android mobile operating system to market sooner, therefore Oracle should be entitled to a slice of the profits. He then proceeded to reveal his own personal knowledge of the technology in question. Alsup said he has personally written computer code, not in the Java language involved in the lawsuit, but in other languages. And rangeCheck, he said of the nine lines of infringed Java code that Google said it mistakenly put in a version of Android, "is so simple." — "I could do it. You could do it," the judge told Boies. "It was an accident.""
RemyBR writes: "Microsoft has confirmed that users of its instant messaging app will not be able to send each other links to popular torrent site The Pirate Bay, citing malware fears. "We block instant messages if they contain malicious or spam URLs based on intelligence algorithms, third-party sources, and/or user complaints. Pirate Bay URLs were flagged by one or more of these and were consequently blocked," Redmond told The Register in an emailed statement."
RemyBR writes: "A new photoshop algorithm featured at the Adobe Max 2011 is able to take extremely blurry images (by photographersâ(TM) standards at least) and render them sharp and usable with the click of a few buttons. The goal behind this software is not to fix improperly focused images but rather to fix motion blur caused by a shaky camera or a slower shutter."
RemyBR writes: Internal Toyota documents derided the Obama administration and Democratic Congress as “activist” and “not industry friendly," a revelation that comes days before the giant automaker's top executives testify on Capitol Hill amid a giant recall.
According to a presentation obtained under subpoena by the House Oversight and Government Relations committee, Toyota referred to the “changing political environment” as one of its main challenges and anticipated a "more challenging regulatory" environment under the Obama administration's purview.
RemyBR writes: An experiment being performed at the Hokkaido Toyako G8 summit in Chitose, Japan, aims to prove that the revolutionary Magnesium Energy Cycle could one day free society from dependence on fossil fuels. The demonstration conducted by Tokyo Institute of Technology Professor Takashi Yabe uses water and the common metallic element Magnesium to create pollution-free power.
What's more, solar-powered lasers are used to renew the magnesium fuel with the only waste product being oxygen. Professor Yabe's team at TIT has been steadily testing the technology for several years now, and the pilot plant at Chitose is intended to showcase the environmentally-friendly fuel cycle to an influential audience at the G8 environmental summit.
According to the researchers, whose results appear in the October 17 edition of Science magazine, the atomic pen is built on a previous discovery that silicon atoms at the tip of an atomic force microscope probe will interchange with the tin atoms in the surface of a semiconductor sample when in close proximity.
The completed text measures 2 x 2 nanometers, which is roughly 40,000 times smaller than the width of the average human hair."
RemyBR writes: "Officials in Kinokawa, Japan, demoted a senior official after they discovered that he had logged "more than 780,000 hits" on pornographic websites during a nine month period. The Associated Press says no one noticed that the 57-year-old was spending a big chunk of his day viewing pornographic material on the government-owned computer until technicians tried to remove a virus from his computer. How is that possible?"
RemyBR writes: "Researchers at Osaka University are stepping up efforts to develop robotic body parts controlled by thought, by placing electrode sheets directly on the surface of the brain. Led by Osaka University Medical School neurosurgery professor Toshiki Yoshimine, the research marks Japan's first foray into invasive (i.e. requiring open-skull surgery) brain-machine interface research on human test subjects. The aim of the research is to develop real-time mind-controlled robotic limbs for the disabled, according to an announcement made at an April 16 symposium in Aichi prefecture. Original story available in japanese."
RemyBR writes: "Those who have had a go on a Nintendo Wii will know it's fiddly enough just to knock a tennis ball over the net. Now imagine using a 'Wiimote control' to defuse an unexploded bomb. Scientists — presumably inbetween ten-pin bowling on Wii Sports — have created the Packbot, a machine-gun-toting robot which uses Wii technology to clear mines and bombs."
RemyBR writes: "Stolen video games are nothing new in China, but it reaches a disturbing new level when the official website of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games does it. Several of the flash games located on the website seem to have been lifted and modified from already existing games. As Ars Techinca reports, developer Cadin Batrack has noticed that the game resembled a modified version of his own game, Snow Day, as if someone had downloaded the SWF file and modified it. That game has been taken down, but more remain."
RemyBR writes: "A review of the controversial scientific research conducted by Japan and its whalers has uncovered a list of "bizarre" and useless experiments, including how to cross breed cows with whales.
Scientists have analysed 43 research papers produced by Japan over 18 years, finding most were useless or esoteric.
The scientific research included injecting minke whale sperm into cows eggs, and attempts to produce test-tube whale babies, News Limited newspapers report."