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Submission + - Techiest 2012 college commencement speakers (

alphadogg writes: Demand for technology industry executives, innovators and others in the field as college commencement speakers seems to be off a bit this spring vs. recent years, but plenty of institutions known for their tech focus and not do have techie speakers this time around. Here’s a rundown of some of the bigger names, including an Apple co-founder

Submission + - Infographic of Debian (

An anonymous reader writes: From Wikipedia: “Infographics are visual representations of information. These charts are used where information needs to be explained in a more dynamic, such as maps, journalism and technical manuals, educational or scientific purposes.”
This is a chart as complete as possible about Debian, providing information on this great project. This consolidation has been necessary to explain Debian data and its operation. This infographic is available here:

Submission + - SPAM: How To Drive To Help Safeguard The Environment

WilliamMadirazz writes: One thing about car sale that is pretty incredible is how far-reaching it has proven itself to be among the populace. If you stop and think about it, you will probably notice a lot of the different ways it can wiggle its way into your life. Still as with many things, there is more to it and some things should be thoroughly thought about. Generally speaking, folks have heard so much or directly experienced what is possible. You will just have the ability to make far better choices and gain more options when you know more of the specifics. That is why we want to present you with some appropriate tips about this topic, and with any luck , they will help you in the future.

It can be a challenge for you if you are worried about the environment but you need to commute everyday. Even so, we actually do need an automobile in many cases for us to live happily. Having children can make it a bigger concern if you don't have a car considering that you need to take them to school or extra curricular activities. Nevertheless, as people have become more conscious of the need to cut down emissions, it has become easier to find options to protect the environment.

If you want to get a new car, you now have alternatives that are more environmentally friendly. You now have electric cars that function as well as gas-powered cars though they do need regular charging. When there is a concern with charging your car, you can get a hybrid car that uses a combination of electricity and gas. If driving a hybrid, you never use as much fuel and you'll have lower emissions.

In case you think that hybrids are a big step, you could also have a look at conventional cars that have excellent fuel consumption and emissions. What vehicle you decide to get will depend on what your driving habits are. Additionally, keeping your automobile properly maintained also helps with protecting the environment.

Your driving habits can also impact the environment like over-acceleration would lead to using up more fuel than steady driving. When you go on a long trip, be sure to plan the drive so that you will not waste gas by being lost or taking the long way. Additionally it is best to not store all sorts of things in your car given that adding weight will increase fuel consumption.

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Submission + - Google helped with CISPA,quietly worked with the bill's authors behind the scene (

suraj.sun writes: One spark of hope to the people and organizations that oppose cyberspying bill CISPA was that in the list of 28 corporate sponsors (including Facebook), Google was nowhere to be seen. But now CISPA’s author Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) has bragged that Google had, in fact, quietly worked with the bill’s authors behind the scenes. According to Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and number-one fan for the execution of Wikileaks whisteblower Bradley Manning — Google is “very supportive” of CISPA.

CISPA has been nicknamed “SOPA 2 but is more accurately described as a setup to wipe out decades of consumer privacy protections, giving the US government unprecedented access to individuals’ online data and communications. Now it seems we know where Google stands, too. The bill primarily protects internet companies that share private data and communications with the government — it promotes digital spying on citizens without a warrant under the guise of cybersecurity. The bill’s vague language, in addition to the power it can give Homeland Security entities involved in domain shutdowns to go after sites such as Wikileaks, has had CISPA labeled as a relative to SOPA and PIPA.


Submission + - Computers Can't Read (

stoolpigeon writes: "With a large study showingsoftware grades essays as well as humans, but much faster, it might seem that soon humans will be completely out of the loop when it comes to evaluating standardized tests. But Les Perelman, a writing teacher at MIT, has shown the limits of algorythms used for grading with an essay that got a top score from an automated system but contained no relevant information and many innaccuracies. Mr. Perelman outlined his approach for the NY Times after he was given a month to analyze E-Rater, one of the software packages that grades essays."

Submission + - The Crisis of Big Science (

eldavojohn writes: The New York Review of Books has an article penned by Steven Weinberg lamenting the future of physics, cosmology and this era of "big science" in which we find ourselves. A quote from Goldhaber sums up the problem nicely, 'The first to disintegrate a nucleus was Rutherford, and there is a picture of him holding the apparatus in his lap. I then always remember the later picture when one of the famous cyclotrons was built at Berkeley, and all of the people were sitting in the lap of the cyclotron.' The article is lengthy with a history of big physics projects (most painfully perhaps the SSC) but Weinberg's message ultimately comes across as pessimism laced with fatalism — easily understandable given his experiences with government funding. Unfortunately he notes, 'Big science has the special problem that it can’t easily be scaled down. It does no good to build an accelerator tunnel that only goes halfway around the circle.' Apparently this article mirrors his talk given in January at the American Astronomical Society. If not our government, will anyone fund these immense projects or will physics slowly grind to a halt due to fiscal constraints?

Submission + - The Scientific Method Versus Scientific Evidence In The Courtroom (

An anonymous reader writes: A few months back, the National Research Council and the Federal Judicial Center published the Third Edition of the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, the primary guide for federal judges in the United States trying to evaluate scientific evidence. One chapter in particular, “How Science Works,” written by David Goodstein (Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at CalTech), has raised the issue of how judges should see science in the courtroom: should they look at science to see if it matches our idealized view of the scientific method, or should they consider the realities of science, where people advocate for their own theories far more than they question them?

Submission + - University of Florida Cuts Computer Science, Ups Athletic Budget ( 1

scubamage writes: "In an incredulous move, the University of Florida has cut its Computer Science and Engineering Department in an effort to save 1.7 million dollars a year. Yet at the same time, it has increased funding to its athletics department by more than 2 million dollars a year. The move has spurred criticism across the industry and academia, and caused the launch of a "Save the CS Department" website, and incited student protests. Ironically, all of this seems to be happening as Florida Governor Rick Scott is evangelizing a push towards STEM education (while cutting education budgets by more than 30%)."

Submission + - Sinclair ZX Spectrum 30th Anniversary (

sebt writes: "ZX Spectrum, the microcomputer launched in 1982 by Sinclair Research (Cambridge, UK) turns 30 today. The launch of the machine is seen by many today as the inspiration for a generation of eager young programmers, software and game designers in the UK. The events surrounding its launch, notably Sinclair's well-known rivalry with Acorn, later helped to inspire the design of the ARM architecture and most recently the Raspberry PI (based on ARM), in an effort to reboot the idea of enthusiastic kid programmers first captured by the Spectrum and Acorn's BBC micro. Happy birthday Spec!"

Submission + - University of Florida Eliminates Computer Science Department ( 2

DustyShadow writes: The University of Florida announced this past week that it was dropping its computer science department, which will allow it to save about $1.7 million. The school is eliminating all funding for teaching assistants in computer science, cutting the graduate and research programs entirely, and moving the tattered remnants into other departments. Students at UF have already organized protests, and have created a website dedicated to saving the CS department. Several distinguished computer scientists have written to the president of UF to express their concerns, in very blunt terms. Prof. Zvi Galil, Dean of Computing at Georgia Tech, is “amazed, shocked, and angered.” Prof. S.N. Maheshwari, former Dean of Engineering at IIT Delhi, calls this move “outrageously wrong.” Computer scientist Carl de Boor, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and winner of the 2003 National Medal of Science, asked the UF president “What were you thinking?”
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Submission + - Mac Flashback attack began with Wordpress blogs (

beaverdownunder writes: Alexander Gostev, head of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky, says that “tens of thousands of sites powered by WordPress were compromised. How this happened is unclear. The main theories are that bloggers were using a vulnerable version of WordPress or they had installed the ToolsPack plug-in.”

Submission + - Higgs not found or disproved yet... (

HommeDeJava writes: In a seminar held at CERN today, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented the status of their searches for the Standard Model Higgs boson. Their results are based on the analysis of considerably more data than those presented at the summer conferences, sufficient to make significant progress in the search for the Higgs boson, but not enough to make any conclusive statement on the existence or non-existence of the elusive Higgs. The main conclusion is that the Standard Model Higgs boson, if it exists, is most likely to have a mass constrained to the range 116-130 GeV by the ATLAS experiment, and 115-127 GeV by CMS. Tantalising hints have been seen by both experiments in this mass region, but these are not yet strong enough to claim a discovery.

Comment Re:Tap Energy of Volcano? (Score 2) 469

It's not so much the distance of the lava over the ground. If you carefully pop the cork from a champagne bottle, it does not overflow. Be somewhat less gentle, and the stuff overflows from the top and drips down the side, maybe you get a bit of rise. There are volcanos that look like this when erupting. Shake vigorously, and the cork will launch itself on a fountain of bubbles. That's a volcano lik Mt. St. Helens. For a supervolcano, the champagne bottle is insufficient as a simile. Think broken fire hydrant. The problem is the enormous amount of lava going up in the air in droplets and turning into ash, which then gets spread around the atmosphere around the world.

I have no "farthest ever", but did find this artice on Wikipedia for you, including a reference to a book on the subject, that states that when Yellowstone last erupted, 6400.000 years ago, the magma and ashes got as far as norht Mexico and covered the USA west of Mississippi.

Hope that helps.

Comment some background info on the Dutch ruling (Score 4, Informative) 622

Here is an article from the FOSS Patents Blog with some details on the case ruled on in last August in the Netherlands, which is what I guess is being referred to as "earlier dismissed in Europe". It's certainly amazing how one judge can say "this clearly existed before" and another can say "no it didn't" based on the same info.

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