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Submission + - Kansas to nix expansion of Google Fiber and municipal broadband (consumerist.com) 1

symbolset writes: Consumerist is reporting on a bill to restrict municipal support of broadband expansion. Purportedly to ensure a "level playing field" to encourage commercial expansion in this area, these bills are usually referred to as oligopoly protection acts. Everywhere they have been implemented expansion of new broadband technology stops. In this specific case no municipal entity in Kansas will be able to enter the same sort of agreements that enabled Google Fiber. From the bill:

Except with regard to unserved areas, a municipality may not, directly or indirectly: (1) Offer to provide to one or more subscribers, video, telecommunications or broadband service; or (2) purchase, lease, construct, maintain or operate any facility for the purpose of enabling a private business or entity to offer, provide, carry, or deliver video, telecommunications or broadband service to one or more subscribers.

More details at Muninetworks.org and GigaOM

Submission + - Half of U.S. nuclear missile wing implicated in cheating (reuters.com)

mdsolar writes: Just over half of the 183 nuclear missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana have been implicated in a widening exam cheating scandal, the Air Force said on Thursday, acknowledging it had "systemic" problem within its ranks.

The cheating was discovered during an investigation into illegal drug possession among airmen, when test answers were found in a text message on one missile launch officer's cell phone. The Air Force initially said 34 officers either knew about the cheating or cheated themselves.

But Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told a Pentagon news conference on Thursday that the total number of implicated officers had grown to 92, all of them at Malmstrom, one of three nuclear missile wings overseeing America's 450 inter-continental missiles, or ICBMs.

Submission + - Sniffmap : 80% of the Internet is captured by NSA and allies

An anonymous reader writes: Sniffmap is a project to map the potential Internet mass interception performed by NSA and its allies. As stated in the fateful NSA document, many telecommunication links go through USA and its allies to connect to other countries. To create the dataset, it was detected each time an internet route between two IP addresses passes by an NSA controlled country and therefore can be considered as intercepted. Around 80% of the Internet is captured by NSA and allies.

Submission + - My Hospital runs Linux (OR) How we closed the Windows & Opened the Doors (wordpress.com)

dreaswar writes: "Please read here how we migrated to Open Source Healthcare software at our hospital Ortho One Orthopaedic Speciality Centre, Coimbatore, India. This is a first hand account.

My Hospital runs Linux (OR) How we closed the Windows & Opened the Doors by dreaswar

  The Great Dream

        This post is my dream .. or has been for about 4 years.

A day that my hospital runs on full Open Source Software.

First a little about me. I am a practicing Paediatric Orthopaedic and Spine Surgeon. I am a Open Source enthusiast. I started using Linux 6 years ago and for past 4 year I am using it almost exclusively at work and home. The only time I use Windows is for the odd gaming. I do Python programming – web & desktop.

When we moved into our new hospital premises, set up 2 years ago, to start on a good note and to save start up cost I set up an Open Source Intranet (Plone) and Open Source PACS for my use at the Hospital. I also started developing my own EMR project that I speak abt in this blog.

I dreamed that the hospital will implement an all Open Source Solution. I advised them likewise.

They seemed to listen. Then FUD (Fear -Uncertainty-Doubt) took over them:

How can we follow the advise of this Non-Professional ?

What happens if we have a trouble in future and then he cant help us ?

Where do you find the Linux certified guys to help you ?

What happens if Linux is sold off to come company and it becomes a paid?

(Yes, they did actually say that ).

So they sell themselves to the “Professionals” . Our Management was no different.

Read more here:: http://dreaswar.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/my-hospital-runs-linux-or-how-we-closed-the-windows-opened-the-doors/"

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Hans Camenzind, inventor of the 555 timer chip, Dead at 78 (eetimes.com) 1

Ellis D. Tripp writes: The inventor of the 555 timer IC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/555_timer_IC), Hans Kamenzind, has died at age 78. His invention (first introduced in 1972) will be warmly remembered by many electronics hobbyists, and was the first integrated circuit ever used by many of us. R.I.P., Hans!

Submission + - Surfing Robot Tracks Great White Sharks (phys.org)

ackthpt writes: A network of fixed buoys and solar powered surfing robots called Wave Gliders are set to track Great White Sharks in the Pacific, off the California coast near San Francisco, between Monterey Bay and Tomales Point.

The self-propelled wave and solar-powered glider is part of a new network of data receivers on fixed buoys will pick up signals from acoustic tags on animals passing within 1,000 feet and transmit the data to a research team on shore, led by Stanford University Marine Sciences Prof. Barbara Block.

Related to the project is "Shark Net," a new iOS app available free of charge at the Apple app store, was created by Dr. Block and her colleagues with developers from TOPP, EarthNC and Gaia GPS to enable a direct, personal connection between the public and wild marine animals and to raise public awareness of the ocean wilderness teeming with life just off North America's West Coast.

Submission + - Past decade ties for world's hottest: UN agency (yahoo.com)

Pierre Bezukhov writes: Thirteen of the warmest years recorded have occurred within the last decade and a half, proving that global warming is a reality, the UN's World Meteorological Organisation said on Tuesday.

The year 2011 caps a decade that ties the record as the hottest ever measured, the WMO said in a provisional report on climate trends and extreme weather events, unveiled at UN climate talks in Durban.

"Our science is solid and it proves unequivocally that the world is warming and that this warming is due to human activities," WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement, adding that policy makers should take note of the findings.

Submission + - Samsung starts shipping Cortex-A9 successor (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Samsung has started shipping test units of its latest dual-core mobile chip based on ARM's new Cortex-A15 processor design, which could boost the performance of applications and graphics on smartphones and tablets. The dual-core Exynos 5250 for mobile devices runs at a clock speed of 2GHz, providing roughly double the CPU performance of the ARM Cortex-A9 dual-core processor running at 1.5GHz. Samsung is one of the first companies to publicly announce a chip with Cortex-A15 processors, which were announced in September as a Cortex-A9 successor."
Apple

Submission + - Apple names Arthur Levinson as chairman of the boa (bgr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Apple has named Arthur D. Levinson as chairman of the board, replacing the role that Steve Jobs held. Additionally, Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney company has joined as a board member.
Cloud

Submission + - Facebook Hit By Coordinated Spam Attack

An anonymous reader writes: Over the last few days, Facebook users have been experiencing a flood of very graphic images depicting pornography, acts of violence, self-mutilation, and bestiality. The company confirmed the reports this morning and then this afternoon revealed that this has been the result of a coordinated spam attack leveraging a browser vulnerability.
Facebook

Submission + - Despite Audit, Facebook Holds Back Personal Data (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "Facebook has reduced the amount of personal data it releases to users as required by European Union law. Due to the volume of requests since Europe v. Facebook began its campaign, Facebook is no longer sending CDs to people. Facebook said in a statement that the CD mailout 'contains a level of detail that is less useful for the average user — it is a much rawer collection of data.' Instead, users are now directed to a page where they can download their personal 'archive,' which according to Facebook is a copy of 'all of the personal information you've shared on Facebook.' But rather than the 57 categories of data early data requesters received, the new tool downloads just 22 categories."

Submission + - Salman Rushdie wins name battle with Facebook (nytimes.com)

ackthpt writes: Salman Rushdie, no stranger to controversy, is well known throught the world by his middle name, Salman. When the Facebook police suspected the Salman Rushdie on Facebook was a pretender, they closed his account. Salman contacted them with a passport photo as proof of his identity, alas it also showed his actual first name Ahmed, which the reactivated the account with. Unhappy with being stripped of his identity, Salman Rushdie took his case to the twitterverse. Eventually prevailing.
Nintendo

Submission + - 50 Incredible Super Mario Bros Artworks (inspirationfeed.com)

Gamersleak writes: "Super Mario Brothers is a successful video game developed and published by Nintendo in late 1985. Mario and Luigi are well know in the gaming community. For us older folks, I’m sure you remember enjoying Super Mario Brothers. With the games huge success and popularity, many creative sequels and clones have spun off from the original idea. If you still cannot recall what the game is about, let us explain."

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