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The Smashing Book 51

Michael J. Ross writes "Of all the online resources devoted to assisting Web designers and developers, Smashing Magazine is one of the most highly regarded, primarily because of the depth and consistent quality of the articles that appear on its website. This apparently motivated many of its readers to encourage the magazine's editors to develop and release a book on Web design, which the company did in 2009, appropriately titled The Smashing Book." Read below for Michael's review.

Comment Re:Always more to the legends and stories... (Score 1) 233

Generally the more successful situations have been where the community has become more self-governing. It hasn't always worked, but there are some success stories.

The self-governing success stories seem to be when there was still a reasonable level of culture and social structure remaining untouched where the elders had the respect they deserved. There has even been I think a return to the local aboriginal community having their own more traditional courts with full jurisdiction. Of course it's always amusing to see the media grapple with some of the justice meted out by the traditional methods of spearing them. (hmm can't find a reference for this but I'm sure I read about it)

Obviously, the greater the influence of western culture though the more complex and difficult the problems. Where the traditional society and culture has completely being destroyed it's unfair to expect full 'integration' into either the traditional or western culture. I don't know what the answer is.

(also I'm not saying that *all* aboriginals fail to adapt or adjust and succeed in western culture but surely there is something that can be done for those that fall through the cracks)

Oh and for anyone who has no sympathy I suggest watching the movie 'Samson and Delilah' that was released last year.

Comment Re:Always more to the legends and stories... (Score 1) 233

Apparently the rhythmic style and the story based nature strikes a chord with a lot of younger Aboriginals. Sure it originated in the US but if it's something that younger Aboriginals can use to express themselves and be heard then I think it's fantastic.

Also Hip Hop has been part of Aboriginal Culture since the mid 80s apparently. (according to the above link)


Using a Toy Train To Calibrate a Reactor 120

alfredos writes "Physicists and engineers at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory built tracks inside a fusion reactor and ran a toy train for three days to help them with their calibrations. From the article: 'The modified model of a diesel train engine was carrying a small chunk of californium-252, a radioactive element that spews neutrons as it falls apart. “We needed to refine the calibration technique to make sure we are measuring our neutrons as accurately as possible,” said Masa Ono, the project head of the National Spherical Torus Experiment.'"

Comment This isn't the first trial (Score 1) 859

This was trialled* in Victoria, Australia about 2 years ago. Biggest problem was keeping the speed limits which change uptodate with the GPS speed zone GIS layer... which was very difficult.

I thought development had moved on from this rather dated tech to more car / sign interaction by putting sensors in signs that 'talk' to the car to let them know the speedzone.

* slightly different system though, when you sped the accelerator would push back at you harder and harder, so to go way over the speed limit you would be almost standing on the accelerator pedal.


DOJ Nixes Lax Policy, Hardens Antitrust Enforcement 249

eldavojohn writes "A policy from the Bush era seen as a hurdle to the government prosecuting companies under antitrust laws has been withdrawn by Obama's Department of Justice. From the article: 'The DOJ's Antitrust Division has withdrawn a September report that "raised too many hurdles to government antitrust enforcement and favored extreme caution" toward antitrust enforcement action, the DOJ said. The change in policy could mean that the department looks harder at the actions of technology vendors such as Google, Oracle and IBM, as detractors have raised antitrust concerns about all three in recent months.' You may recall that Google has come under some antitrust scrutiny recently and the pressure may have just gotten a little more intense."

3,800 Vulnerabilities Detected In FAA's Web Apps 88

ausekilis sends us to DarkReading for the news that auditors have identified thousands of vulnerabilities in the FAA's Web-based air traffic control applications — 763 of them high-risk. Here is the report on the Department of Transportation site (PDF). "And the FAA's Air Traffic Organization, which heads up ATC operations, received more than 800 security incident alerts in fiscal 2008, but still had not fixed 17 percent of the flaws that caused them, 'including critical incidents in which hackers may have taken over control of ATO computers,' the report says. ... While the number of serious flaws in the FAA's apps appears to be staggering, Jeremiah Grossman, CTO of WhiteHat Security, says the rate is actually in line with the average number of bugs his security firm finds in most Web applications. ... Auditors were able to hack their way through the Web apps to get to data on the Web application and ATC servers, including the FAA's Traffic Flow Management Infrastructure system, Juneau Aviation Weather System, and the Albuquerque Air Traffic Control Tower. They also were able to gain entry into an ATC system that monitors power, according to the report. Another vulnerability in the FAA's Traffic Flow Management Infrastructure leaves related applications open to malware injection."

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