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Submission + - Anthropology as a non-science? (nytimes.com)

gandhi_2 writes: There has been a battle brewing in the anthropology world over how to define itself. FTFA:

Anthropologists have been thrown into turmoil about the nature and future of their profession after a decision by the American Anthropological Association at its recent annual meeting to strip the word “science” from a statement of its long-range plan.
The decision has reopened a long-simmering tension between researchers in science-based anthropological disciplines — including archaeologists, physical anthropologists and some cultural anthropologists — and members of the profession who study race, ethnicity and gender and see themselves as advocates for native peoples or human rights.


Submission + - GoldenEye Source released download now (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: Were you a fan of the original Goldeneye on N64? Well this 5 year Half-Life 2 mod called GoldenEye Source has just come out of beta and fully released free. The game is a fan-made creation with the objective to bring the original experiences from GoldenEye on N64 back to life.

Submission + - Saudi Arabia bans Facebook (google.com)

gandhi_2 writes: From the article:
An official with Saudi Arabia's communications authority says it has blocked Facebook because the popular social networking website doesn't conform with the kingdom's conservative values.


Submission + - Researchers take down Koobface servers (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Security researchers, working with law enforcement and Internet service providers, have disrupted the brains of the Koobface botnet.

Koobface includes several components, including worm software that automatically tries to infect Facebook friends of the victims, and botnet code that gives the hackers remote control of the infected computer.

Late Friday afternoon, Pacific Time, the computer identified as the command-and-control server used to send instructions to infected Koobface machines was offline. According to Nart Villeneuve the chief research officer with SecDev Group, the server was one of three Koobface systems taken offline Friday by Coreix, a U.K. Internet service provider. "Those are all on the same network, and they're all inaccessible right now," Villeneuve said Friday evening.

Coreix took down the servers after researchers contacted U.K. law enforcement, Villeneuve said.

The takedown will disrupt Koobface for a time, but for any real effect, much more will have to happen. Machines that are infected by Koobface connect to intermediary servers — typically Web servers that have had their FTP credentials compromised — that then redirect them to the now-downed command and control servers.


Submission + - Gamers get rickets (thinq.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Game-playing kids, sat inside with their consoles while the real world goes on around them, risk getting the bone disease rickets, doctors say.

Professor Nicholas Clarke, from Southampton General Hospital, said he and his staff have examined more than 200 children for bone problems and found that more than 20 per cent of them had deficiencies that could prove dangerous.

"It is quite astonishing," a quite-astonished Clarke said. "This is a completely new occurrence that has evolved over the last 12 to 24 months.

Submission + - It's a hard drone world out there (diydrones.com)

An anonymous reader writes: DIYDrones recently admitted using open source code in their (closed source) drone control station. After initially complaining someone had reverse-engineered their source code and after realising the source was actually shipped with the .NET project due to a misconfiguration, DIYDrones and Wired Editor Chris Anderson initially threatened using a DMCA takedown notice to anyone using their 'leaked' code, before backtracking and admitting large parts of their code was actually 'borrowed' from Open Source project OpenPilot.org.

Despite no significant hardware deployment in the field, OpenPilot has managed to get an impressive momentum in the UAV community: by redesigning a complete UAV architecture from the ground up, it has inspired many: in particular, the object-oriented UAVTalk protocol has already spawned children such as 'MAVLink', whereas other less ethical commercial outfits have unfortunately started using artwork and source code from the OpenPilot Ground Control Station which is now becoming the absolute reference in the world of DIY UAVs. It's a harsh world out there!


Submission + - Giant Lab Replicates Category 3 Hurricanes

Pickens writes: "The WSJ reports that a new $40 million research center built by the Institute for Business & Home Safety in Richburg, SC features a massive test chamber as tall as a six-story building that can hold nine 2,300-square-foot homes on a turntable where they can be subjected to tornado-strength winds generated by 105 giant fans to simulate a Category 3 hurricane. The goal is to improve building codes and maintenance practices in disaster-prone regions even though each large hurricane simulation costs about $100,000. The new IBHS lab will be the first to replicate hurricanes with winds channeling water through homes and ripping off roofs, doors and windows. The new facility will give insurers the ability to carefully videotape what happens as powerful winds blow over structures instead of relying on wind data from universities or computer simulations. The center will also be used to test commercial buildings, agriculture structures, tractor-trailers, wind turbines and airplanes. "We will be the only lab on the planet that can do what we do," says Julie Rochman, chief executive of IBHS. "We will just put them on a turntable and test them under a very realistic replication of natural hazard conditions." However there are still some disasters beyond the capabilities of the lab. Tsunamis, for one. "You have to have an earthquake under the seabed to cause the tsunami itself," says Joseph King. "We're not able to do it and certainly don't know anyone who can.""

Submission + - WisCon disinvites Elizabeth Moon as GoH over Islam (battleswarmblog.com)

Nova Express writes: "WisCon, a Wisconsin science fiction convention, has disinvited next year's Guest of Honor Elizabeth Moon over comments about 9/11 and the Ground Zero Mosque she made on her blog. Moon is a popular Nebula-award-winning author, as well as an ex-Marine. WisCon states that their convention "encourages discussion, debate and extrapolation of ideas relating to feminism, gender, race and class." Evidently certain types of debate are not allowed."

Submission + - Adobe CTO: HTML5 Video is "back to the dark ages". (pcmag.com)

gandhi_2 writes: Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, in a blog post berating Apple's decision not to support Flash on the iPad, addresses the idea that HTML5 video might compete with Flash video. The best part is when he uses "open" to mean "using Flash(R)":

We strongly believe the Web should remain an open environment with consistent access to content and applications regardless of your viewing device.


Submission + - SPAM: Golden ratio discovered in a quantum world

FiReaNGeL writes: "Scientist have for the first time observed a nanoscale symmetry hidden in solid state matter. By artificially introducing more quantum uncertainty the researchers observed that the chain of atoms of cobalt niobate acts like a nanoscale guitar string. The first two notes show a perfect relationship with each other. Their frequencies (pitch) are in the ratio of 1.618, which is the golden ratio famous from art and architecture. The observed resonant states in cobalt niobate are a dramatic laboratory illustration of the way in which mathematical theories developed for particle physics may find application in nanoscale science and ultimately in future technology."
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Submission + - Can You Copyright a Dead Man? (typepad.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: According to Michael Jackson's merchandising firm you can. According to an e-mail from CafePress, the highly popular print-on-demand service has been notified by Bravado Marketing and Merchandising to remove anything remotely connected to Michael Jackson from their stores. Bravado must not be kidding around, because as we found out tonight, even this this piece of photojournalism, taken shortly after the singer's death, was removed from the CafePress site. The King might be dead, but his castle's new guards just pulled up the drawbridge.

Submission + - Anti-Whaling Superboat Sinks in Antarctic

Hugh Pickens writes: "AFP reports that anti-whaling activists vowed to fight on after their high-tech superboat sank in Antarctic seas following a collision with a Japanese ship. The Sea Shepherd conservation group claims to have saved hundreds of whales by chasing the Japanese fleet over a six-year campaign as Japan hunts the animals using a loophole in a 1986 international moratorium which allows "lethal research", defying regular protests from Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands. Peter Hammarstedt, first officer of the Sea Shepherd group's "Bob Barker" ship, said the celebrated "Ady Gil" was abandoned in the Southern Ocean after a tow line snapped. "At this point unfortunately the Ady Gil is on the bottom of the Southern Ocean," says Hammarstedt. The futuristic trimaran, which held the round-the-world record, had several meters of its front end sheared off in the collision with a Japanese security vessel on Wednesday as footage of the incident showed the "Shonan Maru 2" ploughing across the New Zealand-registered Ady Gil's bow and firing water cannon while its crew dived for safety. "Last time we saw the Ady Gil, the entire engine room was fully submerged in water as well as the fuel tanks," says Hammarstedt. "It was going down pretty quickly. Captain Pete Bethune estimated two to three hours before being fully submerged. At that point we decided to take up the hunt for the whaling fleet again.""

Submission + - Backup Satellite Internet service in Africa?

toy4two writes: I am faced with replacing an aging VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) satellite system sitting in the middle of nowhere in some jungle in Africa. With most VSAT installations, if the satellite link fails we have some way of reaching the equipment by terrestrial VPN, cellular, or PTSN dial-up modem from here in the United States. None of the typical out of band access methods exists in this part of Africa. I have been looking at various satellite options to use as out of band access (on different birds than our VSAT network) and have come up with Regional BGAN (R-BGAN), BGAN, and Iridium flavors like OpenPort. However, most seem geared towards news reporters or road warriors and require a laptop and human intervention to establish the data connection. All we need is a low bandwidth option to telnet into an Ethernet switch several times a year if the VSAT modem needs to be rebooted or new settings applied. Is there any technologies out there that can be dropped on site, always on, and require no user intervention on site to reach?

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