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FOSS Sexism Claims Met With Ire and Denial 1255

Last Friday Bryce Byfield gave us a little insight into the fallout surrounding his article on sexism in the FOSS world. Unfortunately it seems that FOSS junkies did little better than the rest of the world with respect to sexism, displaying similar levels of denial, abuse, and ignorance. "But the real flood of emotion comes from the anti-feminists and the average men who would like to deny the importance of feminist issues in FOSS. Raise the subject of sexism, and you are met with illogic that I can only compare to that of the tobacco companies trying to deny the link between their products and cancer. Because I took a feminist stance in public, I have been abused in every way possible — being called irrelevant, a saboteur, coward, homosexual, and even a betrayer of the community. I know that many women in the community have been attacked much more savagely than I have, so I'm not complaining. Nor am I a stranger to readers who disagree with me, but the depth of reaction has taken me back more than once. I think the reaction is an expression of denial more than anything else."

Comment Re:Security? (Score 1) 367

Today, you and I might be people that nobody cares about... tomorrow, you might decide to run for public office. Then, suddenly, you become interesting. Your opponent(s) decide to do some dubious oppositional research on you (happens all the time in politics)...

Well, there was one time back a few years ago where you gave first aid to someone that fell and broke their leg (compound fracture, blood everywhere). It turned out they had HIV, so you got tested. That information is leaked and you find yourself on the defensive while ignorant people are left to assume you're simply covering up a questionable affair, IV drug habit or whatever.

So, even if you're relatively nobody today... that doesn't mean that access to that information won't be valuable to someone else in the future.

Or, talking again about my mom's hospital... My mom fired someone for violating HIPPA. That woman now works at a private doctor's office and has access to the magical new federal health database. Out of spite, she looks up my mom's medical history, finds out she tried to commit suicide, her sister did commit suicide, etc. The information mysteriously shows up on the desk of the hospital's CEO and suddenly, my mom finds herself in jeopardy. Or maybe it happens for a divorce case, accident, hiring, etc. There are lots of ways to abuse access once you have it, even against regular nobodies, and to some people, the rewards for doing so might exceed the penalties for it.
Medicine

First Proven Diagnostic Test For Alzheimer's 66

An anonymous reader writes "A test that can confirm or rule out Alzheimer's disease at an early stage has been shown effective by US pathologists. 'With this test, we can reliably detect and track the progression of Alzheimer's disease,' said lead researcher Leslie Shaw with the University of Pennsylvania's Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative in Philadelphia. ... The new test is detailed in the journal Annals of Neurology. It measures the cerebral-spinal fluid concentration of two biochemicals associated with the disease — amyloid beta42 peptide and tau protein."
The Internet

Submission + - http://www.theage.com.au/news/technology/biztech/k

dickbat writes: Kazaa and MIPI working together — a match made in hell "new technology that they say will eliminate the illegal sharing of pirated content and child porn over peer-to-peer networks."
Linux Business

Submission + - Shuttleworth on a file system without directories (markshuttleworth.com)

moteyalpha writes: "Mark Shuttleworth described the beginnings of what could a great step forward in making file systems more usable. I personally have had the experience of trying to find a file for a customer who had just finished editing a critical report, saved it and then couldn't find it to deliver to their client. The complete article is at GNOME usability hackfest ."
Debian

Submission + - Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 update 5 Released

Debian Project writes: "The Debian project is pleased to announce the fifth update of its stable distribution Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 (codename "etch"). This update mainly adds corrections for security problems to the stable release, along with a few adjustment to serious problems. New CD and DVD images containing updated packages and the regular installation media accompanied with the package archive respectively available at the regular mirror locations. Upgrading to this revision online is usually done by pointing the aptitude (or apt) package tool to one of Debian's many FTP or HTTP mirrors."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Infectious plague coming back to World of Warcraft (wowinsider.com) 2

Kolargol00 writes: After the first wide-spread in game infection, another plague is coming to World of Warcraft! As part of a world event prior the Wrath of the Lich King expansion launch, the undead plague is spreading aroung Azeroth. WoW Insider reports conspicuous crates in Booty Bay harbor. Any player who opens one gets a disease, spreading it to other players. If that disease is not cured in 10 minutes, the player is turned into a zombie. Getting killed by a zombie turns you into... another zombie. Brrraaaaiiinsss!
Input Devices

Submission + - SMART Table Multi-Touch Interface For Kids (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "The SMART Technologies SMART Table is similar in concept to Microsoft's Surface technology but it is not based on it--although it does currently use Windows Vista as its underlying OS. The SMART Table uses SMART Technologies' own DViT (Digital Vision Touch) technology in concert with an upward-facing camera. The current iteration of the SMART Table uses an Intel processor and supports up 16.8 million colors on the table-based display. Even though the SMART Table's engine is essentially a PC running Windows, SMART Technologies downplays this aspect. The SMART Table's GUI is a layer that always resides on top of Windows from the very moment the system boots into the OS. In fact, it's possible that future iterations of the SMART Table could be built on top of entirely different platforms."
Networking

Submission + - "Free the Airwaves" moment of truth? (eff.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Remember the "Free the Airwaves" campaign? The FCC Chairman is in favor of opening the "white space" of the television spectrum, which could potentially make broadband Internet access less expensive and more readily available to the public. The commission plans to vote on November 4, 2008 on whether or not they will go through with it, and telecommunication companies are expected to resist.

Read the whole story at the EFF website's blog.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - SPAM: Salvation Army Tries Text Donations in Ohio

narramissic writes: "The Salvation Army is taking its Red Kettle Campaign to the airwaves this year in hopes of reaching a new generation of givers who are more likely to carry cell phones than cash. A pilot program will allow Ohioans to donate by sending a text message to a number posted near 80 kettles in the Columbus area. 'I've been an officer now for 36 years, and what I've seen is the younger generation now is as generous, if not more generous, than previous generations if you can get to them the message of how to give, what they can do and how their gift will make a difference,' said Frank Kirk who oversees the charity's work in the Columbus area."
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Hardware Hacking

Submission + - New Attempt at World Land Speed Record (bbc.co.uk)

jd writes: "In the most eccentric of high-speed hardware hacks, Richard Noble's supersonic team is aiming to break their own World Land Speed Record, which currently stands at around 716 mph. This latest project straps a cockpit onto a Typhoon jet engine and a high-power rocket, with the aim of exceeding 1000 mph. The article gives most of the truly geeky stats on this project — nicknamed Bloodhound SSC — but omits that the driver will be experiencing an average of about 1.3g during the 40 seconds it takes to get up to full speed. The prior car to be developed by this team, Thrust SSC, had a jet engine on either side of a main body. At full speed, the sonic shockwave was etched into the sand. The damage caused by the vibrations came perilously close to shattering the entire vehicle. Had they gone much faster, neither the car nor the driver RAF pilot Andy Green would have survived. They also had enormous problems with downforce — the first practice run ripped into the ground badly. The new design is based on their experience with Thrust SSC, particularly on how not to design ground vehicles traveling faster than sound. The new vehicle is expected to debut at a desert near you in 2011."
The Internet

Submission + - SPAM: Comcast Startles Customers with Cyberteam Help

narramissic writes: "Comcast isn't a company known for customer service so imagine one customer's surprise when he received a call from the cyberteam, a group of Comcast employees charged with scouring the Web looking for complaints and trying to resolve them. Jordan Goddard was sure the company was calling to sue him for writing 'Dear Comcast, you suck' on his blog after experiencing problems with his Internet access and cable TV; instead they called to apologize and offer help. 'That's honestly the first company that contacted me like that without me going to them first,' Goddard said."
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Space

Submission + - Indian moon mission launched (indiatimes.com)

hackerdownunder writes: India's maiden lunar mission (Chandrayaan-1) got off to a flying start today. Describing the launch as "perfect and precise", the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), G Madhavan Nair, said that it would be 14 days before the satellite would enter into lunar orbit.
Chandrayaan carries eleven payloads, five designed and developed in India, three from European Space Agency, one from Bulgaria and two from NASA.

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