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Social Networks

Ask Slashdot: Do We Need Pseudonymous Social Networking? 213

An anonymous reader writes "While the idea of anonymous social networking sounds like an oxymoron, the use of pseudonyms to mask a user's online identity has a long history that stretches back to the earliest days of the Internet and local bulletin board systems (BBS). Such imperfect anonymity, which can often be unmasked with a few well-defined Google searches, has led to abuses like the invention of 'spambots' and the persistence of forum trolls. But, as the BBC reports, pseudonyms have their place in online communities, especially where identities are a risky commodity, under oppressive state regimes and governments where corporate interests increasingly dominate the interests of individuals: 'Some users choose to hide their identity to avoid being found by people they would not like to be contacted by. Others live in countries where identification could have serious implications for those who have expressed political views or associated themselves with others who have.' Should Google+ and maybe even the notorious Facebook evolve into two-tiered sites where those who choose to remain anonymous are 'identified' as such and denied access to certain site features, while being free to post, blog, or tweet their views, without summarily getting their accounts suspended or revoked?"
User Journal

Journal Journal: . Tea Party Hypocrites 10

Well, well, well. This one's from my own state (even though folks in Chicago think I-80 is Illinois' southern state line). Another "fiscal conservative", a teabagger who demands the US balance its budget and even demands a Constitutional amendment who can't even balance his own budget. The AP


Today's Lighter TVs Mean Much Less E-Waste 197

MojoKid writes "We all know that today's flat-screen TVs weigh far less than old-style CRTs, or they wouldn't be able to hang on the wall. New research from the Consumer Electronics Association finds that this translates into a massive savings of electronics waste. The report found that today's flat screen TVs are 82% lighter and 75% smaller than cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs. In other words, 40- to 70-inch flat-panel TVs weigh 34% less than 13- to 36-inch CRT TVs. This reduction in materials has a staggering downstream effect. The report claimed that an old 36-inch CRT TV generated about the same amount of electronics waste as 5,080 cell phones. However, today's 70-inch flat-screen TV generate the equivalent of just 953 cell phones."

Submission + - Software Bug will be considered a crime in Japan (shugiintv.go.jp)

kazekiri writes: Very soon, leaving software bug without defect-fixing effort will be considered a crime in Japan.
On May 27 afternoon, Satsuki Eda, Minister of Justice, stated that it will be a crime to leave software bugs without treatment, at the Japanese House of Representatives Committee on Judicial Affairs, like the lower house in US. The video of his reply can be seen online, and the Japanese text version can be checked at Slashdot Japan story.

Now, the Committee is aiming to pass the new bill defining that committing to development or distribution of the computer virus is a crime. The bill specifies that software deliberately not functioning along user's will or deliberately functioning against user's will is a virus. When Mr Eda was addressed by the Committee Member that “for instance, a free software was released and then a user points out a bug. If the software was continue to be opened to the public disregarding the user's notice, will that be a crime according this bill?”, he answered just “Yes”.

If the bill's passage goes well, it will go into effect by this summer, and after that, leaving the bug as it is will lead to an imprisonment maximum of three years .


Submission + - Generating a Rat Pancreas in a Body of a Mouse (jst.go.jp)

kazekiri writes: According to the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), in a project with Tokyo University, they have succeeded in generating a rat iPSC (induced pluripotent stem cell)-derived pancreas in a body of a mouse(paper). The research team injected rat iPSC into mouse's fertilized egg with gene manipulation hindering the generation of pancreas, and implanted it in a uterus of a mouse, the foster mother. It has been confirmed that the pancreas of a born mouse is entirely made of rat iPSC, and the pancreas functions normally. This is a step towards achieving a goal of regenerative medicine to make human organs in bodies of other animals.

Submission + - 1,500 Mens go to honeymoon with Virtual Girlfriend (wsj.com)

kazekiri writes: According to the Wall Street Journal, more than 1,500 male fans of the Japanese dating-simulation game LovePlus+ have flocked to Atami for a romantic date with their videogame character girlfriends. This resort town, once popular with honeymooners, is turning to a new breed of romance seekers — virtual sweethearts.
This story is real. In the Japanese otaku or nerd culture, there's a tradition of calling characters My Wife(Ore no Yome).


Submission + - Let's learn Japanese from Anime/Manga characters (anime-manga.jp)

kazekiri writes: A story about Japan Foundation Japanese-Language Institute, an organization in Japan, launching a website called Japanese in Anime & Manga for Gaijin (non-Japanese) who love Japanese Anime/Manga has been a hot story in Slashdot Japan.
Many words used in lines of characters appearing in Japanese Manga are very different from standard Japanese . You can learn words that SchoolGirls & Samurai use on this site by quizzes. The lines are drawn from actual Manga, and the data is very abundant. By looking at Comments in Slashdot Japan, there are many people out there eagerly hoping for Gaijin who learned words from Anime to visit Japan.


Jimmy Wales' Theory of Failure 164

Hugh Pickens writes "The Tampa Tribune reports that Jimmy Wales recently spoke at the TEDx conference in Tampa about the three big failures he had before he started Wikipedia, and what he learned from them. In 1996 Wales started an Internet service to connect downtown lunchers with area restaurants. 'The result was failure,' says Wales. 'In 1996, restaurant owners looked at me like I was from Mars.' Next Wales started a search engine company called 3Apes. In three months, it was taken over by Chinese hackers and the project failed. Third was an online encyclopedia called Nupedia, a free encyclopedia created by paid experts. Wales spent $250,000 for writers to make 12 articles, and it failed. Finally, Wales had a 'really dumb idea,' a free encyclopedia written by anyone who wanted to contribute. That became Wikipedia, which is now one of the top 10 most-popular Web sites in the world. This leads to Wales' theories of failure: fail faster — if a project is doomed, shut it down quickly; don't tie your ego to any one project — if it stumbles, you'll be unable to move forward; real entrepreneurs fail; fail a lot but enjoy yourself along the way; if you handle these things well, 'you will succeed.'"

This Is the Way the World Ends 394

Dave Knott writes "The CBC's weekly science radio show Quirks and Quarks this week features a countdown of the top ten planetary doomsday scenarios. Nine science professors and one science fiction author are asked to give (mostly) realistic hypotheses of the ways in which the planet Earth and its inhabitants can be destroyed. These possibilities for mankind's extinction include super-volcanoes, massive gamma ray bursts, and everybody's favorite, the killer asteroid. Perhaps the most terrifying prediction is the reversal of the Earth's magnetic field (combined with untimely solar activity), a periodic event which is currently 1/4 million years overdue."

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