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Censorship

Submission + - Massive Censorship Of Digg Uncovered (alternet.org)

SpeZek writes:

A group of influential conservative members of the behemoth social media site Digg.com have just been caught red-handed in a widespread campaign of censorship, having multiple accounts, upvote padding, and deliberately trying to ban progressives. An undercover investigation has exposed this effort, which has been in action for more than one year.


Submission + - Geoneutrinos Could Help Predict Earthquakes (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "Using underground 'telescopes' more commonly associated with detecting solar neutrinos, Italian scientists are proposing they use a network of global neutrino detectors, not to detect solar neutrinos, but to detect neutrinos generated by the Earth itself. Could these recently discovered 'geoneutrinos' generated by radioisotope decay in the Earth's crust be used to predict earthquakes? Possibly."
Advertising

Submission + - Study Says Targeted Ads Gettin' A Lil' Creepy (physorg.com)

eldavojohn writes: Ever load up a completely random webpage to see an advertisement at the top for products related to what you're reading about? What about the advertisement with binoculars that says your green denim jacket doesn't really go with your eyes? Well, a recent marketing study is saying that making a highly visible advertisement content aware is too much for consumers. It seems that to optimize clicks and purchases you should use a highly visible ad or a more diminutive ad that is content aware but not both. For marketers, this report talks about the consumer having this crazy notion of privacy and at some point they start to feel like you're crossing the line.

Submission + - Expert designs FPGA-based logic analyzer in a day (techbites.com)

TidbitsOfTrivia writes: Those little rapscallions at Opal Kelly are running an *Experts' Design Challenge*. The idea is to create an FPGA-based logic analyzer in a single working day. Well, the first expert to rise to the challenge is Rainer Malzbender, and his offering is a thing of beauty and a wonder to behold...

Submission + - How are you doing your LaTeX? 3

An anonymous reader writes: I tried convincing my professor to add LyX to the default installation on the lab machines to no avail. My arguments of quicker work, easier bidirectional languages switching and formula preview and easier orientation for new users didn't help convince him that it's better than a simple text editor. What would be good way to do it? And what are you guys using?
Government

Submission + - FBI/Pentagon Looking for Founder of Wikileaks (rawstory.com)

linzeal writes: The US government has been giving signs in the past 48 hours that it is increasingly worried that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of 250,000 secret State Department cables involving raw commentary on Middle Eastern leaders, investigators are searching the last known whereabouts of founder Julian Assange to no avail. Early this morning the Wikileaks twitter page posted the following. " Any signs of unacceptable behavior by the Pentagon or its agents towards this press will be viewed dimly. " than 2 hours later announced that Julian would be appearing at a investigate journalism conference in Las Vegas tonight.
Security

Submission + - Porn sites more infected than thought (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: Porn sites are five times as likely to host malware as previously thought, with 3.6% offering up a digital infection of some sort, according to a researchers who set up their very own adult sites for a new study. One reason for the high rate of malware is that the online porn industry makes use of affiliate programmes, where one site will drive traffic to another in exchange for links, cash or simply free pornographic material to use. Because such programmes don’t check who they’re doing business with, and sites use disguised links and other clandestine methods to drive people to different pages, it’s easy for criminals to abuse the system to spread malware. Researcher Gilbert Wondracek said: “They inadvertently have created an ecosystem that can easily be abused on a large scale by cyber criminals, and that’s worrying.”
Books

Submission + - Neil Gaiman 'Impressed at the Hive Mind of Twitter (bbc.co.uk)

eldavojohn writes: You don't often find a lot of love for Twitter but author Niel Gaiman spoke with the BBC about oddball things including a book he authored about Duran Duran and Twitter. For the summer, his book American Gods was selected to be read by thousands of Twitter users where they would work through it and tweet about the book. Surprisingly, Gaiman commented, "For me it was a very odd choice because American Gods is the book of mine that's won the most awards, but it's also the most divisive. I've been genuinely impressed at the hive mind of Twitter — how much wisdom and knowledge it has. It's fun as an author to realise how far this thing has travelled. It looks like there are people doing One Book, One Twitter from everywhere except the Antarctic and mainland China."
Government

Submission + - Wikileaks Founder being Hunted by Pentagon (thedailybeast.com) 2

linzeal writes: The US government has been giving signs in the past 48 hours that it is increasingly worried that Wikileaks may be on the verge of publishing a batch of 250,000 secret State Department cables, investigators are searching the last known whereabouts of founder Julian Assange to no avail. Early this morning the Wikileaks twitter page posted the following;

" Any signs of unacceptable behavior by the Pentagon or its agents towards this press will be viewed dimly. "

Submission + - 'Innocent infringement' to go to Supreme Court? (blogspot.com) 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: Several years ago a federal court in Texas ordered the RIAA, in an 'innocent infringement' case against a teenager, to either accept $200 per infringed work, or to go to trial over the 'innocent infringement' issue, in Maverick Recording Co v. Harper. Recently, an appeals court reversed, saying that the defendant could not avail herself of the 'innocent infringement' defense since there were CD's, bearing copyright notices, available in stores, even though the copies she had made were from mp3 files which bore no such notice. Now, a petition for certiorari has been filed on the defendant's behalf, arguing that the 5th Circuit's ruling would make it impossible for anyone to interpose an innocent infringement case, even where they had never seen a copyright notice. The lawyers filing the petition on defendant's behalf are the same firm that represented Jammie Thomas in her second trial, and the motion which resulted in her verdict being reduced from $1.92 million to $54,000.

Submission + - High Fructose Corn Syrup And Obesity (sciencedaily.com)

clm1970 writes: Princeton University Researchers have determined that given the same caloric intake lab rats gained significantly more weight when given high fructose corn syrup in their diet. The story is detailed here. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100322121115.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+(ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News

Comment Re:society isn't benefiting (Score 1) 651

Mental abilities are largely genetic. The environment can make you dumb, but it can't ensure you will be smart.

If she's busy unlocking the secrets of the universe or finding cures for cancer, then she is genetically superior in at least one way. That can make up for her defects.

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