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Comment In-house approval exemption (Score 1) 104

Medical imaging is a special case.

The FDA has a "in-house" exemption for things like software-based medical solutions (for example, the software that calculates the best way to deliver a radiation blast to your tumor, or the software that identifies tumors in MRI results, or whatever). In essence, to share software you've developed, you have to go through a lengthy and expensive approval process. Once you've written something, no matter how nice it is, there's a huge threshold of liability, expense, and hassle you have to overcome in order to be legally allowed to give it to other institutions.


Submission + - Snow Leopard Ships With Vulnerable Flash Player

Keyless Exit writes: ZDNet is reporting that Apple's new operating system comes with an outdated version of Flash Player that exposes Mac users to hacker attacks. The initial release of Mac OS X 1..6 (Snow Leopard) includes Flash Player, which is very much out of date. The fully patched version of Flash Player for Mac is version Even worse, the vulnerable version of Flash is included even if the Mac user was fully patched before upgrading the operating system.
Sun Microsystems

Submission + - Slow merger process is letting Sun be torn apart

An anonymous reader writes: Sun Microsystems might have had a chance if the Oracle merger had gone through quickly, but between the DoJ taking its time and the European Commission, which seems to get off on abusing American firms, just plain dragging its feet, that won't happen now. As Sun twists in the wind, unable to defend itself, and Oracle is unable to do anything until the deal closes, IBM is pretty much tearing Sun to shreds. By the time this deal closes, there won't be much left for Oracle. This is not how a Silicon Valley legend should end.

Comment Cincinnati's Union Terminal! (Score 1) 435

Maybe it's because I grew up there, but I've always had a soft spot for Cincinnati's Union Terminal. It's a collection of museums: they have a Children's Museum in the basement (lots of fun with balls, water, and a nice big tree-like playground thingy), a Cincinnati Historical Society Museum (starts with a giant miniature recreation of Cincinnati, lots of WWII history, and includes a full-size recreation of Cincinnati's steamboat days), and a Natural History Museum (some very excellent versions of pretty standard exhibits, including a very nice walk-through cave, walk-through glacier, and some neat human-body exhibits designed for kids (but that I find fun nevertheless)). And, of course, there's the full-on old-style spherical OmniMAX theatre that just can't be beat for giving you vertigo. Add to all that the fact that Union Terminal itself is pretty interesting---it's an old train station with huge murals and an enormous lobby.

I'm not saying it's the greatest museum ever; but it's well-done, has three museums in a single building, and I always have a good time when I go.

The Courts

Submission + - Prof. Nesson Ordered To Show Cause (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Professor Charles Nesson, the Harvard law professor serving pro bono as counsel to the defendant in SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum has been ordered to show cause why sanctions should not be issued against him for violating the Court's orders prohibiting reproduction of the court proceedings. The order to show cause was in furtherance of the RIAA's motion for sanctions and protective order discussed on Slashdot yesterday. The Judge indicated that she was 'deeply concerned' about Prof. Nesson's apparent "blatant disregard" of her order"

Submission + - Web hosts spooked by OpenSSH exploit ( 1

eefsee writes: On 7/5 HostGator shut down SSH on all its shared servers. The next day Site5 did the same thing. There are some claims that this is a hole so big in SSH that the baddies can gain root access on their Linux servers, so OpenSSH/SSL services had to be shut down until there was a fix. The odd thing is that there has been no new US-CERT announcement of any such vulnerability. Does anyone know what these hosts are reacting to? Should we all be shutting off OpenSSH on Linux and patching urgently or are these guys over-reacting. The loss of SSH, of course, kills SFTP on these hosts as well. What do customers have to fall back on? FTP. Now that is security!

Submission + - Want to beat China's web filter? Buy a Mac (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple appears to be exempt from China's mandate that a controversial Internet filtering program be shipped with all computers sold in the country. Computers that do not meet the software's technical requirements are excluded from the mandate, according to one PC maker.

Comment Re:Come to the USA! (Score 1) 1359

There are several things wrong with your argument. First if the situation every gets so bad again that civilians take up arms in mass against the Federal government you can bet that the military will be divided.

Maybe so, but if significant portions of the military refuse to follow the orders of the tyrant/chain-of-command, then you have *military* fighting *military*. The guns that the civilians have are less important than the choice that the folks in the military make at that point. This is no surprise, really - the success of most coups in history have relied on the disposition of the standing military. For example, the Shah in Iran was deposed in 1979 because the military decided to remain neutral---at that point, all you need is a sufficiently large mob to topple the government. Musharraf, in Pakistan, gained power by having the military behind him (a so-called "bloodless coup"). Wikipedia has a whole list, but my point is still that when you have a big military, success of any government-toppling-initiative rests in their hands rather than in the hands of the somewhat-armed populace.

Given the emphasis on "just following orders" not being a valid defense since the end of WWII expect many to think long and hard about how they react.

Heh, well, you can thank Bush for having changed that. Folks in the CIA get absolute immunity for having created a secret prison system in other countries specifically for the purpose of torturing those they had in custody. Folks in the telecom industry get absolute immunity for having followed the orders of the government. I don't see why a soldier would actually think long and hard about how they react---following orders has become a valid excuse again.

but at the same time we can not allow the 2nd Amendment to be attacked and weakened.

I think you are misunderstanding me. I strongly support the 2nd Amendment; and at the same time, I believe it is not intended as a "here you go, now you can topple the government if need be" clause (or, if it was, it's not an effective one). It is there for the defense of a person's *individual* liberty.

Comment Re:Come to the USA! (Score 3, Insightful) 1359

We do, in fact, have the 2nd amendment (right to bear arms) specifically so we can unseat any tyrant who tries to take our rights away.

Oh puhleeez. Seriously? You think the weapons that civilians have on hand can take on the best-funded military the world has ever seen? You know, the one that has more resources than the next five biggest militaries COMBINED? I don't think you've thought about this very seriously. Yes, I know that's the same thing "they" said about facing down the British back in 1775, but we're living in a different world. How many civilians have access to Abrams tanks and Apache helicopters? Cruise missiles? Not to mention: in what terrain has the US military been *training* for the last two hundred years? To paraphrase an awful movie, "When the day comes that we have to go to war against Utah, we're [the US military] really gonna kick ass".

The 2nd Amendment right puts guns in the hands of civilians. Thick-headed civilians who can't think very far ahead work like gang members who get their first chrome-plated .45: they immediately feel invincible, and that leads to the assumption that the guns are for the purpose of standing watch over the government. Don't kid yourself that any politician in the history of the US has ever thought (or will ever think) to themselves "well, I WANT to do X, but since the citizens have so many guns, maybe that wouldn't be a good idea."

If you want to know what the 2nd Amendment is really for, look no further than St. George Tucker, a lawyer, Revolutionary War militia officer, legal scholar, and a U.S. District Court judge (appointed in 1813), who wrote about the amendment: This may be considered as the true palladium of liberty... The right of self-defense is the first law of nature; in most governments it has been the study of rulers to confine this right within the narrowest limits possible. It is a right to defend yourself from the government, not an establishment of the power to overthrow the government. It's an important distinction.

Lord of the Rings

Submission + - Fans Create LOTR Prequel

memoryhole writes: After two years of work, fans of Lord of the Rings have put together a high-production value 40-minute prequel: The Hunt For Gollum, which will be released free on the internet on May 3rd. The Hunt For Gollum is not associated with the producers of the original series, but is just put together by enthusiasts. It's a little hard to tell that from the trailers, though; the they look very slick.

First-Ever Photo Tour of Defcon's Network Center 128

Kugrian writes "With over 9,000 hackers, freaks, feds, and geeks attending Defcon 16, the temporary wireless network setup there is considered the most hostile on the planet. Run by a dedicated group of volunteers known as Goons, the basement Defcon Network Operations Center is secured by means of a chain-link fence and armed guard. The 20-megabit connection, which is twice as fast as Defcon 15, runs over a point-to-point wireless link to another hotel that has point-of-presence in their basement. Wired's Threat Level blog managed to secure the first ever photo tour of the Center showing Goons, hardware and sniffer dogs." Reader TXISDude, who was at Defcon, doubts that attendance was as high as 9,000. Update: 08/13 18:14 GMT by T : Dave Bullock, the Wired photographer who shot these pictures, backs up that figure, though: "I interviewed Joe Grand, the badge designer a few weeks before the con. They ordered 8,600 total badges. They ran out of badges. There were hundreds of people with paper badges."

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