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Media

Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."
Mozilla

Submission + - Mozilla Labs Bring The Webian Shell (digitizor.com)

kai_hiwatari writes: Mozilla Labs has introduced its concept of a desktop replacement called Webian Shell. The Webian Shell basically consist of a browser which will replace the traditional desktop, and where the web applications are given more importance than the native applications. Right now, the prototype of the Webian Shell is nothing more than a full screen browser with a dock which holds the tabs and the clock.

Submission + - Recovering from bank fraud? 4

An anonymous reader writes: Last week, I logged into my online banking account to find that thousands of dollars had been fraudulently withdrawn from my account. My bank claims to have a policy of restoring fraudulent transactions, but they are refusing to do so, arguing that the transaction was not really fraudulent. Of course, I'm lock out of my other savings so now I'm having issues paying my day-to-day bills. Has anyone on Slashdot had experience with resolving this sort of issue?

Submission + - IANA IPV4 Now Depleted (apnic.net)

golfbum writes: APNIC came in for two /8 blocks and that triggered the dispensing of all 7 remaining /8 blocks.

RIP IPV4

Submission + - SPAM: Why Modern Business Is Bad for Your Mental Health

yuhong writes: "HBR has an article on "Why Modern Business Is Bad for Your Mental Health", providing another reason for moving away from shareholder value. A quote from the article: "We simply have to acknowledge that the community created by a combination of shareholder value maximization dogma, executive compensation theories, Wall Street analysts and bankers, and the financial press creates an unhealthy and inauthentic community." Another: "The pressures on businesspeople to operate in ways that do not conform to the rules of a healthy and authentic community have the effect of rotting out the moral core of the modern business executive.""
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Submission + - Levitating magnet may yield new approach to clean (scienceblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An experiment that reproduces the magnetic fields of the Earth may yield fruit in the field of nuclear fusion. MIT researchers used a half-ton, tire truck-sized floating magnet to control the motion of 10-million-degree-hot electrically charged plasma. Because the magnet has no supports to get in the way, its field can better confine the plasma to ignite the fusion fuel pellets. Summarizing the difference between traditional tokamak devices and this one, a researcher said that in tokamaks, the hot plasma is confined inside a huge magnet, but in the LDX the magnet is inside the plasma.
Google

Submission + - Google employee gives up Microsoft MVP status (techflash.com) 3

kormoc writes: "Microsoft each year honors the "best and brightest" from the technology world as part of its ongoing Most Valuable Professional Award. Teachers, doctors, artists and others who share "real-world technical expertise" with the community as a whole are routinely honored. But there's one type of employee who has received the Microsoft MVP Award for the past six years — apparently has been told by the search giant not to accept the award anymore. Is this a Googly thing to do?"
Censorship

Submission + - Flickr Censors Anti-Obama Image (thomashawk.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An interesting article yesterday about the unmasking of the recent creator of the controversial and iconic Obama/Joker image that has been popping up around Los Angeles with the word Socialism under it. The Los Times has identified the images' creator as Firas Alkhateeb. Even more interesting though is the fact that after getting over 20,000 hits on the image at Flickr, Flickr removed the image from Alkateeb's photostream citing "copyright" concerns. The image in question is clearly both an independent derivative work and unquestionably a parody of the President and Time Magazine which would be covered under fair use. It has appeared on many other sites without issue on the internet. After Flickr also recently nuked an entire user's photostream over negative comments on President Obama's official photostream, it makes you wonder if there isn't a bit of Pro Obama censorship going on on the part of Flickr staff over at the Yahoo photosharing site.
Government

Submission + - Should Copyright Of Academic Works Be Abolished? (harvard.edu)

Dr_Ken writes: "From the Tech Dirt summary of this Harvard Cyber-Law Center study: "I've even heard of academics who had to redo pretty much the identical experiment because they couldn't even cite their own earlier results for fear of a copyright claim. It leads to wacky situations where academics either ignore the fact that the journals they published in hold the copyright on their work, or they're forced to jump through hoops to retain certain rights. That's bad for everyone." Indeed it is and especially so given the huge amounts of tax dollars spent doing research that then gets published in proprietary journals where it can't be accessed without payment."
Medicine

Submission + - At What Price Life? 1

theodp writes: "A week ago, Princeton prof Peter Singer made a case in the NY Times for Why We Must Ration Health Care, questioning whether it's worth paying $54,000 to provide an advanced kidney cancer patient with a drug called Sutent to give him an extra six months. This week, the Chicago Tribune looks at the same question from the perspective of pet owners, including a couple who felt $14,000 for a kidney transplant for their cat was money well spent. As the United States faces the possibility of explicit health care rationing to get value for billions spent on universal care, a bigger question than ever will be: How much we should spend to save a life?"
Robotics

Submission + - Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man 4

Strudelkugel writes: The NY Times has an article about a conference during which the potential dangers of machine intelligence were discussed. " Impressed and alarmed by advances in artificial intelligence, a group of computer scientists is debating whether there should be limits on research that might lead to loss of human control over computer-based systems that carry a growing share of society's workload, from waging war to chatting with customers on the phone. Their concern is that further advances could create profound social disruptions and even have dangerous consequences. " The money quote: "Something new has taken place in the past five to eight years," Dr. Horvitz said. "Technologists are replacing religion, and their ideas are resonating in some ways with the same idea of the Rapture."
Microsoft

Submission + - CTR of incoming Bing users 55% higher than Google (techcrunch.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Techcrunch is running a story that shows some pretty significant differences in the clicking habits of users of Yahoo, Google, and Bing. As it turns out, folks who arrive at websites via Bing are 55% more likely to click on an ad than if they arrived from Google (data based on the Chitika network). Essentially, people who use Bing are far more susceptible to advertising.

Bing has acquired a decent market share in such a short time, but could it just be that they've reaped the low hanging fruit of those particularly persuaded by advertising? When their huge marketing campaign winds down, what kind of staying power will it have?

Biotech

Submission + - bacterial computer solves Hamiltonian path problem

Rob writes: A team of US scientists have engineered bacteria that can solve complex mathematical problems faster than anything made from silicon. The research, published today in the Journal of Biological Engineering, proves that bacteria can be used to solve a puzzle known as the Hamiltonian Path Problem, a special case of the travelling salesman problem. The researchers say that this proof-of-concept experiment demonstrates that bacterial computing is a new way to address NP-complete problems using the inherent advantages of genetic systems. The story is also covered by The Guardian.
NASA

Submission + - How powerful was the Apollo 11 computer? (downloadsquad.com)

Spacegeek writes: "Today's buzz about the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing begs one incredibly geeky question. Just how powerful were the computers that took us to the Moon?

"In many ways, the Apollo Guidance Computer was half the IBM PC XT you could buy off the shelf just a decade or so later. What's so incredible about that? The part that blew me away when reading up on the AGC wasn't so much the hardware, as the software they wrote to exploit it."

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