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Submission + - You Don't "Own" Your Own Genes (cornell.edu)

olePigeon (Wik) writes: Cornell University's New York based Weill Cornell Medical College issued a press release today regarding an unsettling trend in the U.S. patent system: Humans don't "own" their own genes, the cellular chemicals that define who they are and what diseases for which they might be at risk. Through more than 40,000 patents on DNA molecules, companies have essentially claimed the entire human genome for profit, report Dr. Christopher E. Mason of Weill Cornell Medical College, and the study's co-author, Dr. Jeffrey Rosenfeld, an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey and a member of the High Performance and Research Computing Group, who analyzed the patents on human DNA. Their study, published March 25 in the journal Genome Medicine, raises an alarm about the loss of individual "genomic liberty."

Comment What the heck are you talking about? (Score 1) 1217

Do the students go home for lunch? The article just stated they have laptops for students at the school who don't participate in the 1 to 1 program.

I would assume it's very similar to the school district where I work. Our district is all-Mac, with our school in particular having a voluntary 1 to 1 program, with 8 mobile laptop carts of 30 MacBooks each that serve the whole campus for students in each class who don't participate in the 1 to 1 program.

There are no problems with students using the laptops at school, during lunch, break, or even after school so long as the laptops don't leave the campus. When they get home, they're perfectly welcome to use whatever computers they want, be it a Windows or Linux PC. The students just bring in their classwork on a USB thumb drive, or, do their work on Google Apps for Education which we administer on our domain. With the Google docs they can do their work at school or home and have easy access if they don't want to bother with a USB stick.

Only about 1/3 of the school participates in the 1 to 1 program, and the other 2/3 are doing just fine. There is no pressure on any student to participate in the 1 to 1 program except out of convenience.

Comment No matter the name, this is the same company... (Score 0) 356

No matter the name, this is the same company that told me for over 3 years that all the problems I was having were my fault, not theirs. Despite having a 3 second ping (yes, 3000 ms), apparently Comcast considers that acceptable and not worth fixing. If I wanted a technician to come out and check the lines, I would have to pay for it. Comcast was my only option, my address didn't qualify for DSL, which is ironic considering I live in "Silicon Valley." AT&T finally started rolling out U-Verse in my area, which I jumped on immediately. By immediately, I mean 2 full months of trying to convince AT&T to send a technician out to hook me up because their survey monkey simply didn't put my address down in their Excel spread sheet database; every address around me was eligible for U-Verse, including three apartments I shared walls and ceilings with. AT&T "fixed" the problem, apparently, by inverting their spread sheet. Now I'm the only address at the complex eligible for U-Verse. *sigh* At least I have U-Verse and I can actually play games online. A couple weeks after I finally got U-Verse installed and canceled my Comcast, Comcast sent over two technicians. Despite having a large, red, "No Soliciting" sign on my door, they interrupted my friends and me on a nice Saturday evening of D&D (it was after 7PM). They explained to me that were aware of all the problems I was having, and attributed it to old, out-of-spec wiring at the apartment complex, and a misconfigured node in my area that was causing latency problems. I was actually pretty speechless. I finally asked them that after 3 years of telling me "it's on your end," you fucktards bother me on a Saturday evening to finally own up to your own incompetence? Pointed at the no soliciting sign, told them to fuck off, then slammed the door.

Comment I work at an all-Mac school district... (Score 1) 460

I work at an all-Mac school district, with my school having 300 Macs alone. We have 8 laptop carts with 30 MacBooks each, 2 computer labs with roughly 20 iMacs each, 1 laptop or workstation for each staff and faculty, and we're piloting a 1:1 laptop program with about 30 students enrolled in the program. Here is a list of what I use to get the job done:

1 Server with OS X Server (preferably 10.6.)
1 24 port gigabit switch
NetRestore (you don't need this if you have 10.6 Server.)
Apple Remote Desktop Software

It's straight forward, there are lots of very easy to follow guides online. You can pick this up even if you know nothing about Macs at all. Basically you set up your server for NetBoot. Your clients will boot off the server, then block copy an image to their HDD. You can do this via NetRestore Helper which makes a simple-to-use GUI, or, if you have 10.6 Server, all of NetRestore's functionality is now apart of 10.6's NetBoot utility. You can also do it via CLI.

You can use shell scripts to automate tasks. They can be set to run before the computer is imaged (partitioning the HDD, for example) or after it has been imaged (setting the sharing name, joining a domain, setting up printers, or installing additional software.)

Apple Remote Desktop will allow you remotely manage each computer. You can do asset management, updates, software installs, etc. Coupled with ARD Server on the Server itself, you can automate these tasks. Similar to Active Directory.

If your organization has invested in LANDesk and/or Altiris, both will take advantage of an OS X Server and streamline the process. You'll be able to do all the aforementioned via both LANDesk and Altiris; they basically just relay commands to the OS X Server. Both integrate the process pretty well. I don't know about Norton Ghost.

If you're using Multicast IP and have a gigabit switch, you can image batches of 20 computers (or more, depending on the switch) in 30 minute intervals. This varies depending on how big your images are, of course. Target Disk Mode via FireWire is a great way to image 1 off machines or to get data off failing hardware. Prep time for such a set up is about 2 hours (power, ethernet, setup, etc.)

Also, remember that's it's UNIX. You can do everything I just mentioned via command line if you're a keyboard junkie.

Here're some indispensable links to help you get started:


Keep in mind that the hardware is more expensive, but I've found the support to be a lot easier than Windows. Cost savings is in the support of the machines. There are also no client access license fees if bound to OS X Server directly instead of ActiveDirectory.


First Moblin V2 Netbook Launches 70

nerdyH writes "The first netbook preinstalled with Moblin v2 for Netbooks will launch next week, possibly at Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, or else the Linux Foundation's LinuxCon in Portland. Then, within the next couple of weeks, the Moblin Project will release the first stable release of the Moblin v2 Linux distribution, which began beta testing in May."

Comment Here're a few videos of BeOS in action... (Score 1) 411


Parts 1 and 2 of the BeOS Demo.
Incredible multitasking capabilities, journaled file system, enhanced thread management; all designed from the ground up to take advantage of multi-CPU computers.

The demo is absolutely incredible. Remember, this is on mid '90s era technology. Dual Pentium with a few hundred megabytes of RAM. No discrete video card.

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