omnibit writes: The State Department has issued an apology claiming that due to a computer error, all results from the 2012 Diversity Immigrant "green card" lottery have now been voided. U.S. law requires that Diversity Immigrant visas be made available through a strictly random process. A computer programming error resulted in a selection that was not truly random. Each year, up to 55,000 people receive a green card through the lottery. A new draw will be conducted by July 15, 2011.
omnibit writes: HP have finally said they would release a Window 7 Professional tablet. The HP Slate 500 is aimed at business and enterprise users. It comes with a 8.9-inch capacitive touch screen at 1024x600 resolution, 1.86GHz Intel Atom Z540 processor, 2GB of RAM, 64GB SSD and packs Broadcom's Crystal HD accelerator for handling 1080p video. It weighs 1.5 pounds and also sports an active digitizer, case and dock. All this for $799.
omnibit writes: I've been wanting to start a new online business for a while. My dilemma is in sourcing a web designer/developer that offers a history of great design, functionality and back end server structure. My budget for design and development is somewhat flexible, but I don't want to spend more than $75,000. The site would be of an e-commerce nature with subscribing members receiving additional offers and discounts. The search function would have to anticipate plurals when customers search for products. I'd also want faceted search. My suppliers would have access on how well their products are selling so some automated report generation would be needed.
Ultimately, where does one go to source a web developer with some acclaim? Are there sites, developer groups or organizations that specialize in these kind of medium budget solutions? Does anyone have any recommended design houses of note?
omnibit writes: The New York Times reports that researchers have found a spinal-fluid test can be 100 percent accurate in identifying patients with significant memory loss who are on their way to developing Alzheimer’s disease. The new study included more than 300 patients in their seventies, 114 with normal memories, 200 with memory problems, and 102 with Alzheimer’s disease. Their spinal fluid was analyzed for amyloid beta, which forms plaques in the brain, and for tau, another protein that accumulates in dead and dying nerve cells in the brain. Nearly every person with Alzheimer’s had the characteristic spinal fluid protein levels. However, should doctors offer, or patients accept, commercially available spinal tap tests to find a disease that is, as yet, untreatable?
omnibit writes: Today, the Federal Court of Australia handed down its ruling in favor of the country's third largest ISP, iiNet. The case was backed by some of the largest media companies, including 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. They accused iiNet of approving piracy by ignoring thousands of infringement notices. Justice Cowdroy said that the "mere provision of access to internet is not the means to infringement" and "[c]opyright infringement occured as result of use of BitTorrent, not the Internet...iiNet has no control over BitTorrent system and [is] not responsible for BitTorrent system." Many internet providers had been concerned that an adverse ruling would have forced themselves to police internet traffic and comply with the demands of copyright owners without any legislative or judicial oversight.