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Submission + - Google in EU showdown over privacy rules (

PatPending writes: From the "here we go again department:" Google has found itself on a collision course with European regulators after a provisional finding that its new privacy policy breaches European law.

Despite a fresh request from regulators to postpone the March 1 adoption of the new policy, the US search company gave no sign of backing down on Tuesday and reiterated its defense of its new approach to handling user data.


Submission + - How Does LinkedIn Know Who You Know? ( 1

jfruh writes: "Privacy blogger Dan Tynan rented his vacation home to a woman he met through the Vacation Rental By Owner website. They conducted their business entirely via Gmail and PayPal, have no friends in common, and never met in person. Now LinkedIn is suggesting her as someone Dan knows. How did the site figure it out? Since he never imported any Gmail data into his LinkedIn account, he assumes the trick involves third-party tracking, which would violate LinkedIn's own privacy policies. LinkedIn refuses to reveal its secrets in this case."

Submission + - Does AMD spur Intel to innovate? (

An anonymous reader writes: A newly released article in the Journal of Political Economy discusses the impact AMD has on Intel and consumers. Economists from the University of Chicago and Columbia University estimate that AMDs presence actually lowers the rate of innovation from Intel. Without AMD, Intel would be able to charge a higher price and those higher margins would encourage more frequent innovation. The authors note "[c]onsistent with Schumpeter, we find that the rate of innovation in product quality would be 4.2 percent higher without AMD present". However, if Intel held a monopoly in consumer CPUs, it would lower consumer surplus by $12 per year.

A non-gated version can be found here

Comment Re:It is only a matter of time... (Score 0) 215

Now .com is "commercial" right? Same leage as .net, .org, .info etc. The .us top domain ought to be the only one reserved specifically for the U.S. But even if the U.S. were only meddling with the .us top domain, seizing domains is like jamming radio frequencies! The dns is infrastructure! There must be other and better ways to attend problems. Go for the source, not the dns servers.

Comment Re:USA against the World? (Score 1) 735

The funding cut will have a damaging effect on among other things American tech companies (Apple, Google and Microsoft). But most of all it hurts American reputation and influence. How can the U.S. be so out of touch with the rest of the world? UNESCO is an organisation for education and aid. Will you act the same when it comes to the IAEA (the agency that the U.S. relies on to restrain nuclear weapon development by Iran and North Korea) or the WHO (that work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta to protect U.S. citizens from potential pandemics)? No, get a grips and take it like a man! You lost a voting, that's all! Happens to everyone sooner or later, and - surprise - in the U.N. and it's organizations votes do take place occasionally. It's not the end of the world, your pride can survive this and more. At least it you don't embarrass yourself before the entire world by acting this childishly. As if the debacle in the U.N. security council wasn't enough already. For God's sake try to keep some dignity or you will become the laughing stock of the entire world.

Leaked Cable Shows Heavy US Influence On Swedish Copyright Policy 171

Debuting on Slashdot, seezer writes with a piece by Rick Falkvinge about a recently release diplomatic cable. From the article: "Among the treasure troves of recently released WikiLeaks cables, we find one whose significance has bypassed Swedish media. In short: every law proposal, every ordinance, and every governmental report hostile to the net, youth, and civil liberties here in Sweden in recent years have been commissioned by the U.S. government and industry interests." This is from a Pirate Party founder and so might be slightly exaggerated, but there is certainly evidence in the cable that the U.S. exerted quite a bit of influence of Swedish copyright law. The U.S. government appears particularly vexed that the Swedish public doesn't seem to think anything is wrong with copying protected works, and (not unexpectedly) was quite concerned that Pirate Party members might actually be elected.

Comment Re:And presumably this can be defeated by... (Score 1) 309


Submission + - How does Google search? (

mikejuk writes: It is almost legend that that Google was founded by two computer scientists, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of course, who invented the page rank algorithm. It is this algorithm that made Google different from every other search engine before and since and it is a deep, clever and mathematical idea.
But over time page rank has been down played and now a video from Google doesn't mention it once. Instead they seek "signals" which they hope might improve the ranking. The signals are tested and if they work the algorithm is changed.
So — no big idea, no fundamental algorithm, no mathematical theory. The idea that Google changes its search algorithm nearly every day (a claimed 500 improvements each year) now seems so much more believable.
If this is all true then this is a dangerous approach. Google's problem is essentially an AI problem.The page rank algorithm was a way of finding out what humans thought of the content of a website and that could be used to determine relevancy. Now that this no longer works, the technique seems to be to search for signals other than page rank that correlate with relevancy. As any AI researcher who has tried this sort of approach knows, the result is an ever-increasing mess of rules that often contradict each other and slowly grow to the point where the system becomes unmanageable. Let's hope that Google has a clever system that keeps its search algorithm clean and under control, otherwise it might just vanish in a puff of complexity.


Submission + - Canadian inventors make web sites into apps. (

matecsaj writes: "A team of Canadian open-source enthusiasts has created "Weever Apps", a new service that turns almost any site into a web app. The idea is simple: bring the power of content management systems like Joomla! and Wordpress to create instant apps that work on any touch device. When you update your site, you update your app.

Web Apps now include many of the features (GPS, Accelerometer) formerly only available to 'machine apps'. The future of HTML5 looks very bright right now, though the debate continues.

Weever is offering a free trial as they approach their stable 1.0 version for Joomla! Personal Disclaimer: The inventors are members of my Joomla! User Group for South Western Ontario."

Submission + - 'New Vasa' shipwreck found ( 1

psiden writes: The long lost legendary Swedish ship Mars, or 'Makalös' (Incomparable) as it was also called, has been located. The Mars was the greatest war ship in the Baltic at the time it was was sunk in 1564 after a 48 hour long sea battle with Danish and Lübeckian ships.

The Mars carried 107 guns had and a crew of over 800 men. Its a more significant find than even the famous warship Vasa, which has been on show in Stockholm since it was lifted back in the 1960s.

Submission + - Bionic leg gives amputees a natural gait (

Science_afficionado writes: "A new lower-limb prosthetic — the first with powered knee and ankle joints that work together — allows amputees to walk without the leg-dragging characteristic of conventional artificial legs. The device uses the latest advances in computer, sensor, motor and battery technology to give it bionic capabilities."

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