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Submission + - Watch out with your maps in India (

pvt_medic writes: India is considering a new law that would carry fines and prison time for mistakes in maps. Companies would have to apply for a license in India for their mapping services. The move is part of the 'The Geospatial Information Regulation Bill 2016' following recent instances where certain social networking sites showed Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh as part of Pakistan and China respectively

Submission + - Air Passenger Panicked By Sight Of Equation (

Tetch writes: Be careful out there fellow nerds ... mathematics may now have joined the list of "terrist" weapons. The BBC reports that an airliner departure from Philadelphia was delayed when a passenger noticed a fellow passenger working on a differential equation, and decided this amounted to suspicious activity. The mathematician, Guido Menzio, a University of Pennsylvania associate professor of economics, told the Washington Post that the pilot seemed embarrassed. Mr Menzio was taken off the plane and questioned by agents, but was later cleared to depart on the plane which was delayed for a total of 2 hours by the mathematics horror.

Comment Benner Model (Score 5, Interesting) 525

I work in healthcare and the model often used is Brenners Novice to Expert. This looks at the development of an individual in their practice. While a great model since it allows one to compare themselves to themselves and looking for improvement, it also promotes team work. Of course this is a little difficult to apply many software firms. Another model is using a 1-5 scale, where 5 is exceptional, 1 is unsatistifactory, 3 meets criteria, 4 is exceeds criteria, and then they tally these for whatever metrics used and divide to get an average. Comparing staff to each other does not develop team work and only works in competitive environments like sales where you want people to outdo each other.

Comment Software the future of computing (Score 2) 286

Think about how much raw power computers have today, and how for the most part we are just using that for word processing/email/internet/music/video. This is just an example of how to utilize this power. Its all about software now, this is just another example of how databases will continue to interact more and more. There are great possibilities for how this can be used (and horrible options as well) but think about medicine being able to identify a John Doe who is brought into the Emergency Department, or your home security system identifying who is knocking at the door. And of course, this technology is not new, its just finally coming out for public usage.

Comment True to a degree (Score 1) 380

The challenge with this analysis is that it only focuses on a small component of the overall economy. The apple iPod is a great example of this, and areas where the US can develop and market these high tech items we can assemble them oversees as ultimately we will make the profit back here in the US. The challenge is that there are many elements of the economy that based soley on manufacturing and this is an area where China has an advantage. Also many companies that were historically american have been purchased by oversees holdings. Overall if you look at the flow of money for most parts of the US economy the money ends up in other countries. Ultimately to have a healthy economy you need both high tech and manufacturing balanced appropriately so your companies are not too dependent on other countries. This is where the US suffers the greatest

Comment Re:One Question (Score 1) 967

I say Catwomen and for a couple of reasons. When getting the new suit it was mentioned that it would protect against dog bites, and then they mentioned cats in that same line. But more in the themes that this franchise has had with underlying social storied, I think a new flame in bruce's life vs a new enemy would be a fitting continuation for the movie

Submission + - UTSA starting a Cyber Security Center

nawtykitty writes: "The University of Texas at San Antonio has announced that they will open a new computer-security research institute. They even were able to hire Ravi Sandhu away from George Mason University. It seems that the University of Texas at San Antonio is striving to make a name for itself in the growing market of computer security. As the article points out,

"increasingly sophisticated hackers have learned to exploit vulnerabilities in, for example, business-to-business deals involving large sums of money".
Is the creation of cyber-security institutes a good thing, or are they attempts to draw more grant money for Universities?"

Submission + - Oracle App Express adds PDF and Microsoft Access m

Rob writes: Oracle's next version of its Application Express tool is adding several features to entice users of Microsoft Access to consider migrating. They include a new ability to output to PDF, to make it easier to print and distribute reports; a revamped charting engine that takes advantage of the Adobe Flash run time to make cleaner tables and graphs; and a new Microsoft Access migration tool. The tool is designed to make it easy to develop fairly rudimentary, data-driven web applications where you need to grab data from an Oracle database. It's aimed especially at Microsoft developers to consider Oracle as the next step up from Access, when concerns such as auditability cause you to reconsider whether to continue using Microsoft's entry level database.

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