renek writes: Common Sense has struck again as the director for the National Institute of Health has called for the release of two studies about the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus. The U.S. Government had previously advised that the research not be published in the journals Science and Nature. From the article,
"On March 29 and 30, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an independent expert committee that advises the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other Federal departments and agencies on matters of biosecurity, convened to review unpublished revised manuscripts describing NIH-funded research on the transmissibility of H5N1 influenza virus—the strain commonly referred to as "bird flu" During its March meeting, the NSABB took into account the new and clarified information in the manuscripts, additional perspectives provided by influenza biology experts, highly pertinent but as yet unpublished epidemiologic data, and relevant security information. After careful deliberation, the NSABB unanimously recommended the revised manuscript by Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka be communicated in full.
renek writes: In one of the most brazen attacks on net neutrality to date, Verizon has announced it will offer a so called "Turbo Boost" for smart phones that run on it's wireless network. "Verizon will publish an API that could allow consumers to "turbocharge" the network bandwidth their smartphone apps use for a small fee, executives said Tuesday. Verizon anticipates that a customer running an app on a smartphone will have the option to dynamically snatch more bandwidth for that app, if network congestion slows it down, said Hugh Fletcher, associate director for technology in Verizon's Product Development and Technology team. The app, however, must be running what Verizon referred to as the network optimization API it is currently developing, and hopes to publish by the third quarter of 2012."
renek writes: If you think the RIAA/MPAA's tactics have been outlandish, laughable, and disconcerting in the past you haven't seen anything yet. From government-mandated spyware that deletes infringing content to border searches of media players, this reads like an Orwellian nightmare. Given the US government's willingness to bend over for Big Media it wouldn't be terribly surprising to see how far this goes and how under the radar it stays.
renek writes: The group controlling Internet domain names may soon decide whether to relax naming rules and potentially open up a virtual domain name gold rush.At a meeting in Paris Thursday, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will vote on two key proposals.The first would allow domains that do not use Latin characters, meaning domain names using Chinese, Arabic or Cyrillic letters. The other proposal would allow domains to use nearly any letter or number combination, up to 64 characters.
If ICANN approves the proposals, the world of.com and.org and country names like.jp or.fr would be opened to a much wider choice, such as.hotel or.sex.
Renek writes: "Asus has unveiled the latest models of its Eee PC. The new models are called the 901 and 1000 and feature an 8.9in and 10in screen respectively, as well as an Intel Atom 1.6Ghz processor, replacing the Celeron M that has powered the Eee thus far.Though the new models offer few surprises for dedicated followers of the Asus rumour mill, the purported 7.8 hours battery life most certainly counts among them. Asus claims this is the result of new power management software called Super Hybrid Engine, though we'll wait until we get one in the labs before we take it on faith."