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Submission + - Copyright Alert System (lexology.com) 2

samu0086 writes: As reported in Intellectual Property News, "After years of following a widely criticized policy of launching copyright infringement suits against unlawful file-sharers, content creators, owners, and advocates from the Recording Industry Association of America (“RIAA”), the Motion Picture Association of America (“MPAA”), and other major movie and music media conglomerates have now joined forces with major internet service providers (“ISPs”) to launch a new weapon in the battle against unlawful file-sharers – the Copyright Alert System (“CAS”). The CAS allows copyright owners to scan P2P networks for evidence that copyrighted content has been unlawfully transferred online and to identify the corresponding IP addresses. The content owner can then notify its ISP of the evidence of unlawful file transfers and the responsible IP address. The ISP can then match the IP address to its customer and send an “alert” through the CAS."

Microsoft Kills Support For XP SP2 315

Trailrunner7 writes "Microsoft's announcement this week that it is preparing to end support for machines running Windows XP SP2 not only represents a challenge for the thousands of businesses still running SP2, but also is the end of an era for both Microsoft and its customers. It wasn't until 2004 that the final release of XP SP2 hit the streets, but when it did, it represented a huge step forward in security for Windows users. It wasn't necessarily the feature set that mattered as much as the fact that the protections were enabled by default and taken out of the users' hands."

Fossil of Ant-Eating Dinosaur Discovered In China 64

thomst writes "Charles Q. Choi of LiveScience reports that a farmer in southern Henan Province in China has dug up the first known ant-eating dinosaur, a half-meter-long theropod (the dinosaur family to which T. Rex belongs), whose fossilized remains were described as 'fairly intact'. The 83- to 89-million-year-old pygmy dinosaur has been named named Xixianykus zhangi by Xig Xu, De-you Wang, Corwin Sullivan, David Hone, Feng-lu Han, Rong-hao Yan, and Fu-ming Du, whose paper on the critter, A basal parvicursorine (Theropoda: Alvarezsauridae) from the Upper Cretaceous of China, was published in the March 29 issue of Zootaxa (the abstract is available in PDF format for free, the full article is paywall-protected.)"

Comment options (Score 1) 154

You could try to introduce basic computational chemistry through ChemOffice or PCmodel. Have them find the lowest energy conformation for a particular cyclic structure. Have them explain why adding a particular group at a particular location increases the conformational energy. Or just integrate this into their lab reports by having them create these 3d/kekuli structures in ChemOffice and paste them into their reports. Searching through the literature for chemical information is a very important skill to develop as 6 hours in the library can potentially save 6 months in the lab. But as a high school, I doubt you have access to Merck Index online or the other expensive chemical databases. I think an ability to search MSDS databases would be appropriate for high school students. These are can be found for free online and you build good safety habits by making your students comfortable searching for safety information (ignition temp, vapor pressure, hazards, etc...) for chemicals they will use. Most university programs teach these skills anyway but they will have a head up on the assignment. gl hf dd.

Canadian Blood Services Promotes Pseudoscience 219

trianglecat writes "The not-for-profit agency Canadian Blood Services has a section of their website based on the Japanese cultural belief of ketsueki-gata, which claims that a person's blood group determines or predicts their personality type. Disappointing for a self-proclaimed 'science-based' organization. The Ottawa Skeptics, based in the nation's capital, appear to be taking some action."

Comment Metal Gear Solid (Score 1) 136

MGS for PSX taught me all I need to know about the PALS authentication system and international terrorism. Campbell : I'm afraid so. At the very least, they've got their hands on a real nuclear warhead. Snake : Isn't there some kind of safety device to prevent this kind of terrorism? Campbell : Yes. Every missile and warhead in our arsenal is equipped with a PAL, which uses a discreet detonation code. Snake : PAL? Campbell : Permissive Action Link. A safety control system built into all nuclear weapons systems. But even so, we can't rest easy. Snake : Why not? Campbell : Because the DARPA Chief knows the detonation code. Snake : But even if they have a nuclear warhead, it must've been removed from its missile. All the missiles on these disposal sites are supposed to be dismantled. It's not that easy to get your hands on an ICBM (intercontinental ballistic missle). Campbell : That used to be true, but since the end of the Cold War you can get anything if you have enough money and the right connections.

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