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Submission + - CAPTCHA - Are robots really a threath for your website? (wikipedia.org) 2

ertmania writes: CAPTHA was invented to prevent bots from adding URLs to their search engine, taking part in online polls, registering for free email accounts (which may then be used to send spam) and collecting email addresses and so on.
I can see a point in that.
Now a days everybody must have CAPTCHA to protect their website from being overtaken by robots? Your local Rabbit Welfare Association has CAPTCHA to prevent robots from signing up for the annual news letter.
Personal I find CAPTCHA annoying. When I, for the 20th time has been filling out some registration form and then guessed the obscured CAPTCHA image wrong, resulting in clearing the form, I get pissed.
It is often impossible to tell the difference between cC, wW, xX, yY and lI.
My point is: Don't use CAPTCHA unless it is necessary. Use some other kind of submission control or like in the rabbit case; don't use any.

Submission + - When GPL becomes Almost GPL - The CSS, Images and Javascript Loophole.

sobolwolf writes: It has been apparent for sometime that many developers (mainly theme designers) are split licensing PHP based Based GPL distributions, releasing proprietary files alongside GPL files with the excuse that CSS, Javascript and Images are "immunized" from the GPL due to the fact that they run in the browser and not on the server. This is almost always done to limit the distribution of the entire release, not just the proprietary items (most extensions will not function in any meaningful way without the accompanying CSS, Images and Javascript). Some of the more popular PHP based GPL projects like WordPress have gone as far as to apply sanctions to developers distributing split licensed themes/plugins while others such as Joomla have openly embraced the split licensed model, even to go as far as changing their extension directory submission rules to cater specifically to split licensed distributions.

In light of all this I would like to ask the following question: While it seems to be legal to offer split licensed GPL distributions, is it in the spirit of the GPL for a project such as Joomla (who's governing body has the motto "Open Source Matters") to openly embrace such a practice when they can easily require that all CSS, Images and Javascript be GPL (or GPL compatible) for extensions that are listed on the Joomla Extensions Directory?
Medicine

Submission + - Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "What if treating skin cancer was just a matter of wearing a patch for a few hours? At this year’s Society of Nuclear Medicine’s Annual Meeting one group of researchers presented such a patch. The patch is infused with phosphorus-32, a radioactive isotope used to treat some types of cancer. In a study of 10 patients with basal cell carcinoma located on their faces, the patch was applied for three hours, then for another three hours four and seven days later. Six months after treatment, 8 of the patients were cancer free."
China

Submission + - Dangerous business: Libya, China, Russia sell wares at military tech show (foxnews.com)

Velcroman1 writes: Military supply companies from Russia, China, UAE, Indonesia, Korea, and Libya showed off tanks, missiles and other weapons in Paris at the Eurosatory 2012 show, the largest international military technology show focused on land warfare. At the event, 53 countries were represented by more than 1,400 exhibitors for the 55,000 visitors, the United States leading with 158 companies. But a surprising trend was evident: This year, the number of companies from non-Western countries that showed off new weaponry boomed — especially Russia and China. "Western armed forces generally, and land forces in particular, are facing significant cuts in capability," said one expert. These smaller countries with weaker economies are seeing dollar signs, in other words — and who cares the denomination.
Social Networks

Submission + - 'Anonymous' declares online war on Scientology (computerworld.com.au)

Cruiseship writes: A mysterious anti Church of Scientology group is using YouTube and other social networking sites to gather people for a day of action against the church this Sunday, February 10. The group known as "Anonymous" has released three videos on YouTube in the past fortnight that seek to discredit and "dismantle" the church. It's next phase to is muster support for a day of mass protest at Scientology offices world wide. http://www.computerworld.com.au/index.php/id;632197333;fp;16;fpid;1
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Germany developing $1.75 Bil particle accelerator

SK writes: "Scientists from over the world are headed to the German city of Darmstadt to kick off the construction of a new 1.2 billion Euro particle accelerator. They plan to use the facility in an effort to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang. The scientists hope to create situations similar to the Big Bang in a controlled environment to figure out what actually happened and discover new data about the birth of our universe."
Books

Submission + - Book copies Wikipedia; Publisher aggressive on IP. (wikipedia.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Two pages of a book, Black Gold: The New Frontier in Oil for Investors, consist of a direct copy from the English Wikipedia article on the Khobar Towers Bombing. The book is published by John Wiley and Sons, the same publisher who, earlier this year, threatened a blogger with legal action over a clear case of fair use commentary.
Biotech

Submission + - 60 grams of fat for breakfast! (cnn.com)

sobolwolf writes: The people who brought you the Monster Thickburger and the 1,100-calorie salad are at it again — this time for breakfast.

"We don't try to hide what these are," a Hardee's spokesman said of the 920-calorie breakfast burrito.

Hardee's on Monday rolled out its new Country Breakfast Burrito ("country breakfast bomb") — two egg omelets filled with bacon, sausage, diced ham, cheddar cheese, hash browns and sausage gravy, all wrapped inside a flour tortilla. The burrito contains 920 calories and 60 grams of fat.

In 2003 the chain introduced a line of big sandwiches, including the Monster Thickburger. The 1,420-calorie sandwich is made up of two 1/3-pound slabs of beef, four strips of bacon, three slices of cheese and mayonnaise on a buttered bun.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a Washington-based advocate for nutrition and health, has called the Hardee's line of Thickburgers "food porn."

Feed Techdirt: YouTube Announces Tool For Angry Copyright Holders (techdirt.com)

After many many months of saying the company was "working on it," Google has finally released the details of its tool to help angry copyright holders deal with their content being shared on YouTube. The tool doesn't sound all that surprising. Basically, the company tried to build its own version of Audible Magic's famed "magic bullet" approach to stopping unauthorized sharing. Of course, Audible Magic's solution has run into problems when people realized it doesn't work very well, and you have to wonder how well Google's homebrewed solution will work as well. It's not an easy problem to solve, and going back to the original Napster (which tried to add its own similar filter), people quickly find ways around the filters. There are two noteworthy things in the Google announcement. First, it requires copyright holders to upload their own copies so that Google can match them to the content on the site, and it offers the copyright holder a variety of options beyond just "block any copies." That's where it gets a little interesting. Copyright holders can also choose to leave the content up, but place ads on it, with a split of the ad revenue going back to the copyright holder. In other words, Google is at least encouraging copyright holders to consider that simply taking down the infringing content may not make as much as sense as trying to make money off of it. Somehow, we doubt that too many copyright holders will sign up for this "leave it up, but with ads" program, but perhaps we'll be surprised.

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