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Submission + - Federal Court Rejects NDAA - Issues Injunction (courthousenews.com) 1

Arker writes: A federal judge granted a preliminary injunction late Wednesday to block provisions of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act that would allow the military to indefinitely detain anyone it accuses of knowingly or unknowingly supporting terrorism.

The Obama administration had argued, inter alia, that the plaintiffs, including whistleblower and transparency advocate Daniel Ellsberg and Icelandic Member of Parliament Birgitta Jonsdottir lacked standing, but Judge Katherine Forrest didnt buy it.

Given recent statements from the administration, it seems safe to say this will be the start of a long court battle.

Data Storage

Submission + - Israel A Hotspot For Flash Innovation (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: The buyout of flash array maker XtremIO marks EMC's ninth acquisition in Israel. It also followed a similar purchase by Apple of Israeli-based SSD maker Anobit earlier this year. At the same time EMC was in Israel seeking to make a deal with XtremIO, so were Dell and NetApp. Israel has become one of the hottest countries for start-up acquisitions, and even more so for flash storage companies. According to Orna Berry — formerly the chief scientist of Israel's Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Labor — technology innovation isn't a matter of a better educated workforce but of necessity, 'life and death.'

Submission + - Vaccinated kids are more likely to get whooping cough than non-vaccinated. (examiner.com)

toporok writes: FTA:
"After Brasscheck TV reported on the whooping cough outbreaks in California, where it was admitted that the outbreaks were centered around vaccinated children, not the unvaccinated, there is now a push to get more children vaccinated against the disease.
Although hundreds of whooping cough (pertussis) cases are being reported in nine states, studies revealed that the whooping cough vaccine wears off leaving victims even more vulnerable to whooping cough than before being vaccinated."

Data Storage

Submission + - RunCore Introduces Self-Destructable SSD (runcore.com)

jones_supa writes: RunCore announces the global launch of its InVincible solid state drive, designed for mission-critical fields such as aerospace or military. The device improves upon a normal SSD by having two strategies for the drive to quickly render itself blank. First method goes through the disk, overwriting all data with garbage. Second one is less discreet and lets the smoke out of the circuitry by driving overcurrent to the NAND chips. Both ways can be ignited with a single push of a button, allowing James Bond -style rapid response to the situation on the field.

Submission + - Siri Caught Recommending The Nokia Lumia, Promptly Reprogrammed (techdirt.com)

TheGift73 writes: "The Apple marketing machine has always thrived on organic media buzz. Devices like the iPad launch to such massive anticipation that whole TV news segments turn into commercials for the product, then hand off to on-the-scene reporters covering the line outside the Apple store, without the company paying a dime. Unfortunately, it seems like Apple didn't account for two things: the cold, cold heart of the Wolfram Alpha computational knowledge engine, and the dutiful messenger that is Siri.
Last week, CNET reported that iPhone users who asked Siri "what's the best smartphone ever?" (no doubt seeking reaffirmation of their consumer savviness) were told to their amusement and/or horror that the Nokia Lumia 900 is in fact the fairest of them all. It now seems like Apple engineers did some tinkering over the weekend, because Siri has suddenly changed its tune:

"When iPhone 4S owners now ask Siri which smartphone is the best ever, she replies with a sarcastic, "you're kidding, right?" A reader who tipped CNET to the change said Siri will also reply with "the one you're holding" when asked the question. A CNET staffer on the West Coast also got "the one you're holding" as an answer.""


Submission + - Paralyzed Woman Uses Thoughts to Move Robotic Arm

fishmike writes: "The woman is one of two patients in the ongoing trial of BrainGate neural interface, an experimental brain-computer interface technology that may one day give paralyzed individuals more mobility.

"This is another big jump forward to control the movements of a robotic arm in three-dimensional space," said John Donoghue, who leads the development of BrainGate technology and is the director of the Institute for Brain Science at Brown University in Rhode Island."

Submission + - BitTorrent Piracy Boosts Music Sales, Study Finds (torrentfreak.com)

TheGift73 writes: "A new academic paper by a researcher from the North Carolina State University has examined the link between BitTorrent downloads and music album sales. Contrary to what’s often claimed by the major record labels, the paper concludes that there is absolutely no evidence that unauthorized downloads negatively impact sales. Instead, the research finds that more piracy directly leads to more album sales.

For more than a decade researchers have been looking into the effects of music piracy on the revenues of the record industry, with mixed results.

None of these researchers, however, used a large sample of accurate download statistics from a BitTorrent tracker to examine this topic. This missing element motivated economist Robert Hammond, Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University, to conduct his own research."

Comment Re:Harsh but... (Score 1) 668

When I was a kid growing up in Russia, if you got measles, neighbors with young kids would actually bring their kids over, so they can get infected and develop immunity to it for later in life. My sister had it and the whole neighborhood was over in a course of the week or 2 she had it. No one died and I've seen this over and over. Later all kids had the measles vaccine while in school, I think it was 1st or 2nd grade. Back then the doctors didn't give it to your within the first 2 weeks of your life...

Comment Think before you judge! (Score 1) 668

There's a lot of misunderstanding about this whole vaccination process. People started refusing vaccines not because they vaccines themselves affected their children but because the mercury based preservatives in those vaccines did. The preservatives are added to multi-doze vaccines, which most of the vaccines manufacturer's have shifted their production, ending most of single doze lines because of much higher profit on multi-doze orders. There was a Rolling Stones article on this a while ago. http://www.autismcoach.com/Rolling%20Stone%20Autism%20Article.htm Contrary to USA, most European countries ended mercury based vaccines back in the 1970's. Now because of the massive outcry against mercury based preservatives, a lot of vaccines manufacturers have switched to aluminum based ones. But distrust is still there and the lack of single doze is only feeding that mistrust. Now before you go and say that I don't know what I'm talking about, I have 2 nephews and a niece that became autistic after being given vaccines with thimerisol based preservatives. Each was give multiple vaccines at once, as is often done nowadays and is actually recommended by FDA. Each shot contained enough mercury, that if that amount of mercury was spilled on the floor, it would require a hazmat to clean up. All the children were perfectly fine before that and were really smart and outgoing. This was about 18 years ago. Another thing to consider is that mercury does not leave the body, it accumulates over lifetime. The only way to remove it, is through some rather aggressive chemo-therapy, so can't be done to young kids. One of my nephews had the process performed on him when he was about 12 and he became much better but the family didn't have the money or the will to put him though several more that were needed to remove the remaining mercury. Now, not every child is going to have that reaction but you don't know until you try. So before you go a label these people as complete idiots, try to put yourself in their place...

Submission + - When is it right to go public with security flaws? (pcpro.co.uk)

nk497 writes: When it comes to security flaws, who should be warned first: users or software vendors? The debate has flared up again, after Google researcher Tavis Ormandy published a flaw in Windows Support. As previously noted on Slashdot, Google has since promised to back researchers that give vendors at least 60-days to sort out a solution to reported flaws, while Microsoft has responded by renaming responsible disclosure as "coordinated vulnerability disclosure." Microsoft is set to announce something related to community-based defence at Black Hat, but it's not likely to be a bug bounty, as the firm has again said it won't pay for vulnerabilities. So what other methods for managing disclosures could the security industry develop, that balance vendors need for time to develop a solution and researchers' needs to work together and publish?

Submission + - US government to legalise jailbreaking (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Consumer rights group the Electronic Frontier Foundation has successfully overturned part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which will allow users to jailbreak their smartphones.

Submission + - Yahoo! Japan ditching own search engine for Google (bloomberg.com)

KamuZ writes: It seems Yahoo! Japan is ditching their own search engine for Google Search. Also they plan to use the AdSense to serve advertisement. All this should happen before 2010 ends and the length of the agreement is not decided yet.
You can see the original statement in here.(PDF, only Japanese).


Submission + - EFF Wins, Apple Loses, Jailbreaking is Now Legal (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Every three years, the U.S. Copyright Office convenes to consider exemptions to the DMCA's ban on circumvention of "technical protection measures." On Monday, the EFF, which had submitted three such exemptions for this go-round of the triennial process, announced that all three exemptions had been granted, meaning for one thing, that jailbreaking iPhones is now officially legal."

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