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Comment We have cured cancer in thousands of mice (Score 0, Troll) 55

We have cured cancer in thousands of mice, and we now realize that the mouse genome, and the human genome are vastly different. The mouse immune system is very different from that of man. They don't even have the same number of active toll-like receptors. We must start thinking much more carefully about translation from mouse to man, and ignore studies where translation is not specifically teased out...

Comment Re:Bruce Schneier is a hack (Score 1) 37

If you read further you will see the words: " Although I have started using Tails."

Tails is most certainly is not Windoze. Now, as for Windoze not being secure, at least it is "the devil you know." It has had a decade of hardening. Unlike some of the Linuxes, which use the insecure UEFI for booting, Windoze uses legacy BIOS, which is better characterized for boot kits. There is a lot more to security than is obvious on the surface. If you were a security professional, you would understand that. Meanwhile, please just Google: "Tails Linux"

Comment Re:Can the FDA regulate free software? (Score 1) 130

You need to differentiate between apps distributed in the USA and those elsewhere in the world. FDA only has control over the US of A. They will claim control (and to the best of my knowledge they have control) over the distribution of free-software (described by this final guidance) within the USA.

Comment Re:Sorry, but where is the evidence? (Score 1) 478

Yes, indeed, brrrr. It is tough dealing with these aching joints and dizzy spells...

However, IMO Science has been perverted by the advent of Internet publishing. This desire to ask everybody to "show me your source" and then calling their opinions "anecdotal" if they deign to take your suggestion, is indeed a relatively recent phenomenon, just in the last couple of decades. Maybe it is due to the over-availability of citations via the Internet, maybe not.

However, Schneier has fully established his own credibility. He doesn't need any stinkin' sources before drawing a conclusion. And we need to pay him some stinkin' respect... I certainly do...

Submission + - Why Silicon Valley will hate California's 'right to know' bill (

An anonymous reader writes: California, home to many Silicon Valley firms like Facebook, Twitter and Google, has introduced a bill that goes above and beyond EU rights for citizens to request data held on them by companies. Trouble is, Silicon Valley will react — likely with full force — and attempt to squash any hopes of this bill being passed.

Comment Don't assume Apple and Samsung equally Guilty (Score 1) 1

As Apple said in its opening to the jury - something like "Samsung doesn't deserve to have its patent claims heard because it didn't sue us before we sued them." So who was the aggressor, the instigator? In Apples own words it was Apple. There are real patents to be weighed here, both Samsung and Apple have valid claims. But Apple can't claim the rectangle shape with rounded corners. I have a Compaq IPAQ sitting here in front of me, predating Apple by years. And an Apple Newton. There is no way I, as a designer, would ever have considered in 2007 that Apple would dare to patent such a shape. Innovation is being stifled here. I have the Newton, but I will never buy another Apple product. Does that make me biased. Well, that can be argued, as well :)


Submission + - US Launches Largest Satellite in the World

Ponca City, We Love You writes: " reports that over the weekend a giant booster – a Delta 4 Heavy rocket — carrying a secret new spy satellite for the US National Reconnaissance Office roared into space to deliver what one reconnaissance official has touted as "the largest satellite in the world" into orbit. The Delta 4 Heavy rocket is the biggest unmanned rocket currently in service and has 2 million pounds of thrust, capable of launching payloads of up to 24 tons to low-Earth orbit and 11 tons toward the geosynchronous orbits used by communications satellites. The mammoth vehicle is created by taking three Common Booster Cores — the liquid hydrogen-fueled motor that forms a Delta 4-Medium's first stage — and strapping them together to form a triple-barrel rocket, and then adding an upper stage. The exact purpose of the new spy satellite NROL-32 is secret but is widely believed to be an essential eavesdropping spacecraft that requires the powerful lift provided by the Delta 4-Heavy to reach its listening post. "I believe the payload is the fifth in the series of what we call Mentor spacecraft, a.k.a. Advanced Orion, which gather signals intelligence from inclined geosynchronous orbits," says Ted Molczan, a respected sky-watcher who keeps tabs on orbiting spacecraft. Earlier models of the series included an unfurling dish structure about 255 feet in diameter with a total spacecraft mass of about 5,953.5 pounds costing about $750 million and designed to monitor specific points or objects of interest such as ballistic missile flight test telemetry."
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Open Source OCR That Makes Searchable PDFs 133

An anonymous reader writes "In my job all of our multifunction copiers scan to PDF but many of our users want and expect those PDFs to be text searchable. I looked around for software that would create text searchable pdfs but most are very expensive and I couldn't find any that were open source (free). I did find some open source packages like CuneiForm and Exactimage that could in theory do the job, but they were hard to install and difficult to set up and use over a network. Then I stumbled upon WatchOCR. This is a Live CD distro that can easily create a server on your network that provides an OCR service using watched folders. Now all my scanners scan to a watched folder, WatchOCR picks up those files and OCRs them, and then spits them out into another folder. It uses CuneiForm and ExactImage but it is all configured and ready to deploy. It can even be remotely managed via the Web interface. Hope this proves helpful to someone else who has this same situation."

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