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Businesses

Submission + - HP Board Shakeup - Four Directors Gone (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: Hewlett-Packard is picking up five new people on its board, including former eBay CEO and California gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. the company is dropping four directors (which means they won't run for re-election in march) — among them Joel Hyatt, son-in-law of the late Senator Howard Metzenbaum, and one of the longer-serving members, Lucille Salhany (since 2002) a partner and director of Echo Bridge Entertainment.

Submission + - GPS Down for...tests? (faasafety.gov) 1

simonbas writes: The FAA advised pilots that GPS coordinates for the southern east coast might be unreliable from tomorrow to febuary 22nd due to Department of Defence tests. Is this really a test or what?

Submission + - New Red Dwarf series threatened by the Twitter era (shadowlocked.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The announcement that the new series of Red Dwarf is likely to be shot in front of a studio audience, which hasn't happened for the show since 1998, has made one of the show's actors wary of the practicality of it. Commenting on his blog, Robert Llewellyn, who plays servile robot Kryten in the hit British SF comedy show notes: "The fear among the producers now is that it’s impossible to imagine an audience of around 400 people at the recording of a TV show like Red Dwarf, where nobody does a bit of a hint on Twitter, or sneaks a picture on Facebook or posts a bit of badly shot video on YouTube"
The Courts

Submission + - Sergey Aleynikov is found guilty of code theft (nytimes.com)

ngrier writes: After just three hours of deliberation, the jury found Sergey Aleynikov guilty of intentionally stealing proprietary Goldman Sachs code. As he had admitted copying the code as he was preparing to join a startup competitor in 2009, the case hinged on the intent. He faces up to 10 years in prison. We've discussed him before, here, here and here.
Space

Submission + - An Unusual Planet: Low Metal and Extra-Galactic (aaas.org)

zientiss writes: You don't find many planets around stars that are either very old or metal-poor. Science Express, published by AAAS, report the discovery of a new planet by Johny Setiawan and the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy: not only is the new planet's star very metal-poor and very old (past the red giant phase), but it's comes from outside our galaxy. The metal-poor planet is important, implying there must be alternative methods of planet formation. Setiawan says, "According to the core accretion theory, it was probably impossible for this planet to form—but it did!"
Businesses

Submission + - Research Firm Says Cord Cutting Is Real (allthingsd.com)

nametaken writes: U.S. cable and satellite companies have lost subscribers again for the second straight quarter. The author notes that this has never happened before. A release on the subject by research firm SNL Kagan said, "It is becoming increasingly difficult to dismiss the impact of over-the-top substitution on video subscriber performance, particularly after seeing declines during the period of the year that tends to produce the largest subscriber gains due to seasonal shifts back to television viewing and subscription packages." Or as Kafka puts it, "People are cord-cutting. It’s happening now."

Submission + - Link Between Weird Quantum Phenomena

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers have uncovered a fundamental link between the two defining properties of quantum physics. Stephanie Wehner of Singapore's Centre for Quantum Technologies and the National University of Singapore and Jonathan Oppenheim of the United Kingdom's University of Cambridge published their work today in the latest edition of the journal Science. The result is being heralded as a dramatic breakthrough in our basic understanding of quantum mechanics and provides new clues to researchers seeking to understand the foundations of quantum theory. The result addresses the question of why quantum behaviour is as weird as it is—but no weirder.
The Internet

Submission + - Researchers Model Discussion Cascades on Slashdot 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "Discovery reports that according to a new study of several websites with large user bases, it's quite predictable how much chatter a post on Slashdot or Wikipedia will attract, and the thread of an online conversation — whether it sticks to the original topic or users comment on each other's comments — can be modeled as a tree with discussions veering off on branches. The findings give hope to social scientists trying to understand broader phenomena, like how rumors about a candidate spread during a campaign or how information about street protests flows out of a country with state-controlled media. "The fact we have good fits allows us to think people react to news in a universal way," says study co-author Vincenç Gómez. Researchers collected millions of comments in discussion boards from four websites including slashdot and wikipedia and sampled 50,000 comments at random from each dataset and analyzed whether each one was a reply to a news post or to another comment, and how many were replies to discussions that already had a crowd of comments. Researchers found that on Slashdot, a comment will often provoke a new thread of conversation — a tree with more branches so one can infer that Slashdot users leave more thoughtful comments than Menéame and Digg (PDF) users do, stimulating more in-depth discussion. "What we can say with Slashdot, there is rich structure in the comments," says Gomez. Interestingly enough on slashdot, the more comments a post already has, the more comments people will continue to post — a "popularity bias" while on Wikipedia the opposite is true. That reflects the fact that Wikipedia is goal-oriented, says Stanford economist Ben Golub, once an issue has been addressed, that's the end of the conversation."
Privacy

Submission + - Use of stolen SSN wasn’t criminal, court rul (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: The Colorado Supreme Court by a vote of 4-3 recently overturned the conviction of a man who used a woman’s Social Security number to apply for a car loan. The action did not constitute criminal impersonation, ruled the court’s majority, because the man provided the auto dealership with his real name, address and place of employment, in addition to the stolen Social Security number. It should come as no surprise that privacy experts are taking exception to the majority’s position.

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