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"The key point he makes in the end is that the system is broken because of the combination of a few factors that conflict with the fact that everything is a remix. When you mix laws that fundamentally treat creative works as property, with the massive rewards and huge legal fees associated with court cases, combined with the cognitive bias people have against others copying themselves (with a complete blindness for the fact that they are always copying others), you have a system that fundamentally does not work and cannot work."
Anyone familiar with say, Derrida's ideas on deconstruction will find little new on that side, however he puts the other point: that IP doesn't protect the idea, but the branding of it, in order to create a stream of money. Has the fuel of interest strangled the fire of genius? Or do we really want a system that rewards those who push paper better?" Link to Original Source top
Stirling Newberry writes "The Washington Post reports that since its acquisition by MS, Skype has made it easier to turn chats and conversations over to law enforcement:
Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police...The company has “a long track record of working successfully with law enforcement here and internationally,” he added.
...Hacker groups and privacy experts have been speculating for months that Skype had changed its architecture to make it easier for governments to monitor, and many blamed Microsoft, which has an elaborate operation for complying with legal government requests in countries around the world
...The issue is, to what extent are our communications being purpose-built to make surveillance easy?” said Lauren Weinstein, co-founder of People for Internet Responsibility,
The article notes that the introduction of super-nodes both improved performance, and enabled monitoring, and reports that the company states that records are kept for 30 days." Link to Original Source
A day after Infosys 'lackluster performance, chief executive officer S D Shibulal wrote a letter to its 1.5 lakh employees to reassure them that their company is on the right track.
According to Wikipedia's bio, Shubilal is worth over one billion USD, and wants to improve employee engagement, which obviously is at the root of his strategy to take unavoidable headwinds, in his own words, and "one time occurances," out on employees:
"Last quarter, we said that we would review the possibility of increasing salaries during the year. However, given the business outlook, we will not be able to do this at this time. We will continue to look for any signs of improvement in the business outlook, which might allow us to revisit this in the quarters to come.
Stirling Newberry writes "This image shows "P5," the place holder name for a 5th natural moon of Pluto, a tiny sliver that orbits ~29,000 miles from its primary in a circular orbit. Other than Charon, Hubble has been the means of finding all of the known moons of Pluto." Link to Original Source top
Cell Carriers Responded to 1.3 million Law Enforcement Requests for Data.
In the first public accounting of its kind, cellphone carriers reported that they responded to a daunting 1.3 million demands for subscriber data last year from law enforcement agencies seeking text messages, caller locations and other information in the course of investigations.
One stinging statistic: AT&T gets 230 requests for data per hour, and turns down only 18 per week. Sprint gets 500,000 requests per year. While many requests are backed by court orders, most are not. Some include "dumps" of tower data, which captures everyone near by at a certain time." Link to Original Source
What's new? She asserts that there is a grand jury investigation into Wikileaks and related organizations, and is calling on Sweden to provide assurances that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange not be re-extradicted to the US." Link to Original Source top
Stirling Newberry writes "Luciano Iess and team have hypothesized that Titan joins Earth, Europa, and Ganymede as ocean worlds. They measure the size of the tidal bulges and find that the moon is likely not solid. Team member Jonathan Lunine points out that Titan's methane atmosphere is not stable, so needs some source, perhaps from outgassing. On earth, water means life, and in the future, ice covered ocean worlds are targets for human colonization, since as the late Arthur C. Clarke observed, water is the most precious substance in the universe to humans." Link to Original Source top
Stirling Newberry writes "One of the important moral principles that has made everything we relish about the internet possible, from Wikipedia to YouTube, is that internet service providers need to have a safe harbour from what their users do. Writes Jimmy Wales to announce the launch of Change.org petition against the extradition of TVShack's Richard O'Dwyer. He does not defend violating copyright, but does argue that providers have a safe harbor from what their users do – and as the founder of what may be the largest user created site on the internet, not surprising.
His other point is that O'Dwyer is being extradited for activity that was not a crime in the UK, and for which he was not prosecuted there, raising the troubling question of who can be arrested under what laws in the internet era. For example, could you be extradited to India for blasphemy for running an atheist site so long as people in India could access it?" Link to Original Source top
Stirling Newberry writes "The Google engineer who wrote the payload snooping code on unprotected networks told his senior manager according to documents dumped Friday night by Google. The LA Times combed through the FCC report and found that while the engineer was taking the 5th, his colleagues at work stated they knew about the network snooping code.
Stirling Newberry writes "When was the last time you read some good news on the IRS site? Well feast your eyes, on the 21st of November the 3% contractor withholding requirement was repealed. There is a link there to the full text of the law." Link to Original Source top
With the collapse of the "super committee" budget talks the agreed automatic rescissions are the subject of an upcoming legislative battle but neither side yet has the votes to push anything through. This means that for the billions of dollars coming through Defense IT technology salaries and contracting, Teri Taki is the person who is going to be making the front line decisions about how, and what, to do. An unclassified PDF from April shows how she approaches the DoD infrastructure, but probably is not relevant in the context of the upcoming cuts in its details.
More likely it is the speed of deployment, the ability to strike targets without going high enough to be seen by many advance warning radars, and without using nuclear warheads makes it a precision surprise attack weapon, a kind of super cruise missile for surprise asymetric attacks." Link to Original Source top
Stirling Newberry writes "Science Magazine reports that Diederik Stapel, who falsified data on virtually all of his papers has given up his PhD. The university released a statement, which Google Translate renders as:
Diederik Stapel on November 9, 2011 voluntarily surrendered his doctorate at the University of Amsterdam. The certificate he received in 1997 after his promotion is now back in possession of the university.
Stack has declared in writing to waive his Ph.D. because he believes that his behavior in recent years does not fit with the duties associated with the doctorate. Stack graduated in 1997 from the University of Amsterdam. He worked there from 1993 to 1999. He then worked in Groningen and Tilburg. On October 31 the Committee recommended Levelt, who investigated the scientific integrity of the work of Stack, the University of Amsterdam to investigate a Ph.D. may be withdrawn.
Stirling Newberry writes "It is the nightmare from a dozen horror films: people who are thought to be in a coma, but are really not. The Lancet published yesterday on how this really was the case for a noticeable percentage of people diagnosed as "vegetative." The article shows how an EKG indicated at least some were really aware. The study authored by Damian Cruse et al urges that their method of testing be made standard for patients in such a state. The Spec has an excellent write up which includes a picture of the apparatus. The study grows out of earlier communication by the same authors that looked asserted that some cognition had to occur in the "minimally conscious."
If the findings hold up – always essential to have others be able to duplicate the results – it could dramatically change how people in a coma are handled, perhaps even the ability to allow them to communicate." Link to Original Source top
23:59:60 Never Again? Leap Second Abolition Advanc
Stirling Newberry writes "When time keeping changed from astronomical measurements to atomic clocks, a problem arose: how to keep the calendar in sync with the clock, since the reason for atomic clocks, is that the earth's rotation varies slightly over time, and generally slows because of tidal drag from the moon.
Nature is reporting that the push to get rid of leap seconds is gaining traction. Any system admin knows that leap seconds have their own lore and maybe responsible for hard crashes. Meanwhile others, such as China's central government and some astronomers, are uncomfortable with the corollary of getting rid of leap seconds: clocks and the stars will slowly grow out of sync . Have you seen a leap second crash, or had to make changes because of them?" Link to Original Source top
Italy's Government teeters on brink of collapse, G
Stirling Newberry writes "Berlusconi's government lost by winning: a routine budget vote passed, but only because of abstentions 308-0-321. Without a majority, he has gone to Italy's President, who as with many parliamentary systems has few powers, but can declare new elections.
Italy is facing the same bond attack that Ireland, Portugal, and Greece have, but as the Eurozone's third largest economy, behind Germany and France, it is too large to bail out." Link to Original Source top
NASA Captures Radar Image During Asteroid Flyby of
Stirling Newberry writes "We've all heard by now that asteriod impacts may be the cause of periodic mass extinction events – and perhaps of calls to defend earth against them. Maybe you have heard of comet panics. But near Earth passing events aren't all doom and gloom, in these images NASA and JPL used radar to capture images of Asteroid 2005 YU55, which will be closest at ~324,600 km at 1128 UTC, or 6:26 PM EST. Related NASA video is here, and as you can see, the moon will get a much better view than we will – though depending on the results of the asteroid's close pass of Venus in 2029, it could well pass this close to us in 2041. The images come from the Goldstone Complex in the Mojave desert." Link to Original Source top
The Nature article focuses on cyclone genesis in the Arabian Sea, particularly whether human carbon emission reduces upper level winds. Of the three components of cyclone formation — warm sea water, unstable air masses, and low upper level winds — the last is what turns small storms into big storms, and allows storms in unusual places. This is because upper level winds shred the chimney effect that storms use to pull warm air from the sea and shoot it upwards. Low winds are like no predation in biology: without upper level winds to tear them apart, all sorts of strange storms can survive.
The Science magazine piece shows how human generated fertilizer shows up in leaves of trees in tropical rain forests. Since fertilizer is an essential part of increasing agricultural output, and rain forests are key parts of the atmospheric cycle, their study is important to climate stability as well." Link to Original Source
Why read it? It's where to send your non-geek friends when they ask why experiments such as the velocity of neutrinos are interesting, and why anyone would want to spend billions of dollars on figuring out the mass of invisibly small things.
It turned out that the Standard Model obeys certain symmetries that are accidental, in the sense that, though they are not the exact local symmetries on which the Standard Model is based, they are automatic consequences of the Standard Model. These accidental symmetries accounted for a good deal of what had seemed so mysterious in earlier years, and raised interesting new possibilities.
By this he means that not all patterns in physics, are basic patterns, and sometimes the small differences point to whole new worlds in physics. In the case of neutrinos, how much mass they have tells us a great deal about physics.