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arnodf (1310501) writes "Since most politicians' campaigns are largely funded by wealthy companies and individuals, it would give voters a better sense of who the candidate they are voting for is actually representing if the company's logo, or individual's name, was prominently displayed upon the candidate's clothing at all public appearances and campaign events. Once elected, the candidate would be required to continue to wear those "sponsor's" names during all official duties and visits to constituents. The size of a logo or name would vary with the size of a donation. For example, a $1 million dollar contribution would warrant a patch of about 4" by 8" on the chest, while a free meal from a lobbyist would be represented by a quarter-sized button. Individual donations under $1000 are exempt.
arnodf (1310501) writes ""The FlightGear development team is happy to announce the v2.10 release of FlightGear, the free, open-source flight simulator. This new version contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes. Highlights in this release include improved usability, better terrain rendering and a fully scriptable 2D rendering system."
"Highlights to FlightGear 2.10 include improved usability, a fully-scriptable 2D rendering system, and better terrain rendering. There's also improved modularization, atmospheric light scattering, improved performance, better internationalization support, Rembrandt renderer improvements, AI improvements, and much more. An extensive list of FLightGear 2.10 changes can be found from their Wiki-based change-log. "" Link to Original Source top
Belgian trades EU for US to build Star Trek medical device
arnodf (1310501) writes "tfa: 'Start Trek fans will know about the Tricorder, a handheld device used by Captain Kirk and company to, among other things, scan the biological state of the living creatures they encountered on their interplanetary voyage.'
'The Tricorder, he says, will be not much more than a smartphone extension and be able to monitor and diagnose your health conditions without needing blood, urine, saliva, physical contact or even cooperation from the patient. Instead, the Tricorder works with light, says De Brouwer, without going into details. “Advanced optics. Everything is light.”'
'The advent of the Tricorder came a step closer in January when Qualcomm, an American telecommunications company, launched a $10 million prize for whoever builds the device first. De Brouwer is officially competing.
'De Brouwer takes the example of the VScan handheld ultrasound device, recently presented by General Electric. “In Europe, people would say: It can’t be done. In the US they say: It will be done.”'" Link to Original Source top
EU court rules social networks cannot police downloads
arnodf (1310501) writes ""The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has struck the latest blow in the debate over internet policing, ruling on Thursday (16 February) that online social network sites cannot be forced to construct measures to prevent users from downloading songs illegally.
The court, which is the highest judicial authority in the EU, stated that installing general filters would infringe on the freedom to conduct business and on data privacy."
"The case was brought before the ECJ by Sabam, the Belgian national music royalty collecting society, against social network site Netlog. In 2009, Sabam went to the Belgian Court of First Instance to demand that Netlog take action to prevent site-users from illegally downloading songs from its portfolio. It also insisted that Netlog pay a €1,000 fine for every day of delaying in compliance. Netlog legal submission argued that granting Sabam’s injunction would be imposing a general obligation to monitor on Netlog, which is prohibited by the e-commerce directive."
arnodf (1310501) writes "'The University of Hasselt (Belgium) announced today (bad Google translation, Dutch Original) that Belgian and Dutch scientists (English article) have successfully replacing a lower jaw with a 3D printed model for a 83 year-old woman. According to the researchers, It is the first custom-made implant in the world to replace an entire lower jaw.'
'The 3D printer prints titanium powder layer by layer, while a computer controlled laser ensures that the correct particles are fused together. Using 3D printing technology, less materials are needed and the production time is much shorter than traditional manufacturing. The artificial jaw is slightly heavier than a natural jaw, but the patient can easily get used to it. '" Link to Original Source top
arnodf (1310501) writes "FTA: 'The European Commission has stepped into the growing row over the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement, Acta, as leading MEPs refuse to fast-track parliamentary approval due to bad faith in the talks.
Speaking to EUobserver in Brussels on Thursday (2 February), EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding reiterated her position that Acta does not detract from any laws already in force in the EU, noting that the commission has "tested it on European law and results are positive. It is fine with European legislation."'" Link to Original Source top
arnodf (1310501) writes "FTA: 'In what can only be described as an all-out declaration of war with the Internet, the Swedish Supreme Court has denied the final hearing in the trial of the original The Pirate Bay operators. This means that the Appeals Court verdict stands, unless appealed to the European Court of Justice.'
The article is also has a good recap of the case and outlines many things that went wrong such as a judge who is a member of the Swedish Association for Copyright.
more FTA: 'In the raid, over a dozen violations of the constitution were committed; among others, the legal counsel of The Pirate Bay gets his DNA permanently registered with the State, and a constitutionally protected publisher is shut down (though restored a few days later).'" Link to Original Source top
BBC show stargazing live ends. Exoplanet discovere
arnodf (1310501) writes "Tonight BBC's show stargazing live ended after three days of live astronomy with comedian Dara Ó Briain and professor Brian Cox.
Throughout the show they were trying to make the viewers help in finding an exoplanet via Zooniverse. Thanks to the program they managed to get 1,084,760 classifications in 48 hours and two volunteers discovered an exoplanet which now bears their name.
From the planethunters website:
Thanks to your help and BBC Stargazing, we managed 1,084,760 classifications in 48 hours.
There's still more to do, and more discoveries to be made, so keep clicking!
arnodf (1310501) writes "Iron Sky, the new film from the creators of Star Wreck, has also gone dark with a message on their website. they rely heavily on torrents to distribute their free films and might therefore be affected by these laws;
Corporations should not be allowed to have this kind of power, especially when it serves only their own interest.
Both SOPA and PIPA pose a grave threat to the freedom of expression, which is something we, as filmmakers and as private citizens, hold very dear.
We urge you to sign the petition against both these legislations right here:
arnodf (1310501) writes "FTA: Nearly all Android smart phones running a version of the operating system prior to 2.3.4 are potentially "leaking" sensitive data, according to researchers at the University of Ulm. Here's what you need to know to stay safe and keep your information to yourself.
Certain Android applications, including ones officially bundled with the OS such as Calendar, Contacts and Picasa, send certain data, including authentication tokens (a form of password used to identify a user), in a clear rather than encrypted format.
Worse still, these tokens have a long life (up to 14 days) and aren't attached to the phone from which they originated. This means hackers could steal a legitimate user's credentials and use them elsewhere on a different handset." Link to Original Source top
arnodf (1310501) writes "Today is Earth Day. In honor, we jump back to Earth Day 1980 to tell the story of the Electro-Harmonix wind-powered umbrella truck:
Shortly following the oil crisis of the late 1970s, EHX founder Mike Matthews wanted to draw attention to the increasing need for alternative energy. As a result, he managed to tap into what you might now call one of the world's first sources of alternative alternative energy." Link to Original Source top
Arno Igne (1310501) writes "Increasing numbers of teenagers are starting to dabble in hi-tech crime, say experts.
Computer security professionals say many net forums are populated by teenagers swapping credit card numbers, phishing kits and hacking tips.
The poor technical skills of many young hackers means they are very likely to get caught and arrested, they say.
Youth workers added that any teenager getting a criminal record would be putting their future at risk.
"I see kids of 11 and 12 sharing credit card details and asking for hacks," said Chris Boyd, director of malware research at FaceTime Security." Link to Original Source