Major Scientific Journal Publisher Requires Public Access To Data
The linked blog specifically mentions patient privacy as an allowable exception. They also have exceptions for private third party data, and endangered species data. I suspect they want to keep the GPS locations for white rhino's hidden.
Opera Releases Its First Chromium-Based Browser
The previous version of Opera supported the new getUserMedia tag to support cameras and microphones. I had hoped with the move to chromium they'd piggyback off the efforts Google has put in to also add peer connections but instead it appears they've dropped support completely.
Rogers Joins Telus In Seeking National Regulation
Getting the cheap/free cellphone in Canada often involves signing up for long 3 year plan with huge penalties if you quit early.
I'm not sure of all the provinces, but I know that both Quebec and Manitoba have new laws in place requiring better contract disclosure and limiting those penalties.
I suspect that Rogers and Telus are afraid the other provinces will enact the same or stronger legislation.
Copyright Lobby Wants Canada Out of TPP Until Stronger Copyright Laws Passed
When I went to the IIPA, Web of Trust went berserk and said the site has a poor reputation for "trustworthiness," "vendor reliability" and "privacy." It also scored a low score on "child safety."
I'm can't say I'm a fan of politics influencing security ratings like this. Not being a user of the tool, I must ask if this a common trait in Web of Trust's database?
I see that the sites for the riaa, and mpaa are also flagged and have piracy related comments on them.
Ask Slashdot: Best EEPROM Programmer For a Hobbyists?
If you want to get back into Microchip PIC programming, the PicKit 3 is USB and supports programming and in-circuit debugging of a large range of their chips. If can be bought for around $50.
Many of their PIC's are low-cost and come in hobbyist friendly DIP packages.
Google Enlarges Warchest With 1023 IBM Patents
Did anyone else look at the number of patents and wish it were just one more?
Bethesda Tells Minecraft Creator: Cease and Desist
I did a quick Google search and found several game titles with 'Scroll'. Several pre-dating the 1994 release of the first Elder Scrolls.
I suspect Bethesda will have troubles winning this one, but courts can be funny sometimes.
Research Suggests E-Readers Are "Too Easy" To Read
The study had 28 participants... and they were asked to remember species of aliens...
While this may be a sign that it's worth looking into the differences a font makes in learning, I'll wait until a bigger study comes out where participants were asked to read a more likely and involved subject matter like the history of the Ottoman Empire.
I have a feeling many participants will be less likely to read past the first chapter if it was written in Comic Sans.
I'm subscribed to O'Reilly Safari, where I have both Unlocking Android and O'Reilly's Android Application Development in my bookshelf.
The O'Reilly book uses the "build a big application" approach to teaching. So each chapter goes into adding a different feature. There is an expectation that the reader has the examples installed, but unfortunately they don't work with Android v1.5(cupcake). I was lost since I couldn't follow.
Luckily I found this book which does a much better job of explaining things. The reviewer is absolutely correct on one thing though. It isn't great at explaining the initial install, and doing a hello world example.
If you want to learn Android Development I recommend the following order:
- 1) Follow the Eclipse install guide from the Android dev site.
- 2) Complete the various Hello World, Hello Views, and Notepad tutorials from the Android dev site. They are kept updated and are well written.
- 3) Then read through this book. It really is a good one.
Canada's Conference Board Found Plagiarizing Copyright Report
Hockey is our national sport.
Actually, it's Lacrosse.
It's both. Hockey is the official winter sport, Lacrosse is the official summer sport. Check out the National Sports of Canada Act:
You have to wonder how much time the politicians used up drafting this. The curling lobby must be pissed.
Teen Phone Phreak Targeted by the FBI
Wired is so kind not to identify the juvenile...
- East Boston
- 17 Years Old
- Named Matthew
Thanks to this reporting, anyone who knows him now knows what he did. This will follow him around forever.
Wired could have at least left the first name out and kept the story intact.