clegrand writes "University of Washington researchers have connected their brains together via the interweb. A neuroscientist at Duke got 2 rats pressing the Pavlovian lever in sync, then Harvard one-upped them by getting a researcher to wag the proverbial rat's tail. But UW put to rest the Steinbeckian dystopia and enabled 2 human brains to interact directly without relying on the outmoded aural interface. Science has given rise to the new meaning of "2nd person shooter"." Link to Original Source top
NSA Revelation Leads FTC To Propose "Reclaim Your Name" Initiative
clegrand writes "Ms. Julie Brill, a member of the Federal trade Commission, has proposed a voluntary big data industry initiative to allow consumers access to their personal records and the ability to correct them. She has coined it "Reclaim Your Name". While some big data companies such as Acxiom (http://www.acxiom.com/site-assets/privacy-acxiom-marketing-products/) already allow such access, it is not an industry-wide practice. She sees this campaign as a natural extension of the Fair Credit Reporting Act and a logical partner for the ongoing effort of the Do Not Track mechanism currently under standardization review with the W3C. The New York Times has a take on it here: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/06/26/reclaim-your-name/?nl=technology&emc=edit_ct_20130627 Link to full text of her speech is listed below." Link to Original Source top
clegrand writes "Scientists at Los Alamos National Labs have revealed that they have a solution for secure quantum internet communications. For 2 and a half years, they have been using a novel approach where the nodes on the network feed one-time pads via quantum laser links to the hub which provides for secure encryption over the classical network. They have dubbed it "network-centric quantum communications (NQC)". While this solution will become obsolete once someone successfully devises a true quantum router, it works NOW. More info from the The Physics arXiv Blog at MIT Technology Review — http://www.technologyreview.com/contributor/the-physics-arxiv-blog/" Link to Original Source top
A passionate community was as effective at policing content as a central administrator, said Dr Pouwelse.
"I was doing research back in 1999 looking at an obscure website called Slashdot," he said. "It was a technology-related news website controlled by volunteers and it actually worked. A few people would post bad things but 99% of users were nice."
The article is in reference to P2P file sharing and how the European Broadcasting Union is considering Tribler as a means to provide IPTv standardization to the EU. The concept is to treat bandwidth as a "currency" where uploads count as positive value and downloads as negative value. Sooo... if I am the 1% 'bad' (-) slashdotter, does that make my (-) downloads count as (+) positive currency?
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