gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "There has been a battle brewing in the anthropology world over how to define itself. FTFA:
Anthropologists have been thrown into turmoil about the nature and future of their profession after a decision by the American Anthropological Association at its recent annual meeting to strip the word “science” from a statement of its long-range plan.
The decision has reopened a long-simmering tension between researchers in science-based anthropological disciplines — including archaeologists, physical anthropologists and some cultural anthropologists — and members of the profession who study race, ethnicity and gender and see themselves as advocates for native peoples or human rights.
gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "From the article: An official with Saudi Arabia's communications authority says it has blocked Facebook because the popular social networking website doesn't conform with the kingdom's conservative values." Link to Original Source top
gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Comparing 52 artist's renditions of "The Last Supper" spanning the last 1000 years, a pair of sibling scholars found that: Entrees increased by 70%, bread by 23%, and plate size by 65.6%. The results were published in the International Journal of Obesity." Link to Original Source top
gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "Adobe CTO Kevin Lynch, in a blog post berating Apple's decision not to support Flash on the iPad, addresses the idea that HTML5 video might compete with Flash video.
The best part is when he uses "open" to mean "using Flash(R)":
We strongly believe the Web should remain an open environment with consistent access to content and applications regardless of your viewing device.
gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The Guardian has a story about an ongoing legal battle over the use of full body scanners in the UK. The Protection of Children Act 1978, includes provisions in which it is illegal to create an indecent image or a "pseudo-image" of a child....which a full body scanner does." Link to Original Source top
Approximately 131,000 current and former Army National Guard members could be affected by a recent data loss, which occurred when a personal laptop owned by an Army Guard contractor was stolen.
The stolen laptop contained personal information on Soldiers enrolled in the Army National Guard Bonus and Incentives Program. The type of data includes names, Social Security Numbers, incentive payment amounts and payment dates.
Those 131k troops could probably tell you: unless deadly force was used to "steal" it, it wasn't stolen. Someone just left it unsecured." Link to Original Source
gandhi_2 writes "Sun Microsystems soared in European trading after a report that it was in talks to be acquired by I.B.M.
The Wall Street Journal, quoting "people familiar with the matter," reported Wednesday that International Business Machines was in talks to buy the company for at least $6.5 billion in cash, a premium of more than 100 percent over the company's closing share price Tuesday. Officials of Sun and IBM could not immediately be reached for comment.
Story here." Link to Original Source top
gandhi_2 writes "The NY Times is running a story that TradeComet.com, which runs SourceTool.com, is suing Google for anti-competitive acts and using its monopoly position to harm competitors. It seems TradeComet alleges that Google unfairly charged them more money for advertisement when Google figured out that TradeComet was a competitor.
A small Web site operator filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of unfairly manipulating its advertising system to harm a potential competitor.
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Times Topics: Google Inc.
TradeComet.com, which operates a site called SourceTool.com, a vertical search engine for those seeking business products and services, accused Google of raising the advertising rates it charged the company after it realized that SourceTool was a potential competitor.
TradeComet also said that Google entered into an anticompetitive agreement with Business.com, a SourceTool rival, which despite having a similar business model was offered more favorable advertising terms.
Google fired back, explaining that with a really long straw, it drinks TradeComet's milkshake." Link to Original Source
gandhi_2 (1108023) writes "The NYT is reporting that some studies published in Nature are detailing how most Biofuels release more atmospheric carbon than conventional fossil fuels:
Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded. The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production. These latest studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, are likely to add to the controversy.