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Facebook Launches Social Login and HTTPS

krou Re:Facebook discovers HTTPS (273 comments)

I would guess that it's likely that the photos they choose will be based on when someone has been tagged in the photo. They could even make sure they only choose from photos that you yourself tagged someone else in, or perhaps photos where you've been tagged along with some other people. Taking it a step further, if they used some sort of algorithm to determine if it's a person that's been tagged (some people tag images with people's names to get their attention), that would help eliminate errors. However, it's not going to eliminate all of them.

more than 3 years ago
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Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

krou Re:Everyone here should go see (201 comments)

I wouldn't say a rock solid script and good acting make a film worth the money to see on the big screen (at least, not any more). A film like Inception, which has the visuals to match, sure, but the vast majority are just as good, and far more cost-effective, in the comfort of your own home. I stopped watching films in the cinema years ago because it's just way too expensive here in the UK. For just a bit more than the price of a single ticket (less, if it's a 3D film), I can buy the DVD brand new if I wait a few months. Since I'm married, and that means two tickets, the DVD is always way, way cheaper, and that's before even considering buying popcorn etc. (Never mind the fact that the cinemas almost always run the same garbage week after week, unless you're lucky enough to live near an independent cinema). It's a pity, because going to the cinema was one of my greatest joys as a kid. And I just wish those damn kids would get off my lawn.

more than 3 years ago
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New Mega-Leak Reveals Middle East Peace Process

krou Re:Its really (760 comments)

Right, so because of the messenger, the message is obviously false?

According to the Guardian:

Many of the 1,600 leaked documents – drawn up by PA officials and lawyers working for the British-funded PLO negotiations support unit and include extensive verbatim transcripts of private meetings – have been independently authenticated by the Guardian and corroborated by former participants in the talks and intelligence and diplomatic sources.

Also, in case you hadn't noticed, this leak made the Palestinian Authority look terrible, possibly as much as Israel, because they're the ones trying to sell the Palestinians down the fucking river, so I don't quite buy your claim that only Israel look bad. I would go as so far to say that this leak demonstrates just how useless they all are - the US, the UK, Israel, PA, the lot.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Authorities Accused of Inciting Illegal Protest

krou Re:the word you're looking for is (371 comments)

Somewhere, Alex Jones just crapped his pants, and screamed "I told you so" into a megaphone.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Fires Back About Search Engine Spam

krou Re:Pshaw (270 comments)

Urm, to be fair to DuckDuckGo, they don't just scrape Bing. From their FAQ:

How do you get your results?

From many sources, including DuckDuckBot (our own crawler), crowd-sourced sites, Yahoo! "BOSS", "embed.ly", "WolframAlpha", "EntireWeb" & "Bing".

Also, the reason people (like myself) promote DuckDuckGo is because they're getting better success using it.

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Threat of Cyberwar Is Over-Hyped

krou Re:"can't really do much damge"? (123 comments)

I recently submitted a story to /. that is related to this very topic. Chief of defence staff in the UK, General Sir David Richards, argued a little while ago that the UK should have a cyber command, and that the UK faces what he called a 'horse verses tank moment' in coping with modern warfare, saying the the rules of war had changed as a result of the success of insurgents in Iraq/Afghanistan, and the threat of non-state actors. In particular, he said that 'We must learn to defend, delay, attack and manoeuvre in cyberspace, just as we might on the land, sea or air and all together at the same time. Future war will always include a cyber dimension and it could become the dominant form. At the moment we don't have a cyber command and I'm very keen we have one. Whether we like it or not, cyber is going to be part of future warfare, just as tanks and aircraft are today. It's a cultural change. In the future I don't think state-to-state warfare will start in the way it did even 10 years ago. It will be cyber or banking attacks — that's how I'd conduct a war if I was running a belligerent state or a rebel movement. It's semi-anonymous, cheap and doesn't risk people.'"

more than 3 years ago
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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

krou Re:Only Tax Evaders and Criminals to Be Named (783 comments)

Indeed. The UK Observer had more info direct from Elmer:

'What I am objecting to is not one particular bank, but a system of structures. I have worked for major banks other than Julius Baer, and the one thing on which I am absolutely clear is that the banks know, and the big boys know, that money is being secreted away for tax-evasion purposes, and other things such as money-laundering – although these cases involve tax evasion. I agree with privacy in banking for the person in the street, and legitimate activity, but in these instances privacy is being abused so that big people can get big banking organisations to service them. The normal, hard-working taxpayer is being abused also. Once you become part of senior management, and gain international experience, as I did, then you are part of the inner circle – and things become much clearer. You are part of the plot. You know what the real products and service are, and why they are so expensive. It should be no surprise that the main product is secrecy ... Crimes are committed and lies spread in order to protect this secrecy.'

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Wikileaks To Name Swiss Bank Tax Evaders

krou Re:Hit them back (783 comments)

Actually, it's more interesting than that. Julius Baer, the bank Elmer worked at, is the same bank that, in 2008, tried to take down the Wikileaks domain. From here:

Assange is now talking: he is explaining how Julius Baer, Elmer's former bank, tried to use a US court in 2008 to take down the WikiLeaks.org domain. He said it was then WikiLeaks realised that the techniques it had developed to deal with Chinese censorship would be needed for operating in western countries too.

The bank lost their injunction on first ammendment (freedom of speech) grounds with WikiLeaks supported in the case by US campaigners and media organisations, Assange tells the conference. He compares this to what he calls the "McCarthyist" state of play today.

Karma's a bitch ...

more than 3 years ago
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Google vs. Bing — a Quasi-Empirical Study

krou Re:Replication? (356 comments)

Must agree with you. I started using DuckDuckGo recently since I saw it mentioned on another /. thread, and I haven't looked back. Like you say, their UI and privacy policy are great. I feel they give much better and more meaningful results, too.

more than 3 years ago
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Ars Thinks Google Takes a Step Backwards For Openness

krou Re:Summary sucks. (663 comments)

In Slashdot Russia, summaries make your mind up for you.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

krou Re:attorneys (973 comments)

As the post I replied to said: "If the defence can show that it's likely that extraditing him to Sweden would result in his execution or torture in the USA, then extradition to Sweden will be denied." Of course, IANAL, but it seems feasible.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

krou Re:attorneys (973 comments)

Uh, sorry? Could you please give a citation for you accusation of Chavez conducting genocide? Please tell me it's not Colombian President Alvaro Uribe's accusations that are your source, because that would be quite incredible if you're actually serious.

more than 3 years ago
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Assange Could Face Execution Or Guantanamo Bay

krou Re:attorneys (973 comments)

Yup. Also, article IV of the US-UK extradition treaty allows the UK to refuse extradition if an assurance not to use the death penalty is not given. For those interested, an example is Soering vs. United Kingdom.

more than 3 years ago
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Google Goggles Solves Sudoku

krou Re:Need more AI (206 comments)

Funny thing is, if I don't believe it, that makes me imperfect, so ... ;)

more than 3 years ago
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Google Goggles Solves Sudoku

krou Need more AI (206 comments)

Have you ever had the feeling that AI is getting just a little be too commonplace?

Could do with some more English AI apps, if you ask me.

more than 3 years ago
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Hank Chien Reclaims Donkey Kong High Score

krou Re:This why Rome fell (122 comments)

Uh ... bread and circuses was not the reason Rome fell, just one of many reasons.

And I think you quite miss the point of the effect of "bread and circuses" contributing to the fall of Rome. It was because millions in taxpayer money were being spent on bread and circuses (like a form of dole) for the non-working poor, and this had economic effects (obviously) when combined with other factors.

All these expenditures had to be recovered from the taxpayer. To compound the difficulties, there was an adverse balance of trade. Roman currency, for example, poured into India and the East to pay for luxuries. Even in the time of Nero, Seneca estimated that it cost Rome five million dollars a year to import its luxuries from the East. In a word, though seemingly prosperous, in the second century AD the Roman empire was overspending to such an extent that it was moving to an economic crisis. When in 167 AD Marcus Aurelius was faced by the attack of the Germanic Marcomanni and Quadi, he was forced to sell, is it were, the crown jewels as well as the household furnishing of his palace to finance the war.

When the US government starts spending millions of taxpayer money on Donkey Kong contests, then we can worry about it the role old computer games have on the destruction of modern civilization.

The only thing you could say here, really, is that this may be a symptom of overall decay, not a reason.

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UK Targets Twitter and Blog Endorsements

krou Re:Ethics (77 comments)

I also wonder whether users would be obliged to indicate if they were a competitor of a company, before slagging it off online.

I may be mistaken, but I believe that that is illegal in the UK (or, rather, under European law it is illegal). Of course, proving it is another matter. On the other hand, there's also UK's libel laws, so if someone did post such a review, they could face libel prosecution. It's also illegal to post reviews of your own business/product.

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BBC Astronomer Misses Meteor During Live Show

krou Re:Wha? (116 comments)

Sheesh. Lighten up. I submitted the story because I thought it was amusing, not because I thought he was an idiot for not seeing it; the guy had been waiting patiently in a field on a cold night for ages to see something, but just when he had to talk to the camera, there goes the meteorite. The only thing I expected from Slashdot was for people to have a little giggle, not because he didn't have eyes in the back of his head, or because he isn't Merlin, but because of the situation.

more than 3 years ago

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Space Archaeology Uncovers Lost Pyramids

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "A new technique dubbed "space archaeology" using satellites and infra-red imaging has helped uncover 17 new pyramids in Egypt, as well as some 1,000 tombs, and 3,000 ancient settlements. The mud bricks used to build Egyptian structures means it has a different density to the surrounding soil, and thus shows up in the images. Dr Sarah Parcak, who pioneered the technique, said that "Indiana Jones is old school, we've moved on from Indy, sorry Harrison Ford.""
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Peter Jackson Vlog on the Filming of The Hobbit

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "Peter Jackson has posted a video showing a first look behind the scenes at the filming of The Hobbit. We see Martin Freeman acting out his first scene as Bilbo Baggins, some shots of Bag End, and host of other footage."
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ALA Top 10 List of Books Americans Want Censored

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "The American Library Association has released their "Top Ten List of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2010". In at number one is 'And Tango Makes Three', which tells the true story of two male Emperor Penguins hatching and parenting a baby chick at New York’s Central Park Zoo. Making an appearance at number three is Aldous Huxley's Brave New World because of 'Insensitivity, Offensive Language, Racism, Sexually Explicit' content."
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Art Meets Science At Kinetica Art Fair

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "The Kinetica Art Fair 'brings together galleries, art organisations and curatorial groups from around the world who focus on universal concepts and evolutionary processes though the convergence of kinetic, electronic, robotic, sound, light, time-based and multi-disciplinary new media art, science and technology'. The BBC has a brief video looking at some of what's on offer, from a futuristic zoo and interactive art displays, to an artist with an ear grafted to his arm, the intention being to finally implant a microphone that is "internet-enabled" in order to transmit sound from wherever he is. There are more videos available on YouTube."
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Visa Probe Finds Wikileaks Broke No Laws

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "After Visa blocked donations to Wikileaks, they asked Norway-based financial services company Teller AS to investigate Wikileaks and its fund-raising body, Sunshine Press, to see if they broke the law. However, in a letter from Teller's chief executive, Peter Wiren, he states that 'Our lawyers have now completed their work and have found no indications that Sunshine Press ... acted in contravention of Visa's rules or Icelandic legislation'. Later, he said they were ready to start processing payments again, but Visa Europe Ltd. has said that they will not give the go-ahead until they complete their own internal investigation."
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Apple Joint Last In Transparency Study

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "A new transparency study, which looks at the openness of IT companies and their responsiveness to possible environmental violations by their suppliers, placed Apple joint last in a list of 29 IT companies and firms. Hewlett Packard, British Telecom, Samsung, Sony, Siemens and Alcatel ranked highest. The report's authors, a group of 36 anti-pollution groups involved in the Green Choice Initiative, claimed in a statement that 'Behind their stylish image, Apple products have a side many do not know about – pollution and poison. This side is hidden deep within the company's secretive supply chain.' In their report, none of the companies forced their suppliers to disclose details about waste discharges, but Apple was worst at providing data or answering questions. One such example was last May 'when at least 62 workers fell sick after inhaling n-hexane used to clean touch screens at a Wintek electronics factory in Suzhou', which is believed to be supplying Apple. 'The managers at the Taiwan-owned plant reportedly switched to the noxious chemical – which can cause nerve damage for up to two years – apparently because it dried more quickly than alcohol, thus increasing efficiency.' The report's authors claim they tried for months to get information from Apple, but it refused to make any comment. Ma Jun of the Institute for Public and Environmental Affairs comments that 'This attitude means it is impossible to have any public supervision over their supply chain. Without that how can we trust them? When environmental violations become public knowledge, they should not use commercial confidentiality as an excuse for silence. This is different from other leading brands. Apple can say it is completely 'green' because it is a brand with no factory, but if it doesn't manage its supply chain, these are just empty words. Far from being the best on planet, it is bottom among 29 IT brands. Apple should be a leader. If it can move on this, it can change the whole industry.'"
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T-Mobile Backs Down (Sort Of) On Data Cap

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "After a backlash from T-Mobile users threatening protests and legal action — as well as threats of regulatory action — T-Mobile has made a partial climb down on its plan to cap existing customers. In a statement, they said: 'Following a further review of our this policy, these changes will now be introduced from 1 February, to new and upgrading customers only – not existing customers. There will be no change to the data packages for existing customers for the duration of their contract and we apologise for any confusion caused.' However, as the Guardian notes, its original plans would have constituted a breach of contract, which would have allowed customers to cancel their contracts without penalty. Also, in a Q&A, they elaborated on the planned cap: 'T-Mobile has a very sophisticated network management tool which can identify what sort of content is on the site. [After you exceed your 500MB limit] you'll be able to see text on a site, but not anything that requires streaming or downloading.' This includes blocking YouTube content, Flash games and other Flash content, and email attachments (although they're a little hazy on how that will work)."
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Sloan data creates biggest night sky image ever

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "The Sloan Digital Sky Survey has released a new full colour image of the whole sky pieced together from seven million images consisting of 125 million pixels each. An animation on YouTube demonstrates how the image is represented on the celestial sphere. The release was announced at the 217th annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society. Michael Blanton, a New York University physicist, presented the image on behalf of the Sloan team, and noted that Sloan has provided an incredible amount of data of critical importance: 'There's something like 3,500 papers that have been written on the basis of this data set. A few dozen of them are being presented right now, this week at this meeting. They cover topics from the very smallest stars to the most massive black holes in the universe. You can compare it to the National Geographic Palomar Survey of the late 1950s. This is something that 50 years later is still a really important reference to astronomers; we use it ourselves to better understand our own images. SDSS is the digital version of that.'"
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UK Forces Chief Wants Cyber Command

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "Chief of defence staff in the UK, General Sir David Richards, has made comments saying that a 'cultural change' in warfare is coming, and that the UK is facing a 'horse versus tank moment' in coping with modern warfare. The success of insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the increase in threat of cyber-attacks against the UK has led the General to claim that 'We've been in denial ever since the end of the cold war' about how the rules of war have been transformed by such actors, and has called for an increase in troops, unmanned spy planes, and high-tech cyber defences by slashing the budget for ships and fighter jets. '[We always thought] we’d go back to jolly old war-fighting like in the western desert or a hot version [with battle lines drawn] of the cold war', but this is increasingly unlikely. He went on to say that 'We must learn to defend, delay, attack and manoeuvre in cyberspace, just as we might on the land, sea or air and all together at the same time. Future war will always include a cyber dimension and it could become the dominant form. At the moment we don't have a cyber command and I'm very keen we have one. Whether we like it or not, cyber is going to be part of future warfare, just as tanks and aircraft are today. It's a cultural change. In the future I don't think state-to-state warfare will start in the way it did even 10 years ago. It will be cyber or banking attacks — that's how I'd conduct a war if I was running a belligerent state or a rebel movement. It's semi-anonymous, cheap and doesn't risk people.'"
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OFT Targets Twitter, Blog Endorsements

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "The UK's Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is cracking down 'on Twitter users and bloggers using their online presence to endorse products and companies without clearly stating their relationship with the brand'. They described such endorsements, including 'comments about services and products on blogs and microblogs such as Twitter', as 'deceptive' under fair trading rules. While the US Federal Trade Commission already requires such endorsements to be labelled with "ad" or "spon", the UK doesn't have any such requirement. In relation to this, the OFT has launched an investigation into Handpicked Media, because the OFT is 'insisting that it must clearly state when promotional comments have been paid for'."
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Johannesburg Traffic Lights Targeted for Sim Cards

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "More than 400 out of 600 hi-tech traffic lights have been targeted by thieves in "systematic and co-ordinated" robberies over the last two months in Johannesburg, because of the sim cards they contain. The lights use a sim card, modem, and GPS to transmit and receive data, however thieves have discovered that the sim cards can also be used to make free mobile phone calls. The stolen cards have since been blocked to prevent them from being used, and the Johannesburg Roads Agency is in talks with suppliers to make the lights more secure."
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BBC Astronomer Misses Meteor During Live Show

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "BBC astronomer Mark Thompson wasn't having a good night for the BBC's Stargazing Live show. He turned to the camera to complain of poor cloud visibility and a lack of activity in the sky ... only for a meteor to shoot past in the background. A rather sheepish Thompson said, 'I must admit I was oblivious to it. I think I'm probably the only person in the entire country who didn't see it.' (YouTube video of the original live footage)."
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Obama Admin Taking Aim At Leakers

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "As fallout from the Wikileaks "Cablegate" continues, the Obama administration is taking active steps to try prevent further leaks. A recent executive order signed by President Obama 'prescribes a uniform system for classifying, safeguarding, and declassifying national security information, including information relating to defense against transnational terrorism'. In addition, a highly detailed 11-page memo (PDF) has instructed agencies to assess “any perceived vulnerabilities, weaknesses, or gaps in automated systems in the post-WikiLeaks environment", and also to implement "insider threat" programs — similar to those used in the CIA — to ferret out possible whistle-blowers. Suggestions include using psychiatrists to monitor 'relative happiness' and their 'despondence and grumpiness' in order to assess their trustworthiness. Agencies have also been asked whether they 'capture evidence of pre-employment and/or post-employment activities or participation in on-line media data mining sites like WikiLeaks or Open Leaks?' or if 'all employees required to report their contacts with the media?' FAS have described the steps as being 'paranoia, not security' and 'absurd'."
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Firefox Overtakes IE Usage In Europe

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "According to StatCounter, the month of December saw the first time where IE usage in Europe was knocked off the top spot by Firefox. Firefox usage sat at 38.11%, with IE sitting at 37.52%. Aodhan Cullen, CEO of StatCounter, stated that "This appears to be happening because Google's Chrome is stealing share from Internet Explorer while Firefox is mainly maintaining its existing share." Google Chrome was in 3rd place with 14.58% of market share."
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Google's next challenge: spam results

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "The Guardian's tech blog is running an interesting piece on Google's next big challenge, which is dealing with the spammers it helped create. 'Google is the 900-pound gorilla of search, with around 90% of the market (excluding China and Russia), and there's an entire industry which has grown up specifically around tickling the gorilla to make it happy and enrich the ticklers.' They quote Paul Kedrosky who notes that 'Google has become a snake that too readily consumes its own keyword tail. Identify some words that show up in profitable searches — from appliances, to mesothelioma suits, to kayak lessons — churn out content cheaply and regularly, and you're done. On the web, no-one knows you're a content-grinder.' Whether searching for reviews, products, businesses, or even conducting academic research, scraper sites are ranking higher than original content. The article speculates that Google may try fix the problem but, from Google's perspective, most of these type of sites use AdSense ads, and generate revenue for Google (89% of clicks come from the first page of results), so Google may not have an incentive to change things too much. Alternatively, people could stop using Google, 'because its search is damn well broken ... The question is whether it would be visible enough — that is, whether enough people would do it — that it would show up on Google's radar and be made a priority.'"
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Is it just us, or are kids getting really stupid?

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "A feature at phillymag.com asks whether or not our kids are getting really stupid, arguing that the large cognitive load of constant data is making it harder to process information to any depth. 'Technology was supposed to set us free, to liberate us from mundane, time-consuming tasks so we could do great things, think great thoughts, solve humanity’s most pressing problems. Instead, our kids have been liberated to perform even more mundane, time-consuming tasks'. However, Elliot Weinbaum, a professor at Penn’s Graduate School of Education, and others argue that people are worrying unduly about illiteracy, or that kids don't know the days of the week. They also argue that computer activities such as gaming are providing valuable business skills: 'Over so many hours, [gamers have] learned how to master an incredibly complex system. These multi-person games that involve intra-functional teams — "guilds," they call them — organize their entrants the way some workplaces do. These are skills that corporate employers are very interested in.' The article is fairly long (nine pages in total) and ultimately concludes with the author's concern that 'we’re not just failing to engage with one another; we’re less and less willing to engage the world at large' and, ultimately, losing opportunities to develop '"our inwardness, our self-reflectiveness, our orientation to the unknown." In other words: a soul.'"
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CIA Launches WTF

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "In an effort to investigate the impact of the leaked diplomatic cables, the CIA have launched the Wikileaks Task Force, commonly referred to at CIA headquarters as "WTF". 'The Washington Post said the panel was being led by the CIA's counter-intelligence centre, although it has drawn in two dozen members from departments across the agency.' Although the agency has not seen much of its own information leaked in the cables, some revelations (such as spying at the UN) originated from direct requests by the CIA. The Guardian notes that, 'WTF is more commonly associated with the Facebook and Twitter profiles of teenagers than secret agency committees. Given that its expanded version is usually an expression of extreme disbelief, perhaps the term is apt for the CIA's investigation.'"
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Military Bans Removable Media To Prevent Leaks

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "In an effort to try prevent future leaks, Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, commander of Air Force Network Operations, has issued a 'Cyber Control Order', which instructs airmen to 'immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines residing on SIPRNET', with similar instructions sent out to other branches of the military. 'Unauthorized data transfers routinely occur on classified networks using removable media and are a method the insider threat uses to exploit classified information. To mitigate the activity, all Air Force organizations must immediately suspend all SIPRNET data transfer activities on removable media'. Those who fail to comply 'shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.'"
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Wikileaks Shows US Spurned PM's McKinnon Plea

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "Wikileaks' leaked cables show that then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown made a personal request in August 2009 to the US to allow Gary McKinnon to plead guilty in the UK and serve a sentence there, but was ignored. In a face to face meeting with US ambassador Louis Susman, Gordon Brown "proposed a deal: that McKinnon plead guilty, make a statement of contrition, but serve any sentence of incarceration in the UK. Brown cited deep public concern that McKinnon, with his medical condition, would commit suicide or suffer injury if imprisoned in a US facility." The cable of the meeting was sent to Hillary Clinton, but appears to have been ignored. The Guardian suggests this may have been because of outrage (revealed in other cable traffic at the time) regarding the proposed release of the Lockerbie Bomber, Ali Abdelbaset al-Megrahi."
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Royal Society Celebrates 350th Anniversary Today

krou krou writes  |  more than 3 years ago

krou (1027572) writes "Today is the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society. To commemorate the anniversary, they have launched "See Further", 12 articles covering each theme that formed the basis of the Royal Society's discussion meetings in 2010, covering areas such as the ageing process, cognition and computation, and extra-terrestrial life. The Guardian also has a piece by Martin Reese, Astronomer Royal and president of the Royal Society, celebrating the event, which includes the ten big questions science must answer. Questions include, "What is consciousness?", "What happened before the big bang?", "Is there a pattern to the prime numbers?", and "Can we make a scientific way of thinking all pervasive?""
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