l2718 writes "Cue the Howard foundation? Boston University researchers published yesterday a paper in Science, claiming to be able to predict using genetic testing whether (controlling for lifestyle-based risks) someone will have "average longevity" or "exceptional longevity" with 77% accuracy. The densely written paper itself is only available to subscribers." Link to Original Source top
l2718 writes "A bug in Diebold's vote-tabulation software has come to light, where the software may ignore some votes if other Project". It seems Diebold knew of the bug at least since 2004. Probably posting the source code on-line before the elections would be a nice complement, as well as verifying that the software you run is the software that gets posted." Link to Original Source top
l2718 writes "Yesterday we discussed Skype's appeal of a German court's ruling against them regarding a violation of the GPL. Harald Welte (the plaintiff) now reports that following oral argument, Skype decided to drop the appeal and accept the lower court ruling in his favour. More details and analysis at Groklaw. Congratulations to Mr. Welte and GPL-violations.org!" Link to Original Source top
l2718 writes "Prof. Ed Felten has posted a voting machine summary printout from the recent New Jersey primaries, clearly documenting a bug in the Sequoia "AVC Advantage" machines used. Specifically, the machine claims 362 Democratic ballots and 60 Republican ballots have been accessed, while at the same time recording a total of 361 votes for Democratic party candidates and 61 for Republican party candidates. The results literally do not add up. Sequoia's concern that the State might arrange for independent investigation of this bug is what prompted the nastigram we discussed yesterday." Link to Original Source top
l2718 writes "It seems most of Egypt and the Arabian peninsula have been cut off from the rest of the internet, as the main fiber-optic link connecting Egypt to Europe under the mediterrenian got damaged." Link to Original Source top
l2718 writes "Edgar Bronfman, CEO of the Warner Music Group, publicly framed the music industry's failure to accomodate file-sharing as an "invadvertent" war on consumers. I'm left wondering how you can file a series of lawsuits inadvertently.
"We expected our business would remain blissfully unaffected even as the world of interactivity, constant connection and file sharing was exploding... By... moving at a glacial pace, we inadvertently went to war with consumers by denying them what they wanted and could otherwise find and as a result of course, consumers won."
l2718 writes "A large dose of ethanol is commonoly used to treat poisoning by other alcohols. When Australian doctors ran out of pure alcohol while treating an Italian tourist who drank ethylene glycol, they tried an alternate medical protocol instead.
"The patient was drip-fed about three standard drinks an hour for three days in the intensive care unit," [a doctor] said. "The hospital's administrators were also very understanding when we explained our reasons for buying a case of vodka."
l2718 writes "The California Secretary of State has released the reports of the teams studying e-voting machines from Dieblod, Hart InterCivic and Sequoia. These were three source code study teams (one for each manufacturer), a "red team" tasked with developing exploits, and an accessibility review team. The conclusion: in all cases the design and implementation are extremely insecure and vulnerable. See also the reactions by Ed Felten and Avi Rubin." Link to Original Source top
l2718 writes "Novell has made their next move in their lawsuit against SCO.
Clause 4.16(b) of the contact of sale for UNIX System V between Novell and the Santa Cruz Operation (SCO's predecessor), says, in part:
at [Novell]'s sole discretion and direction, Buyer shall amend, supplement, modify or waive any rights under, or shall assign any rights to, any SVRX License to the extent so directed in any manner or respect by Seller.
Background: After SCO claimed to terminate IBM's UNIX license, Novell directed them (on June 9th, 2003) to waive their right to do so. If granted this motion will make another part of SCO vs. IBM go away — IBM's attempt to enforce the clause in their amdended license agreement saying the license grant is irrevocable and perpetual. Fortunately the same district judge and magistrate judge are overseeing both cases." top
l2718 writes "Recently installed in Boston University's campus is the world's first mix-to-order ice-cream vending machine. Controlled by a standard PC board and running a Linux-Apache-MySQL-PHP combo the machine makes any of 96 flavours of ice-cream as requested by the customer, and can be remotely monitored and controlled. This should be an interesting AMD-Redhat flavour to try."