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mbstone (457308) writes "California motorist and software developer Cecilia Abadie was found not guilty by a San Diego Superior Court commissioner Thursday (16) of charges of both speeding, and of driving with a video monitor visible. The California Highway Patrol had cited her based on her wearing Google Glass when pulled over; however, the commissioner ruled that the prosecution could not prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that the device was activated." top
mbstone (457308) writes "Arvind Narayanan writes: What if authors can be identified based on nothing but a comparison of the content they publish to other web content they have previously authored? Naryanan has a new paper to be presented at the 33rd IEEE Symposium on Security & Privacy. Just as individual telegraphers could be identified by other telegraphers from their "fists," Naryanan posits that an author's habitual choices of words, such as, for example, the frequency with which the author uses "since" as opposed to "because," can be processed through an algorithm to identify the author's writing. Fortunately, and for now, manually altering one's writing style is effective as a countermeasure." Link to Original Source top
mbstone (457308) writes "In Bonn, Germany, prostitution is legal, but a working girl must now pay for the privilege of soliciting on the Immenburgstrasse. She does so by inserting 6 euros ($8.45) in a hooking-meter made by Siemens and receiving a slip of paper licensing her to practice her trade for the evening." Link to Original Source top
Mechanical "Flip-Letter" Display Emulated In Flash
mbstone (457308) writes "You know those big, electromechanical displays that used to grace railroad stations and airports, the ones with the letters that would flip around and around until the correct message appeared? Sadly, none remain in service, but Cary Dunn has done it in ActionScript — how cool is that? — and I bet his emulation makes its way into real airports real soon now." Link to Original Source top
mbstone writes "FISMA, the Federal Information Systems Management Act, also known as the full employment act for federal government cyber security consultants, is going to be updated in a newly introduced bill, S. 3474, the FISMA Act of 2008. Seems Congress finally figured out that federal agencies were spewing out tons of paperwork but not doing all that much to actually secure their systems. Fear not, when Congress gets done there will still be plenty of work for you once SAIC/Booz Allen/Northrop Grumman et al. and their 8(a) small-disadvantaged-minority subcontractors take their respective cuts. Congress is also working on another bill, S. 3460, the State Cyber Security Protection Act so you Sacto and Albany types can get in on the fun." Link to Original Source top
mbstone writes "Ed Foster, for 17 years the technology consumer columnist at InfoWorld, died Saturday (26) at age 59 of a sudden heart attack. Ed's was a lonely voice in the media exposing corporate excesses such as monopolistic vendor practices, one-sided EULAs, extended warranties, sole-sourced printer cartridges, and bad special-interest legislation such as UCITA and CAN-SPAM ("It means you can spam," said Ed.). We'll miss him." Link to Original Source top
mbstone writes "We received the following self-explanatory job posting: Hello, We have an Urgent requirement with our Client — Microsoft India, looking for candidates interested to relocate and work in India on a permanent basis. Relocation expenses will be provided by the Client.
Please provide us the full time Salary desired and interested candidates can send the updated copy of the resume. Description: Microsoft India has got every position for a consultant who has got very good hands on C,C++,C# Programming. The technologies in which Microsoft India is operating are: Ad Center-CSO; Data Protection; RFID/ Adapters; Architect — SQL Compact Data; VSTT — Integrated and comprehensive end-to-end testing tools; Mobile Developer — Visual Studio for Devices; Jscript; Enterprise Networking; Virtualization Client; Service Packs; Applets & Gadgets; Office Mobile; CRM; Duet; Live Meeting Applications; Games; Core Server — Terminal services. The suitable candidates should be willing to relocate to India, should be from US or any other place except India. If you want to know more about this position you can attend the Microsoft's Event at Boston." Link to Original Source top
mbstone writes "In a medical story to be published in next week's Lancet, doctors say a 44 year-old French civil servant leads a normal life despite CT and MRI scans that show that his brain is 'virtually absent.' The civil servant is said to have an IQ of 75 despite his brain's grey and white matter being 'completely crushed against the sides of his skull.'"