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niftymitch (1625721) writes "Compare and contrast todays news coverage on Ebola and the topic of the upcoming PBS special replay: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE War of the Worlds Aired: 10/29/2013 52:10 Rating: NR Shortly after 8 p.m. on the Halloween Eve, 1938, a panicked radio announcer broke in with a report that Martians had landed in the tiny town of Grovers Mill, New Jersey. Although most listeners understood that the program was a radio drama, the next day's headlines reported that thousands of others plunged into panic. It turned out to be H.G. Wells' The War of the Worlds performed by Orson Welles." Link to Original Source top
niftymitch (1625721) writes ""The Dallas hospital treating a patient with Ebola blamed a flaw in its electronic health records as the reason he was first released despite telling a nurse he had come from West Africa". Now blame the computer....
OK flabbergasted I am. The blame game begins. Five individuals under voluntary quarantine were threatened by officials for going out to get food. Now under mandatory quarantine.
Silly rabbits know. Quarantine for 21 days without food is tantamount to a death sentence. Especially with screaming healthy small children inside a 1000 sq ft apartment. If there are any complications starvation is serious.. Yes M. Ganhdi did fast for 21 days...
Removal of soiled linens and the bed but no plan to replace them will have them sleeping on the floor. Oh wait now the carpet must be ripped out because the carpet is now bedding.
Removal of common trash. Can common water bottles be recycled with other trash. Can food scraps be composed in the local landfill." Link to Original Source top
"TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – WIAT 42 News has obtained a copy of Justin “Ross” Harris’ personnel file from the time that he was employed as a dispatcher with the Tuscaloosa Police Department. The documents detail Harris’ employment history, some drug use, and the results of a polygraph test that was conducted before his hire. Harris was hired as a tele communicator basic with the police department in June of 2006. He was promoted in his second year with the department, and then in May 2009, he resigned."
This is a tangle of astounding reach. A polygraph is a process to coerce "honesty" from individuals... But there is no US constitutional protection and no privacy as this release demonstrates." Link to Original Source
niftymitch (1625721) writes "San Francisco's fire chief has explicitly banned firefighters from using helmet-mounted video cameras, after images from a battalion chief's Asiana Airlines crash recording became public and led to questions about first responders' actions leading up to a fire rig running over a survivor." Link to Original Source top
"A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely.
"The technology, but not an actual gun, was demonstrated Tuesday at a wireless technology conference in Las Vegas and was shown to The Associated Press in advance. It comes at a time when lawmakers around the U.S. are considering contentious smart gun laws that would require new guns to include high-tech devices that limit who can fire them."" Link to Original Source top
Should health departments relax in emergencies?... radiation did it...
niftymitch (1625721) writes "State health officials said several vendors have set up in Moore to help provide food to residents and workers in the area, but some are failing to follow basic health guidelines.
Cleveland County Health Department officials say there have been reports of numerous vendors in the area giving away or selling food for people living and working in the area.
The director of the state health department's consumer health service, K.C. Ely, says that while they appreciate that people want to help, they are finding "multiple food safety hazards."
Ely said a check of several vendors found no means for washing hands, water, screening, overhead protection or other basic food safety requirements." Link to Original Source top
niftymitch (1625721) writes ""A British judge on Thursday sentenced a businessman who sold fake bomb detectors to 10 years in jail, saying the millionaire had shown a cavalier disregard for potentially fatal consequences.
"James McCormick made an estimated 50 million pounds ($77.8 million) from the sales of his non-working detectors — which were based on a novelty golf ball finder — to countries including Iraq, Belgium, Niger and Saudi Arabia."
On Friday, an asteroid will come within 17,000 miles of the Earth—“a very close shave” by space standards, as my colleague Phil Plait puts it on Bad Astronomy. Recently, Bill Nye the Science Guy went on CNN to discuss the phenomenon—and anchor Deb Feyerick opened with a rather odd question: “Is this an effect of perhaps global warming?”
niftymitch (1625721) writes "Just as the U.S. Department of Agriculture mandates Radio Frequency Identification Device chips to monitor livestock, a Texas school district just begun implanting the devices on student identification cards to monitor pupils’ movements on campus, and to track them as they come and go from school.
Tagging school children with RFID chips is uncommon, but not new.
The risk is in the abuse. Merchants and many many more locations can deploy readers and track these passive ID tags. The result is that it is not only the school that can track the students." Link to Original Source top
niftymitch (1625721) writes "And I quote from US patent 7,958,388 ==================== United States Patent 7,958,388 Bullen , et al. June 7, 2011 ===================== "The above description of the preferred embodiments has been given by way of example. From the disclosure given, those skilled in the art shall understand the invention and its advantages, but will also find apparent various changes and modifications that can be made to the methods and structures disclosed. We seek therefore to cover all such changes and modifications as fall within the spirit and scope of the invention, as defined by the appended claims and equivalents thereof. Thus, it is intended that the specification and examples be considered as exemplary only, with a true scope and spirit of the invention being indicated by the following claims."
Which I take to claim that anything a workman like programmer discovers as missing is included even if they have not thought of it yet.
niftymitch (1625721) writes "Apparently it is illegal to talk about the superbowl......descriptions are a violation of copyright. Listen closely right before the commercials and you will find yourself being told that not only are unauthorized reproductions a no-no, but so are..." Link to Original Source top
"We are writing to let you know that there may have been illegal and unauthorized access to some of your customer account information on Zappos.com, including one or more of the following: your name, e-mail address, billing and shipping addresses, phone number, the last four digits of your credit card number (the standard information you find on receipts), and/or your cryptographically scrambled password (but not your actual password)."" Link to Original Source top
niftymitch (1625721) writes "What is unique and novel in Patent number: 7822816 System and method for data management J. David Payne...
This claim sounds like BSD "learn" to me:
"creating a questionnaire comprising a series of questions" or even the SAT tests. With swizzled bubble.vs. question mechanism to make shoulder surfing near impossibe.
Another sounds like classic bubble test read by a machine and even Myers brigs tests.
"tokenizing said questionnaire; thereby producing a plurality of tokens representing said questionnaire".
This is hitting the courts in MacroSolve, Inc. v. Whoop, Inc.; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Civil Action No. 6:11-cv-00523
The whole thing reads like: "I patent the use of the following things when used in the manner that they were designed for and intended to be used." i.e I patent any method where when you have a hammer and you hammer nails.
The mention of XML is interesting because the design of XML was to address difficult to maintain compact data encoding methods. i.e. compact encoding predates XML.
Another claim reads like the "dragon book" where compact intermediate tokens are designed to be used as input for another program.
Anyhow the captcha for this is:retard: which makes me wonder if/. is a magic eight ball in disguise. Is it the patent or me.." top
niftymitch (1625721) writes "AT&T announced that it will reduce the data throughput speed of its biggest data users on the unlimited data plan. The company stated it's responding to the explosive growth in data usage and the network congestion that comes with it....... Instead, it's targeting the top 5 percent of heaviest data users on the unlimited plan, who use 12 times more data than other users, according to AT&T." Link to Original Source top
Computer memory product with preemptive multithrea
niftymitch (1625721) writes "US patent 5694603 — WTF Reiffin v. Microsoft Corporation et. al. filed on July 18, 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; Civil Action No. 3:11-cv-03505-MEJ ," Link to Original Source