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sandbagger (654585) writes "The nice but stubborn old gent who has been here for so long has finally retired. This means we can finally get Gopher off our network! I can't be the only one who has had to put up with such folly. With his luck, he'll end up with a million dollar a year consulting gig at NASA talking to old space probes. Sigh." top
Text Messaging Reduces Analgesic Requirements During Surgery.
sandbagger (654585) writes "So, that's what our daughters are doing. Ninety-eight patients receiving regional anesthesia for minor surgeries were randomly assigned to text message with a companion, text message with a stranger, play a distracting mobile phone game, or receive standard perioperative management. Text messaging during surgery provided analgesic-sparing benefits that surpassed distraction techniques." Link to Original Source top
sandbagger (654585) writes "The Washington Post reports that an obscure court case could inject new momentum into a bill that tackles patent trolls. The case, Versata v. SAP, challenges how broadly the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can interpret a congressional mandate to invalidate "bad" patents, the ones that patent trolls so often use to extort companies for easy settlement money.
sandbagger (654585) writes "The American Civil Liberties Association's Freedom of Information requests have revealed this tidbit in the NSA's reasoning: "As a practical matterit is not possible to determine what communications are to or from U.S, persons nearly as readily as is the case with telephony, and often is not possible at all."
sandbagger (654585) writes "The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. Thus, it appears that the fundamental core infrastructure of the internet has been more thoroughly compromised than suspected previously." Link to Original Source top
Calling Mr Orwell, rejigged executive order makes collecting data not collecting
sandbagger (654585) writes "'...it is often the case that one can be led astray by relying on the generic or commonly understood definition of a particular word.' Specifically words offering constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. TechDirt looks at the redefinition of the term collection as redefined by Executive Order 12333 to allow basically every information dragnet, provided no-one looks at it. "Collection" is now defined as "collection plus action." According to this document, ot still isn't collected, even if its been gathered, packaged and sent to a "supervisory authority." No collection happens until examination. It's Schroedinger's data, neither collected nor uncollected until the "box" has been opened. This leads to the question of aging off collected data/communications: if certain (non) collections haven't been examined at the end of the 5-year storage limit, are they allowed to be retained simply because they haven't officially been collected yet? Does the timer start when the "box" is opened or when the "box" is filled?" Link to Original Source top
European Union: We don't want public input on TAFTA/TTIP or CETA
sandbagger (654585) writes "One of the most glaring problems with TAFTA/TTIP is the lack of input from the public in whose name it is being negotiated says TechDirt. One million signatures must be gathered within one year to force the EU to respond to a public petition. Additionally, in seven EU states a specific minimum of supporters must be achieved, e.g. 72,000 signatures in Germany, 55,500 in France, or 54,750 in the United Kingdom et cetera.
This comes from a new site set up by the Stop TTIP Alliance, a pan-EU coalition that aims to seek support for the following petition: We invite the European Commission to recommend to the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)." Link to Original Source top
Long weekend silliness: which was the worst Sci-Fi sequel?
sandbagger (654585) writes "The long weekend is coming and many of us will be relaxing with a good film. Or a bad one. Many geeks have strong and passionate opinions about what is the best Sci Fi but what was the worst? Specifically, what was the worst sequel? The Phantom Menace? Star Trek V? Vote and let the world know what you think?" Link to Original Source top
Motley Crüe's interesting take on photography copyright
sandbagger (654585) writes "Concert photography sounds like a great job but like anything else, it's tough to make a dollar. The heavy metal band Motley Crüe's most recent photography licence appears to be making that harder. A leaked copy claims that "Licensor agrees that it shall not license any of the Materials (or shall not exploit any of the Materials) without the written consent of the Licensee which shall be withheld in Licensee’s sole discretion." Effectively, that professional photographers relinquish their copyright. This is followed by a secrecy clause that you can read more about on PetaPixel." Link to Original Source top
sandbagger (654585) writes "The hydrogen sulphide that's in the farts we know and love may have some health benefits when inhaled. Small doses may help stave off cancer, strokes, heart attacks and dementia, scientists have revealed. When cells become stressed by disease they try to draw in enzymes to generate their own minute quantities of hydrogen sulphide to preserve the energy creating mitochondria. Researchers have thus come up with a new compound named AP39 to assist the body in producing just the right amount of hydrogen sulfide that it needs." Link to Original Source top
Today in year-based computer errors: draft notices sent to men born in the 1800s
sandbagger (654585) writes "The glitch originated with the Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles during an automated data transfer of nearly 400,000 records. The records of males born between 1993 and 1997 were mixed with those of men born a century earlier. The federal agency didn't know it because the state uses a two-digit code to indicate birth year." Link to Original Source top
Lavabit founder Ladar Levison was on the radio this morning
sandbagger (654585) writes "Lavabit founder Ladar Levinson was interviewed on CBC Radio One this morning. The operator of the private e-mail service used by Snowden man who got caught up in a legal battle with the US government for running an e-mail service, and his fight for privacy. CBC Radio is Canada's national public broadcaster." Link to Original Source top
Teaching Creationism As Science Now Banned In Britain's Schools
sandbagger (654585) writes "The UK has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all schools receiving public money. The new regulations were published last week with little to-do, state the 'requirement for every academy and free school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum in any case prevents the teaching of creationism as evidence based theory in any academy or free school.'" Link to Original Source top
Lavabit Mk2 ships to backers via snail mail, and to the public in 60 days
sandbagger (654585) writes "Famously, Lavabit is the mail system Snowden used before the company shut down amidst legal woes after the Guardian and Post stories began running last year. A new version of the code has been funded via Kickstarter. The goal is to white label and release the source code that was used to power Lavabit as a f/oss project with support for dark mail added after. The first part of that initiative has occurred: CDs went into the post yesterday along with T-Shirts. The code will be released to the public in 60 days." Link to Original Source top
Study: Two-Thirds of Adult Americans Are Infected with HPV
sandbagger (654585) writes "Researchers have concluded that 69 percent of healthy American adults are infected with one or more of 109 strains of human papillomavirus (HPV). Only four of the 103 men and women whose tissue DNA was publicly available through a government database had either of the two HPV types known to cause most cases of cervical cancer, some throat cancers, and genital warts. HPV is so common that experts estimate nearly all adults contract one strain during their lives." Link to Original Source top
sandbagger (654585) writes "Swiss artist H.R. Giger, who designed the creature in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic "Alien," has died at age 74 from injuries suffered in a fall, his museum said Tuesday. It's pronounced Gee-ger, by the way." Link to Original Source top
sandbagger (654585) writes "The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the Snowden documents story says that even bigger revelations are yet to come according to Glenn Greenwald's interview with GQ. 'I think we will end the big stories in about three months or so [June or July 2014]. I like to think of it as a fireworks show: You want to save your best for last. There's a story that from the beginning I thought would be our biggest, and I'm saving that.' Given everything that has come out since June of last year, what do Slashdotters think the finale will be?" Link to Original Source top
Rent-a-cops delete photographer's memory card because of because we say so
sandbagger (654585) writes "Chicago-based photographer Benn Jordan that shows the scary situation he found himself in recently while trying to capture a time-lapse of South Chicago. Security guards who refused to identify themselves, asked him to move from the area between the sidewalk and private property they protect, then confiscated his memory cards and deleted days of work. The Acme Refining guards' reasons and legal authority to do so seem to be 'because we say so.'" Link to Original Source top
sandbagger (654585) writes "In August of 1966 a NASA satellite was quietly snapping images of the moon onto 70mm film and processing them in its robotic body before beaming the resulting images back to the Earth over analog radio waves. Wired tells the story of how the tapes were rescued from storage in California by a NASA engineer and a 'space entrepreneur' who had also located the rare drives needed to extract data from them. They re-engineered the drives, and many of the parts needed to get the data off the well-preserved tapes came from eBay and Radioshack." Link to Original Source top
Click Like? You may have given up the right to sue.
sandbagger (654585) writes "The New York Times reports that General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, 'join' it in social media communities. Who'd have imagined that clicking like requires a EULA?" Link to Original Source