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vuo (156163) writes "Finnish researchers have shown that the human brain contains photoreceptors that react to intracranial illumination. Light is provided through the ear canal with bright-light headsets by Valkee. These devices, much like earphones or should we say "earlumes", are registered medical devices. Retinal illumination or bright-light therapy has been previously assumed to be the only way light indirectly affects brains. Light therapy helps with mood swings, seasonal affective disorder, jetlag and other circadian rhythm disruptions." Link to Original Source top
vuo (156163) writes "Servers left outside in a tent in this year's exceptionally cold winter in Finland survived equally well as servers left in an office. Professor Jussi Kangasharju of University of Helsinki presented the results of a study in the first ACM SIGCOMM workshop on Green networking. 9 servers were left outside in winter, where outside temperatures varied and relative humidity was 80-90%, and were only protected from rain by a tent. Nevertheless, they were not found to suffer from a higher failure rate (5.6%) than found by Intel in a temperate climate. When the outside temperature was -22 C, the tent was at -5 C, cooling effected by wind and free air exchange." Link to Original Source top
vuo writes "For the first time in the European Union, an Åland court has ordered an Internet connection to be cut because of P2P use. Åland Islands is a small, Swedish-speaking, autonomously governed island province, with about 27.000 inhabitants, under the sovereignity of Finland. An employee of the local provincial government had used a P2P program using the government's Internet connection. The copyright interest group TTVK approached the court, and without consulting the operator, the court ordered the connection to be cut. The connection was quickly brought on line after the matter had been settled with the local administration. The decision has been criticized by Electronic Frontier Finland, because it resembles a denial-of-service attack and is a potential information security threat. Effi's president, Tapani Tarvainen, notes: "What if it was a hospital or other institution, where cutting connections would have caused real grave danger?" He also says that the courts simply lack the know-how, and the law allowing such orders (Lex Karpela, a Finnish national law not required by EU directive) needs to be repealed. TTVK's and Åland administration's take on the issue is that P2P use in an intranet is necessarily a risk to information security, citing examples from Pfizer and Citigroup. (Note: Google has recently introduced Finnish to Language Tools.)" Link to Original Source top
vuo (156163) writes "During Finland's Prime Minister Vanhanen's visit to Microsoft, where he met Bill Gates, Microsoft announced that the Windows Live@edu platform will be given gratis to the Finnish government. Live@edu is hosted on Microsoft's servers, and designed for communicating in the school environment, and includes electronic message boards, chats, school schedules and email. Vanhanen's government accepts the gift and notes that it will improve the development of the Finnish information society, particularly in remote regions where lack of expertise has precluded buying such software. Microsoft thinks that most Finnish schools will move into using Live@edu. However, Finnish software companies have reacted adversely to favoring gratis, but non-free American software. The CEO of Nextime Solutions, Jere Polvi, has sent a letter to Vanhanen to remind him to consider Finnish alternatives, which employ people in Finland and which have been developed for Finnish schools right from the start. (this is discussed in the main URL) In English:Helsingin Sanomat, Seattle Times, YLE News." Link to Original Source top
vuo (156163) writes "Another link from Reuters: Dutch police arrests teenager for virtual robbery of virtual furniture worth 4000 ($5900) in Habbo Hotel, a website by Sulake Corporation. Sulake has 80 million registered users of its sites in 31 countries." Link to Original Source top
vuo (156163) writes "At 04:00, 1 September 2007, all analog television networks were shut down, and the switchover to digital television has been completed. Watching television requires a digital decoder, such as a set-top box, a television with an integrated decoder, or a computer with a digital TV card. Currently, the national broadcasting corporation Yleisradio (YLE), which operates five digital channels, is funded by a television licence fee (208.15 per year per household). However, a consequence of digitalization is that nearly every device with a screen is potentially a television set. Minister of Communications Suvi Lindén has questioned the current policy, and promotes funding of YLE from the national budget and reducing the production of domestic programmes. YLE's director, also a former Microsoft PR director Mikael Jungner (sd.) opposes the plans." Link to Original Source