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By Soulskill from Slashdot's ounce-of-prevention-is-worth-a-ton-of-green department:
chicksdaddy writes: In what may become a trend, an insurance company is denying a claim from a California healthcare provider following the leak of data on more than 32,000 patients. The insurer, Columbia Casualty, charges that Cottage Health System did an inadequate job of protecting patient data. In a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in California, Columbia alleges that the breach occurred because Cottage and a third party vendor, INSYNC Computer Solution, Inc. failed to follow "minimum required practices," as spelled out in the policy. Among other things, Cottage "stored medical records on a system that was fully accessible to the internet but failed to install encryption or take other security measures to protect patient information from becoming available to anyone who 'surfed' the Internet," the complaint alleges. Disputes like this may become more common, as insurers anxious to get into a cyber insurance market that's growing by about 40% annually use liberally written exclusions to hedge against "known unknowns" like lax IT practices, pre-existing conditions (like compromises) and so on.

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Comic - Observer Effect
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 11:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's riker's-trombone-suggests-otherwise department:
An anonymous reader writes: The music industry has gone through dramatic changes over the past thirty years. Virtually everything is different except the structure of the songs we listen to. Distribution methods have long influenced songwriting habits, from records to CDs to radio airplay. So will streaming services, through their business models, incentivize a change to song form itself? Many pop music sensations are already manufactured carefully by the studios, and the shift to digital is providing them with ever more data about what people like to listen to. And don't forget that technology is a now a central part of how such music is created, from auto-tune and electronic beats to the massive amount of processing that goes into getting the exact sound a studio wants.

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How To Die On Mars
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 08:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's get-your-coffin-to-mars department:
An anonymous reader writes: Many space-related projects are currently focusing on Mars. SpaceX wants to build a colony there, NASA is looking into base design, and Mars One is supposedly picking astronauts for a mission. Because of this, we've been reading a lot about how we could live on Mars. An article at Popular Science reminds us of all the easy ways to die there. "Barring any complications with the spacecraft's hardware or any unintended run-ins with space debris, there's still a big killer lurking out in space that can't be easily avoided: radiation. ... [And] with so little atmosphere surrounding Mars, gently landing a large amount of weight on the planet will be tough. Heavy objects will pick up too much speed during the descent, making for one deep impact. ... Mars One's plan is to grow crops indoors under artificial lighting. According to the project's website, 80 square meters of space will be dedicated to plant growth within the habitat; the vegetation will be sustained using suspected water in Mars' soil, as well as carbon dioxide produced by the initial four-member crew. However, analysis conducted by MIT researchers last year (PDF) shows that those numbers just don't add up."

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Keyboard Mash
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 08:15 PM
From XKCD:

WHY DON'T YOU COME HANG OUT INSIDE MY HOUSE. WE CAN COOK BREAD AND CHAT ABOUT OUR INTERNAL SKELETONS.

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Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Patent Troll
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 06:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's clarence-thomas-speechless-at-the-verdict department:
An anonymous reader writes: The Supreme Court ruled today (PDF) that Cisco Systems can't skip out of a patent suit against them from patent troll Commil USA. The case reached the Supreme Court because Cisco argued it had a "good faith belief" that the patent they were infringing was invalid. The justices voted 6-2 that such a belief didn't matter if they were indeed infringing. The Supreme Court's opinion is that a company must know <em>of the patent it's infringing, and that their product infringes upon the patent — which, at least, is more than what Commil was pushing.

The case isn't completely over — a $63.7 million verdict in Commil's favor was overturned by an Appeals Court, and now the Supreme Court has sent it back down for re-evaluation after it clarified the rules of infringement. The Appeals Court could still overturn the judgment for some other reason. The good news is that the Supreme Court dedicated a page in their opinion to telling lower courts how to sanction patent trolls and keep them from clogging the courts with ridiculous claims. "t is still necessary and proper to stress that district courts have the authority and responsibility to ensure frivolous cases are dissuaded."

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Creationists Manipulating Search Results
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 04:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's pi-is-exactly-3 department:
reallocate writes: It looks like some Creationists are manipulating search results to ensure websites pushing religion are appearing in response to queries about science. Ask Google "What happened to the dinosaurs?" and you'll see links to Creationist sites right at the top. (And, right now, several hits to sites taking note of it.) Google has a feedback link waiting for you to use it.

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Why PowerPoint Should Be Banned
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 03:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's hang-on-my-clicker-isn't-working department:
An anonymous reader writes: An editorial at the Washington Post argues that Microsoft PowerPoint is being relied upon by too many to do too much, and we should start working to get rid of it. "Its slides are oversimplified, and bullet points omit the complexities of nearly any issue. The slides are designed to skip the learning process, which — when it works — involves dialogue, eye-to-eye contact and discussions. Of course PowerPoint has merits — it can help businesses with their sales pitches or let teachers introduce technology into the classroom. But instead of being used as a means for a dynamic engagement, it has become a poor substitute for longer, well-thought-out briefings and technical reports. It has become a crutch."

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Mandriva Goes Out of Business
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 02:45 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-tux department:
An anonymous reader writes: After struggling for the past several years, Mandriva has finally gone out of business, and is in the process of being liquidated. The company was responsible for Mandriva Linux, itself a combination of Mandrake Linux and Conectiva Linux. When Mandriva fell upon hard times, many of the distro's developers migrated to Mageia Linux, which is still going strong and just putting the final touches on its next major version (5).

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News - Child’s Play Golf Tournament Tickets!
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 02:45 PM
By Tycho from Penny Arcade:
They are available! I am by no means a golf expert; I come mostly for the buffet and the intensely shared fellow-feeling. For your calendar:

Date: Friday, July 17th 2015

Time: Golf Registration 9:00AM - 10:00AM, Mini-Golf Registration 12:30PM-1:15PM, Mixer 4:00PM

Location: Willows Run Golf Course, 10402 Willows Rd, Redmond, WA 98052

I’ve been to all of them, and it would be a fun way to spend your time even the absence of its profound charitable payload.

(CW)TB

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's that's-a-lot-of-vodka department:
An anonymous reader writes: After a pair of high profile launch failures in the past few months, Russian space agency Roscosmos is making headlines again: this time for corruption. A public spending watchdog reported that the organization had misused 92 billion rubles ($1.8 billion) in 2014 alone. Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said their space efforts have been undermined by rampant corruption. "We have uncovered acts of fraud, abuse of authority (and) document forgery. With such a level of moral decay, one should not be surprised at the high accident rate." He also said Roscosmos is to be "abolished," and replaced by a state corporation of the same name by the end of the year. "In its new, corporate identity, Roscosmos will be responsible not only for setting mission goals but managing wages for space industry workers and modernizing production facilities."

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Botcon 2015 Registration is.....Delayed
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 02:00 PM
By Jacer from TFW2005:
Staff Update: Botcon is still having issues with getting the registration up and running. They're hoping to have it back up tomorrow.

It’s finally here folks! Registration for Botcon 2015 is now live! Those of you going to the convention in St. Charles, Illinois can now register with the choice of Primus, Protoform, Mini-Con, or Golden Ticket Primus packages. You can also registered for the highly anticipated Frank Welker VIP Experience, as well as the customizing class on Wednesday or Thursday of the convention.

Before you register make sure you take a look at the Botcon 2015 brochure and package matrix to know exactly what you want. Then head over to the Botcon 2015 Registration Page to register for this year's convention.*

Botcon 2015 is held June 18th-21st. The box set this year is Cybertron’s Most Wanted, featuring The Thief - Packrat, The Muscle - Battletrap, The Loose Cannon - Shattered Glass Stepper, The Boss - Megatron, and last but certainly not least, The Bounty Hunter - Oilmaster. Botcon is also going to have some very exciting guests - Frank Welker (Generation 1 and Prime Megatron, Soundwave, Mirage, Frenzy, Mixmaster Trailbreaker, and so many more! ), Susan Blu(Generation 1 Arcee and voice director of Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Transformers Animated and the first 11 episodes of Transformers Prime), Derrick J. Wyatt(art director and lead character designer of Transformers Animated), John Moschitta(Generation 1 and Animated Blurr), and Kojin Ono (Diaclone toy designer). Botcon is only 22 days away, I hope to see a lot of you there!

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's disincentive-to-pay-your-taxes department:
An anonymous reader writes: The Associated Press reports that an online service provided by the IRS was used to gather the personal information of more than 100,000 taxpayers. Criminals were able to scrape the "Get Transcript" system to acquire tax return information. They already had a significant amount of information about these taxpayers, though — the system required a security check that included knowledge of a person's social security number, date of birth, and filing status. The system has been shut down while the IRS investigates and implements better security, and they're notifying the taxpayers whose information was accessed.

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By Soulskill from Slashdot's call-it-amtraking department:
An anonymous reader writes: In the aftermath of the derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia a couple weeks ago, the company has caved to demands that it install video cameras to monitor and record the actions of the engineers driving their trains. The National Transportation Safety Board has been recommending such cameras for the past five years. Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman says the cameras will improve train safety, though the engineers' union disagrees. In 2013, the union's president said, "Installation of cameras will provide the public nothing more than a false sense of security. More than a century of research establishes that monitoring workers actually reduces the ability to perform complex tasks, such as operating a train, because of the distractive effect."

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Botcon 2015 Registration is ... On Hold
Posted by News Fetcher on May 26 '15 at 11:45 AM
By Jacer from TFW2005:
Staff edit: BotCon is having some server issues to registration has been taken down to address the problem. We'll update you as soon as registration is live again!

It’s finally here folks! Registration for Botcon 2015 is now live! Those of you going to the convention in St. Charles, Illinois can now register with the choice of Primus, Protoform, Mini-Con, or Golden Ticket Primus packages. You can also registered for the highly anticipated Frank Welker VIP Experience, as well as the customizing class on Wednesday or Thursday of the convention.

Before you register make sure you take a look at the Botcon 2015 brochure and package matrix to know exactly what you want. Then head over to the Botcon 2015 Registration Page to register for this year's convention.*

Botcon 2015 is held June 18th-21st. The box set this year is Cybertron’s Most Wanted, featuring The Thief - Packrat, The Muscle - Battletrap, The Loose Cannon - Shattered Glass Stepper, The Boss - Megatron, and last but certainly not least, The Bounty Hunter - Oilmaster. Botcon is also going to have some very exciting guests - Frank Welker (Generation 1 and Prime Megatron, Soundwave, Mirage, Frenzy, Mixmaster Trailbreaker, and so many more! ), Susan Blu(Generation 1 Arcee and voice director of Beast Wars, Beast Machines, Transformers Animated and the first 11 episodes of Transformers Prime), Derrick J. Wyatt(art director and lead character designer of Transformers Animated), John Moschitta(Generation 1 and Animated Blurr), and Kojin Ono (Diaclone toy designer). Botcon is only 23 days away, I hope to see a lot of you there!

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