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Accidental Find May Lead To a Cure For Baldness
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 01:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's make-it-so department:
kkleiner writes "Science is full of stories in which great discoveries are made by accident: the discovery of radiation, the discovery of the universe's shape through x-ray detection, and now perhaps the cure for hair loss. At the time they returned to the cages to find that their bald mice had miraculously grown their hair back, the scientists at UCLA had no intention of curing baldness. Originally, theirs was in fact a study aimed at reducing the harmful affects of chronic stress. The unanticipated side effect of their treatment could prove a boon to balding men and women everywhere, not to mention to the drug company that delivers the cure to them."

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AMD Bulldozer Will Bring Socket Shift To PCs
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 12:15 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's make-sure-to-pick-up-the-socket-bonus department:
An anonymous reader writes "One of the most dreaded hurdles on the PC upgrade path is the CPU socket. If socket design changes then you'll almost certainly need a new motherboard when you do upgrade. This is an area where AMD has historically been much better than Intel. Intel tends to change sockets with each generation of CPU — currently there are three types out there, LGA 1155 for Sandy Bridge, LGA 1156 for first generation core and LGA 1366 for the performance Core i7 processors. AMD on the other hand has always tried to keep sockets across generations. When it releases its new Bulldozer core desktop processors later this year AMD is having to make a socket shift from the current AM3 socket to a new one called AM3+. This article discusses the change, issues like backwards compatibility and what the industry is doing to prepare for the socket shift."

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NASA To Delay Endeavour By 10 Days
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 12:00 PM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's to-boldly-go-when-traffic's-not-too-heavy department:
gabbo529 writes "NASA announced recently it will be delaying the upcoming launch of the space shuttle Endeavour — the final one for the well-traveled spacecraft. Endeavour was originally slated to launch April 19, but due to a scheduling conflict with a Russian supply vehicle, NASA is delaying it. Likely, NASA will delay it 10 days to April 29, but nothing is official yet."

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Piracy Is a Market Failure — Not a Legal One
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 11:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's dollars-and-sense department:
Mr.Fork writes "Michael Geist, Canada's copyright law guru and law prof at the University of Ottawa, posted an interesting observation about the copyright issue of piracy. Canada's International Development Research Centre came to a conclusion that 'piracy is chiefly a product of a market failure, not a legal one' after a multi-year study of six relevant economies. 'Even in those jurisdictions where there are legal distribution channels, pricing renders many products unaffordable for the vast majority of the population. Foreign rights holders are often more concerned with preserving high prices in developed countries, rather than actively trying to engage the local population with reasonably-priced access. These strategies may maximize profits globally, but they also serve to facilitate pirate markets in many developed countries.'"

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Book Review: 15 Minutes Including Q&A
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 11:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it department:
brothke writes "When I initially read 15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentations, I enjoyed it and thought it was a good book. It was only a few days later, sitting through yet another tedious vendor briefing, when I reread it and truly appreciated how awesome a book it really is." Read on to see what Ben has to say about this book. 15 Minutes Including Q&A: A Plan to Save the World From Lousy Presentation
author Joey Asher
pages 112
publisher Persuasive Speaker Press
rating 10/10
reviewer Ben Rothke
ISBN 0978577620
summary Great book on how to make your presentation heard

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Google Fights Back Against Android Fragmentation
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 10:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's one-version-to-rule-them-all department:
bonch writes "Google is tightening its control over Android in an attempt to standardize the platform. Licensees must agree to a 'non-fragmentation clause' that gives Google final approval over operating system changes, allegedly sparking complaints to the Justice Department. This follows Google's recent decision to withhold the source to Honeycomb from non-privileged partners, a move that has drawn criticism from openness advocates. Google says that Honeycomb will be open sourced when it's ready for other devices."

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Requiring Algebra II In High School Gains Momentum
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 09:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's who-got-their-alphabet-in-my-math department:
ChadHurley writes with this quote from the Washington Post:
"Of all of the classes offered in high school, Algebra II is the leading predictor of college and work success, according to research that has launched a growing national movement to require it of graduates. In recent years, 20 states and the District have moved to raise graduation requirements to include Algebra II, and its complexities are being demanded of more and more students. The effort has been led by Achieve, a group organized by governors and business leaders and funded by corporations and their foundations, to improve the skills of the workforce. Although US economic strength has been attributed in part to high levels of education, the workforce is lagging in the percentage of younger workers with college degrees, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development."

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Epsilon Breach Affects JPMorgan Chase, Capital One
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 08:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's sorry-bout-that-my-bad department:
Orome1 writes "The recent Play.com breach has been tied to the attack that its marketing communications firm Silverpop — a company that services over 105 customers, among whom are Walgreens and McDonalds — suffered last December. But the latest breach will likely have the biggest impact, because marketing services provider Epsilon — the largest one in the world — has notified its customers of a breach that likely compromised all of their mailing lists. Among Epsilon's customers are US Bank, JPMorgan Chase, TiVo, Capital One, the Home Shopping Network, LL Bean Visa Card, Ritz-Carlton Rewards, Best Buy, Disney Destinations, Walgreens, and many more." How many apology emails have you got so far today?

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Google Reaffirms Stance Against Software Patents
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 08:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's because-they-can department:
An anonymous reader writes "Google has again publicly affirmed its stance against software patents during an announcement over a potential defensive acquisition. These days, when Microsoft, Apple, and others are abusing software patents, it's nice to see one large company calling them junk."

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RIAA/MPAA: the Greatest Threat To Tech Innovation
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 07:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's where-have-i-heard-that-before department:
TAGmclaren writes "The Harvard Business Review is running an article stating that it's not India or China that are the greatest threat to technological innovation happening in America. Rather, it's the 'big content' players, particularly the movie and music industry. From the article: 'the Big Content players do not understand technology, and never have. Rather than see it as an opportunity to reach new audiences, technology has always been a threat to them. Example after example abounds of this attitude; whether it was the VCR which was "to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston strangler is to the woman home alone" as famed movie industry lobbyist Jack Valenti put it at a congressional hearing, or MP3 technology, which they tried to sue out of existence.'"

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Comodo Hack May Reshape Browser Security
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 06:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's get-it-right-this-time department:
suraj.sun writes "Major browser makers are beginning to revisit how they handle Web authentication after last month's breach that allowed a hacker to impersonate sites including Google, Yahoo, and Skype. Currently, everyone from the Tunisian government to a wireless carrier in the United Arab Emirates that implanted spyware on customers' BlackBerry devices and scores of German colleges are trusted to issue digital certificates for the largest and most popular sites on the Internet."

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Chinese Scientists Make Cow Producing Human-Like Milk
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 06:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's new-great-taste department:
hackingbear writes "Scientists from China Agricultural University have produced 17 healthy cloned cattle expressing recombinant human lysozyme using somatic cell nuclear transfer. Lysozyme, a bactericidal protein that protects human infants from microbial infections, is highly expressed in human milk but is found in only trace amounts in cow milk. The cloned cows produce milk with similar nutritional benefits as human milk, and the scientists hope their results will lead to new techniques that could be further refined for production of active human lysozyme on a large scale."

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Robots Find Wreckage of AF447
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 05:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's marco-polo-marco-polo department:
Last week we reported on an army of robots searching for Air France 447 over a nearly 4,000 sq mile patch of the Atlantic ocean. Today

mriya3 noted that "BEA, the French air accident investigation office, reports that the wreckage of Air France flight 447 has been found. The plane, an Airbus A330, crashed June 1, 2009 while flying from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. Investigators hope to find the cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorder. A press conference will be held today."

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Apple's Secret Weapon To Win the Tablet Wars
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 05:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's why-steve-jobs-is-tired department:
Hugh Pickens writes "International Business Times reports that when manufacturers trotted out their Android tablet prototypes during the CES show two months ago, pundits were happy to toll the death knell for the Apple's iPad, but now manufacturers are discovering that simply making a good tablet does not guarantee that it will sell — much to the chagrin of Motorola and its Xoom product. Now it is plain for all to see that Apple's secret weapon is their network of dedicated Apple stores worldwide where dedicated sales people are not only able to better explain its tablet to consumers but Apple also captures more margin than competitors who have to share margin with retail partners. Apparently, we are not going to see a repeat of the Android ambush of the smartphone market where the combined, price, savvy marketing, and modulated supply releases of the iPhone created so much aspirational demand in the market that buyers simply surged at the chance to buy what was perceived to be an equivalent product at lower prices. "Motorola's Xoom is only the first to face these problems," writes AA Defensor. "Soon RIM's Playbook, and HP's TouchPad will hit the shelves and unless they can do something drastic over the short term, it might remain to be an iPad market. But not because they did not build a good product.""

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NYT Paywall Cost $40 Million: How?
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 04:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's difficult-to-weave-the-net-just-so department:
An anonymous reader submits this musing from Philip Greenspun's blog: "Aside from wondering who will pay more than the cost of a Wall Street Journal subscription in order to subscribe to the New York Times, my biggest question right now is how the NY Times spent a reported $40-50 million writing the code (Bloomberg; other sources are consistent). Google was financed with $25 million. The New York Times already had a credit card processing system for selling home delivery. It already had a database management system for keeping track of Web site registrants. What did they spend the $40-50 million on?" Maybe the folks behind CityTime were free on weekends.

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US Government Domain Seizures Failing Miserably
Posted by News Fetcher on April 04 '11 at 01:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's dog-bites-man-sun-sets-as-usual department:
ktetch-pirate writes "Operation In Our Sites, a US Government-led domain seizure action to deal with piracy, is pretty much a failure. TorrentFreak has examined a significant number of sites that have gone on pretty much unhindered, despite the seizures. Already some questions have been asked about the constitutionality of the seizures, and the evidence used as justification, but it seems the end results weren't as good as boasted either."

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New Dinosaur Species Found In China
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '11 at 10:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's well-it's-a-big-place department:
jones_supa writes "A previously unknown dinosaur has been identified from fossils dug up in China and has been nicknamed as 'T-Rex's cousin.' The gigantic creature roamed North America and east Asia between about 65 million and 99 million years ago. Named in honour of Zhucheng as Zhuchentyrannus magnus, this animal was about 11 metres long, 4 metres tall and it weighed about 6 tonnes. The research team was led by Dr. David Hone, from University College Dublin school of biology and environmental science."

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Leaked Docs Show UK ISP BT Plans Music Service
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '11 at 07:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's only-has-to-be-good-enough department:
An anonymous reader submits with word of a leaked document that indicates that British Telecom "has plans to launch a new Music Download Service which it hopes will steer users away from P2P File Sharing . The introduction of the new service is aimed at giving its customers a alternative to file sharing and is already in the works with talks ongoing between the ISP and music labels such as Universal and EMI. When launched 'in the near future' the service is expected to offer BT's 5.5 million customers completely free music downloads for an initial period of 6-9 months after which an undecided monthly subscription fee will be charged for continued access to the service. The finer details of how the service will look and function is unknown at this stage, but will play a huge part in how successful (if at all) the service will be. Services like Spotify already exist and are hugely popular in the UK meaning BT will have to go the extra mile to convince users they have a service worth using."

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China Detects 10 Cases of Radiation Contamination, 2 In Hospital
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '11 at 04:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's clickaclicka-click-click department:
According to an article at The Sydney Morning Herald, "China has detected 10 cases of radioactive contamination among passengers, aircraft, ships and containers arriving from Japan since March 16, quarantine authorities said on Saturday. On Wednesday, radiation exceeding permitted levels was detected on two ships from the Japanese port of Chiba, near Tokyo, in the ports of Nantong and Zhangjiagang, Li Yuanping, spokesman of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, said on its website." Meanwhile, airborne radiation from Japan is detectable in China, but thus far not considered a danger.

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US Open Government Sites To Close
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '11 at 02:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's spending-other-people's-money department:
SEWilco writes "US government sites which promote open government are going to shut down soon due to not enough funding being directed at them."

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