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E-Reserves Under Fire From Publishers
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 11:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's not-killing-enough-trees deptartment:
RackinFrackin writes "Publishers Weekly has a story about a copyright lawsuit lodged against several faculty members and a librarian at Georgia State University. The case, Cambridge University Press, et al. v. Patton et al., involves e-reserves, a practice of making electronic copies of articles available to students. From the article: 'Rather than make multiple physical copies, faculty now scan or download chapters or articles, create a single copy, and place that copy on a server where students can access it (and in some cases print, download, or share). Since the practice relies on fair use (creating a single digital copy, usually from a resource already paid for, for educational purposes), permission generally isn't sought, and thus permission fees aren't paid, making the price right for students strapped by the high cost of tuition and textbooks, as well as for libraries with budgets stretched thinner every year.'"

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The Real Science Gap
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 11:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's blaming-the-schools-is-so-2005 deptartment:
walterbyrd writes "This article attempts to explain why the US is struggling in its competition with other countries in the realm of scientific advancement. 'It's not insufficient schooling or a shortage of scientists. It's a lack of job opportunities. Americans need the reasonable hope that spending their youth preparing to do science will provide a satisfactory career.' I can hardly believe that somebody actually understands the present situation. It continues, 'The current approach — trying to improve the students or schools — will not produce the desired result, the experts predict, because the forces driving bright young Americans away from technical careers arise elsewhere, in the very structure of the US research establishment. For generations, that establishment served as the world’s nimblest and most productive source of great science and outstanding young scientists. Because of long-ignored internal contradictions, however, the American research enterprise has become so severely dysfunctional that it actively prevents the great majority of the young Americans aspiring to do research from realizing their dreams.'"

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Set Free Your Inner Jedi (Or Pyro)
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 10:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's sharks-sold-separately deptartment:
sirgoran writes "We've all thought about being the hero fighting off evil-doers and saving the day ever since we first saw Star Wars. The folks at Wicked Lasers have now brought that a little closer to reality with their latest release: a 1-Watt blue diode laser that can set skin and other things on fire. From an article at Daily Tech, where they talk about the dangers of such a powerful laser: 'And here's the best (or worst) part — it can set people (or things) on fire. Apparently the laser is so high-powered that shining it on fleshy parts will cause them to burst into flames. Of course it's equally capable of blinding people.' The thing that caught my eye was the price: $200. I wonder if they'll be able to meet the demand, since (if it works as advertised) this will be on every geek's Christmas list."

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Bill Gates' New Version of the Einstein Letter
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 09:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's did-he-just-godwin-the-green-revolution deptartment:
dcblogs writes "In 1939, Albert Einstein sent 'F.D. Roosevelt, President of the United States,' a letter with a warning about Germany's interest in a new type of energy with potential for use as a powerful bomb. The letter also outlined the competitive threat posed by Germany and steps for improving US research efforts. Last week, Bill Gates, along with GE's CEO and others, met with President Obama to deliver their own message: that of the top 30 companies in the world working on alternative energy, only four are in the US. Similar to Einstein's point and recommendations, Gates and his allies are asking the US to view the alternative energy push as a competitive threat posed by other nations, particularly China, which may be doing a better job in bringing its engineering talent and money to bear on this problem."

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The Safari Reader Arms Race
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 08:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's prefer-paper-rock-scissors deptartment:
JimLynch writes "Apple, by adding Reader to Safari 5, is essentially trying to force an ebook style interface onto the web reading experience. It will never work out over the long haul because web publishers will resist and the end result will be an arms race, with publishers on one side and Apple on the other." Another unmentioned issue is that sometimes it doesn't work: I've found pages where content is omitted from the reader UI.

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DTV Transition - One Year Later
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 08:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's just-switch-to-cable deptartment:
commodore64_love writes "One year has passed since NTSC-analog television died (R.I.P. 6/12/09 — aged 68 years), and the new ATSC-digital television became standard. According to Retrovo, the transition had some successes and failures. Retailers saw this as an opportunity to sell new HDTVs and 46 million converter boxes, while cable providers advertised rates as low as $10/month. One-third of the converter boxes the US subsidized — approximately 600 million dollars worth — were never used by purchasers. Overall 51% of Americans felt the DTV transition was good, while 23% said it was not. 12% of respondents report that since the switch they have worse reception. Others received better reception, gaining 24-hour movie channels, retro channels, foreign programming, and other new networks that had not existed under the old analog system."

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SeaMicro Unveils 512 Atom-Based Server
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 07:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's why-stop-there deptartment:
1sockchuck writes "Stealthy startup SeaMicro has unveiled its new low-power server, which incorporates 512 Intel Atom CPUs, a load balancer and interconnection fabric into a 10u server. SeaMicro, which received a $9.3 million government grant from DOE to develop its technology, says its server uses less than 2 kilowatts of energy — suggesting that a single rack with four SeaMicro units and 2,048 CPUs could draw just 8 kilowatts of power. Check out the technical overview, plus additional coverage from Wired, GigaOm and VentureBeat."

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The White House Listed on Real Estate Website
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 07:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's been-for-sale-for-years deptartment:
Forget visiting the White House, if you have $10 million you can own it. At least that is the price for the president's home on the real estate website, Redfin. From the article: "Obviously this is an error. It looks like Redfin software pulled an example listing from the website Owners.com by mistake. That example listing was the White House. We have e-mailed Redfin for comment." I know it's historic but it still looks a bit on the high side according to the comparables in the area.

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Teaching Fifth Graders Engineering
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 06:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's get-on-the-method deptartment:
Jamie noticed a NYT story saying "To compete in a global economy, some school districts are offering engineering lessons to students in kindergarten. " The story is about 5th graders working on a new experimental curriculum that is well beyond the egg drop of old.

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Project Natal Renamed 'Kinect'
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 05:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's i-had-those-when-i-was-a-kid deptartment:
tekgoblin writes "Many people gathered for the opening of E3 to see Project Natal. When they entered they were told that the new name of Natal is Kinect. Kinect is going to be the new way to play. It is going to be completely controller free. You can browse your dash board with the wave of you hand."

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Study Says Targeted Ads Gettin' a Lil' Creepy
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 05:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's your-mom-knows-what-you-surf deptartment:
eldavojohn writes "Ever load up a completely random webpage to see an advertisement at the top for products related to what you're reading about? What about the advertisement with binoculars that says your green denim jacket doesn't really go with your eyes? Well, a recent marketing study (PDF) is saying that making a highly visible advertisement content aware is too much for consumers. It seems that to optimize clicks and purchases you should use a highly visible ad or a more diminutive ad that is content aware but not both. For marketers, this report talks about the consumer having this crazy notion of privacy and at some point they start to feel like you're crossing the line."

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Apple Censors "Ulysses" App In Time For Bloomsday
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 04:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's aren't-most-publishers-corporations-already? deptartment:
Miracle Jones writes "Apple has censored a 'Ulysses' comic book app — just in time for 'Bloomsday' — because of a picture of Buck Mulligan's stately, plump cartoon penis. Not since Amazon removed digital copies of '1984' from people's Kindles while they slept has there been such a hilarious episode in the ongoing slapstick farce 'Let's See What Happens When Corporations Become Publishers.'"

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$1 Trillion In Minerals Found In Afghanistan
Posted by News Fetcher on June 14 '10 at 01:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's troops-home-by-christmas deptartment:
clustro writes "American geologists working with the Pentagon have discovered deposits of iron, copper, cobalt, gold, and lithium of incredible bounty, amounting to nearly $1 trillion. In fact, the lithium deposits are so vast, an internal Pentagon memo has stated that Afghanistan could become the 'Saudi Arabia of lithium.' The wealth of the deposits completely flattens the current GDP of Afghanistan, estimated at about $12 billion. Mining would completely transform the economy of Afghanistan, which presently is propped up by the opium trade and foreign aid. However, it could take decades for extraction to reach its full potential due to the war, the lack of heavy industry in the country, and a corrupt national government."

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NASA Ends Plan To Put Man Back On Moon
Posted by News Fetcher on June 13 '10 at 10:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's tax-dollars-for-earthlings deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from The Times Online: "NASA has begun to wind down construction of the rockets and spacecraft that were to have taken astronauts back to the Moon — effectively dismantling the US human spaceflight programme despite a congressional ban on its doing so. Legislators have accused President Obama's administration of contriving to slip the termination of the Constellation programme through the back door to avoid a battle on Capitol Hill."

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Hong Kong Company Develops Solar-Powered Lightbulb
Posted by News Fetcher on June 13 '10 at 07:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's works-best-at-night deptartment:
hussain_mkj writes "A Hong Kong-based company, Nokero, has introduced what it claims is the world's first solar powered lightbulb. Nokero is trying to replace traditional kerosene lamps in developing countries with its solar-powered N100 LED lightbulbs. The bulb is about the same size as normal incandescent bulbs, and will shine for two hours when charged for a day. The company claims that the new bulb is five times as bright as a kerosene lamp and uses 1/200th the energy. It will cost $15 for one and $480 for 48."

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Ubuntu Replaces F-Spot With Shotwell
Posted by News Fetcher on June 13 '10 at 05:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's such-pretty-pictures deptartment:
climenole writes "Finally! The much discussed about F-Spot vs Shotwell battle is over. The new default image organizer app for Ubuntu Maverick 10.10 is going to be Shotwell. This is a much needed change and F-Spot was simply not enough. Most of the times when I tried F-Spot, it just keeps crashing on me. Shotwell on a other hand feels a lot more solid and is better integrated with GNOME desktop. Shotwell is also completely devoid of Mono."

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Can Transistors Be Made To Work When They're Off?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 13 '10 at 04:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's off-on-what's-the-difference deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Engineers at the Belgian research institute IMEC are looking at the use of silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region of their operation as a way of pursuing ultra-low power goals. A chip the engineers are designing for biomedical applications could have blocks designed to operate at 0.2 or 0.3 volts, researchers said, according to EE Times. The threshold voltage is the point at which the transistor nominally switches off. Operating a transistor when it is 'off' would make use of the leakage conduction that is normally seen as wasted energy, according to the article."

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A File-Centric Photo Manager?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 13 '10 at 03:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's let-me-know-what-you-find deptartment:
JeremyDuffy writes "I have an photo project of over 7000 photos. I want to tag them based on location, time of day, who's in them, etc. Doing this by hand one at a time through the Windows 7 interface in explorer is practically madness. There has to be a better way. Is there a photo manager that can easily group and manage file tags? And most importantly, something that stores the tag and other data (description etc) in the file not just a database? I don't care if the thing has a database, but the data must be in the file so when I upload the files to the Internet, the tags are in place."

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The Truth About the Polygraph, According To the NSA
Posted by News Fetcher on June 13 '10 at 01:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's do-you-think-this-test-is-psuedoscience? deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "The NSA (the secretive intelligence agency that brought you wholesale warrantless wiretapping) has produced a public relations video about its polygraph screening program titled 'The Truth About the Polygraph.' But is the NSA telling the truth?AntiPolygraph.org provides a critique (video)."

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Chrome OS To Support "Legacy" PC Apps Through Remote Access
Posted by News Fetcher on June 13 '10 at 12:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's new-measure-of-software-completeness deptartment:
adeelarshad82 writes "According to a message posted to a public mailing list dedicated to Chrome OS, a new feature is in the works that will grant users access to 'legacy PC applications' through some kind of remote desktop connection process. Google software engineer Gary Kamark, who first spilled the beans on the feature, calls the process 'Chromoting.' The current speculation amongst Chrome enthusiasts is that the Chromoting process is more akin to a VPN/sharing functionality than anything else. In that case, one would have to leave one's Windows-based desktop or laptop system on in order to access apps via a connected Chrome OS computer — which is hardly a technological leap given that numerous applications today offer users an analogous screen-sharing / remote access functionality."

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