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Marijuana Prosecution Not a High Priority, Says Obama

December 15th, 2012 12:16 admin View Comments

Government

Hugh Pickens writes “VOA reports that President Obama says it does not make sense for federal authorities to seek prosecution of recreational marijuana users in states where such use is legal. ‘As it is, you know, the federal government has a lot to do when it comes to criminal prosecutions,’ said Obama during a television interview with ABC’s Barbara Walters . ‘It does not make sense from a prioritization point of view for us to focus on recreational drug users in a state that has already said that, under state law, that’s legal.’ When asked if he supported legalizing marijuana, the president said he was not endorsing that. ‘I wouldn’t go that far, but what I think is that, at this point, Washington and Colorado, you’ve seen the voters speak on this issue.’”

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Drilling Begins At Lake Hidden Beneath Antarctic

December 13th, 2012 12:49 admin View Comments

Earth

New submitter stonetony writes with this excerpt from the BBC: “A team of 12 scientists and engineers has begun work at remote Lake Ellsworth. They are using a high-pressure hose and sterilised water at near boiling point to blast a passage through more than two miles of ice. The aim is to analyse ice waters isolated for up to 500,000 years. The team of 12 scientists and engineers is using sterilised water at near boiling point to blast a passage through the ice to waters isolated for up to half a million years. The process of opening a bore-hole is expected to last five days and will be followed by a rapid sampling operation before the ice refreezes.”

Source: Drilling Begins At Lake Hidden Beneath Antarctic

New WiFi Protocol Boosts Congested Wireless Network Throughput By 700%

November 14th, 2012 11:02 admin View Comments

Network

MrSeb writes “Engineers at NC State University (NCSU) have discovered a way of boosting the throughput of busy WiFi networks by up to 700%. Perhaps most importantly, the breakthrough is purely software-based, meaning it could be rolled out to existing WiFi networks relatively easily — instantly improving the throughput and latency of the network. As wireless networking becomes ever more prevalent, you may have noticed that your home network is much faster than the WiFi network at the airport or a busy conference center. The primary reason for this is that a WiFi access point, along with every device connected to it, operates on the same wireless channel. This single-channel problem is also compounded by the fact that it isn’t just one-way; the access point also needs to send data back to every connected device. To solve this problem, NC State University has devised a scheme called WiFox. In essence, WiFox is some software that runs on a WiFi access point (i.e. it’s part of the firmware) and keeps track of the congestion level. If WiFox detects a backlog of data due to congestion, it kicks in and enables high-priority mode. In this mode, the access point gains complete control of the wireless network channel, allowing it to clear its backlog of data. Then, with the backlog clear, the network returns to normal. We don’t have the exact details of the WiFox scheme/protocol (it’s being presented at the ACM CoNEXT conference in December), but apparently it increased the throughput of a 45-device WiFi network by 700%, and reduced latency by 30-40%.”

Source: New WiFi Protocol Boosts Congested Wireless Network Throughput By 700%

Seattle’s Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

November 1st, 2012 11:22 admin View Comments

Privacy

theodp writes “People seem to be okay with constant corporate or government video surveillance in public. Let a lone individual point a video camera their way, however, and tempers flare. GeekWire takes a look at the antics and videos of Seattle’s mysterious Surveillance Camera Man, who walks up to people and records them for no apparent reason other than to make a point: How is what he’s doing different than those stationary surveillance cameras tucked away in buildings and public places?” At least with Surveillance Camera Man, you specifically know that he’s watching you — not always the case. (Not even when there’s no warrant, on private property in the U.S.)

Source: Seattle’s Creepy Cameraman Pushes Public Surveillance Buttons

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Forget the iPad, Surface Is the Tablet People Want

October 29th, 2012 10:46 admin View Comments

Microsoft

zacharye writes “Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer undoubtedly knows that Apple has sold more than 100 million iPad tablets at this point, but according to the outspoken executive, that’s not the tablet people really want. While speaking with CNBC, Ballmer said no company has built a tablet he believes customers want. ‘You can go through the products from all those guys and none of them has a product that you can really use. Not Apple. Not Google. Not Amazon. Nobody has a product that lets you work and play that can be your tablet and your PC. Not at any price point,’ he says.”

Source: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer: Forget the iPad, Surface Is the Tablet People Want

Facebook Patents Pokes-Per-Minute Limits

October 24th, 2012 10:56 admin View Comments

Facebook

theodp writes “The USPTO lowered the bar again on Tuesday, granting U.S. Patent No. 8,296,373 to four Facebook inventors for Automatically Managing Objectionable Behavior in a Web-based Social Network, essentially warning users or suspending their accounts when their poking, friend requesting, and wall posting is deemed annoying. From the patent: ‘Actions by a user exceeding the threshold may trigger the violation module 240 to take an action. For example, the point 360, which may represent fifty occurrences of an action in a five hour period, does not violate any of the policies as illustrated. However, the point 350, which represents fifty occurrences in a two hour period, violates the poke threshold 330 and the wall post threshold 340. Thus, if point 350 represents a user’s actions of either poking or wall posting, then the policy is violated.’”

Source: Facebook Patents Pokes-Per-Minute Limits

Your Moral Compass Is Reversible

September 21st, 2012 09:45 admin View Comments

Science

scibri writes “Your moral positions may be more flexible than you think. Researchers in Sweden have tricked people into reversing their opinions on moral issues, even to the point of constructing good arguments to support the opposite of their original positions (paper in PLOS ONE). They used a ‘magic trick’ to reverse a person’s responses to such moral issues as ‘Large-scale governmental surveillance of e-mail and Internet traffic ought to be forbidden as a means to combat international crime and terrorism,’ by switching ‘forbidden’ to ‘permitted’ when the subject turned the page of the questionaire. When asked to read back the questions and answers, about half of the subjects did not detect the changes, and a full 53% of participants argued unequivocally for the opposite of their original attitude in at least one of the manipulated statements.”

Source: Your Moral Compass Is Reversible

Aussie Judge Declares Apple-Samsung Patent Battles “Ridiculous”

July 24th, 2012 07:04 admin View Comments

Australia

New submitter Ahab’s compliments writes “Score another point for sensible judges — the judge in point wants to know why this dispute over the wireless technologies developed by Samsung and used by Apple shouldn’t be settled through mediation. ‘Why on earth are these proceedings going ahead?‘ Bennett asked the lawyers in court today. ‘It’s just ridiculous.’ The judge also rejected a request to hear the various patent infringement claims from either side in separate cases.”

Source: Aussie Judge Declares Apple-Samsung Patent Battles “Ridiculous”

Has the 3-D Hype Bubble Finally Popped?

July 14th, 2012 07:35 admin View Comments

Displays

An anonymous reader writes “An article at Time speculates that the recent hype surrounding 3-D display technology has finally peaked and begun to subside. As evidence, they point to comments from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who does not seem particularly enthusiastic about it, and concedes it won’t be a major selling point if the company continues to have 3-D enabled products in the future. He said, ‘So, now we’ve created the 3DS and 3DS XL and also have some games out there that are really using that 3D effect that we can see, from my point of view, that it’s an important element. But as human beings are this kind of surprise effect wears off quickly, and just [having] this 3D stereoscopic effect isn’t going to keep people excited.’ Revenue from 3-D films is also dropping, and while 3-D television sales are rising, only 14 percent of potential buyers think 3-D is a ‘must have’ feature.”

Source: Has the 3-D Hype Bubble Finally Popped?

The PHP Singularity

June 29th, 2012 06:16 admin View Comments

PHP

An anonymous reader writes “Jeff Atwood at Coding Horror has a post about the awfulness of PHP — or, rather, a post about posts about the awfulness of PHP. He points out that PHP has been the whipping boy for the developer community for years, and while everybody seems happy to complain about it, nobody seems willing to do anything about it. He writes, ‘From my perspective, the point of all these “PHP is broken” rants is not just to complain, but to help educate and potentially warn off new coders starting new codebases. Some fine, even historic work has been done in PHP despite the madness, unquestionably. But now we need to work together to fix what is broken. The best way to fix the PHP problem at this point is to make the alternatives so outstanding that the choice of the better hammer becomes obvious.’”

Source: The PHP Singularity

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