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Researchers Create Vomiting Robot To Analyze Contagions

January 3rd, 2013 01:36 admin View Comments

Medicine

iComp points out an interesting project in Derbyshire, northern England. “Bioboffins at the Health and Safety Laboratory in Derbyshire, UK, have developed a robot that can projectile vomit on command as a tool for studying the spread of the highly infectious norovirus. Reuters reports that the hyperemetic droid has been dubbed ‘Vomiting Larry‘ by its creator, researcher Catherine Makison, who describes it as a ‘humanoid simulated vomiting system.’ The goal of said vomiting system is to study the reach and dispersion of human vomitus, which is one of the primary ways that diseases such as norovirus can spread. Norovirus is a fairly common viral infection that is sometimes known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’ due to its increased prevalence in the colder months. Outbreaks are generally triggered when humans ingest contaminated food or water, but can continue when subsequent people come in contact with surfaces that have been contaminated by the initial patient’s effluvium.”

Source: Researchers Create Vomiting Robot To Analyze Contagions

Raspberry Pi Gets an Open Source Educational Manual

January 2nd, 2013 01:17 admin View Comments

Education

Last year a group of UK teachers started working on a Creative Commons licensed teaching manual for the Raspberry Pi. That work has produced the Raspberry Pi Education Manual which is available at the Pi Store or here as a PDF. From Raspberry Pi: “The manual is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 unported licence, which is a complicated way of saying that it’s free for you to download, copy, adapt and use – you just can’t sell it. You’ll find chapters here on Scratch, Python, interfacing, and the command line. There’s a group at Oracle which is currently working with us on a faster Java virtual machine (JVM) for the Pi, and once that work’s done, chapters on Greenfoot and Geogebra will also be made available – we hope that’ll be very soon.”

Source: Raspberry Pi Gets an Open Source Educational Manual

European Commission Support of FRAND Licenses Hurts Open Standards

January 1st, 2013 01:28 admin View Comments

EU

jrepin writes “While the UK has seen the light, the EU has actually gone backwards on open standards in recent times. The original European Interoperability Framework required royalty-free licensing, but what was doubtless a pretty intense wave of lobbying in Brussels overturned that, and EIF v2 ended up pushing FRAND, which effectively locks out open source — the whole point of the exercise. Shamefully, some parts of the European Commission are still attacking open source.”

Source: European Commission Support of FRAND Licenses Hurts Open Standards

UK Milk Supply Contains New MRSA Strain

December 26th, 2012 12:49 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

Tests on milk from several different farms across the U.K. have turned up evidence for a new strain of MRSA — bacteria which have evolved resistance to common antibiotics. As long as the milk is properly pasteurized, it poses no threat to consumers, but anyone working directly with the animals bears a small risk of infection. According to The Independent, “The disclosure comes amid growing concern over the use of modern antibiotics on British farms, driven by price pressure imposed by the big supermarket chains. Intensive farming with thousands of animals raised in cramped conditions means infections spread faster and the need for antibiotics is consequently greater. Three classes of antibiotics rated as ‘critically important to human medicine’ by the World Health Organization – cephalosporins, fluoroquinolones and macrolides – have increased in use in the animal population by eightfold in the last decade.”

Source: UK Milk Supply Contains New MRSA Strain

New Pirate Bay Proxies Spring Up

December 23rd, 2012 12:18 admin View Comments

Censorship

Techmeology writes “Just days after the UK Pirate Party was forced to kill its proxy service Pirate Parties in Argentina and Luxembourg have created their own proxies. In a statement, the Pirate Party in Argentina said: ‘We wish the UK Pirate Party best of luck in their continued fight for free access to culture and knowledge. We have put up our own Pirate Bay proxy which is accessible from anywhere in the world, including the UK and other places where it has been censored.’”

Source: New Pirate Bay Proxies Spring Up

UK Gov’t Plans To Give ‘Greater Freedom To Use Copyright Works’

December 21st, 2012 12:53 admin View Comments

United Kingdom

crimperman writes “The U.K. government is planning to change their copyright laws to give ‘greater freedom’ on usage. The Dept. for Business Innovation and Skills say the new measures ‘include provisions to allow copying of works for personal use parody and for the purposes of quotation.’ (There is currently no ‘fair use’ law in the U.K.) They also say the provisions ‘allow people to use copyright works for a variety of … purposes without permission from the copyright owners,’ and ‘bring up to date the provisions for education use.’ A sensible copyright law from the U.K.? What are the chances of this getting through?”

Source: UK Gov’t Plans To Give ‘Greater Freedom To Use Copyright Works’

UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

December 21st, 2012 12:23 admin View Comments

Privacy

An anonymous reader writes “Jobseekers will be offered the chance to look for work through the new Universal Jobmatch website, which automatically pairs them up with opportunities that suit their skills after scanning their CVs. It will also allow employers to search for new workers among the unemployed and send messages inviting them to interviews. However, their activities may also be tracked using cookies, so their Job Centre advisers know how many searches they have been doing and whether they are turning down viable opportunities. Iain Duncan-Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the scheme would ‘revolutionize’ the process of looking for work. He said anyone without a job after signing up to the scheme would be lacking ‘imagination.’”

Source: UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

UK Cookie Consent Banners Draw Complaints

December 20th, 2012 12:30 admin View Comments

Privacy

nk497 writes “Earlier this year, the UK’s data watchdog the ICO started enforcing an EU rule that means websites must ask visitors before dropping cookies onto their computers. However, it was willing to accept “implied consent” — telling visitors that cookies are used on the site, and assuming they were fine with that if they keep using the site. That led to banners popping up on every major website, including the ICO’s site, warning users about cookies. Now, the ICO has revealed that many of the cookie-related complaints it’s received in the past six months are actually about those banners — and the law itself. The ICO said people “are unhappy with implied consent mechanisms, especially where cookies are placed immediately on entry to the site”, adding “a significant number of people also raised concerns about the new rules themselves and the effect of usability of websites.”"

Source: UK Cookie Consent Banners Draw Complaints

UK Government Changes Tack and Demands Default Porn Block

December 20th, 2012 12:44 admin View Comments

Censorship

judgecorp writes “British Prime Minister David Cameron is set to reverse a policy announced last week, and demand that ISPs filter adult content by default. This system would require users to actively opt out of a filter designed to block adult content and material about self-harm. Last week, after consultation with parents, the Department for Education had said that an opt-in system would be sufficient and no default porn block would be required, but the Daily Mail has announced triumphantly that Cameron will be presenting the policy in the paper. MP Claire Perry, who has argued for the block, will be in charge — and freedom of speech campaigners have branded the sudden change of mind as ‘chaotic.’”

Source: UK Government Changes Tack and Demands Default Porn Block

UK Pirate Party Forced To Give Up Legal Fight

December 19th, 2012 12:49 admin View Comments

Piracy

Grumbleduke writes “The UK Pirate Party has been forced to shut down its proxy of The Pirate Bay. The Party had been running the proxy since April, initially to support the Dutch Party’s efforts, then as a means of combating censorship after the BPI obtained uncontested court orders against the UK’s main ISPs to block the site across the UK. In a statement released through their lawyers, the Party cited the impossibly-high costs of legal action for their decision, but vowed to keep fighting for digital rights however they can.”

Source: UK Pirate Party Forced To Give Up Legal Fight

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