An Open Letter on DRM To the Inventor of the Web, From the Inventor of Net Neutrality

Slashdot - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:40pm
Tim Wu, a law professor at the Colombia University, and best known for coining the term "net neutrality," has published an open letter to Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the web and director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In the letter, Wu has asked Berners-Lee to "seriously consider extending a protective covenant to legitimate circumventers who have cause to bypass EME, should it emerge as a W3C standard." Cory Doctorow, writes for BoingBoing: But Wu goes on to draw a connection between the problems of DRM and the problems of network discrimination: DRM is wrapped up in a layer of legal entanglements (notably section 1201 of America's Digital Millennium Copyright Act), which allow similar kinds of anticompetitive and ugly practices that make net neutrality so important. This is a live issue, too, because the W3C just held the most contentious vote in its decades-long history, on whether to publish a DRM standard for the web without any of the proposed legal protections for companies that create the kinds of competing products and services that the law permits, except when DRM is involved. As Wu points out, this sets up a situation where the incumbents get to create monopolies that produce the same problems for the open web that network neutrality advocates -- like Berners-Lee -- worry about.

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Helpful tool allows physicians to more accurately predict parathyroid cancer recurrence

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:16pm
A newly-created prognostic tool reliably predicts the recurrence of parathyroid cancer, enabling physicians to identify patients at the highest risk. Consequently, the tool also helps to determine the optimum postoperative strategy, including aggressive surveillance and additional treatments, according to study results.
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Zika virus persists in the central nervous system and lymph nodes of rhesus monkeys

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:16pm
Zika virus can persist in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), lymph nodes and colorectal tissue of infected rhesus monkeys for weeks after the virus has been cleared from blood, urine and mucosal secretions, according to a study.
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Unexpected damage found rippling through promising exotic nanomaterials

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:16pm
Some of the most promising and puzzling phenomena in physics play out on the nanoscale, where a billionth-of-a-meter shift can make or break perfect electrical conductivity.
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The First 100 Days: What Trump Has Done on Space So Far

Space.com - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:00pm
The Trump administration has already moved aggressively in a number of areas, such as tax policy, health care, immigration and environmental regulation. But it hasn't done a lot regarding space science and exploration.
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'We Don't Planet' Episode 1: What's the Structure of the Sun?

Space.com - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:00pm
Learn all about the structure of the sun in the first episode of the astrophysics video-explainer series "We Don't Planet."
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Slashdot Asks: Should an Employee Be Fired For Working On Personal Side Projects During Office Hours?

Slashdot - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 4:00pm
An anonymous reader writes: I found this article that talks about whether an engineer should be fired if s/he is working on a side project. Several people who have commented in the thread say that the employer should first talk to the person and understand why they are working on personal projects during the office hours. One reason, as many suggested, could be that the employee might not have been fairly compensated despite being exceptionally good at the job. In which case, the problem resides somewhere in the management who has failed to live up to the expectations. What do you folks think? Let's not just focus on engineers, per se. It could be an IT guy (who might have a lot of free time in hand), or a programmer.

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First endoscopic stricturotomy with needle knife study for intestinal strictures in IBD

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 3:35pm
The first study illustrating the safety and efficacy of endoscopic needle-knife therapy for intestinal strictures in patients with inflammatory bowel disorder has been released by physicians. The results appear to be promising.
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Hubble's bright shining lizard star

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 3:35pm
The bright object seen in this Hubble image is a single and little-studied star named TYC 3203-450-1, located in the constellation of Lacerta (The Lizard). The star is much closer than the much more distant galaxy.
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Scientists set record resolution for drawing at the one-nanometer length scale

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 3:35pm
Using a specialized electron microscope outfitted with a pattern generator, scientists turned an imaging instrument into a lithography tool that could be used to create and study materials with new properties.
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NASA and Trump: What Happened in Space in the 1st 100 Days | Video

Space.com - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 3:30pm
NASA highlights some of their work and milestones during the first 100 days of the Trump administration.
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Amazon Confirms Advertising Will Become a 'Meaningful' Part of Its Business

Slashdot - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 3:20pm
An anonymous reader shares a report: Amazon's advertising business has loomed quietly in the digital media space for some time but the online behemoth has given the clearest indication yet that it will now come to the fore. Advertisers and agencies have been hearing Amazon-sized footsteps for some time but until now the business has erred away from revealing too much. However, on its latest earnings call Amazon was asked by one analyst as to whether advertising could become a more "meaningful part of the business" over the near to mid-term. "It's pretty early in the days with advertising but we're very pleased with the team we have and the results," said Amazon's chief financial officer Brian Olsavsky in response to another analyst query. "Our goal is to be helpful to consumers and enhance their shopping or their viewing experience with targeted recommendations, and we think a lot of the information we have and preferences of customers and recommendations help us do that for customers."

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The Lego Has Landed! NASA Apollo Saturn V Moon Landing Set in Pictures

Space.com - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 3:04pm
NASA's iconic Saturn V moon rocket and Apollo lunar landings get the Lego treatment in the NASA Apollo Saturn V Lego set. The set includes 1,969 pieces and debuts in June 2017.
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SpaceX Poised for First Military Launch Sunday

Space.com - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 3:00pm
SpaceX is preparing to launch a classified spacecraft into orbit on a Falcon 9 rocket for the National Reconnaissance Office, breaking United Launch Alliance's 10-year monopoly on launching U.S. military and national security satellites.
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BitTorrent is Shutting Down Its Live TV Streaming Service

Slashdot - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 2:40pm
Janko Roettgers, reporting for Variety: San Francisco-based BitTorrent Inc. is set to shut down its P2P-powered live TV streaming service BitTorrent Live in the coming weeks, Variety has learned. Most of the 10-person team behind the live streaming service is expected to leave the company by the end of this week. The closure of Live comes after BitTorrent unsuccessfully tried to raise money to spin out the service into a separate company. It's also just the latest twist in a long corporate drama. Last year, two outside investors took control of BitTorrent, spent millions of dollars on an expensive expansion into the media space and promptly got themselves fired. BitTorrent has since rehired its former COO Rogelio Choy as its new CEO, and is now looking to focus on its core products. As part of that realignment, the company was looking to turn Live into a separate, venture-funded entity, but raising money for it proved challenging.

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NASA Apollo Saturn V to Launch as Lego Brick Model Set on June 1

Space.com - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 2:30pm
The countdown has begun for the launch of Lego's Saturn V moon rocket. Lego rolled out its first photos and filed its "launch plan" for the "NASA Apollo Saturn V" model set to be released on June 1. The set is based on a fan submission on Lego Ideas.
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The swollen colon: Cause of chronic inflammation discovered

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 2:21pm
Too much of the oncogene Bcl-3 leads to chronic intestinal diseases, report investigators. They describe in a new report exactly how it throws the immune system off-balance.
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Antibiotics counteract the beneficial effect of whole grain

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 2:21pm
Antibiotics may impede the health properties of whole grain, especially for women, recent study demonstrates. The results emphasize the importance of maintaining a restrictive use of antibiotics.
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Further knowledge required about the differences between milk proteins

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 2:21pm
Recent years have witnessed significant debates on proteins in milk, in particular the differences between A1 and A2 proteins. However, there is still no scientific evidence to determine whether milk with one protein type is healthier than the other.
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New material inspired by a sea worm changes according to the environment

Science Daily - Fri, 28/04/2017 - 2:20pm
The gelatinous jaw of a sea worm, which becomes hard or flexible depending on the environment around it, has inspired researchers to develop a new material that can be applied to soft robotics. Despite having the texture of a gel, this compound is endowed with great mechanical resistance and consistency, and is able to adapt to changing environments.
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