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Paperless e-voting a concern this election, say watchdogs
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 29 October 2010 17:29

From ComputerWorld

Nearly one in four voters in Tuesday's elections will use e-voting systems with no paper records

Some election watchers are expressing concern over the fact that about one in four registered voters in next week's general elections will be casting their ballots using electronic voting machines that offer no verifiable paper records.

Paperless direct-recording electronic voting systems have drawn flak in past elections for being unreliable, too hard to audit and too prone to all sorts of tampering.

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"Thoughtpad" Technology Allows Humans to Control Computers with Their Minds
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 28 October 2010 18:07

From DailyTech

...Could help paralyzed individuals control prosthetic limbs and communicate

Touchpad technology has become a way of life for many who use laptops and other devices with this capability, but a new study led by a University of California researcher may replace the touchpad with "thoughtpad" technology.

The study was led by Itzhak Fried, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of neurosurgery at the University of California, Los Angeles, and was funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). This research found that humans can control complex visual images with their mind on a computer screen.

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GOP senator proposes law targeting WikiLeaks 'cowards'
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 26 October 2010 18:25

From C/Net news

A Republican senator has proposed rewriting the Espionage Act to target WikiLeaks.

Sen. John Ensign of Nevada yesterday announced a bill that would make it illegal to identify informants working with the U.S. military, which WikiLeaks did earlier this year when releasing files from the war in Afghanistan.

In last week's Iraq war files release, WikiLeaks removed names, but the U.S. Defense Department said yesterday that information in the leaked documents could still identify dozens of people.

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Netflix Generates $553M in Revenue for Q3 2010, Now a "Streaming" Company
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 21 October 2010 17:38

From Daily tech

Netflix is one of the main reasons that so much pressure was put on traditional video retail, ultimately leading to the bankruptcy filing of Blockbuster. Netflix has been changing its business model to keep up with consumer trends that are migrating from DVDs to streaming content.

Netflix offered up its financial data for Q3 2010 this week and the company is doing very well. During Q3 2010, Netflix added 1.9 million new subscribers bringing the total number of subscribers to the service up to 16.9 million. The 16.9 million figure is a gain of 52% from the same quarter of 2009. Netflix also stated in the earnings release that 2/3 of the customers of the service now stream content, up from 41% last year and 61% in Q2 2010.

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Top Physics Professor Resigns From Post, Denouncing Global Warming "Fraud"
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 15 October 2010 18:37

From Daily Tech

Are scientists being duped into abandoning their morals and publishing false studies on warming for grant money? A prominent physicist claims so, in a powerful resignation letter to the world's second largest physics society.
"[T]he global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it... has corrupted so many scientists" -- Harold Lewis

In perhaps the biggest critique delivered against the current state of global warming research "consensus", since "climategate" at the University of East Anglia, a renowned physics professor has written a lengthy letter resigning from the American Physical Society and condemning the state of warming research.

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Google and Sony Kill the "Dumb" TV, Unleash Google TV
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Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 18:17

From DailyTech

The TV packs one big remote control. Soon you will be able to control your TV via your Android smart phone, though, even using voice commands.

For those who don't want to buy a new TV, Sony is also offering a Google TV Blu-Ray player, giving customers one more way to ditch the set-top box.

Google is increasingly became a leading force as an operating system developer.  Its Android smartphone operating system is growing faster than any other smartphone operating system, and its Chrome operating system for tablets and netbooks will soon debut as well.

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