Monday, May 31, 2010
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A British scientist has infected himself with a computer virus. Cybernetics expert Mark Gasson wanted to show how implantable devices, like cochlear implants, are susceptible to computer viruses. The University of Reading researcher used an RFID (radio frequency identification) chip implanted in his wrist infected with a benign computer virus. The chip operates like an internal swipe card, allowing him to access parts of the university laboratories by waving his arm. The virus can replicate itself on his colleagues swipe cards if they access the panels where he swiped his arm. Gasson is worried that computers could the infect implant devices they communicate with or vise versa. A denial-of-service attack on a cochlear implant could be a serious problem.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
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From The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
Sunday, May 23, 2010
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Kentucky Attorney General and Democratic nominee Jack Conway told CNN that Paul's view on ADA as a "very callous" and "outside of the mainstream."
“I think a lot of things could be handled locally. I think if you have a two-story office and you hire someone who’s handicapped, it might be reasonable to let him have an office on the first floor rather than the government saying you have to have a $100,000 elevator. And I think when you get to the solutions like that, the more local the better, and the more common sense the decisions are, rather than having a federal government make those decisions.”
Thursday, May 20, 2010
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Art historian and curator Angus Trumble writing in his new book The Finger
From The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
Friday, May 14, 2010
The FCC says it is adjusting their rates to a "reasonable" amount. Sorenson offered this response to the FCC statement.
May 10, 2010: A Message from the FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau to the VRS Community
You may have seen claims that the video relay service (VRS) program is threatened. This is not true. The FCC is committed to ensuring the provision of high quality VRS to all individuals who need this service. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires telecommunications access that is functionally equivalent to voice telephone services for people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities. The FCC continues to believe that VRS is the most functionally equivalent form of relay for people who communicate using American Sign Language (ASL). We stand ready to meet our obligation to preserve and protect the VRS program so that ASL users and hearing people can communicate with each other over distances. This was the goal of Congress in passing the ADA and it continues to be our goal.
Here are the facts: On April 30th, the FCC released a Public Notice (DA-10-761A1.doc) asking the general public for feedback on what VRS providers should be paid to handle VRS calls for the next year. The Public Notice seeks comment on reimbursing providers based on the actual costs that VRS providers themselves claim to have incurred over the past few years to provide VRS. The only way to safeguard the VRS program is to adopt reasonable rates for all forms of relay services. Thus, it is our goal to adopt rates that are rationally based on the reasonable costs of actually providing VRS. We welcome all comments on our Public Notice, and will take all feedback into account to determine the next VRS rates. The VRS program will continue to provide the excellent communication service that you need.
Joel Gurin, Bureau ChiefKaren Peltz Strauss, Deputy Bureau Chief
The rates that the FCC is proposing will drive Sorenson, the leading provider of VRS, into bankruptcy. The FCC proposes to compensate Sorenson $3.89 per minute, while paying all other providers more than $5.77 per minute. Sorenson's real costs are nearly $6 per minute. As Sorenson has repeatedly told the FCC, the FCC ignores substantial, real-world costs that are essential to providing Sorenson VRS. The FCC is incorrect in its assessment of what would happen if it adopts its proposal. Sorenson understands completely the impact the proposed rate would have on its business. It would be disastrous for consumers.Read more here.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
The most common cause of hearing loss in newborns is cytomegalovirus, an infection that may not cause any symptoms in a pregnant woman but can affect her developing fetus, especially if she contracts it in the first trimester. Hearing loss from cytomegalovirus can be severe, but may develop only after the child is born. Other causes: oxygen deprivation and medications. Before immunization, rubella was the major menace. In cases that do not involve a syndrome, more than 100 different genes may be implicated.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
FriskyHands.com is being launched by Michael Bamford who says he was inspired after meeting deaf gay model Martin Ritchie who appeared on the Oxygen Channel reality show The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. The site will first offer live chat and hopes to soon add a video conferencing option as well.
Monday, May 10, 2010
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The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker
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Sign language is helping researchers better understand the origins of language. University of Rochester scientists checked the brain scans of native signers while watching other native signers communicate 24 sentences twice in ASL. The first run through emphasized word-order arrangement, while the next time would depended on inflection for understanding. It turns out, different parts of the brain are used for each type of communition.
The finding may support the idea that it was trade between different groups of early humans that got the brain working on language. This would also mean that language is a much more recent development than many experts believe.