queryselectorall

JavaScript performance comparison

Test case created

Preparation code


<script id="before-content" type="text/javascript">
var pageload = {
        pagemark: '648745817495284963',
        before_content: (new Date).getTime()
};
function pageload_done( $, console, maybe ){
        pageload.after_readycode        = (new Date).getTime();
        pageload.content_ready_time     = pageload.content_ready - pageload.before_content;
        pageload.script_ready_time      = pageload.after_readycode - pageload.content_ready;
        pageload.ready_time             = pageload.after_readycode - pageload.before_content;
        // Only report 1% of cases.
        maybe || (Math.random()>0.01) || $.ajax({ data: {
                op: 'page_profile',
                pagemark: pageload.pagemark,
                dom: pageload.content_ready_time,
                js: pageload.script_ready_time
        } });
}
</script>

    <title>Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters</title>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8">


    <meta property="fb:admins" content="100000696822412">
    <meta property="fb:page_id" content="267995220856">





<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen, projection" href="//a.fsdn.com/sd/classic.css?release_20120320.01b" >
<!--[if IE 8]><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen, projection" href="//a.fsdn.com/sd/ie8-classic.css?release_20120320.01b" ><![endif]-->
<!--[if IE 7]><link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="screen, projection" href="//a.fsdn.com/sd/ie7-classic.css?release_20120320.01b" ><![endif]-->







<!--  -->






<script src="//a.fsdn.com/sd/all-minified.js?release_20120320.01b" type="text/javascript"></script>


<script type="text/javascript">
(function(){
var regexp=/\s*(?:\d+|many)\s+more\s*/i;

       
        var auto_more_count = 1;

        function auto_more(){
                var $more_link = $('#more-experiment a');
                $more_link.each(function(){
                        var $lastitem = $('#firehoselist>article.fhitem:visible:last');
                        if ( Bounds.intersect(window, $lastitem) ) {
                       
                                setFirehoseAction();
                                $more_link.click();
                       
                                !--auto_more_count && (auto_more=undefined);
                                // don't allow a call till the next paginate gets built and |more_possible|
                                $(document).unbind('scroll', call_auto_more);
                        }
                });
        };

        function call_auto_more(){ auto_more && auto_more(); }
       

$('#more-experiment a').
        live('more-possible', function( event ){
                var $more_link=$(this);
                if ( regexp.test($more_link.text()) ) {
               
                        $(document).bind('scroll', call_auto_more);
                } else {
                        $(document).unbind('scroll', call_auto_more);
               
                }
        });
})();
</script>
<!--[if lt IE 9]><script src="//a.fsdn.com/sd/html5.js"></script><![endif]-->
<meta http-equiv="X-XRDS-Location" content="http://slashdot.org/slashdot.xrds"><link rel="top"       title="News for nerds, stuff that matters" href="//slashdot.org/" >
<link rel="search"    title="Search Slashdot" href="//slashdot.org/search.pl">
<link rel="alternate" title="Slashdot RSS" href="http://rss.slashdot.org/Slashdot/slashdot" type="application/rss+xml">
<link rel="shortcut icon" href="/favicon.ico" type="image/x-icon">
<!-- DoubleClick Random Number -->
<script type="text/javascript">
   dfp_ord=Math.random()*10000000000000000;
   dfp_tile = 1;
</script>
<!-- End DoubleClick Random Number -->

<script type="text/javascript">
window.google_analytics_uacct = "UA-32013-5";

var _gaq = _gaq || [];


  _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-32013-5']);
  _gaq.push(['_setDomainName', '.slashdot.org']);

       
                _gaq.push(['_addIgnoredRef', 'slashdot.org']);
       

  _gaq.push(['_setCustomVar', 1, 'User Type',  'Anon', 3]);
       
        _gaq.push(['_setCustomVar', 2, 'Page','index2', 3]);

       
                if(typeof(utmx) == 'function') {
                        var comb = utmx('combination_string').toString();
                        if(comb) {
                           _gaq.push(['_setCustomVar', 5, 'TestCombination',comb, 2]);
                        }
                }
       





  _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']);
  _gaq.push(['_trackPageLoadTime']);




  (function() {
    var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true;
    ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js';
    var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s);
  })();

</script>

        <div id="top_parent"></div>
        <a name="topothepage"></a>
        <div id="tophat"><div class="ad1 advertisement"><!-- ad position 1 -->
        <!-- DoubleClick Ad Tag -->
<div id="fad1">
               
                       
       
        <script type="text/javascript">
        //<![CDATA[

                var hint   = 'mainpage';

        document.write('<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/ostg.slashdot/pg_index_p1_leader;pg=index2;logged_in=0;tile='+dfp_tile+';sz=728x90;u=;ord='+dfp_ord+'?"><\/script>');
                dfp_tile++;
        //]]>
        </script>
                       
               
</div>
<!-- End DoubleClick Ad Tag --></div></div>
        <header class="col_wrapper container clearfix h">
            <hgroup>
                <section class="grid_9">
                        <div id="logo" >
                                <a href="//slashdot.org"><span>Slashdot</span></a>
                                <div id="jump" class="hide">
                                        <a href="#main-articles">Stories</a><br>
                                        <a href="#blocks">Slash Boxes</a><br>
                                        <a href="#comments">Comments</a>
                                </div>
                        </div>
         <a class='data-title' href='/slash-stats/week' id='sg_hof_mvtest_title' onclick="showHof('week'); return false;"><span class='ui-icon medal ico-w'></span></a>
               


                        <form id="search" method="get" action="//slashdot.org/index2.pl">
                                <input type="text" name="fhfilter" value="" id="searchquery">
                                <span class="ui-icon search"></span>
                                <input type="submit" value="Search">
                               
                        </form>
                       
                       
                </section>
                <nav role="top-navigation" class="grid_15">
               
                        <a href="//slashdot.org/my/newuser" onclick="getModalPrefs('newUserModal', 'Create Account', 1); $('#modal_box').addClass('join'); return false;" class="btn link">Join</a>
                        <a href="//slashdot.org/my/login" onclick="show_login_box(); return false;" class="btn link">Log In</a>
               
               
                        <a rel=" no" href="//slashdot.org/submission" onclick="show_submit_box('','submission'); $('#modal_box').addClass('submit'); return false;" title="Submit a story to Slashdot" class="btn link">Submit<span class="opt"> Story</span></a>


<span id="top-navigation-resources">
    <a href="http://jobs.slashdot.org" class="btn link">Jobs</a>
    <a class="btn link" href="//slashdot.org/my/newuser">Newsletter</a>
    <a class="btn link" href="//slashdot.org/webcasts">Library</a>
</span>

                </nav>
            </hgroup>
        </header>




        <section>
   
      <div id='embbeded_login_modal' class="hide">
<form action="https://slashdot.org/my/login" method="post" onsubmit="if (global_returnto) { this.returnto.value = global_returnto }" class="embedded"><fieldset style="-webkit-border-radius:10px 10px 0 0;border-radius:10px 10px 0 0;-moz-border-radius:10px 10px 0 0">
<div style='height:25px;'>&nbsp;</div>
    <input type="hidden" name="returnto" value="">
    <input type="hidden" name="op" value="userlogin">
    <p>
        <label class="fleft" for="unickname">Nickname:</label>
        <input type="text" name="unickname" value="">
    </p>
    <p>
        <label class="fleft" for="upasswd">Password:</label>
        <input type="password" name="upasswd" placeholder="6-20 characters long">
    </p>
    <label class="checkbox"><input type="checkbox" name="login_temp" value="yes"> Public Terminal</label>
    <br>
    <hr>
    <input type="submit" name="userlogin" value="Log In" class="fno"> <a href="//slashdot.org/my/mailpassword" class="btn link" onclick="getModalPrefs('sendPasswdModal', 'Retrieve Password', 1); return false;">Forgot your password?</a>
</fieldset></form>

                <form action="//slashdot.org/login.pl" method="post"><fieldset style="-webkit-border-radius:0 0 10px 10px;border-radius:0 0 10px 10px;-moz-border-radius:0 0 10px 10px">
                <input type="hidden" name="op" value="claim_openid">
                <input type="hidden" name="openid_login" value="1">
                <label for="openid_url" class="openid_url">
                <input type="text" name="openid_url" value="http://" size="32" maxlength="255">
                </label><br>
                <input type="submit" value="Log in with OpenID" class="button fno" style="width:230px;">
                </fieldset></form>

<div class="actions">
 <a class="ico close" onclick="hide_login_slider();" href=""><span>Close</span></a>
</div>
</div>
   
   <div class="ad33 advertisement"><!-- ad position 33 -->
        <!-- DoubleClick Ad Tag -->
<div id="fad33">
               
                       
       
        <script type="text/javascript">
        //<![CDATA[

                var hint   = 'mainpage';

        document.write('<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ad.doubleclick.net/adj/ostg.slashdot/mainpage_p33_powerswitch;pg=index2;logged_in=0;tile='+dfp_tile+';sz=980x66;u=;ord='+dfp_ord+'?"><\/script>');
                dfp_tile++;
        //]]>
        </script>
                       
               
</div>
<!-- End DoubleClick Ad Tag --></div>
                <a name="main-articles"></a><!-- body begin -->







       
        <style type="text/css">
menu, menu * {
        text-decoration:none;
}

menu[type=context] {
        display:none;
        position:absolute;
        z-index:10000;
}

menu[type=context]:not(.brief) {
        background-color:#dfdfdf;
        margin:0;
        padding:2px 0.5em;
        border-style:solid;
        border-width:1px;
        border-color:#eeeeee #aaaaaa #aaaaaa #eeeeee;
        -moz-border-radius-topright:.7em;
        -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 0.7em 0.7em;
}

menu.full[type=context] > a.slash-hover:first-child {
        -moz-border-radius-topright:.6em;
        -webkit-border-top-right-radius: 0.6em 0.6em;
}



menu.brief[type=context] > a {
        -moz-border-radius:.6em;
        -webkit-border-radius: 0.6em;
        color:#ffffff;
        background-color:#000000;
}

/*
span.briefmenu a.tag:not(.datatype) {
    padding-left:.5em;
}
*/




/* #tag-menu a, #feedback-menu a  { */
menu.tag-menu a {
        display:list-item;
        list-style:none;
        text-align:left;
        font-weight:bold;
        color:black;
        padding:0.1em 0.5em;
        margin:-0.1em -0.5em;
        cursor:pointer;
}


.tags .edit-bar { position:relative; }
article aside .share .addthis_toolbox { display:block; width:60px; float:left; }
article aside.view_mode .share { min-width:120px; padding-top:.5em; }
#firehose.list article header h2 {padding-left: 20px; !important}
.novote .vote { display:none; }
.vote > a, .votedup > a, .voteddown > a {border-width:1px; border-style:solid; border-color:rgba(0,0,0,0.25); display:block; height:22px; width:22px; margin:-2px 3px 0 0; color:rgb(255,255,255); text-decoration:none; line-height:22px; text-align:center; font-weight:bold; font-size:14px; float:left; border-width:1px; border-style:solid; border-color:rgba(0,0,0,0.5); }
.vote > a, .votedup > a, .voteddown > a {color:rgb(0,0,0);}
article.fhitem-submission h2 .vote > a, article.fhitem-submission h2 .votedup > a, article.fhitem-submission h2 .voteddown > a { border-color:rgba(0,0,0,0.15); }
.vote .up, .vote .down, .votedup .up, .votedup .down, .voteddown .up, .voteddown .down { border-radius: 4px; -moz-border-radius: 4px; -webkit-border-radius: 4px; text-shadow:0 0 2px #000000; }
article:not(.fhitem-story) .vote .up,article:not(.fhitem-story) .vote .down,article:not(.fhitem-story) .votedup .up,article:not(.fhitem-story) .votedup .down,article:not(.fhitem-story) .voteddown .up,article:not(.fhitem-story) .voteddown .down { text-shadow:none !important; }
.voteddown .down, .votedup .up { text-indent:2px; line-height:24px; }
article:not(.fhitem-story) .votedup .up,article:not(.fhitem-story) .voteddown .down {background: rgb(174,174,174);background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0% 0%, 0% 100%, from(rgb(174,174,174)), to(rgb(193,193,193)));background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(100% 100% 90deg,rgb(193,193,193), rgb(174,174,174) 100%);color:rgb(0,0,0);}
article.fhitem-story .votedup .up,article.fhitem-story .voteddown .down {background: rgb(0,66,66);background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0% 0%, 0% 100%, from(rgb(0,53,53)), to(rgb(0,102,102)));background-image: -moz-linear-gradient(100% 100% 90deg,rgb(0,102,102), rgb(0,53,53) 100%);}





#tag-menu span.var-tag {
font-weight:normal;
color:#444444;
}

menu.reasons-menu a {
padding:0 .25em 0 .25em;
font-size:80%;
-moz-border-radius:.5em;
-webkit-border-radius:.5em;
cursor:pointer;
}

menu.reasons-menu a:hover {
background:rgb(153,153,153);
background:-moz-linear-gradient(100% 100% 90deg, rgb(102,102,102), rgb(153,153,153) 70%) repeat scroll 0 0 rgb(102,102,102);
background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0% 0%, 0% 100%, from(rgb(153,153,153)), to(rgb(102,102,102)));
color:#fff;
text-decoration:none;
font-weignt:normal;
}

article.fhitem-story menu.reasons-menu a:hover {
background:#002323 !important;
background:-moz-linear-gradient(100% 100% 90deg, #002323, #005353 70%) repeat scroll 0 0 #002323 !important;
background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0% 0%, 0% 100%, from(#005353), to(#002323)) !important;
}


menu.reasons-menu {
        display:none;
        margin:0;
        padding:0;
}

div.fhitem h3 menu.reasons-menu {
margin:0.25em 0 0;
}

div.fhitem h3 menu.reasons-menu a.tag {
font-size:.8em;
}

#tag-menu a.slash-hover,
#feedback-menu a.slash-hover,

.tag-display span.tag:hover,
.tag-display span.tag.trigger {
        color:white;
        background-color:rgb(0, 85, 85);
}

#tag-menu a.slash-hover span.var-tag {
        color:#eee;
}

.tag-entry.default {
        color:#ccc;
}

.brief .nix {
        margin-top:-1.35em;
        margin-left:0px;
        margin-top:-1.15em;
        text-decoration:none;
        line-height:1.35em;
        padding:0 2px;
        -moz-border-radius:.6em 0 0 .6em;
        -webkit-border-radius:.6em 0 0 .6em;
        -o-border-radius:.6em 0 0 .6em;
        border-radius:.6em 0 0 .6em;
    color:#fff !important;
    background:transparent !important;
}

.brief .nix:hover {
    background:rgb(153,153,153) !important;
    background:-moz-linear-gradient(100% 100% 90deg, rgb(102,102,102), rgb(153,153,153) 70%) repeat scroll 0 0 rgb(102,102,102) !important;
    background-image: -webkit-gradient(linear, 0% 0%, 0% 100%, from(rgb(153,153,153)), to(rgb(102,102,102))) !important;
}

</style>

<menu id="nix-reasons" style="display:none">
        <a class="tag">binspam</a><a class="tag">dupe</a><a class="tag">notthebest</a><a class="tag">offtopic</a><a class="tag">slownewsday</a><a class="tag">stale</a><a class="tag">stupid</a>
</menu>
<menu id="nod-reasons" style="display:none">
        <a class="tag">fresh</a><a class="tag">funny</a><a class="tag">insightful</a><a class="tag">interesting</a><a class="tag">maybe</a>
</menu>
<menu id="comment-nix-reasons" style="display:none">
        <a class="tag">offtopic</a><a class="tag">flamebait</a><a class="tag">troll</a><a class="tag">redundant</a><a class="tag">overrated</a>
</menu>
<menu id="comment-nod-reasons" style="display:none">
        <a class="tag">insightful</a><a class="tag">interesting</a><a class="tag">informative</a><a class="tag">funny</a><a class="tag">underrated</a>
</menu>

<menu id="tag-nod-reasons" style="display:none">
        <a class="tag">descriptive</a>
</menu>
<menu id="feedback-menu" class="tag-menu" type="context">
        <a class="tag">typo</a><a class="tag">dupe</a><a class="tag">error</a>
</menu>
<menu id="tag-menu" class="tag-menu none" type="context">

<!--    <a data-op="!" class="nix">!<span class="var-tag hide"></span></a>-->

</menu>

<script type="text/javascript">
$(function(){
var $CURRENT_MENU, $TAG_MENU=$('#tag-menu'), NOTNOT=/^!!/, IE7=/^7\.0/, TAG_PREFIX=/^\/tag\//;

function get_tag_name( $tag ){
        return ($tag.attr('href') || '').replace(TAG_PREFIX, '') || $tag.text().toLowerCase();
}

function trigger_menu( e, selector, $menu, menu_content ){
        var $target=$(original_target(e, selector)), in_use=$target.is('.trigger');
        if ( $CURRENT_MENU ) {
                $CURRENT_MENU.menu('cancel', e);
                $CURRENT_MENU = null;
        }

        if ( !in_use ) {
                menu_content && $menu.stop(true, true).hide().html(menu_content);
                ($CURRENT_MENU=$menu).menu('context', e);
        }
        return !in_use;
}

function open_menu( trigger, $menu ){
        var $trigger=$(trigger), $fhitem=$trigger.closest('.fhitem');
        $fhitem.length && user_intent('interest', $fhitem[0]);

        $menu.appendTo(document.body).css({ opacity:0 }).show();

        var     right   = $fhitem.offset().left + $fhitem.width(),
                global  = $trigger.offset(),
                local   = $menu.offsetParent().offset();

        // Ugly IE position hack required:
        $.browser.msie && IE7.test($.browser.version) && (local.top = 0);

        // pin the menu (horizontally) on-screen
        global.left = Math.min(global.left, right-$menu.width());

        $trigger.addClass('trigger');
        $menu.css({
                position:       'absolute',
                top:            global.top - local.top + $trigger.height(),
                left:           global.left - local.left,
                opacity:        1
        });
}

function close_menu( trigger, $menu ){
        $menu.hide();
        $(trigger).removeClass('trigger');
        ($CURRENT_MENU===$menu) && ($CURRENT_MENU=false);
}

/* T2 tag context-menu */
var $TAG_MENU=$('#tag-menu'), NOTNOT=/^!!/;


    var user_is_admin = 0;

       

$('a[rel=tag]').live('mousedown',function(ea){
    window.open(this.href);
    return false;
})

$('.tag-bar .disagree').live('mousedown',function(ee){
        var fhitem = $(original_target(ee)).closest('.fhitem')[0],
                command = ('!' + $(original_target(ee)).attr("data-tag")).replace(NOTNOT, '');
    try { Tags.submit(fhitem, command); } catch ( err ) {  }
    return false;
})



$('a[rel=tag]').
        live('mousedown', function( e ){
       
            return true;
       

        }).
        live('click', function( e ){
                if ( !logged_in ) {
                        var     target  = original_target(e),
                                tag     = $(target).text();
                        addfhfilter(tag);
                }
                e.preventDefault();
                return false;
        });

$TAG_MENU.menu({
        cssNamespace: 'slash',
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                $TAG_MENU.find('a.nix').attr('title','not ' + tag);
               

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                        fhitem,
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                switch ( op ) {
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                                break;

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                                command = (op + tag).replace(NOTNOT, '');
                                try { Tags.submit(fhitem, command); } catch ( err ) {  }
                                break;
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        stop: function( e, ui ){ close_menu(ui.trigger, $TAG_MENU); }
});




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/* T2 datatype context-menu (admin-only) */






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                        <span id="title-30846483"> <a onclick="return toggle_fh_body_wrap_return(this);"  href="//yro.slashdot.org/story/12/03/23/2345210/t-mobiles-optional-censorship-falls-down">T-Mobile's Optional Censorship Falls Down</a></span>
                       
                       
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        <time id="fhtime-30846483" datetime="on Friday March 23, @10:25PM">on Friday March 23, @10:25PM</time>
       
       
                <br>from the at-least-they're-asking-first dept.
       
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                        An anonymous reader writes <i>"T-Mobile USA offers a 'feature' to restrict access to certain kinds of content. This is called Web Guard. Supposedly Web Guard is supposed to inhibit access to content that falls under certain categories. The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), developed a tool to detect what sites were being censored. Amongst them were <a href="http://ooni.nu/releases/2012/T-Mobile_USA_WebGuard.html">political news sites, foreign sports news sites and other sites that should not have been censored</a>."</i> It's quite an eclectic bunch of sites that are blocked, but then <a href="http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/09/07/0439206/south-korea-censors-its-own-censor">censorware tends to break in interesting ways</a>, even when it's not <a href="http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/12/06/231228/india-moves-to-censor-social-media">by design</a>.</div>
                       

               
               
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                        <span id="title-30845799"> <a onclick="return toggle_fh_body_wrap_return(this);"  href="//tech.slashdot.org/story/12/03/23/2324224/isoc-hires-mpaa-executive-paul-beringer">ISOC Hires MPAA Executive Paul Beringer</a></span>
                       
                       
                        <span class="comments commentcnt-30845799" >40</span>
                       

                       
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        <time id="fhtime-30845799" datetime="on Friday March 23, @08:01PM">on Friday March 23, @08:01PM</time>
       
       
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                        First time accepted submitter imwilder writes <i>"The Internet Society has <a href="http://www.internetsociety.org/news/internet-society-announces-paul-brigner-regional-bureau-director-north-america">hired Paul Beringer to head up its operations</a> in North America. Beringer was formerly Chief Technology Policy Officer for the MPAA, and Executive Director of Internet and Technology Policy for Verizon Corporate Services. Does this challenge the notion that ISOC is a 'trusted, independent source of Internet leadership?'"</i></div>
                       

               
               
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                        McGruber writes <i>"Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program challenges and failures will be the focus of a joint hearing of the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on Monday, March 26, 2012.  The Hearing is titled <a href="http://oversight.house.gov/hearing/tsa-oversight-part-iii-effective-security-or-security-theater/">'TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?'</a> Bruce Schneier is scheduled to be a witness at this hearing.  <a href="http://oversight.house.gov/tsa-oversight-tell-us-your-tsa-story/">Additional information on the hearing</a> is posted on the oversight committee's website. The Congressmen who serve on these committees are soliciting questions from the public to ask TSA officials at the hearing ... <a href="http://www.facebook.com/Oversight">provided the public is willing to submit their questions via Facebook</a>."</i></div>
                       

               
               
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                        ananyo writes <i>"Exposure to germs in childhood is thought to help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma, but the pathways by which this occurs have been unclear. Now, researchers have <a href="http://www.nature.com/news/early-exposure-to-germs-has-lasting-benefits-1.10294">identified a mechanism in mice that may explain the role of exposure to microbes</a> in the development of asthma and ulcerative colitis, a common form of inflammatory bowel disease. The researchers show that in mice, exposure to microbes in early life can reduce the body's inventory of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells, which help to fight infection but can also turn on the body, causing a range of disorders such as asthma or inflammatory bowel disease (<a href="http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2012/03/21/science.1219328">abstract</a>). The study supports the 'hygiene hypothesis,' which contends that such auto-immune diseases are more common in the developed world where the prevalence of antibiotics and antibacterials reduce children's exposure to microbes."</i></div>
                       

               
               
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                        eldavojohn writes <i>"Considering IBM's portfolio gained <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-22/facebook-is-said-to-buy-750-ibm-patents-to-boost-defenses.html">6,180 last year alone</a>, it's not a huge number.  But after a <a href="http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/03/12/2247255/yahoo-files-patent-infringement-suit-against-facebook">dispute with Yahoo</a> a couple weeks ago, <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-17486146">Facebook has purchased 750 patents from IBM</a>.  That's over thirteen times the 56 they were reportedly holding.  The humorous rumor is that Yahoo might have been licensing these patents from IBM.  If you can't beat 'em, buy the patents they're licensing from another company.  Another rumor is that Facebook might be just getting started in <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/rivette-expects-facebook-to-buy-more-patents/2012/03/22/gIQAnExkUS_video.html">their bid to expand their patent portfolio</a> (video).  No word yet whether the purchased patents directly pertain to Yahoo's infringement claims on messaging, privacy controls, advertising, customization and social networking."</i></div>
                       

               
               
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                        Wo-wo-wee-wah! It looks like the Kuwaiti officials at an international shooting event never got the memo that the film <em>Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan</em> wasn't an actual documentary. Gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko stood stoically while <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-17491344">the offensive national anthem from the film was played</a> during the awards ceremony. From the article: "Coach Anvar Yunusmetov told Kazakh news agency Tengrinews that the tournament's organizers had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong." Nice!</div>
                       

               
               
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<i>"When the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, both Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy sent troops to help the nationalists under Franco. But with the conflict dispersed across the country, some means of secure communication was needed for the German Condor Legion, the Italians and the Spanish forces under Franco. As a result, a set of modified commercial Enigma machines were delivered by Germany. ... A key figure in trying to understand it was Dilly Knox, a classicist who had been working on breaking ciphers since World War I. He was fascinated by the machine and began studying ways in which an intercepted message might in theory be broken, even writing his own messages, encrypting them and then trying to break them himself. But there was no opportunity to actually intercept a real message since German military signals were inaudible in Britain. However, the signals produced by the machines sent to Spain in 1936 were <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17486464">audible enough to be intercepted and Knox began work</a>. ... Within six or seven months of having his first real code to crack, Knox had succeeded, producing the first decryption of an Enigma message in April 1937."</i></div>
                       

               
               
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                        An anonymous reader writes <i>"According to new study published in <em>Nature</em> (<a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vnfv/ncurrent/full/nature11028.html">abstract</a>), MIT researchers have figured out how to <a href="http://www.mit.edu/newsoffice/2012/conjuring-memories-artificially-0322.html">trigger specific memories in rats by hitting certain neurons with a pulse of light</a>. From the article: 'The researchers first identified a specific set of brain cells in the hippocampus that were active only when a mouse was learning about a new environment. They determined which genes were activated in those cells, and coupled them with the gene for channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2), a light-activated protein used in optogenetics. ... The light-activated protein would only be expressed in the neurons involved in experiential learning &mdash; an ingenious way to allow for labeling of the physical network of neurons associated with a specific memory engram for a specific experience.  Finally, the mice entered an environment and, after a few minutes of exploration, received a mild foot shock, learning to fear the particular environment in which the shock occurred. The brain cells activated during this fear conditioning became tagged with ChR2. Later, when exposed to triggering pulses of light in a completely different environment, the neurons involved in the fear memory switched on &mdash; and the mice quickly entered a defensive, immobile crouch.'"</i></div>
                       

               
               
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                        McGruber writes <i>"Bloomberg News is reporting that AT&amp;T got more than $16 million from the U.S. government to run Telecommunications Relay Services, intended to help the hearing- and speech-impaired.  However, as many as '95 percent of the calls in AT&amp;T's hearing- impaired program were <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-03-22/at-t-accused-of-improperly-billing-u-s-program-for-deaf-1-.html">made by people outside the U.S. attempting to defraud merchants</a> through the use of stolen credit cards, counterfeit checks and money orders.' According to the DoJ, 'AT&amp;T in 2004, after getting complaints from merchants, determined the Internet Protocol addresses of 10 of the top 12 users of the service were abroad, primarily in Lagos, Nigeria.' The DOJ intervened in the whistle-blower lawsuit Lyttle v. AT&amp;T Communications of Pennsylvania, 10-01376, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh).  The DOJ is <a href="http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/March/12-civ-357.html">seeking triple damages from AT&amp;T</a>."</i></div>
                       

               
               
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Censorship

T-Mobile's Optional Censorship Falls Down 3

Posted by timothy
from the at-least-they're-asking-first dept.
An anonymous reader writes "T-Mobile USA offers a 'feature' to restrict access to certain kinds of content. This is called Web Guard. Supposedly Web Guard is supposed to inhibit access to content that falls under certain categories. The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), developed a tool to detect what sites were being censored. Amongst them were political news sites, foreign sports news sites and other sites that should not have been censored." It's quite an eclectic bunch of sites that are blocked, but then censorware tends to break in interesting ways, even when it's not by design.
The Internet

ISOC Hires MPAA Executive Paul Beringer 40

Posted by timothy
from the interesting-choice dept.
First time accepted submitter imwilder writes "The Internet Society has hired Paul Beringer to head up its operations in North America. Beringer was formerly Chief Technology Policy Officer for the MPAA, and Executive Director of Internet and Technology Policy for Verizon Corporate Services. Does this challenge the notion that ISOC is a 'trusted, independent source of Internet leadership?'"
Government

Congress Wants Your TSA Stories 149

Posted by timothy
from the and-so-do-I dept.
McGruber writes "Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program challenges and failures will be the focus of a joint hearing of the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on Monday, March 26, 2012. The Hearing is titled 'TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?' Bruce Schneier is scheduled to be a witness at this hearing. Additional information on the hearing is posted on the oversight committee's website. The Congressmen who serve on these committees are soliciting questions from the public to ask TSA officials at the hearing ... provided the public is willing to submit their questions via Facebook."
Medicine

Early Exposure To Germs Has Lasting Benefits 67

Posted by Soulskill
from the gift-that-keeps-on-giving dept.
ananyo writes "Exposure to germs in childhood is thought to help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma, but the pathways by which this occurs have been unclear. Now, researchers have identified a mechanism in mice that may explain the role of exposure to microbes in the development of asthma and ulcerative colitis, a common form of inflammatory bowel disease. The researchers show that in mice, exposure to microbes in early life can reduce the body's inventory of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells, which help to fight infection but can also turn on the body, causing a range of disorders such as asthma or inflammatory bowel disease (abstract). The study supports the 'hygiene hypothesis,' which contends that such auto-immune diseases are more common in the developed world where the prevalence of antibiotics and antibacterials reduce children's exposure to microbes."
Space

Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game 112

Posted by Soulskill
from the two-by-two-hands-of-blue dept.
silentbrad sends this snippet from PCGamer: "After stepping back as lead designer of Minecraft earlier this year, Notch has been considering what to do next. ... While he's still deciding exactly what he wants to work on, he told us that he'd quite like to do a sandbox space trading game like Elite, 'except done right.' Notch is aiming for something with a bit more character than the classic trading sim. Instead of being the spaceship, you'd be a character inside the spaceship. 'I want the space game that's more like Firefly,' he said. 'I want to run around on my ship and have to put out a fire. Like, oh crap, the cooling system failed, I have to put out the fire here.' He hasn't decided to make the game yet, and doesn't mind if someone else takes up the reins. 'If someone steals the idea before me, that's totally fine. I just want to play that game,' he said."
Businesses

Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents 38

Posted by Soulskill
from the business-imitates-black-market-weapon-deals dept.
eldavojohn writes "Considering IBM's portfolio gained 6,180 last year alone, it's not a huge number. But after a dispute with Yahoo a couple weeks ago, Facebook has purchased 750 patents from IBM. That's over thirteen times the 56 they were reportedly holding. The humorous rumor is that Yahoo might have been licensing these patents from IBM. If you can't beat 'em, buy the patents they're licensing from another company. Another rumor is that Facebook might be just getting started in their bid to expand their patent portfolio (video). No word yet whether the purchased patents directly pertain to Yahoo's infringement claims on messaging, privacy controls, advertising, customization and social networking."
Idle

Kazakh Gold Medalist Is Played Borat Anthem 101 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the Kazakhstan-you-very-nice-place dept.
Wo-wo-wee-wah! It looks like the Kuwaiti officials at an international shooting event never got the memo that the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan wasn't an actual documentary. Gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko stood stoically while the offensive national anthem from the film was played during the awards ceremony. From the article: "Coach Anvar Yunusmetov told Kazakh news agency Tengrinews that the tournament's organizers had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong." Nice!
Cellphones

US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones 190

Posted by Soulskill
from the unfriendly-balancing-acts dept.
WheezyJoe writes "NBC News has some disturbing security video of people getting assaulted for their smartphones. Such offenses are on the rise. Police chiefs like D.C.'s Cathy Lanier are asking U.S. mobile carriers to brick phones that are reported stolen, in order to dry up what must be a big underground market for your favorite Android device or iPhone — but right now the carriers won't do it. Such an approach has had success in Australia and the U.K."
Network

ISPs Sign On To FCC Anti-Botnet Code of Conduct 28

Posted by Soulskill
from the hey-guys-be-nice-ok dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "The U.S.'s leading Internet Service Providers signed on to a new FCC code of conduct to limit the impact of major cyber security threats, including botnets, attacks on the Domain Name System and Internet routing attacks. AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, T-Mobile and Verizon were among the ISPs that participated in the agreement. 'The recommendations approved today identify smart, practical, voluntary solutions that will materially improve the cyber security of commercial networks and bolster the broader endeavors of our federal partners,' said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski." A fact sheet from the FCC provides details on the recommendations, but they're pretty vague: "The CSRIC recommended ISPs participate in a U.S. Anti-Bot Code of Conduct (PDF) that encourages ISPs to engage in: (1) end-user education to prevent bot infections; (2) detection of bots; (3) notification of potential bot infections; (4) remediation of bots; and (5) collaboration and sharing of information." They also recommend broader adoption of DNSSEC and the development of an "industry framework" to combat IP route hijacking.
Image

Record-Setting 100+ T Magnetic Field Achieved At Los Alamos 122 Screenshot-sm

Posted by Soulskill
from the go-big-or-go-home dept.
New submitter schrodingersGato writes "Researchers at the Los Alamos campus of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory achieved a record-setting 100.75 Tesla magnetic field. To do this, scientists placed a resistive magnet (a sophisticated electromagnet) coupled to massive bank of capacitors within another magnet fixed at a 'lower' magnetic field. A short-lived pulse two million times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field was generated. The magnet itself made an eerie sound as it was energized (video). Prepare for the birth of Magneto!"
Encryption

The Spanish Link In Cracking the Enigma Code 60

Posted by Soulskill
from the paul-harvey-good-day dept.
peetm sends this quote from the BBC: "When the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, both Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy sent troops to help the nationalists under Franco. But with the conflict dispersed across the country, some means of secure communication was needed for the German Condor Legion, the Italians and the Spanish forces under Franco. As a result, a set of modified commercial Enigma machines were delivered by Germany. ... A key figure in trying to understand it was Dilly Knox, a classicist who had been working on breaking ciphers since World War I. He was fascinated by the machine and began studying ways in which an intercepted message might in theory be broken, even writing his own messages, encrypting them and then trying to break them himself. But there was no opportunity to actually intercept a real message since German military signals were inaudible in Britain. However, the signals produced by the machines sent to Spain in 1936 were audible enough to be intercepted and Knox began work. ... Within six or seven months of having his first real code to crack, Knox had succeeded, producing the first decryption of an Enigma message in April 1937."
Image

Battling Fish Fraud With DNA Testing 55 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the these-are-not-the-eels-you-are-looking-for dept.
itwbennett writes "High demand, high prices, and nearly identical cheaper alternatives is a recipe for fraud. Eel fraud, that is. This has led Japanese researchers to develop a method to cheaply and quickly batch-test DNA by taking small tissue samples from thousands of eels. 'If a non-local eel is found in a batch, more tests will be performed to find the guilty foreigner.'"
Biotech

Researchers Tweak Mouse Neurons To Activate Specific Memories 27

Posted by Soulskill
from the shine-a-laser-in-your-brain-to-find-your-keys dept.
An anonymous reader writes "According to new study published in Nature (abstract), MIT researchers have figured out how to trigger specific memories in rats by hitting certain neurons with a pulse of light. From the article: 'The researchers first identified a specific set of brain cells in the hippocampus that were active only when a mouse was learning about a new environment. They determined which genes were activated in those cells, and coupled them with the gene for channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2), a light-activated protein used in optogenetics. ... The light-activated protein would only be expressed in the neurons involved in experiential learning — an ingenious way to allow for labeling of the physical network of neurons associated with a specific memory engram for a specific experience. Finally, the mice entered an environment and, after a few minutes of exploration, received a mild foot shock, learning to fear the particular environment in which the shock occurred. The brain cells activated during this fear conditioning became tagged with ChR2. Later, when exposed to triggering pulses of light in a completely different environment, the neurons involved in the fear memory switched on — and the mice quickly entered a defensive, immobile crouch.'"
Facebook

Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password 393

Posted by Soulskill
from the nip-this-in-the-bud dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Facebook today weighed in on the issue of employers asking current and prospective employees for their Facebook passwords. The company noted that doing so undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user's friends, as well as potentially exposes the employer to legal liability. The company is looking to draft new laws as well as take legal action against employers who do this." A least one U.S. Senator agrees with them.
AT&T

AT&T Charged US Taxpayers $16 Million For Nigerian Fraud Calls 135

Posted by Soulskill
from the hand-in-the-cookie-jar dept.
McGruber writes "Bloomberg News is reporting that AT&T got more than $16 million from the U.S. government to run Telecommunications Relay Services, intended to help the hearing- and speech-impaired. However, as many as '95 percent of the calls in AT&T's hearing- impaired program were made by people outside the U.S. attempting to defraud merchants through the use of stolen credit cards, counterfeit checks and money orders.' According to the DoJ, 'AT&T in 2004, after getting complaints from merchants, determined the Internet Protocol addresses of 10 of the top 12 users of the service were abroad, primarily in Lagos, Nigeria.' The DOJ intervened in the whistle-blower lawsuit Lyttle v. AT&T Communications of Pennsylvania, 10-01376, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh). The DOJ is seeking triple damages from AT&T."

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