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by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 10:48:36 AM EST
Three killed, 3 wounded in Alabama campus shooting
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (Xinhua) -- Three people were killed and three others were injured when a woman faculty member opened fire at the University of Alabama's Huntsville campus on Friday, a spokesman for the university said.

Spokesman Ray Garner told reporters in Huntsville, Alabama, that the shooter was caught outside a science building in the campus. But the spokesman declined to identify the shooter or the victims.

According to the spokesman, five of the victims, including all three of those killed and two of the injured, were faculty members of the university. The third injured was a staff member. No students were involved in the incident.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 11:34:49 AM EST
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Professor Is Charged After 3 Are Killed in Alabama - NYTimes.com
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- This city of rocket scientists and biotechnology entrepreneurs prides itself on having one of the highest per-capita numbers of Ph.D.s in the country.

 On Saturday, it was still reeling from the news that one of them, a neurobiologist with a Harvard doctorate named Amy Bishop, had opened fire in a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, according to the authorities, killing three fellow professors and wounding three more people.

As of Saturday morning, the authorities said, Ms. Bishop had been charged with one count of first-degree murder and more charges were expected.

The shootings opened a window into the pressure-cooker world of biotechnology start-ups, where scientists often depend on their association with academia for a leg up. Ms. Bishop was part of a startup that had won an early round of funding in a highly competitive environment, but people who knew her said she had learned shortly before the shooting that she had been denied tenure at the university.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 11:52:28 AM EST
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Professor accused in Ala. slayings shot her brother in Mass. 24 years ago - Local News Updates - The Boston Globe

The University of Alabama biology professor accused of slaying three of her colleagues fatally shot her brother in an apparent accident in Massachusetts more than two decades ago, a local police chief said.

Braintree Police Chief Paul Frazier confirmed the 1986 shooting in his town and slated a news conference this afternoon to discuss the incident.

The Globe reported at the time that Amy Bishop had shot her 18-year-old brother, Seth M. Bishop, an accomplished violinist who had won a number of science awards.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 02:25:26 PM EST
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RIGHTS: U.N. Goals on Education Under Widespread Attack - IPS ipsnews.net
UNITED NATIONS, Feb 11, 2010 (IPS) - The relentless attacks on educational institutions in war zones - along with growing threats against academics, teachers and school-going children - have jeopardised one of the U.N.'s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - education for all by 2015.

As a result, over 40 million children worldwide are missing out on primary school, particularly in conflict-affected fragile states, says a new report released here by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Many of the children are forced to miss school "due to direct attacks on their learning spaces, their teachers or even on themselves as learners."

"In situations of armed conflict and insecurity, deliberate attacks on, and threats against learners, academics, teachers and educational facilities are both a barrier to the right to education, and a serious protection issue," says Mark Richmond, director of UNESCO's division for the coordination of U.N. priorities in education.

The commitment made by the international community to achieve the goal of "education for all" (EFA) by 2015 has been threatened by these attacks, he adds.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 11:35:41 AM EST
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Google Buzz - anatomy of a slow motion train wreck - broadstuff
It is quite interesting watcing this unfold. As far as I can see, with Buzz Google made a number of fundamental errors:

- The team that developed Buzz are apparently all young, male, supergeeks - alpha early adopters - who have clearly supped deep of the Kool Aid that is Google approach to Privacy (ie its dead, get used to it), a la Eric Schmidt

- The Google Business Model wants to open up people's data as much as possible (hence the Schmidtian view on Privacy), and thus the service was built to grab and expose all data it sees as the default condition

- Google say Buzz product was user tested, but I suspect it was by the same demographic who built it rather than the people who may use it.

- Older, Wiser heads were clearly either not involved in the product review process, or overruled due to the above points' considerations.

So the stage is set for a service that is built to be massively abusive of user privacy.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 02:18:32 PM EST
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Sums up Google Bust perfectly.

After Hubris cometh Nemesis....

"The future is already here -- it's just not very evenly distributed" William Gibson

by ChrisCook (cojockathotmaildotcom) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 05:02:54 PM EST
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A local tech reviewer described the whole obnoxious, invasive process and concluded by asking why anyone needs the "service". Hope the market tells Google to stick the buzz up their ass.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 11:19:28 PM EST
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