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UK Government Destroys Guardian's Snowden Drives

Aglassis Re:Curious, what gives them the right to destroy? (508 comments)

In the first place, they had no right to detain the personal property. I wish the officers joy in explaining why he thought these items were "evidence in criminal proceedings" or were relevant to a "deportation order".

You misread it. It takes practice to read legal documents and you made a common error. You missed the 'or'. Case (a) is in use right now, but it has a 7-day clock. Case (b) or (c) would be used if they want to hold something indefinitely.

My suggestion for reading legal documents would be to be very, very careful about punctuation and ands/ors. Highlight or underline them if you need to.

In the second place, nothing I can see therein allows them to destroy detained property, which is a very extreme response under any cricumstances. It also contradicts the intent of the section, which was to allow collection of property to be used as evidence.

This is a different case. The destruction of hard drives was done by GCHQ at the Guardian UK offices well before David Miranda was detained by the police. There is no evidence that any possession of Mr. Miranda has been destroyed. But when he gets them back, I'd assume that they were loaded with spyware.

Pretty ironic since the preamble states that the Act was "An Act to make provision about terrorism; and to make temporary provision for Northern Ireland about the prosecution and punishment of certain offences, the preservation of peace and the maintenance of order.". The only terrorism here I see is committed by the government.

This is an insanely broad law. Look at Section 2:

Power to stop, question and detain
2 (1) An examining officer may question a person to whom this paragraph applies for the purpose of determining whether he appears to be a person falling within section 40(1)(b). (i.e. a terrorist)
(2) This paragraph applies to a person if--(a) he is at a port or in the border area, and (b) the examining officer believes that the person's presence at the port or in the area is connected with his entering or leaving Great Britain or Northern Ireland [or his travelling by air within Great Britain or within Northern Ireland].
(3) This paragraph also applies to a person on a ship or aircraft which has arrived [at any place in Great Britain or Northern Ireland (whether from within or outside Great Britain or Northern Ireland).]
(4) An examining officer may exercise his powers under this paragraph whether or not he has grounds for suspecting that a person falls within section 40(1)(b).

What does this mean? At a port of entry the cops can detain you without suspicion to determine if you might possibly be a terrorist. Basically, they can detain you for any reason whatsoever.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: New To Linux; Which Distro?

Aglassis *snort* (573 comments)

I had a friend install Ubuntu 12.04 on my computer, with the E17 window manager and somehow I managed to crash it during the copying of some non-important files and now my computer won't boot (the hardware's fine though).

Ha ha! This reminds me of my first Linux experience, c. '95 or '96 with a kernel version 1.1 (Slackware version ????) that I got from a CD in a book. I experimented with mkfs(8). I learned a good lesson!

about a year ago
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Man Accused of Selling Golf Ball Finders As Bomb Detectors

Aglassis Re:daily mail? seriously? (131 comments)

wtf is the Daily Mail doing here? It is a tabloid.

The "article" had more information about his stupid home than anything about his shady business practices or how no one noticed anything wrong with these devices.

How dare you slander tabloids by comparing the Daily Mail to them!

Why the Daily Mail is Evil
Transgender teacher kills self after Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn denounces her

Fuck the Daily Mail.

about a year ago
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US To Deploy Ballistic Missile Interceptors In Response To North Korean Threats

Aglassis Re:Good Job (266 comments)

My theory:

These missile interceptors aren't for North Korea. That is the excuse. They are actually a bargaining chip for China. If China reels in North Korea, then these missile interceptors near their borders will be removed. Until then, Obama can simply claim that he is trying to defend against an aggressive North Korean threat to nuke the US (even if North Korea doesn't actually have the capability to do so).

Kim Jong Un overstretched his threats and gave the US the perfect opening to do this. He is obviously much stupider than his father. At this point, he has given the US an excuse to build up its military power right on China's borders (including the deployment of more ships). And he has scared Japan and South Korea enough that they won't resist the continued US presence on their shores. China is NOT going to be happy about this. Not one bit. If I were Kim, I would be worried about the possibility that China might have him kidnapped or assassinated for this stupidity.

about a year ago
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Intrade Shutdown Hurts Academics

Aglassis Re:The question (131 comments)

Yes, because after all.. alcohol, which is well regulated, hasn't caused any collateral damage.

Compared to prohibition? Be real.

The topic here isn't "ways to blow retirement savings", the topic is "the effects of so called victimless crimes". That you feel the need to change the topic tells me all I need to know.

You're the one who brought it up! Jesus H. Christ!

As far as the effect of victimless crimes, sure there may be an effect. But it is a second order or third order effect. Do people steal cigarettes or alcohol when they run out of money? Sure. Would people do the same if they ran out of heroin? Sure. But if heroin was as cheap as cigarettes or alcohol, would they be willing to kill for it? And would distributors be willing to kill to protect it?

What about prostitution? If it were regulated, like in Canada, would the women be so exploited? Would there not be substantial public health benefits?

I'm proposing a system where arbitrary morality doesn't determine whether the government can kick your door in and shoot your dog. I'm proposing a system where you don't use the heavy hand of government unless you can prove harm. You are nitpicking over second and third order effects. But why is this idea so crazy? What better solution do you have that addresses the rights of people and the rights of the harmed?

about a year ago
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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Aglassis Re:And? (262 comments)

In Israel right now there is a law banning thin models. To protect the feelings of the whales.

You don't understand this. This is to protect young girls from thinking they must starve themselves to meet our society's view of beauty:

* Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness
* A study by the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders reported that 5 - 10% of anorexics die within 10 years after contracting the disease; 18-20% of anorexics will be dead after 20 years and only 30 - 40% ever fully recover
* The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate of ALL causes of death for females 15 - 24 years old.
* 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems

Ref

about a year ago
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Intrade Shutdown Hurts Academics

Aglassis Re:The question (131 comments)

An acquaintance of mine whose husband snorted both of their entire retirement funds up his nose might question that. So might a friend whose father consistently gambled away most of his take home pay. There's more to consider than just the direct participants.

Yes, but you are using today's drug math. If cocaine wasn't illegal, it wouldn't be so expensive. And if it was well regulated, the dosage could be monitored.

But what if he blew his money on the stock market or a crazy investment? There are a million stupid ways people lose their retirement savings. You can't put people in plastic balls to protect themselves from everything in the world and you don't need to burn down crops and indirectly fund insurgencies in Colombia because some asshole snorted cocaine. It is amazing that you talk about considering people other than the direct participants while supporting the War on Drugs.

about a year ago
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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Aglassis Re:And? (262 comments)

Stop fucking stereotyping me you sexist cunt.

Quick question: did you have a moment of cognitive dissonance when you wrote that sentence?

about a year ago
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Intrade Shutdown Hurts Academics

Aglassis Re:The question (131 comments)

The Harm Principle doesn't negate a person's duties. If you don't pay income tax but still take advantage of the services the government provides, like police, roads, and schools, then you have failed in your duty. If you are the rare individual who was homeschooled (or raised by wolves) and lives out in the middle of Alaska and in no way takes advantage of government services, then sure, pay no income tax (which will be easy since you won't have any income). Failing in your duty does harm actually people, be it failing to provide food for your kids or failing to support a school system than once educated you.

about a year ago
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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Aglassis Re:And? (262 comments)

That IS my idea! I assume women are complete human beings, capable of handling the responsibility of solving their own problems.

Wrong. Sexism isn't just a problem for women as racism isn't just a problem for African Americans. It is all of our problem and we all have a duty to act. You cite MLK, but you forget that he wasn't successful just because he mobilized African Americans. He mobilized just as many Caucasians as well. You cite the suffrage movement, and miss the same point. They mobilized just as many men as women. And the LGBT rights movement today--it is primarily driven by straights who despise bigotry.

Stop putting all of the duty to fix the problem on women. Men have just as much of a duty to fight for equal rights. It is insane to think that we should have separate game publishers for men and women. Sanity comes by the realization that by eliminating sexism, games can be inclusive to everybody.

about a year ago
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Intrade Shutdown Hurts Academics

Aglassis Re:The question (131 comments)

It is actually a more general question. The question is whether the government has the right to use force (i.e. the police busting into your house with a SWAT team and shooting your dog) to prevent a person from doing an act that harms nobody but themselves or another fully consenting and knowledgeable adult. Drugs, polygamy, gambling, legal age prostitution, etc., could all be arguably classified under victim-less crimes. And not surprisingly, all of these are crimes against morality (except when there in a financial interest such as the lottery or alcohol sales).

about a year ago
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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Aglassis Re:And? (262 comments)

Do you have no problem about golf courses, housing, employment, etc., discriminating against African Americans because they are adults? And do you have no problem about people discriminating against LGBT persons because they are adults?

At what point do you think adults should ignore discrimination and at what point do you think they should act?

It may be a harsh world, but it is a hell of a lot less harsh when you don't have to deal with bigotry.

about a year ago
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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Aglassis Re:And? (262 comments)

Yeah, I know, complain about sexism on Slashdot and your will get modded into the floor. I've been here long enough that I should have known to post as AC. Oh well, bye, bye, karma.

As a Slashdot greybeard, I've had enough discussions to know why this occurs. There is a group of gamers who are highly introverted and who have been repeatedly rejected by women for much of their lives. They are similar to the hikikomari subculture in Japan. For them, games are an outlet to live out their fantasies. If you talk to people on 4chan, they refer to hyper-sexualized fantasy characters as being "2D" or "mai waifu". There are even discussions on 2D dating (in case you are confused, this means having an imaginary date with a fantasy character).

Recently, Anita Sarkeesian provoked their ire by doing nothing, but scaring them that she would attack their 2D fantasies. The coordinated response was massive, and the level of paranoia skyrocketed. Even today, on sites like Slashdot, anybody who is seen as a threat to their subculture and fantasies is ruthlessly attacked. While the attacks by the hikikimori-like subculture has just been rage, ordinary misogynists have grabbed onto their coattails to spread their hate as well (like benspurr with his beat up Anita Sarkeesian game).

about a year ago
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Dad Hacks "Donkey Kong" - Now Pauline Rescues Mario

Aglassis Re:And? (262 comments)

As I said above, if women want more positive portrayals of women in video games, they can start their own game companies and make their own games (and some have done just that, I applaud them for their effort)

This post is a good example of blame shifting. By shifting the blame of sexism onto women who haven't made the non-sexist games, you think you can claim your hands are clean, right? So what do you say: "let the market decide! If sexism is bad then it will be uneconomical. We don't have to worry about that annoying subject called ethics." Heck, let's apply it in general. If LGBT people don't like negative portrayals in the media, they can just form their own media companies. If African Americans don't like racism, they can make their own media.

What a great idea...NOT!

Here's an alternate idea: assume that women are complete human beings and that sexism is wrong. And even if you are a man, realize that you probably have a sister, daughter, or niece who will see this sexist crap and see it as a red flag to stay in her assigned gender role...or else!

Sexism is a type of bigotry. I know our culture has made it seem less damaging than racism, but really it is just as damaging. Just because sexism is largely accepted does not make it right.

Here is a list of bigoted statements:
* If those n*****s want to play golf, they should just build their own golf club
* If those f**s want equal rights, they should move to San Francisco
* If those b*****s want to play our sexist games, they can start their own game companies

Yeah, I know, sexist video games aren't the greatest form of bigotry that exists. But it is a type of bigotry. And it should be resisted.

about a year ago
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Norwegian Study: Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

Aglassis Re:Surprise (468 comments)

Just to be clear, since I was misinterpreted earlier in this post, when I wrote "questioning science" in the above post, I meant questioning science philosophically, or questioning the scientific method as a valid method.

about a year and a half ago
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Norwegian Study: Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

Aglassis Re:Surprise (468 comments)

You have constructed one hell of a strawman here. And I must say, you have masterfully taken down an imaginary argument. I can only imagine that you somehow interpreted my post to mean that anyone that questions climate change is a lunatic and that questioning climate change is questioning science. And if that was what I wrote, then your post would be insulting, but correct. But it wasn't what I wrote. There really isn't much of a way for me to respond to your argument since it is based on a false presupposition. I can only reiterate my argument and hope that your reading comprehension is stronger this time around: the evidence for climate change is overwhelming, but not popular with certain groups. For this reason, there are a lot of bullshit arguments and conspiracies thrown at it. These bullshit arguments and conspiracies are then labelled 'debate'. Now a new study comes along that partially contradicts several other studies. Should we have a 'debate' about this before the international scientific community can respond?

about a year and a half ago
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Norwegian Study: Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared

Aglassis Re:Surprise (468 comments)

The simple fact that anyone who produces evidence to the contrary is automatically suspect is perhaps THE biggest problem with the entire climate change debate.

Debate? You see, that is the problem. Climate change is an event, like earthquakes, the sun rising, and cargo ships running into a pier. It is not like a gun control debate or an abortion debate where opinions matter. Climate change simply happens.

The reason people are suspect when they criticize the overwhelming evidence that exists right now is because there are substantial political and corporate interests that support framing it as uncertain or as a debate. There is also a very noisy group of lunatics who deny all evidence and make up conspiracy theories. We can't prejudge this study, but that doesn't mean that we have to accept it prior to it being thoroughly reviewed by the international scientific community--not corporations or politicians. Science self-corrects, which means that there are occasionally flawed studies and occasionally revolutionary studies. I hate to break it to you, but flawed studies outnumber revolutionary studies by orders of magnitude. This is why the scientific process is so rigorous. Science is hard.

about a year and a half ago
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Judge Demands Email and Facebook Passwords From Women In Sexual Harassment Case

Aglassis Re:Duh, it's evidence (218 comments)

It should only be acceptable if it is directly relevant to the case. Judges shouldn't allow the defense to go on a fishing expedition. Judges generally don't handle this well. In this case the judge used an intermediary to check the accounts and then hand over the applicable information to the defense. I'm sure the judge felt that this was an acceptable way to protect privacy. But that still classifies as a fishing expedition since the courts decide that all 'relevant' information is turned over and not just the information that the defense knew about. Thus it becomes like a search of a house for illegal guns, but since nothing was found but dope, and that is now 'relevant', it can be used against you. It pits privacy rights (which are basically nonexistent) against the individual's right to discovery ("reasonably calculated to lead to admissible evidence") or the government's right so search based on a warrant ("probable cause").

about a year and a half ago
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Ask Slashdot: Dealing With Disabilities In the Workplace?

Aglassis Americans with Disabilities Act (292 comments)

Your diagnosis fits under the requirements of the ADA (if you are looking for a job in the US). Any employer (of sufficient size) must make reasonable accommodations and cannot discriminate against you in the hiring process or during employment if they are aware of your disability. That is not to say that discrimination does not occur. In order for you to be protected by the ADA, the employer must be aware of the disability which will then allow them to discriminate if they are assholes. Considering the level of discrimination against people with mental illnesses, I would keep a record. You are also not required (ethically or legally) to disclose your diagnosis at any time unless you want ADA protections.

about 2 years ago
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House Representatives Working On NASA Reform Bill

Aglassis Re:It also means... (188 comments)

No kidding. How many space platforms have been researched, started, and then killed (NERVA, Apollo Applications, Space Station Freedom, Constellation, Prometheus, etc.)? NASA could probably do more with less if they were allowed to plan things to a reasonable extent. And if all of that wasted money was used productively, we would have had an astronaut on Mars by now.

The abuse of NASA by Congress and the President is disgraceful. Every President wants to look like Kennedy and every successive Administration or Congress wants to shit of his legacy. NASA simply gets caught in the crossfire.

about 2 years ago

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Sequel to Planescape: Torment Planned

Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "Eurogamer has reported that famed D&D and computer game designer Colin McComb is working on a spiritual sequel to Planescape: Torment. The game will be set outside of the Planescape campaign setting due to an inability to come to an agreement with Wizards of the Coast. The lead designer on the original game, Chris Avellone, has apparently given his blessing."
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Gerrymandering Ensures Republican Control of the House

Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "With the recent thumping of the Republican Party in the US general elections, one begins to wonder why the Republicans still had such a decisive victory in maintaining control of the US House of Representatives when the Democrats gained a significant margin in the US Senate. Prof. Sam Wang of the Princeton Election Consortium explains that the redistricting following the Tea Party victory in 2010 ensured that Democrats may have needed to win the popular vote by nearly 5% in order to gain control."
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Beijing Pollution Control Efforts Failing

Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "It appears that the emergency pollution control efforts instituted by the Chinese government for the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing are failing. Despite significantly reduced pollution levels over the weekend due to a rainstorm, the pollution levels in Beijing have once again climbed upwards. Kenneth Rahn, a professor emeritus at the University of Rhode Island, has noted that pollution levels in Beijing are highly dependent on meteorological cycles and that a significant amount of the stagnant pollution in Beijing that comes from the provinces south of the city has to be periodically flushed out by Mongolian cold fronts, which occur unpredictably. IOC medical commission chairman Arne Ljungqvist has stated that the quality of the air in Beijing is safe and that the haze over Beijing is "mist." There has been no comment yet from the IOC on recent pollution readings (PM10) as high as 432 micrograms per cubic meter, over 8 times the World Health Organization air quality target of 50 micrograms per cubic meter (the Chinese target for the Olympics is 100 micrograms per cubic meter)."
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Congress Passes $50 Billion Global AIDS Initiative

Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  about 6 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "The US Senate and House recently passed a $50 billion global health initiative that will spend $41 billion for AIDS relief, $5 billion for malaria relief, and $4 billion for tuberculosis relief in high risk locations around the world. This bill is an expansion of the $15 billion President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that was authorized in 2003. Supporters of this bill have noted that it may save 5 to 7 million lives and train 140,000 new health care workers in the affected areas. Senators John Kerry and Gordon Smith also succeeded in removing HIV restrictions in the Immigration and Nationality Act which will allow HIV positive individuals to travel to the United States. An amendment to name the bill for the recently deceased Senator Jesse Helms was also defeated with the final name being the 'Tom Lantos and Henry J. Hyde Global Leadership Against HIV/Aids, Tuberculosis, and Malaria Reauthorization Act of 2008.' President Bush, an initiator of the original PEPFAR plan and a strong supporter of its reauthorization, is expected to sign the bill which has been widely applauded by human rights and AIDS advocacy organizations around the world."
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Senate Passes $50 Billion Global AIDS Relief Bill

Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  about 6 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "The US Senate recently passed a $50 billion global health initiative that will spend $41 billion for AIDS relief, $5 billion for malaria relief, and $4 billion for tuberculosis relief in high risk locations around the world. This bill is an expansion of the $15 billion President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) that was authorized in 2003. Senators John Kerry and Gordon Smith also succeeded in removing HIV restrictions in the Immigration and Nationality Act which will allow HIV positive individuals to travel to and from the United States and to attain citizenship. An amendment to name the bill for the recently deceased Senator Jesse Helms was also defeated."
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Edward Lorenz Has Died

Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "Professor Edward Lorenz whose discovery that minute changes in the initial conditions of some non-linear dynamical systems can lead to large divergences passed away on Wednesday at the age of 90. The coiner of the "butterfly effect" discovered in 1961 that a computer model of a weather system displayed seemingly random behavior when the initial conditions were perturbed by small amounts even though the system was deterministic. This discovery resulted in the foundation of chaos theory. Another contribution Professor Lorenz made to chaos theory was the discovery of strange attractors. In being awarded the Kyoto Prize in 1991 it was said of Professor Lorenz that his discovery of chaos theory "profoundly influenced a wide range of basic sciences and brought about one of the most dramatic changes in mankind's view of nature since Sir Isaac Newton"."
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4th Amd. Does Not Apply to Domestic Military Ops.

Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation noted that in the recent declassified Pentagon memo (PDF: pt 1 pt 2) that claimed that military interrogators are excempt from criminal laws against detainees (such as assault) since the President's authority as Commander-in-Chief overrode those laws, there is an interesting footnote. It reads on the bottom of page 8:

[The Office of Legal Counsel for the Department of Justice] recently concluded that the Fourth Amendment had no application to domestic military operations.
Is this another attempt by the Bush Administration to dull the essential Constitutional protections of detainees such as the much criticized comments on habeas corpus by Alberto Gonzales?"
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Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "NASA investigators have determined that a software update performed in June of 2006 may have doomed the 10 year old spacecraft. Apparently the software error caused the solar arrays to drive against a mechanical stop which then forced the spacecraft into safe mode. Unfortunately, after that the spacecraft's radiator was pointed at the sun which overheated the battery and destroyed it. Contact was lost with the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft in November of 2006. NASA will form an internal review board to formally determine the cause of the loss of the spacecraft and what remedial actions are needed for future missions."
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Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "On Nov 7, 2006 at about 4:30 p.m. several United Airlines employees including several pilots observed a 6 to 24 ft diameter flying saucer-like object above Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. After hovering for several minutes without displaying any lights it then shot straight up and punched a hole in the 1,900 ft cloud ceiling. No explanation has been given nor did the air traffic control tower detect the purported craft on radar. One controller did note that "to fly 7 million light years to O'Hare and then have to turn around and go home because your gate was occupied is simply unacceptable.""
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Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "The Cassini spacecraft recently observed a hurricane-like storm on the south pole of Saturn. What makes this storm particularly interesting is that this is the first time that a clearly defined eyewall has been seen outside of the Earth in the Solar System. Neither the Great White Spot of Saturn nor the Great Red Spot of Jupiter have had an observable eyewall. NASA, JPL, and the Space Science Institute have released a short movie of the motion around the eyewall (mirrored at YouTube)."
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Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "The governent of the UK is opposing a propective European Commission directive (PDF) (an amendment to the Television Without Frontiers Directive) that would require sites such as YouTube or Myspace and potentially bloggers who post videos on websites based in Europe to aquire a broadcast license for broadcasting a 'television-like service.' This is to require the websites to comply with EU regulations involving advertisements, hate speech, and child protection. Is regulating the fledgling European video market a wise idea to make it comply with other EU directives or is it just going to hurt European businesses and oppress bloggers?"
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Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "The 16th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony occured today in the Harvard University Sanders Theater. Among the notable recepients included Francis Fesmire of the University of Tennessee (Medicine) who determined that hiccups can be cured by a "digital rectal massage," Ivan Schwab of the University of California (Ornithology) who answered the age old question of "why don't woodpeckers get headaches?", and Howard Stapleford, the managing director of Compound Security Systems (Peace) who invented an accoustic teenager repellant than has no effect on people older than 30. Also this year marked the return of Roy Glauber, the Keeper of the Broom. Dr. Glauber was absent from last years ceremony because he apparently had better things to do (such as travel to be awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics).

In other news, Dr. Roger D. Kornberg of Stanford University was named to be the recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his studies of the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription." This marks the first time in 23 years that United States scientists have been able to claim all of the Nobel prizes in the sciences. Sadly, the United States didn't fare so well in this years Ig Nobel Prizes."
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Aglassis Aglassis writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Aglassis (10161) writes "The awardees of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine were announced today to be Dr. Andrew Z. Fire of Stanford University Medical School and Dr. Craig C. Mello of the University of Massachusetts Medical School "for their discovery of RNA interference — gene silencing by double-stranded RNA." The awardees for the 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics will be announced on Oct. 3, Chemistry on Oct. 4, Economics on Oct. 9, Peace on Oct. 13, and Literature at a date to be determined by the Swedish Academy."

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