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CmdrGravy (645153) writes "Archaeologists claim to have found a "minature stonehenge" nearby the larger and better known one. The archaeologists claim that hewn into the living rock is the legacy of an ancient race of druids. Dr Tufnell the principal archaeologist responsible for the find went on to say "Mini Stonehenge! 'Tis a magic place where the moon doth rise with a dragon's face. Mini Stonehenge! Where the virgins lie and the prayers of devils fill the midnight sky" No one seems quite sure what he meant by that but futher details will be published in full, soon." Link to Original Source top
CmdrGravy writes "The BBC reports that 2,300 years ago a mega tsunami inundated the New Jersey coastline sweeping across Long Island and far up the Hudson river. Were a similar wave to sweep in from the North Atlantic today Wall Street would be underwater and the Long Island Expressway would be awash.
Evidence of this ancient tsunami has been gathered from cores collected from across the New Jersey region by geologist Steven Goodbred. Evidence of the tsunami occuring is conclusive but evidence of it's origins are less clear cut with theories ranging from an asteroid strike to an underwater landslip.
In 2,300 years New York has obviously developed from a grassy coastal plain into a high rise, high tech hub supporting millions of people. North Atlantic tsunamis are thought to be rare occurrences but what contingency does New York have for potential disasters of this nature ? I know London has it's Thames Barrier but does New York have any similar defences and would its position between the Hudson and the East River make for a particulary devastating flood in the event of another tsnumai ?" Link to Original Source top
CmdrGravy writes "Anyone following the SCO saga from the beginning will probably be familiar with the writing of Rob Enderle who was in the early days a key supporter of SCOs claims. Now that SCO is heading swiftly towards bankruptcy and their claims have been completely debunked Rob has offered an explanation, if not an apology, of his involvement in this sorry affair.
What he seems to be saying is that his primary motivation for supporting SCO is a dislike of Linux supporters who attacked one of his articles written at about the same time as the SCO saga kicked off. Despite having some doubts about SCOs claims he felt he needed to stick up for them because on the one hand he though Linux supporters were a bunch of criminals and on the other he thought Groklaw was misleading people and misrepresenting the facts surrounding the case.
Whats missing from the article is any apology at all from Mr Enderle for failing to research his subject and calling the result so wrongly or any apology to Groklaw who were clearly not misrepresenting anything and predicted the actual result of the case perfectly." Link to Original Source top
CmdrGravy writes "A engineer from Cambridge University has hammered another nail into the coffin of conspiracy theorists who believe the World Trade Centre collapse could only have been caused by a controlled explosion.
Using a mathematical model Dr Keith Seffen has proved that once it was begun by the, well studied, structural failures caused by the planes impact and subsequent inferno the following collapse and pancaking were inevitable, his models showed that once begun the collapse would take around 9 seconds — only a little longer than a penny dropped from the top floor would take to fall to the ground.
Dr Keith sums up his experiment by saying
"In all senses, the collapse sequence was quite ordinary and natural. The World Trade Centre towers were designed to absorb an aircraft impact, but an accidental one with much less fuel and speed. It is widely acknowledged that the impacts on September 11th were extraordinary, which led to consequences well in excess of the design capacity for the buildings. The original design of both towers must be praised for standing as long as they did, saving more lives than might have been expected."" top
CmdrGravy writes "The Church Of Scientology is currently engaged in a row with BBC over a Panorama investigation by the BBC reporter John Sweeney. John is investigating the Church Of Scientology for the program to find out if they have changed in the last few years and moved away from the questionable practices and secrecy they have employed in the past.
The row centres around a YouTube video posted by the scientologists and a DVD they have released which show Mr Sweeney losing his temper with a scientology spokesman Tom Davis in which Mr Sweeney is driven to yelling at Tom Davis at the top of his voice. Mr Sweeney has since apologised for losing his temper which he says he now realises was both wrong and stupid. In the DVD the scientologists also accuse the BBC of organising an anti scientology demonstration and yelling terrorist death threats at John Travolta, allegations which the BBC denounce as being clearly laughable and utter nonsense. John Travolta has also accused of Mr Sweeney of harbouring "personal prejudices, bigotry and animosity" against Scientology in the documentary, and accused the reporter of displaying "hatred against my religion." This despite the fact that in the UK scientology is not classed as a religion due to the financial nature of their practices.
Mr Sweeneys outburst came at the end of a tour of a scientology exhibition which attempts to portray psychiatrists as evil nazi type torturers entitled "Psychiatry: Industry of Death" which is both gruesome and utterly unconvincing. In the days previous to this Mr Sweeney and his camera team became the latest in a long line of reporters to suffer harassment at the hands of scientologists whereby he has been shouted at, spied on, denounced as a bigot by John Travolta had his hotel invaded at midnight, and had mysterious strangers visit his neighbours and family and spy on his wedding. You can begin to see why someone might lose their temper having been victim to this sort of activity.
There is an excellent article in the Telegraph and you can read about the incident in Mr Sweeneys own words here at the BBC.
The video of Mr Sweeney losing his temper is available on YouTube, the argument is about Tom Davis claiming he has said things in a previous interview with someone else at which Tom Davis was not present and therefore cannot know what he has said. During this interview with, I think, an ex scientologist Tom Davis burst in half way through to make claims that the interviewee was some kind of paedophile.
Happily it looks like the BBC is going to stand behind their reporter, judging by this interview with the programs editor and the general tone of their reporting but, really why I'm posting this on/., what can be done against an organisation so determined to prevent fair and unbiased reporting on their activities and is clearly able to utilise the power of the internet and YouTube to further their aims. The BBC is a large organisation and can survive attacks like this which would easily cause a lot more problems to individuals or smaller organisations, is there a way of levelling the playing field in favour of the general population being able to access accurate information on organisations or corporations rather than propaganda put out by the said organisations or corporations ?" top
CmdrGravy writes "New research by the University of Liverpool has, shockingly, revealed that a quarter of inmates languishing at Her Majesties Pleasure have an average IQ of below 80.
Ignoring the three quarters of prisoners who have an IQ higher than 80 ( the ones who aren't dribbling ) the funders of the study ( The Prison Reform Trust ) tell us that this study raises important questions as to how these criminals were caught ( perhaps because they're stupid ? ) and whether society in general could have done anything to prevent their arrest.
The BBC report ends with the insight that many of these stupid prisoners will struggle to understand their experience of imprisonment.
This is surely a pointless study clearly designed to state the obvious and help to further the campaign of the Prison Reform Trust. Can slashdot think of any studies even more ridiculous than this one ?" top
CmdrGravy writes "The British Police have hacked into Government computers as part of the on-going cash for peerages investigation and uncovered evidence which has, so far, led to one arrest and charge of perverting the course of justice for a leading Labour party figure. This charge carries a potential life sentence.
The police have the power to hack into computer systems as part of an investigation and it is this power which they have used to hack into the Governments and the Labour Parties computers. On previous occasions they have said they did not believe the govenment was providing them with the information they had been asking for and had warned that they would seek other methods to gather evidence.
It is suspected that the investigation has led to the discovery of large quantities of evidence the government had not passed on the police and led swiftly to the dawn raid on the house of Ruth Turner a senior Labour party figure. She has been charged with perverting the course of justice and could face a life behind bars when prosecuted.
The police won't say what tools they have used but apparently it is a tool set they use in serious fraud cases to seek out and identify the information they want from the computer systems which they have infiltrated. Does anyone know what tools these might be and are slashdotters happy with the powers the police appear to have to break into whatever Government, or private computer system they like ?
CmdrGravy writes "As reported by the BBC the UK Police force are currently trialing a scheme to electronically take the fingerprint from any motorists pulled over for investigation.
The device will scan the motorists index fingers and send the fingerprint data through an encrypted GSM signal to a central database which contains the fingerprints of 6.5 million previous offenders against which your prints will be tested for a match.
The government ( not the police especially ) says this will help the police to identify suspects and increase the amount of time they spend on the street fighting crime. Currently almost 40% of motorists stopped by the police provide false details.
During the trial the fingerprints gathered will not be stored in the database themselves but changes to the law are in progress to allow them to be stored for future reference
The system is 94% accurate with 6.5 Million records, what will the consequences be when the entire ( 60 Million ) population of the UK has been stored in this database ?"