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US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs

Freddybear Re:YES, THIS IS WHAT WE NEED (205 comments)

But those are exactly the arguments why voter id is racist. Just ask the Justice Department.

about a year ago
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US Gov't To Issue Secure Online IDs

Freddybear Re:YES, THIS IS WHAT WE NEED (205 comments)

ID may be required for everything except voting - for that it's racist.

about a year ago
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Partner of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act

Freddybear Tar, Feathers, etc (426 comments)

Some assembly required.

about a year ago
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Playing StarCraft Could Boost Your Cognitive Flexibility

Freddybear Just don't read chat logs... (124 comments)

...or that will undo all the cognitive gains you get from playing.

about a year ago
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Federal Judge Declares Bitcoin a Currency

Freddybear Re:Sex (425 comments)

"Bodily fluids obtained during sex" =/= "sex".

about a year ago
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Version 2.0 of 3D-Printed Rifle Successfully Fires 14 Rounds

Freddybear Re:I don't get it. (336 comments)

I'd say that drug law enforcement has long since crossed the line into Orwellian. And it's leaking into other areas of law enforcement as well.

about a year ago
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What's Stopping Us From Eating Insects?

Freddybear Parasites (655 comments)

It's never as simple as "Just grow some bugs and chow down". Most species of insects are hosts to assorted parasites.
For instance, the common grasshopper (yummy when fried) can carry tapeworms.

While we have lots of experience dealing with parasites of domestic mammals, not so much for bugs that live on other bugs.

about a year ago
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NASA's Garver Proposes Carving Piece Off Big Asteroid For Near-Earth Mining

Freddybear Piling on requirements (110 comments)

Sounds like a stealthy way of killing off the project, by piling on requirements until it's obviously too expensive or risky.

about a year ago
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NASA's Garver Proposes Carving Piece Off Big Asteroid For Near-Earth Mining

Freddybear Re:It's a trap (110 comments)

It would cost the same delta-v to rendezvous with an asteroid as it would to reach the same orbit without the rendezvous.

about a year ago
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

Freddybear Re:What about long term? (237 comments)

Huge future assets aren't worth much if you're going broke now.

Conservation is important but there really aren't those kinds of big savings to be had. People don't want to drive golf carts to work and they don't want to live in the city. And I can't blame them. And 70F? Try 77 and it's still expensive.

And yes, boondoggles. Even in Germany. Read the "Government Policy" section of that wiki article. They are paying huge subsidies for renewable energy.

about a year ago
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Fifteen Years After Autism Panic, a Plague of Measles Erupts

Freddybear Re:Jenny McCarthy (668 comments)

Don't just tell us, call the advertisers of The View and tell them.

about a year ago
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3D Printers Shown To Emit Potentially Harmful Nanosized Particles

Freddybear Mmm, yeah, real dangerous (180 comments)

Right up there with frying food or scented candles. We'll get back to you on that, sure.

about a year ago
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

Freddybear Re:What about long term? (237 comments)

What are the long-term costs of not exploiting domestic energy supplies? More funding for our dear friends the Saudis? Escalating death-spiral of energy prices while renewables turn out to be expensive boondoggles? Our Dear Leader did promise that energy prices would necessarily skyrocket, and that's one promise he seems determined to fulfill.

about a year ago
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

Freddybear Re:Sounds iffy (237 comments)

Fracking wells themselves are too deep for that to matter very much, also the pressure of fracking is momentary, much more like blasting in a mine. The problem you describe is more likely to be caused by a brine-injection well, which is done at shallower depths and is intended for long-term storage of the injected brine at pressure. I know, we've had several small earthquakes here in NE Ohio resulting from improperly operated brine injection wells.

about a year ago
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Study Finds Fracking Chemicals Didn't Pollute Water

Freddybear Re:Sounds iffy (237 comments)

Nothing changed. That area has had methane in the ground water since long before fracking ever happened.

about a year ago
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PayPal Credits Man With $92 Quadrillion

Freddybear Unlike Monopoly (151 comments)

Bank Error In Your Favor means you Go Directly To Jail if you try to spend the money.

about a year ago
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Google Raises Campaign Funds For Climate Change Denier

Freddybear Re:So happy (365 comments)

I tried not believing in gravity, but it only made me lightheaded.

about a year ago
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Why Protesters In Cairo Use Laser Pointers

Freddybear Re:This Is Considered News?? (303 comments)

You'd likely find an "Emergency Powers" clause which allow the President (or whatever he's called) to rule by decree. It only takes one clause like that to make a complete mockery of the rest of the constitution.

about a year ago
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Skype Overload Interrupts Zimmerman Trial

Freddybear Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (325 comments)

Sorry but that fantasy of yours is not supported by either evidence or testimony. Stick to the facts as known.

about a year ago
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Skype Overload Interrupts Zimmerman Trial

Freddybear Re:Whole Trial is bullshit (325 comments)

Your ability to conjure up fantasies has nothing to do with the witnesses and the evidence in the trial.

about a year ago

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Solar Magnetic Field About To Flip

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about a year ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "According to measurements from NASA solar observatories, the sun's magnetic field is about to reverse polarity. The event is predicted to occur within the next three to four months and will have effects throughout the solar system. These magnetic reversals happen regularly about every eleven years as part of the solar cycle."
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DOJ warns against posts critical of Islam - may violate civil rights

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about a year ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes ""In its latest effort to protect followers of Islam in the U.S. the Obama Justice Department warns against using social media to spread information considered inflammatory against Muslims, threatening that it could constitute a violation of civil rights." ...
"The area’s top federal prosecutor, Bill Killian, will address a topic that most Americans are likely unfamiliar with, even those well versed on the Constitution; that federal civil rights laws can actually be violated by those who post inflammatory documents aimed at Muslims on social media. “This is an educational effort with civil rights laws as they play into freedom of religion and exercising freedom of religion,” Killian says in the local news story. “This is also to inform the public what federal laws are in effect and what the consequences are.”"

Maybe somebody in Congress could ask Attorney General Holder which parts of the Constitution he is willing to uphold."

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God is Great - Hang the Atheist Bloggers

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Al Jazeera reports on protests by thousands of people in Bangladesh who want the government to enact the death penalty for bloggers who insult Islam.

"Supporters of Hefazat-e-Islam, an Islamist group which draws support from tens of thousands of religious seminaries [and that has the backing of country's largest party, Jamaat-e-Islami], converged on Dhaka’s main commercial hub to protest against what they said were blasphemous writings by atheist bloggers, shouting “God is great — hang the atheist bloggers”.

“I’ve come here to fight for Islam. We won’t allow any bloggers to blaspheme our religion and our beloved Prophet Mohammed,” said Shahidul Islam, an imam at a mosque outside Dhaka ....

The bloggers, who deny they are atheists, have sought capital punishment for those found guilty of war crimes during the nation’s liberation war [including the leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami] ....

A well-known protester and blogger, Ahmed Rajib Haider, was killed reportedly by Jamaat supporters....

Zafar Sobhan, editor of the Dhaka Tribune, ... said that ... it was unlikely that a blasphemy law would be introduced ... [and] that the march was less about a blasphemy law but was more of a reaction to calls for the death penalty for political party leaders being tried for war crimes....""

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Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act proposed in Maryland

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "A state senator in Maryland has proposed a bill called the "The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013" to require teachers and school officials to distinguish between real guns and things that resemble or represent guns but which are not guns. This is in response to the suspension of a kindergarten child who was suspended for biting a toaster pastry into the shape of a gun. “I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top of it and kind of looked like a gun,” the seven-year-old told Fox News. “But it wasn’t,” he astutely added.

The bill also includes a section mandating counseling for school officials who fail to distinguish between guns and things that resemble guns. School officials who fail to make such a distinction more than once would face discipline themselves."

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Aaron's Law - Rein in prosecutorial abuse

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren proposes a change to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) which would remove the felony criminal penalty for violating the terms of service of a website and return it to the realm of contract law where it belongs. This would eliminate the potential for prosecutors to abuse the CFAA in pursuit of criminal convictions for simple violations of a website's terms of service."
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Online Privacy Laws Pro-Prosecution Loophole

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "An exception for "law enforcement" built into online privacy protection laws makes it easy for prosecutors to obtain potentially incriminating private information from social media sites like Facebook, while defense lawyers have a hard time getting access to information which can help the defense

This is highlighted in an ongoing Portland murder case. In that case, the defense attorney has evidence of a Facebook conversation in which a key witness reportedly tells a friend he was pressured by police into falsely incriminating the defendant.

Facebook rebuffed the defense attorney’s subpoena seeking access to the conversation, citing the federal Stored Communications Act, which protects the privacy of electronic communications like e-mail – but which carves out an exemption for law enforcement, thus assisting prosecutors. “It’s so one-sided they cooperate 110 percent anytime someone in the government asks for information,” one Oregon attorney told the Portland Oregonian, citing a separate case in which Facebook withheld conversations that could have disproved a rape charge, but turned over the same conversations when the prosecution demanded them."

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Anti-GMO Activist Recants

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Former anti-GMO activist Mark Lynas, who opposed genetically modified food in the 1990's said recently, at the Oxford Farming Conference: "

        I want to start with some apologies. For the record, here and upfront, I apologise for having spent several years ripping up GM crops. I am also sorry that I helped to start the anti-GM movement back in the mid 1990s, and that I thereby assisted in demonising an important technological option which can be used to benefit the environment.

        As an environmentalist, and someone who believes that everyone in this world has a right to a healthy and nutritious diet of their choosing, I could not have chosen a more counter-productive path. I now regret it completely.

        So I guess you’ll be wondering—what happened between 1995 and now that made me not only change my mind but come here and admit it? Well, the answer is fairly simple: I discovered science, and in the process I hope I became a better environmentalist."

To vilify GMOs is to be as anti-science as climate-change deniers, he says. To feed a growing world population (with an exploding middle class demanding more and better-quality food), we must take advantage of all the technology available to us, including GMOs. To insist on “natural” agriculture and livestock is to doom people to starvation, and there’s no logical reason to prefer the old ways, either. Moreover, the reason why big companies dominate the industry is that anti-GMO activists and policymakers have made it too difficult for small startups to enter the field."

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Hacker vs counter-hacker, a legal debate

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "If your computer has been cracked and subverted for use by a botnet or other remote-access attack, is it legal for you to hack back into the system from which the attack originated? Over the last couple of years three legal scholars and bloggers have debated the question on The Volokh Conspiracy weblog. The linked webpage collects that debate into a coherent document.

"The debaters are:

        Stewart Baker, a former official at the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson with a large cybersecurity practice. Stewart Baker makes the policy case for counterhacking and challenges the traditional view of what remedies are authorized by the language of the CFAA.

        Orin Kerr, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law at George Washington School of Law, a former computer crimes prosecutor, and one of the most respected computer crime scholars. Orin Kerr defends the traditional view of the Act against both Stewart Baker and Eugene Volokh.

        Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, founder of the Volokh Conspiracy, and a sophisticated technology lawyer, presents a challenge grounded in common law understandings of trespass and tort.""

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US Carbon Emissions Lowest In 20 Years

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "A recent report from the US Energy Information Agency says that US carbon emissions are the lowest they have been in 20 years, and attributes the decline to the increasing use of cheap natural gas obtained from fracking wells.

Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said the shift away from coal is reason for "cautious optimism" about potential ways to deal with climate change. He said it demonstrates that "ultimately people follow their wallets" on global warming.

"There's a very clear lesson here. What it shows is that if you make a cleaner energy source cheaper, you will displace dirtier sources," said Roger Pielke Jr., a climate expert at the University of Colorado."

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Apparant security risk in Ubisoft DRM.

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Ubisoft games using the UPLAY DRM infrastructure may compromise the security of PC's on which they are installed. Any website can call up a function of the UPLAY browser plugin, which is silently installed by those Ubisoft games, to run arbitrary code or commands on your PC.

Instructions on removing the UPLAY plugin can be found here: http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/forums/showthread.php?5725-Ubisoft-DRM-is-a-security-risk#4"

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Maryland bans employers from asking for Facebook passwords

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Last Friday, Maryland became the first state to ban employers from asking for access to the social media accounts of employees or applicants. Lawmakers in the US House and Senate are working on legislation that would ban the practice nationally."
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US Ninth Circuit decision on Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "US Ninth Circuit Court has handed down it's decision in US v Nosal, which concerned whether violation of terms of service could be made a federal crime.

From the ruling:
"[W]e hold that the phrase “exceeds authorized access” in the CFAA does not extend to violations of use restrictions. If Congress wants to incorporate misappropriation liability into the CFAA, it must speak more clearly."

This decision contradicts rulings in several other district courts.

Some discussion of whether the Supreme Court will take up the case can be found here: http://volokh.com/2011/12/19/thoughts-on-the-oral-arguments-in-united-states-v-nosal/"

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Study finds online cheating is contagious

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "A study of online gamers in the Steam community finds that those who are friends with cheaters are more likely to begin cheating themselves.

"First up, cheats stick together. The data shows that cheaters are much more likely to be friends with other cheaters.

Cheating also appears to be infectious. The likelihood of a fair player becoming labelled as a cheater in future is directly correlated with this person's number of friends who are cheaters. So if you know cheaters you are more likely to become one yourself. Cheating spreads like flu through this community.

Finally, being labelled as a cheat seems to significantly affect social standing. Once a person is labelled as a cheat, they tend to lose friends. Some even cut themselves off from friends by increasing their privacy settings.""

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EPA fracked up report

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "A recent EPA report which claimed that "fracking" could cause hydrocarbon pollution of the water table was based on 900-foot deep wells (much deeper than the usually 300-foot deep water wells) which penetrated into the gas field.

"In short, they drilled into the natural gas reservoir that has long attracted industry producers. It may the single most productive moment in EPA history.""

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LightSquared disrupts 75% of GPS connections in go

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Politically-connected Philip Falcone’s proposed LightSquared Inc. wireless service caused interference to 75 percent of global-positioning system receivers examined in a U.S. government test, according to a draft summary of results."
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How Photoshopped Is That Picture?

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Digital forensics experts at Dartmouth have developed software that can analyze digital photos to rate how drastically they have been altered by digital editing techniques. "The Dartmouth research, said Seth Matlins, a former talent agent and marketing executive, could be “hugely important” as a tool for objectively measuring the degree to which photos have been altered.""
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French court orders ISP to block police misconduct

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "A French court has ordered ISPs to block access to Copwatch Nord Paris I-D-F, a website designed to allow civilians to post videos of alleged police misconduct. French police unions applauded the decision."
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Nanoscale nonlinear light source

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  about 3 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes ""Not long after the development of the first laser in 1960 scientists discovered that shining a beam through certain crystals produced light of a different color; more specifically, it produced light of exactly twice the frequency of the original. The phenomenon was dubbed second harmonic generation

The green laser pointers in use today to illustrate presentations are based on this science, but producing such a beautiful emerald beam is no easy feat. The green light begins as an infrared ray that must be first processed through a crystal, various lenses and other optical elements before it can illuminate that PowerPoint on the screen before you.

It was later discovered that applying an electrical field to some crystals produced a similar, though weaker, beam of light. This second discovery, known as EFISH – for electric-field-induced second harmonic light generation – has amounted mostly to an interesting bit of scientific knowledge and little more. EFISH devices are big, demanding high-powered lasers, large crystals and thousands of volts of electricity to produce the effect. As a result, they are impractical for all but a few applications.

In a paper published today in Science, engineers from Stanford have demonstrated a new device that shrinks EFISH devices by orders of magnitude to the nanoscale. The result is an ultra-compact light source with both optical and electrical functions. Research implications for the device range from a better understanding of fundamental science to improved data communications.""

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Detect any chemical with a personal glucose meter

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Via MAKE magazine's blog, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana have developed a method of using an ordinary glucose meter to selectively detect and quantify a wide range of chemicals. The method involves custom-tailored DNA coupled to the enzyme invertase. When the DNA detects the specific chemical which it is designed to react with, it releases the invertase which converts ordinary table sugar to fructose and glucose, which can be measured by a standard glucose meter."
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Acoustic Superlens from Soda Cans

Freddybear Freddybear writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Freddybear (1805256) writes "Researchers in France have assembled an acoustic superlens from an array of soda cans. The cans act as resonators, and by exciting the array with tailored sound waves, the sound volume can be made to peak in specific volumes less than a few centimeters wide."
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