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Revisiting Open Source Social Networking Alternatives

NotSanguine Re:Hard problem to solve (74 comments)

This is essentially what I was going to post. I set up a pod on a VM, and while I finally got it working (after assistance from one of the devs via IRC), if there's going to be real acceptance of Diaspora, it needs to deploy cleanly and automatically. This is not currently the case.

Another point that doesn't get enough attention is the lack of symmetrical bandwidth on consumer ISP links. This will limit both the utility and acceptance of any distributed app/protocol (social networking or otherwise). It's unlikely that will happen anytime soon, as that props up the status quo for the content arms of the big ISPs, so I think we're mostly SOL.

This is really a shame, as moving away from centralized models can allow greater flexibility and privacy. Others have mentioned privacy on this thread, but only in the context of which "friends" or others can see what and what sort of advertising is shown.

I'm a lot less concerned about which people I know can see photos of me smooching the giraffe at the zoo. I'm much more concerned that the folks who run these sites have access (and analyze such information ad infinitum, ad nauseam) to everything I might post, and even the sfuff I don't.

yesterday
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

NotSanguine Re: 20,000,000.00 an ounce ? (152 comments)

OK, so a perfectly fine word like "hella" has no place in the very serious topic of asteroid mining?

I wouldn't use it in such a discussion, but then I wouldn't use it in most discussions. But that's me, and you're not me. Carry on.

yesterday
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

NotSanguine Re:For the novelty! (152 comments)

Space-procured Palladium and Platinum has the potential to make space-based mining possible. If you could put an asteroid in earth orbit containing a couple of tons of platinum group metals and extract them (that's the tricky part) you would own the global market for those materials.

From a medium-term perspective, I think iron, hydrogen, oxygen and carbon would be more useful as they would then be available for space-based construction, allowing us to expand our space resources.

2 days ago
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NASA Offering Contracts To Encourage Asteroid Mining

NotSanguine Re: 20,000,000.00 an ounce ? (152 comments)

Welcome to twenty years ago. Please try to use the internet's "search" capabilities. Thanks.

http://www.urbandictionary.com...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

Just because a word is in use, doesn't make it appropriate for every circumstance. "that's a hella cool bitcoin mining rig ya got there, bra." is one thing, but discussing the relative merits of asteroid mining is another, IMHO.

It's all about context. You are familiar with the concept of context, yes?

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NotSanguine Re:Race baiters (468 comments)

Pure and simple. They are priming "young people" for the fight against "the man". Who are the enemy? Police officers. White police officers in particular. While in reality the police force in NY includes a lot of colored officers. These are to be respected. Go figure.

Actually, I'm with George Carlin on this one, regardless of ethnic background:

It's not that I don't like the police, I just feel better when they're not around.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NotSanguine Re:police are good (468 comments)

This is about teaching kids how to get away with a crime and be disrespectful.

The police are there to protect you, but unfortunately also to enforce laws that politicians write. If you don't like the laws then go after the politicians.

This anti-police crusade is no different than rioting and burning down your own neighborhood. Wrong target, wrong method.

So you're saying that exercising your constitutional rights against unconstitutional actions of the police makes you a criminal?

I'm going to assume you're just uninformed, rather than a douchebag. Please prove me right. But I won't hold my breath.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NotSanguine Re:The really sad part.... (468 comments)

Let's not dick around on the nonsensical euphemism treadmill.

We are talking about skin color. Not "ethnic" or "colored" or "negro" or "people of color" or "African American". The appropriate term, IMO, being inoffensive and also accurate to the topic, would be "black".

As a blue eyed white guy, I hear some awful things - like many white people have no problem with what the NYPD is doing.

They do not seem to understand that when an American's rights are violated, it chips away at all American's.

Despite your apparent issue with apostrophes, I agree completely. We are supposed to be a nation of laws. No other nation has its basis in its founding documents. All other nations are based on ethnicity, religion, the longevity of the ruling junta, etc.

When we turn our back on those founding principles and the rule of law, even if that's only against a certain segment of our nation, we are all diminished, and we all lose.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NotSanguine Re:ORLY? (468 comments)

Exactly. The police in the US are showing great similarities with the mafia:

http://www.ivpressonline.com/quicknews/calexico-police-officers-suspended-amid-fbi-local-investigation-into-department/article_185e41c2-6058-11e4-9f9c-0017a43b2370.html

Back in the 1970s when there were many more street gangs in NYC, the police were just considered the biggest and best armed gang. They still are, there just aren't many other street gangs left in NYC. I guess they won and are now trying to make sure they're the only street gang out there.

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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NotSanguine It's very simple... (468 comments)

...people do it just to annoy you.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NotSanguine Re: Good luck with that (468 comments)

All you need to do to win a Nobel Peace Prize is two things: 1) have dark skin 2) Continue various wars against defenseless nations

There. FTFY.

2 days ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

NotSanguine Re: Civics class (468 comments)

How about morals class? Teach people to how to respect one another and treat others the way they'd like to be treated themselves. Let's encourage strong families that stay together and teach kids to respect their elders. And let's teach today's men to stop behaving like women and today's women to stop behaving like men while we're at it.>>>>>> If the moral fabric of society keeps falling apart, we are doomed.

[Emphasis Added]

And who gets to decide which is which? You? That kind of bigoted twaddle isn't so different from the racism being discussed here.

What is more, morality is an individual thing. Many people share similar attitudes and ideas about good ways to live. But morality is sum total of the choices you make when faced with situations that call for a moral choice (e.g., I found a wallet. Do I return it with or without the cash that was in it?). Your morality is not my morality, and mine isn't anyone else's.

2 days ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

NotSanguine Re:The United States is turning into Untied States (110 comments)

Many have argued that this is the natural tendency of democracy. Plato ranked democracy as the second-worst type of government, inevitably degrading into tyranny

And Winston Churchill said:

Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.

[emphasis added]

So who are you going to believe? huh?

4 days ago
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Top NSA Official Raised Alarm About Metadata Program In 2009

NotSanguine Re:Not all spooks are bad (110 comments)

There was no "unconstitutional domestic spying". It was simply records of which phone number called another phone number. If you think that is spying then your phone company has been spying on you for decades. Stop parroting what you hear on the news and actually do some research yourself.

Research? Ten seconds with a search engine shows you're wrong. So you're either trolling, stupid or a government shill.

Well, yes, they do that. But they are also doing this:

Real Time Access to Phone and Internet Traffic Second, the same telecommunications companies also allowed the NSA to install sophisticated communications surveillance equipment in secret rooms at key telecommunications facilities around the country. This equipment gave the NSA unfettered access to large streams of domestic and international communications in real time—what amounted to at least 1.7 billion emails a day, according to the Washington Post. The NSA could then data mine and analyze this traffic for suspicious key words, patterns and connections. Again, all of this was done without a warrant in violation of federal law and the Constitution.

The relevant Executive Order (12333) details the scope of domestic surveillance for US Intelligence agencies (Section 2.3b) and states:

Information constituting foreign intelligence or counterintelligence, including such information concerning corporations or other commercial organizations. Collection within the United States of foreign intelligence not otherwise obtainable shall be undertaken by the FBI or, when significant foreign intelligence is sought, by other authorized agencies of the Intelligence Community, provided that no foreign intelligence collection by such agencies may be undertaken for the purpose of acquiring information concerning the domestic activities of United States persons; [emphasis added]

4 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

NotSanguine Re:House reps are always campaigning, have small d (156 comments)

With a few hundred people who attend town hall meetings and debates, post on that rep's Facebook wall, call into the local radio station when the rep is on etc, a dozen or so active citizens might well swing a representative's vote,

That's so cute that you believe that! The average congressional campaign cost USD$1.2 million this year. Money talks and it's corporations and other monied interests that are doing the talking, not "concerned citizens." Sure your congressperson will pat you on the head and say "I work hard to make sure our district gets what it needs! I work for you." But the truth is they work for those who pay their way.

You must think things work as they did back in 1946 when this was written. Sorry champ. Those days are long gone.

5 days ago
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Greenwald Advises Market-Based Solution To Mass Surveillance

NotSanguine Re:"very telling" indeed (156 comments)

The government answers to Corporations People answer to the government.

Why would anyone think that People answering to Corporations answering to the Government would work?

The only solution that works here is:

Government answers to the people.

Constitutionally enforced term limits would be a good start. Completely eliminating campaign contributions and setting up mandatory public funding for all elective federal offices would be a good follow on.

There. FTFY.

5 days ago
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Congress Suggests Moat, Electronic Fence To Protect White House

NotSanguine Re:Shoot one (212 comments)

This is a relatively unimportant subject, and also a non-political one. Any Congressman caught talking about this, is outed as a totally useless person.

But you repeat yourself. With apologies to Mark Twain.

about a week ago
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Court Shuts Down Alleged $120M Tech Support Scam

NotSanguine Re:"This is windows support calling... (129 comments)

I've gotten two of these phone calls in the past few months. The first time I followed their instructions up until the point that they wanted to take over my computer. They pointed me to a legitimate screen sharing application. I gave them the wrong access code. Once the caller realized I wasn't going to fall for the scam, he got ANGRY and told me that *tomorrow* he was going to destroy my computer. I challenged him to do it now. :-) I should have told him my IP address was 127.0.0.1.

I still wonder *what* he was going to do once he took control. Setup a remote control SPAM bot? Encrypt everything? Or simply ask for $500.00 to "fix" all the problems?

If I had an old throwaway system, I would have pointed him to that...but then I would be worried that he would have been able to infect my other computers on my network...maybe.

Randy -- regardlessitwasfun

Hey! don't give that out, that's my IP address!

I've gotten a few of those calls too and played the same game. But before he could (in his thick Hindi accent) express his outrage, I verbally abused him until he hung up.

I do have a spare Windows VM for the next time, assuming I have time to block all network access except the screen sharing app. That could be fun. A waste of time, but possibly amusing.

about a week ago
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Republicans Block Latest Attempt At Curbing NSA Power

NotSanguine Re:So basically (437 comments)

The Libertarian philosophy is the most self-consistent of all available. It requires the fewest "common-sense" exceptions to be practical.

reality-denying assumptions

I could've asked for citations, but let's not continue down this off-topic road — on which you and an AC ventured unprovoked, for such is your fear and loathing of the Libertarianism gaining its well-deserved popularity and strength.

Statists gonna state.

Many folks would probably class me as a "liberal" for one reason. And that reason is the only major difference my political philosophy differs from the standard "Libertarian" platform. I believe that helping the less fortunate is an appropriate role for government. The logical extension of that idea is rather far-reaching. However, aside from that, I think most Libertarian ideals are pretty good.

It seems to me that even though many of us disagree with respect to policy choices, the vast majority of the US population can agree about individual liberties, a government which represents the electorate and equality of opportunity for everyone.

As I said, reasonable people may disagree about how to achieve these things (as we certainly don't have that now), if we can stop the absurd kabuki of right vs. left (news flash: the US Democratic party is a center-right party), perhaps we could work together to address the cesspool of money flowing into our political system and the circumstances that drive that process, we might get representative that actually represent their electorate, rather than those who drown them in filthy lucre. That might give us better laws and better government.

As I said, I think reasonable people (and there are both reasonable and unreasonable people on all sides) can disagree on specific policy points, but it seems to me that we should all agree that the US should be a nation of laws which respects individual liberty and provides a level playing field for everyone.

So while you folks are bashing your "enemies" those who are really in control are laughing all the way to the bank.

about a week ago
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What the US Can Learn From Canada's Internet Policy

NotSanguine Re:Change Last Mile (144 comments)

You do realise it's never going to happen without a law right ? Otherwise, it would have been done already. Competition is not in the interest of the major ISP. Worse yet you cannot provide last mile upgrade or competition without right of way unless you go wireless and you need spectrum. And the most obvious solution, that is nationalise the last mile, is not going to happen without forcing the cable and phone provider to sell the infrastructure.

The last option, to force municipalities to build and maintain a fiber network is going to face lobby, lack of budget and expertise and lack of interest. All issues that municipalities do not have the strenght to take on alone.

This is an issue for big gouvernement.

Your spelling choice ("nationlialise" rather than "nationalize") leads me to believe (my apologies if I am mistaken) that you are a product of the UK educational system. As such, it's worthwhile to clarify that last mile infrastructure is strictly a local issue. That is to say all last mile infrastructure requires approvals and oversight from the local and/or state govenrment, *not* the Federal government. In fact, attempting to nationalize such infrastructure would be contrary to both the letter and spirit of laws in the US. Not only would such a plan be struck down in the courts, you'd have people protesting in the streets all over the country.

What is more, it is absolutely not necessary to purchase existing infrastructure. The infrastructure that exists is sited in rights-of-way controlled by local governments. They can provide access to other players (e.g., a local non-profit tasked with implementing and managing their infrastructure) to provide real competition (in Intenet access, not last mile infrastructure) in the marketplace.

This does present both problems for standardization, but the benefits of local management and regulations far outweigh any benefit from nationalization as it can be handled just as other public works projects are implemented by local governments all over the United States.

about a week ago

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Is Mars One ready to colonize the Red Planet?

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  about a month ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "A non-profit organization called Mars One announced in 2012 its mission to colonize Mars using existing technologies. Last month, a group with from MIT published a paper which claims that current technologies are insufficient to support humans on Mars for extended periods.

According to Andrew Owens, one of the paper's authors:

It's not that Mars colonization is unfeasible; it is just that technology development will be required to make it feasible.

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New dates rewrite Neanderthal story

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  about 3 months ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "The BBC reports on research detailing the decline of Neanderthals in Europe. The international research team tested samples from over 400 Neanderthal sites, resulting in a new timeline for the decline and extinction of Homo Neanderthalensis, hinting at a much longer period of coexistence with modern humans. A summary of the research is available on the Nature web site.

From the BBC article:

The results provide the clearest insight yet into the interaction between our ancestors and Neanderthals, when they first encountered each other and why the Neanderthals went extinct, according to the lead researcher, Prof Thomas Higham of the University of Oxford. "I think we can set aside the idea of a rapid extinction of Neanderthals caused solely by the arrival of modern humans. Instead we can see a more complex process in which there is a much longer overlap between the two populations where there could have been exchanges of ideas and culture."

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Compromise struck on cellphone unlocking bill

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  about 4 months ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "The US Senate has passed a bill (S.517) today allowing users to unlock their phones when moving to another provider.

From a recent article at thehill.com:

“Consumers should be able to use their existing cell phones when they move their service to a new wireless provider,” Leahy said in a statement. “Our laws should not prohibit consumers from carrying their cell phones to a new network, and we should promote and protect competition in the wireless marketplace,” he said. Grassley called the bipartisan compromise “an important step forward in ensuring that there is competition in the industry and in safeguarding options for consumers as they look at new cell phone contracts.” “Empowering people with the freedom to use the carrier of their choice after complying with their original terms of service is the right thing to do,” he said. The House in February passed a companion bill sponsored on cellphone unlocking from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

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Forensic Genetics And The Law

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  about a year ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "C-SPAN Covered the 2013 10th Circuit Bench And Bar Conference in Colorado Springs, CO. While this isn't new (from August, 2013), the topics and issues covered were both interesting and pertinent to many discussions about how DNA technology can be used in legal contexts.

From the site description:

Panelists talked about genetics, forensics, and their use in the criminal justice system and society.They discussed the DNA evidence routinely used in criminal cases as well as in investigations of mass graves, missing persons, and for identification.After the break, Nita Farahany talked about how behavior sciences impact the legal system, and Hank Greely talked about whole genome sequencing, the implications of pre-natal genetic testing, and the privacy and ethical issues raised when everyone’s genomes are known and stored.Speakers used PowerPoint during their presentations.Images included skeletons, mass graves, and DNA sources.Panelists responded to questions from members of the audience after their individual presentations and as a group.

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Network Solutions Outage?

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  about a year ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "Network Solutions, Inc. DNS servers are not responding to name resolution requests. The corporate website (http://www.networksolutions.com) appears to be down as well.

Has anyone else seen these issues, or have any information as to what may be going on?"
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Some of My Best Friends Are Germs

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  about a year and a half ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "Michael Pollan of the New York Times writes:

I can tell you the exact date that I began to think of myself in the first-person plural — as a superorganism, that is, rather than a plain old individual human being. It happened on March 7. That’s when I opened my e-mail to find a huge, processor-choking file of charts and raw data from a laboratory located at the BioFrontiers Institute at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As part of a new citizen-science initiative called the American Gut project, the lab sequenced my microbiome — that is, the genes not of “me,” exactly, but of the several hundred microbial species with whom I share this body. These bacteria, which number around 100 trillion, are living (and dying) right now on the surface of my skin, on my tongue and deep in the coils of my intestines, where the largest contingent of them will be found, a pound or two of microbes together forming a vast, largely uncharted interior wilderness that scientists are just beginning to map.
...
Justin Sonnenburg, a microbiologist at Stanford, suggests that we would do well to begin regarding the human body as “an elaborate vessel optimized for the growth and spread of our microbial inhabitants.”

I, for one, welcome our (not so) new bacterial overlords."
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A Trail of Clicks, Culminating in Conflict

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  about 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "Technology companies are up in arms about the FTC's pending rules change which would require explicit parental permission allowing websites to gather a wide range of data on children 13 and under.

From the NYT Article:


“If adopted, the effect of these new rules would be to slow the deployment of applications that provide tremendous benefits to children, and to slow the economic growth and job creation generated by the app economy,” Catherine A. Novelli, vice president of worldwide government affairs at Apple, wrote in comments to the agency.

But would that be a bad thing? As reported in the New York Times last week, Matt Richtel of the NYT writes:

There is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday.

So, will the new FTC rules end up helping children (by enhancing their privacy and, if industry pundits are right, reducing the amount of content available online for children — thus enhancing their attention spans), or will the negative effects on corporations have as deleterious an effect on the economy as to measurably reduce the quality of education?"
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Official Stirs Texas City With Talk of Rebellion

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "Manny Fernandez of the NY Times writes:

LUBBOCK, Tex. — A hearing on a proposed tax increase had just started at the county courthouse here Monday when Grace Rogers, a retired teacher, addressed local leaders. Ms. Rogers said she supported the idea of increasing the property tax to 34.6 cents per $100 valuation from 32.9 cents to finance the hiring of additional sheriff’s deputies — with one reservation. It was that, she said, “it does not fund a paramilitary to create an insurrection and rebellion against the United States.”

County Judge Tom Head is calling for the tax increase as he is concerned (or so he told Texas broadcaster Fox34) that If President Obama is re-elected, we should expect cvil unrest and that the president would send in United Nations troops to pacify the populace. Monies from the tax increase would be used to pay for “...trained, equipped, seasoned veteran officers..." to fend off the blue helmeted invaders."
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Ask Slashdot: Quality FOSS/Commercial Enterprise Printer Client Management

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "We are nearing completion of Windows 7 (x64) images for our VDI and physical devices. Our Windows XP images included an in-house developed printer installation tool accessible to end-users.

This tool (written in VB6) will not run without installing a whole bunch of ancient libraries. As such, we'd like to obtain a new tool.
Management does not want to expend resources on scripting a new tool or updating the old one.

The environment consists of Windows systems in an Active Directory environment without print servers.
All printer assignments would be direct IP connections to the (mostly) HP printers.

I know there are a number of commercial tools out there, but I have no experience with them and competent reviews (AFAICT) are far and few between.

Do any /.ers out there have any recommendations for FOSS or commercial Windows printer client management tools with end-user interfaces?

Required Features:
1. Display available printers (preferably from data stored in AD)
2. Automated install of user requested printers and drivers (stored on a shared network resource)
3. Centralized management of printer/driver resources
4. Web or GUI-based for non-technical users


Nice to have features:
1. Remote client management of printer definitions
2. Remote batch installation/change/remove functions


Any suggestions, recommendations or information would be greatly appreciated!"
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Justice Dept., FBI to review use of forensic evidence in thousands of cases

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "From The Washington Post Article:

The Justice Department and the FBI have launched a review of thousands of criminal cases to determine whether any defendants were wrongly convicted or deserve a new trial because of flawed forensic evidence, officials said Tuesday. The undertaking is the largest post-conviction review ever done by the FBI. It will include cases conducted by all FBI Laboratory hair and fiber examiners since at least 1985 and may reach earlier if records are available, people familiar with the process said. Such FBI examinations have taken place in federal and local cases across the country, often in violent crimes, such as rape, murder and robbery.

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Spearheads and DNA Point to a Second Founding Society in North America

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "In a follow up to my earlier post, the New York Times reports that a team from the University of Oregon has published a paper (paywalled) detailing recent finds in caves near Paisley, Oregon that point to non-Clovis people living in the area at the same time that the Clovis People inhabited North America. From the New York Times article:
"Stone spearheads and human DNA found in Oregon caves, anthropologists say, have produced firmer evidence that these are the oldest directly dated remains of people in North America. They also show that at least two cultures with distinct technologies — not a single one, as had been supposed — shared the continent more than 13,000 years ago.""

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Earliest Americans Arrived in Waves, DNA Study Finds

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "Nicholas Wade of the New York Times writes:

North and South America were first populated by three waves of migrants from Siberia rather than just a single migration, say researchers who have studied the whole genomes of Native Americans in South America and Canada.
Some scientists assert that the Americas were peopled in one large migration from Siberia that happened about 15,000 years ago, but the new genetic research shows that this central episode was followed by at least two smaller migrations from Siberia, one by people who became the ancestors of today’s Eskimos and Aleutians and another by people speaking Na-Dene, whose descendants are confined to North America

The study, published online (this is a paywalled site, sorry.) investigated geographic, linguistic and genetic diversity in native American populations."
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Florida accused of concealing worst tuberculosis outbreak in 20 years

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "The state of Florida has been struggling for months with what the Centers for Disease Control describe as the worst tuberculosis outbreak in the United States in twenty years.

Although a CDC report went out to state health officials in April encouraging them to take concerted action, the warning went largely unnoticed and nothing has been done. The public did not even learn of the outbreak until June, after a man with an active case of TB was spotted in a Jacksonville soup kitchen.

The Palm Beach Post has managed to obtain records on the outbreak and the CDC report, though only after weeks of repeated requests. These documents should have been freely available under Florida’s Sunshine Law."

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Moody's Cuts Credit Ratings of 15 Big Banks

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "Moody's Investor's Service says they're concerned about risks to the big (including the "too big to fail") banks. Predictably, the banks try to deflect the issue by claiming that Moody's is living in the past and all that risky stuff should be considered water under the bridge. So which is it? Are the banks still engaging in risky activities which could give us a repeat of 2008, or is Moody's just looking to shake down the banks?

Or is it both? Where was Moody's during the housing boom? Busy giving high ratings to instruments jam-packed with bad loans. It's kind of hard to trust these guy now, eh?"

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Web Sites Shine Light on Petty Bribery Worldwide

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "The cost of claiming a legitimate income tax refund in Hyderabad, India? 10,000 rupees.
The going rate to get a child who has already passed the entrance requirements into high school in Nairobi, Kenya? 20,000 shillings.
The expense of obtaining a driver’s license after having passed the test in Karachi, Pakistan? 3,000 rupees.
Such is the price of what Swati Ramanathan calls “retail corruption,” the sort of nickel-and-dime bribery, as opposed to large-scale graft, that infects everyday life in so many parts of the world.

Ms. Ramanathan and her husband, Ramesh, along with Sridar Iyengar, set out to change all that in August 2010 when they started ipaidabribe.com, a site that collects anonymous reports of bribes paid, bribes requested but not paid and requests that were expected but not forthcoming."

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Scannable Condoms Allow Users to 'Check-In' During Safe Sex

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "Want to take social media to the next level? Chances are you’ve probably never heard of “checking in” when you have sex, or more specifically when you and your partner are engaging in protected sex.

Now you can brag to the world you’ve just got laid by checking in to a new geo-location website with details of where, why, who you used a condom with, and how the “safe sex was”"

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Marijuana Smoking Does Not Harm Lungs, Study Finds

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "A large new government study has found that smoking marijuana on a regular basis, even over many years, does not impair lung function.

The study, abstract here (full JAMA article paywalled), concluded that "Occasional and low cumulative marijuana use was not associated with adverse effects on pulmonary function." By contrast, the researchers found that compared to nonsmokers, marijuana users performed slightly better on lung function tests, though the improvement was minuscule."

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Plan to Widen Availability of Morning-After Pill I

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NotSanguine (1917456) writes "Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday overruled the Food and Drug Administration's decision that emergency contraceptives be sold freely over the counter, including to teenagers 16 years old and younger.

The pill, called Plan B One-Step, has been available without a prescription to women 17 and older, but those 16 and younger have needed a prescription — and still will because of Ms. Sebelius’s decision.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg, wrote that all the studies and experts agreed that young women would benefit from having easy access to Plan B.

The agency’s scientists, she wrote, “determined that the product was safe and effective in adolescent females, that adolescent females understood the product was not for routine use, and that the product would not protect them against sexually transmitted disease.”

This is a cabinet officer in a *Democratic* administration, and a female one at that, doing such a blatantly anti-women, anti-choice, anti-good sense thing! Geez Louise!"

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I Made A Foe Today

NotSanguine NotSanguine writes  |  about 3 months ago

I'm not really sure why. I don't recall ever interacting with that user before. I guess they don't like the things I have to say.

It seems to me that a better way to handle that would be engage me in conversation so we can both explore our views.

At the same time, if that's the way this person feels, I can handle it. If it was me, I'd just ignore them. But if someone wants to expend their energy hating, who am I to say they shouldn't?

I took the easy way out, I guess. I friended the user who made me a foe. I expect that may annoy them, but that's not my problem.

It does feel a little strange, though. After years on /., no one else has done that. Perhaps I'm gaining an (anti)following? Who knows?

It also prompted me to write my first journal entry. I'm not too happy about its content but I really just wanted to talk about this momentous occasion.

I'VE FINALLY MADE THE BIG TIME!!! WOO-HOO!

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