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NSA Metadata Collection Gets 90-Day Extension

Required Snark OMG, THE TERRORISTS WILL WIN!!!!!! (64 comments)

It's critical that the constitution of the US remain invalid for another 90 days because if the NSA doesn't have their anal probes in the asses of every person in the world then

the terrorist will win and Osama Bin Laden will return from the grave and institute Sharia law and take away our bacon cheese burgers and beer and NFL/NBA/MLB and get rid of all the booze like prohibition and make everyone bow to Mecca five times a day and keep girls from walking around in shorts because you know THEY HATE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Liquid Sponges Extract Hydrogen From Water

Required Snark What they actually accomplished (113 comments)

This is from the Science article summery.

The electrolysis of water using renewable energy inputs is being actively pursued as a route to sustainable hydrogen production. Here we introduce a recyclable redox mediator (silicotungstic acid) that enables the coupling of low-pressure production of oxygen via water oxidation to a separate, catalytic hydrogen production step outside the electrolyzer that requires no post-electrolysis energy input. This approach sidesteps the production of high-pressure gases inside the electrolytic cell (a major cause of membrane degradation) and essentially eliminates the hazardous issue of product gas crossover at the low current densities that characterize renewables-driven water-splitting devices. We demonstrated that a platinum-catalyzed system can produce pure hydrogen over 30 times faster than state-of-the-art proton exchange membrane electrolyzers at equivalent platinum loading.

Or in even simpler terms

Photosynthesis splits water to provide protons and electrons for plant growth; oxygen is a by-product. When chemists split water, they're also more interested in making fuel, and the simplest product is hydrogen (a combination of protons and electrons). One challenge is keeping the reactive hydrogen and oxygen product streams separate. Rausch et al. present a scheme that captures the protons and electrons in a molecular cluster of silico-tungstic acid. Later, they expose the cluster to platinum, coaxing the acid into releasing hydrogen. Eliminating the mixing risk increases the potential for household use.

Note that platinum is still required, but it works 30 times more efficiently. Also the pressure needed is much lower.

2 days ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Required Snark Re:In other words....Don't look like a drug traffi (458 comments)

To really seal the deal put NRA and Tea Party stickers on your vehicle. Playing country music and Rush Limbagh is also a big plus.

3 days ago

CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

Required Snark Re:Seems reasonable (458 comments)

The only way to stop this is to criminally prosecute corrupt cops.

You mean to imply that there are cops that aren't corrupt?

3 days ago

Two Bit Circus is 'a Big Band of Nerds' (Video)

Required Snark Re:What the fuck is this submission even about? (8 comments)

Oooooooh, something you don't know about on Slashdot. Scary scary. CRAFTED, Two Bit Circus. Obviously Beneath Your High Standards. Wouldn't it be horrible if you were reading something on Slashdot and actually learned about something new? Much better to only read posts about things that you are completely comfortable with, since you already know everything you will ever need to learn.

Ick ick ick. Clicking on a link to find out what's going on. Too complicated and confusing. Better to keep sucking on that thumb so at least one hand will stay where it is safe. Here's a suggestion. Suck on one thumb, jam the other up your ass. Then both hands will stay safe and you will know where they are. Just remember to not swap up the the thumb assignments. Or not, if that makes you happy.

3 days ago

Who Is Buried In the Largest Tomb Ever Found In Northern Greece?

Required Snark Re:Where are the HD photos of the excavation site? (92 comments)

The big reveal images have already been negotiated with some major media outlet. Nat Geo, NBC, CBS, ABC, or BBC, and similar outfits in other languages.

Archeological research can get a boost from media coverage just like any other endeavor. Do you really expect that they're going to let the first bozo with a camera let all that hype potential go to waste? Expect press conferences and specials on TV. For example, this could be a great fundraiser for PBS.

Wake up, it's the 21st century. Publicity is golden, no one in their right mind lets an opportunity like this fizzle out.

4 days ago

Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Required Snark Ontario == China (182 comments)

So what is the Canadian equivilant of the Great Wall internet barrier?

about a week ago

Private Police Intelligence Network Shares Data and Targets Cash

Required Snark Racial Profiling Much? (142 comments)

Guess what racial/ethnic backgrounds the cops/self professed thugs have vs. the people they steal from? It's an easy question to answer. Case in point

Nevada county settles suits on I-80 cash seizures Tan Nguyen of Newport and Michael Lee of Denver said in lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Reno they were stopped last year on Interstate 80 near Winnemucca about 165 miles east of Reno under the pretext of speeding. They said they were subjected to illegal searches and told they wouldn’t be released with their vehicles unless they forfeited their cash.

The suits accused the same veteran deputy, Lee Dove, of taking a briefcase full of $50,000 in cash from Nguyen after stopping him for exceeding the speed limit by 3 mph in September, and seizing $13,800 and a handgun from Lee during a similar stop in December.

... Nguyen was given a written warning for speeding but wasn’t cited. As a condition of release, he signed a “property for safekeeping receipt,” which indicated the money was abandoned or seized and not returnable. But the lawsuit says he did so only because Dove threatened to seize his vehicle unless he “got in his car and drove off and forgot this ever happened.”

The day after Nguyen had his money taken, the sheriff issued a news release with a photograph of Dove pictured with a K-9 and $50,000 in seized cash “after a traffic stop for speeding.”

“This cash would have been used to purchase illegal drugs and now will benefit Humboldt County with training and equipment. Great job,” the statement said.

If you look at the information about the seizures it would be immediately obvious that the targets don't look like your stereotypical redneck sheriff. Surprise, surprise.

Want to smuggle anything? Look like a good old boy and have a NRA sticker on your car. For bonus points add some Tea Party crap. The cops will give you a thumbs up and send you on your way.

about a week ago

Getting Into College the Old Fashioned Way: With Money

Required Snark Re:Impact of foreigners on the education of Americ (161 comments)

Similar story outside of academia.

I have a friend who is a registered nurse and evaluates complaints about healthcare delivery. He has to write technical reports that refer to medical terminology and procedures. He is a native born US English speaker and writes well, and takes pride in his ability to communicate complex situations that can have important ramifications. For example, hospitals could loose accreditation or doctors could loose their licenses based on his reports.

His boss is a native speaking Chinese woman. She cannot write proper English sentences. She micromanages and rewrites his reports and turns his careful prose into hard to understand crap. She has a master's degree. She makes him less productive and degrades the quality of his work. Upper management loves her, and she get's paid more then he does. They like the fact that she is always finding fault, because it means that somehow they are the untrustworthy people who do the actual work.

So much for the myth of high quality US business practice.

about a week ago

Ask Slashdot: What Are the Strangest Features of Various Programming Languages?

Required Snark Metapost (724 comments)

Metapost is a part of Knuth's TeX suite of languages. It is a graphic language that emits Postscript and supports spline line drawing. It was derived from Metafont, the font generation language for TeX.

First, Metapost is implemented as a macro language, so it is similar to C shell languages in the way it is evaluated. The symbols x, y, and z are predefined macros. For a location x the construct 3x is three times x. There are built in lengths, so 2cm and 1in are lengths. You can extend the language by defining you own macros for prefix or uinary and binary operations, which is the way that many of the operators are implemented.

The if and loop syntax

if boolean1 : expr1; else: expr2; elseif boolean2: expr3; fi

for i=1 step t until n: statement; statement; endfor

There are four levels of precedence. This is why multiplication by a constant can be expressed by putting a number in front of a value.

These are just some of the syntax features. The data types include splines, transforms, colors and numeric pairs for points. Built in operations can find points where two curves intersect and sub-curve sections between intersections.

It's fun in a strange fashion, and you can make some interesting geometrical pictures.

about two weeks ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Required Snark Re:Putin is the most out of control leader (787 comments)

Repeat after me:

Iraq and Sadam Hussein did not have anything to do with the 9/11 attack.

Iraq and Sadam Hussein did not have anything to do with the 9/11 attack.

Iraq and Sadam Hussein did not have anything to do with the 9/11 attack.

Iraq and Sadam Hussein did not have anything to do with the 9/11 attack.

Iraq and Sadam Hussein did not have anything to do with the 9/11 attack.

Bush and his war criminal cronies used 9/11 as an excuse to invade Iraq. They knowingly lied their teeth out about the existence of weapons of mass destruction. If you look at the history of the US right wing going after Hussein, just look at the writings of Bill Krystal before Bush was appointed to the Presidency by the Supreme Court of the Republican Party. They used the Al Qaeda terror attack as a justification Iraq and Sadam Hussein did not have anything to do with the 9/11 attack.

Do you think Putin would have as easy a time invading Ukraine if the US was not tied up in the quagmire of Iraq? Would ISIS (which is not a real name, it's actually the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria), even have come into existence if the US hadn't invaded Iraq?

The damage done by Bush is far from over. I expect much worse to occur.

about two weeks ago

Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

Required Snark Putin is the most out of control leader (787 comments)

of a major world power since George Bush.

Anyone remember that itty-bitty little mistake of invading the wrong country after 9/11 based on falsified intellegence?

On a scale of 0 to Iraq, how does Putin invading Ukraine rate?

about two weeks ago

Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

Required Snark Everything on TV is fiction (391 comments)

Including the news.

I used to say that all TV was fiction except the weather, but then I saw Fox lying about that too: severe winter weather does not contradict global warming/climate change.

about a month ago

Patents That Kill

Required Snark Re:Figure, Figure, Figure (240 comments)

Since the end of the Cold War Russia and the USA have been following the same economic/political path: control by oligarchy/elites. In Russia the balance is that the government holds power over the oligarchs and they do the government's bidding. In the USA the government does the oligarch's bidding. Given a long enough time the two systems will differ only in insignificant details.

Russia never had long period of democracy, so the slide to authoritarianism does not have that far to go. The USA has a much longer democratic tradition (except for women, racial minorities, Native Americans, etc.) so it it taking longer to eliminate democratic forms of government.

Still democracy is slowly dieing in the USA, as evidenced by end of independent journalism, most criminal court cases being decided by plea bargains, the increasing costs of elections and the dysfunction of the legislative branch, the polarization of the Federal judiciary (the Roberts court decision on the Voting Rights Act) and the inability of the President to make deals with the Congress. (Note to Republicans: when there is a Republican President and the Democrats control the House and/or Senate, they will be just as unwilling to cooperate in running the country as in the current division of political power. Don't whine when you get bit by your own strategy.)

about a month ago

New NSA-Funded Code Rolls All Programming Languages Into One

Required Snark They've re-invented PL/1 (306 comments)

And we know how well that worked the last time.

about a month ago

Brookings Study Calls Solar, Wind Power the Most Expensive Fossil Alternatives

Required Snark Re:Oddly nobody factors in risk and after costs (409 comments)

Nuclear power is only "cheaper" if you ignore the issue of insurance.

There would be no civilian nuclear plants if they had to buy real insurance.

All nuclear power is implicitly backed up by government guarantees that they will pick up the cost if a major accident happens. In the US, there are explicit limits to the amount that utilities have to pay out if something goes badly wrong. That is the only reason they can get any insurance at all. If they had to get insurance without that limit the economic model would not work. No one will insure a reactor because the down side is so huge. The low probability of an event does not counterbalance the immense burden of failure. No insurance company would take a bet like that.

Although the mechanism is different in Japan, the Japanese government is deeply involved in maintaining the illusion that TEPCO is a solvent company. In other venues, like the US, they would have already been forced into involuntary bankruptcy, and the government would be on the hook.

The Japanese government is taking much of the financial and administrative responsibility for cleanup. A big part of the funding is coming from all the other energy companies in Japan. Effectively the are taxing the energy sector for TEPCO's failure.

This is another example of how big corporations want the freedom and lack of oversight of laissez-faire capitalism while taking vast subsidies from the government. If you want to see how far this can go just examine the current state of Wall Street. They are literally getting free money from the Treasury. That's what the US government's current zero interest policy means.

about a month ago

Ask Slashdot: "Real" Computer Scientists vs. Modern Curriculum?

Required Snark Do EEs need to know Ohm's Law? (637 comments)

If you assume that CS is in the same category as Electrical Engineering, you should make a meaningful comparison.

EEs need to know the basics of electrical theory. Even if they use design tools that handle all the low level details, to do a good job and avoid mistakes they need to know simple things like Ohm's law. No one says "that's too low level, the state of the art has made Ohm's law only useful to a small set of professionals."

The low level tools of CS are languages and interfaces. A professional needs to have knowledge of both high level and low level tools. If they don't their training is inadequate. Even if the exposure is in school, and not used professionally, it's important to have the experience.

By the way, so called Software Engineering is a bad joke. It is almost non-existent. Real engineers, like ME or EE or Civil Engineer types can design something for a predictable cost that has a very high likelihood of meeting all it's design goals. If the cost, time or result is wrong it's because someone failed. By that criteria all software development is always a failure. Using the term "Software Engineer" is fraudulent. Other engineering disciplines should stop computer software developers from degrading the term Engineer.

about a month ago

One Trillion Bq Released By Nuclear Debris Removal At Fukushima So Far

Required Snark Real world consequences (190 comments)

Now that the Slashdot Pundits have made fun of a number, here's what's happening in the real world.

According to researchers, monkeys in the vicinity of Fukushima City had detectable levels of radioactive cesium in their muscles, while the northern monkeys did not. Researchers also found that the Fukushima simians had significantly lower white and red blood cell counts compared with macaque troops almost 200 miles away.

The researchers suggested their findings mirrored studies conducted on human health impacts following the Chernobyl disaster, where researchers found decreased blood cell counts in people living in contaminated areas.

The Chernobyl site is in the process of having a New Safe Confinement structure built, which will keep radioactive material from the disaster site from entering the environment for 100 years. Once it is in place some of the radioactive material will be broken up and moved to long term buried storage.,

In contrast, one of the articles states "The plant is believed to be still releasing an average of 10 million becquerels per hour of radioactive material." The quoted 1.1 trillion BQ figure was the result from recent debris removal.

Up to 1.12 trillion becquerels of cesium was dispersed last summer as debris was removed from the battered building of reactor 3 at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, with tainted rice later being found in Miniamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, according to Tokyo Electric.

The amount of cleanup and debris handling remaining is immense compared to the work done in this last operation. This means that the impact of future work will be proportionally larger.

Beyond that, the three damaged cores are still not stable or safe. There is no solid information on the state of cores, or even if the core material is in the containment structure. At least one of the cores is believed to have suffered a complete meltdown and become corium.

The already severely damaged reactors are still at risk for future earthquakes, tsunamis and typhoons. Any one of these events could result in another large scale radiation event. The Fukushima disaster is not necessarily over. It's just less active.

So go on and giggle over a number. It shows that you have the collective intelligence of a retarded 11 year old.

about 2 months ago

Verizon's Offer: Let Us Track You, Get Free Stuff

Required Snark Verizon customers are screwed (75 comments)

Not matter what they claim, they will be tracking everyone, whether they sign up or not. I'm sure they already have some slimy lawyer bullshit in the existing terms of service that they can use to justify the practice.

It's not like users will ever know what they are doing. It could be going on right now and no one would be the wiser. Maybe the are rolling this out now because they have been keeping (and possibly using) this data, and they figure that pretending that there is an option available will give them plausible denyability. It would be consistent with their otther behavior.

The (pretend) government oversight agencies are a pathetic joke. The recent "net neutrality" clusterfuck shows that they don't even have to pretend that customers are stake holders or have any say in the matter. The FCC is now a fully owned subsidiary of the telecom industry. The only open question is how the monopolistic spoils are going to be divided. It's no different then gangs controlling their turf so they get all the profit from the various rackets that they run.

So what are you going to do, switch to TimeWarner or Comcast? The difference is the same as paying protection money to the Mafia, the Bloods, or the Crips or ...

Nothing to see here, move along. No capitalism, no democracy, no competition.

about 2 months ago



Boing Using Accounting Tricks to Throttle SpaceX

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about 3 months ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL) has put forth a proposal that all US launch providers must "be required to submit financial reports before transporting astronauts to the ISS." This would keep all the launch providers except Boeing /United Lauch Alliance from making manned ISI flights.

The reasoning:

At a hearing on May 1, Shelby said that “NASA is spending billions to help private companies develop a launch vehicle, but has little to no access to the books and records associated with its investment.”

The White House responded stating

their concern “about language that would seek to apply accounting requirements unsuitable for a firm, fixed-price acquisition.” The House said that changes made would “likely increasing the program’s cost and potentially delaying its schedule.”

As previously posted on Slashdot, loosing access to these motors could impact up to 31 scheduled missions.

So why is Senator Shelby siding with Boeing and the Russians?

U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby today discussed important issues facing Alabama and the nation, including job growth, during his visit to the United Launch Alliance (ULA) production facility in Decatur, Ala., where ULA manufactures both Atlas and Delta launch vehicles.


“In light of sustained high unemployment rates, I am pleased that ULA employs hundreds of Alabamians and plans to hire dozens more producing the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle here in Decatur,” said Sen. Shelby. “These high-skilled workers assemble a unique national asset whose success currently underpins the very existence of our national security space program. ULA’s presence is welcome in Alabama. I appreciate the opportunity to have a conversation with the company’s workers and the citizens of Decatur to discuss our country’s deepest challenges and lay out a positive vision for the future.”

So Red White and Blue Senator Shelby has decided that jobs in his state and campaign contributions (a.k.a bribes) from Boeing are more important then access to space. He also seems to have forgotten the American values of free enterprise and technical innovation in favor of state sponsored entrenched interests in both the US (Boeing) and Russia (NPO Energomash).

I wonder what Shelby is doing on the Fourth of July?"


Thick Chinese Smog is Harming Agriculture

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about 6 months ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "The smog in China is so thick and pervasive that it is having a large scale negative impact on agricultural production.

Scientists say China's smog blocks natural light, thus slowing down the photosynthesis process necessary for plants to thrive.


He Dongxian, an associate professor with China Agricultural University's College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, conducted experiments in Beijing over recent months which she says showed a drastic slowdown in the photosynthesis process.

As part of He's experiments, chili and tomato seeds, for example, took more than two months to sprout at a greenhouse farm in Beijing's Changping district, while the same outcome is typically achieved in 20 days under artificial light in a laboratory. Air pollutants adhere to greenhouse surfaces, reducing by half the amount of light available to the plants, she said.

Most seedlings at the farm were weak or sick, He told the Post. "They will be lucky to live at all."

If China's smog persists or intensifies, He warns, the country's food supply faces devastating consequences. "Now almost every farm is caught in a smog panic."

According to the story "much of north and central China — about one-seventh of the country — was also covered in smog last weekend", so the problem extends far beyond Beijing."
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San Francisco Rail Commuters Ignore Man Flashing Gun: One Killed

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about a year ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "

The man drew the gun several times on the crowded San Francisco commuter train, with surveillance video showing him pointing it across the aisle without anyone noticing and then putting it back against his side, according to authorities.

The other passengers were so absorbed in their phones and tablets they didn't notice the gunman until he randomly shot and killed a university student, authorities said.

"These weren't concealed movements — the gun is very clear," District Attorney George Gascon said. "These people are in very close proximity with him, and nobody sees this. They're just so engrossed, texting and reading and whatnot. They're completely oblivious of their surroundings."'

The next time you are out in public, put in your ear buds, and zone out while connected online, just remember even though your mind has "left the building", you are still actually physically present..

Sometimes ignoring your surroundings is the wrong thing to do. In this case, everyone was so spaced out they were all sitting ducks.

So ask yourself: when was the last time I was so plugged in that I missed something big? Has anyone had a life threatening experience due to being on line at the wrong time?"

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Lockeed "Skunk Works" Announces Fusion Power Demo in Five Years

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about a year ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "

At the recent Google “Solve for X” conference on February 7, Lockheed Martin's long-term R&D department (“Skunk Works”) announced they are working on a compact fusion reactor. With what seems a 4th generation prototype called "T4", the aerospace giant says to have developed a high beta configuration, which allows a compact reactor design and faster development timeline.

Public reactions describe the announcement of their activities on nuclear fusion remarkable, because Lockheed Martin doesn't usually make public announcements about Skunkwork projects unless they have a high degree of confidence in their chances of success. The developement timeline indicates plans to have a prototype 100-megawatt nuclear fusion machine of Lockheed Martin tested in 2017, and that a fully operational machine should be grid-ready ten years from now.

Some of the properties reported from the presentation:

  • A self-tuning feedback mechanism whereby the magnetic field increases the farther out that the plasma goes
  • Novel magnetic field configuration that has very few open field lines compared to tokamak design
  • Very "good arch curvature" of the field lines The system has a beta of about 1
  • System is working with D-T fuel

Although the presentation is short on details, Lockheed Skunk Words has a phenomenal track record, and they are putting their reputation of the line when they make this kind of announcement at a high profile Google event. A video of the presentation is here."
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The Unreasonable Effectiveness of C

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "Let the Language Wars Begin (Again). Damian Katz of CouchDB published a blog post entitled "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of C".

"For years I've tried my damnedest to get away from C. Too simple, too many details to manage, too old and crufty, too low level. I've had intense and torrid love affairs with Java, C++, and Erlang. I've built things I'm proud of with all of them, and yet each has broken my heart. They've made promises they couldn't keep, created cultures that focus on the wrong things, and made devastating tradeoffs that eventually make you suffer painfully. And I keep crawling back to C."

Among it's other virtues, he points out that it is a fantastic high level language that "makes it easy to reason about high level algorithms and low level hardware at the same time." It offers the best speed, debugging environment, consistency of execution, a uniform ABI, compatibility with other languages, and a fast build-test-debug cycle. It has many flaws, but as Katz says "Its flaws are very very well known, and this is a virtue. All languages and implementations have gotchas and hangups. C is just far more upfront about it."

So, Slashdot, is everything old new again?"

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High Frequency Trading: Far Worse then you Thought

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "High Frequency Trading is a software engineering disaster, according to a study by the Chicago Federal Reserve. As reported at The Economic Populist, problems include:

Industry and regulatory groups have articulated best practices related to risk controls, but many firms fail to implement all the recommendations or rely on other firms in the trade cycle to catch an out-of-control algorithm or erroneous trade. In part, this is because applying risk controls before the start of a trade can slow down an order, and high-speed trading firms are often under enormous pressure to route their orders to the exchange quickly so as to capture a trade at the desired price.

Another area of concern is that some firms do not have stringent processes for the development, testing, and deployment of code used in their trading algorithms. For example, a few trading firms interviewed said they deploy new trading strategies quickly by tweaking old code and placing it into production in a matter of minutes.

Chicago Fed staff also found that out-of-control algorithms were more common than anticipated prior to the study and that there were no clear patterns as to their cause. Two of the four clearing BDs/FCMs, two-thirds of proprietary trading firms, and every exchange interviewed had experienced one or more errant algorithms.

To sum things up, the well being of the entire world economy is now in the hands of greedy, incompetent corrupt insiders who will do anything to achieve a profit. The regulators are all off on a permanent vacation. (The Federal Reserve does not regulate HFT.) What could possibly go wrong?"
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Former IBM Japan President Otoshi charged for taking up-skirt pictures

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  about 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "Takuma Otoshi was the President of IBM Japan from 1999 to 2008, and had an ongoing senior adviser position until his recent arrest. According to Toyko police reports:

Police records say that around 8:00 AM on August 22nd, Ototshi was cited for violating Tokyo’s public nuisance ordinance by using his Apple iPod’s recording function to film up the skirt of a woman as she rode an escalator at the JR Yotsuya Station. A nearby male commuter is said to have witnessed what happened and told the station’s authorities. Investigators say once Otoshi’s iPod was checked, they found a number of incriminating pictures.

Does this mean that IBM endorses the IPod?"
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Hunters Shoot Down Drone of Animal Rights Group

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "A remote control drone operated by an animal rights group was shot down in South Carolina by a group of thwarted hunters.
Steve Hindi, the group president said "his group was preparing to launch its Mikrokopter drone to video what he called a live pigeon shoot on Sunday when law enforcement officers and an attorney claiming to represent the privately-owned plantation near Ehrhardt tried to stop the aircraft from flying." After the shoot was halted, the drone was launched anyway, and at this point it was shot down. "Seconds after it hit the air, numerous shots rang out," Hindi said in the release. "As an act of revenge for us shutting down the pigeon slaughter, they had shot down our copter." "It is important to note how dangerous this was, as they were shooting toward and into a well-travelled highway," Hindi stated in the release."

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Sea water can cause uranium polution from fuel rod

Required Snark Required Snark writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Required Snark (1702878) writes "UC Davis researchers have found a mechanism where the sodium in sea water can cause uranium nano-particles to be released from nuclear reactor fuel rods. Normally the uranium oxide compounds composing the rods are very resistant to leaching into water. This could have serious consequences for the Fukushima disaster, since sea water was used for emergency cooling."
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