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definate (876684) writes "News.com.au has an article on "COMPUTER hackers have broken into Britain's leading climate science research centre, making public thousands of private emails between top climate change scientists." where the hackers released "more than 2000 emails and 3000 documents" showing "bitter disagreements about the cause of climate change" and cheering "news of the sudden death of a prominent Australian climate sceptic". The emails go on to show a lack of objectivity and a large amount of bias amongst some lead researchers "In one email, Kevin Trenberth, a climatologist at the US Centre for Atmospheric Research, who supports the theory of man-made climate change, says: "The fact is that we can't account for the lack of warming at the moment, and it is a travesty that we can't.""." Link to Original Source top
definate (876684) writes "Two teenage girls (aged 10 and 12) found themselves trapped/lost in a stormwater drain in Adelaide, South Australia. The interesting point of this article that makes it Slashdot worthy, is that although the teenage girls had mobile phones, instead of calling for help using 000 (Australia's 911 number), they decided to notify people through Facebook. My guess is it was something along the lines of "Jane Doe is like totally trapped in a stormwater drain, really need help, OMG!". Luckily a young friend of the girls was online at the time and was able to call the proper authorities." Link to Original Source top
definate (876684) writes "Since a couple of days ago I have noticed that Slashdot has a bug which prevents people who have not loaded a page on the site completely at least once, from being able to directly load links. To repeat this. 1) Close down all tabs in your browser. 2) Then clear your cache and cookies. 3) Go to this URL (you might want to copy it before closing this window and clearing it). You'll notice in FireFox it takes you to a blank page error, and in Opera it just loads a blank page. No matter how many other links you load, it will come up blank, which means all of the RSS links come up blank. So when I send someone who doesn't usually visit Slashdot to a specific story, they will not be able to load the page. I am always clearing my cache and using the RSS feeds, and have only noticed this the last few days. I've tried this on a few different machines on different ISPs, OSs, Browsers and similar. To fix it, goto Slashdot.org and allow the whole page to load. From here on all of the links will work. Why is this? Is this some sort of linking protection gone awry? Or is it just how the new ajax interface works?" top
Australians projected broadband network too pricey
definate writes "The Daily Telegraph reports"CONSUMERS have been warned they will have to pay at least $200 (143.72 USD) a month to use the [Australian] Federal Government's high-speed broadband network — or pay less for slower speeds." This means that the broadband network would not only still have the same monthly quotas, due to the economics of sending the data overseas, however the average user and even most power users would be priced out of the benefits of the network. Conservative estimates have it at a minimum of $100 (71.86 USD) a month, however this is almost double what the average user already pays for their connection. Additionally, this is the same administration which wants to censor the internet, a move which would further increase the costs." Link to Original Source top
definate (876684) writes "I've just read a news article on sea levels from Nils-Axel Mörner which suggests that sea levels aren't rising as rapidly as the models predict. From his real world tests over a significant amount of time there has been very little movement. Looking into his history he is a geologist and physicist, and was a professor at Stockholm University and chairman of INQUA. This seems like extremely pertinent information, and goes against the common rhetoric which people have been saying for ages.
Since I am a layman I am not certain whether I should believe this person, or treat it as FUD. Can any experts in the Slashdot community comment on this information? Was the IPCC data corrected for one input alone? How does this affect predictions on the effects of global warming?" Link to Original Source top
definate (876684) writes "There has been a scandal at the Black Hat hacker conference held in Las Vegas today. Three French reporters were caught "hacking" in the press network. Isn't this to be assumed? The problem is that, the press network does not have permission to be hacked, meaning there could be legal consequences for these actions and the conference. However, the irony is delicious. The three hackers were kicked out and given a life time ban. More can be read at iTWire (but not much more)." top
definate (876684) writes "A lot of people have been having troubles after upgrading to FireFox 3. Randomly FireFox 3's connections seem to hang and stop returning any data. These connections do timeout, however it can take sometime. This problem is further exacerbated by FireFox 3 using persistent connections. People who are using the default settings find that FireFox will fail and then completely be unable to make any connections to any other websites for up to 5 minutes. A temporary fix for this problem was found on the MozillaWiki under Firefox3 Timeout Problem. This problem doesn't seem to be tied to any extensions or plugins and has only been reported on Windows systems so far." top
definate (876684) writes "Earlier today I updated PeerGuardian 2, it updated its lists to their "new" locations at SourceForge and I selected the anti-p2p list. I've used this application for a long time and found it to be pretty good however, today I noticed it was blocking Slashdot's new hosting provider, SAVVIS. When I had a look at SAVVIS's Wikipedia site, I noticed that they went through a spamming scandal and when I searched around I found that SAVVIS might be working with many anti-p2p organizations. This means that Slashdot is indirectly helping spamming and anti-p2p organizations. Is Slashdot really using the hosting services of a company who supplies spammers and anti-p2p organizations? Isn't there a conflict of interest there? Shouldn't Slashdot have done research on this beforehand? Should I just put in an exclusion for Slashdot? And lastly, WTF?"