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emeraldd (1609773) writes "This is a rather scary law, I'd have to say it is practically un-enforcable: "Here are the basics of the new law. If you have personally identifiable information (PII) about a Massachusetts resident, such as a first and last name, then you have to encrypt that data on the wire and as it’s persisted. Sending PII over HTTP instead of HTTPS? That’s a big no no. Storing the name of a customer in SQL Server without the data being encrypted? No way, Jose. You’ll get a fine of $5,000 per breach or lost record. If you have a database that contains 1,000 names of Massachusetts residents and lose it without the data being encrypted that’s $5,000,000. Yikes."" Link to Original Source top
Climategate: the scandal spreads, the plot thicken
emeraldd (1609773) writes "And another shoe drops: "Straight away you can see there’s no slope—either up or down. The temperatures are remarkably constant way back to the 1850s. Of course, the temperature still varies from year to year, but the trend stays level—statistically insignificant at 0.06C per century since 1850.
Putting these two graphs side by side, you can see huge differences. What is going on?
Why does NIWA’s graph show strong warming, but graphing their own raw data looks completely different? Their graph shows warming, but the actual temperature readings show none whatsoever!"" Link to Original Source top
emeraldd (1609773) writes ""Everett Bradford's "Prometheus Device" is a hand-mounted appliance that shoots, like, real fire. Really Cool, watch the video! Check out here to see how Everett Bradford made it." He has posted some notes on the device to picasa and has a video." Link to Original Source top
emeraldd (1609773) writes "I'd say this is a birthday worth remembering: "If you load up the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) today, you'll see a new logo commemorating its 19th birthday. Yes, that's really old for the Internet. Google, by comparison, is 11. Meanwhile, Yahoo is 14. IMDb is so old in fact, that is pre-dates the first web browsers."" Link to Original Source