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opencity (582224) writes "Regulators in the EU have discovered a potentially troubling gene in 54 of the 86 transgenic events (unique insertions of foreign DNA) commercialized to-date in the United States. How troubling is this from a technical standpoint? Should the plantings be revoked or studied more? As GMO inflames passions on both sides in the wider world here's a submission to slashdot where cooler heads discuss such things rationally." Link to Original Source top
opencity (582224) writes "With TEPCO dumping water with low levels of radioactivity and a leak directly into the ocean I was wondering if the more knowledgeable could compare the current situation with the oceanic bomb tests over the years in terms of amount of radioactive material into the ocean. With the naive hope that the discussion won't devolve into nuclear pro/con flame wars." top
opencity writes "Led by Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison a group of Senators have introduced a bill to prevent the FCC from getting funding for any initiative to uphold Net neutrality. This is after FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski stated the Obama administrations plan to enforce Net neutrality." Link to Original Source top
opencity (582224) writes "A computer virus is alive and well on the International Space Station (ISS).Nasa has confirmed that laptops carried to the ISS in July were infected with a virus known as Gammima. According to Symantec W32.Gammima.AG is a worm that spread by copying itself to removable media. It also steals passwords to various online games. In space everyone can watch you surf." top
opencity (582224) writes "The Register reports that the (perhaps inevitable) robot rebellion has been avoided... for now. "Ground-crawling US war robots armed with machine guns, deployed to fight in Iraq last year, reportedly turned on their fleshy masters almost at once. The rebellious machine warriors have been retired from combat pending upgrades." Gizmodo
has a good photo." top
opencity (582224) writes "BBC reporting a new study shows that previous speculation attributing the global tempature increase to solar activity is unfounded. The study, produced partially as a response to the TV documentary The Great Global Warming Swindle, mentions an elegant cosmic rays enable cloud formation hypothesis, but says the documentary stopped at 1980 because the data diverged. "You can't just ignore bits of data that you don't like."" top
opencity (582224) writes "Some voting machines chop off candidates names on the summary page, the Wash Post reports. Seems they enlarged the fonts and, because of security concerns, it can't be fixed by election day. The affected Democrat is not happy.
From The Article: Thus, Democratic candidate Webb will appear with his first name and nickname only — or "James H. 'Jim' " — on summary pages in Alexandria, Falls Church and Charlottesville, the only jurisdictions in Virginia that use balloting machines manufactured by Hart InterCivic of Austin." top
opencity writes "The Washington Post reports two Diebold source disks appeared anonymously at the office of Cheryl C. Kagan, a former Maryland delegate who has questioned the security of electronic voting systems.
A choice quote from the Diebold spokesman Mark Radke... the company was not averse to disclosing its code if the law were changed to require it. But he said disclosure would dampen innovation in the field." top
opencity (582224) writes "You guys are probably sick of this but it's that time of year again. As a thinking New Yorker I'm bombarded with the 9/11 conspiracy theories. I personally am tired of the 'controlled demolition' school: That the WTC could not have collapsed as determined by NIST but was instead the product of charges planted by a team of Tom Clancy extras. That the hole in the Pentagon couldn't have been caused by an aircraft. The 'physics' of this on the internet and in the handouts makes no sense to me, the official story makes more sense, but... I Am Not A Scientist. Ignoring the rest of the alleged plots (and keeping the sectarian flaming to a minimum), would the qualified Slashdot readers like to expound on pyrocastic flow, Steven Jones and the rest of the hard science? The rest can also have a say."