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vortex2.71 (802986) writes "In a story you might expect to see in the Onion, the Seattle Police Department is reviewing it policy on property crime to determine whether they should actually try to solve some crimes. This follows a column by Danny Westneat detailing a nonexistent police response to multiple 911 calls after he tracked down his wife's stolen cell phone and watched the thieves taunt him by waving it in front of their car windows. Not only did the police refuse to show up in favor of filing an online police report, but the 911 operator advised Mr. Westneat to “Pull over immediately. You’re going to get yourselves shot.”" top
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "Amazon is suing a former employee of its cloud services devision after he has taken a job with Google. The interesting aspect of the law suit is that Google is choosing to vigorously defend the lawsuit, so this is a case of Goliath vs. Goliath rather than David vs. Goliath. According to court documents, Zoltan Szabadi left a business-development position in Amazon Web Services to take a, partner reseller ecosystem manager, at Google Cloud Platform. Szabadi’s lawyer has responded by contending that Szabadi did sign a noncompete agreement, but he would only use his general knowledge and skills in sales at Google and would not use any confidential information he had access to at Amazon. He believes Amazon’s confidentiality and noncompete agreements are an unlawful business practice." Link to Original Source top
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "Seattle police detectives say they've unraveled a theft ring that operated both in cyberspace and through old-fashioned burglaries with a technological twist — breaking into a company with the sole purpose of installing malicious software to enable future thefts." Link to Original Source top
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "A "shadow writer", who lives on the East Coast, details how he makes a living writing papers for a custom-essay company and to describe the extent of student cheating he has observed. In the course of editing his article, The Chronicle Of Higher Education reviewed correspondence he had with clients and some of the papers he had been paid to write." Link to Original Source top
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "Invoking the spirit of "Star Trek" in a scholarly article entitled "To Boldly Go," two scientists contend human travel to Mars could happen much more quickly and cheaply if the missions are made one-way. They argue that it would be little different from early settlers to North America, who left Europe with little expectation of return.
"The main point is to get Mars exploration moving," said Dirk Schulze-Makuch of Washington State University, who wrote the article in the latest "Journal of Cosmology" with Paul Davies of Arizona State University. The colleagues state — in one of 55 articles in the issue devoted to exploring Mars — that humans must begin colonizing another planet as a hedge against a catastrophe on Earth.
Mars is a six-month flight away, possesses surface gravity, an atmosphere, abundant water, carbon dioxide and essential minerals. They propose the missions start by sending two two-person teams, in separate ships, to Mars. More colonists and regular supply ships would follow." Link to Original Source top
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "There is a minor war going occurring on YouTube regarding Katy Perry's cleavage on Sesame Street. The children's show says it won't air a taped segment featuring the "California Gurls" singer and Elmo. The pop star — who is known for her risque outfits — wore a gold bustier top as she sang a version of her hit "Hot N Cold." But some felt it was too revealing for the kid set, as reported by the Seattle Times and still available on youtube." Link to Original Source top
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "From the Seattle Times — "Wei Jinpeng is a fisher of dead people. He scans the river about 18 miles from Lanzhou, China, for cadavers, drags them to shore with a small boat and then charges grieving families to recover their relatives' corpses. It is a thriving business. While some of the 80 to 100 bodies Wei gathers each year are victims of accidents and floods, he thinks most end up in the river after suicide or murder."" Link to Original Source top
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "I'm a physicist who basically has two aspects to my job: writing code, running code, and analyzing results. The second and to some extent the later task are performed off-sight on US DOE supercomputers, which I usually access via xterm, ssh, and scp sessions and sometimes with vnc and nx sessions. My wife has a sweet part time job that lets her work seven days in a row and then have 3 weeks off, and we would like to take advantage of her schedule by making some aspects of my job more mobile, so that we can travel more. I would therefore benefit greatly from being able to do some work from a handheld device to augment my use of a laptop and an accessible wifi connection. I'm therefore interested to hear from the community what the best handheld device is for running these applications. I am interested in high functionality xterm sessions with vim, cat, less, CTRL-C, ssh and scp (small text files only) capability and to a lesser extent, vnc and nx capability would be great. I'm also interested in something that works over a cellphone wireless network effectively and of course it would be good if it also connects to wifi. Finally, I know and use linux but am not a "linux hack", so would prefer not to have to install a non-native OS on the device. Thanks for your advice." top
vortex2.71 (802986) writes "The Seattle Times is reporting that "Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse-gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies published Thursday have concluded.
The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production.
These plant-based fuels were originally billed as better than fossil fuels because the carbon released when they were burned was balanced by the carbon absorbed when the plants grew. But that equation proved overly simplistic because the process of turning plants into fuels causes its own emissions — for refining and transport, for example.
These studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, for the first time take a detailed, comprehensive look at the emissions effects of the huge amount of natural land that is being converted to cropland globally to support biofuels development.
The destruction of natural ecosystems — whether rain forest in the tropics or grasslands in South America — not only releases greenhouse gases into the atmosphere when they are burned and plowed, but also deprives the planet of natural sponges to absorb carbon emissions. Cropland also absorbs far less carbon than the rain forests or even scrubland that it replaces.
Together the two studies offer sweeping conclusions: It does not matter if it is rain forest or scrubland that is cleared, the greenhouse-gas contribution is significant. More important, they discovered that, globally, the production of almost all biofuels resulted — directly or indirectly, intentionally or not — in new lands being cleared for food or fuel."" Link to Original Source