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+ - 126 On Mitt Romney's Reading List: A Book Predicting Space War and Lunar Bases->

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MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington writes "one of the books that Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is reading is “The Next 100 Years,” by George Friedman of Stratfor. The book postulates foreign policy trends for the remainder of the 21st Century. It also provides an illumination of what sort of space policy questions Romney is being exposed to.The book predicts the development of space based solar power satellites, the deployment of manned "battlestars" in Earth orbit, and military bases on the moon."
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The Courts

+ - 252 Free Speech For Computers?->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "Law professor Tim Wu sheds light on a growing legal concern: the extent to which computers have a constitutional right to free speech. 'This may sound like a fanciful question, a matter of philosophy or science fiction. But it’s become a real issue with important consequences,' Wu writes. First it was Google defending — and winning — a civil suit on grounds that search results are constitutionally protected speech. Now it is doubling down on the argument amidst greater federal scrutiny. 'Consider that Google has attracted attention from both antitrust and consumer protection officials after accusations that it has used its dominance in search to hinder competitors and in some instances has not made clear the line between advertisement and results. Consider that the “decisions” made by Facebook’s computers may involve widely sharing your private information. ... Ordinarily, such practices could violate laws meant to protect consumers. But if we call computerized decisions “speech,” the judiciary must consider these laws as potential censorship, making the First Amendment, for these companies, a formidable anti-regulatory tool.'"
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Oracle

+ - 116 Larry Ellison Buys His Own Hawaiian Island 1

Submitted by nrozema
nrozema (317031) writes "Oracle co-founder and billionaire Larry Ellison is buying the Hawaiian island of Lana'i, the six-largest island in the U.S. archipelago. Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie confirmed in a written statement that the current landowner filed a transfer application with the state's Public Utilities commission Wednesday to sell its 98 percent share of the 141-square-mile island to Ellison."
Android

+ - 163 Google to pay $0 to Oracle in copyright case->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "From the article:
"In a hearing in the US District Court today, it was determined that Google will pay a net total of nothing for Oracle's patent claims against them. In fact, Google is given 14 days to file an application for Oracle to pay legal fees to Google(in a similar manner to how things are done for frivolous lawsuits). However, it is not quite peaches and roses for Google, as Oracle is planning on appealing the decision in the case.""

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Security

+ - 154 Hacker Group Demands 'Idiot Tax' From Payday Lender->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "Hacker group Rex Mundi has made good on its promise to publish thousands of loan-applicant records it swiped from AmeriCash Advance after the payday lender refused to fork over between $15,000 and $20,000 as an extortion fee — or, in Rex Mundi's terms, an "idiot tax." The group announced on June 15 that it was able to steal AmeriCash's customer data because the company had left a confidential page unsecured on one of its servers. "This page allows its affiliates to see how many loan applicants they recruited and how much money they made," according to the group's post on dpaste.com. "Not only was this page unsecured, it was actually referenced in their robots.txt file.""
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NASA

+ - 155 Astronomers catch asteroid in near-miss video->

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ananyo (2519492) writes "Quoting the Nature story:
It may look like a blurry blob, but researchers using the InfraRed Telescope Facility (IRTF) in Hawaii have posted a video of 2012 KT42 — a small asteroid that zipped past Earth at a distance of just three Earth radii on 29 May — the sixth closest encounter of any known asteroid. The bright asteroid appears fixed, while background stars zip past but in fact the asteroid is zipping along at 17 kilometres per second.
“You get the view of riding along with it,” says planetary scientist Richard Binzel of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, who led the observations. At its closest, the asteroid was at a distance between the orbit of the space station (about 1 Earth radii) and geosynchronous satellites (about 6 Earth radii)."

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Iphone

+ - 100 Unstoppable Fist Interview With Ragtag Studio->

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buffdaily247
buffdaily247 writes "Playing video games in the 90s often involved beating the virtual snot out of thugs in titles like Streets of Rage, Final Fight and Super Double Dragon, classic beat-em-ups that served as a means to take out our frustrations on homework, dating woes and missing episodes of DuckTales (stupid Key Club). That said, our retro sense tingled for Unstoppable Fist, a 2D brawler from the talented folks at Ragtag Studio. Featuring a mullet-wearing hero named Fist and plenty of chickens to kill, this upcoming iPhone and iPad title made its way onto our gaming radar. In fact, we had no qualms putting Unstoppable Fist on Modojo's Summer 2012 Most Wanted iOS Games list.

Unable to contain our enthusiasm, we tracked down Ragtag founders Matt Carter and Chris Cobb to learn more about the game, and how it differs from those aforementioned side-scrolling adventures."

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+ - 146 Rim Dropping the Price of its Playbook Down by 66% 1

Submitted by YokimaSun
YokimaSun (930294) writes "Following on from the news that Rims partner was pulling the plug on its Blackberry phones,Rim announced it was discontinueing the 16GB version of its playbook, PC Gaming News are reporting that the playbook is being discounted down by as much as 66% which is adding to the demise of Rims attempt at the Tablet Market. Can anything stop the all conquering iPad"
Government

+ - 174 FDA: Software Failure Behind 24% Of Medical Device Recalls->

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chicksdaddy
chicksdaddy writes "Software failures were behind 24 percent of all the medical device recalls in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories (OSEL).
The absence of solid architecture and "principled engineering practices" in software development affects a wide range of medical devices, with potentially life-threatening consequences, the FDA warned. In response, FDA told Threatpost that it is developing tools to disassemble and test medical device software and locate security problems and weak design."

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Businesses

+ - 106 NASA wants to seel its cool, high-tech stuff, fast->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Looking to address harsh criticism from its own inspector general that has been painfully slow in getting important technologies out of the lab and into commercial applications, NASA today said it has opened a revamped Technology Transfer Portal which aims to streamline the way the space agency handles that business."
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Digital

+ - 153 Time Warner Cable patents method for disabling fast-forward function on DVRs-> 1

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antdude
antdude writes "FierceCable reports "Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has won a U.S. patent for a method for disabling fast-forward and other trick mode functions on digital video recorders.

The patent, which lists Time Warner Cable principal architect Charles Hasek as the inventor, details how the nation's second largest cable MSO may be able prevent viewers from skipping TV commercials contained in programs stored on physical DVRs it deploys in subscriber homes, network-based DVRs and even recording devices subscribers purchase at retail outlets...""

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Medicine

+ - 283 Patch Makes Certain Skin Cancers Disappear->

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kkleiner
kkleiner writes "What if treating skin cancer was just a matter of wearing a patch for a few hours? At this year’s Society of Nuclear Medicine’s Annual Meeting one group of researchers presented such a patch. The patch is infused with phosphorus-32, a radioactive isotope used to treat some types of cancer. In a study of 10 patients with basal cell carcinoma located on their faces, the patch was applied for three hours, then for another three hours four and seven days later. Six months after treatment, 8 of the patients were cancer free."
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NASA

+ - 175 NASA finds major ice source in Moon crater->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "NASA said its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft has found a crater — dubbed Shackleton — on the south pole of the moon that may have as much as 22% of its surface covered in ice. Shackleton, named after the Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton, is two miles deep and more than 12 miles wide and because of the Moon's tilt is always in the dark. Using laser light from LRO's laser altimeter NASA said found the crater's floor is brighter than those of other nearby craters, which is consistent with the presence of small amounts of ice."
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Hardware

+ - 234 New film renders screen reflection almost non-existent->

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An anonymous reader writes "Sony has used the SID 2012 conference to demonstrate a brand new combination of conductive film and low-reflection film that promises to render screen reflection almost non-existent in devices like smartphones and tablets.

Sony achieved such low reflections by combining its new conductive film with a moth-eye low reflection film. The key to the low reflectance is the formation of an uneven surface, which consists of both concave and convex structures (tiny bumps) that cover the entire film. The uneven surface means that light won’t just bounce back off the screen creating a reflection, and therefore making the screen usable in a wider range of lighting conditions."

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+ - 120 Ask Slashdot: How to introduce someone to Star Trek? 2

Submitted by red$hirt
red$hirt (2666671) writes "I have a few friends, plus my girlfriend, who I would like to introduce to Star Trek. They do have a general interest to watch it, but I'm not sure what's the best way to start. There are so many series and movies and I would like to pick an order that keeps them interested in the whole think, it should make them wanna watch more. My first idea is to start off with a few good TNG episodes, including the Borg vs. Picard ones, and then let them watch First Contact. What does Slashdot think? I'm sure some of you have introduced others to Star Trek before. How did you do it, and how successful were you? Which particular episodes would you recommend watching for someone who is completely new to all this?

Live long and prosper... ;)"

+ - 177 Oregon State University Fires Climate Change Skeptic-> 2

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brian0918
brian0918 writes "With finals approaching, Oregon State University chemistry professor Nicholas Drapela was fired without warning. Three weeks later, he has still been given no reason for the university’s decision to 'not renew his contract'. Drapela, an outspoken critic of man-made climate change, worked at the university for 10 years and was well-liked by students. Oregon physicist Gordon J. Fulks, another critic of anthropogenic climate change, has circulated a letter in defense of Drapela."
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+ - 194 One-billion-pixel camera catches the smallest details-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "A camera made from off-the-shelf electronics can take snapshots of one billion pixels each — about one thousand times larger than images taken by conventional cameras.

David Brady, an engineer at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and his colleagues are developing the AWARE-2 camera with funding from the United States Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency. The camera’s earliest use will probably be in automated military surveillance systems, but its creators hope eventually to make the technology available to researchers, media companies and consumers."

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+ - 196 TSA Bodyscanner Fail Video - Now with Surveillance Camera Footage!->

Submitted by McGruber
McGruber (1417641) writes "Jonathan Corbett, the subject of the earlier Slashdot Story "The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners" (http://tech.slashdot.org/story/12/03/07/0329255/the-ineffectiveness-of-tsa-body-scanners), has an update for us.

His video showing him wandering through a nude body scanner with undetected objects is now complete with the feeds from TSA's security cameras at the checkpoint.

Good work Jonathan and thank you TSA for your timely response to his Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request!"

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+ - 226 Debate Simmers over Science of Food Pairing->

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carmendrahl
carmendrahl writes "Why do foods taste good together? Scientists aren't anywhere near figuring it out, but that hasn't stopped one popular idea from spawning a company dedicated to discovering avant-garde new pairings. The idea, called flavor-pairing theory, says that if foods share a key odor molecule, they'll pair well. But some scientists say the idea can't explain all cuisines, and another contends his work with tomato flavor shows that flavor pairing is "a gimmick by a chef who is practicing biology without a license.""
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