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The Almighty Buck

+ - Is Coal (Yes, Coal) the Next Hot Technology?

Submitted by nlseaver
nlseaver (1066860) writes "From a greenhouse gas perspective, coal is one of our dirtiest sources of energy. It's also widely available and cheap, and so it will continue to be a critical source of energy in the twenty-first century. Despite hopes for "clean coal" technology, no clear solution has emerged. Furthermore, because no policy framework (like a carbon tax or incentives to invest in clean technology) yet exists, coal companies are putting into place long-lived "dirty" coal facilities. As the article states: "Within the next few years, power companies are planning to build about 150 coal plants to meet growing electricity demands. Despite expectations that global warming rules are coming, almost none of the plants will be built to capture the thousands of tons of carbon dioxide that burning coal spews into the atmosphere." get=2007/02/21/business/21coal.html&tntemail1=y"

+ - Can anti-spamming laws ever be enforced?

Submitted by paulraps
paulraps (1007407) writes "In the three years since Sweden made spamming a criminal offence, the authority set up to enforce the law has received 72,121 complaints, reports The Local. The result of investigations into these cases was one single prosecution. And that was dropped. The ratio of 72,121:1:0 begs the question — how can legislation against spammers ever be enforced?"

+ - Critical Google Desktop Vulnerability

Submitted by Yababay
Yababay (1066516) writes "Yair Amit of Watchfire has discovered some very critical vulnerabilities in Google Desktop that could allow a remote malicious individual access to any sensitive information on the local computer. The security research team has published a detailed white paper on the attack methodology, showing several possible outcomes from access of sensitive information, to turning Google Desktop features (such as Search across Computers) against itself, to remote command execution. This attack works by exploiting a persistent cross-site scripting vulnerability. A demonstration of this attack is also available."

+ - New Clues to E-Mail Misbehavior

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Ant writes "The New York Times (should not require a log in) says there are several psychological factors that lead to online disinhibition: the anonymity of a Web pseudonym; invisibility to others; the time lag between sending an e-mail message and getting feedback; the exaggerated sense of self from being alone; and the lack of any online authority figure. Dr. Suler notes that disinhibition can be either benign — when a shy person feels free to open up online — or toxic, as in flaming. The emerging field of social neuroscience, the study of what goes on in the brains and bodies of two interacting people, offers clues into the neural mechanics behind flaming... Seen on Blue's News."

+ - History According to Jesus Taught in NJ

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fistfullast33l writes "A fight is brewing in Kearny, New Jersey a 16 year old student and his school district over the teachings of the student's history teacher. According to the NY Times, the student did not think the teacher's lectures in class were relevant to the subject matter, so he started recording the teacher in class. On the tapes, "Mr. Paszkiewicz is heard telling the class that there were dinosaurs aboard Noah's ark and that there is no scientific basis for evolution or the Big Bang theory of the origin of the universe." Matthew LaClair, the student, was reprimanded by the school for turning the tapes in (apparently students aren't allowed to secretly record lectures) and has been harassed by students. He has threatened to sue the school district. According to WNBC in NY, the teacher claims "he was merely answering a question posed to him in a question-and-answer session, according to Demetrios Stratis, a Fair Lawn lawyer who said he represented the teacher.""

Comment: Re:Far outstripping other attackers (Score 1) 295

by Bad-JuJu-Man (#18069980) Attached to: Chinese Hack Attacks on DoD Networks Coordinated
No he didn't.

"...the same official was on the receiving end of an implied Chinese threat to "nuke" Los Angeles if Washington were to intervene in the Taiwan Strait missile crisis. Lt.-Gen. Xiong Guangkai, deputy chief of staff of the People's Liberation Army, reportedly told Freeman in Beijing: "In the end, you care a lot more about Los Angeles than Taipei."

It was not the primier though.

"You must have an IQ of at least half a million." -- Popeye