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Submission + - DoJ closing porn stars bank accounts.

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: In a recent story on it was reported that the DoJ is closing down the bank accounts of porn stars.
Not knowing the site I googled around and found another site, the Guardian.

The story does not end there. It turns out that this is part of a larger scheme ( ironically ) called Operation Choke Point. Also reported in a Washington Post article that downplays the practice.

According to Cryptocoin news. There are thirty industries the DoJ is now targeteting:
        *Ammunition Sales *Cable Box De-scramblers *Coin Dealers *Credit Card Schemes
        *Credit Repair Services *Dating Services *Debt Consolidation Scams *Drug Paraphernalia
        *Escort Services *Firearms Sales *Fireworks Sales *Get Rich Products *Government Grants
        *Home-Based Charities *Life-Time Guarantees *Life-Time Memberships *Lottery Sales
        *Mailing Lists/Personal Info *Money Transfer Networks *On-line Gambling *PayDay Loans
        *Pharmaceutical Sales *Ponzi Schemes *Pornography *Pyramid-Type Sales *Racist Materials
        *Surveillance Equipment *Telemarketing *Tobacco Sales *Travel Clubs

But more can be added. ( I notice alcohol sales is not on the list).

Submission + - High yield urban vegetable gardening system with LED lighting ( 2

Hallie Siegel writes: An indoor cultivation system that uses LED lighting instead of sunlight. “This is a 5-tiered cultivation system. For smaller heads of lettuce, you can harvest about 1,500 heads in one month. If this were to be fit into a container of about 20 feet (6m), it would be equivalent to 970 sq. meters. Thus with 16 sq. meters, you could produce an amount that is on par with 970 sq. meters.”

Submission + - slashdot drives away people with beta 2

An anonymous reader writes: For many months now, people have been quietly redirected to slashdot's beta site ( Any negative feedback of the beta is ignored and/or disavowed. The majority of viewers do not like the beta — resulting in major loss of viewership.

Will slashdot alienate existing users of the site and keep pushing the beta OR will it keep the users and boot the beta?

Submission + - Predicting the Risk of Suicide by Analyzing the Text of Clinical Notes (

J05H writes: Soldier and veteran suicide rates are increasing due to various factors. Critically the rates have jumped in recent years. Bayesian search experts use gathered, anonymous Veteran's Administration notes to predict suicide risks. The main link is to the paper in PLoS One. A related effort by Mr. Poulin is the Durkheim Project that uses opt-in social media data for similar purposes

Submission + - NSA does not deny spying on Congress 7

MacDork writes: In a statement released in response to Sen Bernie Sanders the NSA did not deny spying on Congress. It would appear that the Obama administration has been peeking at the playbook of the opposing party. Or does the NSA expect us to believe that members of Congress are targeted for investigation into terrorism? This comes just days after Snowden documents revealed the NSA is automatically deploying exploits and malware against visitors to blacklisted websites. Such terrorist havens include websites like and

Submission + - Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy now says her kid may not have had autism (

latuZimZactly writes: This is priceless, except of course for the thousands of children who weren't vaccinated because of FUD like this.

Celebrity, and former Playboy centerfold (so I heard, I only buy it for the articles), now says oops.

For the backstory, read one of many takedowns by Phil Plait.

Maybe Phil could replace her on The View. His hair isn't as nice, but he has a great smile.

Submission + - Chinese hackers take down Federal Election Commission website (

An anonymous reader writes: Chinese hackers waylaid the Federal Election Commission's IT systems on the same day the federal government shut down in October, exploiting weaknesses in the agency's security system that an independent auditor had identified nearly a year before.

This hacking ordeal, confirmed by three government officials involved in an ongoing investigation that included the Department of Homeland Security, 'marks the nadir of a year that ranks among the commission’s darkest, according to a six-month investigation by the Center for Public Integrity.'

Submission + - How Iron Maiden found its worst music pirates -- then went and played for them (

mattydread23 writes: Iron Maiden, the heavy metal band, was suffering the same kinds of losses to piracy as other classic acts. So the band used data from Musicmetric to see where its biggest fans were — including the biggest pirates of its music. Turns out, some of the biggest fans live in South America, so Maiden booked a bunch of tours there, and made millions. The results helped Iron Maiden LLC become one of six music firms in the UK to outperform the music sector as a whole. Plus, made a lot of heshers happy.

Submission + - Electrodynamic Combustion Control System Makes Power Plants Cleaner

rtoz writes: An U.S company called ClearSign Combustion has developed a technology to eliminate key pollutants from power plants and refineries, and make them much more efficient. The technique involves electric fields to control the combustion of fuel by manipulating the shape and brightness of flames.

ClearSign claims that its technology could reduce fuel consumption by as much as 30 percent. But external experts thinks that it may not give that much reduction in practical. Anyway, any small amount of fuel consumption reduction can save lot of Money.

It uses high-voltage electric fields to manipulate the electrically charged molecules in a combustion flame. This can improve the way air and fuel mix together, and can spread out a flame to prevent hot spots that cause pollution.

The idea of using electricity to shape flames is NOT new. But, previous approaches typically involve plasma, and the plasma needs large amounts of energy. ClearSign says its technology only uses one-tenth of 1 percent of the energy in the fuel that a power plant consumes. It works using electrodes within the flame. The electrode produces high voltages that influence the movement of ions; by varying the voltage, it’s possible to control the way the flame forms. The technology is particularly effective at reducing smog-forming NOx emissions, carbon monoxide, and soot.

Submission + - Apple's new iWork apps are great, but iCloud sharing has some serious flaws (

mattydread23 writes: One of the most interesting bits of news from yesterday's Apple event was the company's decision to give iWork away for free. Ryan Faas says Apple has "raised the bar" on the mobile apps, which now have feature parity with the desktop versions. But the company still doesn't seem to be getting sharing. "The biggest red flag is the lack of security and privacy."

Submission + - There is something fishy about BBM for Android reviews! (

hypnosec writes: BlackBerry claimed that BBM has managed to garner positive 5-star ratings from a majority of Android users on Google Play, but it seems that all is not well as when we went about checking the reviews, we found something was going on. Over 60 percent of all the reviews in our sample study contained more or less the same text which reads “Thank you so much blackberry team. I was waiting this app. Its really great user friendly and smooth.” Navigate to Google Play through this link to check them for yourself. We could assume that users are being lazy and just copying and pasting what others have written. But that couldn’t be the case with 60 percent of the users.

Submission + - DARPA issues $2mil Cyber Grand Challenge

Papa Fett writes: DARPA announced the Cyber Grand Challenge (CGC)--the first-ever tournament for fully automatic network defense systems. International teams will compete to build systems that reason about software flaws, formulate patches and deploy them on a network in real time. Teams would be scored against each other based on how capably their systems can protect hosts, scan the network for vulnerabilities, and maintain the correct function of software. The winning team would receive a cash prize of $2 million, with second place earning $1 million and third place taking home $750,000. If DARPA is as successful as they were with their Grand Challenge of self driving cars, according to The Register, "it's Brown trousers time for some in antivirus industry."

Submission + - Patriot Act Author Introduces Bill to Limit Use of Patriot Act (

wjcofkc writes: In an ironic but welcome twist, author of the Patriot Act, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), is introducing the USA FREEDOM Act, a bill specifically aimed at countering the portions of the Patriot Act that were interpreted to let the NSA collect telephone metadata in bulk. The congressman has been a vocal opponent of the NSA's interpretation and misuse of the Patriot Act since Edward Snowden first leaked evidence of the program in June. On Wednesday, he wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that the “collection of a wide array of data on innocent Americans has led to serious questions about how government will use—or misuse—such information.”

We all agree on the necessity of compromise. We just can't agree on when it's necessary to compromise. -- Larry Wall