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Submission + - SPAM: Voyager Enters Solar System's Final Frontier

An anonymous reader writes: NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered the solar system's final frontier, a vast, turbulent expanse where the Sun's influence ends and the solar wind crashes into the thin gas between stars. ...... In November 2003, the Voyager team announced it was seeing events unlike any encountered before in the mission's then 26-year history. The team believed the unusual events indicated Voyager 1 was approaching a strange region of space, likely the beginning of this new frontier called the termination shock region. There was controversy at that time over whether Voyager 1 had indeed encountered the termination shock or was just getting close. "The consensus of the team now is that Voyager 1, at 8.7 billion miles from the Sun, has at last entered the heliosheath, the region beyond the termination shock," said Dr. John Richardson from MIT, Principal Investigator of the Voyager plasma science investigation....
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Submission + - Voice -powered phones on their way?->

judgecorp writes: "Researchers in South Korea are working on pohones that can be ,charged through the energy in sounds such as speech and background noise.As you would expect, so far, the level ef power produced is less than the phone needs to run, but it's a pleasant idea, up there with Wellington boots that generate power through body heat."
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Privacy

Submission + - Amazon pedophile author not real?->

An anonymous reader writes: The author of a How-To book on pedophilia appears to have worn a mask for his mugshot, and other photos of him may have been doctored. Indeed there is little evidence that "Philip Ray Greaves II" even exists.

Was the entire controversy merely an operation to track down his readers? Was Amazon aware of this?

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Comment Re:May you live in Interesting times (Score 1) 421 421

Wikileaks is a front for the CIA. They are trying to minimize donations from ordinary citizens because people are going to be seriously pissed after it comes out to whom they really donated. If you are in a foreigner, on the other hand, they will be happy to take your money and place your name on a terrorist list.

Comment Re:Idiots (Score 1) 402 402

They have chat logs implicating Assange in aiding Bradley Manning with submitting the documents. The law is pretty clear about these things. We'll just have to wait for his trial.

That isn't the same thing as assisting someone in stealing classified information.

A new theory says Wikileaks is run by the CIA. They essentially collected their own secrets, thus identifying leakers while also exposing corruption among diplomats. They have also attempted to set a pretext for war with Iran and North Korea (since the public would never believe it if our government made claims about missile transfers after losing credibility in Iraq).

If true, then Assange himself would most likely be a British agent since he is an Australian citizen. Agencies often do work together.

Submission + - Getting snubbed heritable, but not snubbing->

An anonymous reader writes: Social networks of yellow-bellied marmots show the same odd pattern of inheritance that has turned up in human social networks: Being on the receiving end of social stuff--getting the grief, getting the hugs--shows some degree of heritability. But being on the other end--giving the grief, giving the hugs--does not so far seem inherited. In marmots, getting dissed may be more strongly influenced by genes than getting the warm fuzzies. Yes, these are marmots, but it's hard not to think about Thanksgiving dinner.
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Space

Submission + - Earth's water didn't come from outer space->

sciencehabit writes: Where did Earth's oceans come from? Astronomers have long contended that icy comets and asteroids delivered the water for them during an epoch of heavy bombardment that ended about 3.9 billion years ago. But a new study suggests that Earth supplied its own water, leaching it from the rocks that formed the planet. The finding may help explain why life on Earth appeared so early, and it may indicate that other rocky worlds are also awash in vast seas.
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Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft continues to fight in Word patent case->

jfruhlinger writes: Microsoft may have had to change Word after being found guilty of violating a Canadian company's patents, but it's still resisting paying for damages — and is taking the fight to the US Supreme Court. If you can't stand either MS or patents, who do you root for here?
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Censorship

Submission + - Feds kill Torrent-finder.com, ignore .info mirrror->

jfruhlinger writes: Despite COICA being blocked, the US government is still using existing powers to shut down sites it views and contributing copyright infringement. One particularly odd case is Torrent-finder.com, which was shuttered despite the fact that it doesn't itself host copyrighted materials. But user's shouldn't fret, as Torrent-finder.info is alive and well.
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Comment Re:Thank you Einstein (Score -1, Troll) 412 412

This discovery has very applicable uses, particularly in the general processes of the cognitive processes of toddlers, brain development, and memory storage and retrieval.

And people care! When kids need attention, parents can't wait to whip out a research paper written by someone with no kids who has processed cash-desperate volunteers in a "methodological and precise" manner.

You're pretty stupid!

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