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Submission + - 88 Year Old Scientist Hassled by DEA ( 1

Calibax writes: 30 years ago Bob Wallace and his partner came up with a product to help hikers, flood victims and others purify water. Wallace, now 88 years old, packs his product by hand in his garage, stores it in his backyard shed and sells it for $6.50.

Recently, the DEA has been hassling him because his product uses crystalline iodine. He has been refused a license to purchase the iodine because it can be used in the production of crystal meth, and as a result he is now out of business.

A DEA spokesman describes this as "collateral damage" not resulting from DEA regulations but from the selfish actions of criminals.


Submission + - ESA Summer of Code in Space ( 1

morrison writes: "Following the previous announcement [1], the European Space Agency's Summer of Code in Space (SOCIS) pilot program has announced their mentoring organizations [2] and is now open for submissions from students enrolled at EU institutions (alas, ESA requirement for the pilot) through July 27th. SOCIS is modeled after the highly successful Google Summer of Code (GSoC) program but targets "space-related" open source software. The selected mentoring organizations range from notable GSoC veterans like BRL-CAD [3] and ffmpeg [4] to relatively unknown space software like ORSA [5] and Open Mission Control [6].


Submission + - Man gets past airport security with invalid pass (

An anonymous reader writes: "Olajide Oluwaseun Noibi cleared security at John F. Kennedy International Airport on June 24 and successfully boarded Virgin America flight 415 — even though his boarding pass was not issued in his name and was for a flight the day before...But neither Virgin America nor the Transportation Security Administration noticed that Noibi's identification — a University of Michigan student card — did not match the name on his boarding pass." — Can we PLEASE get rid of the TSA and the over the top security checks now? Please?

Submission + - Ballmer at CES, 10 Reasons Why He Needs to Go (

N!NJA writes: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show last week amid anticipation from both critics and supporters. The critics were hoping he would go on-stage and deliver the same old, boring discourse on why Microsoft is tops in software. The supporters were hoping that Ballmer would talk about the impact Windows 8 will have, why Windows-based tablets are the future, and how Microsoft will spend the next year overcoming pressures from Google and Apple. Unfortunately for those supporters, Ballmer did little of the sort. Instead, he and his colleagues spent time talking about Xbox, one of Microsoft's strongest achievers in the past year; Windows Phone 7 and how the company will improve the OS in the coming year; and Windows 7. He also mentioned that the next version of Windows will support ARM Holdings architecture. But that was about it.

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