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Media

Submission + - Technology and resistance in Pakistan->

sunbird writes: "I'm living in Pakistan right now working at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, an NGO, and despite what you might think from media coverage in the west, there is still significant resistance to Musharraf's second coup. One author is describing the critical role played by technology and media in organizing efforts here, especially among newly-politicized students. Organizers here are using SMSs, blogs, and flash protests (1 | 2) to confound and evade the police. Some of the most current information about events here is often found on blogs (See 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6); although the Pakistani English-language press (1 | 2 | 3 | 4) has done a decent job covering the crisis too, notwithstanding draconian media restrictions that forbid publication of anything that "brings into ridicule or disrepute" the president."
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The Media

Submission + - Great French Kissing Techniques - portado.com->

pedrodeandrade writes: "It is an experience that most people would remember: their first French kiss. Some people would say it was a great experience while some would prefer not to mention it. But, we all know that French kissing is a very delicate and sensual experience. Read this article to discover great french kissing techniques."
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Power

Submission + - Peak Oil to hit by 2012->

Target Drone writes: Both Time and The Wall Street Journal are reporting that peak oil has either already arrived or will arrive as early as 2012. Peak oil is the point in time where smaller new discoveries are unable to offset declining production from older fields and we'll have to make due with ever declining oil production. Since 1980 we have been consuming more oil then we discover each year. Also, world oil production peaked at 85.5 million barrels per day in July 2006 and despite strong demand hasn't come close to this mark since.
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The Military

Submission + - British Nukes Protected with Bicycle Locks

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "Until 1998 British nuclear weapons were armed by inserting a bicycle lock key into the arming switch and turning it 90 degrees, the BBC reported last week. There was no code required or dual key system to prevent a rogue individual from arming the Bomb. The British military resisted proposals to fit bombs with Permissive Action Links — or PALs — which would prevent them being armed unless the right code was sent. PALs were introduced in the 1960s in America to prevent a mad General or pilot launching a nuclear war off their own bat — the Dr Strangelove scenario. The correct code had to be transmitted by the US Chiefs of Staff and dialed into the Bomb before it could be armed otherwise it would not detonate. Papers at Britian's National Archive show that as early as 1966 an attempt was made to impose PAL security on British nuclear weapons. The Royal Navy argued that officers of the Royal Navy as the Senior Service could be trusted: "It would be invidious to suggest... that Senior Service officers may, in difficult circumstances, act in defiance of their clear orders". Learn how to arm a WE 177 nuclear bomb (video)."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Duke Nukem in 2008

An anonymous reader writes: As it is, our all time favorite hero, Duke Nukem seems to be back. Again. GameGuru appears to have some inside info on the cigar smoking badass being far from dead. And we believe them. Again.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Bicycle Key Unlocked British Nukes

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "BBC is reporting that until 1998 British nuclear weapons were armed by inserting a bicycle lock key into the arming switch and turning it through 90 degrees. There was no code which needed to be entered or dual key system to prevent a rogue individual from arming the Bomb. The British military resisted proposals to fit bombs with Permissive Action Links — or PALs — which would prevent them being armed unless the right code was sent. PALs were introduced in the 1960s in America to prevent a mad General or pilot launching a nuclear war off their own bat — the Dr Strangelove scenario. The correct code had to be transmitted by the US Chiefs of Staff and dialed into the Bomb before it could be armed otherwise it would not detonate. Papers at Britian's National Archive show that as early as 1966 an attempt was made to impose PAL security on British nuclear weapons. The Royal Navy argued that officers of the Royal Navy as the Senior Service could be trusted: "It would be invidious to suggest... that Senior Service officers may, in difficult circumstances, act in defiance of their clear orders". Learn how to arm a WE 177 nuclear bomb (video)."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - The PC is still the best games machine!

An anonymous reader writes: Here's an interesting feature that says the PC is still the best games platform, despite the strong Xbox 360 showing and the potential of Sony's PS3. Yes the latest batch of consoles are good, but will we ever really see anything that can match Crysis visually or WoW for sheer user support? PC gaming may be expensive, but this guy reckons it's still worth every penny. http://www.trustedreviews.com/gaming/review/2007/11/22/PC-Gaming-The-Original-Best-Platform/p1
Government

Submission + - HR-1955 or Why Free Speech on the Internet is Over

Univac_1004 writes: Congresswoman Jane Harman has introduced legislation — H.R. 1955: "Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism" — which starts: "The Internet has aided in facilitating violent radicalization, ideologically based violence, and the homegrown terrorism process in the United States by providing access to broad and constant streams of terrorist-related propaganda to United States citizens."

You can guess where it goes from there.

It got 404 votes in the house and a similar bill is likely to pass in the Senate.

Google for further information yourself, or start here: http://www.counterpunch.org/smith10252007.html >"The Politics of Paranoia"







(why the hell has /. ignored this?)
Government

Submission + - Japan Immigration directed to forcibly take prints->

CB-in-Tokyo writes: In reaction to the protests caused by Japan's new fingerprinting system, the Ministry of Justice has issued a directive (English Translation) that all foreigners that do not agree to give their fingerprints be incarcerated and "pursuaded" to give their prints, immediately to be followed by deportation. Immigration officials state that during the period of incarceration, "We will sufficiently persuade the refuser to cooperate, and endeavor not to do this by force."

The new fingerprinting and photographing system is under a lot of fire by the foreign community in Japan as it targets not only tourists, but also permanent residents. The system is being presented outwardly as a way to counter terrorism, but is being touted internally by celebrity spokespeople as a way to cut down on foreign crime in Japan. It is illegal under Japanese law to fingerprint citizens, unless they have been accused of a crime, however foreign residents have no such protection, and now under the new directive foreigners who refuse will no longer not just be refused entry, but also coerced into providing personal biometric data.

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Education

Submission + - Babies Make Social Judgements->

bendodge writes: "
Babies as young as 6 to 10 months old showed crucial social judging skills before they could talk, according to a study by researchers at Yale University's Infant Cognition Center published in Thursday's journal Nature.

The infants watched a googly-eyed wooden toy trying to climb roller-coaster hills and then another googly-eyed toy come by and either help it over the mountain or push it backward. They then were presented with the toys to see which they would play with.

Nearly every baby picked the helpful toy over the bad one.

The babies also chose neutral toys _ ones that didn't help or hinder _ over the naughty ones. And the babies chose the helping toys over the neutral ones.
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