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+ - Mexican Scientists Successfully Test Vaccine that Could Cut Heroin Addiction->

Submitted by JumperCable
JumperCable (673155) writes "Scientists at Mexico's National Institute of Psychiatry say they have successfully tested the vaccine on mice and are preparing to test it on humans. The vaccine, makes the body resistant to the effects of heroin, so users would no longer get a rush of pleasure. Mice given the vaccine showed a huge drop in heroin consumption."
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+ - Security Firm that "Outed" Anoymous Hacked-> 1

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JumperCable (673155) writes "Less than 24 hours since the security firm HBGay Federal released a press release claiming to have outed anonymous, hackers have "seized control of the internet security firm's website, defaced its pages, acquired 60,000 company e-mails, deleted backup files, seized Barr's Twitter account, and took down the founder's website rootkit.com. This is according to a daily Kos post from one of the "outed" self proclaimed member of anonymous

Too boot, hackers have also publicly released a 28 page document that the security firm was attempting to sell the government. According to Barret Brown, "The entry on me, for instance, is entirely inaccurate despite the fact that I have not been a clandestine participant since coming out of the closet months ago." The firm is further mocked with a statement by Bernard Keane, that "the situation is rather hilarious. More to the point, it should demonstrate that HBGary Federal is not only incapable of protecting its clients and informing on folks who were among the first to get involved in Tunisia and Egypt — it is incapable of protecting itself."

Disclaimer: I'm NOT involved in this."

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+ - Which 12 ISPs Pass Info to Project Vigilant?->

Submitted by JumperCable
JumperCable (673155) writes "Forbes had a blog post yesterday about the outing of the wikileaks video. The author wrote

A semi-secret government contractor that calls itself Project Vigilant surfaced at the Defcon security conference Sunday with a series of revelations: that it monitors the traffic of 12 regional Internet service providers, hands much of that information to federal agencies, and encouraged one of its "volunteers," researcher Adrian Lamo, to inform the federal government about the alleged source of a controversial video of civilian deaths in Iraq leaked to whistle-blower site Wikileaks in April.

More disturbing to me than the outing of the Wikileaks video whistle blower, is to find out who now has access to my private browsing habits.

He says the 600-person "volunteer" organization functions as a government contractor bridging public and private sector security efforts. Its mission: to use a variety of intelligence-gathering efforts to help the government attribute hacking incidents.

one of Project Vigilant's manifold methods for gathering intelligence includes collecting information from a dozen regional U.S. Internet service providers (ISPs). Uber declined to name those ISPs, but said that because the companies included a provision allowing them to share users' Internet activities with third parties in their end user license agreements (EULAs), Vigilant was able to legally gather data from those Internet carriers and use it to craft reports for federal agencies. A Vigilant press release says that the organization tracks more than 250 million IP addresses a day and can "develop portfolios on any name, screen name or IP address." "We don't do anything illegal," says Uber. "If an ISP has a EULA to let us monitor traffic, we can work with them. If they don't, we can't."

So who are these 12 ISPs? Why are volunteers being given access to my private browsing information? And who else is this private contractor selling my information to besides the government?"
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Science

+ - Ginkgo Doesn't Improve Memory or Cognative Skills->

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JumperCable (673155) writes "CNN reports

Ginkgo biloba has failed — again — to live up to its reputation for boosting memory and brain function. Just over a year after a study showed that the herb doesn't prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a new study from the same team of researchers has found no evidence that ginkgo reduces the normal cognitive decline that comes with aging.

In the new study, the largest of its kind to date, DeKosky and his colleagues followed more than 3,000 people between the ages of 72 and 96 for an average of six years. Half of the participants took two 120-milligram capsules of ginkgo a day during the study period, and the other half took a placebo. The people who took ginkgo showed no differences in attention, memory, and other cognitive measures compared to those who took the placebo, according to the study, which was published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

And of course, the link to the study. http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/full/302/24/2663?home"
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Privacy

+ - Cohen Drops Lawsuit After Outing Anonymous Blogger->

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JumperCable (673155) writes "According to a recent Daily News article, model Liskula Cohen, who was suing the 'Skanks of NYC' blogger for defamation is reportedly dropping (page 2) the lawsuit now that she has outed the anonymous blogger. This brings to question the potential for abuse of the legal system to out anonymous authors even if there is no intention to actually pursue a case against an anonymous individual.

Also, according to the article, the outed blogger Rosemary Port, intends to sue Google for $15 million because it "breached its fiduciary duty to protect her expectation of anonymity." Do web hosting services even have a fiduciary duty to protect their clients? Or is this all legal bluff & bluster?"

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Earth

+ - Time Magazine: Wild Sheep Defying Evolution->

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JumperCable (673155) writes "From Time magazine, "On Soay Island, off the western coast of Scotland, wild sheep are apparently defying the theory of evolution and progressively getting smaller." The article attributes the shrinking to global warming as the mild winters provide more food for these evolutionary unfit smaller sheep to survive, young mothers as the sheep can give birth at one year of age. I wish the author of the article had put forth a little more information on insular dwarfism and how this has occurred in the past."
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Power

+ - Ice Block Air Conditioning->

Submitted by JumperCable
JumperCable (673155) writes "The AP has an interesting article on the use of ice blocks as air conditioning in New York high rises. The concept is pretty basic. Overnight during off peak energy pricing hours & during the coolest part of the 24 hour day, the system freezes water in storage tanks into giant blocks of ice. These storage tanks are located in the basement (coolest location). They are frozen with ethylene glycol.

Given that most of the brown outs occur during the summer months due to high electric demand for air conditioning, I wonder how much of an effect this system would have in reducing brownouts if it's use was more wide spread. The article mentions it is only cost efficient for large companies. But how much of this is profit padding? Couldn't a smaller system be worked out for home use? CALMAC is one of the producers of these systems."

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Patents

+ - EFF: Patent Busting -- Prior Art Needed for VOIP

Submitted by JumperCable
JumperCable (673155) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is seeking to bust an overly broad patent by a company called Acceris. Acceris claims patents on processes that implement voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) using analog phones as endpoints. These patents cover telephone calls over the Internet.

Specifically, the claims describe a system that connects two parties where the receiving party does not need to have a computer or an Internet connection, but the call is routed in part through the Internet or any other "public computer network". The calls must also be "full duplex", meaning that both parties can listen and talk at the same time, like in an ordinary phone call.

To bust these overly broad claims, we need "prior art" — any publication, article, patent or other public writing that describes the same or similar ideas being implemented before September 20, 1995."
Censorship

+ - Free Website Speech on a Budget

Submitted by JumperCable
JumperCable (673155) writes "When it comes to free speech on the internet things become a little hairy when you run your own website in the US. Satire, parody and truth are all fine defenses in theory, but do little to protect you from a DMCA shut down request. Even if you do find a good US hosting service, everyone knows you can be sued for anything. If a hobbyist doesn't have enough money for a decent lawyer he/she can be shut down & taken to the cleaners in no time flat. Even current & future employment can become an issue since most states provide little or no protection for freedom of speech.

A practical defense, I believe, is to make it more difficult for them to identify who you are and to host off of US soil. Services like Domains By Proxy are fine until they get subpoenaed. I don't think entering in fake domain registration information is a good idea since it is illegal for US residents. Tools like freenet are nice in theory, but of little value since it is not used by the general public.

I realize that no matter what, I will have to take chances and assume some risk or face the frigid confines of the chilling effect. How do I take reasonable steps to minimize my risk? They make it to expensive for it to be worth your while to fight them. I want to make it too difficult to be worth their while to go after a small time pundit.

Are there any decent suggestions for proxy domain name registration & web hosting overseas that won't toss you to the US lawyer wolves at the drop of a hat and are still trustworthy?"

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