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Global warming spreading pests far and wide - study
Radio New Zealand
New research has concluded that global warming is helping pests and diseases that attack crops to spread around the world. Scientists at two British universities found that as regions warm crop pests are moving towards the north and south poles at a rate of...
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+ - Egypt authorities detain French 'spy' bird found with tracker->

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An anonymous reader writes "The Washington Post reports, "In a case that ruffled feathers in Egypt, authorities have detained a migratory bird that a citizen suspected of being a spy. A man in Egypt’s Qena governorate, some 450 kilometers (280 miles) southeast of Cairo, found the suspicious bird among four others near his home and brought them to a police station Friday, said Mohammed Kamal, the head of the security in the region. With turmoil gripping Egypt following the July 3 popularly backed military coup that overthrew the country’s president, authorities and citizens remain highly suspicious of anything foreign. Conspiracy theories easily find their ways into cafe discussion — as well as some media in the country. Earlier this year, a security guard filed a police report after capturing a pigeon he said carried microfilm. A previous rumor in 2010 blamed a series of shark attacks along Egypt’s Mediterranean coast on an Israeli plot. It wasn’t. In the bird’s case, even military officials ultimately had to deny the bird carried any spying devices. They spoke Saturday on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to journalists.""
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+ - EU plans to fit all cars with speed limiters->

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schwit1 (797399) writes "Under the proposals new cars would be fitted with cameras that could read road speed limit signs and automatically apply the brakes when this is exceeded.

Patrick McLoughlin, the Transport Secretary, is said to be opposed to the plans, which could also mean existing cars are sent to garages to be fitted with the speed limiters, preventing them from going over 70mph.

The new measures have been announced by the European Commission’s Mobility and Transport Department as a measure to reduce the 30,000 people who die on the roads in Europe every year.

A Government source told the Mail on Sunday Mr McLoughlin had instructed officials to block the move because they ‘violated’ motorists’ freedom. They said: “This has Big Brother written all over it and is exactly the sort of thing that gets people's backs up about Brussels."

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+ - IT Should Rethink Disaster Recovery As Earth Warms

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "While the overall temperatures of the planet's oceans have increased only half a degree in recent decades due to global warming, the effect on the severity of storms has been dramatic, and that is only expected to increase over the next century. Local events, such as thunderstorms, are becoming regional events as in the case of the derechos that hit the D.C. area at the end of June, knocking out power to 1.2 million homes. So far this year, more than 23,000 high temperature records have been broken, causing droughts in most of the U.S., and wildfires like the one that burned more than 2 million acres in the Rockies. The cloud, such as Amazon's AWS, which was supposed to guarantee high availability, has been significantly affected by power outages. IT shops should rethink their disaster planning and think out of their region if they want to avoid downtime during the next severe weather event."
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+ - Today is the 50th anniversary of the Starfish Prime nuclear weapon test

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The Bad Astronomer
The Bad Astronomer writes "50 years ago today, the US detonated a nuclear weapon 240 miles above the Pacific Ocean. Called Starfish Prime, it was supposed to help US scientists and the military understand how the Soviets might try to stop incoming nuclear missiles. What it actually did was blow out hundreds of streetlights in Hawaii 900 miles away, damage a half dozen satellites, and create artificial aurorae and intense radiation zones above the Earth. It taught the world what an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) was, and what the effects might be from a powerful solar flare, a nearby supernova, or a gamma-ray burst."

+ - Algorithmic pricing on Amazon 'could spark flash crash'->

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DerekduPreez writes "Sellers on Amazon’s retail site are increasingly using high-speed algorithmic trading tools to automatically set prices, which could lead to a malfunction similar to the 2010 flash crash.

According to the Financial Times, prices on Amazon’s website change as often as every 15 minutes, where sellers are using tools traditionally developed by data miners at banks to ensure that their prices are always below their rivals’.

Third-party software is allowing sellers to detect a competitor’s price and automatically undercut that price by, for example, £1.

However, this could lead to a situation similar to the US flash crash, where algorithmic trading was blamed for stock prices falling to near zero and then bouncing back within 20 minutes."

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+ - HTML5 Copyright Protection Branded Unethical->

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judgecorp writes "Proposals to include digital rignts management (DRM) in HTML5 are going to face some opposition. The idea is that protecting copyright of videos in HTML5 pages will persuade content providers to adopt the new standard, instead of sticking with plugins for Adobe Flash and the like, which include copyright protection. however, the actual developers of the standard believe it would be "unethical" to build DRM into HTML5."
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+ - Inventor of the Pinball machine dies->

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porsche911 (64841) writes ""Steve Kordek, who revolutionized the game of pinball in the 1940s by designing what became the standard two-flipper machine found in bars and penny arcades around the world, died on Sunday at a hospice in Park Ridge, Ill. He was 100."

“Steve’s impact would be comparable to D. W. Griffith moving from silent films through talkies and color and CinemaScope and 3-D with computer-generated graphics,” Mr. Sharpe said. “He moved through each era seamlessly.”""

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+ - Zeppelins may be back-> 2

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digitaldc (879047) writes "A start-up company is planning to offer tourists rides in a 250-foot zeppelin over the San Francisco Bay, Napa Valley and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Airship Ventures said Thursday that it plans to begin passenger flights in a German-made Zeppelin NT airship, to be based at NASA's Moffett Field airstrip about 40 miles south of San Francisco, in mid-2008.

Until Thursday's announcement at Esther Dyson's Flight School conference here, Airship Ventures had been in something of a stealth mode. Now it's disclosed details about the project, which will use a massive NT07 airship made by Zeppelin Luftschifftechnik that's a full 10 feet longer than the new Airbus 380."

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+ - NASA sold PCs without wiping secret data->

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Ivan Stepaniuk (1569563) writes ""NASA has been left red-faced after selling off computers without ensuring that highly sensitive data had been removed." The BBC Reports An internal investigation found 10 cases where PCs were sold despite failing data removal procedures. Their report (PDF) in to the incidents says its impossible to know what data was left on the sold-off equipment. They also found dozens of PCs at a disposal facility that had external markings listing their network configuration details."
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+ - Victims are told not to Report Fraud to the Police->

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findlawyerdirect (1951888) writes "Credit card fraud is on the increase regardless of all the new security measures that have been introduced.

Credit card fraud has increased online and offline. Although financial institutions are trying to tackle the issue, there is still an alarming number of cases being reported.

Due to the number of cases, the Home Office in the UK has asked that if an individual is the victim of such a crime that they report it to the financial institution rather than the police.

The approach has received mixed responses. Amongst the responses is a view that this will in effect help the reported figures of such crime to be reduced as it will be up to the financial institutions to declare the number of offence, which they may not choose to do.

The Home Office have stated that the above approach is to allow for a much more efficient and effective way of dealing with such criminal offences.

Some have commented that it's amazing that at a time when the banks need protecting from such activity and need all the funds they can get their hands on the Home Office take this. The article really is eye opening Fraud Victims told not to bother Police"

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