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+ - PayPal Cited For 'Reckless Disregard' For U.S. Sanctions->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "PayPal may not be a bank, but it's still legally required to follow regulations on transferring money — but the company has admitted to a number of violations, including allowing transfers to an individual specifically sanctioned by the U.S. State Department for helping proliferate nuclear weapons."
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+ - RSA Conference Bans 'Booth Babes"->

Submitted by netbuzz
netbuzz (955038) writes "In what may be a first for the technology industry, RSA Conference 2015 next month apparently will be bereft of a long-controversial trade-show attraction: “booth babes.” New language in its exhibitor contract, while not using the term 'booth babe," leaves no doubt as to what type of salesmanship RSA wants left out of its event. Says a conference spokeswoman: “We thought this was an important step towards making all security professionals feel comfortable and equally respected during the show.”"
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+ - Analysis of Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership Investment Text

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch (PDF)

The leaked text would empower foreign firms to directly “sue” signatory governments in extrajudicial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) tribunals over domestic policies that apply equally to domestic and foreign firms that foreign firms claim violate their new substantive investor rights. There they could demand taxpayer compensation for domestic financial, health, environmental, land use and other policies and government actions they claim undermine TPP foreign investor privileges, such as the “right” to a regulatory framework that conforms to their “expectations.”

The leaked text reveals the TPP would expand the parallel ISDS legal system by elevating tens of thousands of foreign-owned firms to the same status as sovereign governments, empowering them to privately enforce a public treaty by skirting domestic courts and laws to directly challenge TPP governments in foreign tribunals.

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) — Investment Chapter"

+ - Comcast's incompetence, lack of broadband competition force homeowner to sell 1

Submitted by BUL2294
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "Consumerist has an article about a homeowner in Kitsap County, Washington who is unable to get broadband service. Due to inaccurate broadband availability websites, Comcast's corporate incompetence, CenturyLink's refusal to add new customers in his area, and Washington state's restrictions on municipal broadband, the owner may be left with no option but to sell his house 2 months after he bought it, since he works from home as a software developer.

To add insult to injury, BroadbandMaps.gov says he has 10 broadband options in his zip code, some of which are not applicable to his address, have exorbitant costs (e.g. wireless), or are for municipal providers that are prevented from doing business with him by state law. Yet, Comcast insists in filings that “the broadband marketplace is more competitive than ever,” which appear to be very carefully chosen words..."

+ - NASA sets asteroid mission, demo technologies->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "NASA officials today said they have picked the specific asteroid mission and offered new details for that mission which could launch in the 2020 timeframe. Specifically, NASA’s associate administrator Robert Lightfoot said the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) will rendezvous with the target asteroid, land a robotic spacecraft on the surface, grab a 4 meter or so sized boulder and begin a six-year journey to redirect the boulder into orbit around the moon for exploration by astronauts."
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+ - Broadband providers sue FCC over net neutrality

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "The Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of new net neutrality regulations nine months after first proposing to do so.

On March 23, U.S. Telecom, a broadband trade group whose members include AT&T and Verizon, sued the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., over the recently passed net neutrality rules. The petition alleges that the net neutrality rules are "arbitrary, capricious, and an abuse of [FCC] discretion."


+ - NASA's ARM will take a boulder from an asteroid and take it to lunar orbit->

Submitted by MarkWhittington
MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "NASA announced more details of its controversial asteroid redirect mission. The space agency has chosen to not snag an asteroid in deep space and move it to a retrograde orbit around the moon. Instead, an uncrewed spacecraft with a solar electric propulsion system will snag a boulder off of a larger asteroid and bring it to lunar orbit for an Orion spacecraft to visit."
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+ - How nuclear weapon modernization makes it more likely that nukes will be used-> 2

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "John Mecklin has an astonishingly good piece detailing exactly how nuclear weapons modernization is kick-starting a new arms race, and how modernizing these weapons to make them more accurate and stealthy puts the world at even greater risk of nuclear war: 'Their very accuracy increases the temptation to use them.' The issue is not getting very much attention, but the patience of the non-nuclear states is wearing thin, and a breakthrough in public awareness may be on the horizon: 'The disarmament debate is likely to make this spring’s NPT conference a contentious one and just might be loud enough to make the public aware that a new type of nuclear arms race is unfolding around the world.' If you read nothing else on nuclear weapons, read this."
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+ - Wall Street Journal Reporter Found Dead After Controversial OPEC Investigation->

Submitted by abhishekmdb
abhishekmdb (4015829) writes "This Wednesday, the body of Wall Street Journal reporter David Bird was pulled from a New Jersey river. The 55-year-old journalist had been missing for over a year and investigators were unsure whose body they found until they were able to match the dental records with those of David Bird.

According to police, Bird was found in the Passaic River between Somerset and Morris counties, in an area where he frequently took walks. After all this time, two men were recently canoeing in that part of the river when they came across a red jacket and called police.

Just before his disappearance, Bird was investigating a supply imbalance in the oil industry, and was reporting in a way that was extremely controversial and possibly threatening to elements within that industry."

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+ - The Jobless Future

Submitted by BarbaraHudson
BarbaraHudson (3785311) writes "It’s now possible to sell a new product to hundreds of millions of people without needing many, if any, workers to produce or distribute it. Robert Reich points out that this is a huge divergence from the past, where workers were consumers; consumers were workers. As paychecks rose, people had more money to buy all the things they and others produced. That resulted in more jobs and even higher pay.

That virtuous cycle is now falling apart. A future of almost unlimited production by a handful, for consumption by whoever can afford it, is a recipe for economic and social collapse. Our underlying problem won’t be the number of jobs. It will be — it already is — the allocation of income and wealth. What to do?"

Computers can figure out all kinds of problems, except the things in the world that just don't add up.