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Comment: Don't be too quick (Score 1) 296

by Rambo Tribble (#49500067) Attached to: Columbia University Doctors Ask For Dr. Mehmet Oz's Dismissal
While there may well be merit to the criticisms of Oz, it should be noted that the doctors behind this initiative are not without their own conflicts of interest: http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2015/4/17/doctors-behind-anti-oz-letter-have-own-conflicts-of-interest.html

Comment: This is nothing new. (Score 2) 370

by Rambo Tribble (#49422887) Attached to: How the Pentagon Wasted $10 Billion On Military Projects
Look to the Reagan administration's "Star Wars" project. In fact, that was just the tip of the iceberg of funds misspent by that regime. After concocting outlandish scenarios of a Soviet arms buildup, admin wonks tasked the CIA with finding proof of such. The CIA came back with the observation that there was no such evidence. The administration successfully spun this as "proof" the Soviets were up to much worse than even the wonks' wildest claims, and allocated tens of billions of dollars to wasteful, unnecessary defence spending. The fall of the Soviet Union, and the release of Soviet documents, revealed the arms buildup to be a Reagan administration fantasy.

+ - YouTube Hack Permitted 3rd-Party Deletion of Videos

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Russian hacker, Kamil Hismatullin, has demonstrated a hack which allowed him to delete any videos on the site, in short order. The hack reportedly exploited a weakness that allowed a spurious authentication token when placing a takedown request. Mr. Hismatullin reported the hack to Google, which fixed the bug within hours and gave Hismatullin a $5,000 reward. Before reporting the flaw, Kamil says "... [for a] couple of hours I've fought the urge to clean up Bieber's channel." Ah, what might have been. The BBC has good coverage."

+ - April 1st to be Extended by 5 Minutes

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "The International Chronometric Authority has announced that this year April 1 will be extended to 24 hours, 5 minutes. This is to accommodate an unprecedented number of practicing fools, this year. As the lead chronometrician is reported to have said, "Fools? We really just have too many. Far more than we can handle in 24 hours.""

+ - Cetaceans Found Able to Focus Sound in Echolocation

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A recent study from Denmark has determined that porpoises, dolphins and whales can focus the sounds they make, described as "clicks and buzzes", when hunting. This appears to exceed even the capabilities of bats. One researcher described the ability as, "like adjusting a flashlight". The BBC offers approachable, and illustrated coverage."

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