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+ - DC Comics refuses to license Superman logo for murdered child's memorial.-> 1

Submitted by GuyverDH
GuyverDH (232921) writes "DC Comics has refused to allow the Superman logo to be used on a memorial for a 5 year old child, Jeffrey Baldwin, that was starved to death by his grandparents.
Jeffrey Baldwin was a huge fan of anything Superman, and when the story came out about the circumstances of his murder, the community wanted to do something for him. They raised funds to create a memorial statue with the Kryptonian S on the chest.
The latest incarnation of the Superman saga, Man of Steel, tells us that it's not an S, but a symbol for "Hope".
What better use for the symbol of hope, than on a memorial to a murdered child, in hopes that nothing like this happens again.
DC Comics doesn't feel that way, perhaps they don't feel at all.
They implied that it would put a stain or stigma on their trademark to allow it to be used for his memorial because of the conditions surrounding his death.
If Superman were real, he would have stood up for Jeffrey, maybe even prevented his death. At the very least he certainly would have been the first one there to carve his symbol on the memorial himself with his heat vision."

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+ - Site of 1976 'Atomic Man' accident to be cleaned->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes ""Workers are finally preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms in the world — the site of a 1976 blast in the United States that exposed a technician to a massive dose of radiation and led to his nickname: the "Atomic Man."

Harold McCluskey, then 64, was working in the room at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation when a chemical reaction caused a glass glove box to explode.

He was exposed to the highest dose of radiation from the chemical element americium ever recorded — 500 times the occupational standard.

Hanford, located in central Washington state, made plutonium for nuclear weapons for decades. The room was used to recover radioactive americium, a byproduct of plutonium.

Covered with blood, McCluskey was dragged from the room and put into an ambulance headed for the decontamination center. Because he was too hot to handle, he was removed by remote control and transported to a steel-and-concrete isolation tank.

During the next five months, doctors laboriously extracted tiny bits of glass and razor-sharp pieces of metal embedded in his skin.

Nurses scrubbed him down three times a day and shaved every inch of his body every day. The radioactive bathwater and thousands of towels became nuclear waste.""

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Comment: Re:Gen Alexander lied again (Score 1) 7

by SolKeshNaranek (#45711269) Attached to: CBS 60 MInutes: NSA speaks out on Snowden, spying

Since you do not appear to be keeping up with the news, permit me to enlighten you.

By the NSA’s own recent admission, they do not know how many, nor which documents were taken by Snowden. This is due to both poor oversight of those accessing the data, we well as poor auditing of access to those same documents.

From this it is simple to conclude that they are also unable to know how many people are abusing the system. The articles you quoted only point to people the NSA is aware of. I would also point out some of those abuses occurred years ago and were only caught when the employees confessed, they were not caught by NSA auditing or oversight.

It would be foolish to think these few people that have faced discipline are the only ones abusing the records held by the NSA. The system appears to be far too easy to abuse, the oversight and auditing is near to nonexistent, and the sheer number of people with access to the data is enormous.

I am going to say with my belief that you are a shill and also possibly a fool to boot.

+ - Scientific American's silencing of a blogger->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "This is pretty astonishing: Danielle N. Lee, Ph.D, the Urban Scientist blogger at Scientific American, has been mistreated twice: once by the blog editor at biology-online.org and now by SciAm itself. The blog editor asked Dr. Lee to contribute a blog post at Biology-Online, and when she declined (presumably for lack of monetary compensation), the blog editor asked her whether she was "an urban scientist or an urban whore." Wow. Then, SciAm deleted her blog post, in which she wrote about the incident. Very disappointing."
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+ - NSA may have collected data on *ALL* Verizon customers->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "I sincerely hope that the following bit from the Guardian of UK is not true, but ...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2013/jun/06/verizon-telephone-data-court-order

NSA may have harvested all the call data from US mobile provider Verizon since April, according to a secret court order leaked to The Guardian

The order was granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and instructs Verizon to hand over the "session identifying information (e.g., originating and terminating telephone number, International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number, International Mobile station Equipment Identity (IMEI) number, etc.), trunk identifier, telephone calling card numbers, and time and duration of call.""

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+ - Prenda hammered: Judge sends porn-trolling lawyers to criminal investigators->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "ArsTechnica Aurich Lawson reports:

Lawyers who lied and obfuscated for years face disbarment and a $82,000 fine.

US District Judge Otis Wright has no love for the lawyers who set up the copyright-trolling operation that came to be known as Prenda Law. But Wright at least acknowledges their smarts in his long-awaited order, released today. Wright's order is a scathing 11-page document, suggesting Prenda masterminds John Steele and Paul Hansmeier should be handed over for criminal investigation. In the first page though, there's almost some admiration expressed for the sheer dark intelligence of their scheme. The copyright-trolling scheme that has reached its apex with Prenda is so complete, so mathematical.

"Plaintiffs have outmaneuvered the legal system," Wright begins. He goes on:

"They've discovered the nexus of antiquated copyright laws, paralyzing paralyzing social stigma, and unaffordable defense costs. And they exploit this anomaly by accusing individuals of illegally downloading a single pornographic video. Then they offer to settle—for a sum calculated to be just below the cost of a bare-bones defense. For these individuals, resistance is futile; most reluctantly pay rather than have their names associated with illegally downloading porn. So now, copyright laws originally designed to compensate starving artists allow, starving attorneys in this electronic-media era to plunder the citizenry."

And yes, if reading "resistance is futile" rattles something in your brain—Wright's order is thoroughly peppered with Star Trek references.

The plaintiffs have a right to assert their intellectual property rights, "so long as they do it right," Wright acknowledges. That's not what happened here, though. Prenda lawyers used "the same boilerplate complaints against dozens of defendants," without telling the judge. Instead, defense lawyers like Morgan Pietz flagged the dozens of related cases. "It was when the Court realized Plaintiffs engaged their cloak of shell companies and fraud that the court went to battlestations," stated Wright."

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Canada

+ - Sony Rootkit Redux: Canadian Business Groups Lobby For Right To Install Spyware->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Michael Geist reports that a coalition of Canadian industry groups, including the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Marketing Association, the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association and the Entertainment Software Association of Canada, are demanding legalized spyware for private enforcement purposes. The potential scope of coverage is breathtaking: a software program secretly installed by an entertainment software company designed to detect or investigate alleged copyright infringement would be covered by this exception. This exception could potentially cover programs designed to block access to certain websites (preventing the contravention of a law as would have been the case with SOPA), attempts to access wireless networks without authorization, or even keylogger programs tracking unsuspecting users (detection and investigation)."
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+ - New "We the People" Petition against the use of executive orders for Gun Control->

Submitted by sgtspacemonkey
sgtspacemonkey (1130605) writes "A new "We the People" petition has been created against the president using an executive order to apply Gun Control measures. This trend should be frighting to those on both side of the debate, as it could set the precedent that Executive Orders that basically bypass congress in enacting laws that Congress does not agree upon."
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The Internet

+ - U.S Congressman Wants to Ban Internet Bills->

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SchrodingerZ
SchrodingerZ writes "Representative Darrell Issa, a republican congressman from California, has drafted a bill for the internet. The bill, aptly named the Internet American Moratorium Act (IAMA), is, "a two-year moratorium on any new laws, rules or regulations governing the Internet." In short it hopes to deny any new government bills related to lawmaking on the internet for the next two years. The bill was first made public on the website Reddit, and is currently on the front page of Keepthewebopen.com, a website advocating internet rights. "Together we can make Washington take a break from messing w/ the Internet," Issa writes on his Reddit post. The initial response to the bill has been mixed. Users of Reddit are skeptical of the paper's motives and credibility. As of now, the bill is just a discussion draft, whether it will gain footing in the future is up in the air."
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Businesses

+ - Judge orders tobacco companies to say they lied

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler may have recently witnessed Apple's impertinent fudging of a UK court's ordered confession of misdeeds and taken away an important lesson, because she has demanded that U.S. tobacco companies publish confessional ads beginning with very specific wording indicating that they lied to consumers over the health dangers of tobacco. Each corrective ad is to be prefaced by a statement that a federal court has concluded that the defendant tobacco companies "deliberately deceived the American public about the health effects of smoking." Among the required statements are that smoking kills more people than murder, AIDS, suicide, drugs, car crashes and alcohol combined, and that "secondhand smoke kills over 3,000 Americans a year." Perhaps big tobacco will try to fight the order by claiming free speech rights under the First Amendment in line with the Citizens United ruling?"
Space

+ - The tech behind Felix Baumgartner's stratospheric skydive->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "Felix Baumgartner has successfully completed his stratospheric skydive from 128,000 feet (39km), breaking a record that was set 52 years ago by Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger — that much we know. From the balloon, to the capsule, to the gear that Baumgartner wore during his 730 mph (1174 kph) free fall, the technology behind the scenes is impressive, and in some cases bleeding edge. ExtremeTech takes a deep dive into the tech that kept Baumgartner alive during the three-hour ascent and (much shorter) descent — and the tech that allowed us to watch every moment of the Red Bull Stratos mission live, as captured by no less than 15 digital cameras and numerous other scientific instruments."
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