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+ - Calling Mr Orwell, rejigged executive order makes collecting data not collecting->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "'...it is often the case that one can be led astray by relying on the generic or commonly understood definition of a particular word.' Specifically words offering constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. TechDirt looks at the redefinition of the term collection as redefined by Executive Order 12333 to allow basically every information dragnet, provided no-one looks at it. "Collection" is now defined as "collection plus action." According to this document, ot still isn't collected, even if its been gathered, packaged and sent to a "supervisory authority." No collection happens until examination. It's Schroedinger's data, neither collected nor uncollected until the "box" has been opened. This leads to the question of aging off collected data/communications: if certain (non) collections haven't been examined at the end of the 5-year storage limit, are they allowed to be retained simply because they haven't officially been collected yet? Does the timer start when the "box" is opened or when the "box" is filled?"
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+ - Something keeps coming and going in a sea on Titan

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Cassini images taken in 2007, 2013, and 2014 of one of Titan’s largest hydrocarbon seas find that a mysterious feature there keeps appearing and disappearing.

The mysterious feature, which appears bright in radar images against the dark background of the liquid sea, was first spotted during Cassini’s July 2013 Titan flyby. Previous observations showed no sign of bright features in that part of Ligeia Mare. Scientists were perplexed to find the feature had vanished when they looked again, over several months, with low-resolution radar and Cassini’s infrared imager. This led some team members to suggest it might have been a transient feature. But during Cassini’s flyby on August 21, 2014, the feature was again visible, and its appearance had changed during the 11 months since it was last seen.

Scientists on the radar team are confident that the feature is not an artifact, or flaw, in their data, which would have been one of the simplest explanations. They also do not see evidence that its appearance results from evaporation in the sea, as the overall shoreline of Ligeia Mare has not changed noticeably. The team has suggested the feature could be surface waves, rising bubbles, floating solids, solids suspended just below the surface, or perhaps something more exotic.

That the seasons are slowly changing on Titan is probably contributing to the transient nature of this feature."

+ - Are the world's religions ready for ET?-> 2

Submitted by Science_afficionado
Science_afficionado (932920) writes "At the current rate of discovery, astronomers will have identified more than a million exoplanets by the year 2045. That means, if life is at all common in the Milky Way, astronomers will soon detect it. Realization that the nature of the debate about life on other worlds is about to fundamentally change lead Vanderbilt astronomer David Weintraub to begin thinking seriously about how people will react to such a discovery. He realized that people's reactions will be heavily influenced by their religious beliefs, so he decided to find out what theologians and leaders from the world's major religions have to say about the matter. The result is a book titled "Religions and Extraterrestrial Life" published by Springer this month. http://www.springer.com/social... He discovered that from Baptists to Buddhists, from Catholics to Mormons, from Islam to the Anglican Communion religious views differ widely."
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+ - Robot Arm Will Install New Earth-Facing Cameras On The Space Station->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "Canada’s robotic Canadarm2 will install the next two Urthecast cameras on the International Space Station, removing the need for astronauts to go outside to do the work themselves, the company announced today (Sept. 30).

Urthecast plans to place two Earth-facing cameras on the United States side of the station (on Node 3) to add to the two they already have on the Russian Zvezda module. Technical problems with the cameras forced the Russians to do an extra spacewalk to complete the work earlier this year."

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Comment: Re:Fristy Pawst! (Score 2) 322

by SternisheFan (#48031297) Attached to: Ebola Has Made It To the United States
AC, that is your opinion. You and my parent poster seem to have a dismal view of our individual existences. I have learned, ''differently''. That it's not a 'dark, dismal world', that it's a ''what you make of it'' world, depending on your attitude towards it. To believe that our lives are totally left up to 'excessive chance' is somewhat naive. Science is cool and all, it has many answers, though not all of them, imo. Try to start venturing onto a different, but an also 'plausible' path. There is room for both the science and the spiritual.

+ - Einstein's undefeated record reaches 99 years

Submitted by StartsWithABang
StartsWithABang (3485481) writes "When it comes to physics, there sure are some strange theories — and even stranger phenomena — out there. The notion that particles don’t have fixed, intrinsic properties that are simultaneously measurable can only be described as weird, and the fact that you can add as much energy as you want to a particle but it will never accelerate to beyond a particular speed is certainly counterintuitive. Yet one theory has them all beat. For ninety-nine years, now, General Relativity has made a whole host of unique predictions, ranging from time slowing down in a gravitational field to the bending of starlight to the decay of pulsar orbits, that have been observationally confirmed each and every time. It's the strangest theory we know to be true, and we're on the brink of testing (and possibly confirming) its predictions to even better precision!"

+ - Popular Android Browser May Monetize Usage->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Jack Wallen in TechRepublic reports that the popular Dolphin browser for Android may be "hijacking" user input and redirecting web usage through a monetizing third-party. (http://www.techrepublic.com/article/random-dolphin-browser-for-android-hijacking/) Evidence for the redirection can be seen with certain inputs like "bestbuy" when the device is in airplane mode and disconnected from the internet, redirections going to Namespace Strategy and ultimately Commission Junction. A reddit thread (http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/2gnqxn/is_dolphin_browser_redirecting_some_directly/) also describes how tools like Adaway also block the redirections when connected to the internet."
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+ - School district goes "all in" on Open Source with 3500 Linux laptops->

Submitted by lerchie
lerchie (3858459) writes "Charlie Reisinger, IT director of the Penn Manor School District in Pennsylvania discusses how they converted to Open Source software on both the desktop level and at an infrastructure level. The schools also give the students the freedom to tinker with the Linux laptops they are assigned, with each student having root access to their machines."
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+ - How tech is transforming teaching in a South African township->

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An anonymous reader writes "The founders of the African School for Excellence have an ambitious goal — nothing less than redefining low cost, scaleaable teaching that brings international standards to the poorest schools in Africa. And their first model school is off to a good start: in just 18 months, all grade 9 students are achieving more than 50% pass rates the Cambridge Curriculum and only one scored less than that in maths. The national average score in maths is 14%. The school relies on technology to and a locally designed piece of marking software to function, but its foundation is committed, innovative teachers who just use the tech to spread themselves further — teacher:pupil ratios are high, but when they need it learners get a lot of one-on-one support.
What's most remarkable is that the school's running costs are already half the cost of a traditional government school, and the quality of education much, much better. And they're only a year and a half in."

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+ - Earth Has 52 Percent Fewer Wild Animals Today Than in 1970

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Since 1970, more than half of the world's population of wild vertebrate animals have died off, according to a biennial report from the World Wildlife Fund.
The organization's "Living Planet Report" studies the populations of more than 10,000 populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. According to the study, 52 percent of the overall total population of wild animals died between 1970 and 2010."

+ - Microsoft Revives Its Hardware Conference->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Microsoft's Windows Hardware Engineering Conference, or WinHEC, was an annual staple of the '90s and '00s: every year, execs from Redmond would tell OEMs what to expect when it came to Windows servers and PCs. The conference was wrapped with software into Build in 2009, but now it's being revived to deal with not just computers but also the tablets and cell phone Microsoft has found itself in the business of selling and even making. It's also being moved from the U.S. to China, as an acknowledgement of where the heart of the tech hardware business is now."
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