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Submission + - The Killing Of Osama Bin Laden - journalist Seymor Hersh tells a different story

zedaroca writes: Pulitzer-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh wrote on London Review of Books a 10.000 words piece on the killing of Osama Bin Laden, quoting American and Pakistani officials. According to his piece, the US had intelligence and operational help from Pakistan (by getting out of the way).

It began with a walk-in. In August 2010 a former senior Pakistani intelligence officer approached Jonathan Bank, then the CIA’s station chief at the US embassy in Islamabad.


Kayani eventually tells us yes, but he says you can’t have a big strike force. You have to come in lean and mean. And you have to kill him, or there is no deal,’ the retired official said. The agreement was struck by the end of January 2011, and Joint Special Operations Command prepared a list of questions to be answered by the Pakistanis: ‘How can we be assured of no outside intervention? (...)

So far, at least NBC has backed up part of Hersh's report.

Submission + - Rand Paul Will Filibuster PATRIOT ACT Reauthorization (huffingtonpost.com) 1

SonicSpike writes: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said this week that he intends to mount a fight against the reauthorization of the Patriot Act, the post-Sept. 11 law that gives the National Security Agency much of its authority to conduct surveillance programs.

"I'm going to lead the charge in the next couple of weeks as the Patriot Act comes forward. We will be filibustering. We will be trying to stop it. We are not going to let them run over us," Paul told the New Hampshire Union Leader on Monday.

The Patriot Act expires June 1, but Congress must effectively renew the law by May 22nd because of a scheduled weeklong break. Paul, a civil libertarian who hopes to capture the 2016 Republican nomination for president, has consistently spoken against reauthorizing the law, going so far as to oppose a 2014 bill that would have ended controversial NSA phone record collection because it left the government's broad authority to conduct surveillance intact.


Submission + - LuminAR Bulb Transforms Any Surface Into a Touch Screen (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: We've all seen gigantic touch screens on the news or in movies, but what if you could achieve the same type of interface by simply replacing the bulb in your desk lamp? That's the idea behind the LuminAR, developed by a team led by Natan Linder at the MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group. It combines a Pico-projector, camera, and wireless computer to project interactive images onto any surface – and is small enough to screw into a standard light fixture.

Submission + - Paypal Bans Usenet Providers Over Piracy Concerns (torrentfreak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In addition to the recent shutdown of Newzbin and NZBMatrice. In addition the the recent and massive amount of DMCA notices sent to usenet providers around the world. Paypal is now adding its own ingredient to the cake by blocking payments and freezing accounts of many usenet providers around the world.

From TorrentFreak : "Internet payment processing firm PayPal has decided to cut off services to several major Usenet providers and freeze the funds within their accounts. This new move by PayPal is seen as an extension of its aggressive anti-piracy policy which led to the withdrawal of services from several file-hosting websites earlier this year."


Submission + - GeForce GTX 670 2 GB Review: Is It Already Time To Forget GTX 680?

alonsolarowe writes: The newly-released Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 carries the exact same Kepler GK104 GPU as the $500 GTX 680, but with one out of eight SMX clusters disabled, barely lower core speeds, and SLI limited to three-way. With two dual-link DVI, an HDMI, and a DisplayPort connector, the GTX 670 can contend with AMD's Eyefinity. Unfortunately, that X79 issue preventing PCIe 3.0 on the GTX 680 also affects the 670, so the PCIe bus still only runs at PCIe 2.0 transfer rates. Even so, the GTX 670 performs better than the AMD Radeon HD 7950 which carries an equal MSRP of $400, and is on par with the AMD Radeon HD 7970 which costs $80 more. Versus Nvidia'a own $500 GTX 680, the 670 comes up short. Fortunately for thrifty enthusiasts, a quick on air overclock can close the distance for free. In terms of efficiency, the GTX 670 uses only slightly more power than the Radeon HD 7950, while it clobbers the 7970. Assuming Nvidia can meet demand, the GeForce GTX 670 could be the best value in high-end graphics cards today.

Submission + - Five More Dutch ISPs Given 10 Days To Censor The Pirate Bay (torrentfreak.com)

TheGift73 writes: "Following an earlier court ruling that ordered two of the largest ISPs in the Netherlands to block subscriber access to The Pirate Bay, today anti-piracy group BREIN has scored another success. The Court of The Hague has just ordered a further five ISPs to block TPB IP addresses and 20 domain names. Failure to do so within 10 days will result in fines of up to 250,000 euros."

Submission + - Minecraft creator's new game will promote (virtual) piracy (playerattack.com)

UgLyPuNk writes: Notch endorses piracy... as long as it's ingame. He's announced today that his new game 0x10c will include — and potentially encourage — code-stealing between players.
Because I want virtual piracy as a gameplay element, the EULA for 0x10c will say you surrender all claims to code you upload to the game.


Submission + - Japanese scientists use particle accelerator to create salt-resistant rice (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "An unfortunate and little reported side effect of last year’s Japanese earthquake and tsunami is that thousands of acres of farmland were contaminated with seawater. Rice is a staple crop in Japan, and it requires large amounts of water to grow. The salt in seawater, however, stunts or outright kills the plant. Researchers out of Riken Nishina Centre near Tokyo have been looking at the problem, and it just so happens they have a particle accelerator laying around. Mutations naturally accumulate over time (this is evolution), but this rate is far too slow for meaningful research. Past efforts in inducing mutations have relied on X-rays or gamma radiation to cause mutations in crops, but a particle accelerator should be able to accomplish the same thing much faster. Dr. Tomoko Abe is leading the research and hopes that the particle accelerator will prove superior to traditional methods. Initial results indicate this approach can produce 10-100 times more mutations. After bombarding 600 seeds in her particle accelerator, Dr. Abe has created 250 mutant strains that were able to grow in salt water and produce fertile seeds of their own. The next step is to replant the most successful specimens and begin sorting out the traits that make them grow so well. With enough testing, Dr. Abe hopes to be able to generate an edible strain of rice in four years that can grow in a high-salt environment. If this research is a success, the effects could reach much farther than northern Japan; there are many coastal locations around the world that could benefit from a more hearty strain of salt-resistant rice."

Submission + - Microsoft bans Firefox on Windows ARM (cnet.com) 1

Kjella writes: In another case of "if you can't beat them, exclude them" Microsoft has decided to not allow third party browsers on Windows ARM. The reasons cited by Microsoft's Deputy General Counsel David Heiner are: "
  • ARM processors, which power virtually all iOS, Android, and Windows Phone smartphones and tablets today, are different from the x86 chips that power PCs. The chips have new requirements for security and power management, and Microsoft is the only one who can meet those needs.
  • Windows RT — the version of Windows 8 geared for ARM devices — "isn't Windows anymore."


Submission + - Mozilla: Microsoft blocking rival browsers in Windows RT (pcpro.co.uk) 1

nk497 writes: "Mozilla has accused Microsoft of trying to go back to the "digital dark ages" by limiting rival browsers in the ARM version of Windows 8. Third-party browsers won't work in the desktop mode, and Metro style browsers will be limited in what APIs they can use, Mozilla said, forcing users to move to IE instead. Mozilla said it was the first step toward a new platform lock-in that "restricts user choice, reduces competition and chills innovation", and pointed out that such browser control was exactly what upset EU and US regulators about IE in the first place. The Firefox-developer called on Microsoft to "reject the temptation to pursue a closed path," adding "the world doesn't need another closed proprietary environment"."

Submission + - Leaked FBI Report Details How Best to Get Away With Bitcoin Crime (gizmodo.com)

TheGift73 writes: "This week, an internal FBI report was leaked, detailing the Bureau's concern about the virtual currency Bitcoin and its potential to be exploited by criminals for money laundering and other scams.

"Bitcoin is unique because it is the only decentralized, P2P network-based virtual currency. The way itcreates, operates, and distributes bitcoins makes it distinctively susceptible to illicit moneytransfers, and manipulation through the use of malware and botnets.""

Submission + - Bre Pettis: The Man Who Brought Manufacturing Back To Brooklyn (businessweek.com)

pacopico writes: "A few decades ago, Brooklyn was filled with manufacturing companies. Today? Er, not so much. It's mostly restaurants and condos. That is Except for MakerBot Industries, which is assembling 3D printers for consumers by hand at a real, live factory. Businessweek profiled the MakerBot founder Bre Pettis and his goal of revitalizing manufacturing in New York, describing him as a weird "throwback who lives in the future.""

Submission + - Is Apple sidelining Java?

Dan Aktivix writes: "Having sent some people a Java/Processing applet, it turns out that since OSX Lion, Apple has default-disabled java applets, requiring the user to dig around looking for the on-switch.

Steve Jobs' views were (for the ipad and iphone at least) that "Java's not worth building in. Nobody uses Java anymore. It's this big heavyweight ball and chain."

That's right Steve, no-one's using it — apart from every single Android owner, just for starters.

So, any thoughts on what Apple is up to? Is the Lion decision of a piece with the iphone/ipad OS walled garden? Are they deliberately cutting Java off as part of an anti-Android strategy? Or am I just being paranoid?

And is Steve Jobs right to call Java a "heavyweight ball and chain?" I'm still a big fan myself, but then I don't venture outside my little Java world much..."

Submission + - Scientists Play World's Oldest Commercial Record (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: The scratchy, 12-second audio clip of a woman reciting the first verse of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star doesn't sound like much. But the faint, 123-year-old recording—etched into a warped metal cylinder and brought back to life after decades of silence by a three-dimensional (3D) optical scanning technique—appears to belong to the first record intended for sale to the public. Made for a talking doll briefly sold by phonograph inventor Thomas Edison, the early record is the oldest known American recording of a woman's voice and may be the oldest known record produced at Edison's laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey.
(Sound file in story)

Submission + - When To Take Information Off Your Resume (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "When you're 25, including college internship experience on your resume is ok. At age 40, it's not. 'Generally speaking, unless it’s relevant to a specific job you’re applying for, details over 15 years old or so are not of great value,' says Eric Bloom, a former CIO and president of Manager Mechanics LLC, a company specializing in IT leadership development. No matter how proud you may be of your past accomplishments, only include skills that are relevant today. 'For example,' says Bloom, 'I was quite expert in the Digital DEC 10 operating system in 1980. This would have no value on my current resume' — and it's way past the 15-year cutoff."

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.