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+ - Daniel Ellsberg criticizes Kerry for calling Snowden a coward and traitor ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Daniel Ellsberg, the former Defence Department staff who leaked the Vietnam War Pentagon Papers to the New York Times has some harsh criticism of Kerry's recent call for Snowden to come back to USA and "man up".

"Nothing excuses Kerry's slanderous and despicable characterisations of a young man who, in my opinion, has done more than anyone in or out of government in this century to demonstrate his patriotism, moral courage and loyalty to the oath of office the three of us swore: to support and defend the Constitution of the United States," he concludes."

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Comment: Too Many Comments from the Basement (Score 1) 197

by buravirgil (#46991047) Attached to: 7.1 Billion People, 7.1 Billion Mobile Phone Accounts Activated
I know this is /., but the article doesn't claim every inhabitant of planet earth has a mobile. The guestimates in this thread based on a sense of socioeconomic class and consumer envy are pathetic. I'm fortunate enough to have worked in remote areas of the Middle East and Asia and saw the same phenomenon of "tech-neck" among agrarian cultures as I had seen in, say, Oakland or LA-- and that was some five years ago. No technology has spread as rapidly and pervasively -- including fire and the wheel.

+ - The inside story of Gmail on its tenth anniversary->

Submitted by harrymcc
harrymcc (1641347) writes "Google officially--and mischievously--unveiled Gmail on April Fools' Day 2004. That makes this its tenth birthday, which I celebrated by talking to a bunch of the people who created the service for TIME.com. It's an amazing story: The service was in the works for almost three years before the announcement, and faced so much opposition from within Google that it wasn't clear it would ever reach consumers."
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+ - Foxconn to Restaff Entirely with US Adjunct Professors

Submitted by Applehu Akbar
Applehu Akbar (2968043) writes "(Xinhua) Foxconn Technology Group, the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer, announced today its response to the increasing cost of local labor: by 2Q 2015, it will have completed replacement of its assembly staff with American adjunct professors. Said an executive who did not wish to be named, “Adjunct professors are not only highly educated but are used to working for nothing more than ramen and a basement cot. They are not spoiled like our local Chinese assembly workers.” They are for the most part docile, and used to operating within rigid bureaucracies.

The US educational system turns out far larger numbers of adjuncts, especially in the humanities, than can ever hope to be employed by academe. The excess adjuncts live on the streets of major American cities, but, after being pushed aside by the tougher and crazier traditional homeless, gravitate to the more congenial west coast, where roving bands of them subsist on odd jobs and shoplifting. Here they are easily picked up by Foxconn raiding parties, which dicker with what we know in China as People’s Shining Path Moral Guidance Cadres. In the US these are called “Homeowner Associations,” and they gratefully cooperate to turn in bands of feral adjuncts, whose constant bickering and messy campsites are an ongoing annoyance to the people of America’s West Coast.

Once captured, the adjuncts are loaded into Foxconn’s fleet of wind-powered EcoFreighters and sedated for the slow sea voyage on the “Central Passage” from Long Beach to the Shanghai labor auction docks. Now that there is human cargo to bring back to China, the EcoFreighters no longer have to return empty after unloading their troves of consumer goods in Los Angeles.

Foxconn has been anxious to grab the most easily trainable workers before more Chinese companies take an interest in American adjunct professor labor. “At first we tried a breeding program for even greater long term savings,” said the Foxconn exec, “But the males, raised as they have been in western academic culture, have developed such a deep-seated fear of their own females that fertile matings were rare, even when naked, unchained females were placed right in males' dormitory cells.” But why fight to change an alien culture, the thinking now goes, when fresh adjuncts are so easily hunted down on the California/Oregon coast? So long as this situation persists, the EcoFreighters will sail full and world’s supply of low-cost products will not be in danger."

+ - So you want to be an astronaut? Here's what it takes->

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RachelHeagney (3386653) writes "The prospect of gazing down at Earth's blue marble, conducting cutting-edge extraterrestrial research and perhaps even exploring new worlds holds irresistible allure for thousands of hopefuls who regularly apply to be NASA astronauts. Yet only a handful of candidates ever land one of these coveted positions."
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+ - (Ex-)CIA analyst writes insider study of Counterterrorism Center

Submitted by guanxi
guanxi (216397) writes "(Spoiler: It turns our their jobs are even more bureaucratic as most of ours; in fact, some ask if the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC) is too large to function efffectively.) CIA analyst and sociology Ph.D. candidate Bridget Nolan suggested to her superiors that she write her dissertation on her workplace. They said no; she said yes; Bridget won. She had to quit the CIA, but now her study is in the public domain. Imagine a workplace where "ordinary conversations ... involve a kind of competitive one-upsmanship, "in which intelligence officers ‘out-correct’ and ‘out-logic’ each other in the course of routine conversation to the point where any increased accuracy in what has been said no longer seems meaningful." Maybe that doesn't take much imagination."

+ - Delusions theorized to be brain's mechanism for explaining the inexplicable->

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An anonymous reader writes "Using a trick called the rubber hand illusion to make a subject's hand appear to move when it didn't, researchers have induced strange and odd delusions in normal patients including reports of 'outside forces' manipulating hands providing a theory on the origin of delusions in patients with Schizophrenia."
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+ - NASA's Deep Impact comet probe is lost due to software glitch->

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Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "NASA has lost contact with its Deep Impact comet probe spacecraft, and the reason is software glitch

The spacecraft was launched in January 2005 for a close-up study of Comet Tempel-1

NASA is calling off attempts to find its Deep Impact comet probe after a suspected software glitch shut down radio communications in August, officials said on Friday.

Last month, engineers lost contact with Deep Impact and unsuccessfully tried to regain communications. The cause of the failure was unknown, but NASA suspects the spacecraft lost control, causing its antenna and solar panels to be pointed in the wrong direction

According to BBC Worldservice the spacecraft's software "ran out of digits"

After a month of fruitless attempts to find the probe, NASA on Friday announced it was formally ending the mission

NASA had hoped Deep Impact would play a key role in observations of the approaching Comet ISON, a suspected first-time visitor to the inner solar system that was discovered in September 2012 by two Russian astronomers

The comet is heading toward a close encounter with the sun in November, a brush that it may not survive

More information can be had from

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/nasa-declares-end-deep-impact-comet-mission-20318464

http://www.firstpost.com/world/nasa-gives-up-on-lost-comet-probe-1124107.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57603941/nasa-declares-comet-buster-lost-in-space/

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/09/20/nasa-gives-up-on-deep-impact-comet-probe

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+ - The Open Source Internet of Things has some big aspirations->

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smaxp (2951795) writes "Internet of Things (IOT) advocate Michael Koster fixated makers and hackers at the recent Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, a few weeks ago. Standing in front of samples of many versions of Arduino, Rasberry Pi, and sensors, he spoke of an open source horizontal platform that will unify the IOT. He changed people’s perspectives from looking up from a small control circuit of dedicated sensors and actuators to seeing the unique value that will be created by looking down at a unified world of horizontally interconnected sensors."
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+ - PRISM Fears Give DuckDuckGo a Huge Boost-> 1

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jones_supa (887896) writes "If you want to know just how crazy fear over PRISM-like surveillance has made the Internet, take a look at DuckDuckGo. Thanks to the National Security Agency leaks and some well-timed media appearances, the private search engine is having its best traffic week ever. Visitors to the site made a record 2.35 million direct searches on Wednesday — a 26 percent increase over the previous week. For DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg, the numbers are proof yet again that people are eager to find and use viable alternatives to popular web services, which are prime targets for government snooping. 'We offer that in web search, and there are others that offer it in other verticals. As people find out about these alternatives, they make that choice,' Weinberg said via email."
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+ - Confirmed: CBS News Investigative Reporter Computer Compromised->

Submitted by RoccamOccam
RoccamOccam (953524) writes "Shortly after the news broke that the Department of Justice had been secretly monitoring the phones and email accounts of Associated Press and Fox News reporters (and the parents of Fox News Correspondent James Rosen), CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson said her computer seemed like it had been compromised. Turns out, it was.

'A cyber security firm hired by CBS News has determined through forensic analysis that Sharyl Attkisson’s computer was accessed by an unauthorized, external, unknown party on multiple occasions late in 2012. Evidence suggests this party performed all access remotely using Attkisson’s accounts. While no malicious code was found, forensic analysis revealed an intruder had executed commands that appeared to involve search and exfiltration of data.'"

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