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+ - Patriot Act Idea Rises in France, and Is Ridiculed->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "After shootings last week at a satirical newspaper and a kosher market in Paris, France finds itself grappling anew with a question the United States is still confronting: how to fight terrorism while protecting civil liberties. The answer is acute in a country that is sharply critical of American counterterrorism policies, which many see as a fearful overreaction to 9/11.

Valérie Pécresse, a minister under former President Nicolas Sarkozy, said France needed its own version of the USA Patriot Act, which gave the United States more authority to collect intelligence and pointed America’s surveillance apparatus at its citizens. Politicians and civil rights advocates on both sides of the Atlantic bristled at that suggestion, and at a string of arrests in which French officials used a new antiterrorism law to crack down on what previously would have been considered free speech.

Dominique de Villepin, the former French prime minister, warned against the urge for “exceptional” measures. “The spiral of suspicion created in the United States by the Patriot Act and the enduring legitimization of torture or illegal detention has today caused that country to lose its moral compass,” he wrote in Le Monde, the French newspaper."

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Comment: Re:Warp drives, wormholes (Score 1) 334

by byrdfl3w (#48527629) Attached to: Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby
Good point :) However I was speaking of such fanciful ideas as warp or wormhole technology, thought engines we have envisioned, that may well exist in some form or another in a galaxy far, far away.. It appears to me that this one-way deal would be the only possibility for contact with intelligent alien life, as we lack these completely theoretical transport capabilities, and most likely will destroy ourselves long before the realization of such ideas. Which saddens me a little, as I was hoping to meet a nice Vulcan equivalent hottie one day.

Comment: Warp drives, wormholes (Score 1) 334

by byrdfl3w (#48526983) Attached to: Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby
If there is life out there, surely some of it has progressed to levels of technological innovation far beyond our wildest imaginings. Even if we cannot reach them in any meaningful timespan, perhaps they can reach us. I remember a story once about a ship on a five year mission to seek out new life and civilizations.. Would not any advanced society with the technological capability do the same? Great story. They really should have made a tv show or a movie about it.

+ - Science Museum Declines to Show Climate Change Film->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "A premier science museum in North Carolina has sparked controversy by refusing to show an hourlong film about climate change and rising sea levels. The museum may be in a bit of a delicate position. It is part of a state agency, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. The state government has been perceived as hostile to action on climate change; last year, the legislature passed a bill forbidding the state coastal commission from defining rates of sea-level rise for regulation before 2016."
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+ - LG Smart TVs sending USB connected storage filenames back to corporate server-> 4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "After some investigation, I found a rather creepy corporate video advertising their data collection practices to potential advertisers. In fact, there is an option in the system settings called "Collection of watching info:" which is set ON by default. It turns out that viewing information appears to be being sent regardless of whether this option is set to On or Off. It was at this point, I made an even more disturbing find within the packet data dumps. I noticed filenames were being posted to LG's servers and that these filenames were ones stored on my external USB hard drive."
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+ - AMD and NVIDIA Go To War In Q4, Radeon R 290 Launched->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "There is little love lost between team Red and team Green, when it comes to 3D graphics cards, but AMD and NVIDIA seem to be engaged in an even more vicious volley of attacks on each other's business as the holiday shopping season approaches, and consumers will ultimately be the benefactor. Recently NVIDIA responded to AMD's Radeon R9 290X launch with a massive price cut on their GeForce GTX 780 card, dropping it by a full $150 to $499. Today, AMD is back at it again with the launch of the Radeon R9 290, a lower cost ($399) derivative of the R9 290X with a few stream processors disabled. However, just before launch, AMD delivered a driver drop and a clock speed boost, such that the new $399 Radeon R9 290 performs a lot more in line with NVIDIA's $499 GeForce GTX 780. In the benchmarks, the two cards trade victories depending on the game engine at play. However, for a full $100 less, it's clear AMD is not going to lose the battle on price. On the flip side, AMD's new Hawaii GPU-based cards do run hotter and a little louder than NVIDIA's flagship GPUs."
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Comment: Re:Russia is getting something based on what they (Score 1) 380

by byrdfl3w (#44208527) Attached to: Snowden Offered Asylum By Venezuelan President
They quite literally murder thousands of innocent people every year with drone strikes and military action. I believe it is willfully ignorant to think that the US government has ANY qualms whatsoever about killing as many people as they see fit to suit their purposes, including Americans.

Comment: Re:How Will He Get There (Score 1) 380

by byrdfl3w (#44208503) Attached to: Snowden Offered Asylum By Venezuelan President

If Snowden returned to the US he would have a very public trial where his guilt would be assessed. He cannot be disappeared. He would have an opportunity to go before a jury and make his case. .

Yeah, like Bradley Manning had a very public trial..
Snowden can most certainly be disappeared. He is charged under the espionage act, which would allow his trial to be conducted in complete secrecy. Perhaps you should do some research before coming up with such wild allegations.


+ - Video: Samsung Galaxy S IV revealed on video ahead of debut->

Submitted by redkemper
redkemper (2621761) writes "A smartphone said to be Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S IV has been revealed in a hands-on video published by the same source who previously leaked still images of the phone. The new Samsung handset pictured in the video lines up with earlier rumors and appears to match a teaser image published late Monday by Samsung. The Galaxy S IV is expected to feature a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution, an eight-core Exynos chipset, up to 64GB of storage, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and new touch-free control features that work by tracking the user’s eyes..."
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+ - Current state of wireless mice security?->

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Keybounce writes "Many years ago, a brave soul asked if there were secure wireless mice and keyboards. But this was far enough in the past, that very few answers — and no good answers — came back.

What is the current state of security — both preventing an eavesdropper from hearing your keys and mouse activity (imagine tracking where you are moving the mouse and where you are clicking), and preventing someone from injecting mouse/keyboard activity into your days behavior?

Incidentally, are wireless displays "real world" yet?"

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Top Ten Things Overheard At The ANSI C Draft Committee Meetings: (7) Well, it's an excellent idea, but it would make the compilers too hard to write.