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Comment: Re:Wrong conclusion: not "unintended consequences" (Score 1) 118

by cellocgw (#48548225) Attached to: How One Man Changed the Ecology of the Great Lakes With Salmon

Clearly you've just proved "spontaneous generation" exists. :-).

I would recommend that you reword your statement to "...were never intentionally stocked..." . It's quite possible that some species (or their larvae) hitchhiked on boats (as shellfish have been demonstrated to do).


Canadian Agency Drops Cases Rather Than Deal With New Requirements For ISP Info 29

Posted by samzenpus
from the forget-about-it dept.
An anonymous reader points out this story about what has happened since the Supreme Court of Canada's ruling on the warrantless disclosure of subscriber information to law enforcement from ISPs. "A funny thing happens when courts start requiring more information from law enforcement: law enforcers suddenly seem less interested in zealously enforcing the law. Back in June of this year, Canada's Supreme Court delivered its decision in R. v. Spencer, which brought law enforcement's warrantless access of ISP subscriber info to an end. 'In a unanimous decision written by (Harper appointee) Justice Thomas Cromwell, the court issued a strong endorsement of Internet privacy, emphasizing the privacy importance of subscriber information, the right to anonymity, and the need for police to obtain a warrant for subscriber information except in exigent circumstances or under a reasonable law.' The effects of this ruling are beginning to be felt. Michael Geist points to a Winnipeg Free Press article that details the halcyon days of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's warrantless access. 'Prior to the court decision, the RCMP and border agency estimate, it took about five minutes to complete the less than one page of documentation needed to ask for subscriber information, and the company usually turned it over immediately or within one day.'"
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Security Experts Believe the Internet of Things Will Be Used To Kill Someone 165

Posted by Soulskill
from the time-for-a-ban-on-assault-internets dept.
dcblogs writes: Imagine a fleet of quad copters or drones equipped with explosives and controlled by terrorists. Or someone who hacks into a connected insulin pump and changes the settings in a lethal way. Or maybe the hacker who accesses a building's furnace and thermostat controls and runs the furnace full bore until a fire is started. Those may all sound like plot material for a James Bond movie, but there are security experts who now believe, as does Jeff Williams, CTO of Contrast Security, that "the Internet of Things will kill someone". Today, there is a new "rush to connect things" and "it is leading to very sloppy engineering from a security perspective," said Williams. Similarly, Rashmi Knowles, chief security architect at RSA, imagines criminals hacking into medical devices, recently blogged about hackers using pacemakers to blackmail users, and asked: "Question is, when is the first murder?"

Comment: Re:Yes... (Score 1) 145

by cellocgw (#48477121) Attached to: Scientists Develop "Paint" To Help Cool the Planet

I don't mind when people state clearly that they don't really understand the absorption & radiation equations, but it does kinda piss me off when these same people pontificate as though they did.

Here's how this new microlayer thing works:

First, it's highly reflective in the visible. That keeps a lot of energy from every entering (and being absorbed in) the building.
Second, it's highly absorptive in the IR. Due to the reciprocity laws, this means it's also highly emissive in the IR (and btw it's also NOT emissive in the visible since it's reflective there), but that doesn't matter. Why? Because the Black Body radiation laws show that the radiative emissions for objects in the 250 K to 350 K range, which pretty much covers buildings, people, etc., are very high in the IR and almost nonexistent in the visible range.

What this means is that most solar input energy is reflected away and simultaneously lots of local thermal energy is emitted away. win-win (at least if you like it cool).


Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm 70

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-fun-and-games-until-somebody-loses-several-internal-organs dept.
Anita Hunt (lissnup) writes: Iowa-based NewLink Genetics has secured a US$50million deal with pharmaceutical giant Merck for the experimental Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian government scientists. NewLink bought the exclusive commercial licensing rights to Canada's VSV-EBOV in 2010 with a milestone payment of just US$205,000. This is an interesting new twist in a story we've discussed previously, and which continues to draw media attention.

Comment: Re:ssh / scp / https maybe? (Score 1) 148

by cellocgw (#48385837) Attached to: Internet Voting Hack Alters PDF Ballots In Transmission

Out of the hundreds of millions of votes cast over that past 14 years they've found less than 30 cases if in-person voting fraud which is a fraud rate of less than 0.00001%. Voter ID is just a solution looking for a problem.

If only that last sentence were true. VoterID is a solution to a major problem: getting rid of people who don't vote Republican. If you think the whole megillah was set up with actual fraud-protection in mind, you're seriously naive.

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