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Submission + - Astronomers Discover the Most Powerful Aurora Ever Recorded ->

Sepa Blackforesta writes: Astronomers have discovered the most powerful aurora ever recorded in an object beyond our solar system. The aurora is the first to be discovered around a brown dwarf, known as LSRJ 1835+3259 (LSRJ). Its 10,000 times more powerful than any previously seen, and also it’s not coming from a planet at all. This behemoth is coming from a low-mass star at the boundary between stars and brown dwarfs.
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Submission + - Bill allows government to revoke Americans' passports without charges or trial->

schwit1 writes: A bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives would allow the government to restrict Americans' travel through the revocation of passports based upon mere suspicions of unscrupulous activity. This bill represents another dangerous step forward in the war on terror and the disintegration of American due process.

H.R. 237, the "FTO (Foreign Terrorist Organization) Passport Revocation Act of 2015," will allow the U.S. Secretary of State the unchecked authority to prohibit individuals from traveling internationally. According to the bill, the Secretary may unilaterally revoke (or refuse to issue) a passport from "any individual whom the Secretary has determined has aided, assisted, abetted, or otherwise helped an organization the Secretary has designated as a foreign terrorist organization pursuant to section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189)."

The bill did not bother to define what the terms "aided, assisted, abetted, or otherwise helped" actually mean, in legal terms. The power has been left open-ended so that it can mean whatever the secretary wants it to mean. Needless to say, a bill like this would be easily abused.

The travel restriction requires no presumption of innocence for the targeted individual; no explanation; no public presentation of evidence; no opportunity for a defense; no checks and balances on the power. The bill does not outline any appeals process for the targeted individual. The only stipulation is that the Secretary of State must issue a report to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs — "classified or unclassified." The bill does not state that either committee can reverse the secretary's decisions.

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Comment Convenient threat (Score 2) 58

The Panopticon is inevitable given the existential threats of Daesh terrorists being groomed over the internet in our midst and the convenient truth that business has already owned peoples lives without protest. (With the exception of the hated European Union's attempts to limit it).

All we can hope for now is that oversight of the agencies given snooping powers can be created - allowing a few bought off judges to rubber stamp access to peoples data is nowhere good enough. Also to restrict access to agencies with publicly sanctioned specific agendas and well trained staff - currently there is nothing to stop low level local officials from free access to peoples data and the corruption that this will create (See US policing tactics to steal money from people stopped in their vehicles).

Theresa Mays party is fameous for its bad implementation of law so expect none of the above caveats to be implemented. They are well known as the party of Law and Order - which equates to laws written by the most vocal and insane right wing media.

Comment Re:Does it affect the Linux client? (Score 1) 225

Not unless it runs on a mobile phone. The whole of the tech industry is only interested in selling stuff to mobile users because the only growth industry is selling mobiles to developing countries. Linux is history because the fight for the desktop is over, all the money is in mobiles not desktops so screw desktops. Skype probably did not do any input checking because mobile users do not type in addresses, so who cares?

Comment The begining (Score 4, Insightful) 52

IANA theoretical physicist but...

In six months or so we will know whether there is anything absolutely extraordinary to be learned from the LHC. It is only a hope that new physics will be found at 13TeV. We spent the money to find the Higgs and found it, in the next year or so we will know a lot more about it but the hope is that something of interest to the general public may come out of the energy boost. I would not hold your breath though, so far we have only seen exactly what we expected to see. The next big thing may be to search for the gravitational waves from the big bang to settle the question of whether inflation started the universe. No one is funding it until at least 2035.

Sadly I really think we need to keep our fingers crossed that a mere doubling of energy in the LHC will find anything startling.

Unfortunately we probably need to spend at least as much money on a different experiment to find another amazing thing.

Having said that it is already a triumph to have discovered the Higgs scalar field - something that was only a theory until the LHC came along and now it is in the text books because of it.

You may find that like the moon landing, a tremendous leap forward is followed by 50 years of disappointment once the political will has died. (At least we have transparent aluminum AlN now) :-)

Comment Re:Fuck you. (Score 1) 618

Advertising should be either sought after or relatively invisible. I quit watching television in the 80's and I allowed advertising on websites whilst it was apparent that they paid for the service I was using. These days advertising kills people So fuck the bastards.

Comment Re:Complete article (Score 2) 442

I have done research on this topic and I think I will take my chances with the conclusions of the majority of the scientific community. Not the principle that if it is temporarily good for jobs then it is the right answer. The track record of going after the money and nothing else is littered with destroyed lives, Bhopal for example. I note that with freedom comes responsibility and I also note that the people who shout about it the most are the least likely to take any responsibility for anything.

Comment Re:well.. (Score 1) 760

Gosh, this reminds me of the 19 Century when workers were paid in company coins and had to spend it in the company store. Amazing the way institutional corruption is still going strong in the modern world. In fact it makes you doubt that the modern world ever happened.

Comment Re: a "COUNTRY that absolutely loves to censor stu (Score 1) 91

I suspect to many Muslim youth ISIL looks very little different to the way the left in the Spanish civil war looked to young Europeans last century. Many many Europeans went to fight the dictator Franco and died. Fortunately they did not in the main bring their bombs and guns back with them, we certainly did not put them all in prison as we do returnees from Syria and Iraq.

There is no church hierarchy in Islam that we could expect to make a statement on behalf of the faith, its not so easy to denounce your own religion either. I am not surprised that you think that extremism is tolerated by default in Islam, I think it is more a case of it being difficult to tell by what is pronounced publicly. Also we have to overcome the stunning hypocrisy of Bush and Blair who are personally responsible for lying to the world about weapons of mass destruction then proceeding to start a war in which 153,828 Iraqi civilians have died. This is 51 times more people than died in the Twin Towers. No wonder muslims have concerns about their place in our societies.

Sorry but this is like expecting the Pope to denounce the Westborough hate church. Also remember that the ISIL soldiers in Syria have in fact liberated the country from Bashar al-Assad. The fact that this liberation is into the care of a death cult is something that many will not believe. It would be like the West denouncing a christian militia - say the lords resistance army. I do not recall any church leader excommunicating those men for murder, abduction, mutilation, and child-sex slavery.

The point is that Muslims views are open to persuasion just like westerners. At the moment ISIL is doing a great job of trying to tar Muslims the world over with their greasy death cult and the predictable outraged bigoted red faced old white men are screaming from the rooftops that all Muslims are apologists for terror because young Muslims are being sold a better future by the death cult than the same bigoted red faced old white men.

We need to step up to the plate and offer the youth a better vision than "all Muslims are terrorist sympathizers". If we do not ISIL will succeed in driving a wedge between the west and its Muslim population.

The one guaranteed outcome of us allowing ISIL to do this will be genocide, because they believe that the end times are here and they want it to happen on both sides - and personally I will be blaming the red faced old white men for allowing simple psychology to beat the West if it happens.

Comment Re:a "COUNTRY that absolutely loves to censor stuf (Score 2) 91

Turkey is a basket case. The current leadership is introducing medieval Islam in what was technically a secular country. They have little choice.

On its boarders the region run by the Islamic State death cult who have co-opted the Islamic religion to indoctrinate their cannon fodder. The point about Muslim religious authority is that it belongs to whoever declares that they own it. The point about a religion is that it replaces the moral judgement of individuals with the rules as given by the earthly religious authority.

To cut a long story short if Turkey does not adopt a mediaeval society and reject the west then the people will turn to Islamic State and kick the government out and replace them with the death cult.

Expect Turkey to become hostile to westerners.

Comment Re:the solution to their perceived problem (Score 1) 98

Not really relevant though in this case is it. Do you really think the application of the law is by legal reasoning?

The detecting and prosecuting authority's will be instructed to apply sanctions for the personal possession of encrypting technology and to automatically sanction without discretion.

Jurys are not required for 99% of court cases, the judge just rubber stamps the prosecutions case.

Cameron has turned out to be a duffer who just repeats the odious bigotry of his class.

Even the Brown Shirt party - UKIP with their dreams of immigrant prison camps and deportations couldn't be worse than slime-ball Cameron. At least they are honest about who's neck they want to get their jackboots on.

"I have not the slightest confidence in 'spiritual manifestations.'" -- Robert G. Ingersoll