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To Prevent Deforestation, Brazilian Supermarkets Ban Amazon Meat 94

Posted by samzenpus
from the stop-eating-local dept.
Hugh Pickens writes writes "BBC reports that the Brazilian Association of Supermarkets, representing 2,800 members, says it will no longer sell meat from cattle raised in the rainforest, a step they hope will cut down on the illegal use of rainforest where huge swathes have been turned into land for pasture and soy plantations. Public Prosecutor Daniel Cesar Azeredo Avelino says consumers will benefit from the deal. 'The agreement foresees a series of specific actions to inform the consumer about the origin of the meat both through the internet and at the supermarkets,' says Azeredo. 'We hope that the big chains will quickly take action.' The supermarkets' pledge comes as part of an initiative by the Public Prosecutor's Office to deprive the meat producers of outlets and an internet campaign aimed at informing Brazilian consumers of the ethics of boycotting meat from Amazonian sources is also planned. Brazil's Greenpeace advocacy group says the growth of the cattle industry in the Amazon is the single biggest cause of deforestation. For decades now, Brazilian authorities have battled illegal logging and other activities that continue to reduce the rainforest and in January the Brazilian government announced it plans to prepare an inventory of the trees in the Amazon rainforest. The Forestry Ministry said the census would take four years to complete and would provide detailed data on tree species, soils and biodiversity in the world's largest rainforest. The last such exhaustive survey was conducted more than three decades ago but didn't help stop deforestation."
Graphics

+ - Blender 2.66 released->

Submitted by hochl
hochl (759409) writes "The Blender Foundation has announced a new release of the popular, free 3D design program Blender. From the release page: The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.66. This release contains long awaited features like rigid body physics simulation, dynamic topology sculpting and matcap display. Other new features include Cycles hair rendering, support for high pixel density displays, much better handling of premultiplied and straight alpha transparency, a vertex bevel tool, a mesh cache modifier and a new SPH particle fluid dynamics solver."
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Comment: Re:And? (Score 1) 164

by doctorcisco (#37921106) Attached to: Duqu Installer Exploits Windows Kernel Zero Day

Clearly, you didn't read the article. The document attachment won't trigger your scanner, because it exploits an unpublicized kernel vulnerability. Because it's a kernel vulnerability, it's quite unlikely privilege separation will help you. So unless you forbid people to get any and all .doc/.docx files from any source, you are vulnerable to something like this.

So ... you do block all possible access to .docx files, right? Or maybe you need to realize that your 20 year old security rules that aren't 20 years old are also already out of date. The game has changed.

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Comment: Re:Complex Model (Score 1) 464

by doctorcisco (#36662476) Attached to: China's Coal Power Plants Mask Climate Change

A carbon tax doesn't destroy the economy per se, it changes the tilt on the game board creating new winners and losers. It only causes big problems if you insist that the old winners must continue to be winners, which isn't something that any government ought to promise.

Utterly and completely wrong. At the root of the Industrial Revolution is one simple thing: material abundance didn't happen until people found out how to replace muscle power with the stored energy in abundant fossil fuels (there isn't enough wood). A carbon tax makes that energy more expensive. When energy costs rise, everything gets more expensive -- especially food. Cheap food and cheap energy are the basis of modern civilization. Start bumping up the costs of those two things, and marginal countries won't be able to "catch up to the curve" and start improving the lot of the world's poor.

In short, don't kid yourself. Whether AGW is real or not (we don't know), whether it poses a threat or not (surely a big event like this would have SOME positive impacts as well as some negative ones), don't kid yourself. Cutting down carbon emissions will kill some people -- it just won't be people you know.

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Florida Man Sues WikiLeaks For Scaring Him 340

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-watch-the-news dept.
Stoobalou writes "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been accused of 'treason' by a Florida man seeking damages for distress caused by the site's revelations about the US government. From the article: 'David Pitchford, a Florida trailer park resident, names Assange and WikiLeaks as defendants in a personal injury suit filed with the Florida Southern District Court in Miami. In the complaint filed on 6th January, Pitchford alleges that Assange's negligence has caused "hypertension," "depression" and "living in fear of being stricken by another heart attack and/or stroke" as a result of living "in fear of being on the brink of another nuclear [sic] WAR."' Just for good measure, it also alleges that Assange and WikiLeaks are guilty of 'terorism [sic], espionage and treason.'"
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Survey Shows That Fox News Makes You Less Informed 1352

Posted by samzenpus
from the fair-balanced-and-simple dept.
A survey of American voters by World Public Opinion shows that Fox News viewers are significantly more misinformed than consumers of news from other sources. One of the most interesting questions was about President Obama's birthplace. 63 percent of Fox viewers believe Obama was not born in the US (or that it is unclear). In 2003 a similar study about the Iraq war showed that Fox viewers were once again less knowledgeable on the subject than average. Let the flame war begin!
Crime

Student Googles Himself, Finds He's Accused of Murder 184

Posted by samzenpus
from the be-careful-what-you-search-for dept.
University of Florida student Zachary Garcia was more than a little surprised to find out he was wanted for murder after Googling his name. It turns out the police were looking for a different man but had mistakenly used Garcia's photo. From the article: "Investigators originally released a driver's license photo of Zachary Garcia — spelled with an 'A' — but it was Zachery Garcia — spelled with an 'E'— who was charged in connection with the crime."
Patents

Red Hat Settles Patent Case 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-go-away dept.
darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"

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