interval1066 writes "A story in Wired describes Orson Scott Card's quest for tolerance in response to a boycot for Gavin Hood's film adaption of "Ender's Game", saying that "The gay marriage issue is moot" in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. Card is a long time anti-gay and defense of marriage activist. I guess he didn't see this film and the box-office importance of wide appeal coming, did he?"Link to Original Source
interval1066 writes "The final pieces of the Big Brother puzzle have been fitted into place when FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Senate Judiciary Committee today that the FBI is surveilling Oceania with drones. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) replied "...drones were a huge privacy threat to Americans." This is the same senator who defended the Prism program. Like a frog in a soup pot, the frog doesn't know its cooked until its dead."Link to Original Source
interval1066 writes "According to Boing Boing, the EFF have filed a "formal petition" to the W3 HTML WG Draft Charter that will "support playback of protected content". According to the Boing Boing article there was dissent among the W3 working group internally regarding this proposal. I should hope so, DRM goes against the very standards of openess that the W3 used to be vanguards for. What the hell happened, W3?"
interval1066 writes "Twittech (not the technology commentators "Twit.tv" featuring Leo Laporte) has an instructable on something I was sure couldn't be done; kernel modules using autotools. Its answered a few questions regarding the process in my mind, such as, "can you build kernel mods without KBuild? (No, you still use it), and "Why aren't kernel mods build using autotools?" (Few people know how.). Its really only for the serious monkey wrenches in the tribe but its a decent technical departure from the usual lawsuit news that goes on."Link to Original Source
interval1066 writes "This is huge news in the world of stem cell research; restoring some muscular control to a simian is a huge step. This means that stem cell therapy is a demonstrably viable path to restoring motility for millions of accident victims, palsy and ms sufferers, the list just goes on."Link to Original Source
interval1066 writes "This pretty much ends the era of Sun. I remember when Sun was such a powerhouse, and a very cool place to work. I worked in the shadow of its Santa Clara, CA campus. I haven't been back for years, I wonder if it looks like a ghost town now..."Link to Original Source