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Arctic ice cap in a 'death spiral'
The Australian
THE Arctic ice cap has melted so much that open water is now just 560km from the North Pole, the shortest distance recorded, according to scientists. Satellite observations last week from the US National Snow and Ice Data Centre coincide with a prediction...
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+ - Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying->

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wabrandsma (2551008) writes "from Wired:

The National Security Agency has some of the brightest minds working on its sophisticated surveillance programs, including its metadata collection efforts. But a new chat program designed by a middle-school dropout in his spare time may turn out to be one of the best solutions to thwart those efforts.

John Brooks, who is just 22 and a self-taught coder who dropped out of school at 13, was always concerned about privacy and civil liberties. Four years ago he began work on a program for encrypted instant messaging that uses Tor hidden services for the protected transmission of communications. The program, which he dubbed Ricochet, began as a hobby. But by the time he finished, he had a full-fledged desktop client that was easy to use, offered anonymity and encryption, and even resolved the issue of metadata—the “to” and “from” headers and IP addresses spy agencies use to identify and track communications—long before the public was aware that the NSA was routinely collecting metadata in bulk for its spy programs. The only problem Brooks had with the program was that few people were interested in using it. Although he’d made Ricochet’s code open source, Brooks never had it formally audited for security and did nothing to promote it, so few people even knew about it.

Then the Snowden leaks happened and metadata made headlines. Brooks realized he already had a solution that resolved a problem everyone else was suddenly scrambling to fix. Though ordinary encrypted email and instant messaging protect the contents of communications, metadata allows authorities to map relationships between communicants and subpoena service providers for subscriber information that can help unmask whistleblowers, journalists’s sources and others."

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Comment: Re:One switch to rule them all? (Score 2) 681

Can they also put a switch in this to make Office usable? I can't stand that fucking ribbon interface that makes everything I used to do the most often 5 times more difficult.

Yep. The ribbon still sucks. It's funny how Microsoft wants me to buy new products, but wants to berate me for my preferences.

Comment: Re:Are you actually telling me? (Score 1) 179

by pefisher (#47242835) Attached to: Russian RD-180 Embargo Could Boost American Rocket Industry
I was answering wisnoskij who couldn't believe that the Air Force didn't have a redundant launch capability. They do. It's called Delta IV. And yes, it may cost more. Partially because the Russian engine was artificially inexpensive. And partially because Delta IV's LOX/H2 is less dense than LOX/RP-1, and requires more machined metal tankage to put a payload in orbit.

Comment: Re:Deny the deniers (Score 1) 869

I am saying that global warming has been established as a fact and should no longer be argued. If you want to argue that the rational policy is to do nothing, then argue it. But you have to do three things. You have to make some effort to quantify the costs associated with doing nothing. Then you have to look at possible solutions and quantify their costs. Then you have to compare those costs. Deniers are people who won't do the first thing; admit there are any costs associated with doing nothing.

Comment: Deny the deniers (Score 1) 869

Why do we let the deniers control the conversation? We need to ignore them and figure out what we need to do about global warming. Should we turn off half the streetlights? All the streetlights? Or would we rather go without air conditioning? How will a "free" society that has optimized itself for blind consumerism re-optimize itself for intelligent consumption? Can it even hope to do such a thing? Or do we all agree that there is nothing that can be done collectively?

+ - EFF reports GHCQ and NSA keeping tabs Wikileaks visitors and reporters->

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sandbagger (654585) writes "The Intercept recently published an article and supporting documents indicating that the NSA and its British counterpart GCHQ surveilled and even sought to have other countries prosecute the investigative journalism website WikiLeaks. GCHQ also surveilled the millions of people who merely read the Wikileaks website. The article clarifies the lengths that these two spy organizations go to track their targets and confirms, once again, that they do not confine themselves to spying on to those accused of terrorism."
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+ - Russia's Dyatlov Pass Incident explained by modern science?->

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swellconvivialguy (1719580) writes "Fifty-five years ago today, nine young Russians died under suspicious circumstances during a winter hiking trip in the Ural mountains. Despite an exhaustive investigation and the recovery of the group’s journals and photographs, the deaths remained unexplained, blamed on “an unknown compelling force.” Now American film and television producer Donnie Eichar believes he has solved the mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident. Working in conjunction with scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, CO, Eichar developed a theory that the hikers died because they panicked in the face of infrasound produced by a Kármán vortex street."
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