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+ - SPAM: Nissan GT-R invades Nurburgring

Submitted by milurally
milurally (2545490) writes "Once the new year begins, it’s good to look back and remember all of the good things that occurred during the previous year. That is exactly what Youtube user, cvdzijden, did when he created this video, which brings forth multiple Nissan GT-R models he caught on the Nurburgring throughout the past year. The video is appropriately described as an "invasion campaign of the Nurburgring ring," and one look at it will illustrate exactly why."
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Biotech

+ - Powering insect cyborgs with an implantable biofue->

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "Research into developing insect cyborgs for use as first responders or super stealthy spies has been going on for a while now. Most research has focused on using batteries, tiny solar cells or piezoelectric generators to harvest kinetic energy from the movement of an insect's wings to power the electronics attached to the insects. Now a group of researchers at Case Western Reserve University have created a biofuel cell power supply that relies just on the insect's normal feeding."
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Image

LHC Forces Bookmaker To Lower Odds On the Existence of God 457 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the god-particle dept.
A UK bookmaker has lowered the odds on proving that god exists to just 4-1 to coincide with the switching on of the Large Hadron Collider. The chance that physicists might discover the elusive sub-atomic object called the "God particle" has forced the odds lower. Initially the odds that proof would be found of God's existence were 20-1, and they lengthened to 33-1 when the multi-billion pound atom smasher was shut down temporarily because of a magnetic failure. A spokesman for Paddy Power said, "The atheists' planned advertising campaign seems to have renewed the debate in pubs and around office water-coolers as to whether there is a God and we've seen some of that being transferred into bets. However we advise anyone still not sure of God's existence to maybe hedge their bets for now, just in case." He added that confirmation of God's existence would have to be verified by scientists and given by an independent authority before any payouts were made. Everyone getting a payout is encouraged to tithe at least ten percent.
Transportation

+ - A luxurious public transit of the future... ->

Submitted by xrooles
xrooles (1154553) writes "Scientists at the TU Delft are working on a research programme directed towards the public transport of the future. Researchers are developing a limo-like mass transit option that picks up commuters near their homes, drives at high speeds on a dedicated track, and then slows to normal road speeds when it switches over to city streets. The creators of the streamlined Superbus say it could not only elevate the status of the bus by promising riders a relaxing, hi-tech, and luxurious environment, but could also get people where they're going in a fast, convenient, and fuel-efficient manner.
Discovery News writes that Rubber tires allow Superbus to drive on conventional roads — thereby offering near-home pickup — and a low-profile, racecar-like design gives it the aerodynamics to achieve speeds of 155 mph on a 10-foot concrete track — thereby offering fast service. While on the dedicated track, the vehicle's frame will zoom along just a few inches above the ground. In the city, the bus will rise up to a foot off the ground."

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Security

+ - A Legal Analysis of the Sony BMG Rootkit Debacle

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YIAAL
YIAAL writes "Two lawyers from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology look at the Sony BMG Rootkit debacle: "The Article first addresses the market-based rationales that likely influenced Sony BMG's deployment of these DRM systems and reveals that even the most charitable interpretation of Sony BMG's internal strategizing demonstrates a failure to adequately value security and privacy. After taking stock of the then-existing technological environment that both encouraged and enabled the distribution of these protection measures, the Article examines law, the third vector of influence on Sony BMG's decision to release flawed protection measures into the wild, and argues that existing doctrine in the fields of contract, intellectual property, and consumer protection law fails to adequately counter the technological and market forces that allowed a self-interested actor to inflict these harms on the public." Yes, under "even the most charitable interpretation" it was a lousy idea. The article also suggests some changes to the DMCA to protect consumers from this sort of intrusive, and security-undermining, technique in the future."
Transportation

+ - Public Q & A From Top Chevy Volt Executives->

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Lyle Dennis
Lyle Dennis writes "GM-Volt.com editor Lyle Dennistook nearly 200 questions from enthusiasts of the upcoming Chevy Volt electric car, and personally asked those questions to the top executives building and designing the car. The resultant extensive Q & A is published on the site here: http://www.gm-volt.com/category/gm-q-and-a/"
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Government

+ - Usaspending.gov Federal Spending Tracker Online->

Submitted by FiniteElementalist
FiniteElementalist (1073824) writes "Champions for government transparency can now view some of the fruits of their labor as Usaspending.gov is online. This site provides easy access to a plethora of searchable data about US Federal Government spending, such as federal contracts and assistance. It also provides an API for small scale accesses to the available data. Usaspending.gov was created as a result of the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 introduced by Senators Coburn (R-OK) and Obama (D-IL).
(PS Don't get too worried about the red warning text at the bottom, other than you shouldn't setup automated or bulk data gathering from the site.)"

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The Internet

+ - Former Wikipedia COO had criminal record

Submitted by Goobergunch
Goobergunch (876745) writes "The Register is reporting that Carolyn Doran, Chief Operating Officer of the Wikimedia Foundation from January to July of this year, was a convicted felon, with a criminal record in four states. Wikipedia general counsel Mike Godwin said that he had "no direct knowledge" of her record. Responsibilities of the Chief Operating Officer included ensuring effective audit trails and approval of Foundation expenditures."
United States

+ - Investigation Alleges Climate Science Manipulation

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explosivejared
explosivejared writes "The Washington post is running a story about a 16-month House Oversight and Government Reform Committee investigation that alleges the White House tampered with climatology reports. The investigation's report finds that the White House has tried to downplay the significance of climate change through a consistent pattern of conduct by controlling public access to government climate scientists and suppressing views counter to the White House view. The 294 edits of the 2003 White House plan to address climate change by the The White House Council on Environmental Quality were especially controversial. The White House has consistently maintained contrary to their accusers that these edits and any other actions they have taken are only trying to highlight the fact that there is uncertainty about the causes of climate change and what should be done to combat it. They insist that they have not tampered with the science."
Government

+ - Australia ratifies the Kyoto Protocol->

Submitted by esocid
esocid (946821) writes "Prime Minister Kevin Rudd signed the instrument of ratification of the Kyoto Protocol in his first act after being sworn in this morning. The ratification will come into force in 90 days. "This is the first official act of the new Australian Government, demonstrating my Government's commitment to tackling climate change," Mr Rudd said.
Hopefully the United States will take a cue from Australia's move."

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The Almighty Buck

+ - Local U.S. Economy Savior Kramlich China-Bound

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theodp
theodp writes "Just a month ago, VC Dick Kramlich argued that venture capitalists were entitled to their low 15% tax rate (compared to the 35% cap faced by ordinary citizens) because of the benefits and jobs they bring to the local economy. But come January, the WSJ reports Kramlich's local economy will be Shanghai's glitzy Xintiandi district (reg.), where he is moving to drum up new deals for his New Enterprise Associates, which has already sunk $300M in Chinese companies as it joins other U.S. venture firms seeking better returns in fast-expanding economies abroad. During his year-long stay abroad, Kramlich will investigate launching an investment fund denominated in Chinese yuan instead of U.S. dollars, which would allow NEA to more easily take companies public on Chinese stock exchanges."
Space

+ - SETI: Is It Worth It? 1

Submitted by njdube
njdube (965445) writes "It's a risky long shot that burns up money and might never, ever pay off. So is searching for intelligent creatures on unseen worlds worth the candle? After all, aren't there better ways to use our monies and technical talents than trying to find something that's only posited to exist: sentient beings in the dark depths of space?"

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