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Comment: Haven't these guys ever seen films. (Score 1) 99

by sandbagger (#49236105) Attached to: Researchers Nearly Double the Size of Worker Ants

We all know what'll happen next. Monster-killer giant super radioactive ants will devour cities. We'll need a spunky scientist's daughter to convince the test pilot that her father doesn't approve of to attach giant electromagnets on tractors to drive them into the sea where they'll drown.

+ - Yippie! The old guy at work finally retired-- we can now get rid of Gopher

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "The nice but stubborn old gent who has been here for so long has finally retired. This means we can finally get Gopher off our network! I can't be the only one who has had to put up with such folly. With his luck, he'll end up with a million dollar a year consulting gig at NASA talking to old space probes. Sigh."

+ - Text Messaging Reduces Analgesic Requirements During Surgery.->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "So, that's what our daughters are doing. Ninety-eight patients receiving regional anesthesia for minor surgeries were randomly assigned to text message with a companion, text message with a stranger, play a distracting mobile phone game, or receive standard perioperative management. Text messaging during surgery provided analgesic-sparing benefits that surpassed distraction techniques."
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+ - Patent reform may catch the wind again ->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "The Washington Post reports that an obscure court case could inject new momentum into a bill that tackles patent trolls. The case, Versata v. SAP, challenges how broadly the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office can interpret a congressional mandate to invalidate "bad" patents, the ones that patent trolls so often use to extort companies for easy settlement money.

This might set up a big showdown with industry and patent trolls."

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+ - ALCU: NSA can't stop US citizen data if it wanted to->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "The American Civil Liberties Association's Freedom of Information requests have revealed this tidbit in the NSA's reasoning: "As a practical matterit is not possible to determine what communications are to or from U.S, persons nearly as readily as is the case with telephony, and often is not possible at all."

In other words, since the poor guys just have to collect everything. Not their fault."

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+ - Snowden: US intelligence has employees undercover at networking manufacturers->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "The National Security Agency has had agents in China, Germany, and South Korea working on programs that use “physical subversion” to infiltrate and compromise networks and devices, according to documents obtained by The Intercept. Thus, it appears that the fundamental core infrastructure of the internet has been more thoroughly compromised than suspected previously."
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+ - Calling Mr Orwell, rejigged executive order makes collecting data not collecting->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "'...it is often the case that one can be led astray by relying on the generic or commonly understood definition of a particular word.' Specifically words offering constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure. TechDirt looks at the redefinition of the term collection as redefined by Executive Order 12333 to allow basically every information dragnet, provided no-one looks at it. "Collection" is now defined as "collection plus action." According to this document, ot still isn't collected, even if its been gathered, packaged and sent to a "supervisory authority." No collection happens until examination. It's Schroedinger's data, neither collected nor uncollected until the "box" has been opened. This leads to the question of aging off collected data/communications: if certain (non) collections haven't been examined at the end of the 5-year storage limit, are they allowed to be retained simply because they haven't officially been collected yet? Does the timer start when the "box" is opened or when the "box" is filled?"
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+ - European Union: We don't want public input on TAFTA/TTIP or CETA->

Submitted by sandbagger
sandbagger (654585) writes "One of the most glaring problems with TAFTA/TTIP is the lack of input from the public in whose name it is being negotiated says TechDirt. One million signatures must be gathered within one year to force the EU to respond to a public petition. Additionally, in seven EU states a specific minimum of supporters must be achieved, e.g. 72,000 signatures in Germany, 55,500 in France, or 54,750 in the United Kingdom et cetera.

This comes from a new site set up by the Stop TTIP Alliance, a pan-EU coalition that aims to seek support for the following petition: We invite the European Commission to recommend to the Council to repeal the negotiating mandate for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and not to conclude the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)."

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