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Comment: Re:PDF link to PDF exploit (Score 1) 117 117

Why are you talking about browsers like it's an either/or? I use Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Iron, and even Internet Explorer depending on what I want to be doing, what cookies I want kept on the browser, etc. Firefox is poor at reading pdfs, though.

Comment: Re:Free Speech (Score 3, Informative) 180 180

The site isn't claiming that they're being censored, or that it's a Constitutional free speech issue, just that they're being blocked.

So, I posted a link to the Stop Fast Track website on Facebook, to see if it would be blocked, and it wasn't. I can see the website link from Facebook, my friends can see the website and post on it. So, if it was a mistake to block it, it's fixed now. Get all fired up people.

Comment: Re:It was an app on a WORK-Issued Phone! (Score 1) 776 776

My point of confusion was that she worked for a "money transfer service." Now, I don't know exactly what that means, but does it mean she had money that she went around transferring to people? And in that case, an employer might be motivated to know where the employees are all the time, as well as all the money. But I think it's all electronic transfers, and she didn't have anyone else's money, and wasn't bonded. In which case, buy some aluminum foil and get yourself your own phone.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 1) 94 94

Actually no is the correct answer according to a recent opinion piece in Seismic Research Letters , which doesn't specifically address Terra Seismic, but which notes operational earthquake forecasting is not very far along, and can at best note regions with increased probability of earthquakes of a certain size, utilizing not only seismic data but also geomorphology, geologic and tectonic studies. And as others have noted, if you frack and actually cause earthquakes, then they are much more predictable.

Comment: John Hancock, Boston (Score 1) 21 21

Yes, you read that correctly in the summary, there actually is a John Hancock tower in Boston (240 m tall). It is shorter than the better-known one in Chicago (321 m tall, twice as many hits by Google). The Boston one looks very skinny, so maybe it shakes enough for the video gizmo stuff to pick up vibrations. (What me, make fun of MIT?)

Comment: Sweet Georgia Almond (Score 1) 678 678

Almonds are fascinating, using over a trillion gallons of water per year in California. I always thought eating nuts was lower impact on the environment than eating meat and so a better use of resources. Not sure why we can't grow almonds in water-wealthy states - almonds grow all over the Mediterranean. In fact, almonds are very genetically close to peaches, and I'm sure would make Georgia more money than peaches, with a little investment.

+ - 2 former federal agents charged with stealing Bitcoin during Silk Road probe->

mpicpp writes: The federal government became owners of one of the biggest troves of Bitcoin, thanks to seizing millions of dollars in the digital currency from criminals associated with the online black market Silk Road.

Two federal agents who led the probe allegedly decided they wanted some of the money for themselves, according to a new federal court documents.

The two now-former agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Secret Service are charged with wire fraud, money laundering and other offenses for allegedly stealing Bitcoin during the federal investigation of Silk Road, an underground illicit black market federal prosecutors shut down last year.

The charges in a criminal complaint filed in San Francisco federal court paints a picture of corrupt federal agents trying to enrich themselves as they tried to bring down one of the Internet's top cybercriminals.

The charges against the agents could end up causing complications for the government's case against Ross Ulbricht, also known as "Dread Pirate Roberts", the Silk Road founder. Ulbricht was found guilty last year of aiding drug trafficking with his site. He is awaiting sentencing. As a result of the case against Ulbricht and others, the federal government seized bitcoin that it said at the time was valued at over $33 million.

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+ - Seed from ancient extinct plant planted and brought back to life

schwit1 writes: Israeli scientists have successfully gotten a 2000-year-old seed of an extinct date plant to grow and now reproduce.

Methuselah sprouted back in 2005, when agriculture expert Solowey germinated his antique seed. It had been pulled from the remains of Masada, an ancient fortification perched on a rock plateau in southern Israel, and at the time, no one could be sure that the plant would thrive. But he has, and his recent reproductive feat helps prove just how well he’s doing.

For a while, the Judean date palm was the sole representative of his kind: Methuselah’s variety was reportedly wiped out around 500 A.D. But Solowey has continued to grow date palms from ancient seeds discovered in the region, and she tells National Geographic that she is “trying to figure out how to plant an ancient date grove.” Doing so would allow researchers to better understand exactly what earlier peoples of the region were eating and how it tasted.

The UNIX philosophy basically involves giving you enough rope to hang yourself. And then a couple of feet more, just to be sure.