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Comment: Re:This is not a telephone conversation. (Score 1) 164

by vonWoland (#47165509) Attached to: 'Godfather of Ecstasy,' Chemist Sasha Shulgin Dies Aged 88
It is not difficult to see how posting in a Sasha Shulgin thread might have repercussions for American citizens. For instance, Mr. Opportunist, since both you and I posted in the same comment thread, even though I have no idea who you are and never will, our names are linked in some NSA database. How this can bite you in the ass (albeit, currently at a low probability level) is already public knowledge:

Comment: Impulse Control? (Score 1) 397

Must not get sucked into comments. Must stop wasting time on Slashdot. OK, this comment does not count, and maybe I could read just one more story---it may expand my mind in unexpected ways, after all. But I will get to work! I will close this tab and not post this comment. Damn. Hey, I'm kind of hungry. Anyone up for going out to lunch?

+ - Where is your taskbar?

Submitted by nickrjsmith
nickrjsmith (1407237) writes "I want to ask slashdotters a question. Where is your task bar? Mine is along the right hand side, top to bottom. I do this as it provides me with more vertical space for browsing docs, webpages etc. After all, it's rare I need axtra space left / right on a wide screen. Where is your placed? Could this be a poll?"
Electronic Frontier Foundation

+ - Warrantless wiretapping cases at the 9th Circuit->

Submitted by sunbird
sunbird (96442) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation argued several critical cases yesterday before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Both Hepting v. AT&T and Jewel v. National Security Agency raise important questions regarding whether the NSA's warrantless wiretapping program (pdf summary of evidence) disclosed by whistleblower Mark Klein and implemented by AT&T and other telecoms, violates the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The full text of the Klein declaration and redacted exhibits are publicly available (pdf). This issue has been previously discussed here (1 2 3 4). The Klein evidence establishes that AT&T cut into the fiber optic cables in San Francisco to route a complete copy of internet and phone traffic to the "SG3" secure room operated by the NSA. The trial court dismissed the Hepting lawsuit (pdf order) based on the 2008 Congressional grant of immunity to telecoms. Similarly, the trial court in Jewel dismissed (pdf order) the lawsuit against the government agencies and officials based on the state secrets privilege. Both cases were argued together before the same panel of judges. The audio of the oral argument will be available after 12noon PT today."
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+ - Man Faces 75 Year Sentence For Recording Police-> 3

Submitted by esocid
esocid (946821) writes "42-year-old Michael Allison of Illinois could spend the rest of his life in prison for recording police in public. He faces five counts of eavesdropping, a class one felony. The Illinois Assistant Attorney General has joined the case and told the judge that citizens do not have the constitutional right to record police."
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+ - US Authorities GPS tagging duped Indian Students->

Submitted by tanveer1979
tanveer1979 (530624) writes "Indian students duped by the dodgy Tri-Valley university in California have been fitted with GPS radio collars by the immigration authorities.

Scores of Indian students were caught in a scam where the university violated immigration norms and illegally got the students F1 visa and immigration status. To keep a track on the movements of the students, the authorities put GPS radio tags. This is spiraling into a major diplomatic row between India and USA, with the former calling the practice inhuman and unwanted."

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Possible Room Temperature Superconductor Achieved 264

Posted by kdawson
from the beware-of-puppeteer-breeding-experiments dept.
TechkNighT_1337 sends news that surfaced on the Next Big Future blog, concerning research out of the University of Bengal, in India. The report is of a possible superconducting effect at ambient room temperatures. Here is the paper on the ArXiv. (Note that this research has not been peer-reviewed or published yet.) "We report the observation of an exceptionally large room-temperature electrical conductivity in silver and aluminum layers deposited on a lead zirconate titanate (PZT) substrate. The surface resistance of the silver-coated samples also shows a sharp change near 313 K. The results are strongly suggestive of a superconductive interfacial layer, and have been interpreted in the framework of Bose-Einstein condensation of bipolarons as the suggested mechanism for high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates. ... The fact that the results described above have been obtained from very simply-fabricated systems, without the use of any sophisticated set-up and any special attention being given to crystal purity, atomic perfection, lattice matching, etc. suggests that the physical process is a universal one, involving only an interface between a metal and an insulator with a large low-frequency dielectric constant. We note in passing that PZT and the cuprates have similar (perovskite or perovskite-based) crystal structures. This resemblance may provide an added insight into the basic mechanism of high-temperature superconductivity."

Comment: Wow! Historical, transformative (Score 1) 402

by vonWoland (#32724372) Attached to: Science Historian Deciphers Plato's Code
I would like to say that I was one of those who said that there must be something more there when reading Plato, but this news has me stunned. If this holds true, it will be an epochal discovery. Me, I can't remember the last time we had one of those in philosophy. Just hope it won't turn out to be cold fusion.

+ - Sprint Delays Android Update; Customers Revolt.->

Submitted by
vonWoland writes "Instead of receiving the long waited-for update to their HTC Hero and Samsung Moment tomorrow, Sprint customers were told to shut up and wait in the company's forums today.
Irate Moment and Hero users did the only thing they could: found a Facebook group in protest.

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