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Submission + - EPIC Files Motion About Ignored Body Scanner Ruling (epic.org)

OverTheGeicoE writes: The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a motion in court yesterday regarding the court's ignored year-old ruling on EPIC vs. DHS. EPIC is asking the court to require DHS to start taking public comment within 60 days or, as an alternative, forbid DHS from using body scanners in primary airport screening altogether. If the court orders the latter, that would give EPIC what it originally sought in its lawsuit. Meanwhile, for what it's worth, the related petition on whitehouse.gov has a little more than half the signatures it needs to get an official 'response.' The signing period ends on August 9.
Cloud

Submission + - codebender.cc brings Arduino programming on the cloud (codebender.cc) 2

M4rkellos writes: "A group of 5 students from Greece have developed [url="http://codebender.cc"]codebender[/url], an open-source web-based platform for hackers and makers, in an attempt to make Arduino and electronics development more accessible to people that have no previous experience with hardware and programming.

Codebender eliminates the problems a first-time Arduino user faces, such as the hassle of installing, managing and updating software, tools and [url="http://codebender.cc/libraries"]external libraries[/url], and keeping them in sync across multiple devices. Having a web-based IDE also means that all your projects are safely stored on the cloud making them available 24/7 and enabling you to program your Arduino even if you are away from your computer. You can even [url="http://codebender.cc/misc/about"]program an internet-enabled Arduino remotely[/url] through the network, straight from the browser.

codebender’s goal is to help the maker community, so the team behind codebender is determined to keep the service free of charge and open to everyone. To cover their hosting fees, [url="http://www.indiegogo.com/codebender?a=806420"]they ask for support through their IndieGoGo campaign[/url] in order to keep the site running."

Businesses

Submission + - Natural Gas Fracking Causes Plunge in CO2 Emissions (examiner.com) 2

MarkWhittington writes: "Natural gas fracking, in which fluids are injected in a shale formation to force natural gas to the surface, has caused an economic boom in places such as the Eagle Ford formation in south Texas, according to CNBC. The natural gas fracking boom seems also to have fixed a situation that has vexed environmentalists, according to Investor’s Business Daily. The natural gas fracking boom has caused a plunge in CO2 output, down to 1990s levels."
Youtube

Submission + - YouTube adds facial blurring to protect the innocent (or the guilty) (blogspot.com)

kaizendojo writes: "YouTube has added another feature to its enhancements tool, allowing you to automate the process of blurring out people's faces in your photos. Its makers are quick to add that it's still an emerging technology, and that it may still miss out on faces depending on lighting obstructions and video quality. YouTube cites footage from human rights issues for bringing the idea forward, where identification of those involved could prove dangerous. You'll be able to preview how it looks, and if you choose to include the blurred option, a new copy is made to avoid losing the unedited original."
Google

Submission + - Google Fiber to launch next week (gigaom.com)

vu1986 writes: ""Google announced plans to build the gigabit network back in February of 2010 and thousands of municipalities competed to be the future home of the planned network. In March, it selected Kanas City as the first location for Google Fiber.

Google said it wanted to build out the network so it could see what people might do with a full gigabit connection, but I also think this is Google’s answer to the ISP’s continued whining about how much networks cost to operate and how providers like Google or Netflix should pay them for delivering traffic across the ISP’s networks."
http://gigaom.com/2012/07/18/google-fiber-to-launch-next-week/"

Censorship

Submission + - How Close Is America to a Closed Internet? (vice.com)

pigrabbitbear writes: "Three years after Facebook-friendly dissidents took to the streets of Tehran and made techno-optimists giddy about the Internet’s liberating potential, things have gotten bleak. Once again, the mullahs are taking on democracy-minded netizens — but nowadays, the government is the one getting creative with technology. And they’re winning, doing things to Internet access that makes China’s “Great Firewall” seem tame."
Science

Submission + - Higgs data offers joy and pain for particle physicists (nature.com)

scibri writes: So now that we've pretty much found the Higgs Boson, what's next? Well:

“There’s going to be a huge massacre of theoretical ideas in the next couple of years,” predicts Joe Lykken, a theoretical physicist at Fermilab. The data has shored up the standard model, but technicolor is dead and supersymmetry is starting to look pretty ropey now. Theorists are now poking at the mathematical chinks in the standard theory in the hopes of being the first to find a deeper truth about how the Universe works.

Submission + - Meta Question about text in user sidebar

hsmyers writes: "In the sidebar which normally lists karma and such like I've found:

Reply to "Re:LD50?" by spottedkangaroo [X]
Reply to "Re:LD50?" by bazald [X]

Which despite the prescence of the delete button refuse to go away. What's up?"

Comment Re:And Google rejoices (Score 1) 147

Seems to me that would depend entirely on what they do with the results. If the answer is 'nothing that the web sees again' then no harm, no foul. On the other-hand things quickly gray up if the info is re-posted in an altered form. The guy who scraped Cragslist and made it easier to use comes to mind. Not sure if this qualifies as 'ruining the quality' or not, but the Craigslist lawyers were quick to react. If the guy doesn't (or hasn't caved) it will be interesting to see what happens.

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