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Submission + - One other HUGE problem with global warming issue (ning.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The idea of man-caused global warming is unraveling before our very eyes, and the mainstream media still fails to ask tough questions about any red flags seen in it. The entire issue is a case study for journalistic malfeasance.

Consider this: skeptic climate scientists are accused of being in a conspiracy to "reposition global warming as theory rather than fact", which supposedly mimics the old tobacco industry conspiracy to downplay the health hazards of smoking. In my June 15th RedState article Forget the Science; Is Al Gore's Accusation of Skeptic Climate Scientists a Hoax?, I showed how that "reposition global warming" accusation phrase — spelled out full screen in Al Gore's movie — is 1) based on a 1991 coal industry memo no one was allowed to see, 2) it is an out-of-context sentence, promoted by a person who was not a Pulitzer winner despite accolades to the contrary, 3) Al Gore credited that person with finding the memo, and, 4) Gore had the memo collection in his own possession at his Senate office years before that person.

On June 22, Gore mysteriously contradicted himself again in his big Rolling Stone magazine article about who found the memo, and it also turns out his article's criticism of the media is nothing more than the same 15-year old ruse which was first promoted by the "Pulitzer winner" I mention above. Please see: Pt II: Is Gore's Accusation of Skeptic Climate Scientists Still a Hoax?.

Al Gore and all of his followers refuse to debate skeptic scientists. If they can't prove such skeptics are corrupt now, they have no other way to keep the so-called global warming crisis alive except to prove those skeptics are wrong. Does anybody now wonder why so much effort has been put into silencing criticism of the issue for twenty years?

Ignore the 'anonymous' label above. I am Russell Cook, and I approve this message. The above links and my other online articles & blogs about the smear of skeptic scientists are found at the 'Original Source' link just below.

Submission + - Detect any chemical with a personal glucose meter (nature.com)

Freddybear writes: Via MAKE magazine's blog, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana have developed a method of using an ordinary glucose meter to selectively detect and quantify a wide range of chemicals. The method involves custom-tailored DNA coupled to the enzyme invertase. When the DNA detects the specific chemical which it is designed to react with, it releases the invertase which converts ordinary table sugar to fructose and glucose, which can be measured by a standard glucose meter.
Idle

Submission + - Apple has more cash than God^H^H^H the U.S. (cnn.com)

Ares writes: Its official. Apple is wealthier than the United States Government. CNN suggests that the US should start selling iPads. And why not? If it works for Apple, giving it a $76.2 billion cash balance sheet, surely, it could improve the US Treasury's $73.8 billion balance sheet. From the article: "This symbolic feat — the world's most highly valued tech company surpassing the fiscal strength of the world's most powerful nation — is just the latest pinnacle for Apple, which has been on an unprecedented roll."

Followed by: "'We don't let the cash burn a hole in the pocket or make stupid acquisitions,' CEO Jobs said last fall. 'We'd like to continue to keep our powder dry because we think there are one or more strategic opportunities in the future.'"

"Offering Uncle Sam a short-term loan is probably not one of them."

Patents

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Using Code with an Expired Patent 1

kruhft writes: "I was recently doing some research into Genetic Programming and found through a blog post that looks to be useful. After looking over the code and license, I found that this was the first piece of code I had seen that was protected by a patent, issued on June 19, 1990. I read that patents last for 20 years, meaning that the patent that this code refers to is expired. Is there any way for me to be sure that using this code is safe from any patent troll attacks if I choose to use it? Would rewriting the code keep me from violating any other patents that the author might have regarding the use of such an algorithm? Does the code pass into the public domain after the patent expires?"
User Journal

Journal Journal: Space Exploration: What's Next?

So the news was just broken that after 2020, the International Space Station will be sunk into the Atlantic. With the retiring of the space shuttle and the, as of yet, failing private sector, it is pretty clear where the space program will end up if this trend continues. So what can, or at least should, be done to rectify this?

Privacy

Submission + - LibertyHero neutralises Digital Economy Act (libertyhero.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The recently introduced Digital Economy Act ended the legal right to presumption of innocence for citizens of the UK. Under the new legislation, a rightsholder will inform an ISP that a particular IP address is suspected of filesharing. After three such notifications for a given customer, the ISP is required to suspend the user's internet connection. Ultimately, the person is found guilty and punished without fair trial or evidence. LibertyHero, a new high-tech start-up has released a service to counterbalance this ill-conceived law.

LibertyHero provide free software to ensure that users are kept anonymous and secure. Once installed, each packet of information leaving the computer is encrypted using military-grade cryptography before being forwarded to a LibertyHero proxy server. The proxy server then passes the data to the correct destination with the original source of the traffic becoming untraceable.

Submission + - US to become the Saudi Arabia of natural gas? (failuremag.com)

An anonymous reader writes: For those opposed to natural gas drilling in the United States, fracking is a dirty word. But the public needs to have a serious discussion about whether the costs and risks (like methane contamination) outweigh the considerable benefit of reducing America’s dependence on foreign oil and turning the US into an energy exporter. In “The End of Country” Seamus McGraw aims to jump start the debate by examining the issues at ground level, describing what happens when Big Energy comes to small town USA.

Submission + - Male Birth Control (ibtimes.com)

NicknamesAreStupid writes: The International Business Times reports several new forms of male birth control are concurrently being developed, including one that makes men sterile when they drink alcohol and another that makes men sterile and sick when they drink alcohol. Scientists finally may be onto something.
The Media

Submission + - James Murdoch's Defense Crumbles

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Brian Cathcart writes that whatever happens to News Corp., it will surely happen without James Murdoch,, the clever, dashing heir apparent to his buccaneer father, Rupert, who has become a liability with little hope of survival. James Rupert told members of Parliament that when he approved a payment of about $1.1 million in 2008 to settle the first lawsuit brought by a phone-hacking victim, he was not shown an email that suggested phone hacking was more widespread at the News of the World, and not limited to one “rogue” reporter. "He is saying one thing—that in briefing him they gave an “incomplete picture”—and, remarkably, in a statement Thursday, they publicly denied that," writes Cathcart. "It is a significant moment, because it is the first public breaking of ranks among Murdoch executives to have occurred in the five years this scandal has been running." All the News Corp. executives used to tell the same story but one by one as the pressure has grown these people have been cast off or have drifted away and now as the little group has splintered and scattered, and they all need to save their own skins. "It’s not just James who is done," writes David Carr in the NY Times. "Rupert Murdoch, as we have long known him, is done as well.""

Comment Re:As someone who loves games... (Score 1) 47

What we're looking at is what makes players tick and what they like about the game, then improving those aspects and adding a layer of extra sugar on top for those who are willing to pay for it.

But the information you provide basically tells the money people "Make them pay for this anyway.". It adds no value to the game whatsoever, and makes people like me (programmers) hate their job because we know we are doing nothing but gouge our userbase. We know alot more than you, and you are nothing without us. Remember that.

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