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Comment Re:Troubling (Score 1) 404

OTOH, his military source violated US laws and was well aware of what s/he was doing and should be prosecuted. Civil disobedience is not without it's risks. If we were in a real war this information leak would have resulted in a date with a firing squad.

Not if you're part of the right wing war machine. Remember Valerie Plame? Releasing the name of an undercover agent during a time of war is treason. Punishable by death. There wasn't even a tap on the shoulder for Dick Cheney.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/23/report-cheney-admits-cruc_n_153157.html

Comment Re:Use your local ham radio club (Score 4, Informative) 499

It may in fact be a ham that is legally operating in the 2.4GHz band. Hams are licensed users of this spectrum, and have priority. They could be causing the interference (if in fact they are), and if so you just have to live with it, if it can't be resolved. Hams are also protected from interference (by law) from the unlicensed users of the spectrum.

And by the way, end users increasing the power output of a WiFi transmitter is not a good idea. It can cause interference on nearby spectrum, and increased noise levels in the band, which can defeat the purpose of the increase in the first place. This is not something that should be hacked.
Biotech

Submission + - Organ damage in rats from Monsanto GMO Corn

jenningsthecat writes: A study published in December 2009 in the International Journal of Biological Sciences found that three varieties of Monsanto genetically-modified corn caused damage to the liver, kidneys, and other organs of rats:

http://www.biolsci.org/v05p0706.htm

One of the corn varieties was designed to tolerate broad-spectrum herbicides, (so-called "Roundup-ready" corn), while the other two contain bacteria-derived proteins that have insecticide properties. The study made use of Monsanto's own raw data.

Quoting from the study's 'Conclusions' section:

"Our analysis highlights that the kidneys and liver as particularly important on which to focus such research as there was a clear negative impact on the function of these organs in rats consuming GM maize varieties for just 90 days."

Given the very high prevalence of corn in processed foods, this could be a real ticking time-bomb. And with food manufacturers not being required by law to declare GMO content, I think I'll do my best to avoid corn altogether. Pass the puffed rice and pour me a glass of fizzy water!

Comment Re:I guess... (Score 1) 251

Too bad; I learned on VM/CMS. Can't beat having your own virtual machine. Didn't have to deal with JCL and the MVS stuff. Only system I liked as much as Amiga OS. Customers loved VM, so of course the suits tried to kill it and champion MVS. Meh.

Yeah, yeah you responding to this post; get off my lawn!

HCP9010W

Comment Re:According to Slashdot (Score 4, Informative) 239

Wow! Take a deep breath. The OP was using sarcasm to make his point. Although I can understand your reaction, because of the flood of corporate BS, err... doublespeak, we have been subjected to for years.
Your points are valid, and we're not all dupes of the corporations and their bribed congress critters.

Perhaps it's time to press for a Bill of Responsibilities to accompany the Bill of Rights. Things like:
When the pursuit of profit conflicts with the good of the country, it will be considered treason.

I have other thoughts along this line, but I think this is enough to illustrate what I mean and what we the people need.

Comment Re:Paper? (Score 3, Informative) 83

Flat paper speakers. Yawn. This is old news decades ago. You can do this in your living room. I did decades ago. Interleave aluminum foil and the pages of a newspaper. Your making a capacitor. Connect the separate sheets of aluminum to the final audio amplifier in a tube amplifier. One connection to ground, the other to the anode of the final amplifier tube. And yes, there be high voltage here. You now have a talking newspaper. Slashdot is supposed to be a nerd site, why are the vast majority here unaware of this?

Comment After the books, then the tool... (Score 1) 630

I see many recommendations. Let me suggest the tool to use and explore the math. APL. Powerful, easy to use, and very successfully taught to high school students.
The book, 'APL; An Interactive Approach' is a good starting point. There are many others. There are free for personal use versions of APL available.
Any questions, drop by:
comp.lang.apl
Security

RIAA Website Hacked 247

gattaca writes "A lack of security controls allowed hackers to "wipe" the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) website on Sunday. The existence of an SQL injection attack on the RIAA's site came to light via social network news site Reddit. Soon after hackers were making merry, turning the site into a blank slate, among other things. The RIAA has restored RIAA.org, although whether it's any more secure than before remains open to question, TorrentFreak reports."

Collapsed UK Bank Attempts to Censor Wikileaks 230

James Hardine writes "Wikileaks has released a couple of hilarious legal demands over a confidential briefing memo entitled Project Wing — Northern Rock Executive Summary. Northern Rock Bank (UK) collapsed spectacularly late last year on the back of the sub-prime lending crisis and was re-floated by the Bank of England at a cost of over £24bn. The memo was used by the Financial Times, the Telegraph and others. It attracted a number of censorship injunctions, as reported by the Guardian, which only Wikileaks continues to withstand. In their legal demand to Wikileaks, Northern Rock's well-known media lawyers, Schillings, invoke the DMCA & WIPO, claim it'll be 10 years in prison for Wikileaks operators for not following the UK injunction, but then, incredibly, refuse to hand over a copy of the order unless Wikileaks' London lawyers promise not to give it to Wikileaks. Finally they claim copyright and more — on their demands! The letters raise a serious issue about the climate of censorship in the UK, where one can apparently easily obtain a censorship order — a judge made law — that everyone is meant to obey, but no one is meant to know."
Biotech

Submission + - First Successful Bacteria Genome Transplant (physorg.com) 1

eldavojohn writes: "The first genome transplant from one bacteria to another, thereby transforming the species. From M. mycoides to M. capricolum, the research shows that it is entirely possible to achieve a success rate of 1 in 150,000 genome transplants in bacteria. While this may seem an exercise in futility, this is actually a major step towards synthetic life which would give us the possibility to tailor bacteria to our needs — whether they be medical, fuel production or terraforming another planet."
Power

Submission + - Solar Cells Could Be Produced with Inkjet Printers

Late-Eight writes: "From Science Daily: Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. "The process is simple," said lead researcher and author Somenath Mitra, PhD, professor and acting chair of NJIT's Department of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. "Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations.""

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