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Comment Re:The important part is missing from the summary (Score 2, Interesting) 173

Can't let lack of evidence interfere with how the French feel about themselves. They're still pissed off from Lance Armstrong.

The French media just loved Lance Armstrong, as anybody who actually knows anything about the subject can attest. But of course when it turned out that he was just a cheating doper, some journalists began to write critical articles about him and the entire doping circus he represented.

Lance Armstrong is a cheating doper, no doubt about that; he has simply failed too many doping tests that anybody can deny that. But for technical reasons he can't get a doping sentence because retro-testing can't be used as evidence.


Comment Re:The important part is missing from the summary (Score 5, Informative) 173

"Judges said that although no evidence directly linked Messrs. Landis and Baker to the hacking of the antidoping lab, both men benefited from the illegal intrusion."
So, basically, anyone who benefits from a crime is somehow culpable whether or not they actually had anything to do with it.
Gotta love that French "justice" system...

So some clueless blogger totally misrepresent the case and the submitter gives it a flat out wrong headline.

Landis, a known lying doper and cheater, hasn't been convicted for hacking, but for being in possession of stolen documents. Landis, when he was still lying about his doping, was showing these documents to everyone interested, claiming that they showed his innocence, so there is no arguments about him being in possession of these documents.

So Landis escaped a hacking charge and mere got a sentence for being in possession of stolen documents. I am sure that any US citizen publicly showing medical lab records stolen in an hacking accident, would get into trouble with US laws, and rightly so.



Submission + - The Secret of Speedy Sharks (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Researchers have discovered what makes the shark almost impossible to outswim. By using an engineering imaging technique, researchers have discovered that as a shark’s tail swings from side to side, it creates twice as many jets of water as other fishes’ tails, smoothing out the thrust and likely making swimming more efficient. Sharks do this by stiffening the tail midswing, a strategy that might one day be applied to underwater vehicles to improve their performance.

Submission + - JavaScript Client Library for Google APIs Alpha ve (blogspot.com)

Lomegor writes: Finally a JavaScript client for Google APIs has been released. Apparently, it uses JSONP or some other kind of asynchronous script loading to retrieve the methods from Google servers. It's really good to see this kind of development as client-side JavaScript developers have a hard time communicating with other servers' services (such as in single page dynamic web pages or extensions). It's still in Alpha, so not a good choice for use in production, but a good first step.

Comment Re:Where have I seen this before (Score 3, Insightful) 259

> But hey make up your mind, is this Arctic cold snap caused by Global Warming too, or what?

Yes. The colder air than usual in the stratosphere is caused by the fact that greenhouse gases insulate so much that less heat escape to space. Common sense actually. So yes, this phenomenon is a very good indication that the greenhouse effect is both real and increasing.

Really, only the anti-science loony fringe denies global climate changes now a days, the scientific evidence for man made influence on the present climate change keep on coming, and is getting confirmed from many different sources. AFAIK, not a single scientific study trying to find other causes than human influence, have succeded in explaining what is going on.


Submission + - Ask Slashdot:How to Really get Started Programming 1

Arch_Android writes: Hello Slashdot! The last post on Computer Science curriculum got me thinking about my own, predicament, if you will. I'm 14 years old, and began programming when I was 11, in Python. Now, along the way, I've never really had any project to really "get into", so to speak. Mainly, I've been writing simple text editors, prime number calculators, chat servers, and other simple beginner projects. Now, I have a decent knowledge in Python and C, while I just need to learn some little syntactical things in Java and C++ (excepting STL. I can save that for later!). So basically, what I'm wondering is, where does an eager programmer go from here, and how did you really get into programming?
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Submission + - A Piece of Internet History Lost: IO.com Sold (prismnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The former Illuminati Online domain, IO.com, has been sold, and all existing customers will lose all services associated with the domain. A 1990 Secret Service raid on Steve Jackson Games, then owner of the Illuminati Online BBS and later the IO.com domain led to the creation of the EFF and was an important milestone in the fight for online rights. While the domain has been sold in the past, the services offered to customers always remained unchanged. However, this most recent sale, to an unnamed party, will result in all services being dropped on July 1, and people will lose email addresses, web pages, and shell accounts that many have had for 15+ years.

Submission + - Apple Store Employees Looking To Unionize (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "With the Apple Store chain about to hit its 10th year of existence, some of its employees are looking to unionize. The Apple Retail Workers Union told Macworld that the issues they want to bargain over include "break schedules, training opportunities, the selection and hiring process for internal candidates for open positions, and wages"."

Submission + - Assange receives recognition down-under. (smh.com.au)

c0lo writes: Australian Wikileaks founder Julian Assange stands alongside the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela: Assange has been chosen by the Sydney Peace Foundation to receive a rare gold medal for peace with justice ***.
In related news: this Friday, in Federation Square, Melbourne, Assange joins (over the net) a discussion on wikileaks and freedom of speech. The discussion is campaigned by the GetUp Australia foundation, an independent, grass-roots community advocacy organisation with over 400000 members.

*** peace with justice relates to a way of thinking and acting which promotes non-violent solutions to every day problems and contributes to the development of civil societies.

The Internet

Submission + - Internode preps production IPv6 environment (computerworld.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Australian ISP Internode will move to a native internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) production environment later this year, following an extensive public trial that included more than 200 “power users”. The migration this year will enable dual stack IPv6 capability for all aspects of Internode’s broadband, Web, mail and hosting services. During the transition, new and existing Internode users must opt in to use the IPv6 environment, but the service provider intends to offer the service to users automatically by the end of the year.

Submission + - Graphene film to shed water (sciguru.com)

RogerRoast writes: How about wiper free windshield for the car? A Vanderbilt researcher figured out how to create a freestanding film of graphene oxide and alter itls surface roughness so that it either causes water to bead up and run off or causes it to spread out in a thin layer. Potential applications range from self-cleaning glasses and clothes to antifogging surfaces to corrosion protection and snow-load protection on buildings.

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