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Comment Lesson not learned (Score 1) 1

From 1985 to 1988, the British government attempted to stop people from reading the autobiography Spycatcher, by Peter Wright, a senior intelligence officer with the MI5, the Security Service. The result was pretty much predictable: it was the Streisand effect many years before it became known as the Streisand effect. Which US newspaper will be the first to print a story like the one the Daily Mirror ran at the time, in response to the censorship?

Find the book and read it, it's interesting with plenty of geek material. More than 2 million copies have been sold.

Submission + - US firewall coming, 15 year jail terms for leaking (rumormiller.com) 1

vinsci writes: [...] Congress began debating a bill which would impose a mandatory 15 year federal jail term for leaking internal banking documents. At press time the bill was expected to pass after House Democrats agreed to a clause calling for construction of a firewall that would prevent Americans from accidently reading leaked banking documents published by websites hosted in other countries. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to criticism that the bill would violate the principles of open communication on which the internet was founded by saying "When this bill passes there will be serious jail time for reading leaked documents; if the firewall saves just one child from having to spend time in prison then it's worth it."

Comment WikiLeaks hosts file for mirrors (Score 0, Offtopic) 383

Slightly off-topic: get your hosts file with IP-addresses for each of the WikiLeaks mirrors here:

WikiLeaks hosts file for mirrors

This is a complete list of IP addresses and host names for all WikiLeaks mirrors, in standard hosts file format. You can add the contents of the file to the hosts file already on your computer. The advantage of this is that you are no longer dependant on external DNS service providers in order to access WikiLeaks, as the file provides the necessary domain name to IP address mapping needed to access the sites.

Submission + - 1200 new species found in Amazon rainforest

vinsci writes: The vital importance of the Amazon rainforest is well known. As the largest tract of tropical rainforest in the world, the region has unparalleled biodiversity. It harbours one in 10 known species in the world and one in five of all birds. The Amazon rainforest supports the highest diversity of plant species on Earth: depending where you are, you can find from 150 to 900 individual trees per hectare. The Amazon is also home to a diverse array of indigenous communities, and its rich natural resources base provides a source of livelihoods for many both within and outside the region.

However, this treasure trove of our planet has not escaped the gigantic appetite of unsustainable development. At least 17% of the Amazon forest has been destroyed, and much more is severely threatened as the destruction continues. In the words of the respected Amazon ecologist Dan Nepstad, “The Amazon is a canary in a coalmine for the Earth.”

The loss of tropical rainforest has a profound and devastating impact on the world because rainforests are so biologically diverse. The 1,220 new species in this report illustrate the richness of biodiversity found in this the world’s largest rainforest and river basin, and also how much there is still to learn about this incredible biome.

The new species were found over the last 10 years, or about one new species every three days.

Submission + - Amazon Quietly Censoring Bookcovers 1

Nom du Keyboard writes: It seems that Amazon has embarked on a new policy of quiet bookcover censorship. It's possible that they were spooked by this hit piece in Slate, or there may be some other reason, but bookcovers featuring even tasteful nudity have been removed from the "All Departments" general search. Of course they never made this a public announcement; books just started disappearing from their general search without notice. Authors and publishers are being left with two choices: 1) Redo the cover to remove the nudity. 2) Have your title relegated to only Erotica searches for now. Their alleged excuse is that some minor might accidentally stumble upon an offending cover, but this seems to overlook the obvious fact that even with the cover changed Amazon is still selling the same unaltered content to that, or any other, purchaser. And is this only the first step for them? So far this hasn't apparently spread to other eTailers such as Fictionwise, making it possible to compare erotic titles on the two sites and see the Amazon required censorship in the changed cover art. So how do you feel about Amazon setting these rules for everyone?

Comment Re:Finally, something to do with this phone (Score 3, Interesting) 139

Probably Mappero. or if you want to edit OpenStreetMap, OSM2GO. These are golden. The Nokia Maps application has one big plus, though: you can store complete maps for the whole world on the N900 device (free downloads from Nokia, in case you managed to miss the commercials) so you don't need Internet access while finding your way. I still prefer Mappero though and simply zoom in to the required detail level and go over the route I intend to take in advance, so that Mappero downloads and caches the maps and I can do without Internet access again. Only if I get truly lost, i.e. when I am outside the cached maps in Mappero, do I switch over to the Nokia Maps application. Now if we could have the wonderful Mappero combined with the pre-downloaded Nokia Maps map database, it would be perfect.

Comment Interesting Q&A session with WikiLeaks founder (Score 4, Interesting) 438

An interesting question & answer chat with Julian Assange, who founded WikiLeaks was published (in English) by Dagens Nyheter, the biggest morning newspaper in Sweden, today.

It gives some insight into his thinking as well as the seriousness of their task — two of their contributors have already been assassinated.

Sci-Fi

Churchill Accused of Sealing UFO Files, Fearing Public Panic Screenshot-sm 615

Newly released secret files show that Winston Churchill ordered a cover-up of an alleged encounter between a UFO and a RAF bomber because he feared public panic. From the article: "Mr Churchill is reported to have made a declaration to the effect of the following: 'This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic among the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church.'"
KDE

KDE SC 4.7 May Use OpenGL 3 For Compositing 187

An anonymous reader writes "KDE SC 4.5 is about to be released and KDE SC 4.6 is being discussed. However, Martin Graesslin has revealed some details about what they are planning for KDE 4.7. According to Martin's blog post, they are looking at OpenGL 3.0 to provide the compositing effects in KDE SC 4.7. OpenGL 3.0 provides support for frame buffer objects, hardware instancing, vertex array objects, and sRGB framebuffers."
Earth

Nuclear Energy Now More Expensive Than Solar 635

js_sebastian writes "According to an article on the New York Times, a historical cross-over has occurred because of the declining costs of solar vs. the increasing costs of nuclear energy: solar, hardly the cheapest of renewable technologies, is now cheaper than nuclear, at around 16 cents per kilowatt hour. Furthermore, the NY Times reports that financial markets will not finance the construction of nuclear power plants unless the risk of default (which is historically as high as 50 percent for the nuclear industry) is externalized to someone else through federal loan guarantees or ratepayer funding. The bottom line seems to be that nuclear is simply not competitive, and the push from the US government to subsidize it seems to be forcing the wrong choice on the market."

Comment Actually, here's how Commodore died (Score 1) 2

Commodore didn't die from external forces, it was killed by the mismanagement and greed of upper management.

You may want to watch Dave Haynie's two-hour video on the last days of Commodore, The Deathbed Vigil (free, full version online at Google Video). The film sums up the steps leading to the demise of the company very well. It is both funny (the anecdotes), sad (the surreal atmosphere of the smashing up of keyboards at night and the burning of the Mehdi Ali doll), as well as informative.

The submitter's claims that the Amiga didn't become a blockbuster and that Commodore would have died as a consequence are just plain wrong, though. Perhaps it was less successful in the U.S. than in Europe (I obviously remember it from the European perspective). There was even Amiga UNIX (System V Release 4) and it was great, beating every other UNIX vendor to the market. Sun Microsystems hoped to sell it as their low-end platform, but as usual, Commodore management killed the deal. See the film linked above for some more details on this and other projects that were engineering successes, but destroyed by the clueless upper management. It's no coincidence the speed bumps in the Commodore parking lot were painted with their names at night, in secret.

C= Failure n. See: Greed
—Dave Haynie

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