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Submission + - Obama admin will not block state marijuana laws, if distribution is regulated (

schwit1 writes: The Obama administration on Thursday said it will not stand in the way of Colorado, Washington and other states where voters have supported legalizing marijuana either for medical or recreational use, as long as those states maintain strict rules involving distribution of the drug.

In a memo sent Thursday to U.S. attorneys in all 50 states, Deputy Attorney General James M. Cole detailed the administration’s new stance, even as he reiterated that marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

The memo directs federal prosecutors to focus their resources on eight specific areas of enforcement, rather than targeting individual marijuana users, which even President Obama has acknowledged is not the best use of federal manpower. Those areas include preventing distribution of marijuana to minors, preventing the sale of pot to cartels and gangs, preventing sales to other states where the drug remains illegal under state law, and stopping the growing of marijuana on public lands.

Submission + - The Augmented Reality America's Cup (

Tekla Perry writes: In "The Augmented Reality America's Cup" ( Stan Honey and Ken Milnes describe the positioning, communications, graphics, and augmented reality technology they developed that will be used in the upcoming America's Cup races and, they hope, will change the way sailing is televised and watched forever after. Honey and Milnes pioneered car navigation with the startup Etak, and changed the way we watch football on TV with Sportvision's yellow line.

Submission + - Huge Canyon Discovered Under Greenland Ice (

cold fjord writes: The BBC reports, "One of the biggest canyons in the world has been found beneath the ice sheet that smothers most of Greenland. The canyon — which is 800km long and up to 800m deep — was carved out by a great river more than four million years ago ... It was discovered by accident as scientists researching climate change mapped Greenland’s bedrock by radar. The British Antarctic Survey said it was remarkable to find so huge a geographical feature previously unseen. The hidden valley is longer than the Grand Canyon in Arizona. ... The ice sheet, up to 3km (2 miles) thick, is now so heavy that it makes the island sag in the middle (central Greenland was previously about 500m above sea level, now it is 200m below sea level)."

Comment Re:Yeah, that's just what the world needs (Score 2, Insightful) 625

If the suddenly lifespan tripled, and people died at the same rate as born, then the population would triple before it would stabilize. If lifespan tripling was also accompanied by our current population growth, then it would much more than triple. And if lifespan tripling also meant reproductive years tripled, then woah, we really have a huge population crisis on hand.

Comment Reviews on iPhone (Score 1, Interesting) 331

The reviews on the iPhone app (PBS by PBS Entertainment) are telling. They get barely more than 1-star. Most complaints are due to incompatibility. PBS is not in the app business, although it does need to reconsider its strategy. They could outsource the development, but I suspect they want careful control over the content and how it is delivered. Give them time.

Comment Re:In today's news... (Score 1) 365

I think al0ha's point is that people are responsible for the behavior of corporations. The buck doesn't stop with corporations. In this case it seems senior execs at google (maybe not the founders themselves) have a very conservative bias. Similarly, if we elect George Bush, or for that matter Obama, then WE have to take some ownership of that person's decisions.

Submission + - Mozilla Launches Firefox OS Devices In Stores, Opens Up App Payments

An anonymous reader writes: After almost two years of development, Mozilla today officially launched Firefox OS devices in stores. At the same time, the company has opened up payments for developers interested in charging for their apps or charging for content inside their apps.

Last week, the first commercial Firefox OS devices arrived in Spain ready to be sold by Telefónica, starting on July 9 with the ZTE Open for €69 ($88.80) including VAT. Mozilla says Poland, Colombia, and Venezuela also have upcoming launches soon, and more countries will be joining the list as well, but today today marks the day official Firefox OS devices are available in store.

Submission + - EDA Destroys Printers, Cameras, Keyboards, and Mice to combat Malware (

rwise2112 writes: A security contractor declared EDA's systems largely clean, but found malware on six systems and advised these were easily repaired by reimaging the affected machines.

The CIO of the EDA, however, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware.

Submission + - Snowden's legacy... (

An anonymous reader writes: Filed in 2008, Jewel v. NSA is aimed at ending the NSA's dragnet surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans and holding accountable the government officials who illegally authorized it. Evidence in the case includes undisputed documents provided by former AT&T telecommunications technician Mark Klein showing AT&T has routed copies of Internet traffic to a secret room in San Francisco controlled by the NSA. The case is supported by declarations from three NSA whistleblowers along with a mountain of other evidence. The recent blockbuster revelations about the extent of the NSA spying on telecommunications and Internet activities also bolster EFF's case.

As part of the latest development in the long running case managed by the EFF, Judge Jeffrey White of the Northern District of California federal court agreed with EFF that the very subject matter of the lawsuit is not a state secret, and any properly classified details can be litigated under the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

Comment Re:Good (Score 0) 459

Let's live in ignorance. Why don't we, it's such bliss. Point out constructive suggestions, try to be proactive, try to go through the right channels -- only to get shot down. "Shut up", "You're disrupting", "You are a nuisance", "Go away", they say... Go the only way you know how to get recognized (sadly, a last recourse), and get incarcerated. Justice in a dogmatic world.

Comment Genetic Diversity (Score 1) 758

The problem with genetic engineering crop is no different than the problem of the cheetah. You take away from a species it ability to environmentally adjust (minimize its genetic diversity) to climate change, disease and pathogens, and other forces of nature, you potentially destroy the species. Fundamentally we are playing at a level we don't understand. Whether we are endangering our health or our planets, it is just too early to tell, and as a result we need to be wary and cautious.

Comment Genetic diversity (Score 1) 637

His argument reeks nostalgic, i.e. a return to the Greek philosophical ways. And I would guess he started off with a vague hypothesis and found facts to support his claim. Some arguments say agriculture and plentiful food allowed brains to get larger... go figure. Whatever the conclusion, I do think that mutations have allowed for a greater genetic diversity of brain types, and that is a good thing.

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