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Submission + - Someone Just Leaked Obama's Rules for Assassinating American Citizens (reason.com)

cathyreisenwitz writes: "For over a year now journalists, civil liberties advocates, and members of Congress have been asking the Obama administration to release internal memoranda from the Office of Legal Counsel justifying Obama's targeted killing program.

While the White House continues to deny that such memos exist, NBC is reporting that it has acquired the next best thing: A secretish 16-page white paper from the Department of Justice that was provided to select members of the Senate last June."

Space

Submission + - Are LEDs the Solution for Light Pollution? (txchnologist.com)

ambermichelle writes: We tend to romanticize the glow that emanates from city lights. We don’t often realize that any light that goes into the sky represents wasted energy, about $2.2 billion per year according to one popular estimate. Not only does light pollution run up electric bills and create carbon emissions, it interferes with ecosystems and obscures our view of the heavens. This is a problem we have brought on ourselves. Fortunately, lighting technology can solve many of these problems. We asked GE’s outdoor lighting guru Tim Miller about how smarter lighting can bring back the night sky. His solution: LEDs. Light emitting diodes use about 70 percent less energy than the most common outdoor lighting technologies. They also reduce four components of light pollution: high light levels, uplight, trespass light and glare.
Idle

Submission + - Firefly poster banned (gawker.com)

ocean_soul writes: "Probably because nothing more threatening was happening and they need to prove their usefulness the school police at University of Wisconsin-Stout decided a Firefly poster with the quote You don't know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: If I ever kill you, you'll be awake. You'll be facing me. And you'll be armed. was a threat to the safety on campus. Wasn't that a quote about not killing people?"
Software

Submission + - What Do You Do With Your Over-the-Hill Computers? 3

theodp writes: When it comes time to get rid of an old computer, Nicholas Morgan gets all sentimental. And even though he's now the proud owner of a shiny MacBook Pro, Morgan couldn't bear to part with his over-the-hill Dell, with which he learned PHP, CSS, HTML, and JavaScript. 'The memories I have on this machine are worth more than the $200 or so I would get from selling it,' he writes of the laptop that now sits in his closet. In fact, Morgan still regrets trashing his first computer, an old Windows 95 Packard Bell machine with its top of the line Pentium processor and a software suite that included lots of educational games, Sierra's '3D Ultra Pinball', and 'The Incredible Toon Machine'. Nice. So, when it comes time to put down your aging computer like Ol' Yeller, do you trash it, sell it, give it away, or hoard it?

Submission + - HIV Vaccine Trial Shows 90% Immune Response (gizmag.com)

fergus07 writes: Researchers at the Spanish Superior Scientific Research Council (CSIC) have successfully completed Phase I human clinical trials of a HIV vaccine in which 90% of volunteers developed an immunological response against the virus. The MVA-B vaccine draws on the natural capabilities of the human immune system and "has proven to be as powerful as any other vaccine currently being studied, or even more", says Mariano Esteban, head researcher from CSIC's National Biotech Centre.
Hardware

Submission + - $25 PC alpha board successfully runs Linux

An anonymous reader writes: Late last month it was reported that the $25 PC had gone into alpha production. That meant the spec of the board had been finalized by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, and they wanted hardware to start testing. Now they have an alpha board to play with. That board is significantly larger than the final product will be, but as testament to just how small this thing is even scaled up, the alpha version is about the size of 3 credit cards--the final version will be credit-card sized. The board, complete with its 700MHz ARM11 processor, successfully ran Linux (version 2.6.35.7).
Software

Submission + - MIT Blackjack King Takes SMTP Public (xconomy.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Semyon Dukach is at it again. Thumbing his nose at the establishment, that is. Dukach, a former leader of the MIT blackjack team, has taken his small company, SMTP, public today in the hopes of overturning the field of e-mail delivery and management. SMTP might sound boring, but it's the latest vehicle in Dukach's quest to "make a couple billion and then try to help the world" (without the aid of venture capitalists or investment bankers). Given his track record, people might not want to bet against him.
Science

Submission + - New Medical Camera The Size Of A Grain Of Salt (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "The German Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration recently reported the development of a camera with a lens attached that is 1 x 1 x 1.5 millimeters in size, which is the size of a grain of salt. At about a cubic millimeter in size, this camera is right at the size limit that the human eye can see unaided. The camera not only produces decent images but it is also very cheap to manufacture. So cheap in fact that it is considered disposable."

Submission + - Nanotech Windows Change Tint with the Weather (discovery.com) 3

disco_tracy writes: They're like those sunglasses that darken when the sun is out and lighten up when it's cloudy. The Denver-based technology company RavenBrick LLC invented and patented a thermochromic window material that responds to changes in temperature. When the material heats up, a nanoscale structural reorganization changes the glass's optical properties.
Software

Submission + - How to best emulate Cable TV on a PC for dad? 1

sunwolf writes: "My first Ask /. comes from a dire need to cut costs. Comcast has now shifted to charging in liters of blood for its Triple Play (cable tv/internet/phone) axis of necessary evils, and I would like to move to an internet-only model. The only thing keeping me from doing so is that my dad has rarely ever touched a computer, and I would prefer the transition to be as simple as possible for him. To that end I've planned a computer that uses: the tv screen via HDMI, the Wiimote as a pointing device, and a cheap wacom tablet for input, so he doesn't need to learn to use the mouse and keyboard. Even with these improvements, though, the ease of channel surfing is, afaik, unmatched on PCs.

What is the best way to emulate this experience on a PC?"
Programming

Submission + - Reverse engineer of compression algorithm 1

drickcanada writes: I've got a small text file and a compressed data stream generated from it. The compression is made by some black-box proprietary dll. I can generate data streams for any input files I want. I have considered using compression tools based on different techniques (Huffman, LZW and so on) and comparing the output to the stream I have. Is that too much of a naïve approach? How would you, slashdotters, go around reverse engineering the compression that is taking place?
E3

Submission + - What does a booth babe make? (cnbc.com)

EvilMunkey writes: Ever wondered what those half-naked girls getting pawed by guys at E3, Comic Con or other gaming conventions make for their troubles? Roughly $25 per hour. CNBC talks with Yvonna Lynn, who runs a game show modeling service where the booth babes are also gamers. The theory behind the agency is gamers want their booth babes to know about the games they're pitching. id Software is a believer. The company has been working QuakeCon for several years now — and has even hired one of the company's models for its QA deparment.
Government

Submission + - A LETTER TO AMERICA FROM A DODGE DEALER

TurinX writes: The following open letter has been making its way around the web:

A LETTER TO AMERICA FROM A DODGE DEALER

Written by George C. Joseph

Thursday, 21 May 2009

My name is George C. Joseph. I am the sole owner of Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu, a family owned and operated business in Melbourne, Florida. My family bought and paid for this automobile franchise 35 years ago in 1974. I am the second generation to manage this business.

We currently employ 50+ people and before the economic slowdown we employed over 70 local people. We are active in the community and the local chamber of commerce. We deal with several dozen local vendors on a day to day basis and many more during a month. All depend on our business for part of their livelihood.

We are financially strong with great respect in the market place and community. We have strong local presence and stability. I work every day the store is open, nine to ten hours a day. I know most of our customers and all our employees. Sunshine Dodge is my life.

On Thursday, May 14, 2009 I was notified that my Dodge franchise, that we purchased, will be taken away from my family on June 9, 2009 without compensation and given to another dealer at no cost to them.

My new vehicle inventory consists of 125 vehicles with a financed balance of 3 million dollars. This inventory becomes impossible to sell with no factory incentives beyond June 9, 2009. Without the Dodge franchise we can no longer sell a new Dodge as "new," nor will we be able to do any warranty service work.

Additionally, my Dodge parts inventory, (approximately $300,000) is virtually worthless without the ability to perform warranty service. There is no offer from Chrysler to buy back the vehicles or parts inventory.

Our facility was recently totally renovated at Chrysler's insistence, incurring a multi-million dollar debt in the form of a mortgage at Sun Trust Bank.

HOW IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA CAN THIS HAPPEN?

THIS IS A PRIVATE BUSINESS NOT A GOVERNMENT ENTITY.

This is beyond imagination! My business is being stolen from me through NO FAULT OF OUR OWN. We did NOTHING wrong.

This atrocity will most likely force my family into bankruptcy. This will also cause our 50+ employees to be unemployed. How will they provide for their families? This is a total economic disaster.

HOW CAN THIS HAPPEN IN A FREE MARKET ECONOMY IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?

I beseech your help, and look forward to your reply. Thank you.

Sincerely,

George C. Joseph
President & Owner
Sunshine Dodge-Isuzu
Melbourne, Florida
Social Networks

Submission + - Reddit Mob Strikes Back at Auto-Warranty Calls (wsj.com)

powerlord writes: Most of us have gotten those annoying telemarketing calls that "The warranty on your car is about to expire!". This was even more annoying for Michael Silveira, a 22 year old who doesn't even own a car. He, along with a flash mob on Reddit, proceeded to perform a real world DDoS on Auto One, an Irvine, CA company that hired one or more of the telemarketing firms. According to the Wall Street Journal article, "The Reddit user posted two phone numbers for Auto One. "Please call them 20, 30, hell, 50 times a day," this person wrote. "It's what I did and finally the guy said, 'Look, we will take your number off our list just please stop calling here!'" The Reddit user didn't respond to an interview request. ... campaigners eventually figured out how to gain access to Auto One's voice-mail system. They began work on a virtual map to extensions 300 through 490 on the system, and digging through saved messages for more information on the company." Mr. Silveira's contribution? He left voice-mail messages that contained nothing but a recording of Rick Astley's 1987 hit song "Never Gonna Give You Up."

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