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Comment Legislators (Score 1) 355

You can always reach out to your legislators office. Give them a list of the executive branch agencies that aren't responding to your requests. (Especially since congress isn't happy with the FCC right now). There is nothing they love more than to have a reason to squeeze executive agencies and the agencies generally respond to questions from congressional offices. Nobody wants to be called up to the hill for hearings.

Submission + - Sign White House Petition to Keep Net Neutrality (

Avrice writes: The FCC announced yesterday that they are changing the rules on network access killing net neutrality. The petition at on Net Neutrality is up. Sign it. The elected representatives only respond to special interests and an overwhelming show of force. Use what you've got.

Submission + - Norway's Army Battles Global Warming By Going Vegetarian - Vikings Appalled (

cold fjord writes: It looks like no more spam, spam, spam for Norway's warriors... at least on Mondays. The Daily Caller reports, "Norway’s military is taking drastic steps to ramp up its war against global warming. The Scandinavian country announced its soldiers would be put on a vegetarian diet once a week to reduce the military’s carbon footprint. “Meatless Monday’s” has already been introduced at one of Norway’s main military bases and will soon be rolled out to others, including overseas bases. It is estimated that the new vegetarian diet will cut meat consumption by 150 tons per year. “It’s a step to protect our climate,” military spokesman Eystein Kvarving told AFP. “The idea is to serve food that’s respectful of the environment.” ... The United Nations says that livestock farming is responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Cutting meat consumption, environmentalists argue, would help stem global warming and improve the environment." — The Manchester Journal reports, "The meatless Monday campaign launched in 2003 as a global non-profit initiative in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University to promote personal and environmental health by reducing meat consumption. "

Submission + - HIV Tracking Technology Could Pinpoint Who's Infecting Who (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: No man is an island, but evolutionarily, each person functions like one for the HIV virus. That's according to Thomas Leitner, a researcher working on a project aimed at creating technology for tracking HIV through a population. The technology, which is being studied at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, may allow people to identify who infected them with the virus, a development that could have major implications in criminal proceedings. “If you’re familiar with Darwin’s finches, you have a population of birds on one island and they keep moving and evolving as they spread to other islands so that each population is a little different,” Leitner said. “With HIV, it’s the same. Every person infected with HIV has a slightly different form the the virus. It’s the ultimate chameleon because it evolves this way.”

Submission + - Using Open Source Contributions To Hire Programmers (

localmooer writes: CodeDoor is a marketplace for freelance programmers that have contributed to open source. To join the site, you need at least one commit on a GitHub repo with at least 25 stars.

For example, you can hire the creator of Bullet, a gem for Ruby on Rails that detects when you are making n+1 DB calls when 1 DB call would do.

Or you can hire the creator of a popular JavaScript URL parser.

Submission + - U.K. changed law to allow NSA to spy on Brits (

Taco Cowboy writes: USA and UK have have a more than 70-years relationship in sharing and exchanging secret information

But there was a rule preventing USA from spying on the British citizens.

But that was changed in 2007 !

In 2007, the US and UK struck a deal allowing NSA to spy on Brits, even if they are not suspected of any wrongdoing.

To do that, England actually changed its rules.

In 2007, the rules were changed to allow the NSA to analyse and retain any British citizens' mobile phone and fax numbers, emails and IP addresses swept up by its dragnet. Previously, this data had been stripped out of NSA databases – "minimized", in intelligence agency parlance – under rules agreed between the two countries.

A separate draft memo, marked top-secret and dated from 2005, reveals a proposed NSA procedure for spying on the citizens of the UK and other Five-Eyes nations, even where the partner government has explicitly denied the US permission to do so. The memo makes clear that partner countries must not be informed about this surveillance, or even the procedure itself.

A spokeswoman for the NSA declined to answer questions from the Guardian on whether the draft directive had been implemented and, if so, when.

The NSA and the White House also refused to comment on the agency's 2007 agreement with the UK to store and analyze data on British citizens.

Submission + - Gone in 360 Seconds: Hijacking with Hitag2 (

An anonymous reader writes: In this paper, we show a number of vulnerabilities in the Hitag2 transponders that enable an adversary to retrieve the secret key. We propose three attacks that extract the secret key under different scenarios. We have implemen- ted and successfully executed these attacks in practice on more than 20 vehicles of various make and model. On all these vehicles we were able to use an emulating device to bypass the immobilizer and start the vehicle.

Comment Re:This is slashdot? (Score 1) 2254

Having the same issue in IE7 - yes. I know. It is the only browser my employer will allow because it is "secure". Hey, we only moved from IE6 last March/April after sites started banning it.

* the issue - can't see the stories (now on the far far right) because everything is on top of them.

Why no link to the old format?


Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."

Passenger Avoids Delay By Fixing Plane Himself 178

It would be a shame if an engineer on a recent Thomas Cook Airlines flight doesn't get a complimentary first class upgrade every time he flies. The engineer was on flight TCX9641 when it was announced that the trip would be delayed eight hours, while a mechanic was flown in to fix a problem. Luckily for the other passengers, the engineer happened to work for Thomsonfly Airlines, which has a reciprocal maintenance agreement with Thomas Cook. After about 35 minutes the man fixed the problem and the flight was on its way. A spokeswoman for Thomas Cook said, "When they announced there was a technical problem he came forward and said who he was. We checked his licence and verified he was who he said he was, and he was able to fix the problem to avoid the delay. We are very grateful that he was on the flight that day."

Submission + - ATI committed to fixing its problems with OSS

Sits writes: "While talking about the Red Hat summit Chris Blizzard mentions how an ATI marketing spokesman was on stage. The spokesman said ATI knows it has a problem with open source and is committed to fixing it. Does this mean ATI will finally resolve alleged agpgart misappropriation, fast track the release of open source 2D drivers on its latest cards while releasing specifications for its mid-range cards or is ATI only concerned with fixes to its binary driver to maintain feature parity with competitors?"
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - SecondLife Crackdown: Accusations of Child Porn

sboutwell writes: From Secondlife's BLOG regarding-child-pornography-in-second-life/#more-9 52

Recent crack downs and required IDENTITY information updates are coming because of Recent accusations of KIDDIE PORN and Child Adult Sexual Play in Second Life.

From their Blog: On Thursday May 3, we were contacted by German television network, ARD, which had captured images of two avatars, one that resembled an adult male and another that resembled a child, engaged in depicted sexual conduct. Our investigations revealed the users behind these avatars to be a 54-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman. Both were immediately banned from Second Life.

More details on all of this as well as Secondlife's official response can be found on their BLOG.
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Submission + - Thurn & Taxis Post Roads Map in Germany 1786

Jack Polo writes: "The Torre e Tasso family, from Val Sassina, owned several courier services in Lombardy from about 1290. From 1490 on, Francesco de Tassis, called Franz von Taxis, was granted the right to carry government and private mail throughout the Empire and in Spain. Thus, the Thurn & Taxis family operated for 350 years, postal services in the major part of western Europe, from Spain to Hungary. This map, by Homann's Heirs, presents the 1786 Thurn & Taxis post-roads in the German Empire and in the neighbouring countries. Be aware that some roads, especially in the ecclesiastical principalities are missing.
Johann Baptist Homann (1664 — 1724) was imperial geographer from 1715 in Nurnberg and his work was continued by his son Christoph under the name Hommänischen Erben. index.html"
The Internet

Submission + - Internet Voting Coming To Alabama's Troops

InternetVoting writes: "Alabama's Governor has proposed a plan allowing Alabama's deployed troops to cast ballots over the Internet. The planned has garnered support from both Republicans and Democrats, including the Secretary of State who said "This is a wonderful opportunity for Alabama to lead the nation in support of the rights of our service men and women around the world." From the article: "General Mark Bowen of the Alabama National Guard said deployed units are assigned voting officers charged with helping troops vote, but the process often takes too long and some ballots are not received in time. 'Electronic voting is the way to go,' Bowen said.""

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