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Comment Re:This wouldn't stand a test of the 1st amendment (Score 1) 3

Sure, it won't stand up, but how many people will be put off by the whole cost and bother of actually taking it far enough to matter? In the mean time the TSA gets the desired effect: a slight chill-down on the constant criticism they receive. Unless someone wants to organize a whole slew of YouTube videos featuring a parody of the TSA, I see this as having at least some of the desired effect.

Submission + - Petition for funding to develop Liquid-Fluoride Th (whitehouse.gov)

Cade144 writes: It has been reported on before, but now there is a chance for US-based Slashdotters to ask the Obama administration to take notice. A recent petition on the WhiteHouse.gov website asks the administration to provide funding for Liquid-Fluoride Thorium Reactor (LFTR) research and development. If a petition gets enough signatures, then the administration promises an offical response.

Submission + - Breaking should not be hard to do (automatedbusinesslogic.com)

MaxTardiveau writes: "I'm always amazed to see how little consideration people put into software breakups, i.e. when you have to, or want to, stop using a main component of your system. Here are a few thoughts on this topic (featuring Demi Moore, no less), and an example of handling this often-painful issue gracefully."

Submission + - Science Recover Genome of Black Death, Hope to Rec (nytimes.com) 1

Richard.Tao writes: From the "what could possibly go wrong?" section of news today scientists have recovered the RNA of the virus that caused the plague through digging through an English mass grave and compiling the genetics of the virus's. Though the plague still persists, scientists have believe the ancient strain was different due to a different onset of symptoms.

Submission + - 100,000 iPhones overwhelm activation server

dstates writes: What happens when Apple ships 100,000 iPhone 4S in a day? Answer, 100,000 users all try to activate their new phones. AT&T's activation servers are struggling under the load. Apparently Verizon and Sprint are doing a better job keeping up with the load.. See CNET and MediaPost.

Submission + - Google Buzz buzzing away. (blogspot.com)

MrCrassic writes: "It looks like the glory days of Google Buzz have finally come to an end. Google has formally announced the termination of this service to concentrate their efforts on Google+. From the article:

In a few weeks we’ll shut down Google Buzz and the Buzz API, and focus instead on Google+. While people obviously won't be able to create new posts after that, they will be able to view their existing content on their Google Profile, and download it using Google Takeout.

Other products, such as the Google Labs website (http://labs.google.com) and Jaiku, will also be on the chopping block. Makes you wonder."

Submission + - Satire of TSA to become illegal (infowars.com) 3

jdastrup writes: Another example of satire and free speech becoming illegal in the US. From the story; "any colorable imitation of such words or initials, or the likeness of a Transportation Security Administration ... badge, logo, or insignia on any item of apparel, in connection with any advertisement, circular, book, pamphlet, software, or other publication, or with any play, motion picture, broadcast, telecast, or other production" would be punishable.

Submission + - Solar variability helps explain cold winters (metoffice.gov.uk)

Layzej writes: Research from the Met Office has shed new light on a link between decadal solar variability and winter climate in the UK, northern Europe and parts of America. In years of low UV activity unusually cold air forms over the tropics in the stratosphere, about 50km up. This is balanced by more easterly flow of air over the mid latitudes — a pattern which then 'burrows' its way down to the surface, bringing easterly winds and cold winters to northern Europe. When solar UV output is higher than usual, the opposite occurs and there are strong westerlies which bring warm air and hence milder winters to Europe.

Sarah Ineson, who performed the experiments, said: "What we're seeing is UV levels affecting the distribution of air masses around the Atlantic basin. This causes a redistribution of heat — so while Europe and the US may be cooler, Canada and the Mediterranean will be warmer, and there is little direct impact on global temperatures."


Submission + - SEC Says Public Firms May Need to Disclose Attacks (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued new guidance to help public companies determine when they may need to disclose an attack--or even a potential attack--in order to make potential investors aware of possible risks to the company's business. The guidance, which does not constitute a rule or requirement for companies to disclose, is meant to help "registrants in assessing what, if any, disclosures should be provided about cybersecurity matters."

World of Goo Dev Wants Big Publishers To Build Indie Teams 74

Ron Carmel, co-founder of game developer 2D Boy, which created the indie hit World of Goo, gave a speech at Montreal International Games Summit in which he encourages large game publishers to put more time and money into smaller, indie-like teams. Quoting GameSetWatch: "'We need a medium-sized design studio. Something that is larger than a typical indie, but has the same propensity for of talent density, focus, and risk-taking,' said Carmel, formerly an employee of major publisher Electronic Arts prior to going independent. Notably, a focus on profit must be eliminated from the equation. 'Creating this within a major developer doesn't present a problem,' said Carmel. With a budget of $1-$2 million dollars, 10 staffers could be hired to work on 'creatively ambitious and forward-thinking projects.' He likened it to the automobile industry, which alongside its mainstream consumer products works on concept cars — few of which enter production as regular models. The concept car is, said Carmel, 'a marketing expense to build your brand, and say, "Look at all the amazing things we're creating."' It also helps with recruitment. Said Carmel, 'there's no reason the larger game companies can't do that.' He also said that developers must move away from the notion that a team comprised primarily of programmers and artists can create a great work. Why do Valve's games have such amazing environments? Because, said Carmel, 'Valve has architects on staff.'"
Operating Systems

10 Web Operating Systems Reviewed 113

Stan Schroeder writes "Waiting for GoogleOS? Why not try some of the WebOS applications that are already available? Believe it or not, there's already over 15 of them, and here you can find a review of the 10 most promising WebOSes. Most of them might not make you want to ditch your desktop OS just yet, but some are very good and can be used on a day-to-day basis. Highlights include DesktopTwo, Goowy, YouOS, EyeOS and Glide. You can find the whole bunch here." Note: for the purposes of this article, "WebOS" is defined as "a set of applications running in a web browser that together mimic, replace or largely supplement a desktop OS environment."
Hardware Hacking

Upgrading Hard Drive in Sony HDR-SR1 HDD Camcorder 69

clarkbox2 writes "Here is an interesting page detailing the cracking open of a $1400 camcorder just released by Sony. The pictures and text describe the opening of the outer shell, revealing the 1.8" Toshiba hard drive within. The HDR-SR1 ships with a tiny 30gb hard drive, allowing for four hours of recording in full HD. Great pictures showing the steps to recording bliss ... now where to get a battery capable of lasting for 12+ hours of full HD video?"

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