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Submission + - Bradley Manning Pleads Guilty (latimes.com) 1

Entropy98 writes: "Army Pfc. Bradley Edward Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred highly classified U.S. government secrets, agreeing to serve 20 years in prison for causing a worldwide uproar when WikiLeaks published documents describing the inner workings of U.S. military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe.

The 25-year-old soldier, however, pleaded not guilty to 12 more serious charges, including espionage for aiding the enemy, meaning that his criminal case will go forward at a general court-martial in June. If convicted at trial, he risks a sentence of life in prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan."

Submission + - Supreme Court Approves Search Warrants Issued by Dogs (reason.com)

Entropy98 writes: "Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "a court can presume" an alert by a drug-sniffing dog provides probable cause for a search.

The Supreme Court has not yet issued a ruling in Florida v. Jardines, the other drug dog case it heard last October. Jardines raises the question of whether police need a warrant to use a drug-sniffing dog at the doorstep of a home.

The police can now search anyone anywhere as long as their dog "alerts". Soon coming to your front door as well."

Submission + - New LED puts out more power than it consumes (wired.co.uk) 1

Entropy98 writes: "MIT physicists have managed to build a light-emitting diode that has an electrical efficiency of more than 100 percent, without breaking the laws of physics. The LED produces 69 picowatts of light using 30 picowatts of power, giving it an efficiency of 230 percent. That means it operates above "unity efficiency" — putting it into a category normally occupied by perpetual motion machines.

However, while MIT's diode puts out more than twice as much energy in photons as it's fed in electrons, it doesn't violate the conservation of energy because it appears to draw in heat energy from its surroundings instead. When it gets more than 100 percent electrically-efficient, it begins to cool down, stealing energy from its environment to convert into more photons."

Twitter

Submission + - Neurosurgeon Removed From Cruise Over Faked Tweet (sfgate.com) 1

Entropy98 writes: "Someone using the name "Shit Jack Kruse Says" on Twitter recently tweeted "security confiscated dynamite. talk won't be as explosive as one at PaleoFx. still have vial of Legionnaires for epic biohack."

Unfortunately for the real Dr Jack Kruse he was searched, detained, and not allowed to re-board the ship "to err on the side of caution"."

Google

Submission + - Google Maps to charge for usage (bbc.co.uk)

Entropy98 writes: Google is to start charging websites that use the Google Maps API $4 per 1000 pageviews.

With the Google Translate API scheduled to become a paid service in December what other Google APIs might be next?

Submission + - HIV Cured in Man by Stem Cells (aidsmap.com)

Entropy98 writes: Doctors who carried out a stem cell transplant on an HIV-infected man with leukaemia in 2007 say they now believe the man to have been cured of HIV infection as a result of the treatment, which introduced stem cells which happened to be resistant to HIV infection.

The man received bone marrow from a donor who had natural resistance to HIV infection; this was due to a genetic profile which led to the CCR5 co-receptor being absent from his cells. The most common variety of HIV uses CCR5 as its ‘docking station’, attaching to it in order to enter and infect CD4 cells, and people with this mutation are almost completely protected against infection.

The case was first reported at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, and Berlin doctors subsequently published a detailed case history in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2009.

They have now published a follow-up report in the journal Blood, arguing that based on the results of extensive tests, “It is reasonable to conclude that cure of HIV infection has been achieved in this patient.”

Submission + - Wikileaks Releases 400k Iraq War Records (bbc.co.uk)

Entropy98 writes: Wikileaks has released almost 400,000 secret US military records, which suggest US commanders ignored evidence of torture by the Iraqi authorities.

The documents also suggest "hundreds" of civilians were killed at US military checkpoints after the invasion in 2003.

And the files show the US kept records of civilian deaths, despite previously denying it. The death toll was put at 109,000, of whom 66,081 were civilians.

The US criticised the largest leak of classified documents in its history.

Submission + - Blockbuster files for bankruptcy (bbc.co.uk)

Entropy98 writes: It finally happened, Blockbuster video has filed for bankruptcy with nearly $1 Billion of debt.

Worn down by Netflix, Redbox, online downloads/streaming, and others Blockbuster has been forced to declare bankruptcy.

What once dominant business will be next to fail to adapt to the ever changing video delivery industry?

Submission + - China Now Worlds Largest Exporter (bbc.co.uk) 2

Entropy98 writes: China is reporting its exports for December are up 17.7% over last year, which if true, would mean it has overtaken Germany as the Worlds largest exporter.

FTA: China's General Administration of Customs (GAC) said exports overall in the year were $1.2tn, down 16% from in 2008, while imports were 11.2% down from a year earlier at $1.01tn.

The politically sensitive total trade surplus was down 34.2% to $196.1bn.

The figures suggests China will surpass Germany's export total for the whole of 2009, although this will not be confirmed until Germany's full-year data is published in February.


In related China news, James S. Chanos, who 'built one of the largest fortunes on Wall Street by foreseeing the collapse of Enron and other highflying companies whose stories were too good to be true' is 'warning that China's hyperstimulated economy is headed for a crash, rather than the sustained boom that most economists predict. Its surging real estate sector, buoyed by a flood of speculative capital, looks like "Dubai times 1,000 — or worse," he frets. He even suspects that Beijing is cooking its books, faking, among other things, its eye-popping growth rates of more than 8 percent. '

Submission + - Police Give Explosives to Unwarned Air Travelers (bbc.co.uk)

Entropy98 writes: "Slovakian Police have planted explosives on 8 unsuspecting air travelers. Seven were stopped by airport security, including one man arrested and held upon arriving at a Dublin airport. Unbelievably one innocent traveler made it home with 90 grams of explosives, and had his flat surrounded by the police/bomb squad."
The Internet

Submission + - Obama Finds Cybersecurity Czar, Finally (bbc.co.uk)

Entropy98 writes: FTA: 'Howard Schmidt, a former eBay and Microsoft executive was appointed after others turned the post down.

"I bring to this challenge lessons learned during 40 years of experience in government, business and law enforcement," said Mr Schmidt.

"In our digital world the information technologies we depend on every day present us with great opportunity and great danger — for our national security, public safety and economic competitiveness as well as our personal privacy," added Mr Schmidt in a video broadcast posted on the White House's website.

Mr Schmidt served under President George W Bush for three years, where his tasks involved reviewing how to improve network security for government agencies, the private sector and citizens.

Some in the industry warn of the political pitfalls ahead as Mr Schmidt tries to pull together a number of government agencies and their various cybersecurity issues.

"I think it will be a very tough job. He's going to have to herd some cats," said Roger Thornton, CTO and founder of security vendor Fortify Software.'

Finally, the internet is safe, I'm going to uninstall my security software, downgrade my browser and flash, look at some porn and then do some online banking.

Submission + - Firefox Mobile Release Days Away (bbc.co.uk)

Entropy98 writes: "Firefox Mobile, in development for the last 1.5 years, could be released before the end of the year.
It will initially be available for the Nokia N900, to be followed by other handsets, but not the iPhone (Apple doesn't allow 3rd party browsers)

FTA: The open-source browser will be able to synchronise with the desktop version.
Software will mean that any web pages open in a user's desktop browser will automatically open in the mobile version.
"At the end of the working day you can walk away from your computer and keep on going on your phone," Mr Sullivan told the BBC.
"It encrypts all of the information and sends it back through the cloud between your desktop and mobile."


I wonder if it will be able to handle the 100+ tabs I typically have open?"

Submission + - Autism Jumps 57% in Just 4 Years (webmd.com)

Entropy98 writes: "Autism disorders increased by 57% in just four years, the CDC today reported.

By the end of 2006, one in 110 U.S. kids had an autism disorder diagnosed by age 8: one in 70 boys and one in 315 girls, reflecting a nearly fivefold higher risk for males.

Are today's kids really more likely to have autism, or are doctors and parents just getting better at recognizing this family of developmental disorders?

'At this point it is hard to say how much is a true increase and how much is improved identification,' CDC behavioral health scientist Catherine Rice, PhD, said at a news conference. Rice is the lead author of the CDC report.

Rice admits that no single factor or simple explanation can account for the increase. And advocates for autism research say the size and rapidity of the increase can't be explained away.

'Two decades ago we were looking at a prevalence of one in 5,000 children. Now we're looking at one in 100. That really is a staggering increase,' says Geraldine Dawson, PhD, chief science officer of advocacy group Autism Speaks"

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