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Comment Rouhani is why (Score 4, Interesting) 236

The main reason Iran is negotiating on weapons is that the Iranian people elected president Rouhani. They were sick of Ahmadinejad clownish posturing and hostility to just about every other nation. Sanctions are having wearing effect on Iranian families and they didn't see an improvement in future as long as a leader like Ahmadinejad ( although he was not standing again ) was in power. The Iranian people elected a moderate with a mandate to improve Iran's foreign relations and that is what is happening. We will see a lot more of this in the months to come and more of Israel's attempts to derail any agreements.

Submission + - MIT computer program makes TCP twice as fast (mit.edu)

An anonymous reader writes: MIT is claiming they can make the Internet faster if we let computers redesign TCP/IP instead of coding it by hand. They used machine learning to design a version of TCP that's twice the speed and causes half the delay, even with modern bufferbloated networks. They also claim it's more "fair." The researchers have put up a lengthy FAQ and source code where they admit they don't know why the system works, only that it goes faster than normal TCP. On the same day that MIT went to court to stop Aaron Swartz's documents from being published, the school is devoting its main website to an animated GIF about faster TCP.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: what do you ACTUALLY do to protect your online privacy? 2

An anonymous reader writes: After all the media coverage about snooping in the last weeks and after i found out, that employees at my local isp are actually selling the surfing habits of customers, it is time for me to think about changing my setup.

What is the best way to protect your privacy for a pc and a smartphone from google, ad-networks and the isp. What tools are you using? What is the "best"? Is someone here actually running such a setup? What would the costs amount to? What would be involved?

Please be specific. I could not really find anything like "the n00b guide to online privacy"...

Submission + - Anonymous claim to have hacked Fema's servers after posting staff details online (dailymail.co.uk) 1

willbos27 writes: hass and associates HA code34912726002, Anonymous claim to have hacked Fema's servers after posting staff details online in retaliation against 'threats' from the agency

The Anonymous hacking group is claiming to have hacked the US Federal Emergency Management Agency servers after posting staff details online.

The group said it posted the details online because 'oblique and cowardly implied threats against Anonymous very much back into the forefront of the hive's consciousness'.

In a document published online Wednesday, the hacker collective revealed data that includes information on user accounts and passwords of what appear to be government employees.

According to motherboard.com, the document contains email addresses and contact details for hundreds of contacts including police and fire departments, FBI special agents and a 'Bioterrorism Coordinator Chair.'

Anonymous said it redacted social security numbers and login information because its 'intent is not to harm, merely to issue a firm warning,' reported the Guardian.

'Anonymous does not wave the white flag. Not while we are faced with a daily stream of abominable revelations from Edward Snowden and others, not while the battle for the very soul, the very original purpose, of the internet escalates in severity daily,' read a statement by a representative of Anonymous and obtained by GlobalPost.

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Submission + - MIT Attempts to Block Release of Documents in Aaron Swartz case (wired.com) 1

Dputiger writes: In the wake of activist Aaron Swartz's suicide, MIT launched an investigation into the circumstances that led to his initial arrest and felony charges. It's now clear that the move was nothing but a face-saving gesture. Moments before the court-ordered release of Swartz's Secret Service file under the Freedom of Information Act, MIT intervened asking the judge to block the release. Supposedly this is to protect the identities of MIT staff who might be harassed — but government policy is to redact such information already.

Submission + - Gas Cloud Gets Ripped Apart by Black Hole at Center of the Milky Way [VIDEO] (spaceindustrynews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: New observations from ESO’s Very Large Telescope show for the first time a gas cloud being ripped apart by the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. The cloud is now so stretched that its front part has passed the closest point and is travelling away from the black hole at more than 10 million km/h, whilst the tail is still falling towards it.

Submission + - Adverts with eyes know when you're watching ... and they're already here (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: Though facial recognition software has been in our homes for some time (having been a feature in Picasa and iPhoto since 2009), the prospect of being the unwitting subject of similar technology while out and about is an alien one. That could be about to change thanks to the announcement of OptimEyes, a system designed to be fitted to digital advertising hoardings in Europe to gauge just who is paying attention. Amscreen says that the system, which, unsurprisingly, requires the integration of a camera, will gauge the number of possible viewers and compare it with the actual number of viewers, as well as their age and gender. The system will also log the time and location of each view.

Submission + - German drone darts off and hits transport plane on ground. (suasnews.com) 1

garymortimer writes: German tabloid newspaper The Bild has unearthed new video from a herons eye view of a 2010 taxi accident in Afghanistan. According to Bild a junior officer put the Heron into auto start and then was unable to stop it. The incident occurred at Mazar-i-Sharif on Mar. 17, 2010

Watch the ground crew get out of the way quick!

Submission + - Bell Labs Break Record with 31Tbps via a Single 7200km Optical Fibre (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark.JUK writes: Alcatel-Lucent's research and development division, Bell Labs, has successfully broken yet another record after it used 155 lasers (each operating at different frequencies and carrying 200Gbps of data over a 50GHz frequency grid) and an enhanced version of Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) to send information at a staggering speed of 31 Terabits per second over a single 7200km long optical fibre cable. Previous experiments have been faster but only over shorter distances or by using a different type of fibre optic cable entirely.

Submission + - ACLU warns of creeping loss of liberty (theinquirer.net)

Taco Cowboy writes: UNITED STATES CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern that the persecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden could break the international asylum system.

In a letter posted on its website [ http://www.aclu.org/blog/human-rights-national-security/us-actions-snowden-case-threaten-right-seek-asylum ], the ACLU said that the prospect of sanctions raised by the US government are in danger of ruining a system that offers solace to the outspoken.

"In the case of Mr Snowden, the United States has interfered with his right to seek asylum in two significant ways. First, the US revoked Mr. Snowden's passport. While this action does not render Mr. Snowden 'stateless' (because he is still a U.S. citizen), it does make it extremely difficult for him to travel or seek asylum, especially in countries that require asylees to be present in their territory at the time of the request," they wrote.

"Second, while the United States is within its rights to seek Mr Snowden's extradition to face charges in the United States, diplomatic and law enforcement efforts to extradite him must be consistent with international law. It appears that US efforts have prevented Mr Snowden from receiving fair and impartial consideration of his application for asylum in many of the countries to which he reportedly applied."

"US actions (including whatever role the United States played in the incident involving President Morales' plane) have arguably strengthened Mr Snowden's claims for asylum based on political persecution," they added.

"In addition to infringing on Mr Snowden's right to asylum, US actions also create the risk of providing cover for other countries to crack down on whistleblowers and deny asylum to individuals who have exposed illegal activity or human rights violations. That's a very dangerous precedent to set."

Submission + - How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Here is an article by Dr.Joe Stiglitz on how intellectual property reinforces inequality by allowing patent owners to seek rent (aka license / sue) instead of delivering goods to the society. Something that Slashdot readers can relate to....

Submission + - Container ship breaks in two, sinks

Cliff Stoll writes: Along with 7000 containers, ship MOL Comfort broke in half in high seas in the Indian Ocean. The aft section floated for a week, then sank on June 27th. The forward section was towed most of the way to port, but burned and sank on July 10th. This post-panamax ship was 316 meters long and only 5 years old. With a typical value of $40,000 per container, this amounts to a quarter billion dollar loss. The cause is unknown, but may be structural or perhaps due to overfilled containers that are declared as underweight. Of course, the software used to calculate ship stability relies upon these incorrect physical parameters.

Comment Re:One system to rule them all... (Score 1) 246

LFB attend all significant incidents as Heathrow, as they did today. LFB has extra appliances and manpower available at all the stations surrounding Heathrow, including Ruislip, Hayes and Hillingdon and can call on appliances from across London and neighbouring fire authorities. The shutdown today was not due to a lack of resources.

Submission + - Deserts 'greening' from rising CO2 (csiro.au)

axonis writes: "In findings based on satellite observations, CSIRO, in collaboration with the Australian National University (ANU), found that this CO2 fertilisation correlated with an 11 per cent increase in foliage cover from 1982-2010 across parts of the arid areas studied in Australia, North America, the Middle East and Africa, according to CSIRO research scientist, Dr Randall Donohue." Do these findings balance talk of 'Carbon Pollution' expunged from political leaders who appear to spend more time at university union bars than those who spend their valuable time in a lab or the library?. Are 'Carbon Pollution' followers the Carbon based life froms that truly pollute this planet ?

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