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Submission + - Police Sergeant Tasers Junior Officer During Argum (

LibRT writes: An Ontario Provincial Police sergeant zapped a junior officer with a Taser during a dispute in the force’s Nottawasaga detachment.
The officer who was hit wasn’t injured in the emotionally charged dispute on Oct. 14 at the detachment in Alliston in the Georgian Bay area, said OPP Insp. Dave Ross.
“You really don’t want to encourage this type of performance management.” said the head of the OPP's union.


Submission + - EU court rules against stem cell patents for resea (

LibRT writes: Europe's highest court has ruled that stem cells from human embryos cannot be patented, in a case that could have major implications for medicine.

Scientists say the Court of Justice decision may impede European research into the use of stem cell therapies, or drive research abroad.

The European Court of Justice said in a statement: "The use of human embryos for therapeutic or diagnostic purposes which are applied to the human embryo and are useful to it is patentable.

"But their use for purposes of scientific research is not patentable."

It added: "A process which involves removal of a stem cell from a human embryo at the blastocyst [early embryo] stage, entailing the destruction of that embryo, cannot be patented."

Submission + - Tanks test infra-red invisibility cloak ( 1

LibRT writes: The technology allows vehicles to mimic the temperature of their surroundings.

It can also make a tank look like other objects, such as a cow or car, when seen through heat-sensitive 'scopes.

Researchers are looking at ways to make it work with other wavelengths of light to confer true invisibility.


Submission + - Leaks show U.S. swayed Canada on copyright bill (

LibRT writes: The Toronto Star reports documents released by Wikileaks, from the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa, have a policy director for Canada's then industry minister Tony Clement suggesting it might help U.S. demands for a tough copyright law if Canada were placed among the worst offenders on an international piracy watch list. Days later, the U.S. placed Canada alongside China and Russia on the list.

Submission + - Harvard ethics student charged in massive hacking (

LibRT writes: A Harvard University fellow who was studying ethics was charged with hacking into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's computer network to steal nearly 5 million academic articles.
In an indictment released Tuesday, prosecutors say Swartz stole 4.8 million articles between September 2010 and January after breaking into a computer wiring closet on MIT's campus. Swartz, a student at the Harvard's Center for Ethics, downloaded so many documents during one October day that some of JSTOR's computer servers crashed, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors say Swartz intended to distribute the articles on file-sharing websites.

Submission + - UN Names N. Korea Chair of Disarmament Committee ( 1

LibRT writes: The irony-challenged folks at the UN have named North Korea chair of the Conference on Disarmament, which is heavily focused on the prevention of a nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament. The Canadian government has boycotted the convention, calling it an "absurd" turn of events: "North Korea is simply not a credible chair of a disarmament body. The fact that it gets a turn chairing a United Nations committee focused on disarmament is unacceptable, given the North Korean regime's efforts in the exact opposite direction,"

Submission + - Ottawa to reverse CRTC decision on Internet billin (

LibRT writes: The The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently decided that the major internet providers may engage in usage-based billing of the wholesale customers they are required to sell to — smaller ISPs which offer significantly higher or unlimited usage. Considerable backlash ensued.

“The CRTC should be under no illusion — the Prime Minister and minister of Industry will reverse this decision unless the CRTC does it itself,” a senior Conservative government official said Wednesday. “If they don’t reconsider we will reverse their decision.”

CRTC Chair Konrad von Finckenstein is scheduled to explain the decision Thursday before the House of Commons industry committee.

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