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Submission + - Brazilian economy overtakes UK's (bbc.co.uk)

GreatBunzinni writes: According to projections, Brazil's economic growth continues the trend of emergent economies overthrowing "old world" countries as the top economic engines of the world. The same predictions point that by 2020 the US will be the only western country included in the top 5 economies. Is this a side effect of globalization or does this sign the stagnation, or even regression, of the west?

Submission + - Russians Put New "Satan" Nuke Into Play (inquisitr.com) 3

An anonymous reader writes: Russia, frustrated with anti-nuke talks with the United states has decided to put an end to the talks and move forward with its plans to upgrade its nuclear defensive and offensive systems, including the construction on a new and more powerful Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM). Nicknamed “Satan” by Western intelligence, the new missile carries a 100-ton warhead. This giant ICBM will take its place at the head of an already impressive missile arsenal which includes the Yars, Topol-M and Bulava-class ballistic missiles sometime in 2015.

This announcement come on the heels of a US announcement that its last B-53 nuclear weapon has been dismantled. The B-53 was the largest bomb in the US arsenal.

Russian president Dimitri Medvedev walked out of talks with the United States back in November over US plans to set up a missile defense system in Europe. The European Phased Adaptive Approach plan is a intricate array of sea and land based missiles which were designed to be used against a missile attack from Iran. The US says that cooperation from Moscow is needed to help the shield work. Moscow on the other hand claims the talks were useless because the US refused to guarantee the missiles would not be aimed at Russia. At that point, Moscow decided to end their participation in the talks and shortly after announced it plans to build the Satan Nuke.


Submission + - Chrome 15 - World's Most Popular Browser (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: The browser universe is changing with Microsoft no longer in charge of what constitutes a de facto web standard. Now the role seems to belong to the Gecko and WebKit layout engines aka Firefox and Chrome.
Chrome over took Firefox in November and now it has overtaken IE8. You can now be sure that over 45% of the browsers that visit your site support HTML5 including features that Microsoft refuses to support like WebGL.
It is also interesting to notice that the auto-update policies of both Google and Mozilla pay off with the latest browser versions replacing the older versions very rapidly. Now Microsoft has decided that this is a good idea and from January IE 6, 7 and 8 will be upgraded automatically to either IE8 or IE9. I doubt that this will stop the slide — the browser world now belongs to Google and Mozilla.


Submission + - Pirates Praise Draconian Anti Piracy Bill (activepolitic.com)

bs0d3 writes: If you tell everyone that they have to survive on rations, like one candy bar a day.. they will complain. If you take away all of their food, and then give them a candy bar, they will be happy. That's exactly what's happened with SOPA. After people protested coica and pipa, SOPA was drafted. SOPA was so infinitely worse, that people would welcome the day when coica returned. That's exactly what happened. Today they've got pirates, freedom of speech advocates, and technology blogs; not only praising a new internet censorship bill, but also taking part in helping to create it. The language of the bill is similar to coica and protectip; bills that previously these groups had protested. But now that things seem to be going even worse, people have forgotten the original objective and are supporting this new process.

Submission + - The Personal Computer is Dead

theodp writes: Richard Stallman rankled many with his good riddance to Steve Jobs' 'malign influence on people's computing.' But now RMS gets an amen-of-sorts from Harvard Law School Prof Jonathan Zittrain, who explains in The Personal Computer is Dead why you should be afraid — very afraid — of the snowballing replicability of the App Store Model. 'If we allow ourselves to be lulled into satisfaction with walled gardens,' warns Zittrain, 'we'll miss out on innovations to which the gardeners object, and we'll set ourselves up for censorship of code and content that was previously impossible. We need some angry nerds.' Searchblog's John Battelle, who's also solidly in the tear-down-this-walled-garden camp, adds: 'I'm not a nerd, quite, but I’m sure angry.' Are Stallman's views on their way to becoming positively mainstream?
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Submission + - Bufferbloat: Dark Buffers in the Internet (acm.org) 1

CowboyRobot writes: "Jim Gettys at Bell Labs makes the case that the Internet is in danger of collapse due to 'bufferbloat', "the existence of excessively large and frequently full buffers inside the network"
Part of the blame is due to overbuffering; in an effort to protect ourselves we make things worse. But the problem rusn deeper than that.
Gettys solution is AQM (active queue management) which is not deployed as widely as it should be.
"We are flying on an Internet airplane in which we are constantly swapping the wings, the engines, and the fuselage, with most of the cockpit instruments removed but only a few new instruments reinstalled. It crashed before; will it crash again?""


Submission + - Games Console Fundamentally Doomed Says Ultima Cre (industrygamers.com)

donniebaseball23 writes: Video game consoles today are facing increasing pressure from other platforms, like smartphones, tablets and browser or social gaming on the PC. On top of that, they've become prohibitively expensive to manufacture. Can the dedicated console really survive? Richard Garriott, veteran designer behind Ultima, says no. "I think we might get one more generation, might, but I think fundamentally they're doomed," he told IndustryGamers. "I think fundamentally the power that you can carry with you in a portable is really swamping what we've thought of as a console."

Submission + - Feds Say Advocating Jury Nullification is a Crime (nytimes.com)

schwit1 writes: Julian P. Heicklen, a 79-year-old retired chemistry professor, has often stood on a plaza outside the United States Courthouse in Manhattan, holding a "Jury Info" sign and handing out brochures that advocate jury nullification, the controversial view that if jurors disagree with a law, they may ignore their oaths to follow it and may acquit a defendant who violated it.

Then, last year, federal prosecutors had Mr. Heicklen indicted, charging that his activity violated the law against jury tampering. Lawyers assisting him have sought dismissal of the case on First Amendment grounds.

Ok. So the ballot box has been corrupted by corporations, unions and other special interest groups, and now the feds want to do away with jury nullification and the soap box. That leaves the ammo box.


Submission + - Switzerland: No action against file sharing (activepolitic.com)

bs0d3 writes: The Federal Council of Switzerland today, released their recommendation on filesharing. Current Swiss privacy laws do not allow anti-p2p companies log the ip addresses of filesharers. The federal council has announced today in its statement, that currently no additional steps are being undertaken as there seems to be no need for it. Some of the key elements are that according to the findings of the Federal Council, filesharers will spend the money saved from filesharing on other entertainment products and events... instead of buying music, they go to concerts or cinema; but the amount of disposable income they spend remains constant.

Submission + - Agent Software and Censorship (theatlanticwire.com)

swazal writes: AtlanticWire has a post about Apple's Siri software that appears to show bias against certain moral choices such as abortion. Instead of showing abortion clinics, Siri displays pro-life clinic options. Have you had similar experiences with Siri or other agents?

Submission + - 15 years in jail for clicking "Like" (smh.com.au) 2

patiwat writes: "Thailand has warned Facebook users that they could face 3 to 15 years in jail for if they press ''share'' or ''like'' on images or articles considered unflattering to the Thai monarchy. And it doesn't just apply to Thai subjects: a US citizen was arrested and convicted while visiting Thailand for posting a link to an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol on his blog. Convictions for virtual lese majeste have sky-rocketed in recent years as efforts to defend the widely revered royal family from criticism have ramped up."

Submission + - The Future of Protest in Panopticon Nation

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "James Fallows writes that you don't have to idealize everything about the Occupy movement to recognize the stoic resolve of the protesters at UC Davis being pepper sprayed as a moral drama that the protesters clearly won. "The self-control they show, while being assaulted, reminds me of grainy TV footage I saw as a kid, of black civil rights protestors being fire-hosed by Bull Connor's policemen in Alabama. Or of course the Tank Man in Tiananmen Square," writes Fallows. "Such images can have tremendous, lasting power." We can't yet imagine all the effects of the panopticon society we are beginning to live in but one benefit to the modern protest movement is the omnipresence of cameras as police officials, protestors, and nearly all onlookers are recording whatever goes on bringing greater accountability and a reality-test for police claims that they "had" to use excessive force. "What's new is that now the perception war occurs simultaneously with the physical struggle. There's almost parity," writes Andrew Sprung. "You have a truncheon or gun, I have a camera. You inflict pain, I inflict infamy.""

Submission + - DoE: Salt in Fukushima reactors a grave danger (washingtonpost.com)

mdsolar writes: "At a second meeting Thursday related to the Fukushima Daiichi crisis, a U.S. Energy Department official warned that the nuclear facility still faces grave danger.

John E. Kelly, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear reactor technologies, said that protective components at the facility could crack because of high salt levels. There “is still a concern about more massive failure” of steel in the “lower head,” an important part of the containment system, Kelly told an NRC advisory committee. About 100 to 200 tons of salt left by the emergency pumping of salt water to cool the reactors are probably corroding the containment components."

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