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The Military

Submission + - Army Reviews Controversial Drug after Afghan Massacre

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Time Magazine reports that after the massacre in which Staff Sgt. Robert Bales allegedly massacred 17 civilians in Afghanistan, the Pentagon has ordered an urgent review of the use of the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam, known to have severe psychiatric side effects including psychotic behavior, paranoia and hallucinations. "One obvious question to consider is whether he was on mefloquine (Lariam), an anti-malarial medication," writes Elspeth Cameron Ritchie in Time. "This medication has been increasingly associated with neuropsychiatric side effects, including depression, psychosis, and suicidal ideation." The drug has been implicated in numerous suicides and homicides, including deaths in the US military. For years the military used the weekly pill to help prevent malaria among deployed troops, however in 2009 the US Army nearly dropped use of mefloquine entirely because of the dangers, using it only in limited circumstances, including sometimes in Afghanistan. Army and Pentagon officials would not say whether Bales took the drug, citing privacy rules however, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson has ordered a new, urgent review to make sure that troops were not getting the drug inappropriately. “Some deployed service members may be prescribed mefloquine (PDF) for malaria prophylaxis without appropriate documentation in their medical records and without proper screening for contraindications,” the order says. It notes that this review must include troops at “deployed locations.” "I know there's a lot of discussion about the malaria drug, and I don't know yet (whether Bales was taking it)," says Bales' attorney, John Henry Browne. "We have to get his medical records. And I don't know. I wouldn't be surprised. But I don't know that.""
Microsoft

Submission + - Paper for iPad shows us what the Microsoft Courier could have been [video] (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: In late 2009, a tablet concept in development at Microsoft set tech blogs aflutter. The device was code-named “Courier,” and it consisted of two connected touchscreens that folded open like a book. The slate was seen as a fantastic product that could serve as a digital notebook on top of a standard media tablet, but Microsoft would later confirm that work on the Courier was being discontinued. A new iPad app was made available this week that resurrects the spirit of the Courier however, and it’s easy to see why: the team behind Paper by FiftyThree includes several people who once worked on the Courier project at Microsoft...
Technology

Submission + - LG's Flexible E-Paper Display All Set To Launch In April (gizmocrazed.com)

Diggester writes: LG is all set to revolutionize the e-book market with its flexible e-paper product that shall arrive in Europe by the start of next month. LG has always been big on the concept of flexible, bendable displays that provide aesthetically natural devices that are not only great from the usability point of view but are extremely durable and reliable.

In January 2010 LG showcased a 19-inch flexible bendable display prototype measuring in at just 0.3-mm thin and 250×400mm although we are yet to see these displays reach production stage — Today the company revealed it has started the mass production of the worlds first plastic electronic paper display (EPD). The new display that is officially coming to market in Europe by next month is 6 inches of (1024x768) e-ink that is just 0.7mm thick and weighs at just 14 grams.

Censorship

Scientology Charged With Slavery, Human Trafficking 802

eldavojohn writes "A formal complaint was filed in California (caged PDF) last week by John Lindstein naming David Miscavige and the Church of Scientology International as defendants. Lindstein claims that for sixteen years (from age 8) he was forced to work as a slave at Gold Base, a secret CoS site run by Golden Era Productions with 'razor wire, security guard patrols, surveillance posts, and three roll calls each day.' The pay was $50 a week. The allegations include 'Violations of wage and hour laws as well as unfair/illegal business practices actionable under California B&P 17200 Et. Seq.' and a complaint under the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution, which abolished slavery. Members of the group Anonymous praised the summons."
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft sues 21 system builders for piracy (crn.com.au)

Stony Stevenson writes: Microsoft is suing 21 system builders in Australia that have been illegally providing counterfeit software to customers. Microsoft has received $297,000 in settlements from the guilty parties. The 21 dealers were fined for their infringing practices and have signed restraining agreements to respect their fellow resellers and Microsoft's copyright and trademarks in the future. An Australia-wide program run by Microsoft called the National System Builder Blitz highlighted 1270 system builders. Companies were targeted specifically and randomly to ensure a comprehensive cross-section.
Power

Submission + - Thorium Reactors Better Than Uranium Reactors? (cosmosmagazine.com)

MMatessa writes: "Radical new technology based on thorium could potentially alleviate three of the most pressing issues facing modern civilization in the 21st century: the hunger for energy, the spectre of climate change and the need to eliminate nuclear weapons. The main stumbling block of using thorium reactors until now has been how to provide thorium fuel with enough neutrons to keep the reaction going, and do so in an efficient and economical way.

In recent years two new technologies have been developed to do just this. The Thorium Power company is developing a way to modify existing nuclear plants to use mixed fuels consisting of enriched uranium, plutonium, and thorium. And Carlos Rubbia is designing a method that uses a particle accelerator fired at a lead target to release neutrons that collide with nuclei in the thorium fuel."

The Courts

Submission + - TorrentSpy shuts down (thestandard.com)

Ian Lamont writes: "Legal costs have apparently prompted TorrentSpy's operators to shut it down. The BitTorrent search engine has been fighting the entertainment industry in court for years, and in December lost a copyright infringement case with the MPAA. A note on the TorrentSpy home page said it is shutting down "not due to any court order or agreement," but because of a team decision:

Ultimately the Court demanded actions that in our view were inconsistent with our privacy policy, traditional court rules, and International law; therefore, we now feel compelled to provide the ultimate method of privacy protection for our users — permanent shutdown.

It was a wild ride,

The TorrentSpy Team
"

United States

Submission + - 24 Year Sentence For Trying To Steal Navy Secrets (networkcomputing.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Last November, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission declared that Chinese espionage represented "the single greatest risk to the security of American technologies." Two separate arrests announced last month by the Justice Department suggest that risk has not diminished.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft misleads with "green" marketing (computerworld.com)

jcatcw writes: Microsoft has launched a 'Get green, Stay green' marketing program that may convince people that it has something to do with helping save the environment. According to Preston Gralla, nothing can be further from the truth. It's a marketing campaign to get people to buy the Windows Live OneCare protection suite.
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - WoW Hacker Amassed $2.8 Million (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Game Activist reports that legal documents made public in the lawsuit between Blizzard and MDY Industries, the creator of World of Warcraft bot Glider (f.k.a WoWGlider), have revealed that MDY generated more than $2.8 million in revenue from selling the bot program. MDY has but one employee/owner, Michael Donnelly. As previously reported, Blizzard wants to prevent Donnelly from selling the software and is seeking monetary damages.
Sony

Submission + - Sony Blu-ray under Investigation by ITC

i4u writes: "The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed to hear a case filed by Columbia University Professor Emeritus Gertrude Neumark Rothschild that seeks to block the importation of a wide array of consumer electronics products using LEDs and Laser Diodes. Among the products affected by this investigation are Sony Blu-ray players.
Professor Rothschild settled already issues of infringement of her patents with Nichia Corp., OSRAM GmbH, Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd. and Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.
At this point it is just an investigation, will see if that actually will lead to something substantial that will affect consumers."

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