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Submission + - LHC Shutdown Again - By Baguette Dropping Bird? (popsci.com)

Philip K Dickhead writes: "Is Douglas Adams scripting the saga of sorrows facing the LHC? These time-traveling Higgs-Boson particles certainly exhibit the sign of his absurd sense of humor! Perhaps it is the Universe itself, conspiring against the revelations intimated by the operation of CERN's Large Hadron Collider? This time, it is not falling cranes, cracked magnets, liquid helium leaks or even links to Al Qaeda, that have halted man's efforts to understand the meaning of life, the universe and everything. It now appears that the collider is hindered from an initial firing by a baguette, dropped by a passing bird. "The bird dropped some bread on a section of outdoor machinery, eventually leading to significant over heating in parts of the accelerator. The LHC was not operational at the time of the incident, but the spike produced so much heat that had the beam been on, automatic failsafes would have shut down the machine." One cannot rule out time-traveling mischief makers, however improbable, once credulity has been so rudely affronted by this latest story."
The Military

Submission + - US Military Requests 'National Manhunting Agency' (wired.com) 2

Philip K Dickhead writes: "The US Military Joint Operations University says that a "National Manhunting Agency” is needed to go after jihadists, drug dealers, pirates and other "enemies of the state". Revelations of a CIA program for extrajudicial executions and assassination are criticized for not going far enough in the military's position. "Such a group wouldn’t just go after terrorists. “Human networks are behind narcotics trafficking, arms proliferation, piracy, hiding war criminals from authorities, human trafficking, or other smuggling activities,” Crawford writes. “Human networks also lie at the core of national governments, offering an increased potential to nonlethally influence state actors with precision. A robust manhunting capability would allow the United States to interdict these human networks.”"
Given the military and law enforcements history of mission-creep, are "hackers" Gary McKinnon about to show up on a hit-list?"

Submission + - 3 Strikes - Denying Physics Won't Save Video Stars (timesonline.co.uk)

Philip K Dickhead writes: "Award-winning SF author and BoingBoing co-editor Cory Doctrow has an editorial in today's Times of London. Doctrow elegantly evicerates the basic injustice posed by the imminent Mandelson "3 Strikes" law in Britain. He makes the explicit observation: "The internet is an integral part of our children’s education; it’s critical to our employment; it’s how we stay in touch with distant relatives. It’s how we engage with government. It’s the single wire that delivers freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom of assembly. It isn’t just a conduit for getting a few naughty free movies, it is the circulatory system of the information age." It is worth noting that Doctrow was influential in the creation of the Creative Commons. He has enjoyed considerable commercial success for his writings, owing in no small part on his insistence that his work be made available for unrestricted electronic distribution and copyng."
Censorship

Submission + - EFF Launches Internet "Takedown" Hall of Shame

Philip K Dickhead writes: "Recognizing that public shame is a potent weapon, the Electronic Frontier Foundation today launched a new Web site — its "Takedown Hall of Shame" — that will shine an unflattering spotlight on those corporations and individuals who abuse copyright claims to stifle free speech. Included in the first batch of "honorees" are NPR, Warner Music Group and Ralph Lauren — the later for an attempt to abuse the DMCA notification mechanism, because Cory Doctrow said they Suck at Photoshop."

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