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Submission + - Arizona Republicans Propose Bill That Would Not Allow Atheists Graduate (patheos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: the republicans in AZ are trying to force kids to swear an oath to get a diploma.

A quote from the proposed bill Arizona House Bill 2467
"Beginning in the 20132014 school year, In addition to fulfilling the course of study and assessment requirements prescribed in this chapter, before a pupil is allowed to graduate from a public high school in this state, the principal or head teacher of the school shall verify in writing that the pupil has recited the following oath:

I, _________, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge these duties; So help me God. "

Submission + - Stallman on Snowden .. (rt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: “I am very happy that Snowden told us what the US government and some other governments are really doing .. I had no proof – I’ve been saying for many years that if we look at the ‘Pa-Triot Act’ – I won’t call it ‘patriot’ because it’s as unpatriotic as you can get in a country based on an idea of freedom – I said, ‘look at this, I would guess that they are collecting all the data about everyone, regularly, fast enough so it doesn’t get erased between collections – but that was just a guess.”

Submission + - W3C Do Not Track chairs reject Ad industry proposal

Presto Vivace writes: W3C Do Not Track chairs reject Ad industry proposal that would allow unfettered data collection

Attached please find a document entitled “What Base Text to Use for the Do Not Track Compliance Specification.” For tonight, the document will speak for itself. It is available at: http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/2013-july-decision/

What Base Text to Use for the Do Not Track Compliance Specification

The Tracking Protection Working Group was chartered “to improve user privacy and user control by defining mechanisms for expressing user preferences around Web tracking and for blocking or allowing Web tracking elements.” The group reached an important series of decision points this summer, when participants submitted change proposals after the May face-to-face meeting. The co-chairs here record the group decision on one change proposal that presents a fork in the road, after the Digital Advertising Alliance and related participants asked to move to a new draft text. After consideration, the chairs have determined that the group has rejected that change proposal, finding it at odds with our chartered aims and the weight of group consensus.

The question before the group was whether to change its base text for the continued work on the Compliance Specification, to adopt the version proposed by the DAA or to continue addressing issues against the text proposed to the group in June. We conclude, based on the comments submitted, that the June Draft provides a better basis from which to address the criteria for a W3C standard, as understood in the Working Group, than does than the DAA Proposal. We thus will continue to use the June Draft as the base text and work through the remaining issues raised. We will not revisit the choices presented in the DAA change proposal and rejected in this decision.

Submission + - New Moon Found Orbiting Neptune (www.cbc.ca)

Dave Knott writes: A tiny, previously unknown moon circling Neptune has been spotted by astronomers using the Hubble telescope.

The moon, which is currently known as S/2004 N1, was found on July 1 by Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., NASA announced Monday.

It is less than 20 kilometres wide and its orbit is 105,000 kilometres from Neptune, between those of Larissa and Proteus, two of Neptune's other 14 known moons. It circles Neptune once every 23 hours.

Submission + - Is the Article #12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outdated?

Max_W writes: Here is the text of the Article #12 http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml#a12 :
"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

The United Nations insists on the compliance. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday http://news.yahoo.com/snowden-case-shows-leakers-protection-u-n-rights-192207562.html : "While concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance programs, surveillance without adequate safeguards to protect the right to privacy actually risks impacting negatively on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Is it realistic to expect the compliance with this article from the world's major players in the age of large storage disks, fast networks and computers? Or are we entering a new brave world, a new phase of human civilization, where quaint notions of privacy and traditional moral principles are becoming ridiculous?

Then what to do with the Article #12? Shall it be "intentionally left blank"? Shall it be updated to a new wording? What words could they be?

Submission + - Researchers Infect iOS Devices With Malware Via Malicious Charger (forbes.com) 1

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: At the upcoming Black Hat security conference in late July, three researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology plan to show off a proof-of-concept charger that they say can be used to invisibly install malware on a device running the latest version of Apple’s iOS.

A description of their talk posted to the conference website describes how they were able to install whatever malware they wished on an Apple device within a minute of the user plugging it into their malicious charger, which they’re calling “Mactans" after the scientific name of a Black Widow spider. The malware-loaded USB plug is built around an open-source single-board computer known as a BeagleBoard, sold by Texas Instruments for a retail price of around $45. The researchers have contacted Apple about their exploit but haven't heard back from the company and aren't sharing more details of their hack until they do.

Submission + - Hello Brave New World! 3rd Party Tests confirm Rossi cold fusion device (e-catworld.com)

chavez98 writes: 3rd party tests have confirmed that Andrea Rossi's E-Cat device does indeed produce anomalous heat energy at least one order of magnitude greater than conventional energy sources. There has been much debate as to the credibility of Mr. Rossi because he has a criminal background, but apparently he has been telling the truth about perhaps one of the greatest inventions in history of mankind.

Submission + - Documentary to tell the story of the UK games industry

necronom426 writes: For those of us who grew up in the '80s there are many interesting tales of how the games industry developed. The UK has it's own set of unique stories, and two film makers are documenting it in their film From Bedrooms to Billions. If you had a Spectrum or C64, or get nostalgic if someone mentions Julian Rignall, Oliver Frey, Rob Hubbard, Andrew Braybrook, David Braben, Jon Hare, Jeff Minter, Matthew Smith, Martin Galway, Zzap!64, Crash, etc., then you might want to take a look.
AT&T

Submission + - AT&T Aims at Verizon with New 4G Roll-Out (ibtimes.com)

Daniel_Lee writes: AT&T is launching its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network across various cities in the U.S., marking its first foray into the new high-speed data standard. The nation's second largest wireless network provider said on Sunday that it rolled out its new data network in San Antonio, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. It marks the first time the provider has offered the service, which promises much faster mobile data-download speeds than its current 3G — or third generation network. But its not the first company to offer LTE.
Microsoft

Submission + - Internet Explorer 9 and 10 now fully pass Acid3 te (acidtests.org)

CSHARP123 writes: Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 9 and 10 browsers both pass the infamous Acid3 test thanks to changes by its authors. Google employee Ian Hickson and Opera employee Håkon Wium Lie both announced changes to the Acid3 test on Saturday. The changes will allow more browsers to pass the test and focus on allowing the specs to change according to what’s best for the web. ”As the Web matures, we have made a concerted effort to improve the precision of Web technology specifications,” said Hickson. More information on changes can be found at https://plus.google.com/107429617152575897589/posts/JdHnqpuUER4#107429617152575897589/posts/JdHnqpuUER4
NASA

Submission + - NASA's Space Launch System: a Critical Analysis (jerrypournelle.com)

Spy Handler writes: Jerry Pournelle has posted a quick analysis of NASA's new Space Launch System (SLS) on his website. His two main criticisms involve:

1. Usage of the Shuttle main engines. "Those were developed to be reusable, and they are expensive because of that. They are in fact magnificent engines and thoroughly reusable if operated at 90-95% of rated capacity; it’s not their fault that they had to be run at 103% and above to fly Shuttle. But they were developed to be reusable, and that adds greatly to their cost."

2. Usage of SRBs. "You don’t want recoverable solid rockets in the first place. The operations are a nightmare, and the design has to be compromised so that the impact on the water does not destroy the thing, and it has to float. All that changes the design and affects performance. There is no good reason ever to recover a solid booster, which is, after all, a big sewer pipe stuffed with guncotton and leached with nitroglycerine....

The only reason we ever came up with any notion as mad as a segmented solid booster was that the SRB had to be made in Utah because of political constraints. If you make a booster that size in Utah it has to be segmented because you can’t ship it by rail or on the highway – the curves are too sharp and the tunnels are not big enough. You would have to make it in Michoud Louisiana and ship it by barge to Canaveral. That is possible but Louisiana isn’t Utah. Apparently the new NASA design is worried about the Utah Senatorial votes to this day."


His widely read 2000 paper titled How To Get To Space provides excellent insights into the X-programs and is well worth reading.

Censorship

Submission + - Inside the DOJ's domain name graveyards (viewdns.info)

hugheseyau writes: "Between November 2010 and May 2011, the US Department of Justice (DoJ), under many banners including the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), seized over 140 domain names from sites allegedly engaged in the "illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works" or other illegal activities.

But what exactly happens when domains are seized in such a manner? How is it done, and where do they end up? This article provides insight into the takedown process as well as providing a unique look into the DoJ’s domain name graveyard."

News

Submission + - Shocking Images Show Gulf Bottom Still Dead (dailymail.co.uk)

intellitech writes: The Daily Mail is reporting that much of the oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. At a science conference in Washington today, Joye, a professor at the University of Georgia aired early results of her December submarine dives around the BP spill site. She went to places she had visited in the summer and expected the oil and residue from oil-munching microbes would be gone by then. It wasn't. New images from her submarine dives reveal a startling absence of life on the bottom of the Gulf.

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