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Submission + - Obama "Flat Earth" joke falls... flat (guardian.co.uk)

Tastecicles writes: As US President Barack Obama put it Tuesday at Georgetown University, to the rapturous applause of students and faculty staff, the industrial arm of the US economy needs to stop burying its head in the sand over climate change. But, was his speech intended to placate the AGW crowd such as Gore, with the quip that "We don't have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society"? Or did he have something else in mind, like promoting the gas boom made possible by the development of hydraulic fracturing as a viable means to extract shale gas (which, surprise surprise, emits as much CO2 per kilogram burned as low-grade brown anthracite)? Just what is the "science" on which he intends to rely when he signs in his proposed measures?

As a skeptic (one who requires empirical proof, not innuendo and not repeated claims) into AGW but not into climate change, I don't consider myself a Flat Earther (one who refuses to change his mind even in the face of empirical evidence). Convince me.

Censorship

Submission + - State Orders YouTube To Remove User Videos (worldtruth.tv)

Tastecicles writes: If only this were an April Fool's joke; it's not. The submitter has been witness to this very case and is in contact with Roger Hayes.

In a frightening example of how the state is tightening its grip around the free Internet, it has emerged that You Tube is complying with thousands of requests from governments to censor and remove videos that show protests and other examples of citizens simply asserting their rights, while also deleting search terms by government mandate.

The latest example is You Tube’s compliance with a request from the British government to censor footage of the British Constitution Group Lawful Rebellion protest, during which they attempted to civilly arrest Judge Michael Peake at Birkenhead county court.

Peake was ruling on a case involving Roger Hayes, former member of UKIP, who has refused to pay council tax, both as a protest against the government’s treasonous activities in sacrificing Britain to globalist interests and as a result of Hayes clearly proving that council tax is illegal.

Hayes has embarked on an effort to legally prove that the enforced collection of council tax by government is unlawful because no contract has been agreed between the individual and the state. His argument is based on the sound legal principle that just like the council, Hayes can represent himself as a third party in court and that “Roger Hayes” is a corporation and must be treated as one in the eyes of the law.

Science

Submission + - British Antarctic Survey in search of microbes (bbc.co.uk)

Tastecicles writes: Final checks are under way before the launch of a daring attempt to investigate an ancient lake beneath the ice sheet of West Antarctica.

Lake Ellsworth lies below ice that is at least two miles (3.2km) thick.

Its pitch-black waters have remained isolated and unseen for up to half a million years.

This will be the first attempt to extract uncontaminated samples of water and sediment from a body of water so far below the surface. Earlier this year, a Russian expedition drilled and breached Lake Vostok, on the other side of the continent. That venture yielded clues as to the prevailing conditions beneath the permafrost.

The investigation is part of a search to understand the limits of where life is possible and, despite the high pressures and lack of sunlight, it is likely that microbes will be detected.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - 2012's best (worst) enterprise software horror stories (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Plenty of enterprise software projects go just fine and end up giving customers all the things vendors promise: lower operating costs, streamlined operations and happier users. Unfortunately, some still end up in ruins, leaving customers out huge sums of money, churning up lawsuits, damaging careers and destroying relationships. This year's highlights have included the U.S. Air Force pulling the plug on an ERP project after blowing through $1 billion and California scrapping a court case management system after spending $300 million"
Your Rights Online

Submission + - BPI Threatens to Sue The UK Pirate Party over Proxy (torrentfreak.com)

Techmeology writes: "The BPI has threatened to sue the Pirate Party for allowing people access to The Pirate Bay through its proxy service. The leader of the Pirate Party UK, Loz Kaye said his party would go to court over the issue. Kaye said that he was determined to defend his party's principles even in the face of an expensive legal battle."

Submission + - Sir Patrick Moore dies aged 89 (bbc.co.uk) 3

Tastecicles writes: Patrick Moore was the monocled surveyor of the sky who awakened in millions of people an interest in galactic goings on.

His love of astronomy began at the age of six and that childhood curiosity developed into a lifelong passion.

It was a passion he shared through his programme, The Sky at Night, which he presented for more than 50 years, only ever missing one episode due to illness.

Patrick Alfred Caldwell-Moore was born at Pinner, Middlesex on 4 Mar 1923.

Heart problems meant he spent much of his childhood being educated at home and he became an avid reader.

His mother gave him a copy of GF Chambers' book, The Story of the Solar System, and this sparked his lifelong passion for astronomy.

He was soon publishing papers about the moon's surface, based on observations made with his first three-inch telescope. His 1908 vintage typewriter enabled him to publish more than a thousand books on subjects ranging from astronomy, his first love, to cricket, golf, and music.

Submission + - Draft Executive Order seeks to sneak SOPA & PIPA in by the back door (jdnash.com)

TrueSatan writes: In a way so underhand that few but the MAFIAA and friends could have contemplated it a new draft Executive Order seeks to implement an equivalent to the failed SOPA/PIPA regulations claiming that SOPA/PIPA themselves only failed due to "industry concerns". The order also gives a clear presumed guilty verdict against any who are accused of infringement.abandoning any pretence of "innocent until proven guilty".
Microsoft

Submission + - EU set to charge Microsoft over ruling breach (reuters.com)

quippe writes: "Microsoft Corp will be charged for failing to comply with a 2009 ruling ordering it to offer a choice of web browsers, the European Union's antitrust chief said on Thursday, which could mean a hefty fine for the company

U.S.-based Microsoft's more than decade-long battle with the European Commission has already landed it with fines totaling more than a billion euros ($1.28 billion).

The Commission, which opened an investigation into the issue in July, is now preparing formal charges against the company, EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said."

Submission + - AVX Client database leaked (thehackernews.com) 1

Tastecicles writes: Rare metal mining and components concern AVX Corporation is the latest victim of the group Anonymous, who have just announced a successful hack of the company's client database. The Anonymous hackers have published the database on several file dumps, stating that AVX "has been involved in the illegal mining and export of coltan from the war torn Democratic Republic of the Congo" Coltan is a dark ore consisting of niobium and tantalum and a vital component of most electronic devices on Western markets. Since AVX Corp. has previously given its assurances that it does not source conflict minerals for its component manufacture, what does this mean for it and its parent company Kyocera Electronics Corporation (71% ownership), should the assertions of Anonymous prove accurate?
Networking

Submission + - Power Pwn: This DARPA-Funded Power Strip Will Hack Your Network

An anonymous reader writes: The Power Pwn may look like a power strip, but it's actually a DARPA-funded hacking tool for launching remotely-activated Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Ethernet attacks. If you see one around the office, make a point to ask if it's supposed to be there. Pwnie Express, which developed the $1,295 tool, says it's "a fully-integrated enterprise-class penetration testing platform." That's great, but the company also notes its "ingenious form-factor" (again, look at the above picture) and "highly-integrated/modular hardware design," which to me makes it look like the perfect gizmo for nefarious purposes.
Earth

Submission + - Formation of an Ox Bow lake as seen by the Google Earth Time Machine (blogspot.fr) 1

djl4570 writes: An excellent study in the gradual change of geographic features as a river meander becomes an ox bow lake when the river current cuts through the meander. The same Google Earth feature can be used to view changes in urban and suburban geography. The historical data is a work in progress. The region I looked at only has images going back to 1993. Other regions will have a different mix and depth of data.
Censorship

Submission + - ACTA dead on Independence Day (torrentfreak.com)

Tastecicles writes: Yesterday at 12:56 CET, the European Parliament decided whether ACTA would be ultimately rejected or whether it would drag on into uncertainty. In a 478 to 39 vote, the Parliament decided to reject ACTA once and for all. This means that the deceptive treaty is now dead globally.

Six months ago, the situation looked very dark. It was all but certain that ACTA would pass unnoticed in silence. The forces fighting for citizens’ rights tried to have it referred to the European Court of Justice in order to test its legality and to buy some time. But then, something happened.

A monster by the name of SOPA appeared in the United States. Thousands of websites went dark on January 18 and millions of voices cried out, leaving Congress shell-shocked over the fact that citizens can get that level of pissed off at corporate special interests. SOPA was killed.

The European Commissioner responsible for the treaty, Karel de Gucht, has said that he will ignore any rejections and re-table it before the European Parliament until it passes. That’s not going to happen.

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