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Submission + - U.S. Govt. Manipulates Cartel Weapons Cris

FSWKU writes: According to a CNN Report, many of the weapons used by Mexican drug cartels are said to originate in the United States, causing lawmakers to once again call for more gun laws.

Proponents of stricter gun controls say that the staggering numbers of U.S. weapons that end up in Mexico show that something must be done to control arms smuggling."

But it could be said this is precisely what the current administration wants to happen in order to be able to pass more laws banning firearms. Back in February, CBS Evening News was one of the few media outlets to report on Project Gunrunner, a project that seemed to allow large numbers of firearms to cross the border into Mexico despite protests from ATF agents.

"For months, ATF agents followed 50-caliber Barrett rifles and other guns believed to be heading for the Mexican border, but were ordered to let them go. One distraught agent was often overheard on ATF radios begging and pleading to be allowed to intercept transports. The answer: "Negative. Stand down."

According to the CBS article, two of the guns allowed to walk were found at the scene where Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered, and despite arrests for the guns themselves, no further mention has been made of the murder.

Theories will vary wildly, but it would seem the government is purposely allowing guns to cross into Mexico to "prove" that the illegal gun trade is a problem in order to garner support for more gun laws, rather than consistently enforcing the ones already in existence.


Submission + - Nobody pushing the Google +1 Button?

xmas2003 writes: A few months ago, Google announced their +1 button which was their response to the Facebook Like button, Twitter Tweet button, Stumble Badge and other misc. social networking tools.

I have some nifty pictures of baby hummingbirds that seem popular since several hundred people look at it every day. So a little while ago, I added the Google +1 button in-line with the buttons from Facebook (2,452 likes), Stumble (35,000 views), and Twitter (147 tweets) ... and so far, the big "G's" button has been pushed ZERO times.

Are web surfers just not used to seeing the latest web button, or is this a sign that Google is a little late to the social networking craze?

Submission + - Franken bill would protect consumers location data (

GovTechGuy writes: Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) unveiled a new bill on Wednesday that would require firms like Apple and Google to obtain consent from consumers before collecting or sharing their smartphone location data with third parties. The bill would cover all mobile devices including tablets and require firms to inform consumers when they collect their data and allow them to delete it when requested.

Submission + - Adobe Patches Second Flash Zero-Day In 9 Days (

CWmike writes: "For the second time in nine days, Adobe has patched a critical vulnerability in Flash Player that hackers were already exploiting, Computerworld's Gregg Keizer reports. Adobe also updated Reader to quash 13 new bugs and several older ones the company had not gotten around to fixing. The memory corruption vulnerability in Flash Player could 'potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system,' Adobe said in an accompanying advisory. 'There are reports that this vulnerability is being exploited in the wild in targeted attacks via malicious Web pages.' Adobe last issued an 'out-of-band' emergency update on June 5, when it fixed a critical flaw that attackers were exploiting to steal Gmail login credentials. Those attacks were different from the ones Google disclosed the week before, when it accused Chinese hackers of targeting specific individuals, including senior U.S. and South Korean government officials, anti-Chinese government activists and journalists. Google, which bundles Flash Player with Chrome, also updated its browser Tuesday to include the just-patched version of Flash."

Submission + - US Senator Slams Robots (

An anonymous reader writes: Tom Coburn, Republican senator from Oklahoma, has recently put out a report accusing the National Science Foundation of mismanagement and abuse, including wasting millions of dollars on "dumb projects," several of which involve robots. Now the roboticists are standing up to the senator []. The researchers defend their projects and claim that the senator's assessment of science was "unscientific."

Submission + - US pays $2B for for 500MW of solar power (

coondoggie writes: "The US Department of Energy today said it was conditionally committing $2 billion to develop two concentrating solar power projects that it says will offer 500 megawatts of power combined, effectively doubling the nation's currently installed capacity of that type of power. Concentrated solar systems typically use parabolic mirrors to collect solar energy."
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Submission + - Opensource Hadoop alternative released (

fgv writes: LexisNexis is releasing an open source data-intensive computing platform that it says outperforms Hadoop and even handles workloads that Hadoop presently cannot. The technology (and new business line) is called HPCC Systems ( The HPCC platform is programmed in C++ and data workflows and queries can be coded utilizing a high-level data-oriented declarative language called ECL without the rigidity of the MapReduce paradigm.

Comment Re:Good. He's a fucking traitor and a disgrace (Score -1) 844

i was criticizing candas NHS i meant it in a genial term trying to keep it civil some what rather then just calling it socialized medicine the UK is touted mostly because of the horrible wait times for basic care and the complete lives system witch is when your older you get less care the EU has the exact same system and just as evil.... i have a pace maker and shudder to think of the bullshit im gonna have to deal with when in my 70's and my pace maker needs replacement under any NHS

Comment Re:Good. He's a fucking traitor and a disgrace (Score 0) 844

if your health care is so damn good then why did one of your politicians " Danny Williams " come to the united states for heart surgery rather then letting that fantastic NHS do the heart surgery? also how are those nice long wait times for basic care? i have a pace maker and i absolutely refuse to let a NHS take root in the united states

Comment gilligan's island in space (Score 0) 111

ust sit right back and you'll hear a tale, A tale of a fateful trip That started from this tropic port Aboard this tiny ship. The mate was a mighty sailing man, The skipper brave and sure. Five passengers set sail that day For a three hour tour, a three hour tour. The weather started getting rough, The tiny ship was tossed, If not for the courage of the fearless crew The minnow would be lost, the minnow would be lost.

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