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Submission + - SPAM: The outlook for the British tourism industry is bleak

cithotelservice writes: THE one thing we know for certain about the longer-term consequences of last month's Brexit vote is that we don't know what all those consequences will be. For the travel industry, that is especially true. Even so, hope is currently in short supply.

Immediately after the referendum, airlines were lumped in with banks and property firms as the shares to sell. IAG, the parent company of British Airways, has lost a third of its value since the results were announced on 24th June. That is only to be expected. It seems certain that outbound travel from Britain will take a hit. As the pound falls and the rest of the world becomes more expensive, and low business confidence causes firms to rein in corporate travel, fewer Brits will go abroad. (And that is before we factor in the unknowns, such as whether British carriers will be able to maintain unfettered access to EU skies.)



The impact of Brexit on the number of people visiting the United Kingdom (if such a thing will still exist) is much less sure. But a gloomy note from Euromonitor, a research firm,...Continue reading

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Submission + - Chilcot report: Iraq invasion 'not justified', UK government report finds (theage.com.au)

aphelion_rock writes: The UK chose to invade Iraq in 2003 based on flawed intelligence that should have been challenged but wasn't, and which was presented in a way that glossed over reservations and ambiguities, according to the long-awaited "Chilcot report".
British prime minister Tony Blair allowed the US's military timetable to override his own, abandoning plans to pull together international consensus and to properly plan for the post-invasion period, because he decided it was "right and necessary" to defer to his close ally, the report finds.

Editorial

Submission + - Is Slashdot broken?

funge writes: "Slashdot perplexes me. I submitted a link to a YouTube video that shows the first in-depth coverage of the Wii MotionPlus and AiLive's LiveMove 2. The video has over 150,000 views in 24 hours. The internet is alight with news coverage. Advanced technology, MEMS, machine learning and the Wii! Right up Slashdot's street! At least you'd think so, but no — no sign of it here. Maybe it's just an isolated incident. But it was the same when AiLive released our first smash hit YouTube video showing off what advanced machine learning could do for motion recognition on the as then yet to be released Wii. I also submitted a story about the USPTO's plan to use a peer review system before it became widely known. Again it was rejected, only to have the same story accepted by another poster 3 days later. And equally bizarre, I've had a review of an article in an obscure book accepted. Not mention I had two, yes one, two reviews of my own book show up in short succession. I was grateful for the extra sales they generated, but I hardly felt the book deserved two reviews. So what's up? Am I the only one feeling snubbed? Or is Slashdot broken?"
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Iphone tethering app released, killed in 2 hours

tjhayes writes: The iphone apps store released an application called NetShare that allowed the iphone to tether a laptop to the internet. It was priced at a $10 one time fee. After being available for approximately 2 hours, the application has disappeared from the apps store. What exactly are AT&T/Apple trying to accomplish here? http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=535256

Feed Engadget: Ask Engadget: What's the best iPhone 3G alternative? (engadget.com)

Filed under: Ask Engadget, Cellphones

We know, we know -- this one's going to be a doozie, but it's something that just has to be done. For folks out there too far from the reaches of GSM or simply unwilling to cough up the requisite dough to pay for AT&T's comparatively pricey plans, we figure Kevin's question will hit very close to home:

"What is the best alternative for the iPhone / iPhone 3G? I am looking for a touchscreen phone that has most of what the iPhone can provide, such as media and decent web browsing. I am also looking for a device with a lower cost (with or without a new plan). Could you please help point me in the right direction?"

Feel free to dish our your best options for GSM and CDMA, particularly if you've wondered this yourself and found your answer. Keep it civilized down there, alright? Got a question you'd like to pose to Engadget's fine, fine readers? Shoot it over to ask at engadget dawt com and hope for the best.Permalink|Email this|Comments


Social Networks

Submission + - MySpace suicide woman justifies online behaviour (itnews.com.au)

schliz writes: Missouri mother Lori Drew's lawyer is now arguing that if she is guilty, then so are millions of other internet users every day. The case concerns the harassment of a young girl over the net which spiralled out of control when the torment got too much for thirteen-year old Megan Meier, who was subsequently found hung in her bedroom. Drew is charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of accessing a computer without authorisation.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Craigslist forced to reveal a seller's identity (libpipe.com) 1

mi writes: "The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts has won a judgment compelling CraigsList to reveal the identity of "Daniel", who tried to sell two tickets to the Oscar-ceremony recently. The plaintiff's argument against such sales is scary and can be taken very far very quickly: "If you don't know who's inside the theater, it's very difficult to provide security".

The CraigList's handling of the case may be even scarier, however — instead of fighting tooth-and-nail for the user's privacy, as we expect Google, Yahoo, and AOL, and even credit-card issuers to do, CraigsList simply did not show up in court and lost by default."

Democrats

Submission + - Obama's Birth Cert., Change you can Photoshop?

Var1abl3 writes: An interesting forensic report that looks at Barack Obama's Birth Certificate posted on the Daily Kos website and claimed to be real by Obama's is now ruled a forgery.

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"There are two obvious scenarios used to create the image that can be ascertained from evidence. Either a real COLB was scanned into Photoshop and digitally edited or a real COLB was first scanned to obtain the graphic layout then blanked by soaking the document in solvent to remove the toner. After rescanning the blank page to a separate image the graphics from the previously obtained scan could then be easily applied to the blank scan after some editing and rebuilding. It would also explain why date stamp bleeds through the paper and the various bits of toner located around the image as well as the remnants of the previous location of a security border."

The images and details are quite interesting and very disturbing if the allegations are true.

So the question is why a forgery, is he really legally able to be The President of the United States or not? Natural born citizen or not? You decide 2008.....

So all you /.er's who are experts on images and forgery's please debunk this.... or corroborate.
Medicine

Submission + - Nanomaterials more dangerous than we think

bshell writes: "A Canadian panel of leading scientists warns that nanomaterials appearing in a rapidly growing number of products might potentially be able to enter cells and interfere with biological processes. According to a story in the Globe and Mail newspaper, the Council of Canadian Academies concluded that "there are inadequate data to inform quantitative risk assessments on current and emerging nanomaterials."

"Their small size, the report says, may allow them "to usurp traditional biological protective mechanisms" and, as a result, possibly have "enhanced toxicological effects." Chair of the panel is Pekka Sinervo, dean of the University of Toronto's faculty of arts and science. The council is an independent academic advisory group funded by the federal government, but operating at arms-length from Ottawa. The 16-member panel that wrote the new report included some of Canada's leading scientists and top international experts on nanomaterials.

When experts like this agree on something this big it's probably worth paying attention."
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - 3G tear-down time! (engadget.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With the first retail sale of any hotly anticipated device comes the ritualistic tear down. iFixit is with us in New Zealand for the honors on the iPhone 3G. Squeemish fanboys might want to look away. Haters, lean in and watch the carnage, the action is live and apparently, a little dirty.
Medicine

Submission + - Flashback to the 60's (newscientist.com)

TropicalCoder writes: "I ran across superficial Reuters' piece on the Google News page about a study funded by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Study shows "Spiritual" effects of mushrooms last a year". The article calmly stated that the "spiritual" effects of psilocybin from so-called sacred mushrooms last for more than a year and may offer a way to help patients with fatal diseases or addictions. The news item referred to research began in 2006 by Dr. Roland Griffiths and colleagues of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, on giving magic mushrooms to 36 willing human guinea pigs. Two thirds reported having a "mystical" or "spiritual" experience and rated it positively.

Furthermore, more than a year later most still said the experience increased their sense of well-being or life satisfaction. What stuck me as odd about the report by Maggie Fox, Reuter's Health and Science Editor, was that there was no critical analysis or depth to her reporting of this bizarre experiment. After a little research of my own, I found a much better article in the NewScientist, and a PDF about a presentation on the research by Drs. Griffith and Richards.

Many will remember Timothy Leary, who went off the deep end (my opinion) studying LSD, and the CIA's mind control experiments with LSD. I certainly do, and with personal memories of the '60s and '70s, seeing people condemned to a decade of chasing butterflies after drug-induced mystic experiences, I was very surprised to see this kind of research going on nearly 50 years later. What surprised me was the apparent lack of controversy and the fact that this experiment was sponsored by the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse and conducted under the hospice of the famed Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Griffiths concluded, "This is a truly remarkable finding. Rarely in psychological research do we see such persistently positive reports from a single event in the laboratory", suggesting the findings may offer a way to help treat extremely anxious and depressed patients, or people with addictions. I was quite alarmed by this conclusion. I would consider that an experiment that profoundly altered the world view of two thirds of the participants a very serious outcome. I mean — one day these were people volunteering to be participants in medical research, and the next day — they were no longer the same people. Mind wipe, anyone? I find that thought quite alarming. Don't you?"

Power

Submission + - SSD Efficiency Gains Over Standard HDD Aren't

Bakasama writes: Tom's Hardware compared the power performance of several available SSD cards with a Rotating HDD that was chosen specifically for its poor power efficiency.
The results seem to fly in the face of current wisdom.

"Flash-based solid state drives (SSDs) are considered to be the future of performance hard drives, and everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon. We are no exception, as we have been publishing many articles on flash-based SSDs during the last few months, emphasizing the performance gains and the potential power savings brought by flash memory. And there is nothing wrong with this, since SLC flash SSDs easily outperform conventional hard drives today (SLC = single level cell). However, we have discovered that the power savings aren't there: in fact, battery runtimes actually decrease if you use a flash SSD."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Invasion is released.

fleppy writes: "Invasion has been released upon the world! It is a turn based strategy game. Invasion is similar to Sid Meier's Civilization and Colonization games. Remember to read about the exciting news and get it from here. To see what this game looks like, check out screenshots here. The surprising point here is this game is created by only one person. Although Invasion has not got completely new ideas, it is a good example for a successfull indie game."
The Courts

Submission + - Judge OK's $108,000 award against RIAA (p2pnet.net)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The Magistrate Judge's $108,000 attorneys fee award against the RIAA has been affirmed by the District Judge, in Atlantic v. Andersen. This is the case in which an exasperated judge had observed initially, when first deciding that Ms. Andersen was entitled to her fees, that "when plaintiffs dismissed their claims in June 2007, they apparently had no more material evidence to support their claims than they did when they first contacted defendant in February 2005"."
Operating Systems

Submission + - DRM is a Parasite (garbett.org)

raquelm writes: "Shawn Garbett made a comparison between DRM and parasites. He suggests that computer malware started with viruses, followed with worms and trojans, and that with the intense corporation of DRM, Windows Vista has obtained the world's first bonafide computer parasite."

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