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Submission + - Prehistoric dog skull suggests we domesticated dog (

derekmead writes: A dog skull newly discovered in a Siberian cave is 33,000 years old, and is one of the oldest examples of human domestication of animals known.

What’s curious is that the Siberian skull, discovered in the Altai Mountains, is dated to be about as old as a set of dog remains previously discovered in a cave in Belgium. The Siberian and Belgian skulls were confirmed as being domesticated dogs, rather than wolves, thanks to distinct morphological traits.

Submission + - US Supreme Court weighs on on Warrantless GPS Trac (

asylumx writes: We've been following this story on Slashdot for a while now, well the US Supreme Court on Monday ruled unanimously that the police violated the Constitution when they placed a Global Positioning System tracking device on a suspect’s car and monitored its movements for 28 days. While the vote that the tracking was illegal is unanimous, there is some disagreement whether it simply constitutes a search (which should require a warrant under the 4th amendment) or if it was a breach of reasonable expectation of privacy. The latter seems to imply that GPS Tracking without a warrant is sometimes legal.

Submission + - WSJ: Patent troll trend "starting to accelerate" (

AdamnSelene writes: "The Wall Street Journal has an article profiling why partners in top patent law firms are leaving to start their own 'Non-Practicing Entities' (aka Patent Trolls). Apparently corporations are now approaching lawyers to sell of their patent portfolio in order to squeeze cash from their IP without the embarrassment of suing their own customers. One lawyer says that 'As patents develop from a nascent to a mature asset class, you're just going to see a whole different set of players enter this game. The curve is just starting to accelerate.'"

Submission + - Megaupload's Plan to KO the RIAA (

redletterdave writes: "While prosecutors and the FBI believe earned most of its $175 million in revenue from copyright infringement, a new report has surfaced, which may explain why Megaupload was really shut down. It has to do with a Megaupload venture called MegaBox, and the greediness of the Recording Industry Association of America. In mid-December 2011, roughly four weeks before Megaupload was shuttered by the FBI, the file-sharing site announced a new cloud-based music locker similar to iTunes and Google Music, which integrates a download store, a music player and a DIY artist service, collectively called MegaBox. Unlike other music services that charge artists, Schmitz's idea was to actually pay artists, even for free downloads, and to allow artists to keep 90 percent of their earnings. At the time of the announcement, Megaupload was embroiled in a battle with Universal Music Group, one of the "Big 5" music labels that represents about one-third of the U.S. music market."

Submission + - Embryonic Stem Cell Retinal Implants Safe (

An anonymous reader writes: A biotechnology company said Monday that results from the world’s first human trial using embryonic stem cells to treat eye diseases suggested that the new procedure appears to be safe four months after the cells were injected into the eyes of two blind patients.

The study also describes visual improvements in patients, and experts said the findings hold promise for treating blindness in patients with currently incurable conditions like age-related macular degeneration in older patients and Stargardt’s Disease, a main cause of blindness in young people.

Comment Some disagreements in recent history (Score 5, Informative) 1047

I find it funny that a quick search on the subject yielded an article from the same site, with the opposite finding.

Article in 2007: Judge: Man can't be forced to divulge encryption passphrase

Article in 2012: Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops

I'm fine with them breaking your encryption if they have probable cause; however, forcing you to give the password does seem to have a pretty straight-forward logical path to incriminating yourself (Especially if you are guilty and a subsequent search will yield something on the device).


Submission + - Ron Paul says "Stop Internet Censorship" ( 2

SonicSpike writes: "Congressman and Presidential Candidate Ron Paul writes "SOPA and PIPA actually do is force website owners to police the internet; create entry barriers to the only relatively free and open medium of communication; and threaten to break the technological structure of the internet itself. They also violate our 1st Amendment right to freedom of speech and our 4th Amendment freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures.....

"As is typical of so many bills in Congress, SOPA and PIPA were not crafted to make life better for the American people, but rather were written at the behest of big business trying to enlist the federal government as its strong-arm. For example, the Motion Picture Association of America spent more than $1.2 million so far lobbying for their passage."

The Internet

Submission + - Comprehensive breakdown of ACTA, a more-oppresive (

casac8 writes: "The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement is the most-urgent and greatest current threat to Internet freedom. This article details the treaty's history, potential threats it poses, and what is being done to stop it by internet freedom advocacy groups from the Electronic Frontier Foundation to Anonymous."

Submission + - Scientists Create World's Tiniest Ear (

sciencehabit writes: If you've ever wondered what a virus sounds like, or what noise a bacterium makes when it moves between hosts, you may soon get your chance to find out. Scientists have created the world's tiniest ear. The "nano-ear," a microscopic particle of gold trapped by a laser beam, can detect sound a million times fainter than the threshold for human hearing. Researchers suggest the work could open up a whole new field of "acoustic microscopy," in which organisms are studied using the sound they emit.

Submission + - Blu-Ray DRM is an Utter Failure (

An anonymous reader writes: A consumer tries to enjoy some new Blu-Ray's after Christmas and gets penalized for it by industry DRM. Perhaps he should have just downloaded it instead?

Submission + - Cheezburger Sites Join SOPA Blackout (

hypnosec writes: he owner of all Cheezburger sites has announced that along with Reddit and other sites, Fail Blog, ICanHaz, Memebase and all other websites under the Cheezburger banner would be supporting the SOPA blackout. The announcement was made on social network Twitter, by @Benhuh: "All Cheezburger sites will also be instituting a blackout on January 18th to protest SOPA and PIPA. Now, go ask Wikipedia to do it." Support for a proposed blackout has been growing around the world, with big websites like Reddit beginning the trend. The idea is to take down many websites voluntarily on the 18th of January, simply displaying a message highlighting how the Stop Online Piracy Act could lead to many of the world's most popular sites being stricken from the internet.

Comment Re:ehhhhh (Score -1) 409

Mark me as a foe then. You are an angry person who likes to demonize and belittle people with opposing view points. I have had loads of experience with the likes of you.

I AM a believer in principles that I hold, until I'm shown good reason to change them. I was a strong believer in socialist ideas for many years until I heard some very profound arguments on Austrian economics and true free market ideals. At that point I decided I could no longer justify my previous leanings. I have no problem changing my viewpoints when confronted with compelling arguments. I have heard no such arguments today.

One thing I will give you is that my statement on the wealth gap did trivialize the practice of slavery and the general oppression of minorities in this country, even to the present day (see the continued drug war in America). I view this ongoing human tragedy as a social issue, not as an intrinsic property of the free market. We can argue about slavery and mistreatment of groups of people with ANY form of government. I did read the brief introduction and book excerpt from your link, "A People's History of Poverty in America," Stephan Pimpare. He makes a valid point in one paragraph about the distortion of basically free workers in the overall assessment of the system; This is an interesting point that I will be looking more closely at in the near future. However, my point was more towards the current 1% vs 99%, as opposed to poverty conditions of oppressed minorities; distort my argument if you want to, but as I have already admitted, my intention was not to minimize the suffering of so many people.

Its too bad you are closing off discussion; I find that argument and rational discussion with those who disagree with me are sometimes the most worthwhile conversations to have. They force you to defend your stances rationally and truly look at why you have them. A true believer connects emotionally with their argument, not rationally, and therefore finds it nearly impossible to change their ideas. That is not me, regardless of what you imply.

Comment Re:"WTF happened to the concept of jurisdiction?" (Score 0) 409

I've already written a good deal on this thread, but I appreciate your post and wanted to briefly comment...

(1) This is an excellent, excellent point. I can only say that America had a pretty close to ideal capitalist, free-market society, codified in the Constitution. Now, I would say that the departure from this ideal capitalism comes from heavy government regulation and failure to enforce violations of companies in the market on the property and contractual rights of the individual. This brings us to your example of Russia, yeah I can say now that we aren't really a capitalist society, but is this the inevitable result of implementing one, that you eventually get to the point where it no longer resembles one? I can't really counter this point, because its a valid one.

That comment actually pretty much includes your (1) and (2) points, so I'll leave it at that. Good discussion points, and I hope somebody picks them up and continues; however, that someone will not be me, I'm exhausted from all the posting :)

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