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Submission + - FBI: Burning Man testing ground for free speech, drugs ... & new spy gear (

v3rgEz writes: The 29th annual Burning Man festival kicks off this week in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Among those paying close attention to the festivities will be the FBI's Special Events Management unit, who have kept files on "burners" since at least 2010. One of the more interesting things in those, files, however, is a lengthy, heavily redacted paragraph detailing that the FBI's Special Events Management Unit gave Las Vegas Police Department some specialized equipment for monitoring the week-long event, as long as LVPD provided follow up reports.

Submission + - Ashley Madison Hackers Threaten Release Of All Data Unless Site Closes (

heretic108 writes: According to KrebsOnSecurity, the infamous Ashley Madison affairs hookup website has been hacked by a group calling itself The Impact Team. This group are demanding the immediate and permanent shutdown of Ashley Madison, as well as a related site Established Man, or else they will publicly release all customer personal data.

Comment Re:Give credit where credit is due (Score 1) 398

{insert favorite politician here} ...

put in place several regulations to control oil speculation.

Actually, you've hit on the precise reason for the brief drop in US gasoline prices - politics. The oil and financial sectors vote with the price of our commodities. No valid long-term conclusions can be drawn from a small dip that occurs just months before a US election.


Submission + - Microsoft banned from selling Word ( 3

priyank_bolia writes: "It sounds like a joke. But, it's real and it's anything but a joke for Microsoft. Judge Leonard Davis, of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, has issued an injunction (PDF link) that "prohibits Microsoft from selling or importing to the United States any Microsoft Word products that have the capability of opening .XML, .DOCX or DOCM files (XML files) containing custom XML.""

Comment Re:World improves (Score 1) 921

It's ironic that this result is being publicized just as we are starting to unravel the _symbiotic_ relationship between natural foodborne bacteria and the immune system. Many microbiologists and immunologists are reconsidering the benefits of locally-grown organic foods that we, as scientists, have dismissed for generations. Food is more than a chemical concoction, and your body comprises about 100 times as many non-human cells as human ones. It may be that the major benefits of organic foods are not in the pesticides that are _not_ present but in the microorganisms that _are_ present in these foods.

Comment Re:Obesity & Bacteria (Score 1) 397

>>why is it worded in such a way as to imply the different bacteria is the reason that one is obese and the other isn't, instead of the type of bacteria changed because being obese (and the eating that goes along with it) favor one type over the other. ... Because if you read the Scientific literature, there is very good reason to believe that's the way it works.

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