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Science

Submission + - Science turns authoritarian (american.com)

Attila Dimedici writes: This story suggests that one of the reasons that people have less trust in sientific pronouncements is because science reporting has stopped being a nuetral "Science has discovered..." and become more "Science says we must...". They tracked the usage of the following phrases using Lexis Nexis over the last 30 years:: "science says we must," "science says we should," "science tells us we must," "science tells us we should," "science commands," "science requires," "science dictates," and "science compels."
What they discovered was that the phrase "science tells us we must..." has increased in usage dramatically over that time frame. That increase was dramatically greater than that of the other phrases they searched for. The authors suggest that this increased usage of science to tell us what behaviors we should pursue (as opposed to earlier science reporting merely saying that "such and such behavior has this negative consequence" and allowing people to decide what action to take themselves based on that information) has damaged the credibility of science in the minds of the general public. Read the article yourselves and decide what you think of their hypothesis. http://www.american.com/archive/2010/july/science-turns-authoritarian

Comment Re:AI needed? (Score 1) 111

Linked videos show testers taking photos of consumer products such as books and food items (a Tabasco label, for example). If Google Goggles can identify any small item I'm looking at using only my GPS coordinates and orientation, we should just surrender now and pray that Richard Brautigan wasn't being too optimistic.
Networking

Submission + - Egypt claims ships not responsible for cut cables (abc.net.au)

An anonymous reader writes: ABS News in Australia is reporting that Egypt has denied that recent cable damage was caused by naughty ships. Also, a fourth cable was damaged on Sunday. So what's going on?

Feed Science Daily: Giant Particle Accelerator Discovered In The Sky (sciencedaily.com)

ESA's orbiting gamma-ray observatory, Integral, has made the first unambiguous discovery of highly energetic X-rays coming from a galaxy cluster. The find has shown the cluster to be a giant particle accelerator. The Ophiuchus galaxy cluster is one of brightest in the sky at X-ray wavelengths. The X-rays detected are too energetic to originate from quiescent hot gas inside the cluster and suggest instead that giant shockwaves must be rippling through the gas. This has turned the galaxy cluster into a giant particle accelerator.


Linux Business

Submission + - Dell disappoints Linux users in India

Elite_Warrior writes: "I found in a blogthat: Though the CEO of Dell is a user of Ubuntu. So it only seemed obvious that Dell would happily ship laptops in India with GNU/Linux distros preinstalled. But it isn't possible. They don't even ship the laptops with any Operating System preinstalled, or even with Windows XP preinstalled. The only option left for the users is to buy a laptop with Windows Vista preinstalled. In addition, the Dell people inform that uninstalling Vista would make the warranty void. This has saddened many GNU/Linux users in the region as this post describes."
Censorship

Submission + - Net defamation lawyers broaden hunt for defendants (justia.com)

The Xoxo Reader writes: "A new filing in the AutoAdmit case reveals how the plaintiffs' lawyers have attempted to find the identities of the defendants, who posted under pseudonyms on a message board without IP logging. Attachment 5 of the plantiff's motion for expedited discovery includes copies of the lawyers' letters to hosting providers, ISPs, and others. In addition, the defendants had posted links and excerpts of several old news articles involving the plaintiffs, and now the plaintiffs are trying to get the IP logs for everybody who accessed those articles prior to them being posted. (All the more reason to read the web through Google cache?) The court filing includes replies from the recipients, many of whom point out that the lawyers' requests are technically impossible to fulfill. No matter; each response was soon followed by a subpoena. A summary of the letters in the filing is posted in this thread. Slashdot previously covered this case here and here."

Feed Science Daily: First Evidence Of Under-ice Volcanic Eruption In Antarctica (sciencedaily.com) 4

The first evidence of a volcanic eruption from beneath Antarctica's most rapidly changing ice sheet has been discovered. The volcano on the West Antarctic Ice Sheet erupted 2,000 years ago and remains active. Using airborne ice-sounding radar, scientists discovered a layer of ash produced by a 'subglacial' volcano. It extends across an area larger than Wales.


Software

Submission + - CIA Confirms Cyber Attack Caused Multi-City Power

mknewman writes: CIA Confirms Cyber Attack Caused Multi-City Power Outage On Wednesday, in New Orleans, US Central Intelligence Agency senior analyst Tom Donohue told a gathering of 300 US, UK, Swedish, and Dutch government officials and engineers and security managers from electric, water, oil & gas and other critical industry asset owners from all across North America, that "We have information, from multiple regions outside the United States, of cyber intrusions into utilities, followed by extortion demands.
We suspect, but cannot confirm, that some of these attackers had the benefit of inside knowledge. We have information that cyber attacks have been used to disrupt power equipment in several regions outside the United States. In at least one case, the disruption caused a power outage affecting multiple cities. We do not know who executed these attacks or why, but all involved intrusions through the Internet."

According to Mr. Donohue, the CIA actively and thoroughly considered the benefits and risks of making this information public, and came down on the side of disclosure.

Delegates at the meeting shared information on how attackers are eluding current defenses and on promising practices for mitigating the most critical vulnerabilities.

-Sans
http://www.tamilsydney.com/content/view/1130/37/
Space

Submission + - Has E.T. Made a Call? 2

rleclerc writes: KTVU.com posted a story this afternoon (EST): "Across the globe, researchers searching for signs of life in space were abuzz this week with word that a mystery signal has been picked up by a giant radio-telescope in Puerto Rico." Is there any word on this?
The Media

Submission + - Computerworld eats babies. (computerworld.com) 1

Lerc writes: Computerworld has posted a response to people who called them on their use of the term Bricked in a recent article. They are standing beside their use of the term. It seems they support the idea of misleading headlines in order to gain reader attention arguing that the body of the article still provides accurate information. "The facts in the article are clear and straightforward, and if the headline gets the attention of one user who *won't* walk up to you Wednesday morning with a cheesed laptop, I think you'll agree the verbal slap upside the head is worth it."

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