diewlasing writes: US businessman Russ George is conducting a geoengineering experiment of Canada's coast in apparent violation of two United Nations rules. From the article:
'A controversial American businessman dumped around 100 tonnes of iron sulphate into the Pacific Ocean as part of a geoengineering scheme off the west coast of Canada in July, a Guardian investigation can reveal.
Lawyers, environmentalists and civil society groups are calling it a "blatant violation" of two international moratoria and the news is likely to spark outrage at a United Nations environmental summit taking place in India this week."
diewlasing writes: WASHINGTON — From his first months in office, President Obama secretly ordered increasingly sophisticated attacks on the computer systems that run Iran’s main nuclear enrichment facilities, significantly expanding America’s first sustained use of cyberweapons, according to participants in the program.
Mr. Obama decided to accelerate the attacks — begun in the Bush administration and code-named Olympic Games — even after an element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran’s Natanz plant and sent it around the world on the Internet. Computer security experts who began studying the worm, which had been developed by the United States and Israel, gave it a name: Stuxnet.
diewlasing writes: Ben Goldacre, writing for the Guardian, tells a story about possible similarities between academic, peer-reviewed journals and the mainstream news media: that both would prefer reporting eye-catching results rather than negative results.
diewlasing writes: As the privacy controversy around full-body security scans begins to simmer, it’s worth noting that courthouses and airport security checkpoints aren’t the only places where backscatter x-ray vision is being deployed. The same technology, capable of seeing through clothes and walls, has also been rolling out on U.S. streets.
diewlasing writes: FTA "There is a growing consensus (at least in Silicon Valley) that the information age is about to give way to the era of synthetic genetics. That was underscored recently when Harvard geneticist George Church and J. Craig Venter — of the race to decode the human genome fame — gave lectures before a small group of scientists, technologists, entrepreneurs, and writers in West Hollywood."
This could could prove to be an interesting exercise in human development as far as data collecting and analysis is concerned.
diewlasing writes: "In a few weeks time, members of the European Parliament will vote on the Medina report, which proposes a wide range of anti-piracy measures and regulations. The report specifically mentions The Pirate Bay, and it approves actions by national courts against the popular BitTorrent tracker."
diewlasing writes: The student run newspaper at MIT, The Tech, publishes the banned presentation on hacking the MBTA's Charlie fare system. They have some balls. This is definitely a good read. Get it before it gets taken down.
diewlasing writes: Hello Slashdot. I have a life question that the wisdom of the Slashdot community might be able to answer. I have a friend who is incredible smart. He went to one of the top high schools in the nation and has an amazing aptitude for engineering. He built a glider 6 foot out of his butterfly knife and some cardboard boxes which flew a few dozen feet on the first test run. Now I know some of the engineers here might see that as not a big accomplishment, but as I said he has a great aptitude. He's always wanted to be an aero engineer. However due to certain circumstances, he's not been able to do it until now. But he has stated he wanted to join the air force to learn how to work on planes. But would that actually help in becoming an aero engineer, other than learning how to fix engines. I'm not decrying the military, especially the air force, many great things have come from them. But have any aero engineers or does anyone know any aero engineers that got their start in aero engineering in the air force? Or would it be better to go to a good school and get good internships? Any insight would be great.
diewlasing writes: "The recently unveiled police watchdog site RateMyCop.com, has been, without warning the owner, shut down. From the article:
A new web service that lets users rate and comment on the uniformed police officers in their community is scrambling to restore service Tuesday, after hosting company GoDaddy unceremonious pulled-the-plug on the site in the wake of outrage from criticism-leery cops."
diewlasing writes: "Since we are living in a world where the need for privacy measures and rights to use emerging technology grows, it seems to me that state governments should adopt a bill of rights regarding internet privacy, use of technology and speech on the internet. For example, making it illegal to allow ISPs to release personal information to anyone who wants it. Obviously that's not the only issue. This may or may not have been discussed here before but I'll ask anyway: If you were asked by your state government to come up with a bill of rights for internet privacy, technology use, and free speech regarding the internet and emerging technologies, what would you include? Obviously many things are covered (here in the US) under the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, but it seems to me these days people with the money can disregard this and the states might find it a good idea to enshrine rights into law. I ask for feed back on this from the Slashdot community."
diewlasing writes: "A giant cloud of hydrogen gas is racing towards a collision with the Milky Way, astronomers have announced. It will reach here within 20-40 million years and is expected to cause a great visual spectacle wherever in the galaxy it collides."