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Cell Phones Don't Increase Chances of Brain Cancer 320

mclearn sends in news of "a very large, 30-year study of just about everyone in Scandinavia" that shows no link between mobile phone use and brain tumors. "Even though mobile telephone use soared in the 1990s and afterward, brain tumors did not become any more common during this time, the researchers reported in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Some activist groups and a few researchers have raised concerns about a link between mobile phones and several kinds of cancer, including brain tumors, although years of research have failed to establish a connection. ... 'From 1974 to 2003, the incidence rate of glioma (a type of brain tumor) increased by 0.5 per cent per year among men and by 0.2 per cent per year among women,' they wrote. Overall, there was no significant pattern."

Submission + - Swedish Hackerspace raided by the police (forskningsavd.se) 4

intedinmamma writes: At 20.45 on Saturday the 28th of November the police raided the social centre Utkanten in Malmö, where the hackerspace Forskningsavdelningen is housed. Twenty officers in full riot gear and ski masks broke into the space, using crowbars. The official reason for the raid was to do a “pub check” because of the suspicion that there was illegal selling of alcohol going on at a punk concert. After the raid the cops confiscated a lot of stuff, being indiscriminate as to whose effects were removed. A lot of equipment from Forskningsavdelningen were taken, and also some personal belongings, even though the hackerspace was unaffiliated with the group arranging the concert downstairs.

Comment Freespace (in meatspace) (Score 1) 4

I believe it is essential to create and sustain freespaces which are driven by interest and passion - not profit.

All places I know that focus on creation of ideas and life, instead of money, thrive in a way that is a bit unexplainable, but profound. And encouraging!

Just like open source software, it lowers the barrier to participation to the absolute minimum. Instead of ensuring a ever growing surplus of money, there is total focus on creation/creativity.

Just like open source has spread out to the public, so will the ideas of freespaces - without interests beyond the interests of the users.

More of these please!

Submission + - Swedish hackers in a squat fight eviction (hackerspaces.org) 4

lekernel writes: The newly opened Abbenay Hackspace in Stockholm has released a call for support in their struggle to keep their space. It was an empty office building until squatters moved in. The discussions with officials have stalled completely and the squatters live under the constant threat of police raids. Abbenay Hackspace is asking people to contact the landlord, and explain why creative spaces such as hackerspaces are important to them. Is there room for hackerspaces in major cities? Or is squatting the only viable strategy for hackerspaces in expensive areas?

Submission + - Another shot at the mass-market electric car (pcauthority.com.au)

Slatterz writes: The Tesla Roadster has almost mythical status among electric car enthusiasts. It's fast, with high torque over a wide RPM range, and can beat a Ferrari in terms of acceleration. Now Tesla has released new video of its upcoming new electric car, called the Model S, which Tesla Motors claims is the world's first mass produced fully-electric vehicle. Unlike the Lotus-Elise based Roadster, the Model S is a traditional sedan of the type millions of commuters might actually drive. Tesla claims it will fit seven people, and has mounted a rather large 17in LCD in the dash. Key to Telsa's future will be the evolution of lithium-ion battery technology. Tesla Motors claiming the new Model S can travel up to 300 miles on a single charge, but the battery will still take 45 minutes to quick-recharge.
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Submission + - Saddam Hussein FBI talks from 2004 revealed

Gnea writes: Yesterday, the National Security Archive finally released the final recounts of Saddam Hussein with the Federal Beurau of Investigations back in 2004. Quite a few secrets revealed there, including his fingerprints. 'FBI special agents carried out 20 formal interviews and at least 5 "casual conversations" with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after his capture by U.S. troops in December 2003, according to secret FBI reports released as the result of Freedom of Information Act requests by the National Security Archive...', but what's possibly most shocking was his final testament to his stance on the US, North Korea and Iran: 'Saddam denied any connections to the "zealot" Osama bin Laden, cited North Korea as his most likely ally in a crunch, and shared President George W. Bush's hostility towards the "fanatic" Iranian mullahs...' It's no wonder North Korea has been firing short-ranged missiles lately.

Submission + - 11-Year-Old Develops iPhone app (inc.com)

hicks107 writes: Over the last 9 months, Owen Voorhees has buried himself in university-level computer science books, a foreign programming language and "a mountain of doubt" to build his very own iPhone application. His creation MathTime debuted last month on Mac's App Store and soon rose to number thirteen in the paid educational apps section. "Nothing's impossible if you don't know it's impossible," said John Voorhees, Owen and Finn's father, who created an app account and provided a bank number for the boys. "He dug into it all by himself, I didn't touch a line of code."

Submission + - SCO Head sued for trade secret theft and fraud 1

akahige writes: In what can only be described as a massive turning of the karmic wheel, Darl McBride (SCO), Robert Brazell (founder of Overstock.com), Stephen Norris (an investment capital guy), and Bryan Cave (former Pelican Equity attorney) are all listed as defendants in a lawsuit filed that alleges they conspired to steal trade secrets from Pelican Equity which they used to establish Talos Partners, a stock lending business. Among the charges are fraud, conspiracy, and violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Groklaw posted about this last night and has since pulled the story, though the PDF of the complaint is still available, and there's a summary on Courthouse News Service.

Comment Re:I know the feeling. (Score 2, Insightful) 420

My simple guess is any request with a destination of 53 is logged and then resolved at some later time.

I have a hard time believing that this would be the case; at least here in Denmark, everything about the different filtering we've experienced points at zero-knowledge politicians telling some IT staff what to do - and do it now!

No real blocking is taking place, just sort of placebo blocking.. by the way, on the Danish version of the 'page with the red STOP sign' it says that ones visit to that page has not been logged.

Our government, just like the rest of the 'civilized' world are acting crazy with paranoia. It seems like they (the politicians) are having a race as to whom can implement most privacy/human-rights defying laws fastest!

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