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Comment Re:The reason Christianity has this problem. (Score 1) 1359

Not to say that the Pope speaks for all christians, but the catholic church is not opposed to evolution. Sure if you want to look back into the mid-19th century, but as of this and the previous century, evolution has been deemed as "ok" it is just the human soul which was created by god, the rest could have been a result of evolution.

"Pius XII has already affirmed that there is no conflict between evolution and the doctrine of the faith regarding man and his vocation..." - Pope John Paul II

The requirement of the Bible to be literal is from fundamentalists... which came into big popularity in America in early 20th century. So around the same time the rest of the christian world is starting to come around to logic, the US (in their infinite wisdom) are refusing to use logic.

In other words: your synopsis only accounts towards fundies. Christianity in large could not care less about evolution, as it does not break their beliefs. Stupid fundies.

Comment Re:So What Was the FBI Supposed to Do? (Score 1) 267

The issue is not that it was inconvenient for several hundred people, the main issue is the warrant covered. Allowing the FBI to search not just the remailer, but giving the FBI full access to poke through and grab whatever information they wanted from the entire server.I would not want my apartment to get searched because someone else in the building did something.

And sure, you can justify it to yourself that it was to help other people, but the point is there is a precedence out there now [or was it there already? i haven't researched that]... if someone uses gmail and sends a bomb threat, confiscate all gmail servers, and have access to everyone's accounts. That sounds legal, that sounds right. That is NOT an invasion of privacy.

Even if you agree with the cause, you cannot give carte blanche to the FBI to do whatever they want with the entire server. Make the warrant be specific. They can only search the information about the remailer. If they want anything else on the server, that is a different warrant.

Submission + - Cold fusion experiment replicated in Italian university (leopoldopirelli.it) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot readers are familiar with the alleged cold fusion reactor developed by Italian inventor Andrea Rossi in recent months. While none of the demonstrations performed by Rossi have really managed to convince the international scientific community, the Leopoldo Pirelli university in Italy has announced it has developed a LENR reactor design all of their own, and plans to freely publish all details of the experiment in the upcoming day, as well as proposing to lend their prototype to scientists interested in validating their results. Several companies have also said they have developed LENR reactors of their own, and provide far more details on the process than Andrea Rossi did. What do Slashdot readers think ? is LENR/Cold fusion a scam or the next energy breakthrough ? and if it is real, what would be the implications for society and the world in general ?

Submission + - Do Solar Storms Cause Heat Waves on Earth? (scienceworldreport.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Although solar flares, and associated coronal mass ejections, can bombard Earth's outermost atmosphere with tremendous amounts of energy, most of that energy is reflected back into space by the Earth's magnetic field. Because the energy does not reach our planet's surface, it has no measurable influence on surface temperature.

The heat wave that affected the eastern and central United States in March 2012 coincided with a flurry of solar eruptions, and it's not unreasonable to wonder if such events are related. After all, the Sun's energy is the source of Earth's warmth.

Submission + - Major Networks Suing to Stop Free Streaming (wired.com) 1

AstroPhilosopher writes: In a move similar to Hollywood's attempt to have the Supreme Court ban VCRs back in the 80's. ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and Univision are set to appear in court next month to urge a New York federal judge to block Aereo. Aereo opened last month allowing you to stream everything you can already view for free over the 'airwaves' straight to your iPad.

Submission + - German Court Upholds Ban On Push Email In Apple's iCloud, MobileMe (nasdaq.com)

suraj.sun writes: A German regional court Friday backed an earlier court decision that banned Apple from offering push emails in Apple's iCloud and MobileMe services in Germany, granting Motorola Mobility a victory in a global patent war among several technology companies. The Mannheim regional court also said Apple must pay damages to Motorola Mobility, but didn't specify the amount.

Submission + - How To Nail the Technical Job Interview (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "If you're interviewing for a programming job, there's a good chance that you're going to be asked to write some code during your interview — and probably at a whiteboard. This can be nerve-wracking under the best of circumstances, but there are some things you can do to make it less painful. One of the more obvious, but perhaps less practiced interview preparations is to 'write some code by hand on paper the night before,' writes blogger Puramu Elitist. 'Writing code by hand and writing code by IDE are very different.... You don't want to get derailed on a simple question because you can't remember the syntax for a command line program in C#. Make sure you can write a basic hello world, that compiles and runs, in any language you might be asked questions on.'"

Submission + - New Zealand Developers Building Open Source Code for Electric Cars (txchnologist.com)

MatthewVD writes: "New Zealand electric racecar developer Greenstage is close to finishing an open source project called "Tumanako," that would allow electric cars and motorcycle owners to tweak the code in their vehicles. Electric vehicle gearheads grouse about proprietary code that keeps current, torque and speed within very conservative limits. "In racing, you need the system to push all those parameters to the limits. You only need the system to survive until just past the finish line,” says Bill Dube, the owner of the record-setting KillaCycle. Open source code could also be used to build any type of electric vehicle, from cars and submarines to motor-launched aerial gliders, from scratch. It's like Linux for your Chevy Volt."

Submission + - Best Buy Swipes Drivers License for Returns/Exchanges - Blocked for 90 Days (courant.com) 1

rullywowr writes: "A customer with a defective Blu-Ray disc returns to the Best Buy store where he purchased it. After scanning his driver's license into the system, he is now banned from returning/exchanging goods for 90 days. This is becoming one of the latest practices which big-box stores including Target, Best Buy, and Toys R Us are using to limit fraud and abuse of the return system. You know, the people who buy a big screen TV before the big game and then return it on Monday. Opponents feel that this return-limiting concept has this gone too far, including the harvesting of your personal data. What do you think?"

Submission + - Pay the TSA $100 and bypass airport security (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Catching a flight in the U.S. isn't a great experience anymore due to the security checks involved. You have to remove your shoes, your belt, get your laptop out, be scanned and subjected to radiation in the process. And there's hundreds of other people doing the same thing, meaning it takes 40 minutes instead of 4. So the TSA have come up with a clever money-making alternative. Instead of scaling back security or speeding it up, you can instead pay $100 and bypass it completely!

Submission + - Flaw In YouTube Takedown Process Exposed (hollywoodreporter.com)

BraveThumb writes: One independent rap group found it impossible to post their song on YouTube. When they tried to put up their video, they were informed that the copyright belonged to Universal Music, even though the rap group wasn't signed to any label. The Hollywood Reporter shares what happens and concludes by saying, "For an industry that's pursuing copyright reform, the portrayal of a copyright regime that works against young artists can't be a good thing."

Submission + - Was Megaupload Targeted Because Of Its Upcoming Me (techcrunch.com)

PoliTech writes: "Matt Burns at TechCrunch voices his suspicions that Megaupload may have been taken down because it was preparing to launch Megabox, a service that would have competed directly and legally with the RIAA record companies.

[Kim] Dotcom described Megabox as Megaupload’s iTunes competitor, which would even eventually offer free premium movies via Megamovie, a site set to launch in 2012. This service would take Megaupload from being just a digital locker site to a full-fledged player in the digital content game.

Will Collier opines that

Copyright protection is a legitimate problem in the digital age, but if the speculation here turns out to be accurate, the Justice Department has been used to facilitate the crib death of a legal competitor to the RIAA. If that pans out, we've got a much bigger problem than piracy to worry about.


The Internet

Submission + - HR 1981 should be called 1984: SOPA masquerading a (examiner.com) 1

msheekhah writes: "Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers is sponsoring a bill to make your internet data available to investigators if you are even accused, and to require your ISP to retain 18 months of your internet access logs. This is under the guise of a child pornography protection act, but is in fact giving the police to, without probable cause, look through all of your internet activity. All you have to do is be accused. Is this something the internet cares to allow?"

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