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Comment Re:Moot point (Score 1) 461

This kind of thing really bugs me. Sure if you wanted to wait long enough we could breed a fish gene into a tomato. DNA randomly changes quite a bit between generations so given maybe a couple thousand years of extremely good breading and we could probably do it. Then theres the assertion I've heard from you and others that GMOs are somehow bad in and of themselves. I'm sorry sir, but that's exactly like claiming smelting causes crashes or train wrecks. Smelting is a tool just like genetic engineering. The distinction is worth noting. Tools can't kill. What people do with those tools is whats important. Similarly genetic engineering doesn't kill. It's the particular change that does that. I'd be fine with labeling GMO just as soon as we label what herbicides were used or maybe what breed of plant. You can argue that perhaps we don't understand genetics enough to be messing with it yet, but and perhaps I'm going to far, but I'd say we don't really understand the impact of gay marriage totally or even the impact of you driving around that new car you always wanted. I'd wager more people die every year because a car manufacture did something wrong than because of GMOs. Does that mean we stay huddled in a conner always worried about things we don't fully understand. Maybe GMOs will kill people, but I think it's clear by now that any die off will be relatively small and maybe this is cold, but we'll learn a lot due to that disaster. The Titanic sank, but maybe on the balance it was worth it.
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Ship Anchor, Not Sabotaging Divers, Possibly Responsible For Outage 43

Nerval's Lobster writes "This week, Egypt caught three men in the process of severing an undersea fiber-optic cable. But Telecom Egypt executive manager Mohammed el-Nawawi told the private TV network CBC that the reason for the region's slowdowns was not the alleged saboteurs — it was damage previously caused by a ship. On March 22, cable provider Seacom reported a cut in its Mediterranean cable connecting Southern and Eastern Africa, the Middle East and Asia to Europe; it later suggested that the most likely cause of the incident was a ship anchor, and that traffic was being routed around the cut, through other providers. But repairs to the cable took longer than expected, with the Seacom CEO announcing March 23 that the physical capability to connect additional capacity to services in Europe was "neither adequate nor stable enough," and that it was competing with other providers. The repairs continued through March 27, after faults were found on the restoration system; that same day, Seacom denied that the outage could have been the work of the Egyptian divers, but said that the true cause won't be known for weeks. 'We think it is unlikely that the damage to our system was caused by sabotage,' the CEO wrote in a statement. 'The reasons for this are the specific location, distance from shore, much greater depth, the presence of a large anchored vessel on the fault site which appears to be the cause of the damage and other characteristics of the event.'"

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 82

I don't know about XBees, but WiFi shares one of its channels with Amateur Radio on a bases with the Amateur Radio operators allowed to interfere with Wifi, but not visa versa. Also I'd bet XBees have terrible receivers.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Is iPad Beneficial For Children? (

hypnosec writes: With the wide array of electronic devices available in our everyday lives, it appears that children have formed an attachment to a different kind of toy. According to the latest survey, 77 per cent of polled US, UK parents believe that iPads and other tablets are good educational tools that boost kids' creativity. Meanwhile, researchers in this field explain that it is a matter of balance — and a child's access to tablets and other similar electronic devices should be monitored. Specialists warn that using tablets in excess could cause attention deficit disorder and even autism, particularly at a very young age.

Submission + - Facebook Users Targeted With Credit Card Grabbing Malware (

wiredmikey writes: Security researchers have discovered a variant of the Ice IX Trojan (close cousin of the notorious Zeus Trojan) that looks to trick Facebook users into revealing their credit card information.

Once a user is infected with the malware, a Web form appears in the victim’s browser when they log into Facebook. The pop-up requests the user’s name, billing address, credit or debit card number, card expiration data and card identification number. Facebook however does not request credit card information from users. If the user enters the data and clicks “continue,” the information will be sent on to the attacker’s instant messenger application, Trusteer found. The researchers even found a “marketing” video used by the cybercriminals to demonstrate how the web injection works.


Submission + - Foxconn Recruiter Says New iPhone Coming in June (

redletterdave writes: "A recruiter for Foxconn, the largest manufacturing partner of Apple products, told reporters from TV Tokyo's "World Business Satellite" that Apple's sixth-generation iPhone will be released in June. He added that Foxconn is hiring about 18,000 workers to kick production of the new smartphone into high gear before summer. The reporters from TV Tokyo met with the Foxconn recruiter at Foxconn's plant in Taiyuan, China, which currently employs about 80,000 workers. Previous reports also said Apple would release its next iPhone in June: Reuters reported in March that Apple plans to unveil the next iPhone "around the second quarter" of 2012."

Submission + - What Does the Internet Look Like? (

pigrabbitbear writes: "We can rule certain images out right at the start. We know, contra former Senator Ted Stevens, that the Internet is not a “series of tubes.” We know that “the Wild West” doesn’t cut it, not for a landscape that’s been so nicely parceled, policed and manicured. We also know that it’s not that other Nineties favorite, an “information superhighway”— the point of a highway is to get somewhere, after all, somewhere that is not a highway, while the point of the Internet is to stay there, forever and ever, like a hot tub. A hot tub, after all, is shared with friends and strangers, whose warm water swirls around you, lulling you into complacency while silently transmitting disease. Yes: The Internet is definitely more like a hot tub than a highway."
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Submission + - Lawless Sites Hiding Behind ICANN Accreditation (

hapworth writes: If you think looking to registrars accredited by ICANN is a safe way to register domains, think again. According to an ICANN auditor, the accreditation system is "full of holes." It's run separately from, and isn't accountable to, the compliance department. As a result, at least 12 registrars have been found to be in violation of their contract agreements. As ICANN insider Beau Brendler writes, "there’s a bunch of people getting rich here breaking the law, taking advantage of a toothless “regulator” that doesn’t even have the force of law behind the words of its contracts." He further says that "an ICANN registrar accreditation is worth about as much as a ShamWow pressed under glass."

Submission + - {Video} How is Linux Actually Built? (

jencloer writes: "While Linux is running our phones, friend requests, tweets, financial trades, ATMs and more, most of us don't know how it's actually built. This short video takes you inside the process by which the largest collaborative development project in the history of computing is organized. Based on the annual report "Who Writes Linux," this is a powerful and inspiring story of how Linux has become a volunteer-driven phenomenon."

Submission + - Dutch Pirateparty refuses order to take down proxy (

CAPSLOCK2000 writes: The Dutch Pirateparty has refused an order from Brein to take down a proxy to The PirateBay. Last month Brein (the distribution-industries paralegal outfit) forced a number of ISP to block The PirateBay; the first site ever blocked in The Netherlands. Immediately people started using proxies at other ISP's to get to TPB. Brein then threatened a number of those proxies with legal action. As most of these are run by hobbyists without legal or financial means there was little resistance. Now the Dutch Pirateparty has decided to stand up to the intimidation and refuses to take down it's proxy. Today they sent there response in style: by uploading it to The PirateBay In translation: "The Pirateparty disputes your claim and will not comply with your request."

Submission + - iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit ( 1

Mojo66 writes: A company that makes specialist talking tablet computers for speech-disabled children has mounted a patent lawsuit which seems set to kill off an iPad app that does the same thing for a tenth of the price. Prentke Romich's Minspeak touchscreen devices enable mute children to communicate through a speech synthesiser controlled by an on-screen keyboard of symbols. Kids hit buttons to string together sentences. Prentke says a dynamic keyboard of symbols and the ability to redefine these keys have been patented — and Speak For Yourself allegedly violates these patents.

Submission + - Healthcare Reform Act Prediction Market (

An anonymous reader writes: The Wisconsin School of Business is running a prediction market study on the US Supreme Court's decision on the Healthcare Reform Act. By participating you will not only be helping university students, you will also get to express your opinion and compete with others to show that you have the most accurate prediction!

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