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Journal Journal: Alison Redford is Alberta's New Premier

Alison Redford won a surprise victory in Alberta's leadership race. She is now the first female premier of Alberta. Her platform is quite moderate, and includes overhauling the Tory caucus, increasing education and social services spending, and working to keep quality health care available to all Albertans. Redford has shown true grit, dealing with the death of her mother during the

Science

Submission + - NASA explains sea level drop (nasa.gov)

riverat1 writes: "In 2010 sea level dropped 6 mm (nearly 1/4 inch). An August 23, 2011 update from NASA's Sea Level Sentinels explains the shift from El Nino to La Nina in early 2010 led to changes in rainfall worldwide that produced massive flooding in places such as Australia and the northern Amazon basin. Data from the GRACE satellites shows that the missing water has piled up on the continents. But the drop won't last, water flows downhill and will eventually find its way back to the sea."
Government

Submission + - Sen. Ron Wyden Protects Us From The PROTECT IP Act (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: After it sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Ron Wyden put a hold on the PROTECT IP Act, which is currently known as S. 968. The PROTECT IP Act is dangerous bill that would have the government create a list of prohibited websites and which would allow anyone to ask a court to add websites to that list. People wouldn't even be able to link to the prohibited sites, ISPs and search engines would be forced to block the sites, and people would be forbidden to do business with them. By putting a hold on the bill, Sen. Wyden has put up a roadblock. But the people behind the act won't give up. For a long time now, they have been donating millions of dollars to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to buy their support. So it's only fair if we support Sen. Wyden with our comments or our cash, and if we contact other members of Congress and ask them to support Sen. Wyden on this issue.
Patents

Submission + - Google Loses Bedrock Suit, All Linux May Infringe (cnet.com)

blair1q writes: cnet reports that Google has lost the lawsuit brought by Bedrock, is infringing on Patent 5,893,120 "Methods and apparatus for information storage and retrieval using a hashing technique with external chaining and on-the-fly removal of expired data," and has exposed the Linux kernel, in which the infringing code reportedly appears, to liability for patent-license fees. RedHat also participated in the suit, arguing that the patent was invalid, but the court decided otherwise.
Mars

Submission + - Mars Orbiter Finds Buried Dry Ice Lake (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has found a giant buried deposit of dry ice, which could be evidence that Mars once had a thicker atmosphere and was able to have more water on its surface.

The orbiter's ground-penetrating radar found the dry ice, which is frozen carbon dioxide, near the planet's south pole. The scientists think that when Mars' axial tilt increases, the carbon dioxide turns into a gas, thickening the atmosphere. The result would be more intense dust storms, but also a wider range of areas where liquid water could exist.

EU

Submission + - European Copyright Term Extension Review a go? (wordpress.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Earlier Slashdot reported on Denmark's sudden and unexpected about-face regarding the proposed European copyright term extension on musical recordings from 50 to 70 years. Pirate Party MEP Christian Engström quickly reacted drumming up (online) media attention to this issue. Today he announced the 40 signatures he needed to put the proposal back for review by the current European Parliament. It's now up to the European public to influence their politicians.
Piracy

Submission + - Woman Busted Selling $2M of Counterfeit Software (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: A Michigan woman pleaded guilty yesterday to selling counterfeit computer software which reportedly earned her over $400,000. According to court documents, between July 2008 and January 2010, Jones sold more than 7,000 copies of pirated business software at discounted prices through the website cheapdl.com. The software, published by several companies including Microsoft, Adobe, Intuit and Symantec had a retail value of more than $2 million.

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