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Submission + - Obama's survey: Pot legalization most important (

CWatch writes: "On 12/11/08, the "Open for Question" program ran for 6-1/2 hours on President-Elect Obamas website, during which time about 10,000 participants cast about 600,000 votes on the significance of about 7,300 questions. The question voted as most significant was: "Will you consider legalizing marijuana so that the government can regulate it, tax it, put age limits on it, and create millions of new jobs and create a billion dollar industry right here in the U.S.?" "

Submission + - Iraq Centcom computers hacked? (

OptimacyCorp writes: "Glenn Greenwald reports in "A bizarre, unsolicited email from Gen. Petraeus' spokesman" that Col. Steven A. Boylan, the Public Affairs Officer and personal spokesman for Gen. David G. Petraeus denies writing a snarky email and claims that he is the victim of identity theft; however, it looks as though the email came from Centcom computers. The strange thing is that Col. Boylan does not seem to be concerned. Is someone hacking into the Centcom SMTP server, or did Col. Boylan have too much to drink last night?"

Submission + - The Last Supper By Lionardo Da Vinci Goes Online (

Tech.Luver writes: "Milan, Italy — 27 October 2007 — Today, for the very first time, The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci, the most famous, most discussed and most controversial work of art of all time, declared a World Heritage work of art and registered at the UNESCO worldwide sites, can be seen by all, in all its details, on the website: haltadefinizione. The online visualisation system of the highest definition photograph ever in the world (16 billion pixels) will in fact let viewers enlarge and observe any portion of the painting, giving them a clear view of sections down to as little as one millimetre square. ( )"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - 5 USB Thumb-Drive Software Tricks

An anonymous reader writes: Want to run software off of your thumb-drive without using Sandisk's proprietary U3 platform? Then see Put Your USB Drive To Work: 5 Strategies For Going Mobile. The tips, of middling but useful technical intensity, include where to get robust encryption for your thumb drive for free (hint: Try TrueCrypt); where to find free application suites and individual apps (try the OperaUSB browser); and how to run a standalone operating system off your USB drive. For the latter, the article shows how to use BartPE, a utility that builds a copy of Windows's Preinstallation Environment from an existing Windows install. With tools like this, do you think USB drives are about to finally fulfill their promise as mobile repositories which make the concept of maintaining separate PCs at different locations obsolete?
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - NASCAR gets nasty: sues AT&T for $100 million (

coondoggie writes: "The simmering battle between NASCAR and AT&T took on a nastier note today as the stock car racing association filed a $100 million lawsuit against the telecommunications giant. NASCAR is accusing AT&T with interfering with its exclusive sponsorship agreement with rival wireless company Nextel. According to an Associated Press report the suit asks that NASCAR be granted the right to kick AT&T — and all telecommunications companies other than Nextel — out of its top series in 2008. NASCAR's suit alleges breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, and conspiracy to aid and abet wrongful interference with Nextel. You may recall last month AT&T outraced NASCAR, in court, getting a federal judge to issue an injunction that said NASCAR could not prevent AT&T from featuring its logo on Jeff Burton's No. 31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet. 0"

Submission + - Is white paint greener than photovoltaic cells? (

MotorMachineMercenar writes: This article on RedOrbit claims that painting your roof white is more environmentally friendly than installing photovoltaic cells. While the overall environmental impact is difficult to gauge accurately, I'm glad to see critical thinking of "environmentalism" so we don't end up doing more harm than good, or jumping to hasty, badly researched and emotionally driven conclusions.

Submission + - The Uncomfortable Reality of Sex in Space

Smaran writes: "WIRED is running an interesting story about how sex in space will have to be inevitably discussed by space agencies and astronauts around the world, who currently refuse to even address the issue. They are only beginning to talk about the realities of illness and death in space. Sex is still a topic for another day. WIRED's Regina Lynn writes: "... as humans begin to spend more time in space and to travel further from Earth, space agencies will need to factor sex into their equations. We cannot expect astronauts to spend three years in a spacecraft and not have sex — of some kind. Probably with each other, and likely in more than one combination.""

Submission + - Biodiesel from wood = $1.50/gallon fuel?

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers from the University of Georgia claim to have found a way to generate biofuel from low-quality biomass such as wood pellets that is much easier and cheaper to produce than corn-based bio-fuel. What makes this development interesting is that it apparently is the first time that oils extracted from wood (or grasses) have enough density to be used for conventional engines. According to this TG Daily article, low-quality biomass could cover 30% of the fuel demand in the U.S. and could be sold for less than $1.50 per gallon. It's not quite market ready yet, but it is good to see that there is progress in the search of alternative and renewable energy sources.

Submission + - Information Technology Jobs in the Great Outdoors

BobbyBinLaden writes: After spending twenty years in the corporate realm and inside an office, it is time to answer the Call of the Wild. Web sites like for tech jobs and for non-profit jobs exist. Are there any web sites for jobs with companies like Greenpeace, The Nature Conservancy or Sierra Club all in one place, or an equivalent of for outdoor IT professionals? My hiking boots are ready.

Submission + - Scientology critic arrested after 6 years

destinyland writes: "Friday police arrested 64-year-old Keith Henson. In 2000 after picketing a Scientology complex, he was arrested as a threat because of a joke Usenet post about "Tom Cruise Missiles." He fled to Canada after being found guilty of "interfering" with a religion, and spent the next 6 years living as a fugitive. Besides being a digital encryption and free speech advocate, he's one of the original Burr-Brown/Texas Instruments researchers and a co-founder of the Space Colony movement."

Submission + - Scientific Journals Say Access Equals Censorship

bcrowell writes: "Nature is reporting on e-mails leaked from the Association of American Publishers, which considers itself "under siege" because of NIH and congressional efforts to get all NIH-funded scientific papers posted for free on PubMed Central. The AAP has hired a PR firm, which is advising them to spread the message that "Public access equals government censorship," and that traditional for-profit print publishing is the same thing as peer peer review."

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