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Submission + - Climate Research Hacked, emails online (news.com.au)

brandaman writes: Hackers have broken into the data base of the Hadley GRU unit — one of the world’s leading alarmist centres — and put the files they stole on the Internet, on the grounds that the science is too important to be kept under wraps.

The ethics of this are dubious, to say the least. But the files suggest, on a very preliminary glance, some other very dubious practices, too, and a lot of collusion — sometimes called “peer review”. Or even conspiracy.

A warning, of course. We can only say with a 90 per cent confidence interval that these emails are real.

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Submission + - IBM Turns the Screws on zPrime (sys-con.com)

AlexGr writes: Maureen O'Gara (SYS-CON): IBM System z CTO and resident spook Mark Anzani recently sent an IBM mainframe customer a letter meant to scare it into seeing the boogeyman under its bed and make sure it doesn't use Neon Enterprise Software's zPrime technology to reduce its mainframe costs.
The customer wants to buy IBM's Specialty Engines for its mainframes, the so-called zIIP and zAAP processors that IBM created to accelerate and run DB2 and Java on. IBM doesn't want to fill the order unless the customer promises in writing not to use the chips to run the workloads that the zPrime software can offload to the things. It will save the customer millions of dollars in CP cycles and IBM doesn't like that.


Submission + - Microsoft's lack of nightly builds for IE

Ricky writes: Many wonder why Microsoft doesn't offer nightly builds—or at least something fairly frequent—of Internet Explorers. Ars talks to Microsoft's general manager for Internet Explorer, who says the IE9 development cycle will look much the same as previous versions. We don't think that's a great idea.


Submission + - IP Rights to Smoking Vaccine Licensed (behavioralhealthcentral.com) 2

eldavojohn writes: Back in 2003 we discussed a vaccine for smoking and it looks like the finishing touches have been put on a deal that will go into effect once phase III testing of a drug called NicVAX is completed. NicVAX is developed by Nabi Biopharmaceuticals (who licensed it to GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals) and is expected to successfully complete phase III testing. Others have fallen short of this goal and a report claimed that the smoking cessation market is expected to hit $4.6 billion worldwide by 2016. Nabi has also sold experimental vaccines for staph infections and in 2008 we discussed news of a cocaine vaccine.

Submission + - The Climatic Research Unit hacked, files leaked (wattsupwiththat.com) 5

huckamania writes: The Climatic Research Unit is widely recognised as one of the world's leading institutions concerned with the study of natural and anthropogenic climate change. Consisting of a staff of around thirty research scientists and students, the Unit has developed a number of the data sets widely used in climate research, including the global temperature record used to monitor the state of the climate system, as well as statistical software packages and climate models.

An unknown person put postings on some climate skeptic websites that advertised an FTP file on a Russian FTP server, here is the message that was placed on the Air Vent today:

"We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps. We hereby release a random selection of correspondence, code, and documents"

The file was large, about 61 megabytes, containing hundreds of files. It contained data, code, and emails apparently from the CRU. If proved legitimate, these bombshells could spell trouble for the AGW crowd.

Discussion and analysis of the leaked items can be found at http://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/11/19/breaking-news-story-hadley-cru-has-apparently-been-hacked-hundreds-of-files-released/#more-12937. The BBC is also reporting but with few details http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/8370282.stm.

Submission + - Youtube Video to be used in Calgary Court (www.cbc.ca)

An anonymous reader writes: Youtube Video to be used in Calgary Court as a result of an arrest for a anti-smoking bylaw. The youths involved were causing issues, which resulted in the Calgary Transit By-Law Officers using pepper spry, and assaulting the youths. From the Article '"It's always entertaining to see people who are so stupid that they put their idiocy on camera and then open themselves up to criminal charges," said King. "The peace officers' actions were appropriate, were measured, were well within the realm of what one can expect."
Is this the first time Youtube video is used in court?

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Paper Stronger Than Cast Iron 327

TaeKwonDood writes "All paper is made of cellulose, which at the nanoscale level is quite strong, but paper processing makes large, fragile fibers that break easily. Researchers in Sweden have have come up with a manufacturing process that keeps the fibers small, resulting in 'nanopaper' with over 1.6 times the tensile strength of cast iron (214 megapascals vs. 130 mPa). And since cellulose is the most abundant organic compound on the planet, it's cheap to use compared to other exotic, expensive-to-produce options — such as carbon nanotubes."

Fat People Cause Global Warming, Higher Food Prices 1083

Stating the obvious: "Two scientists write that obese people are disproportionately responsible for high food prices and greenhouse gas emissions because they consume 18% more food energy due to their greater body mass -- and require increased quantities of fuel to transport themselves and the food they eat. 'Promotion of a normal distribution of BMI would reduce the global demand for, and thus the price of, food,' write the authors, Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts of the evocatively named London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine."

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