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Congress Could Make Facebooking at Work a Felony

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theatlanticwire

Congress Could Make Facebooking at Work a Felony

“Imagine that President Obama could order the arrest of anyone who broke a promise on the Internet.” That’s what The Wall Street Journal‘s Orin Kerr thinks the latest cyber-security legislation will lead to: An assault on checking Facebook at work. Today the Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on proposed changes to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, which would seek tougher sentences for digital offenses. As more of the world moves online, so has crime. And legislation needs to adapt. But, does the latest updates to the bill target the right cyber criminals?

No, regular folk are in danger. The way the law is worded, it Read more…

NFL wants pat downs from ankles up at all stadiums

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usatoday

The NFL is ordering all fans to be frisked from the ankles up before entering stadiums this season. The ‘enhanced’ security move will impact 16.6 million fans. Previously, security guards were instructed only to search fans from the waist up.
By Reinhold Matay, AP Photo

The NFL wants all fans patted down from the ankles up this season to improve fan safety.

Previously, security guards only patted down fans from the waist up before gaining entry to NFL stadiums. Under the new “enhanced” pat-down procedures, the NFL wants all 32 clubs to search fans from ankles to the knees as well as the waist up.

The stricter security approach impacts the 16.6 million fans expected to attend live regular season NFL games this season.

The league wanted all clubs to implement the enhanced searches for Week One of the new season, says spokesman Brian McCarthy. The NFL hopes fans Read more…

7.2 Fiji Earthquake Today Does Not Prompt Tsunami Alert for California, West Coast

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lalate.com

A massive Fiji neighboring earthquake today has not prompted a tsunami alert. A Fiji earthquake struck today September 15, 2011 registering 7.4 magnitude. Subsequent news reports have downgraded the quake to 7.2 magnitude. It was northeast of Australia and New Zealand claims news.

Officials confirm to news that no tsunami threat has resulted from today’s earthquake. The NOAA West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center tells news moments ago that Read more…

The U.S. Arsenal Is Antiquated And Falling Apart

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businessinsider

Stratotanker

Image: wikipedia commons

Despite the daily stories of billion dollar purchasesand enormous contracts, the military’s main arsenal of ships, tanks, helicopters, and planes is decades old and ready to be replaced.

The Wall Street Journal reports that because the U.S. spent the last decade developing weapons and equipment for two specific conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, updating the rest of the arsenal was left undone.

In one instance, an Air Force pilot flies the same 30-year-old F-15 his father flew; in another, an Air Force navigator bought an off-the-shelf GPS to get better weather data and aviation notices than what’s available in his C-130 cargo plane.

From WSJ:

Much of the equipment currently in service dates to the Reagan-era Read more…

Pakistan’s breadbasket buckles under new flood pressures

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Mail and Guardian

Residents assist a handicapped man while escaping to higher ground from their flooded village in Pakistan’s Sindh province (Reuters)

One year after record floods left 21-million Pakistanis homeless, thousands living on the country’s southern fertile plains have seen their homes washed away for a second time — despite the spending of millions of dollars in aid to avert a fresh crisis.

Anwer Mirani is one of 20 000 people living in Sindh province’s Jamshoro district who have been made homeless again after heavy downpours and rainwater from the surrounding mountains swept their homes away.

“We had just begun to restore our houses when we had to leave again because of the floods,” said the 38-year-old construction worker, wearing a tatty shalwar kameez, the traditional garb of baggy trousers and long shirt.

He took his wife, parents and three children in a boat Read more…

Giant Red Crab Invades Antarctic, Threatens Entire Ecosystem

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inquisitr

Red king crab

Red king crab, courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via Wikimedia Commons

The Antarctic is being invaded by a species that threatens to destroy it’s eco-system, giant red crabs are invading the area, wiping out local wildlife and threatening a 14 million year-old system in the process.

News of the crabs quick appearance is unsettling for researchers who three years ago warned that king crabs would invade the area within 100 years.

Using a remotely operated submersible more than one million Neolithodes yaldwyni have already been discovered in Palmer Deep, some 3,000 to 4,500 feet below sea level.

Craig Smith of the University of Hawaii at Manoa tells the Washington Post:

“This is likely to alter sediment processes, such as the rate at Read more…

Could The Sun Set Off The Next Big Natural Disaster?

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smithsonianmag

A medium-size solar flare with a coronal mass ejection, captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 7, 2011. (credit: NASA/SDO)

It can take a long time to clean up from natural disasters. New Orleans still had remnants of Katrina damage years after the storm barreled through. Hundreds of thousands of people are still homeless in Haiti, more than a year and a half after its earthquake. Areas of Japan may be off limits for years due to the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster at Fukushima.

But as bad as these events might be, they are at least limited geographically. But that probably won’t be true when it comes to a severe solar storm, say scientists in a new study in Space Weather. Before I go into that, though, let’s first review what I mean by Read more…

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