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Why Crimea may prove costly for Russia

CNN - Business Feed - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 3:21pm
Actions on the ground in Crimea suggest the situation is less about the economy and more about Russia's desire to project power.
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EU Votes For Universal Phone Charger

Slashdot - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 3:15pm
SmartAboutThings writes "The European Union has voted in favor of a draft legislation which lists among the 'essential requirements' of electrical devices approved by the EU a compatibility with 'universal' chargers. According to a German MEP, this move will eliminate 51,000 tonnes of electronic waste. The draft law was approved by an overwhelming majority: 550 votes to 12. At the moment, according to estimates, there are around 30 different types of charger on the market, but manufacturers have two years at their disposal to get ready for the new restriction."

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Google and Microsoft Both</em> Want To Stop Dual-Boot Windows/Android Devices

Slashdot - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:33pm
An anonymous reader writes "The laptop has undergone many changes over the past decade. At various times, netbooks, ultrabooks, and Chromebooks have been en vogue. Over the past several months, we've seen signs of the next step in the laptop's evolution: Android/Windows dual-boot laptops. Several companies have built these machines already, including Asus and its upcoming Transformer Book Duet TD300. However, neither Google nor Microsoft seem to want such an unholy marriage of operating systems, and they've both pressured Asus to kill off the dual-boot product lines. Asus has now complied. 'Google has little incentive to approve dual-OS models, since that could help Microsoft move into mobile devices where Android is dominant. ... Microsoft has its own reasons for not wanting to share space on computers with Google, particularly on business-oriented desktop and laptop PCs that could give the Internet giant an entry point into a Microsoft stronghold. Computer makers that make dual-OS machines risk jeopardizing a flow of marketing funds from Microsoft that are an important economic force in the low-margin PC business.'"

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Hijack: Improbable or best hope?

CNN - Top Stories - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:23pm
Why nothing can be ruled out in this bizarre incident.
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Hijack: Improbable or best hope?

CNN - Top Stories - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:23pm
Why nothing can be ruled out in this bizarre incident.
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Inside a Boeing 777 cockpit

CNN - World Feed - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:03pm
Take a look inside the Boeing 777 cockpit to get a better understanding of what the pilots may have experienced.
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Inside a Boeing 777 cockpit

CNN - World Feed - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 2:03pm
Take a look inside the Boeing 777 cockpit to get a better understanding of what the pilots may have experienced.
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Danes resisted Nazis: Would we be brave?

CNN - Top Stories - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:54pm
The Danish exception to the history of the Holocaust sheds new light on the relation between the Third Reich and the countries it occupied. It is of particular interest to compare the Danish, Norwegian and Dutch experiences, because the three countries shared many similarities before the war and because the Nazi leadership saw them through the same prism. Despite this, the fate of the Jews in the three countries was very different.
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Veteran socialist Tony Benn dies at 88

CNN - Top Stories - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:47pm
Tony Benn, who has died in London aged 88, was an inspiration to all of us who wanted to make the world a more peaceful and more equal place. He came from a privileged and political family, his father and grandfather both MPs, and he would have become Lord Stansgate in the early 1960s if he had not fought to renounce his hereditary peerage. Luckily he won, stayed an MP instead of mouldering in Britain's upper House of Lords for the next five decades, and dedicated his life to socialist ideas and most importantly to campaigning for change.
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Loved ones reflect on those lost in NYC blast, search continues

CNN - U.S. Feed - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:46pm
In the mid-March chill, the victims and their stories continued to emerge as firefighters ferreted through the piles of bricks and wreckage on the East Harlem block where a powerful explosion and fire leveled two buildings.
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Loved ones reflect on those lost in NYC blast, search continues

CNN - U.S. Feed - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:46pm
In the mid-March chill, the victims and their stories continued to emerge as firefighters ferreted through the piles of bricks and wreckage on the East Harlem block where a powerful explosion and fire leveled two buildings.
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The Earth As a Gravitational Wave Detector

Slashdot - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:45pm
b30w0lf writes "Gravitational wave detection — i.e. the detection of propagating ripples in spacetime — is a hot subject these days, with ground-based interferometer experiments like LIGO active, and hopes for a space interferometer like LISA. However, physicist Freeman Dyson proposed back in 1969 that the earth itself could be used as a gravitational wave detector. The idea is behind the approach is that gravitational waves impact the earth's crust, causing potentially detectable seismic waves. Using Dyson's approach, Physicists at Harvard and NINP, Florence were able to put an upper limit on the intensity of gravitational background radiation based on a year of observational seismic data (abstract, full pre-print). The upper limit they found improved currently laboratory upper limits by 9 orders of magnitude."

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Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

Slashdot - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:02pm
An anonymous reader writes "The trend of police officers using body-mounted cameras is going nationwide. As we discussed last month, the NYPD is pondering the cameras, and the LAPD is actively testing them. A town in California (population ~100,000) has tested them with seeming success: incidents involving officers using force have dropped more than half, and citizen complaints have dropped almost 90%. '[C]ops are required to turn on their cameras in any confrontation with a suspect or citizen. The footage is uploaded to computers when they return to the station, and is typically retained for one to three months.' The town's success is even drawing interest from police departments in other countries. The ACLU likes the idea, but has problems with it in practice, so they're opposing the trend (PDF). They worry about privacy abuses, and they want citizens caught on camera to be allowed equal access to the footage."

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Cameras On Cops: Coming To a Town Near You

Slashdot - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 1:02pm
An anonymous reader writes "The trend of police officers using body-mounted cameras is going nationwide. As we discussed last month, the NYPD is pondering the cameras, and the LAPD is actively testing them. A town in California (population ~100,000) has tested them with seeming success: incidents involving officers using force have dropped more than half, and citizen complaints have dropped almost 90%. '[C]ops are required to turn on their cameras in any confrontation with a suspect or citizen. The footage is uploaded to computers when they return to the station, and is typically retained for one to three months.' The town's success is even drawing interest from police departments in other countries. The ACLU likes the idea, but has problems with it in practice, so they're opposing the trend (PDF). They worry about privacy abuses, and they want citizens caught on camera to be allowed equal access to the footage."

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The $1.6B 'camp' where sport heals

CNN - Top Stories - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:54pm
Meet the women's football star helping Syrian refugees.
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Many Ukrainians expect war

CNN - Top Stories - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:52pm
Alexander Motyl says as Russian troops mass on their border, many Ukrainians think it's inevitable that Putin will order an invasion and war will break out.
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Helping women escape 'the life'

CNN - U.S. Feed - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:38pm
Vednita Carter was lured into sex trafficking at 18. Now she helps others escape it. She and her nonprofit have provided services to more than 6,000 women.
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Astronaut's mom triggers jail rescue

CNN - Top Stories - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:19pm
Joyce Ride, mother of NASA's first woman astronaut, was sure that lifer inmate Gloria Killian was framed for murder. So she paid for a $100,000 investigation that blew the case wide open.
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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Slashdot - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:18pm
itwbennett writes "Everybody lies to themselves now and again in both their personal lives ('my bathroom scale probably needs to be recalibrated') and professional lives ('this code doesn't need commenting'). ITworld has compiled some of the common lies programmers tell themselves. Here are a few examples: 'This bug won't take long to fix.' 'No one could possibly fail to understand my simple user interface.' 'Code is self documenting.' 'My homebrew framework will be nimble, lightweight, debugged, and easy to use.' 'I know this is dirty code, I will rewrite it later.' 'It's just one line... it won't break anything.' '"It works on my machine.' 'I don't need version control.' 'It's written in ____, so it'll be easy to ____.' What would you add to this list?"

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Lies Programmers Tell Themselves

Slashdot - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 12:18pm
itwbennett writes "Everybody lies to themselves now and again in both their personal lives ('my bathroom scale probably needs to be recalibrated') and professional lives ('this code doesn't need commenting'). ITworld has compiled some of the common lies programmers tell themselves. Here are a few examples: 'This bug won't take long to fix.' 'No one could possibly fail to understand my simple user interface.' 'Code is self documenting.' 'My homebrew framework will be nimble, lightweight, debugged, and easy to use.' 'I know this is dirty code, I will rewrite it later.' 'It's just one line... it won't break anything.' '"It works on my machine.' 'I don't need version control.' 'It's written in ____, so it'll be easy to ____.' What would you add to this list?"

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