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Paul E Ester

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Paralysed woman moves robot with her mind

Cathy Hutchinson has been unable to move her own arms or legs for 15 years. But using the most advanced brain-machine interface ever developed, she can steer a robotic arm towards a bottle, pick it up, and drink her morning coffee. The interface includes a sensor implanted in Cathy's brain, which 'reads' her thoughts, and a decoder, which turns her thoughts into instructions for the robotic arm. In this video, watch Cathy control the arm and hear from the team behind the pioneering study.

Hacker/Troll sentenced to three years for AT&T iPad email breach.

A former Arkansas man who claimed to be a member of a hacktivist group called Goatse Security was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in a data security breach at AT&T (NYSE:T) in 2010 in which email addresses and other data were stolen from approximately 120,000 iPad 3G owners.

Andrew Auernheimer, 27, was sentenced Monday in Newark, N.J., federal court. He also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Susan D. Wigenton to pay restitution of $73,162 in damages to AT&T, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey. Auernheimer was convicted in November of conspiracy to access computers without authorization and identity theft.

Auernheimer and other members of the hacktivist group used an automated script, conducting a brute force attack on AT&T servers in June 2010. Called an "Account Slurper," the tool attempted to guess Integrated Circuit Card Identifiers, the unique 19- to 20-digit number associated with every iPad and its SIM card. Each correct guess was rewarded with an ICC-ID/email pairing for a specific identifiable iPad 3G user, investigators said.


it’s not clear that Auernheimer committed any actual crime. As Jeff Blagdon at The Verge put it, Auernheimer “cracked no codes, stole no passwords, or in any way ‘broke into’ AT&T’s customer database—something company representatives confirmed during testimony.” The defense argued that AT&T’s database security was flawed, and Auernheimer’s actions were tantamount to walking through an open door.

You could certainly argue that Auernheimer’s actions “exceeded authorized access”—an open door isn’t always an invitation to come inside. But the term “authorized access” is very, very vague, and it gives prosecutors far too much latitude to bring charges and threaten outlandishly long sentences for relatively minor violations. Congress ought to clarify the statute and better define its terms, before more people get caught up in it. If the CFAA is a bad law, then it’s a bad law, regardless of whether it’s being used against a malicious troll like Andrew Auernheimer or a secular saint-in-the-making like Aaron Swartz.


ATT basically left the information out in the open and he collected it by using random numbers. It's not so much a hack as an AT&T fail.

336 million Chinese abortions in 40 years

Chinese doctors have performed more than 330 million abortions since the government implemented a controversial one-child policy 40 years ago, according to official data from the health ministry.

Data posted on the health ministry website shows that since 1971 - shortly before China started encouraging people to have fewer children - doctors have performed 336 million abortions.

The Chinese government has previously estimated that without the family planning policy restrictions, the country's 1.3 billion population would be 30 percent larger.

Official statistics showed that in addition to the abortions, Chinese doctors have sterilised 196 million men and women since 1971.

The incoming Chinese leadership has already moved to dismantle the Family Planning Commission.

"After the reform, China will adhere to and improve the family planning policy," Ma Kai, secretary-general of the State Council, China's cabinet, said when the move was announced, according to the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday.


It's not clear from the article if they are dropping the one child policy or not.

The Washington Post to charge frequent users of its Web site

This summer, The Washington Post will start charging frequent users of its Web site, asking those who look at more than 20 articles or multimedia features a month to pay a fee, although the company has not yet decided how much it will charge.

The paper said, however, that it would exempt large parts of its audience from having to pay the fees. Its home-delivery subscribers will have free access to all of The Post’s digital products, and students, teachers, school administrators, government employees and military personnel will have unlimited access to the Web site while in their schools and workplaces.

Access to The Post’s home page, section front pages and classified ads will not be limited.

The step, while modest compared with some other publications, marks a major change for The Post, which has shied away from what is known as a paywall for fear of driving away readers and online advertisers. It now joins a long list of other daily publications that charge for content, including the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Boston Globe and New York Times.


I don't log into any of those sites any more. If you search an article title on google and click the link from google, these same newspapers will bypass their own paywalls and show you the article. It's a bit of a hassle, but I could read my quota of 15 articles in a day and who pays to receive propaganda and marketing online.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky: Assault Weapons ban 'Just the Beginning'

RW nutjob & "conservative activist" interviews Rep. Jan Schakowsky. He was a bit sneaky in getting her to honest about her goals.

Strange the argument for states rights at the end.

Europe is risking a bank run

The Germans rejected a loan which they were certain Cyprus would invariably default on. So the sum was cut to €10bn. A depositor haircut was the only way to co-finance this. When they did the maths, they found the big deposits would not have sufficed.

So they opted for a wealth tax with hardly any progression. There is not even an exemption for people with only very small savings. If one wanted to feed the political mood of insurrection in southern Europe, this was the way to do it. The long-term political damage of this agreement is going to be huge. In the short term, the danger consists of a generalised bank run, not just in Cyprus.

As in the case of Greece, the finance ministers said: “Don’t worry, this is a unique situation”. This is true only in a very narrow legal sense. The bond haircut in Greece is indeed different to the depositor haircut in Cyprus. And when they repeat this elsewhere, it will be unique once more.

Unless there is a last-minute reprieve for small savers, most Cypriot savers would act rationally if they withdrew the rest of their money simply to protect them from further haircuts or taxes. It would be equally rational for savers elsewhere in southern Europe to join them. The experience of Cyprus tells them that the solvency of a deposit insurance scheme is only as good as that of the state. In view of Italy’s public sector debt ratio, or the combined public and private sector indebtedness of Spain and Portugal, there is no way that these governments can insure all banks’ deposits on their own.

The Cyprus rescue has shown that the creditor nations will insist from now that any bank rescue must be co-funded by depositors.


Cash hoarding at home. Would you leave cash in a bank only to find 10% stolen and sent to banks of another country, because banks in your country made bad loans. This could be the greatest bank robbery ever.

They have extended the bank holiday to wednesday and thursday. They'll rob them on friday. You can be sure people are taking their monies out of the banks in spain, italy and greece.

It's going to affect us here one way or another, already the stock market is ultra volitile having hit it's recent highs. This could trigger a meltdown or it could be good as we see capital from abroad looking for safe havens. In the wall street casino anything is possible. These are fun time.

Thousands Line Up Outside Cal Expo Gun Show To Buy Ammunition (Sacramento)

Thousands of people lined up for hours outside Cal Expo to buy ammunition. The line wrapped around the building for the first day of the two-day gun show.

You’ve heard the early bird gets the worm. At the Crossroads of the West gun show it couldn’t be truer.

“We got here at 5:45 a.m.,” said one person. “We were 64th and it took us 3.5 hours.


United Airlines Mistakenly Sends Phoenix-Bound Dog From Newark To Ireland

A dog that was supposed to fly from Newark Liberty International Airport to Arizona ended up in Ireland.

But why?

Six-year-old Springer Spaniel “Hendrix,” who was named after the jet-setting rock star, endured a long journey. Like his legendary namesake Jimi, the dog is now an international traveler, but was not supposed to be.

“I was not happy,” the dog’s owner, Edith Alback, told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin.

United Airlines is now in the dog house with Alback. She paid $408 for Hendrix to fly, plus $160 for the crate, while fully expecting safe transportation for the dog to Phoenix, Ariz.

But instead, the pooch wound up in lush, green Ireland.


gang-rape of Swiss tourist in India: woman must share blame for attack, say police

The victim’s husband reported that at about 9.30pm, a group of men came into their camp, beat him with sticks and tied him up before raping his wife in front of him. Up to eight men could have been involved in the assault. The couple flagged down a passing motorcyclist about an hour later and were taken to the local police station. The woman was sent to a hospital in Datia, but there was no female doctor available to take medical evidence, so she was sent to the city of Gwalior about 46 miles (75km) away.

The issue of sexual assault – and particularly the seriousness with which police pursue cases – has divided India after the brutal gang-rape of a student in Delhi in December. The woman, 23, died after being attacked by a group of men as she and a male companion travelled on a night bus. The couple were allegedly lured on to the bus by four men and a boy of 17. The woman was repeatedly raped and her friend beaten before they were dumped at the roadside. The driver, who was accused of leading the gang, was found dead in his cell last week. Three other men and the 17-year-old are standing trial.

Tonight, a spokesman for Madhya Pradesh police caused anger by suggesting that the Swiss woman and her husband were partly to blame for the attack. Inspector Avnesh Kumar Budholiya said the tourists had been careless in travelling to a remote part of the country they knew little about.

“No one stops there,” he said. “Why did they choose that place? They were in the wrong place at the wrong time. They would have passed a police station on the way to the area they camped. They should have stopped and asked about places to sleep.


Russia Sending Permanent Warship Fleet To Mediterranean: Is A Russian Naval Base In Cyprus Next?

That Russia has previously threatened, and followed through with, sending ships to the Mediterranean is nothing new. In the past, every such episode was related to the protection of what Putin considered vital geopolitical interests in the region: whether defending the Syrian port of Tartus, various crude and natural gas pipelines in the region threatened by NATO expansion in Turkey, or offsetting heightened US presence around Gaza and Israel (and of course Iran). Which is why with the legacy conflicts in the region dormant, and the only news of any relevance being the European intervention in Cyprus against Russian oligarch interests, it is surprising we learn today that the Russian Navy will dispatch a permanent fleet of five or six combat ships to the Mediterranean Sea, with frigates and cruisers making up the core of the fleet.

How far into the Mediterranean one wonders? It wouldn't be too difficult to put two and two together and assume that with Cyprus just a few hundreds kilometers away from Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Israel, Russia may have not only a new geopolitical target, namely the now pseudo-insolvent Russian protectorate of Cyprus, but a perfect alibi to be in the region as well, and more importantly, have a Plan B to the Syrian port of Tartus which is Russia's only naval base in the region.

How soon until we read that Russia is willing to invest even more unguaranteed loans into the Cypriot financial system.... in exchange for one tiny little naval and/or military base?


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