They floated down from the sky Sunday — 2,000 mice, wafting on tiny cardboard parachutes over Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. territory of Guam.
But the rodent commandos didn’t know they were on a mission: to help eradicate the brown tree snake, an invasive species that has caused millions of dollars in wildlife and commercial losses since it arrived a few decades ago.
What NBC doesn’t mention is that the “mice” looked like this. We kid, of course, but the above story is certainly an interesting look at how we’re forced to respond when humans accidentally introduce new species to an existing ecosystem.
Google Literally Says “F**k You” To The NSA (And GCHQ):
Specifically in reaction to the joint MUSCULAR program details that got leaked recently, a sub-project of the larger PRISM system. Google and their asociated companies have recently encrypted the intercontinental interserver traffic, cutting off possibly more than a third of the data resources being used by this program. Oh, and they literally say “F**k those guys”. I’m not kidding, read the link for specific quotes.
While not as dramatic as the Google news, it’s still a surprising move, espcially for people who’ve been keeping an eye on the recent Verizon debacles that we might not know the fallout (or lack of) for another year or so. Here’s hoping this is a sign of real openness to a future of competitive and customer-focused Internet development in the US.
|—||Atlanta resident Zack Jafarzadeh • Commenting on a recent trip to the Apple Store in Atlanta’s Perimeter Mall, when a friend wanted to purchase a new iPhone. Jafarzadeh’s story came to light after another Apple Store customer, University of Georgia student Sahar Sabet, contacted her local news station after being denied a new iPad for the same reason, citing State Department regulations and the fractured relations between the two countries. (She later got an apology after calling customer service.) Apple has not commented on the policy, or the story, at this time, though two Islamic-American groups have condemned the practice. source (via • follow)|
Evidence reportedly destroyed by ex-BP employee: Former BP engineer Kurt Mix was arrested today, charged with two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying evidence requested by federal investigators. The charges are the first to be filed by the U.S. Department of Justice, related to the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill, but may not be the last according to Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder told reporters that the Deepwater Horizon Task Force will “[continue] its investigation into the explosion and will hold accountable those who violated the law.” If found guilty on both charges, Mix faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and half a million dollars in fines. (Photo by SkyTruth) source
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed an antitrust suit against Apple, along with fellow publishers Holtzbrinck Publishers (MacMillan) and The Penguin Publishing Co. Ltd. (Penguin Group), accusing the companies of conspiring to raise the prices of ebooks. The lawsuits follow months of negotiations between the publishers, the DoJ, and state governments in an attempt to agree on a settlement. Apple has not publicly responded to the suit; however, MacMillan CEO John Sargent sent a letter to publishers and agent explaining that the company did not settle because it is “hard to settle a lawsuit when you know you have done no wrong.” (photo by Phil Photostream) source