• When it comes to cybersecurity, scare tactics aren't convincing Americans to sacrifice privacy

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-18 23:12:44
    If only the elected officials acted on behalf of the people, and not big corporate interests.
  • CERN experiments observe particle consistent with the elusive Higgs boson and ACTA gets the boot!

    posted by Keito
    2012-07-07 19:03:27
    Yesterday saw two exciting developments.

    Firstly, the atrocious treaty that was ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) saw what is hopefully the final nail in its coffin. As someone who strongly values liberty and freedom, I rallied hard against the draconian and secretive agreement and I can only say... Good riddance!

    Secondly, the awesome folk over at CERN broke a press release to the public.

    “We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and the huge efforts of many people have brought us to this exciting stage,” said ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti, “but a little more time is needed to prepare these results for publication.”

    "The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our studies and cross-checks."

    “It’s hard not to get excited by these results,” said CERN Research Director Sergio Bertolucci. “ We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the data.”

    So, it's business as usual on Planet Earth... Scientists working hard to bring new advancements to the human race, whilst blood-sucking policy makers buddy up to corporate tyrants, and do their darnedest to limit freedoms, liberties and impose censorship upon us.