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Obama Blocks Chinese Wind Farms In Oregon Over National Security

October 1st, 2012 10:33 admin View Comments

The Military

Hugh Pickens writes writes “Reuters reports that President Barack Obama has invoked a little-used law to block a privately owned Chinese company from building wind turbines close to a Navy military site in Oregon due to national security concerns. ‘There is credible evidence that leads me to believe’ that Ralls Corp, Sany Group and the two Sany Group executives who own Ralls ‘might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,’ said Obama in issuing his decision. The military uses the Oregon naval facility to test unmanned drones and the EA-18G ‘Growler.’ The electronic warfare aircraft accompanies US fighter bombers on missions and protectively jams enemy radar, destroying them with missiles along the way. At the Oregon site, the planes fly as low as 60 m and at almost 480 km/h. The administration would not say what risks the wind farm purchases presented but the Treasury Department said the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States, known as CFIUS, made its recommendation to Obama after receiving an analysis of the potential threats from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The last time a president used the law to block a transaction was in 1990, when George H.W. Bush voided the sale of an aerospace company, Mamco Manufacturing, to a Chinese agency.”

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Illegal Downloading Now a Crime In Japan With Increased Penalties

October 1st, 2012 10:47 admin View Comments

Anime

eldavojohn writes “Although downloading songs without paying for them in Japan used to be a civil offense starting in 2010, it is now a crime with new penalties of up to two years in prison or fines of up to two million yen ($25,700). The lobbying group behind this push for more extreme penalties is none other than the RIAJ (the Japanese RIAA). The BBC notes this applies to both music and video downloads which may put anime studios in a particularly uncomfortable position.”

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Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

October 1st, 2012 10:25 admin View Comments

Announcements

Slashdot turns 15 this month! You may have noticed that we’ve swapped out the usual logo for the first of the reader-contributed designs we’ll be featuring this month. (If you think you have a better idea, we’d love to see it; all artists whose designs we choose to run will get Slashdot anniversary T-shirts, and one will get a Nexus 7 tablet.) We’re also happy to announce an overdue feature here on Slashdot: a blog with information from the developers and editors. We’ll use it to provide updates and background information about the site’s development (for instance, new features or fixed bugs, or changes in the user interface), and try to answer reader questions about the site at greater length than the FAQ. Shameless tease: today, you can read about the launch of Slashdot mobile in the inaugural post. We might use the blog to expound on story choice or to make non-critical announcements, too. You probably don’t come to Slashdot generally to read about Slashdot, though, so don’t worry &mdash the blog will live safely and quietly in the background until you want to read it. Since this is a new feature, we’re still working out exactly how it should best be used, so feel free to make suggestions below on what you’d like to see. Between now and the end of October, look for a passel of other treats, too, starting with an interview with Woz later today. We hope you’ll get together with other readers at one of the many parties planned for later this month, also. Slashdot exists for and because of everyone who reads the site; thank you for being part of it.

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ForestWatchers Lets Anyone Monitor A Patch of Forest

October 1st, 2012 10:43 admin View Comments

Communications

teleyinex writes ForestWatchers.net is a citizen project with the goal of making it possible for anyone (locals, volunteers, NGOs, governments, etc), anywhere in the world, to monitor selected patches of forest across the globe, almost in real-time, using a computer connected to the Internet. The project has recently released a first alpha web application (built using the open source crowdsourcing PyBossa framework) where volunteers can participate by classifying satellite images of one area of the Amazon basin.”

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