By Soulskill from Slashdot's you-can-trust-us department
writes: The Senate voted yesterday to reauthorize the controversial Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which expedites, or 'Fast Tracks,' the passage of trade agreements through Congress. If also approved by the House, it will grant the authority to decide and negotiate the terms of agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to the executive branch, significantly limiting congressional involvement and leaving little room for debate. Proponents of the bill, namely the USTR, claim that Fast Tracking the TPP is critical to successfully negotiating its terms internationally, and will "ensure that Congress, stakeholders and the public are closely involved before, during and after the conclusion of trade agreement negotiations." Though in reality, it does not introduce significant changes in the transparency or reporting requirements that are currently in place, which have allowed the negotiations of this deal to be held in secret since 2009. With concerns being raised about the deal's impacts on everything from intellectual property rights to government sovereignty, it is surprising to many that Congress would abdicate their role in determining the specifics of agreements that may have far reaching implications for their constituents.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's brexit-is-good-with-toast-and-jam department
writes: The first rule of "Project Bookend" is that you don't talk about "Project Bookend." In retrospect, maybe the first rule should have been "you don't accidentally e-mail 'Project Bookend' to a news agency," because as the Guardian reports, one of its editors opened his inbox and was surprised to find a message from the BOE's Head of Press Jeremy Harrison outlining the UK financial market equivalent of the Manhattan project. Project Bookend is a secret (or 'was' a secret) initiative undertaken by the BOE to study what the fallout might be from a potential 'Brexit', but if anyone asked what Sir Jon Cunliffe and a few senior staffers were up to, they were instructed to say that they were busy investigating "a broad range of European economic issues."
And if you haven't heard the term before, "Brexit" refers to the possibility of Britain leaving the EU -- one of the possible outcomes of an upcoming referendum
.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
Via Snakas' blog we have learned that Kabaya has a candy kit version of Generation 1 Piranacon in the works! Known as King Poseidon in Japan and featured as an antagonist in the 1988 series Chojin Masterforce, Piranacon was one of the coolest combiners of the Generation 1 era. He had six members based on sea creatures, the five smaller members of whom could make up limbs for the gestalt with the one left over becoming a gun. This candy toy version, revealed in a banner ad on Syokugan Ohkoku
looks to faithfully recreate that original, with the added feature of the smaller guns linking up into one huge rifle.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's couldn't-have-happened-to-a-nicer-bill department
New submitter Steven King
writes with a link to The Daily Dot's report that the U.S. Senate has rejected a controversial bill, thus "all but guaranteeing that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will expire"; had it passed, the bill would have allowed continued use of some mass data-collection practices, but with the addition of stronger oversight. From the article:The Senate failed to reach agreement on passage of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to reauthorize and reform Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which the government has used to conduct bulk surveillance of Americans' phone records. The House of Representatives passed the bill last week by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, but Senate Democrats, who unified behind the bill, did not get enough Republican votes to assure passage.
The linked piece also mentions that the EFF shifted its position on this bill
, after a panel of Federal judges ruled that the Feds at the NSA had overstepped their bounds
in collecting a seemingly unlimited trove of metadata relating to American citizen's phone calls.Read Replies (0)
By MetalStorm from TFW2005
Courtesy of fellow board member, BattleUpSaber, we have info on a limited-time event, Generation 2, Episode 1! New G2 characters will be joining the battlefield, with the likes of Laser Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, and Ramjet!
Play Transformers Battle Tactics for free here:Transformers Battle TacticsRead Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's stock-up-now-on-crest department
New submitter Kristine Lofgren
writes: The California Assembly just passed a vote to ban toxic microbeads, the tiny flecks found in toothpastes and exfoliants. Microbeads cause a range of problems, from clogging waterways to getting stuck in gums. The ban would be the strictest of its kind in the nation.
As the article notes, the California Senate would need to pass a bill as well, for this ban to take effect, and if that happens, the resulting prohibition will come into place in 2020. From the article: Last year, Illinois became the first state in the U.S. to pass a ban on the usage of microbeads in cosmetics, approving a law that will go into effect in 2018, and earlier this year two congressmen introduced a bipartisan bill to outlaw the use of microbeads nationwide. And for exceptionally good reason; the beads, which serve as exfoliants and colorants are a massive source of water pollution, with scientists estimating that 471 million plastic microbeads are released into San Francisco Bay alone every single day.Read Replies (0)
By Matty from TFW2005
BotCon has announced its final guest for the 2015 lineup: Kojin Ono! Read on for more details and get ready for registration, which should be going live next week barring any issues. KOJIN ONO is a designer for Takara-Tomy and was the key creative force behind the introduction of Car Robots in Japan, the converting robots that would be at the core of the 1984 launch of a "new" toy line known as "The Transformers". The robot known as "Sunstreaker" was the first of his designs, but would hardly be the last. Hound, Bluestreak, Sideswipe, Trailbraker, The Dinobots, The Constructicons… All of these amazing design were brought to diecast metal life by Kojinsan, who it should be mentioned, was part of the initial class of Transformers Hall of Fame inductees back in 2010 along with Peter Cullen, Bob Budiansky, and Takara's lead designer on Transformers, Hideaki Yoke.
It is truly an honor to welcome this legendary designer to his first ever BotCon!
Hit the discussion link to share your thoughts on BotCon's final guest.Read Replies (0)
By Matty from TFW2005
The weekend is here! There's not a better way to start off our weekends than to prep for new Transformers episodes of Robots In Disguise and Rescue Bots!
Starting on Cartoon Network at 6:30am EST, Robots in Disguise kicks off with episode 10: Can You Dig It?
The Autobots meet a new member who helps them out in capturing a Decepticon searching for energon crystals.
To close out Saturday, Discovery Family is the place to be at 1:30 pm EST for Rescue Bots: Endangered Species!
The Bots go to extremes to protect endangered woodpeckers discovered by Boulder.
The RID forum
will be waiting to hear your thoughts and opinions on the episodes after you've watched them. See you in the forums!Read Replies (0)
By Salvador GRodiles from Japanator
If there's one thing that the Super Robot Wars
series does right with their trailers, it's that they tend to fill people's hearts with a huge surge of hot-blooded energy. In most cases, this high dosage of enthusiasm can result in a person having the best day of their lives.
Speaking of good times, the first trailer for Super Robot Wars BX
hits us with some great animations that put Super Robot Wars UX
to shame. For the record, I'm not saying that SRW UX
was a bad game, I just felt that the team could've made the visuals look similar to the two Z
titles on PSP.
While SRW BX's
sprites are drawn differently from SRW Z2 Part 1
, their designs look smoother than the previous title on the 3DS. Not only that, GaoGaiGar's Hell and Heaven attack looks sweeter than ever. In fact, it almost makes me want to watch the series again.
Since Panzer World Galient's
titular robot sports whip sword fighting style, my interest in watching the show has gone up. I guess you could say that the SRW
series has helped expand my experience with mecha anime in the past.
Considering that we haven't heard about Super Robot Wars BX's
original units yet, the next update should satisfy our craving for cool-looking robots.
[Thanks, MSJ]Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's go-big-or-go-home department
An anonymous reader writes to let everyone know the LHC has now smashed protons together at 13 TeV, the highest energy level yet achieved. They've posted the first images captured from the collisions
, and explained the testing process as well
. Jorg Wenninger of the LHC Operations team says, "When we start to bring the beams into collision at a new energy, they often miss each other. The beams are tiny – only about 20 microns in diameter at 6.5 TeV; more than 10 times smaller than at 450 GeV. So we have to scan around – adjusting the orbit of each beam until collision rates provided by the experiments tell us that they are colliding properly." Spokesperson Tiziano Camporesi adds, "The collisions at 13 TeV will allow us to further test all improvements that have been made to the trigger and reconstruction systems, and check the synchronisation of all the components of our detector."Read Replies (0)