LA City Attorney to Occupy: pay for brainwashing lessons on limits of free speech and we’ll drop the charges

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 19:  Carmen Trutancih, L...
LA City Atty Carmen Trutancih

Cory Doctorow: ‘The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office has offered Occupy protesters a get-out-of-jail card: all they need to do to skip their court dates is pay $355 for private “free speech lessons” where they will be taught a highly selective version of Constitutional law that holds that the First Amendment doesn’t include the kind of protest they enjoy. It’s like they combined traffic school with Maoist “self-criticism sessions” from the Cultural Revolution to make something worse than both combined.’ (via Boing Boing).

No, SETI has not detected an alien signal from a Kepler planet

There was some buzz last week in astronomical circles that SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) had discovered a candidate radio signal. In this this post, Phil Platt (Bad Astronomy) explains why the detected signal did not originate with an ETI and, in so doing, gives an informative explanation of some of the principles of SETI.

Screen shot of SETI@Home (Enhanced 5.27) BOINC...