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Directed Energy Weapon Downs Mosquitos 428

Posted by samzenpus
from the two-pound-hammer-and-ten-penny-nail dept.
wisebabo writes "Nathan Myhrvol demonstrated at TED a laser, built from parts scrounged from eBay, capable of shooting down not one but 50 to 100 mosquitos a second. The system is 'so precise that it can specify the species, and even the gender, of the mosquito being targeted.' Currently, for the sake of efficiency, it leaves the males alone because only females are bloodsuckers. Best of all the system could cost as little as $50. Maybe that's too expensive for use in preventing malaria in Africa but I'd buy one in a second!" We ran a story about this last year. It looks like the company has added a bit more polish, and burning mosquito footage to their marketing.
Open Source

Linux Kernel 2.6.32 Released 195

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the download-compile-reboot-repeat dept.
diegocg writes "Linus Torvalds has officially released the version 2.6.32 of the Linux kernel. New features include virtualization memory de-duplication, a rewrite of the writeback code faster and more scalable, many important Btrfs improvements and speedups, ATI R600/R700 3D and KMS support and other graphic improvements, a CFQ low latency mode, tracing improvements including a 'perf timechart' tool that tries to be a better bootchart, soft limits in the memory controller, support for the S+Core architecture, support for Intel Moorestown and its new firmware interface, run-time power management support, and many other improvements and new drivers. See the full changelog for more details."
Power

Open Access To Exercise Data? 188

Posted by kdawson
from the lub-dub dept.
identity0 writes "A recent Slashdot discussion about heart-rate monitors in schools got me thinking about getting one for my own exercise. It turns out that the available models have a wide range of features: calorie rate, pedometers, GPS, PC connectivity, etc. Being a geek, I want one that will let me look at my exercise data, and I'm curious what experiences Slashdotters have had with them. Some download data to a proprietary application — are open source alternatives available or is the data format easily readable? Others upload data to an online app — can the data be pulled off the site or is it forever trapped on their servers? While I'm not an open source zealot or a paranoid about my data being shared, I would like to know that I can access my data in the future. Whatever method you guys use to monitor your exercise, I'd love to hear about it."
Government

+ - Finnish Pirate Party officially registered-> 2

Submitted by
Thomas Nybergh
Thomas Nybergh writes "The Finnish Pirate Party is now officially registered (also reported by Finland's largest daily newspaper). After the Party was founded in May 2008, activists had to manually collect 5,000 supporter signatures on paper cards in order to get the movement recognized as a political party with the ability to nominate candidates for elections. Finland's party is the eight Pirate Party to be registered on the planet and intends to participate in local elections in October."
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Government

Pirate Party Wins At Least One European Parliament Seat 674

Posted by timothy
from the replace-amateur-clowns-with-professional-clowns dept.
reeeh2000 writes "According to TorrentFreak, with half of polling stations now closed in Sweden, the Pirate Party has at least one guaranteed seat in the EU Parliament. Currently, the party is sitting with 7% of the vote. Depending on how the remaining districts voted, the Pirate Party could win another seat, for a total of two." Reader lordholm adds a link to an article about exit polls in Sweden (link in Swedish) indicating that the Pirate Party will score two seats, writing "According to the polls, the pirate party is the largest party in the 18-30 year age category of voters. The final counting of votes (including around a million postal votes) will not be done until later next week."
Television

Many Analog TV Watchers Aren't Aware of Upcoming Switchover 440

Posted by Zonk
from the it's-coming dept.
A recent poll of TV watchers shows that many Americans aren't aware the end times are coming for analog broadcast signals. "The survey found that the group most affected by the analog cutoff -- those with no cable or satellite service -- are most in the dark about what will happen to their sets: Only one-third of them had heard that their TVs are set to stop receiving programs. Of course, there are solutions. Congress is subsidizing the purchase of digital television receivers. And the cable TV industry is hoping that this will spur the last holdouts to buy pay TV."
Privacy

+ - The most amazing Chuck Norris fact ever!->

Submitted by
MrNaz
MrNaz writes "Chuck Norris facts have been circulating the Interwebs for some time now. Given that the only ones that really get around are those that are the most extreme and outrageous, it would seem obvious that they are a gag. However, Le Chuck has now decided that it is necessary to sue somebody to ensure that people aren't falsely duped into thinking that his tears cure cancer or that his sidekick is not capable of altering the Earth's orbit. Chuck Norris Fact 37,342: Chuck Norris is so awe-inspiring that he has to sue to make sure people don't think these facts are true!"
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Math

+ - MIT dude disproves Wolfram on 44 conjectures 2

Submitted by blue2
blue2 (1204964) writes "Fresh out of press from the "Journal of cellular automata" ... geeky author Evangelos Georgiadis disproves legendary Stephen Wolfram on 44 conjectures. Abstract reads: In this note, we disprove 44 claims in [4] on minimal Boolean formula size of one-dimensional two-state nearest neighbor cellular automata as well as set a new lowersize bound. http://www.oldcitypublishing.com/JCA/JCA%202.4%20abstracts/GEORGIADIS.html"

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