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Journal: Time to abandon the "new" Daylight Savings Time hours. 10

Journal by tomhudson

The extension of daylight savings time to the first Sunday of November was supposed to save energy. It didn't. What it did do was mess up people's biological clocks even more, by making them out of sync with their local time for a longer period.

I switched back to EDT a couple of weeks ago. It's a lot better than feeling drained by the middle of the afternoon.

Time to bring this "experiment" to an end.

Technology

+ - Smashing Pumpkins: GE Biologist's Monster Catapult->

Submitted by ambermichelle
ambermichelle (2318196) writes "Daniel Collins spends his weekends deep in a New Jersey field, shooting pumpkins from a hulking four-ton catapult the size of an oil-derrick. Since May, Collins and his friends, including a botanist and an insurance salesman, have been working on their 20-foot steel monster throwing machine called Chucky 3. Next week, they will load Chucky on a low-boy trailer and haul it down to Delaware. Their Team Chucky will participate in the annual World Championship Punkin Chunkin pumpkin throwing contest starting November 4. They aim to break the one-mile mark."
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Security

+ - TSA's VIPR Bites Rail, Bus, and Ferry Passengers->

Submitted by OverTheGeicoE
OverTheGeicoE (1743174) writes "TSA's VIPR program may be expanding. According to the Washington Times, 'TSA has always intended to expand beyond the confines of airport terminals. Its agents have been conducting more and more surprise groping sessions for women, children and the elderly in locations that have nothing to do with aviation.' In Tennessee earlier this month bus passengers in Nashville and Knoxville were searched in addition to the truck searches discussed here previously. Earlier this year in Savannah, Georgia TSA forced a group of train travelers, including young children, to be patted down (video). (They were getting off the train, not on.) Ferry passengers have also been targeted. According to TSA Administrator John Pistole's testimony before the Senate last June, 'TSA conducted more than 8,000 VIPR operations in the [previous] 12 months, including more than 3,700 operations in mass-transit and passenger-railroad venues.' He wants a 50% budget increase for VIPR for 2012. Imagine what TSA would do with the extra funding."
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Image

Kentucky Announces Creationism Theme Park 648

Posted by samzenpus
from the ride-the-dinosaur dept.
riverat1 writes "On December first, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear announced that a creationism theme park is expected to open in 2014. Park developers are seeking state tourism development incentives and could receive up to $37.5 million over a 10-year period. Gov. Steve Beshear said he does not believe the incentives would violate the principle of church-state separation because the 14-year-old tax incentives law wasn’t approved for the purpose of benefiting the Ark Encounter. The park will have a 500 foot replica of the Ark with live animals on it and a Tower of Babel explaining how races and languages developed. The park will be turned over to Answers in Genesis after it is built. They are a non-profit organization which may allow them to discriminate in hiring on the basis of religion."
Social Networks

Facebook Is Down 448

Posted by timothy
from the is-life-without-scrabble-life-at-all? dept.
Phil_at_EvilNET writes "Jeff Bertolucci of PC World reports: 'Thousands of Facebook users this afternoon (US Pacific Time) are reporting that the popular social networking site is down. It's unclear when the outage began. PCWorld has not been able to reach Facebook for comment, but Mashable reports the company has confirmed the outage.'"
Linux

+ - aptosid 2010-02 Review->

Submitted by JimLynch
JimLynch (684194) writes "I recently reviewed Linux Mint Debian, a very user-friendly version of Linux Mint based on Debian. This time I looked at another distro based on Debian, called aptosid.

Aptosid, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is actually made by the same developers that created the popular distro Sidux. There was apparently some conflict and controversy within the Sidux e.V association that resulted in Sidux morphing into Aptosid."

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+ - Facebook facing mysterious outage->

Submitted by Phil_at_EvilNET
Phil_at_EvilNET (569379) writes "Jeff Bertolucci of PC World reports: "Thousands of Facebook users this afternoon (U.S. Pacific Time) are reporting that the popular social networking site is down. It's unclear when the outage began. PCWorld has not been able to reach Facebook for comment, but Mashable reports the company has confirmed the outage.""
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+ - Kno could destroy the ipad->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "My boyfriend is currently working at this lovely start up in Silicon Valley. Kno is working with students to create a table that is for students. The main features for it's use is: textbook, notebook, and internet. But honestly I think if they market it correctly it will be better than the ipad, particularly if they also work with teachers so this could be used in the class to take tests with or on. Also, it doesn't sound like a feminine product."
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