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Wireless Networking

Submission + - SPAM: Wireless hotspot detecting car mod

kghapa writes: For everybody who's ever desperately searched for Wi-Fi, I'm sure you know how frustrating hunting down a decently strong signal can be when on the go. Perhaps the coolest and geekiest mod I've yet seen on a car, pray that a good Samaritan drives by with one of these awesome Wi-Fi gauges in their window.
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Webcam Saves Man Stranded On Sea Ice Screenshot-sm 12

siloko writes "A German walker, stranded on sea ice after abandoning the beach in favor of a better picture of the sunset, has been saved after flashes from his camera were spotted by a tourist webcam viewer hundreds of miles away. After darkness fell over the seaside town of St Peter-Ording, the walker became disoriented and couldn't locate the coast. In desperation, the walker, who hasn't been named, started using his camera flash to attract attention, which was noticed by a woman watching a webcam of the area. She notified the police, who located the man and escorted him to safety."

Wolf In Political Ad's Clothing Screenshot-sm 25

Gerald Ford may have said, "There is no Soviet domination of Eastern Europe and there never will be under a Ford administration." But he was never stupid enough to make this.

New Adhesive Device Could Let Humans Walk On Walls Screenshot-sm 4

FiReaNGeL writes "Could humans one day walk on walls, like Spider-Man? A palm-sized device invented at Cornell that uses water surface tension as an adhesive bond just might make it possible. The device consists of a flat plate patterned with holes, each on the order of microns (one-millionth of a meter). A bottom plate holds a liquid reservoir, and in the middle is another porous layer. An electric field applied by a common 9-volt battery pumps water through the device and causes droplets to squeeze through the top layer. The surface tension of the exposed droplets makes the device grip another surface — much the way two wet glass slides stick together. To turn the adhesion off, the electric field is simply reversed, and the water is pulled back through the pores, breaking the tiny 'bridges' created between the device and the other surface by the individual droplets."

Restaurant Promotes Sex In Its Bathrooms Screenshot-sm 16

Whether you want to join with your sweetheart in a perfect union of physical beauty, or just give the cute neighbor a "Brazilian Coffee Filter," Mildred's Temple Kitchen would like you to do it in their bathroom this Valentine's Day weekend. The restaurant's website asks: "Have you given any thought to moving beyond the bedroom? Check out Mildred's Sexy Bathrooms throughout the weekend of Big Love." You get the picture.' Chef and co-owner Donna Dooher says, "We've always had little trysts in our bathrooms. We're taking it to the next level on Valentine's weekend."

Girl Without Vagina Gets Pregnant Via Oral Sex and Stabbing Screenshot-sm 22

According to a report in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, a 15-year-old girl without a vagina was impregnated via stabbing after performing oral sex on her boyfriend. The girl had been performing the sex act when an ex-lover appeared and stabbed her. She was taken to the hospital where two holes in her abdominal wall were flushed out and repaired. 278 days later the she was admitted again to hospital with abdominal pain. An examination revealed she was pregnant and that she had no vagina. Doctors theorized that spermatozoa gained access to the reproductive organs via the injured gastrointestinal tract.

Roman Army Knife Predates Swiss By 1800 Years

An anonymous reader writes "The Daily Mail describes an 'intricately designed Roman implement, which dates back to 200AD ... made from silver but has an iron blade. It features a spoon, fork as well as a retractable spike, spatula and small tooth-pick. Experts believe the spike may have been used by the Romans to extract meat from snails.' But is it a Roman Army Knife, or an Army Knife of Rome?"
The Courts

Submission + - Is RIAA's MediaSentry illegal in YOUR state? (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Is Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG 'investigator' MediaSentry operating illegally in your state?. The Massachusetts State police have already banned the company, it's been accused of operating without a license in Oregon, Florida, Texas, and New York as well, and now similar charges have been levelled at it in Michigan. Michigan's Department of Labor and Economic Growth, in response to a complaint, has confirmed that MediaSentry is not licensed in Michigan, and referred the complainant to the local prosecutor."
The Courts

Submission + - MediaSentry balks at turning over documents (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "MediaSentry, the RIAA's unlicensed "investigator" of p2p file sharing, and its lead trial witness, has balked at turning over its documents and data in response to a subpoena in UMG v. Lindor, forcing Ms. Lindor to make a motion to compel a response. The RIAA's expert witness, Dr. Doug Jacobson, based his conclusion of copyright infringement entirely upon 6 *txt printouts (see exhibits 6 and 10-14) generated by MediaSentry during the course of the litigation, which, many astute observers have observed, are lacking in scientific support. So Ms. Lindor simply subpoenaed the backup material (pdf) which most technical people agree is needed to assess the reliability of MediaSentry's "investigation". (Another subpoena item asked for documents relating to MediaSentry's 'licenses'. According to at least one state attorney general we know, the correct answer to that one would apparently have been "none".) The stonewalling continues."
The Courts

Submission + - OSU "neglects" to respond to RIAA subpoena (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Mysteriously, Oklahoma State University has, for the past three (3) months, "neglected" to respond to the RIAA's subpoena asking for the identities of 11 OSU students, despite "many reminders". This "neglect" is surprising since, according to documents filed by the RIAA (pdf), it was given assurances back in August by the university that there would be "no difficulty" providing the information. Could it be that, being a state university, OSU might have consulted with its state Attorney General, and learned that it has been violating federal law by failing to protect its students' privacy? Maybe the Oklahoma AG has read the papers of the Oregon AG pointing out that the RIAA is asking the university to violate federal law and that the RIAA has itself violated a cluster of laws, state and federal? I don't know, just asking."
The Courts

Submission + - Double whammy against RIAA in Andersen case (

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In Atlantic v. Andersen the Court has rejected the RIAA's objections to last September's decision of the Magistrate Judge granting Ms. Andersen's motion for attorneys fees against the RIAA record companies, in which the Magistrate held that "Copyright holders generally, and these plaintiffs specifically, should be deterred from prosecuting infringement claims as plaintiffs did in this case." So now the only remaining decision on attorneys fees will be "how much?". And in a separate decision District Judge James A. Redden permitted Ms. Andersen to withdraw her counterclaims without prejudice so that she can pursue them in the class action she has brought against the record companies."
The Courts

Submission + - Type host -l, pay $50,000+ and perhaps go to jail ( 1

Joe Wagner writes: "In a written judgment that has only become public today, anti-spammer David Ritz has lost the SLAPP lawsuit filed by Jerry Reynolds filed for running "unauthorized" DNS lookups on their servers. Knowing "commands are not commonly known to the average computer user" can get you into serious peril in some judges' court rooms.

I kid you not. The Judge ruled that "In all intended uses of a zone transfer, the secondary server is operated by the same party that operates the primary server." The original complaint is here.

Ritz was a thorn in Reynolds' side during the years when Ritz was trying to get the Netzilla/Sexzilla porn spam operation to stop spamming. Reynolds has been quite aggressive in trying to get his past erased from the net (including forged cancel posts). The North Dakota Judge also awarded attorneys fee which could theoretically make the total bill over $500k for doing a domain zone transfer. Reynolds also filed a criminal complaint against Ritz which was on hold pending resolution of this trial.

Here is a literal worst-case scenario of what can happen when a court fails miserably to understand technology. The judge ruled:

Ritz has engaged in a variety of activities without authorization on the Internet. Those activities include port scanning, hijacking computers, and the compilation and publication of Whois lookups without authorization from Network Solutions.
The port scanning/hijacking computers is posting a test message through one of Verizon's machines to prove to Verizon they had an open relay — i.e. posting to via the relay a note to Verizon's security saying "What's it going to take to get you to secure this gaping hole in what you call your network," or words to that effect. Verizon apparently had no problem with the demo post and closed the relay.

Take note, for those anti-spammers out there, this Judge is ruling that if you post the whois record for a spammer's domain your are doing a malicious, tortious act.

There is a legal defense fund that was set up for his case. I believe he does not have the resources to appeal and this would be a very bad precedent to stand."


Submission + - Florida election ballots to be printed on-demand

davidwr writes: The St. Petersburg, FL, Times reports that Florida is going back to paper ballots, but with a twist. They are printing the ballots on-demand, right there at the polling booth. This isn't machine-assisted voting where a touch-screen fills in your printed ballot for you. It's just a way to save printing costs and reduce paper waste.

The hardest part of climbing the ladder of success is getting through the crowd at the bottom.