40 mm? Those would be perfect for Ping-Pong balls. Schools could use them in table tennis training, raising a new generation of players able do defeat the Chinese. This could be a new round in Ping-Pong-Diplomacy.
Back on topic: I spent years in a catholic school, too, and I got my share of smacks, but the padres wouldn't have batted an eye at drawings of weapons or parachutists. Taking an artistic interest in female anatomy however...
An anonymous reader writes: The law firm is behind the largest lawsuit of this kind ever courtesy of Voltage Pictures, who has tried to make a buck by mass suing U.S. users who swapped their film The Hurt Locker. Last year Voltage Pictures brought their mass lawsuit effort to Canada, and this week filed legal requests with Canadian ISP TekSavvy to obtain the names and contact information of 2,300 broadband subscribers. Link to Original Source
colinneagle writes: Yesterday the National Intelligence Council (NIC), which is made up of 17 U.S. government intelligence agencies, released the 140-page report Global Trends 2030 (GT2030) Alternate Worlds. In all four of the alternative visions of the future, U.S. influence declines and it may be regarded more as a "first among equals." By 2030, the West will be in decline and Asia will wield more overall global power than the U.S. and Europe combined. "China alone will probably have the largest economy, surpassing that of the United States a few years before 2030," the report states.
'Megatrends' include an overall reduction of poverty and the "growth of a global middle class." NIC also sees a potential world of scarcities as the demand for food and water increase as the world's population swells from 7.1 billion to 8.3 billion people. Advances in health technologies will help people live longer, but 60% of the world's population is expected to live in an urban environment. Technological breakthroughs will be needed to meet the world's food, water and energy demands.
"Without completely disengaging, the U.S. no longer tries to play 'global policeman' on every security threat," the report states. However, that collapse or sudden retreat of U.S. power could lead to global anarchy, according to "Potential Black Swans that would cause the greatest disruptive impact." Link to Original Source
Nerval's Lobster writes: "Fortune magazine managed to score an exclusive interview with Google CEO Larry Page. While he doesn’t reveal a whole lot about the company’s future plans—CEOs are great at offering fuzzy generalities, if nothing else—he manages to reveal just a bit about the ongoing competition with Apple, the evolution of search, and monetizing mobile devices. Google’s rivalry with Apple has descended into massive lawsuits, but Page doesn’t exactly channel Genghis Khan when it comes to his own feelings on the issue. “I think it would be nice if everybody would get along better and the users didn’t suffer as a result of other people’s activities,” he told the magazine. “We try pretty hard to make our products be available as widely as we can. That’s our philosophy. I think sometimes we’re allowed to do that. Sometimes we’re not.”" Link to Original Source
Dupple writes: There's a two page article over on IT World detailing the new European patent system
Parliament adopted all three proposed regulations needed to form the new patent system on Tuesday: the regulation on a Unitary Patent, the language regime and the formation of a new unified patent court system.
Not all European Union member states want a part in the new system: Italy and Spain refused to participate, although they may join at any time. The new system will cut the cost of obtaining a patent in the participating countries by up to 80 percent, the Parliament said. The patents will be made available in English, French and German and applications will have to be made in one of those three languages.
Not everyone was pleased with the newly adopted regulation though. MEPs opposing the adopted text are concerned the new system is going to be bad for innovation and business, and by voting for the text, the Parliament is giving away powers, they said.
The new regulation "means the European Parliament will abdicate all its political powers to an organization... that is outside of the E.U.," said Christian Engström, Pirate Party member of parliament, adding that he still wanted a European patent as long as it did not hamper innovation as he believes the proposal in its current form does. Link to Original Source