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Submission + - Cybercrime ring stole $200M, invented 7,000 fake IDs, thousands of credit cards ( 1

coondoggie writes: "The FBI today said it broke up what it called one of the largest credit card, cyber-fraud schemes in its history — a $200M scam that created more than 7,000 false identities and tens of thousands of fake credit cards. The FBI said it arrested 13 people involved in the scam the agency said maintained more than 1,800 "drop addresses," located across the country including houses, apartments, and post office boxes, which they used as the mailing addresses of the false identities."

Submission + - Bill proposed in Oregon State Senate to ban "drones" puts R/C flying in jeopardy ( 2

TVmisGuided writes: "A bill introduced into the Oregon State Senate by Floyd Prozanski (D-4th) would ban private ownership or operation of "drones" in that state. The trouble, as pointed out by the Roswell Flight Test Crew, is that the bill's definition of "drone" is so broad and vague that it actually could ban all radio-controlled flying in that state. Even OWNING "an unmanned flying machine that is capable of [among other things] capturing images of objects or people on the ground” would be a Class B misdemeanor, on a par with stealing $50 in merchandise or possessing a switchblade. Actually flying one bumps it up to a Class A misdemeanor, equivalent to drunk driving or unlicensed carriage of a concealed firearm. Text of the bill here (in PDF)."

Submission + - Fight you own muscles to create force-feedback on smartphones (

FatLittleMonkey writes: Researchers in Germany have developed a device that allows users of portable devices, such as smartphones, experience force-feedback from games using just their own muscles... and a small EMS device. When stimulated by a painless electric pulse, the player's arm moves the device in whichever direction the game commands. The player then fights the movement with their other muscles, creating a strong sensation that the device itself is bucking in their hands. According to the developers, users found the sensation much more realistic than traditional vibrotactile feedback. (Should make PvP more interesting too.)

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