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Comment: Educate first, incarcerate later (Score 1) 445

My most demoralising day as a police employee was reading a self-congratulatory intranet news article about how some 20-year-old had been successfully prosecuted and sentenced to a prison term for pointing a laser pointer at a police helicopter. Apparently the judge acknowledged the kid's lack of any previous criminal history and the likelihood that he was just messing about and didn't intend to put anyone in danger, but felt that a message needed to be sent. For goodness' sake If they're that dangerous just fucking ban them, don't ruin someone's life for playing with a toy.
XBox (Games)

New Xbox 360 S Uses Less Power, Makes Less Noise 176

Posted by Soulskill
from the slices-dices-etc dept.
Vigile writes "Microsoft unveiled a new Xbox 360 S console at E3 this month, and without delay the new machine has been dissected and tested. The most dramatic change is the move to a single-chip CPU/GPU hybrid processor that is apparently being built on the 45nm process technology from GlobalFoundries, AMD's spun-off production facilities. With the inclusion of the new processor, the Xbox 360 S uses much less power (about 30-40%) compared to previous generation machines, and also turns out to be much quieter as a result of a single, larger fan. This article has photographic evidence of the teardown, with comparisons between this Valhalla platform and the older Falcon system, along with videos of the reconstruction process and noise comparisons." The new console also takes measures to protect itself from overheating, so RRoDs shouldn't be a problem with this revision.
Space

Alien Comet May Have Infiltrated the Solar System 208

Posted by kdawson
from the starseed-lure dept.
New Scientist has a piece about Comet Machholz 1, whose uncommon molecular composition suggests, but does not prove, that it may be an interloper from another star system. "Comet Machholz 1 isn't like other comets. David Schleicher of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, measured the chemical makeup of 150 comets, and found that they all had similar levels of the chemical cyanogen (CN) except for Machholz 1, which has less than 1.5% of the normal level. Along with some other comets, it is also low on the molecules carbon-2 and carbon-3."

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