The first and 2nd gen iPhones had the highest dropped call rates in recent history but it didn't stop people from using them. If apple announced their next phone would be constructed purely from dog poo, for environmental reasons of course, people would still line up around the block to be the first to own one.
I firmly believe in a person's right to own guns here in America, until they've proven they're not responsible or capable of safely using/storing them.
Keeping a loaded gun in reach of a toddler is one of the dumbest ideas ever. Even if the toddler doesn't have a toy gun, or has any idea what the gun is/isn't they're still a toddler and will still play with it. Especially if it's shiny.
An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Acer, today announced a voluntary recall of 22,000 Notebook computers. Acer has received three reports of computers short circuiting, resulting in slight melting of the external casing. No incidents occurred in the United States. No injuries have been reported. Link to Original Source
kghapa writes: Sometimes the chaotic mix of classic video game legends works surprisingly well. What may at first seem a simple web browser based flash game; this creation essentially combines the original Mario Bros with a dash of Tetris, all under the tongue twister name of “Tuper Tario Tros” Link to Original Source
An anonymous reader writes: Google's new Nexus One Android "Superphone" was made available to the public today but with two major caveats. First and foremost the unlocked version of the phone may work with any carrier that offers a sim card, BUT it will not work with AT&T's 3g network nor will it support CDMA networks like Verizon and Sprint. Link to Original Source
Bob the Super Hamste writes: The BBC is reporting that scientists in Italy have developed a method to convert rattan wood into a bone like substance. The bone replacement is currently being tested in sheep where when inserted into the area of a fracture it joins with the existing bone and eventually fuses. Unlike other bone replacements this one actually has load bearing ability and also naturally fuses with the existing bone. Additionally it since it is porous like real bone nerves and blood vessels can pass through it. Link to Original Source
TechnologyResource writes: Apparently GPS isn't just for the geographically challenged anymore. Just last week, the FBI and local police were able to track down suspects in a suburban Chicago bank robbery thanks to two credit-card-sized Global Positioning System devices that had been stuffed in with the stolen cash. Debbie Jemison, a spokeswoman for the Illinois Bankers Association in Springfield, said she first started hearing about use of the GPS devices about two years ago, but this was the first time in Illinois "we are aware of" in which they were used to solve a bank robbery. Last week's robbery, according to the FBI affidavit, took place around 10:40 a.m. Dec. 30 at the TCF Bank on Torrence Avenue in Calumet City, Ill., in Cook County. One robber, about 6 feet tall, clad in a black hooded jacket, dark skull cap and scarf over his face, walked up to the teller with a small pistol and said, "Don't push any buttons," according to the eight-page affidavit. Moments later, a second robber, about 5-foot-9 and wearing a tight-fitting mask, jumped over the counter and gathered the money, which included two GPS devices, according to the affidavit. A third man was involved in the planning of the robbery, according to court papers. By 11 a.m., the FBI had "identified the approximate location of the tracking devices," the affidavit said. Police went to a home on Wabash Avenue in Dolton and spotted a dark-colored ski mask and dark clothing inside a car. The FBI then pinpointed a home with tracking devices and found one of the suspects inside. Another one had been picked up on the street a short time before, and a third was caught not long after, the affidavit said. Brad Borst, president of Rocky Mountain Tracking in Fort Collins, Colo., which sells the devices to banks for about $500 each, says he sees a promising future for sales. "I think there's a growing demand," he said. Link to Original Source
from the ebony-and-irony dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A black man found that his HP facial-tracking recognition software wouldn't work. Then he discovered it worked fine for a white co-worker. From the article: 'HP's Tony Welch thanked Desi and Wanda, the video's creators, and promised that he and the team at HP were looking into why the camera was behaving the way it was. "The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose," he said. "We believe that the camera might have difficulty 'seeing' contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting."'"