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+ - Open source tech used to monitor Afghan election

Submitted by chrb
chrb (1083577) writes "BBC News is reporting on how the Alive in Afghanistan project is helping to oversee the Afghan elections using open-source technologies. The site was set up by Brian Conley, who is also responsible for Alive in Baghdad, Alive in Mexico, and who was arrested for filming protests in China last year. The Afghan site uses FrontlineSMS and Ushahidi to process and visualise SMS texts from Afghani citizens, allowing reports from all over the country to be rapidly collated and re-distributed globally."
Communications

+ - Pidgin adds Google Talk Voice and Video support!

Submitted by ottothecow
ottothecow (600101) writes "While various attempts at video and voice support have been in the pipeline since long before GAIM became Pidgin, fully functioning support over XMPP is on its way. Lifehacker reports that Pidgin 2.6 adds voice and video support for GChat (and presumably any other xmpp network) for Mac and Linux. Windows still has a few bugs but they are being worked on. Pidgin 2.6.1 is only available as source at the moment (but precompiled versions are available at getdeb."
The Military

+ - SPAM: Marines want lots of robots they can throw

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "The US Marine Corp has a request — build and rapidly deploy more 10lb or under robots its personnel can throw into dangerous situations that can quickly gather information without endangering Marines. The throwable robot is part of a family of robots that would range from the 10lb version, to one that would act as a central controlling device and weigh close to 300lbs. Marine commanders are demanding ever lighter robots so that troops don't have to offload critical equipment from their rucksacks to accommodate them. [spam URL stripped]"
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Idle

+ - Robots Are The Chefs In This Japanese Restaurant->

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Singularity Hub
Singularity Hub writes "A Ramen restaurant has just opened in Nagoya, Japan that uses robots instead of humans as its chefs. It may not seem that amazing at first, but once you see the video it is hard not to be blown away. The robotic chefs work their gastronomic magic in a kitchen placed front and center in the middle of the restaurant, giving customers a front row seat on the action."
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Image

Finnish Guy Gets Prosthetic USB Finger Storage 113

Posted by samzenpus
from the I'd-still-choose-a-shotgun-leg dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Jerry had a motorcycle accident last May and lost a finger. When the doctor working on the artificial finger heard he is a hacker, the immediate suggestion was to embed a USB 'finger drive' to the design. Now he carries a Billix Linux distribution as part of his hand."
Government

+ - China pressuring US for cheap green-technologies->

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Trintech
Trintech writes "At a U.N. conference on climate change, China is asking developed nations like the US to offer cutting-edge renewable technology to poor developing countries at a reduced price. American companies though are not receptive to selling their technologies at a reduced price and also worry that countries like China will not respect the intellectual-property rights of their technologies. China argues that this is for the public good and will help combat climate change."
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Quickies

+ - For Sleepy Drivers, Coffee vs. Napping->

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Ant
Ant writes "A New York Times blog says that sleepy drivers, who don't want to stop their journey, have two choices: pull over and take a short nap or load up with caffeine to stay awake. It asks what's the better option? French researchers decided to find out, testing the driving performance of two dozen sleep-deprived motorists... Seen on Blue's News."
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