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Submission Summary: 0 pending, 11 declined, 6 accepted (17 total, 35.29% accepted)

Submission + - Don't Try To Sell a "Smart" Gun in the U.S. 3 3

R3d M3rcury writes: How's this for a good idea? A gun that won't fire unless it's within 10 inches of a watch? That's the iP1 from Armatrix. Of course, don't try to sell it here in the United States:

Belinda Padilla does not pick up unknown calls anymore, not since someone posted her cellphone number on an online forum for gun enthusiasts. Then someone snapped pictures of the address where she has a P.O. box and put those online, too. In a crude, cartoonish scrawl, this person drew an arrow to the blurred image of a woman passing through the photo frame. “Belinda?” the person wrote. “Is that you?”

Her offense? Trying to market and sell a new .22-caliber handgun that uses a radio frequency-enabled stopwatch to identify the authorized user so no one else can fire it. Ms. Padilla and the manufacturer she works for, Armatix, intended to make the weapon the first “smart gun” for sale in the United States.

“I have no qualms with the idea of personally and professionally leveling the life of someone who has attempted to profit from disarming me and my fellow Americans,” one commenter wrote.

Their complaint? The gubmint...

Submission + - Text Someone Who's Driving and You Could Get Sued

R3d M3rcury writes: A recent decision from the New Jersey Appelate Court [PDF] states that you can be sued if you send a text message to someone who, in the course of reading or responding to the message, is involved in an accident. In this particular case, the judges decided that the person who was texting, Shannon Colonna, was not liable because she didn't know that the defendant was driving. So the litmus test appears to be that if the sender knows the recipient is driving and knows the recipient will likely read the text immediately, they could be in trouble. (page 25) Not sure how you'd go about proving this...

Submission + - Free Beer from the Skies

R3d M3rcury writes: Revelers at the Oppikoppi Music Festival in South Africa are getting free beer dropped in by parachute. After placing their order via a smartphone app, a drone zooms in at an altitude of 50 feet and drops their beer.

Personally, if the drones that are spying on me brought me free beer, I'd be more than happy to have them around.
Google

Submission + - Dueling Santa Trackers 1 1

R3d M3rcury writes: As Santa delivers toys to good little boys and girls, the North American Air Defense Network tracks him with a combination of "radar, satellites, Santa Cams and fighter jets."

Meanwhile, Google is working Santa's Developer Elves to get a preview of Santa Tracker.

Of course, neither of them agree as to where he is.

So, who do you believe?

Submission + - Late Night Gaming Banned in Vietnam->

R3d M3rcury writes: Vietnam's Ministry of Information and Communication has asked ISPs to block access to on-line games between 10:00PM and 8:00AM. 'The request, made on Wednesday, is another move from the authority to mitigate the side effects of online games. The request follows numerous stiff measures by the ministry to tackle the issue, including cutting internet access to agents at night beginning last September.'
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Cellphones

Submission + - What Clown on a Unicycle?->

R3d M3rcury writes: The New York Times has an article about walking and using a cellphone. But the interesting part was an experiment run by the University of Western Washington this past fall.

There was a student who knew how to ride a unicycle and a professor who had a clown suit. They dressed a student up as a clown and had him ride his unicycle around a popular campus square. Then they asked people, "Did you see the Unicycling Clown?" 71% of the people walking in pairs said that they had. 51% of the people walking alone said that they had. But only 25% of the people talking on a cellphone said that they saw the unicycling clown.

On the other hand, when asked "Did you see anything unusual?" only about one person in three mentioned a unicycling clown. So maybe unicycling clowns aren't enough of a distraction at the University of Western Washington...

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Submission + - Save The Planet: Eat Your Dog->

R3d M3rcury writes: New Zealand's Dominion Post reports on a new book just released, Time to Eat the Dog: The real guide to sustainable living. In this book, they compare the environmental footprint of our housepets to other things that we own. Like that German Shepherd? It consumes more resources than two Toyota SUVs. Cats are a little less than a Volkswagen Golf. 2 Hamsters are about the same as a plasma TV.

Their suggestions? Chickens, Rabbits, and Pigs. But only if you eat them.

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Space

Submission + - Save the Apollo Landing Sites!-> 1 1

R3d M3rcury writes: The Lunar X-Prize is a contest offering $20 million to the first private organization to land and maneuver a robotic rover on the moon. There is also a $1 million bonus to anyone who can get a picture of a man-made object on the moon. But one archeologist believes that "The sites of early lunar landings are of unparalleled significance in the history of humanity, and extraordinary caution should be taken to protect them." He's concerned that we may end up with rover tracks destroying historic artifacts, such as Neil Armstrong's first bootprint, or that a mistake could send a rocket slamming into a landing site. He calls on the organizers to ban any contestant from landing within 100KM of a prior moon landing site. Now he seems to think this just means Apollo. What about the Luna and Surveyor landers? What about the Lunokhod rovers? Are they fair game?
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Submission + - Zombies invade Apple Store

R3d M3rcury writes: Legions of the undead dropped by the Apple Store in San Francisco yesterday. Probably getting bloodstains on the beautiful crystal staircase, they stormed a presentation. One tried an iMac snack, but seemed to have some problems getting her teeth into it. More views on the gruesome spectacle here and here.
Slashdot.org

Submission + - Slashdot Funnies

R3d M3rcury writes: I was going through the links in the 'Funnies' section and I found that a bunch seem to have been discontinued.

Mikey — Appears to have been taken over by a squatter.
Dr. Fun — Has been discontinued.
After Y2K — Updating sporadically at best. Looks like the last one was in 2004.
Helen — Ended at the end of last year.

Also, the Fifth Wave has moved to http://www.gocomics.com/thefifthwave/

Anyway, it might be time to clear out those five. Perhaps replace them with AppleGeeks, Ctrl+Alt+Del, Joy of Tech, Sheldon, and Evil, Inc.. Of course, that's just my list. What other comics do people think would be entertaining for Slashdot readers?
Wii

Submission + - Flying Wii Controllers

R3d M3rcury writes: The Wii's controller is an innovative device. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for the strap that you're supposed to attach to your wrist to keep the controller from accidentally flying across the room. Televisions, walls, and windows are in danger from the flying Wii controller. The website "www.wiihaveaproblem.com" has the stories.
Republicans

Submission + - The Yellow Button of Victory

R3d M3rcury writes: For those who wanted instructions on how to hack the vote: if you're using a Sequoia Voting system just hit the yellow button on the back twice. When it asks if you want to enter manual mode, say "Yes." Then vote again.

Remember that, here in the US, elections are coming up this Tuesday. So vote early and vote often.

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