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Transportation

+ - Bicycle Laser Device Designed to Save Lives->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "Many people are afraid of riding their bicycles on busy roads full of motorized vehicles, and it's easy to understand why. Not only are bikes slower and offer less protection than cars, but they can also be more difficult for drivers to notice. A device invented by a British design student, however, could help level the playing field a little. It's called BLAZE, and it alerts drivers to the presence of a cyclist by projecting a laser image onto the road in front of the bicycle."
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Music

+ - John Linnell of They Might Be Giants talks tech->

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harrymcc
harrymcc writes "Over at Technologizer, we've published Benj Edwards' wide-ranging interview with John Linnell, one half of the 30-year musical partnership known as They Might Be Giants. He talks about his life as a technology user--from his first encounter with the Radio Shack TRS-80 to his mastery of Asteroids to the band's long-time use of Macs to its pioneering experiments on online music."
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Google

+ - Google To Electrify Five Percent of Parking Spaces->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google plans to extend its electric vehicle charging infrastructure to five percent of its parking spaces in an attempt to encourage its employees to buy the vehicles, said a Google executive in charge of its electric transportation program Thursday."
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Google

+ - Does a Foreign Microsoft Entity Own Your House? 3

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "The Financial Times reports that Microsoft's foreign tax planning has come under the scrutiny of US securities regulators, who have prodded the software giant into disclosing details of how it uses foreign tax planning to reduce its US taxes. FT reports that the SEC also forced the company to reveal that the bulk of its $50.2 billion cash mountain — $42 billion — is held outside the US. Microsoft and a growing number to companies — including Google, Cisco, IBM, and Dell — are taking advantage of a bond sellers' market and opting to leave cash overseas and borrow to meet domestic needs. Don't cast stones, Apple fans — folks are also iRate about Apple, which has joined forces with Microsoft and a who's who of high tech to support the Win America campaign, which calls for 'an immediate reduction of taxation' to allow Corporate America to bring back $1 trillion 'trapped overseas' to be 'brought home and invested in the United States.' So what to do in the meantime with all that offshore loot which, as Microsoft put it, is 'subject to material repatriation tax effects'? Invest in the United States, apparently. According to Microsoft's recent correspondence with the SEC: 'Approximately 63% of foreign subsidiary short-term investments were invested in U.S. Government and Agency securities, approximately 14% were invested in corporate notes and bonds of U.S. companies, and 10% were invested in U.S. mortgage backed securities.'"
AT&T

+ - Proposal To Kill Wisconsin University Broadband->

Submitted by twoallbeefpatties
twoallbeefpatties (615632) writes "via BoingBoing, a bill designed to give state universities more freedom gained an additional line at the 11th hour that would dismantle WiscNet, a nonprofit broadband system that serves schools and libraries in Wisconsin. The line could force the state to return stimulus funds that were planned to go to WiscNet's expansion, including money already spent. It's possible the line was the result of lobbying from AT&T, who would gain business by forcing more use of a more expensive private-public system."
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+ - FBI seeks public help decrypting murder notes->

Submitted by SloppySevenths
SloppySevenths (1592383) writes "This was on drudge, but it's more suited to the slashdot audience:
The FBI is seeking the public's help in breaking the encrypted code found in two notes discovered on the body of a murdered man in 1999.

The FBI says that officers in St. Louis, Missouri discovered the body of 41-year-old Ricky McCormick on June 30, 1999 in a field and the clues regarding the homicide were two encrypted notes found in the victim's pants pockets."

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Image

Facebook Master Password Was "Chuck Norris" 319

Posted by samzenpus
from the ad-nauseum-roundhouse dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "A Facebook employee has given a tell-all interview with some very interesting things about Facebook's internals. Especially interesting are all the things relating to Facebook privacy. Basically, you don't have any. Nearly everything you've ever done on the site is recorded into a database. While they fire employees for snooping, more than a few have done it. There's an internal system to let them log into anyone's profile, though they have to be able to defend their reason for doing so. And they used to have a master password that could log into any Facebook profile: 'Chuck Norris.' Bruce Schneier might be jealous of that one."
Image

Tower Switch-Off Embarrasses Electrosensitives 292

Posted by samzenpus
from the radiation-placebo dept.
Sockatume writes "Residents in Craigavon, South Africa complained of '[h]eadaches, nausea, tinnitus, dry burning itchy skins, gastric imbalances and totally disrupted sleep patterns' after an iBurst communications tower was put up in a local park. Symptoms subsided when the residents left the area, often to stay with family and thus evade their suffering. At a public meeting with the afflicted locals, the tower's owners pledged to switch off the mast immediately to assess whether it was responsible for their ailments. One problem: the mast had already been switched off for six weeks. Lawyers representing the locals say their case against iBurst will continue on other grounds."
Games

New WoW Patch Brings Cross-Server Instances 342

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-and-shiny dept.
ajs writes "World of Warcraft's Wrath of the Lich King expansion was staggered into 4 phases. The fourth and final phase, patch 3.3, was released on Tuesday. This patch is significant in that it will be the first introduction of one of the most anticipated new features in the game since PvP arenas: the cross-realm random dungeon, as well as the release of new end-game dungeons for 5, 10 and 25-player groups. The patch notes have been posted, and so has a trailer. The ultimate fight against the expansion's antagonist, the Lich King a.k.a. Arthas, will be gated as each of the four wings of the final dungeon are opened in turn — a process that may take several months. The next major patch after 3.3 (presumably 4.0) will be the release of Cataclysm, the next expansion."

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