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Comment: Slashvertisements? (Score 3, Insightful) 97

by Yonder Way (#42372369) Attached to: Mobile Raspberry Pi Computer: Build Your Own Pi-to-Go

With the frequency of RPi "articles" on /. one might wonder if there is some payola behind the positive press.

But not a word is spoken about the ongoing supply chain issues, and resellers making candid statements about it not being worthwhile to try to carry them. Can we have a moratorium on articles that drive up RPi demand until the Foundation can get its supply caught up more with the demand you've already created?

Security

NYPD To Identify 'Deranged' Gunmen Through Internet Chatter 292

Posted by timothy
from the surveillance-is-good-for-your-health dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Michael Wilson writes in the NY Times that top intelligence officials in the New York Police Department are looking for ways to target 'apolitical or deranged killers before they become active shooters' using techniques similar to those being used to spot terrorists' chatter online. The techniques would include 'cyber-searches of language that mass-casualty shooters have used in e-mails and Internet postings,' says Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. 'The goal would be to identify the shooter in cyberspace, engage him there and intervene, possibly using an undercover to get close, and take him into custody or otherwise disrupt his plans.' There are also plans to send officers to Newtown and to scenes of other mass shootings to collect information says the department's chief spokesman Paul. J. Browne adding that potential tactics include creating an algorithm that would search online 'for terms used by active shooters in the past that may be an indicator of future intentions.' The NYPD's counter-terrorism division released a report last year, 'Active Shooter (PDF),' after studying 202 mass shooting incidents. 'So, we think this is another logical step,' says Kelly."

Comment: patent trolls (Score 1) 1013

by Yonder Way (#42348469) Attached to: Using Technology To Make Guns Safer

I have an idea for an invention that I think I could build to make the AR15 safer, but I'm reticent to do anything with it because of the dominance of patent trolls in America and their ability to squash little guys like me. The free market could likely respond with some innovative concepts if we had patent reform.

Space

Baby Red Dwarf Found Just 27 Light Years Away 78

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the think-i'll-swing-by-for-lunch dept.
bazzalunatic writes "Astronomers have found an infant red dwarf star 27 light years away from Earth, and it's just 40 million years old. 'The star has been known about and studied for the past 15 years, but it wasn't realized it was so young and so close, until now,' co-author Simon Murphy, a PhD student from the Australian National University said in the story. More accurate measurements from telescopes have aided the revised distances of the star dubbed 'AP Colombae.'"

ICANN pushes for public participation in top level domains->

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Internet universe just keeps expanding

The Internet Corporation for the Assignment of Names and Numbers (ICANN) has taken what appears to be a welcome step toward increasing public participation in the controversial area of generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) approval. ICANN, which determines the technical standards that govern the internet, has long been criticized for its opaque and capricious approach to approving new gTLDs.


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NASA challenge pits moon-digging robots against each other->

From feed by engfeed

Filed under: Robots


Buoyed by the success of its recent astronaut glove challenge, NASA is now turning to some eager competitors to find the best robot to do the dirty work of digging regolith on the moon. According to Space.com, six teams are set to compete in the challenge this weekend, with a total of $250,000 in prize money (and more than few bragging rights) up for grabs. To take home some of that cash, the teams' robots will need to be able to collect at least 330 pounds of "mock moon dirt" in less than 30 minutes -- without any human assistance, of course. The robots themselves (one of which is seen above) must also not weigh more than 88 pounds or consume more than 30 kilowatts of power. Unlike the glove competition, however, this one isn't a winner-take-all, with the first place finisher taking home $150,000, second place getting $75,000, and third-place snagging $50,000 -- if no one wins, the prize money gets added to next year's loot, so don't toss out those plans just yet.

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Republicans

Netcraft Shows Smartech Running Ohio Election Servers 688

Posted by kdawson
from the something-rotten-in-the-state-of-Ohio dept.
goombah99 writes "Netcraft is showing that an event happened in the Ohio 2004 election that is difficult to explain. The Secretary of State's website, which handles election reporting, normally is directed to an Ohio-based IP address hosted by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. On Nov. 3 2004, Netcraft shows the website pointing out of state to a server owned by Smartech Corp. According to the American Registry on Internet Numbers, Smartech's block of IP addresses 64.203.96.0 – 64.203.111.255 encompasses the entire range of addresses owned by the Republican National Committee. Smartech hosted the recently notorious gbw43.com domain used from the White House in apparent violation of the Presidential Records Act, from which thousands of White House emails vanished." Update: 04/25 01:24 GMT by KD : ePluribus Media published a piece called Ken Blackwell Outsources Ohio Election Results to GOP Internet Operatives, Again on election eve 2006, when a similar DNS switch to Smartech occurred. They have been investigating the larger story of IT on Capitol Hill and elsewhere for two years.
The Internet

Norway Liberal Party Wants Legal File Sharing 563

Posted by kdawson
from the pirate-party-platform dept.
dot-magnon writes "The Liberal Party of Norway (Venstre) passed a unanimous resolution that advocates legal file sharing. The party wants to legalise sharing of any copyrighted material for non-commercial use. It also proposes a ban on DRM technology, free sampling of other artists' material, and shortening the life span of copyright. The Liberal Party is the first Norwegian political party, and the first European mainstream political party, to advocate file sharing. The Liberal Party's youth wing proposed the resolution."

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