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Amtrak Photo Contestant Arrested By Amtrak Police 675

Posted by kdawson
from the what-we-have-here-is-a-failure-to-communicate dept.
Photographer Duane Kerzic was standing on the public platform in New York's Penn Station, taking pictures of trains in hopes of winning the annual photo contest that Amtrak had been running since 2003. Amtrak police arrested him for refusing to delete the photos when asked, though they later charged him with trespassing. "Obviously, there is a lack of communication between Amtrak's marketing department, which promotes the annual contest, called Picture Our Trains, and its police department, which has a history of harassing photographers for photographing these same trains. Not much different than the JetBlue incident from earlier this year where JetBlue flight attendants had a woman arrested for refusing to delete a video she filmed in flight while the JetBlue marketing department hosted a contest encouraging passengers to take photos in flight." Kerzic's blog has an account of the arrest on Dec. 21 and the aftermath.
Encryption

Using Lasers To Generate Random Numbers Faster 149

Posted by timothy
from the just-think-what-a-faster-laser-could-do dept.
Pranav writes "Using semiconductor lasers, scientists from Takushoku University, Saitama University, and NTT Corporation achieved random number rates of up to 1.7 gigabits per second, which is about 10 times higher than the second-best rate, produced using a physical phenomenon. Future work may center on devising laser schemes that can achieving rates as high as 10 Gbps."

Comment: Re:Not buying it (Score 0, Troll) 350

by bwoodring (#18983031) Attached to: Miguel Plans Silverlight on Mono & Linux by Years End
> Any respect I had for you as a software developer is gone. Good luck though, sounds like you will need it. And good luck to you too! Good luck on all the goals you'll never bother to accomplish. Good luck on all your inevitably unfulfilled dreams. Good luck on all the systems you'll never build, that nobody will ever use. Good luck on all the important jobs that nobody will ever notice you didn't finish. Good luck on living at home until you're 40, reading comic books, masturbating and trolling successful people on Slashdot. Someone like Miguel shouldn't even bother to speak to a worm like you. It's a credit to his good nature that he would. Even if we all lost respect for him tomorrow, that would mean that at least we once had it.
Google

+ - Google Traffic Maps Now Live In 30 US Cities

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Unleashed2k
Unleashed2k writes "For more than 30 major U.S. cities, you can now see up-to-date traffic conditions to help you plan your schedule and route. If you're in San Francisco, New York , Chicago, Dallas, or any of the other cities we now include, just click on the traffic button to show current traffic speeds directly on the map. If your route shows red, you're looking at a stop-and-go commute; yellow, you could be a little late for dinner; green, you've got smooth sailing. Click here for more information"

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