writes "You thought that polythylene was cool? The Star Malaysia is reporting on a bulletproof vest made out of coconut husk and fibreglass! The invention, which bagged a gold at the 35th Geneva International Exhibitions of Inventions, New Techniques and Products last April, had taken two years to invent, and claims to be able to stop a 9mm bullet at a 5m range. The extra benefits are its weight and cost — it claims to be up to 5 or 6 kilograms lighter than conventional, Kevlar-based jackets, and can be produced at a fraction of the cost."
writes "The Surveillance Society of Great Britain has taken another turn for the worse, as
traffic wardens in Eccles, Manchester are being issued with CCTV head sets and
given the legal power to impose fines of up to £80 for littering and other anti social behaviour.
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writes "I have been waiting for the day when Solid State Drives become widely available. Every couple of weeks I'd google and froogle for retail SSDs and find nothing. During yesterday's sweep I found that New Egg (www.newegg.com) has got not 1 but 7 SSDs for sale and the price is around $30/GB. This is going to have a radical impact on software development as now low end server disk IO bottlenecks can easily be reduced by a factor of 100."
writes "So you though a several thousand dollar settlement is harsh for copying and distributing some music? The BBC reports that Joya Williams, 42, from Atlanta has just been sentenced to 8 years in jail for copying and trying to distribute a recipe — in this case, Coca Cola's. District Judge J Owen Forrester said in sentencing, "This is the kind of offence that cannot be tolerated in our society.""
writes "President Bush has signed a directive granting extraordinary powers to the office of the president in the event of a declared national emergency, apparently without congressional approval or oversight.
writes "Zonbu is a brand-new $99 Linux PC, according to a Gizmodo review. Instead of a hard drive, the device stores its data on a Amazon S3 server, using a 4GB CompactFlash card as an intermediary. Data from each device is seamlessly synced with the servers. It runs a tweaked version of Gentoo Linux. The device comes with 22 open-source applications preinstalled, including Firefox, Evolution, OpenOffice, Gimp, and others. The out-of-the-box version of Zonbu's OS doesn't allow new applications to be installed, but a downloadable version of the data-syncing OS can be downloaded from the Zonbu website and used on any other device. The first 500 units will be sold in late June, and the device is expected to go out of beta in September."