el_flynn 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.
rtrifts writes: "Wizards of the Coast Patents the CSG
Wizards of the Coast, publisher of the CCG Magic: The Gathering and the uber icon of Geekdom, the roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons, that the US Patent and Trademark office has granted WotC . The CSG takes the collectible card game consept to a new level, by allowing customers to make miniature game models out of styrene cards. While WotC's patent was filed first, most people would think that Wizkids popularized the CSG game with Pirates of the Spanish Main. The announcement seems rather well timed, given that Wizkids is set to roll out a to make miniatures X-Wings next month — to compete with both WotC's existing Star Wars minis game and their new Transformers CSG. Looks like a big bowl of patent litigation is about to be served up, fresh and steaming."
Saritarius 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.
Egadfly writes "The Slingbox has arrived for the Mac world. Some long delays during development now seem over. Sling Media has finally released version 1.0 of their software for Mac OSX. This means that, after buying and installing the Slingbox, Mac users can 'sling' their home cable and satellite signals to themselves at the airport, or in a café hotspot, or over their office computers.
The article on SlingCommunity.com gives the details of the software's development — from last year's much-discussed beta to today's v1.0. Screenshots show how a standard-looking "TV remote," displayed onscreen, allows the Mac users to change channels or browse Tivo recordings over the Internet, many miles from their living rooms."
nick_davison 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."
dws90 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.