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Submission + - Omnitec on Parking management System - Research & development (

otecgrp writes: Research and Development is backbone of any industry, more so when it comes to the lives of people and security of the large premises that see a large crowd on regular basis. In the view of increased security threats in the form of terrorist attacks or road accidents, it becomes utmost important to bring forth innovative technology in the field to fight such threats efficiently and quickly.

Submission + - NSA-reform bill fails in the Senate (

Steven King writes: The U.S. Senate rejected a contentious surveillance-reform bill just after midnight Saturday morning, all but guaranteeing that key provisions of the USA Patriot Act will expire.

The Senate failed to reach agreement on passage of the USA Freedom Act, a bill to reauthorize and reform Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, which the government has used to conduct bulk surveillance of Americans' phone records. The House of Representatives passed the bill last week by an overwhelming bipartisan majority, but Senate Democrats, who unified behind the bill, did not get enough Republican votes to assure passage.

Submission + - Google and Amazon Honor Pac-Man's 35th Anniversary (

An anonymous reader writes: Amazon is featuring an animated game of Pac-man on their front page to honor the 35th anniversary of the classic video game, and Google has also revived their interactive Pac-Man doodle from five years ago, making it their top result for searches on "Pacman". A free Android version of the game is available in both the Google and Amazon app stores, and Amazon is also discounting newer versions like "Championship Edition" and "Pac-Man Museum" games. The original Pac-Man game was created by 24-year-old programmer Toru Iwatani in 1979, and today CBS News marked the anniversary by joking that now "Pac-Man is 35. And he's still hungry."

Submission + - India ends Russian space partnership and will land on the moon alone (

An anonymous reader writes: The Russian space program has been beset with a number of accidents and delays, calling into question its long term viability. That fact seems to have been a factor in India’s decision to pull out of a partnership with Russia for a mission to the moon. Previously, India was scheduled to launch a Russian lander on one of its rockets and send it to the lunar South Pole. Now, according to a story in Russia and India Report, India will go it alone, building its own lander to touch down on the lunar surface within the next few years.

Submission + - Congress Seeks to Quash Patent Trolls (

walterbyrd writes: The process is moving quickly. The Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the bill by the end of the month, readying it for a final Senate vote this summer, and the House of Representatives’ Judiciary Committee is likely to vote this week on a similar measure. That gives observers optimism that Congress will finally enact patent-troll legislation after a failed effort last year. “The Senate version really does seem to be hitting some sort of sweet spot,” says Arti Rai, co-director of the Duke Law Center for Innovation Policy in Durham, North Carolina.

Submission + - 'Prisonized' neighborhoods make ex-cons more likely to return to the slammer (

sciencehabit writes: The gates at American prisons can seem like revolving doors. People come in, do their time, and—within 3 years—half are back behind bars, according to U.S. Department of Justice statistics. Now, a scientist says he has nailed down one potential risk factor. An intriguing natural experiment that followed ex-cons displaced by Hurricane Katrina suggests that when former prisoners wind up moving to the same neighborhood, they are more likely to return to a life of crime.

Submission + - 25 Years today - Windows 3.0 1

An anonymous reader writes: Windows 3.0 was launched on 22 May 1990 — I know, coz I was there as a SDE on the team. I still have, um, several of the shrink-wrapped boxes of the product — with either 3.5 inch and 5.25 floppies rattling around inside them — complete with their distintive 'I witnessed the event' sticker!

It was a big deal for me, and I still consider Win 3 as *the* most significant Windows' release, and I wonder what other /.ers think — looking back on Win 3?

Submission + - Protons collide at 13 TeV for the first time at the LHC

An anonymous reader writes: Over the next 24 hours, beams of protons should collide in the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at the record-breaking energy of 13 teraelectronvolts (TeV) for the first time. This is one of the many steps required to prepare the machine before the LHC's second physics run can begin.

Comment Life imitates art (Score 1) 131

This sounds so much like a star trek episode i have seen before. On top of that "see the white of their eye's" (Don't shoot until...) changes in an historical sense. Next thing you know we will have MEC's running around and World subjugation will commence (tongue in cheek).

Being a Military guy once ago i feel this is way different than the way we did stuff.

I'm just expressing something and i hope i don't get slammed too much but i feel it's lame.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer