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Comment: Re:Obscene (Score 1) 229 229

I've always found it kind of amusing that it's basically all about sex and pooping. Of all the forms of speech that can be censored due to being offensive, of all the activities which we can't tolerate because they're too objectionable, we've picked out sex and pooping.

We hate the Germans _that_ much.

Displays

Bionic Contact Lens May Lead to Overlay Displays 213 213

pfman writes "A University of Washington researcher has developed a contact lens including circuitry and a matrix of LEDs. Although not yet a working prototype, this may be a foundation for terminator/robocop style overlay displays in which computer graphics could be superimposed on your normal vision. 'Building the lenses was a challenge because materials that are safe for use in the body, such as the flexible organic materials used in contact lenses, are delicate. Manufacturing electrical circuits, however, involves inorganic materials, scorching temperatures and toxic chemicals. Researchers built the circuits from layers of metal only a few nanometers thick, about one thousandth the width of a human hair, and constructed light-emitting diodes one third of a millimeter across.'" Kotaku notes that this has some obvious gaming implications.
Space

+ - Is US space infrastructure vulnerable?->

amigoro writes: "China's strategists have concluded that the easiest way to defeat US military power is to target its Achilles' heel: its space-based capabilities and their related ground installations, and the Chinese anti-satellite test (ASAT) was part of that strategy to combat US military superiority, according to a policy brief published by Carnegie Endowment.

Just exactly how vulnerable is the US space infrastructure? Will other potential US foes, including Iran which has acquired missile capabilities thanks to our friend Putin, shoot in the air instead of trying to attack American interests in the ground? Is there a realistic way to safeguard US space superiority?"

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Encryption

+ - How Should Small-Time Artists Protect Their Work?->

Wellington Grey writes: "I'm a small webcomic author and have recently discovered that some people have taken my illustrations and are selling them in various forms (on CafePress, for example). I don't have large sums of money nor a lot a free time after my day job to try and follow up on issues like this. I thought that by making my work available under a creative commons license would give good karma and allow people to copy, but not commercially. What steps could be taken in a situation like this to protect my work?"
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The Courts

+ - Prosecutor announces charges against Pirate Bay

paulraps writes: Almost a year after a police raid on the Pirate Bay's servers, a Swedish prosecutor has announced that he intends to press charges against the individuals behind the file-sharing giant. They will be prosecuted for various breaches of copyright law, reports The Local. But a Pirate Bay spokesman was defiant, saying, "I think they feel they have to do it. It would look bad otherwise, since they had 20 to 30 police officers involved in the raid."
The Media

+ - Article on $2000 mercury cleanup now on Snopes

Dilaceratus writes: On Monday Slashdot ran a thread on an article by Steven Milloy (that ran in the Financial Times and Fox News) claiming that it was going to cost $2000 for a Maine woman to clean up the mercury from a broken compact fluorescent light bulb. In what must be a record (even for FOX News) this story has made it to the Snopes.com Urban Legends site, since Milloy (and the WorldNetDaily article he lifted the story from) entirely misrepresented both the costs and the dangers of cleaning up a broken fluorescent.

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