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Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Tower Switch-Off Embarrasses Electrosensitives 292

Sockatume writes "Residents in Craigavon, South Africa complained of '[h]eadaches, nausea, tinnitus, dry burning itchy skins, gastric imbalances and totally disrupted sleep patterns' after an iBurst communications tower was put up in a local park. Symptoms subsided when the residents left the area, often to stay with family and thus evade their suffering. At a public meeting with the afflicted locals, the tower's owners pledged to switch off the mast immediately to assess whether it was responsible for their ailments. One problem: the mast had already been switched off for six weeks. Lawyers representing the locals say their case against iBurst will continue on other grounds."

Comment Re:I do this now (Score 1) 265

If you spring $30-$50 for an omnidirectional TV antenna you can hang it in a close closet or attic. I had the same problems with the rabbit ears (40 miles from towers.)So I bought a DB4 from Antennas Direct or Channel Master and now get 2x the channels. It is made for roof mount but is hidden away and works well.


Submission + - David Brooks on "The Outsourced Brain"

erikaaboe writes: New York Times political opinionator David Brooks has written an interesting piece on The Outsourced Brain that discusses how we give up our effort of remembering the necessary details of life to our devices. A decade ago, when I got my first Palm handheld, I remember the feeling if freedom that came with letting it remind me of my next meeting instead of constantly checking my watch. Coincidentally, I accidentally double clicked a word in the article which brought up a NY Times "Reference Search" window with a definition. first time that I had seen that feature. Nice.
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Submission + - NY Times - The Next Leap for Linux

erikaaboe writes: The New York Times discusses Preloaded Linux systems from Dell & HP but really suggests that you download Ubuntu, Automatix & Banshee. Summary of the article: "Good once installed. Free. Check out a Live CD. Free."

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