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The Media

+ - Boston Mistakes Blinking LEDs for a Bomb... Again.

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iamdrscience writes ""In a story bearing a striking similarity to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force "hoax device" story from a few months ago, Star Simpson, a 19 year old MIT student, was arrested this morning at Logan airport by Boston police for allegedly carrying a fake bomb. She has already been charged with "disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device" to which she plead not guilty and was released on $750 bail. The device in question consisted of a black sweatshirt with prototyping breadboard attached to the front which had been wired up a few blinking LEDs. In a press conference, State Police Major Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport was quoted as "She was immediately told to stop, to raise her hands and not to make any movement, so we could observe all her movements to see if she was trying to trip any type of device, had she not followed the protocol, we might have used deadly force.""
The Media

+ - Boston Police Arrest and Charge Another LED Artist 1

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iamdrscience writes "In a story bearing a striking similarity to the Aqua Teen Hunger Force "hoax device" story from a few months ago, Star Simpson, a 19 year old MIT student, was arrested this morning at Logan airport by Boston police for allegedly carrying a fake bomb. She has already been charged with "disturbing the peace and possessing a hoax device" to which she plead not guilty and was released on $750 bail. The device in question consisted of a black sweatshirt with prototyping breadboard attached to the front which had been wired up a few blinking LEDs. In a press conference, State Police Major Scott Pare, the commanding officer at the airport was quoted as "She was immediately told to stop, to raise her hands and not to make any movement, so we could observe all her movements to see if she was trying to trip any type of device, had she not followed the protocol, we might have used deadly force.""
Input Devices

+ - Man Has Thumb Surgery to Enable Better iPhone Use

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iamdrscience writes "ZDNet is reporting that 28 year old Thomas Martel has undergone "whittling" thumb surgery to enable better use of the iPhone. The procedure involved making a small incision into both thumbs and shaving down the bones, followed by careful muscular alteration and modification of the fingernails. Were turning plastic surgery from something that people use in service of vanity, to a real tool for improving workplace efficiency says Dr. Robert Fox Spars, who worked on developing the procedure."
Software

+ - 50 Laws of Software Development->

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iamdrscience (541136) writes "There's no better way to pretend you're smart than quoting an idea thought up by some other smart guy who is now dead or old. This post from the Tucows Developer Blog catalogs 50 Laws of Software Development. In addition to the well-known ideas like Occam's Razor and Clark's Third Law the list includes many other lesser known laws such as Joy's Law ("No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.")."
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Space

+ - MIT team designs a new, sleek, skintight spacesuit->

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iamdrscience writes "MIT aeronatuics professor Dava Newman has designed a new spacesuit along with her colleague, Jeff Hoffman and a group of students. This is far sleeker and lighter weight than the suits used by astronauts today, promising greater mobility than the traditional bulky suits of today which can weigh 300lbs or more. Instead of gas pressurization, the new prototype BioSuit employs "mechanical counter-pressure" in the form of skin-tight layers wrapped around the body."
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The Internet

+ - Hotel Pennsylvania to be Demolished

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iamdrscience writes "The NY Daily News has reported that the Hotel Pennsylvania which has hosted 2600's HOPE hacker conference since its inception is set to be demolished. Its owners, Vornado plans to replace the building with 2.5-million-square-foot office building by 2011. The future of the HOPE conference remains up in the air because of the difficulty in finding another hotel with similarly convenient location (Hotel Pennsylvania is just across the street from Penn Station) and with similarly affordable room rates.

Since this announcement, Emmanuel Goldstein has filed the necessary paperwork to have the building considered for being declared a landmark, but this effort seems to be in vain due to remarks by Peg Breen, president of the New York Landmarks Conservancy who has said "It holds a lot of cultural resonance with the city because of all the big bands that played there, but the inside has been pretty much stripped, I don't think anyone who has stayed there recently has been overly in love with the place Whatever tears are going to be shed, they're too late."

Updates about the demolition of the hotel and the future of the HOPE conference can be found on the 2600 message boards."
Upgrades

+ - Giant Rabbits Solve North Korea's Hunger Problems

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iamdrscience writes "
Karl Szmolinsky, a 67 year old, East German pensioner that have breds [sic] rabbits the size of dogs for 47 years was asked by North Korea's ambassador whether he might be willing to sell some rabbits to set up a breeding farm in North Korea.
So far he has sold 12 rabbits for 80 per rabbit instead of the usual price of 200-250. Each of the rabbits weighs about 7kg and can be used to feed eight people."
Announcements

+ - Pirate Bay tries to buy Sealand

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iamdrscience writes "Those crazy Swedes are at it again — the fellows from The Pirate Bay have created a fundraising website with the hope of buying Sealand and creating a copyright-free nation. If this sounds a bit far fetched to you, don't worry, they have a backup plan:
Plan B: If we do not get enough money required to buy the micronation of Sealand, we will try to buy another small island somwhere and claim it as our own country (prices start from USD 50 000).
Of course!"
Input Devices

+ - Researchers Create Easy Touch-Sensitive Surfaces

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iamdrscience writes "Researchers have developed a way to make almost any surface into a touch-sensitive tablet by just attaching two (or more) cheap piezo-electric sensors. The sensors pickup the minute vibrations of a finger or another object on the surface and derive the location using a technique similar to sonar. The same technique has also been demonstrated on 3D surfaces, including a globe that accesses geographical information on a computer based on where a users touches.
The system, called Tai-Chi (Tangible Acoustic Interfaces for Computer-Human Interaction), was developed by researchers from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, France and the UK. "We have made a system that can give any object, even a 3D one, a sense of touch," says Ming Yang, an engineer at Cardiff University, UK, who is coordinating the project.
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Music

+ - Record Industry Association Declares DRM Dead

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iamdrscience
iamdrscience writes "Paul Birch, a member of the exec committee and main board of the International Federation of Phonographic Institutes (IFPI), an international recording industry association has said that http://newmusicstrategies.com/2006/11/12/major-lab els-to-abandon-drm/>major labels have decided to abandon Digital Rights Management. They havent announced it yet but its coming soon.
"DRM as we know it is over. There may be Son of DRM but thats another matter."
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