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Submission + - Texas 9th Grader Shows STEM Smarts, Gets Sent to Juvenile Detention (

jddj writes: Award-winning electronics whiz Ahmed Mohamed loved the robotics club in middle school. So when he got to high school, he decided to show the teachers what he could do: he tossed together an electronic clock in about 20 minutes, and housed it in a pencil case.

Irving, Texas school officials did what they do best when confronted with a bright, promising student: they had him arrested and taken to juvenile detention, claiming Ahmed had built a "fake bomb" (something the student never claimed).

Remember folks: Lie down. Don't think for yourself. If you've got smarts, don't show 'em.

Submission + - Slashdot the victim of peering problems on Comcast? ( 3

jddj writes: Not sure how to tell you guys, but Slashdot won't load on my Comcast internet. Everything else appears fine. This has been going on all day (Tuesday).

Happening on multiple machines and mobiles on my home LAN. If I switch the same machine over to my VPN with a same-city exit point, Slashdot loads near-instantly in the same browser, same connection — just tunnelled over VPN.

Not a DNS problem, already checked. Loads fairly quickly on 4G LTE-connected mobile phone on VZW.

Ought to look into it...

Submission + - DroidX Does - have a self-destruct tab (

jddj writes: New in the box, Motorola's new DroidX has a plastic tab on the back that says "PULL^". Owners that follow that instruction pull the plastic backing with the serial number and service ID out of the phone, and in the process immediately void their warranties (confirmed by talking to Motorola and Verizon). This is happening a lot. Our story and a picture link in the journal article.

Submission + - Active Denial "non-lethal" RF beam burns a

jddj writes: A USAF airman suffered second-degree burns during a testing exercise for a "non-lethal" weapon in south Georgia (the US state, not the nation) this week. The "Active Denial System" uses a beam of RF energy to make men, women and children in its path feel like they're about to catch fire.

The weapon is designed for crowd control, and is presently planned for use in Afghanistan. Curious minds wonder how long it'll be before the now-emerging western police states begin to use it for dispersal of lawful demonstrations — or even to prevent them by force of intimidation.

(NB: I initially thought this looked like it might go under "Wireless Networking", but thought better and filed under "Education". I'm thinking Pavlov. Are you?)

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