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TSA Shuts Down Airport, Detains 11 After "Science Project" Found 537

Posted by samzenpus
from the put-down-the-graduated-cylinder dept.
OverTheGeicoE writes "A group of students and a professor were detained by TSA at Dallas' Love Field. Several of them were led away in handcuffs. What did they do wrong? One of them left a robotic science experiment behind on an aircraft, which panicked a boarding flight crew. The experiment 'looked like a cell phone attached to a remote control car with some exposed wires protruding.' Of course, the false alarm inconvenienced more than the traveling academics. The airport was temporarily shut down and multiple gates were evacuated, causing flight delays and diversions."
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Using Old Linksys Routers to Control BBQ Smokers 118 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the check-out-the-brisket-page dept.
mache writes "It's scary when you find two completely unrelated areas that you are passionate about merged. It happened to me with BBQ and hacking home network infrastructure. People have taken old Linksys WRT54G (and their derivatives) routers and made them into automatic temperature controllers for BBQ smokers. They support Wi-Fi and even have a web browser to monitor progress."

Comment: Re:As an atheist... (Score 3, Interesting) 583

by mastropiero (#33572020) Attached to: The Advent of Religious Search Engines

They are not mutually exclusive.

(A)gnosticism refers to what you know, and (a)theism refers what you believe in terms of gods. They are two independent dimensions. Think cartesian plane with one axis for theism and the other for gnosticism. You can be an agnostic atheist, a gnostic theist or everything in between. Gnostic atheists are hard to come by, but many gnostic theists are pretty loud about it.

Comment: Re:Grow up (Score 1) 371

by mastropiero (#32716492) Attached to: Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

As a matter of fact I believe in no god, so none of those rules apply to me. I can mock anything I wish (including you and me) as it is my right as a human being. I will exercise my right when I need to remind those who will have peace by running a sword through the dissidents.

they CAN detonate nuclear bombs, and they're more likely to do so the more you exercise your rights to provoke them.

Your masochism is noted. All those people need to put the finger on the Doomsday Switch (TM) is for you to write a work of fiction, and for them not to read it. Enjoy your defeat, but I ask you to not do so in my name.

Comment: Re:Ah My (Score 1) 371

by mastropiero (#32697168) Attached to: Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

I am not disallowing them from using those processes. I simply assert their religious process is inferior because it is irrational, and brings them to the wrong conclusions.

I am also saying that if the two sides are to understand each other, they should use the better of the two processes. If the west is in the wrong, so be it, but the way to reach that conclusion if it is true is not through religious means.

Comment: Re:Muhammad (Score 4, Insightful) 371

by mastropiero (#32696542) Attached to: Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

Except for one thing: religion is not someone's identity. It is a set of ideas you can be persuaded of or reject, as shown by the capability of conversion from one to another. Disagreeing or mocking such a set is not hate, because it is not directed at the humans, nor are those humans forbidden to practice their faith if they so choose.

Unfortunately it seems you have fallen for the argument that religion deserves extra respect from criticism or mockery. There is no reason why we should mock it any less than anything we already do.

Comment: Re:Ah My (Score 1) 371

by mastropiero (#32696272) Attached to: Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy

But by claiming that W fails to understand M, you imply that there exist a set of values that both will recognize. If that is true, then the best way to find out what those values are is through reasoned argument, not through the application of a recooked version of a medieval plagiarism of bronze-age myths. Religion should not be allowed to be a player in this game.

Comment: To newspapers: (Score 1) 390

by mastropiero (#28505385) Attached to: Judge Thinks Linking To Copyrighted Material Should Be Illegal

Well, boo-hoo. Nobody forced newspapers to put their content online. It sure is convenient for us readers, but if they were not prepared to deal with what is happening now, then they should just pull out and go to just print or subscription only. Let's see how well that will fare. Will they want people writing about their stories banned?

The Internet's whole point is copying and sharing information, and if you don't want to share your content or cannot afford to, then don't freaking put it there.

The Courts

RIAA Victim Jammie Thomas Gets a New Lawyer 241

Posted by kdawson
from the whiz-kid dept.
newtley writes "Only days after Brian Toder, her previous legal representative, had decided discretion was the better part of valour, leaving her fend for herself against the RIAA, Jammie Thomas says another lawyer has come forward with an offer of pro bono help. He's K.A.D. Camara from Camara & Sibley in Houston, Texas, says Jammie. And, 'He's the youngest person in history to graduate from Harvard Law school with honors,' she points out. Nor will her retrial be delayed, as was expected. It'll now go forward in June 15, as slated. 'I'm so happy!' Jammie said."

I wish you humans would leave me alone.

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