mrops writes "In 2007, a dazed and confused immigrant, Robert Dziekanski, died after a Taser was used on him for 24 seconds by RCMP
His death sparked a public inquiry.
As the result of the inquiry have come in, RCMP has revised its Taser use policy.
This is a step in the right direction, Taser use should be classified as torture. Other security enforcement groups should learn from this."Link to Original Source
mrops writes "Few days back there were terrorist attacks in India. Apparently an email was sent claiming responsibility. Police raided an American living in India and seized his computer believing the email was sent from this computer.
We live in interesting times where governments are not afraid to go to extra ordinary lengths to "protect" their citizens, or so they claim. Countries like US and Britain, which were once a beacon to freedom and liberty now justify torture.
My question to the Slashdot community is what if his computer was an end point of a TOR identity. Real perpetrators safely sitting elsewhere. Are the risks of running TOR end point worth it?
TOR is an excellent excuse for someone from west, but say I was in Pakistan, will the authorities buy this or will they be too quick to judge and I will dis-appear never to be seen?"Link to Original Source
mrops writes "Sony corps CEO believes that Blu-ray and HD DVD are in a stalemate. The fight is becoming more interesting, however I believe that HD DVD will be the eventual winner, 200$ players (and 100$ in some cases) and wide availability of titles makes it a clean winner.
In case we are heading towards a stalemate, we are already seeing dual blu-ray HD DVD drives like this LG drive featured at Best Buy.
One thing that is becoming clearer every day is that Blu-Ray will be your new Betamax."Link to Original Source
mrops writes "Your next laptop could have a continuous power battery that lasts for 30 years without a single recharge thanks to work being funded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. The breakthrough betavoltaic power cells are constructed from semiconductors and use radioisotopes as the energy source. As the radioactive material decays it emits beta particles that transform into electric power capable of fueling an electrical device like a laptop for years.
I have two questions?
1) It gives off Tritium (Hydrogen with two neutrons) as a by product, which is somehow collected in porous silicon, Will this explodes? If it does, you wont be there to sue anyone.
2) When can I have this in my Prius."Link to Original Source