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+ - Solar plant sets birds on fire as they fly overhead->

Submitted by Elledan
Elledan (582730) writes "Federal investigators in California have requested that BrightSource — owner of thermal solar plants — halt the construction of more, even bigger plants until the impact of these plants on wildlife has been further investigated. The BrightSource solar plant in the Mojave Desert which was investigated reportedly kills between 1,000 and 28,000 birds a year with the concentrated solar energy from its 300,000 mirrors, charring and incinerating feathers of passing birds. This isn't the first report of negative environmental impact by this type of solar plant either."
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+ - Man arrested, strip-searched after photographing NYPD wins $125,000->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "Settlement comes weeks after a bystander's video captured NYPD chokehold arrest.

A New York man who claimed police arrested and strip-searched him after he photographed a stop-and-frisk of three African-American youths has settled his civil rights suit with the New York Police Department for $125,000.

The settlement, first reported Monday by the Daily News, comes weeks after the NYPD reminded its officers that it was legal to peacefully record police activity. That department-wide memo followed the videotaped NYPD arrest of a man who died after being subdued by a chokehold last month.
The NYPD settled with a man named Dick George, who alleged that while he was sitting in his parked car in Flatbush in 2012, he saw two NYPD officers get out of an unmarked car and perform what is known as a stop-and-frisk of three youths. George said he captured the search on his mobile phone. He claimed he went up to the youths and told them next time that happens to make sure they get the officers' badge numbers.

He said the two officers overheard his comments, followed him briefly in his vehicle and then arrested him for disorderly conduct—and strip-searched him at the station.

After being held for about an hour, he was released. He said he injured a knee during his arrest, and the cops erased his photographs from his mobile phone."

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+ - a cluster (small beowulf) of arduinos!->

Submitted by flok
flok (24996) writes "We all love the arduino with its 2KB of RAM and not much more than 16MHz of speed. Normally we use only one in a project but a thought came to me: what if I take a couple of them and put those in a cluster? I started soldering and the result is 4 Arduinos connected to each other via an I2C bus and all directed by a Raspberry Pi. Together these 4 Arduinos calculate the Mandelbrot fractal, directed by the Raspberry Pi (it divides/schedules the work between the Arduinos). On my website you'll find a demonstration, schematics and all source code. In theory a cluster of at least 120 Arduinos could be setup. Electrical power is the limit!"
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Comment: Science Fiction or Reality (Score 1) 1

by murkwood7 (#47490093) Attached to: Google, CNN Leaders in "Advertising Pollution"

There was a kind of slap-stickish science fiction story concerning advertising that had a connection to legal alkyloids to addict people.

I've thought of that story quite often over the last decade or so. It had seemed somewhat funny, and foolish. The more time goes by, the less funny, less foolish, and more like reality the story seems.

I'll try to find the name of that story.

Comment: Re:So now that the UN said it, (Score 1) 261

by murkwood7 (#47478163) Attached to: UN Report Finds NSA Mass Surveillance Likely Violated Human Rights

No, it just means that your country has more in common with countries like Iran or Soviet era Russia than you'd like to admit.

You haven't seen my anti-US-government rants, have you?

These days the U.S. Constitution would count as an anti-US-government rant so that's not exactly a distinguishing feature.

There are a number of USA citizens who really, REALLY, need to understand this.

OoMGFs(TM, One of my greatist fears) is that some of these citizens do understand; they just don't care! The US Constitution is simply a dated concept that is getting in the way of ... I don't know; profits, power? Some other lame-ass failing of the human condition?

Comment: Re:USA, the land of freedom (Score 1) 304

by murkwood7 (#47067195) Attached to: Why Lavabit Shut Down

Where freedom refers to the the government being free to fuck you over as much as they want!

With apologies to Mr. Greenwood:

"..and I'm proud to be an American, where at least I think I'm freeeeee..."

Probably shouldn'ta said that.

Ah, there is a sound like that of an lp being brought to an abrubt halt that would be apropriate at the end of that quote! Could anyone tell me how to represent that on "paper"?

Think of your family tonight. Try to crawl home after the computer crashes.