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Tiny ARM-Based Sensor System Makes Battery Replacement Obsolete 96 96

An anonymous reader writes "University of Michigan researchers have crammed an ARM Cortex microcontroller, a thin-film battery, and a solar cell into a package that is only 9 cubic millimeters in volume. The system is able to run perpetually by periodically recharging the on-board battery with a solar cell (neglecting physical wear-out of the system)."

Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246 246

Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.

Moscow Police Watch Pre-Recorded Scenes On Surveillance Cams 114 114

An anonymous reader writes "During several months of 2009, Moscow police looked at fake pictures displayed on their monitors instead of what was supposed to be video from the city surveillance cams. The subcontractor providing the cams was paid on the basis of 'the number of working cams,' so he delivered pre-cooked pictures stored on his servers. The camera company CEO has been arrested."

Comment spectrum congestion? (Score 1) 172 172

couldn't find which bands are being used for that, but hope that or the whole thing is a flop or that it stays away from the 2.4GHz / 5GHz bands reserved for Wi-Fi + bluetooth, ... where I live collisions/lost packets are unfortunately a reality and it's not even possible to reliably stream music via WiFi (eg. airtunes)

Comment Re:It's not generation (Score 1) 404 404

It's theft!

worse than pickpocketing, it is extremely eco-unfriendly. generating energy at the expense of an inefficient generator powered by very inefficient mechanical energy sources (cars) fueled by petrol makes no (environmental) sense at all... errr... maybe unless they are expecting an earthquake.


Gold Sold From Vending Machines In Germany 472 472

There are fewer hassles for an adventurer or business traveler bigger than lugging around bags of silver and copper pieces. Luckily TG-Gold-Super-Markt has installed gold vending machines in 500 locations including train stations and airports all across Germany. The machines charge about 30% more than the current trading price for gold, and are updated every few minutes. All are closely monitored by cameras, and like 3rd and 4th edition, electrum pieces are not accepted.

Comment we have been warned... (Score 1) 561 561

Mandelbrot and Nassim Taleb have been writing for the last few years about the misapplication of models in financial markers... things were understood but people like Chuck Prince preferred to keep dancing... what makes some sense as it was the fun that shareholders were paying for and that politicians were in need of, right?

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. -- Emerson