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Submission + - Man spanks himself to death

phrackthat writes: Clifford Ray Jones of Detroit died in a Darwin Award worthy fashion. In the ultimate case of distracted driving, he was spanking it to porn on his phone while negotiating a turn on a ramp and rolled his 1996 Toyota. He was partially ejected from his car's sunroof because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. He also wasn't wearing any pants. He died at the scene. Nothing in the story about whether the car was stick(y) shift or automatic. Additional details here.

Submission + - "Clock boy" threatens to sue city and school if they don't pay him $15 million. 2

phrackthat writes: The family of Ahmed Mohamed, the boy who was arrested in Irving, Texas, when a clock he had went off in school, has threatened to sue the school and the city of Irving, Texas if they do not pay him $15 million as compensation for the supposed indignities he endured when he was arrested.

To refresh the memories of everyone, Ahmed's clock was a clock he disassembled then put into a pencil case that looked like a miniature briefcase. He was briefly detained by the Irving city police to interview him and determine if he intended for his clock to be perceived as a fake bomb. He was released to his parents later on that day and they publicized the matter and claimed Ahmed was arrested because of "Islamophobia".

Submission + - Another day, another hard drive crash with lost emails 1

phrackthat writes: Another associate of Lois Lerner had a hard drive crash and lost her emails (and, once again, the hard drive was recycled before investigators could examine it). This time the hard drive belonged to April Sands, an employee of the Federal Election Commission who worked under Lerner when Lerner served as the agency's Associate General Counsel for Enforcement. Sands admitted to violating the Hatch Act by electioneering for Obama using Federal property but the Inspector General didn't bring criminal charges because her email couldn't be retrieved from the recycled hard drive.

Is Lois Lerner a living high-power human drive degausser? That seems to be the only explanation other than massive corruption and we know that can't be the case because Obama said that there wasn't a smidgeon of corruption . . . .

Submission + - IRS recycled Lerner hard drive 1

phrackthat writes: The Senate Finance Committee has been informed that the IRS recycled the hard drive of Lois Lerner, which will deprive investigators of the ability to forensically retrieve emails which were supposedly deleted or lost in a "crash." This news comes after the IRS revealed that it had lost the emails of Lois Lerner and six other employees who were being investigated regarding the targeting of conservative groups and donors.

Submission + - UC Berkley group working on creating inexpensive 3d printer materials

phrackthat writes: A UC Berkley group, in a bid to drive down the costs of 3d printing, has been focusing on more natural materials such as salt, wood, ceramics and concrete (the last two, while not naturally occurring, are made of naturally occurring components). The use of these materials create new avenues for architecture such as printing buildings. Professor Ronald Rael, the head of the project, stated that these materials and the designs they enable will require new IP protections — "This is going to require some IP protection for designs, so if you design architecture in the computer, you're protected, just as music and movies are." I wonder if he's ever heard of design patents?

Submission + - 3d printers good for saving lives, not just printing guns

phrackthat writes: A boy who had an incomplete bronchus received a new one created by a 3d printer. The new bronchus acts as a scaffolding that should degrade and be absorbed over time as new tissue grows to replace it. Hopefully, all the ninnys who worry about the potential harm that 3d printed guns could hold (although the lives saved through defensive gun use are never taken into account), will now pause to consider all of the wonderful life-enhancing and life-saving benefits made possible by the technology.

Submission + - Chilean company makes 3d object using mind-printer interface

phrackthat writes: A Chilean tech company claims it has created a 3d object using a 3d printer controlled only by the mind. One of the aims of the project is to create a program to be used in rural areas to teach scientific, artistic and engineering principles. The object is not created by "reading" a fully developed model from the brain of the user, rather the interface starts with a small object and the user gradually develops it through small aggregated mutations.

Submission + - DHS declares printed guns may be impossible to stop

phrackthat writes: DHS issued a bulletin clearly aimed at making sure everyone believes 3d printers are too scary to be permitted because they make controlling bad guys impossible. Get your Reprap plans while you can people. First we had a run on guns and ammo — will we now see a run on plastic?

Submission + - Proposed 3-D printer regulations (cbslocal.com) 2

phrackthat writes: Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) wants regulations that would possibly track 3-D printers and who has access to them — effectively creating a 3-D printer registry. Of course he apparently hasn't figured out that people can build them from plans off the Net. He's wetting his pants because they can be used to make weapons and he can't stand anyone having weapons that isn't employed by the government. He said, “Terrorists can make these guns and do some horrible things to an individual and then walk away scott-free, and that is something that is really dangerous.” He says background checks, requiring serial numbers and even registering them could be part of new legislation that he says will protect the public.

Submission + - Was George Lucas inspired by Vogue? (dynamist.com)

phrackthat writes: A 1974 ad from Vogue looks amazingly like the introductory crawl from Star Wars. As usual, it looks like those who like to sue others for "copying" are guilty of slavishly copying others.
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Submission + - Man tries to delete child porn with Samurai sword (digitaltrends.com)

phrackthat writes: Well, I can think of better ways to try to securely delete files than attacking it with a samurai sword, but what I want to know is what brand drive was he using? It's gotta be pretty good to survive being stabbed by a samurai sword and still work perfectly. In fact that sounds like an excellent advertising campaign (all except for the child porn bit)

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