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+ - Ask Slashdot: Why the Lack of Worry about Populati 4

Submitted by Junks Jerzey
Junks Jerzey (54586) writes "While everyone bickers about the validity and causes of global warming, the earth's population is growing at amazing rates. In under a century we'll be hitting limits on fresh water and food production. And if global warming is true, the addition of 3+ billion people in the next fifty years isn't exactly going to slow things down. So why the lack of concern about the more concrete problem?"
Open Source

+ - Rockbox dev interview: Open source firmware->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "I recently caught up with some of the key developers of Rockbox: An open source firmware replacement for the stock firmware shipped on MP3 players. The project, which has been active for over a decade, currently supports products from more than half a dozen manufacturers, including Apple, Arhcos, iRiver and Toshiba. It involves extensive reverse engineering to figure out how the devices' stock firmwares operate, as well as the challenge of developing for greatly varied targets. You can read the interview here (or the full Q&As with the project's founder and some of the developers involved in it)."
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Hi-Tech Nativity Security 110 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the a-higher-satellite-power dept.
To combat vandalism and theft of their holiday displays, many churches and cities are turning to a technological answer. After one of their cows was stolen, St. Marks Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill. installed GPS devices in the figurines of its nativity scene. This year the village of Wellington, Fla. added security cameras to protect their display. From the article: "BrickHouse Security in New York City offered churches and synagogues free GPS and cameras to protect their displays this season. Seventy have signed up so far. About 24 of them are also installing security cameras. In Merrick, N.Y., the Chabad Center for Jewish Life is putting GPS in its 8-foot menorah on display in a park."
Biotech

+ - Problem-solving Bacteria Crack Sudoku->

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damn_registrars
damn_registrars writes "From the can-your-bugs-do-this dept:
A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo, Japan have developed a way to employ e coli bacteria towards solving a puzzle that many Americans struggle at — Sudoku. Current implementations can handle 4x4 grids, but a full 9x9 grid could be done with some additional modifications.
The TSA responded proactively by stating that no matter how much you may struggle with the Sudoku on the airline magazine, you are still not allowed to bring vials of bacteria on to the aircraft with you."

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