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+ - The Mercedes-Benz cloaking device->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "As part of its the marketing campaign for the new hydrogen fuel cell powered F-Cell, Mercedes-Benz has equipped one with a cloaking device. They covered an F-Cell with LEDs and use cameras to capture the view which is then displayed on the LEDs to effectively remove the vehicle from the line of sight. It is in essence an active cloaking device. Check it out. Many people have speculated about doing this sort of thing before, Mercedes-Benz has demonstrated it."
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Government

+ - US government seizes 10 streaming domains

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "In the last 24 hours, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement branch (ICE) have seized several domains belonging to major streaming websites, most of which focused on sports. The following 10 domains were taken down: atdhe.net, channelsurfing.net, firstrow.net, hq-streams.com, hq-streams.net, ilemi.com, iilemi.net, iilemii.com, rojadirecta.com and rojadirecta.org."
Robotics

+ - Texas Student Attends School as a Robot->

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner (1468647) writes "Freshman Lyndon Baty’s immune system is so fragile he can’t risk being surrounded by people his own age, yet he attends classes at his high school in Knox City, Texas every day. All thanks to a robot. The Vgo telepresence platform is a four foot tall bot on wheels with a small screen, camera, speakers and microphone at the top. Baty logs into the robot remotely from his home, using his PC and a webcam to teleconference into his classes. Baty can drive Vgo around his school, switching between classes just like regular students. For a boy that has spent much of his life sick and isolated from his peers, Vgo not only represents a chance at a better education, it’s also an opportunity for freedom and comradery."
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Comment: Meaningful data first play, bs on repeats (Score 2, Insightful) 174

by sstair (#30003436) Attached to: Going Head To Head With Genius On Playlists
If they ask you the question, "What color is this song?", and you answer "Green", but most of the other players answer "Black"..then they ask you that same question again...what are you going to answer THIS time? If they had more than 20 questions to cycle through, they might get useful data. As it is, I think it is just a cleverly designed advertisement for Frank Zappa.
Image

Tactical Camera 137

Posted by samzenpus
from the guns-make-everything-better dept.
An anonymous reader writes "What do you get when you mount a Nikon D200 with a standard rifle stock? Why a Tactical Camera of course! One that no reporter would be caught with in a war zone or covering any armed action anywhere. What started out as a tongue in cheek project for April Fools wound up being quite the successful demonstration of concept. It features a fully functional trigger; it has controls for operating the shutter and auto focus; and for the patient shots, it has a mounted bipod. Carry sling optional."
The Internet

+ - Digital Trail Led To Alleged Craigslist Murderer->

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CWmike
CWmike writes "A digital trail was key to tracking down a man police say targeted women who advertised massage and other personal services on Craigslist. Philip Markoff, 22, of Quincy, Mass., was arraigned on Tuesday. Held without bail, Markoff is charged with murder, armed robbery, unlawful possession of a firearm, and kidnapping. Investigators say digital forensics work was key to tracking down the suspect. 'The technology involved was absolutely crucial in identifying the suspect, Jake Wark, press secretary for the Suffolk County, Mass., district attorney's office, said. 'The investigation led to the recovery of an abundance of cellular, wireless and other electronic evidence.' However, investigators were able to link the IP address used to send an e-mail setting up the April 14 date with the murder victim to Markoff's home address."
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Comment: 75% Candian Internet Content (Score 1) 269

by sstair (#26897881) Attached to: CRTC Mulls Canadian Content On the Internet
First, the government will require that all Canadians view at least 75% Canadian content, then someone will make a Firefox plugin that downloads Canadian web sites in the background, letting Candians ignore the ruling. The result, more traffic to Canadian sites, more ad revenues, and even more Canadian superfluosity.
The Almighty Buck

Economic Crisis Will Eliminate Open Source 753

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the why-so-gloomy dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The economic crisis will ultimately eliminate open source projects and the 'Web 2.0 free economy,' says Andrew Keen, author of The Cult of the Amateur. Along with the economic downturn and record job loss, he says, we will see the elimination of projects including Wikipedia, CNN's iReport, and much of the blogosphere. Instead of users offering their services 'for free,' he says, we're about to see a 'sharp cultural shift in our attitude toward the economic value of our labor' and a rise of online media businesses that reward their contributors with cash. Companies that will survive, he says, include Hulu, iTunes, and Mahalo. 'The hungry and cold unemployed masses aren't going to continue giving away their intellectual labor on the Internet in the speculative hope that they might get some "back end" revenue,' says Keen."

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