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Government

+ - Pirate Bay case comprimised by Warner Brothers->

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TomTheGeek
TomTheGeek writes "TorrentFreak breaks the news that the primary investigator in the Pirate Bay case was employed by Warner Brothers while still working on the case.

Police officer Jim Keyzer, the leader and key witness in the Pirate Bay investigation, has returned to his job at the police's IT crime unit after being employed by Warner Bros. for several months. Warner Bros now admits Keyzer was working for them while he was leading the Pirate Bay investigation.


I'm sure it's fine though, there's no way there would be a conflict of interests in that situation."

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Robotics

+ - Microcontroller for the hobbyist? 5

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TomTheGeek writes "I'm a programmer that's done some assembly language before and would like to start programming microcontrollers. I've heard about the BASIC Stamps from Parallax, the PIC series from Microchip, the MAKE Controller Kit, and the AVR series from Atmel but they seem to be focused on a development board that is too expensive to dedicate to a single project. Having an expensive development board is fine but I want the microcontroller to be cheap (<$10) enough that I don't have to disassemble my previous project in order to start a new one. I'll be doing the programming in Ubuntu so compatible development tools and drivers are required."

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