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Piracy

+ - New laser makes pirates wish they wore eye-patches 1

Submitted by vieux schnock
vieux schnock (146044) writes "The New Scientist has an article about a new laser developed by a company in Farnborough, UK, aiming at deterring modern high-seas pirates. Devised as a "warning shot" to "distract suspected pirates rather than harm them", the meter-wide bean can scan the pirates' 6-metre skiffs and make it difficult for them to aim their AK-47 or rocket-propelled grenades at the ship."
Idle

+ - Milgram's Experiment: the TV Show.

Submitted by vieux schnock
vieux schnock (146044) writes "A controversy has risen over a French television show reproducing Milgram's experiment in front of a live audience. Milgram's original experiment wanted to show "the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience". But this time, it seems that television can play that deadly "authority" figure with more devastating results: While Milgran got 65% of the participants to hit the maximum jolt button, "[in] the final tally, 81 percent of the contestants turned up the juice to the maximum"."
Networking

+ - "Mafiaboy" releases autobiography

Submitted by vieux schnock
vieux schnock (146044) writes "Seems that "Mafiaboy", the young Canadian that paralysed multiples sites in 2000, including CNN, has been getting some press lately. Security Portal has a story that he is releasing his autobiography The site has these Wise Words though: "Commercialdom peeks through, though, as apparently the book was "co-written" by Craig Silverman, an established journalist rom [sic] Montreal.""
Education

+ - Boy finds 1981 Smithsonian error

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vieux schnock
vieux schnock writes "Yahoo News has an interesting story about a fifth grader who found an error in the museum's Tower of Time where the Precambrian was mistakenly labeled as an era. He received a letter of commendation for his discovery. The Smithsonian's solution to the problem? '(S)imply painting over the word "era"'.

P.S. No lame jokes about being less smart than a fifth grader. Yahoo News already did it. ;-)"
The Internet

+ - Hacking Scam Called "Largest in Canadian Histo->

Submitted by vieux schnock
vieux schnock (146044) writes "It's strange that no one noticed the recent crackdown of computer hackers in Quebec.

From the article: "Police raided several homes across Quebec on Wednesday and arrested 16 people in their investigation, which they say uncovered the largest hacking scam in Canadian history. (...) The hackers collaborated online to attack and take control of as many as one million computers around the world that were not equipped with anti-virus software or firewalls (...)""

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