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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."

Comment: "The Last Component", not really ... (Score 1) 715

by vieux schnock (#33595452) Attached to: The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...

Actually, I never got to "The Last Component". As soon as something major broke down, I repaired it or replaced it, but after a while I just bought a new computer with a complete new set of hard drives, CPU, memory, etc. Only the IDE hard drives got to jump from one computer to another but that's about to end as I embark, like everyone, on SATA drives.

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"."

Comment: Re:So.. (Score 1) 590

by vieux schnock (#28905699) Attached to: Games Fail To Portray Gender and Ethnic Diversity

OK, I can picture a game creator of a war/frag/heavely armed game inviting those reseachers for a focus group session and watch his new realease in action were all protagonists are made of females, Hispanics, Native Americans, children and the elderly.

After the carnage, he turns on the lights and faces his audience with a large smile: "Well, whadyall think ?"

1/3 are speechless, 1/3 fainted, and rest are still fighting over the waste basket to belch in it.

Security

Online Banking Customers Migrating To Lynx 220

Posted by Soulskill
from the browsers-with-character dept.
Jibbler writes "Following the recent Pwn2Own competition, in which Firefox, IE8 and Safari all fell quickly to exploits, Netcraft has observed a surge in popularity of the text-based Lynx browser. Netcraft points out that Lynx supports the latest cryptographic ciphers, and at least one online banking site has seen Lynx usage overtake that of Internet Explorer and Firefox. To boost Lynx's excellent security history, Netcraft has even developed a version of its anti-phishing toolbar for Lynx."
The Courts

Pirate Bay Operators Stand Trial On Monday 664

Posted by timothy
from the stay-warm-date-a-swede dept.
Anonymous Pirate writes "Operators of The Pirate Bay stand trial on Monday in Stockholm. The four defendants from the popular file-sharing web site are charged with being accessories to breaking copyright law and may face fines or up to two years in prison if found guilty. The four defendants have run the site since 2004 after it was started in 2003 by the Swedish anti-copyright organization Piratbyrån. The Swedish public service television announced that they are going to send a live audio stream from the trial. It will be broadcast without editing or translation."

It was kinda like stuffing the wrong card in a computer, when you're stickin' those artificial stimulants in your arm. -- Dion, noted computer scientist

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