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

vieux schnock 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.

Submission + - Milgram's Experiment: the TV Show.

vieux schnock 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".

What this country needs is a dime that will buy a good five-cent bagel.