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+ - National Park Service Says Tech Enabling Stupidity 2

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "The National Park Service is finding technology to be a double-edged sword. While new technologies can and do save lives, the NPS is also finding that unseasoned hikers and campers are now boldly going where they never would have gone before, counting on cellphones, GPS, and SPOT devices to bail them out if they get into trouble. Last fall, a group of hikers in the Grand Canyon called in rescue helicopters three times by pressing the emergency button on their satellite location device. When rangers arrived the second time, the hikers complained that their water supply tasted salty. 'Because of having that electronic device, people have an expectation that they can do something stupid and be rescued,' said a spokeswoman for Grand Teton National Park. 'Every once in a while we get a call from someone who has gone to the top of a peak, the weather has turned and they are confused about how to get down and they want someone to personally escort them. The answer is that you are up there for the night.'"

+ - Critical e-voting researcher arrested in India->

Submitted by mpawlo
mpawlo (260572) writes "Hari Prasad, a researcher working with J. Alex Halderman, Ed Felten and Rop Gonggrijp on a (highly) critical study of flaws in Indias e-voting system was arrested by ten police officers in Hyderabad, India yesterday. It appears this is a political arrest to unveil the groups anonymous source whom provided a voting machine to the group's study."
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Privacy

+ - Germany to roll out ID cards with embedded RFID

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An anonymous reader writes "The production of the RFID chips, an integral element of the new generation of German identity cards, has started after the government gave a 10 year contract to the chipmaker NXP in the Netherlands. Citizens will receive the mandatory new ID cards from the first of November. The new card allows German authorities to identify people with speed and accuracy, the government said. These authorities include the police, customs and tax authorities and of course the local registration and passport granting authorities. here are some concerns that the use of RFID chips will pose a security or privacy risk, however.
Early versions of the electronic passports, using RFID chips with a protocol called "basic access control" (BAC), where successfully hacked by university researchers and security experts."
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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-in-the-hive dept.
afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”
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The Science and Physics of Back To the Future 436

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the how-many-giga-which? dept.
overthinkingit writes "A scientist has tried to apply serious math and physics, including the Law of Cosines, to analyze how the DeLorean in Back to the Future travels through both Time AND Space: 'in order to pull off the kind of time travel we see in the Back To The Future trilogy — the kind where the traveler is transposed in time, but remains stationary in the same relative position to where he/she left — the DeLorean would have to be an outstanding space ship, in addition to its already laudable work as a time-ship. According to Doc Brown's stopwatch, Einstein the dog travels precisely one minute into the future on this first jump, arriving, relative to their frame of reference, at the same location he left. But how far has this reference frame itself traveled during that one minute?'"

Comment: Re:80 hours (Score 1) 1055

by weorthe (#26476215) Attached to: How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?
What will us average Americans do with the money we save by bursting the "health-care bubble?" Well, as typical modern human beings, we will probably spend it on health care. Pills to make us happy, surgeries to counter our gluttony, procedures to make us look youthful, and inefficient, end-of-life, I'm-not-ready-to-die emergency health care. We'll either spend this money directly or demand government services to supply it (meaning higher debt or taxes). In other words, Americans spend enormously on health care because we want to, and if we had even more money to spend, we'd spend that on health care too. Nobody wants to be sick, and nobody wants to die.

Comment: Re:sue Amtrak and JetBlue (Score 2, Insightful) 675

by weorthe (#26323811) Attached to: Amtrak Photo Contestant Arrested By Amtrak Police
It may not be easy, or cheap, but it's your duty as a free citizen to stand up for your rights. Freedom is not a natural human state. It must be maintained by the people every day, in every generation, whenever and however destiny calls them to do so. A people who wait to defend freedom, or who leave the task to others, loses it.

One good reason why computers can do more work than people is that they never have to stop and answer the phone.

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