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Comment Re:You insensitive clod! (Score 1) 286 286

I had one of these back in the days: http://www.mobilephonehistory.co.uk/motorola/motorola_d160.php
(or a very similar model, mine had a kind of shell cover thingy, if I remember correctly)

The battery it used was basically four AA batteries, and you could take it off and put 4 AA batteries in it when the main one went dead.


Submission + - Haptic photography develops images that can be both seen and felt->

techgeek0279 writes: "Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Skirkanich Assistant Professor of Innovation for Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics (MEAM) at the University of Pennsylvania, explains the work she and her research team are conducting on haptic photography. Haptography, like photography in the visual domain, enables an individual to quickly record the haptic feel of a real object and reproduce it later for others to interact with in a variety of contexts. Particular positive ramifications of establishing the approach of haptography are to let doctors and dentists create haptic records of medical afflictions such as a decayed tooth surface to assist in diagnosis and patient health tracking; to improve the realism and consequent training efficacy of haptic surgical simulators and other computer-based education tools; to allow a wide range of people, such as museum goers and online shoppers, to touch realistic virtual copies of valuable items; to facilitate a haptographic approach to low-bandwidth and time-delayed teleoperation, as found in space exploration; and to enable new insights on human and robot touch capabilities."
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Submission + - Microsoft censors The Pirate Bay in Messenger->

Fluffeh writes: "As originally picked up by Torrentfreak, Microsoft Live Messenger now blocks a TPB link via its Live Messenger instant messaging tool. This is somewhat similar to when Facebook started blocking TPB "due to the controversy". This time round, Microsoft is claiming that someone told them TPB was "reported as unsafe." This is troubling on a number of fronts. First of all, a link by itself should never be considered infringing. Second, of course, is the fact that not all TPB content is infringing. Yes, an awful lot of it is almost certainly infringing. But automatically deciding that all of it is and not letting people share such links is extreme and dangerous. Finally, the really scary part is the realization that Microsoft appears to be monitoring content being shared in private communication between two individuals in an instant messenger conversation."
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Submission + - Congress Capitulates to TSA; refuses to let Bruce Schneier testify->

McGruber writes: Following up on the earlier Slashdot story "Congress Wants Your TSA Stories" (http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/03/23/2312228/congress-wants-your-tsa-stories), earlier today, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure held a hearing titled 'TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?' that was streamed line by CSPAN (http://www.c-span.org/Events/House-Hearing-Examines-TSA-Security-Initiatives/10737429331-1/).

In a blog update (http://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2012/03/congressional_t.html), Bruce Schneider says that "at the request of the TSA" he was removed from the witness list.

Bruce also said "it's pretty clear that the TSA is afraid of public testimony on the topic, and especially of being challenged in front of Congress. They want to control the story, and it's easier for them to do that if I'm not sitting next to them pointing out all the holes in their position. Unfortunately, the committee went along with them."

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Comment Re:And what about contractors? (Score 1) 1042 1042

Say they decide to pay the troops, what about the contractors who were promised money who are risking their lives as well? You think the mercenaries are going to be happy when they find out they might not be paid and that their contract may even be canceled? So how are they going to get their money?

Wait ... for a moment there, I thought you were talking about some point in history, somewhere lost in the Middle Ages....

Murphy's Law, that brash proletarian restatement of Godel's Theorem. -- Thomas Pynchon, "Gravity's Rainbow"