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Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577 577

Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."
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New Zealand Government Opens UFO Files 100 100

astroengine writes "Following hot on the heels of a series of international UFO sighting disclosures, the New Zealand government has joined the party and made public 2,000 pages of UFO eyewitness accounts dating back to 1952. Helpfully, the NZ newspaper The Dominion Post has scanned the documents and has made them available online. Among the accounts of alien encounters and strange lights in the sky is one of New Zealand's most famous UFO mystery: the Kaikoura sighting. But was it aliens? Probably not, but it makes for an entertaining read."

Comment: Re:What a suprise (Score 1) 853 853

I'm hoping for research into (I forgot what they're called) "honeycomb" networks that are basically internets without a backbone. Sort of an amateur radio internet. I don't really care if I can stream video. I just want to be sure I can get wikileaks and Slashdot.

Mesh. Mesh networks. Basically, your personal device becomes a node and a router. Traffic is distributed and routed by the members of the network itself.

Security

+ - Surveillance cameras coming to New York->

yapplejax writes: New York City seeks funding for multi-million dollar surveilance system in Lower Manhattan.
Steven Swain from the London Metropolitan Police states "I don't know of a single incident where CCTV has actually been used to spot, apprehend or detain offenders in the act". The statement is countered by New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, stating the unprovable "We don't know acts that may have been planned that — because of the surveillance and deterrence systems that are in place — did not go forward."
And as the story also states, does a terrorist who is about to embark on a suicide mission really care if he gets caught on camera?
Do you have any expectation of privacy in a public area? Do you care if you are being filmed by a network of cameras while you walk around a major city? What if it was your home town?

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Comment: Re:Why would microsoft bother? (Score 1) 187 187

I'm surprised nobody has put a virus on the graphics card. If the PCI is multi-mastered (not uncommon on higher-end machines), then the card could control all the other devices without going through the OS at all, giving a virus that could inhabit that space ABSOLUTE power over the machine.

It's already been done. A lot. Just that no one realizes it yet.

If a 6600 used paper tape instead of core memory, it would use up tape at about 30 miles/second. -- Grishman, Assembly Language Programming

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