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The Almighty Buck

Melting Coins Now Illegal In the U.S. 778

A number of readers have noted the action by the U.S. Mint to outlaw the melting down or bulk export of coins. This has come about because the value of the precious metals contained in coins now exceeds their face value. The Mint would rather not have to replace pennies (at a cost of 1.73 cents per) or nickels (at 8.74 cents). The expectation is that Congress will mandate new compositions for some U.S. coins in 2007.
Security

Submission + - MySpace users have stronger passwords than corp...

Ant writes: "This Wired News column reports Bruce Schneier's analysis the data from a successful phishing attack on MySpace and compares the captured user-passwords to an earlier data-set from a corporation. He concludes that MySpace users are better at coming up with good passwords than corporate drones. The article is a great state-of-the-password address, with lots of fun nuggets like "We used to quip that 'password' is the most common password. Now it's 'password1.' Who said users haven't learned anything about security?" ... Seen on Boing Boing."
Enlightenment

Submission + - 10 Tech Concepts You Need to Know for 2007

mattnyc99 writes: Popular Mechanics has a new list of wide-ranging technology terms it claims will be big in '07. From PRAM to BAN and SmartPills to data clouds, it's a pretty nice summary of upcoming and in-the-works trends across the board (with a podcast embedded). But what's missing? How reliable is the magazine's short-term impact meter for each must-learn term? How do their predictions from a year ago stack up now?
United States

Submission + - U.S. Mint makes law banning the melting of coins.

meltzroth writes: The U.S. Mint has made a illegal to melt down coins and then resell the resulting metal for scrap, resulting in fines and prison time for those who decide to liquefy Lincoln.

This doesn't seem practical for coins they are currently producing since they are made up of layers of two or more metals, and the process of separating them would probably offset the profit. I imagine this primarily applies to pre-1982 pennies, which were made from pure copper.

Link
http://money.cnn.com/2006/12/14/news/melting/index .htm?cnn=yes
Editorial

Submission + - Is using the term 'geeks', racism?

Yomamatron the jive talking robot writes: Around the scuttlebutt this with morning some of the legal, marketing, and IT folks, we discussed a certain comedian making fun of "geeks" during the Spike Video game awards. Some of the guys poked some fun at me too because I play WoW, in reference to her comment against other WoW players. I thought it was funny skit, but has things like this already stigmatized us who like tech stuff as geeks and second class citizens in the main stream.

But from that point, we then seriously discussed this topic as would that be considered against corporate policy as racial disparagement. We spun off on topics of 'could people start suing for defamation of character if you called them a nerd, geek, or hacker'?
Communications

Submission + - ot: would you review our site?

Malte writes: "Hi, we are students that just started a new web service called iliketotallyloveit.com. On that site we offer a unique service that allows users to submit cool, hot, beautiful stuff, preferable with a link where it may be bought. If enough people agree that it is hot it will get promoted to the front page and thus exposed to a broad audience, comparable to digg.com. Rather than providing extensive product descriptions our site functions as a community-based popularity contest: which product is loved or not. Since you guys also feature news and novelties in a different way, but with a similar audience we would be thrilled if you would check our site out and maybe review us on your site. Thanks for taking the time. Best, Malte www.iliketotallyloveit.com"
Google

Submission + - Should Google News Include Controversial Sources?

An anonymous reader writes: When using my customized Google home page, I clicked a 'Top Stories' link labeled "Diana's Death Deemed a 'Tragic Accident'" and was a bit ebarassed to be reading www.bgay.com (http://www.bgay.com/bnews/news61214_dianas_death_ an_accident.htm) while at work!

Is this a problem? Is there any way to reasonably limit the sites referred to as 'news' without excluding those that prefer gay-friendly publications? (Couldn't they at least tone down the ads?)
Education

Submission + - Academia RFID - Press Release - December 14, 2006

Academia RFID writes: "Press Release
For Immediate Release

ACADEMIA RFID AND INTEGRAL RFID BOOST CANADIAN TRAINING EXPERIENCE

Academia RFID selects Integral RFID to provide Instant EPC Hotspot software for its new training and certification courses

December 14, 2006 — Montreal, Quebec

Academia RFID, Canada's leading academic authority in RFID technology, is excited to use the Instant EPC Hotspot software as part of their RFID courses and certifications across Canada. Integral RFID, a world-class consulting and software solutions provider, is proud to be chosen by Academia to help elevate the classroom experience with the involvement of its innovative software.

"One of the fundamental problems to understanding and using RFID is not being able to 'see' what is going on", remarks Chris Parkinson, CEO of Integral RFID. "Instant EPC Hotspot allows its users to quickly and easily visualize many aspect of RFID, leading to insight, understanding and successful technology deployments. So by working with Academia in Canada we feel our software will uniquely enhance the understanding of their participants, resulting in very successful RFID training classes."

"We knew from day one that this software was essential to help fully explore visualization of tag location and portal tuning and it was just a matter of time before the obvious collaboration between Integral RFID and Academia happened", said Academia's Ygal Bendavid, "and just in time for the launch of our new courses."

Academia has decided to include the Instant EPC Hotspot software as part of their three new courses: RFID SCM (Supply Chain Management Certification), RFID PRO (Project Implementation Management Certification) and RFID LOG (Applications in Transport, Warehousing and Logistics), as well as their already popular RFID 101, 201, ROI and CompTIA RFID+ Certification courses.

****
About Canada' Academia RFID
Academia RFID is the first bilingual RFID training facility in Canada offering services to public and private organizations interested in discovering and implementing RFID technology and practices. A world-class research, development and consulting center driven by a team comprised of the best minds in RFID. They include PhD researchers and accredited RFID instructors in the fields of industrial engineering, operations management, supply chain, management and marketing. Training and certification courses are offered in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, St-John and Halifax. Academia RFID is a member of the CompTIA Learning Alliance (CLA) and offers the CompTIA Certification Program and Quality Authorized Curriculum (CQAC), as well as being certified by Emploi-Quebec for the purpose of applying the act which favors the advancement of training within the work force. Please visit our website for details and schedules www.academiaRFID.ca

About Integral RFID
Integral RFID is a privately held RFID consulting and solutions company based in Richland, WA. The company delivers innovative products to both RFID end-users and systems integrators, focusing heavily on the science of RFID. Integral RFID's engineers also consult to a wide range of clients including Wal-Mart's top suppliers. For further information visit http://www.integralrfid.com/

Contact:
Mathieu D'Amours
Director of Marketing & Communications
Academia RFID
Tel .514.631.8282 ext. 3222 or 1.866.918.8282
Email: mdamours@RFIDacademia.com
Website: www.academiaRFID.ca"
Data Storage

Samsung's Solid-State Disk Drive Unveiled 241

Iddo Genuth writes "After unveiling their upcoming hybrid hard drive, Samsung — along with a number of other manufacturers — is planning to begin shipping solid-state drives during 2007. Unlike the upcoming hybrids, solid-state drives should work with windows XP as well as Vista." The drives will be introduced in 1.8- and 2.5-inch form factors for notebooks. While streaming performance can't equal that of hard disks, Samsung claims that random-access performance is more important and that (e.g.) Vista users would see a 4x speedup in many key operations. Pricing was not announced.
Enlightenment

Submission + - Man Made Global Warming Hoax

Steven Brockerman, MS writes: "Re: Slashdot's article of a debunking (propeller head) global warming dogmatist supposedly debunking a global warming critic.

Perhaps you ought to consider publishing the facts — at least some of them if only to keep up appearances:

http://www.capmag.com/article.asp?id=4806

An Inconvenient Truth: An Inaccurate Depiction of the State of Global Warming Science
by Robert C. Balling Jr. (October 13, 2006)

Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" opened around the country earlier this year. In the film Gore pulls together evidence from every corner of the globe to convince us that climate change is happening fast, we are to blame, and if we don't act immediately, our Earth will be all but ruined. However, as you sit through the film, consider the following inconvenient truths:

(1) Near the beginning of the film, Gore pays respects to his Harvard mentor and inspiration, Dr. Roger Revelle. Gore praises Revelle for his discovery that atmospheric CO2 levels were rising and could potentially contribute to higher temperatures at a global scale. There is no mention of Revelle's article published in the early 1990s concluding that the science is "too uncertain to justify drastic action." (S.F. Singer, C. Starr, and R. Revelle, "What to do about Greenhouse Warming: Look Before You Leap. Cosmos 1 (1993) 28-33.)....

Dr. Robert C. Balling Jr. is a professor in the climatology program at Arizona State University, specializing in climate change and the greenhouse effect.

Additionally (my 2 cents worth):

A quick perusal of the Earth's climate record, going back not 150 yrs. (as does the NWS record), but *millions* of years, refutes the man made global warming hoax on its face. Dr. Richard Muller provides such a climate record: "A brief introduction to the history of climate" —

http://muller.lbl.gov/pages/IceAgeBook/history_of_ climate.html.

A few notable measurements:

— Avg. world atmospheric temp during the time of the Roman Empire was approximately .5 C *warmer* than the current world temp

— Avg. world atmospheric temp 3 million years ago was approximately _five full degrees warmer_ than at present.

As most know Dr. Richard Muller is a world renowned physicist at Cal Berkeley.

Also:

The man made global warming hoax rests on rising CO2 levels in the
atmosphere. In this context, it's helpful to recognize that the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere is something like .003, while the amount of water vapor (THE chief greenhouse gas) is approximately 4.00. Also noteworthy is that historical records indicate CO2 levels increased — and considerably so (3 times current levels) — during previous ice ages.

The key question to ask, then, in the context of rising CO2 levels and global temps is: Are rising levels of CO2 the *cause* or the *effect* of increased planetary temps? Given the far more significant role played by water vapor; given the scientific, historical evidence re: CO2 levels vis a vis global temps; and given the relationship of increased solar activity to rising temps, the answer is that the "villain" is all this hokum appears to
be our own sun:

http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/sun_output_0 30320.html
http://www.junkscience.com/Greenhouse/cause.htm
http://environment.guardian.co.uk/climatechange/st ory/0,,1951175,00.html

And:

Some Web sites refuting the hoax:

http://www.john-daly.com/
http://www-eaps.mit.edu/faculty/lindzen.htm
http://www.sepp.org/

And:

Approximately 17,000 climatologic, astrophysicists, meteorologists, etc. (including a few Nobel laureates)disagree with the *media* consensus that global warming is man made:

The Heidelberg Appeal:
http://www.sepp.org/policy%20declarations/heidelbe rg_appeal.html

Statement by Atmospheric Scientists on Greenhouse Warming:
http://www.sepp.org/policy%20declarations/statment .html

The Leipzig Declaration (updated):
http://www.sepp.org/policy%20declarations/LDrevise d.html

Global Warming Petition: http://www.oism.org/oism/s32p31.htm

Of the current plethora of "evidence" from the Greens, major "studies" on which most of that "evidence" rests have proven to be either cherry picked (Jones, P.D., Mann, M.E., Climate Over Past Millennia) or simply outright lies (_Earth in the Balance_).

The bottom line: The man made global warming hoax is still a hoax."
Toys

Submission + - OhMibod - iPod® Powered Vibrator

Emma writes: "In the 1968 psychedelic sci-fi film 'Barbarella', Jane Fonda, as Barbarella, was pleasured to the extreme by a special piano-like machine that created orgasms through musical vibrations. OhMiBod(www.OhMiBod.com), the first insertable vibrator to enable people to actually feel their music by translating tunes from their iPod® into vibrations, makes this space-age fantasy a reality for the first time in history."

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