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Submission + - Profiling at the Cash Register: Tesco Ad-Bots ( 1

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC is reporting on a new advertising ploy to be implemented in British-retailer Tesco's gas stations. Using face scanning technology, the system will tailor advertisements, to be displayed on a screen at the counter. For the time being, only age and gender are said to be used in formulating the display's content. Once again, technology and individual rights seem at loggerheads.

Submission + - Iron Your Clothes for Spam (

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC is reporting on a story from Russia stating that chips are hidden in some clothes irons from China which tap into nearby WiFi networks to launch spam attacks.

Submission + - What Goes Up, Must Go Around (

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC has a short video that does a very nice job of illustrating the concepts behind Google's initiative to provide Internet access through globe-circling balloons. While this is not hew information, it is nicely presented in this 4-minute video.

Of course, Larry Ellison sneered at the idea, but you might say that the concept was over his head.

Submission + - Yeti Bears Up Under Scrutiny ( 1

Rambo Tribble writes: Bryan Sykes of Oxford University has discovered that hairs, ostensibly from the Yeti creature of the Himalayas, were "... genetically identical to polar bear." What the professor is suggesting is that a rare hybrid of brown and polar bear may be the actual, elusive creature of legend.

Submission + - Wi-Fi Takes a Dive (

Rambo Tribble writes: Researchers at the University of Buffalo are working to develop an underwater wi-fi standard. It's not your father's, (or your), wi-fi; it is network communication based on sound waves. While acoustic underwater communication already exists, there has been no standardization so that networks run by different entities cannot communicate with each other. The BBC has more at:

Comment Re:Prosecute them ... (Score 1) 150

Well, no, I simply feel it is courteous to provide a response to clarify my position and acknowledge another's post. Of course, your specious assertions also demanded a response, lest they be construed as the last word on the subject.

Of course, you appear to feel differently about proper conduct, assuming an air of insulting superiority to reinforce insubstantial contentions and give the impression yours is the final word on the matter. You should be apprised of the fact that this behavior does nothing but portray you as a pompous, self-impressed twit.

Comment Re:Prosecute them ... (Score 1) 150

It has apparently escaped your notice that you argued giving a signed piece of paper to someone essentially transferred your right of identity to them, so that they might "... do anything I could do."

In the case of the Twitter accounts, the authors of the tweets usurped the identity of the actual account holder. They did not state, "This post was made by Comic Con on the behalf of so-and-so." They impersonated the account holder.

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