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Submission + - "Electric-Shock Handcuffs" Could also administer drugs to detainees (huffingtonpost.co.uk)

NSN A392-99-964-5927 writes: Handcuffs which could deliver electric shocks, drugs and sedatives to people who are under arrest could be the future of law enforcement, after a US company applied for a patent on the device.Scottsdale Inventions LLC made the application, according to the website Patent Bolt. http://www.patentbolt.com/2012/11/shocking-next-gen-law-enforcement-handcuff-system-revealed.html
Censorship

Submission + - Apple Rejects App Tracking U.S. Drone Strikes (nytimes.com)

HairyNevus writes: "Apple has rejected an app called Drones+ to its store three times, which tracked and reported U.S. drone strikes. Josh Begley says the reasons for not allowing his app started with being deemed “not useful or entertaining enough,” then needing to hide a Google logo, and now being deemed in violation of App Store guidelines that prohibit “excessively objectionable or crude content". However, the data in the app is taken from the British Bureau of Investigative Reporting, and is also available in The Guardian's own app. Drones+ merely focuses entirely on the drone strike aspect, sending alerts whenever a new drone strike is reported and displaying a map with pushpins of all the locations the U.S. has hit over the world. This controversy has started a petition asking Apple to allow the app."
Hardware

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Using electric motors to simulate weight training 2

ShadowBot writes: Hello. I'm currently working on a mod project that involves being able to generate different amounts of weight on the fly for something similar to an exercise machine.
My current research is pointing me towards a Torque motor, as a motor that can continuously apply torque even when it is being prevented from moving.
However, will it be able to continue applying this torque even when the rotor is being forced to rotate in the opposite direction to the that the motor is trying to move it in?
Also, is it possible to vary the amount of torque being applied to simulate different weights?

The goal is not just to provide resistance to movement, but to actually simulate a weight which wants to drop to the floor while the user is pulling it in the opposite direction.

Thanks

Comment You cannot get the staff - broken society (Score 1) 299

This all boils down to basic issues. There are too many distractions in our lives, TV, Apps, Phones, McDonalds, Burger King, Fast Food, Work, Sleep, Pay Bills, Pay Taxes; Do this and do that; stay on hold whilst I waste 45 minutes of your life trying to sort out your utility bill and then these plebeians cut you off and it feels like life is just a game of the Board Game SNAKES and LADDERS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakes_and_Ladders

To get anything done nowadays you have to literally shut yourself off. No TV, no phones, no facebook, no twitter, no kids annoying you. Truly you have to get rid of all distractions and have some quality time with yourself. That is the only way to write a manual and RTFM.

If you are writing that manual; do not consult other people as other developers will throw you a curve or throw a spanner in the works. Hence back to no distractions....... write out a draft in full and ignore everyone including your wife.

That is how you complete a cycle of action from start to finish. Once you have the full draft... editing comes later ;)

I hope that helps put some sanity back,

Comment Sorry I do not trust bitcoin (Score 1) 467

There is zero value in bit coins and I wish Max Keiser from Russia Today needs to make a stance with Stacy Herbert on this http://rt.com/programs/keiser-report I know Max Keiser is still a sceptic for obvious reasons.

Bit Coins are being sold to us in a unique way, whereby funds can be transferred. There is nothing tangible with bit coins and it is a con on the back end of the financial crisis to try and replace currency. Please read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asset

If I can give you an example...... If buy gold or silver bullion I want that bullion in a physically tangible asset to which I can own and hold in my own hand.

I do not want to part with my cash with some stock trader on Wall Street or a Corrupt Banker who are quite willing to take millions off you if they can and give you a piece of paper to say you bought $1,000,000.00 in Silver Bullion. That is all you have my friends a piece of "toilet paper". Bitcoin is the same if you ask me and it is a get rich quick scheme on the back end of world financial meltdown; but the ideas of it are sold really well to you.

Just take my advice and be very shrewd with your money and only buy things you physically have an not some piece of paper ;)

Do not get conned!

Love NSN

Comment Re:BSD (Score 1) 183

Hate to break it to you but us in the BSD camp haven't been hand editing much lately either to get the basics going. I haven't edited a xorg.conf in years, or ttys to get x/kdm to run..

Many ports even add themselves to rc.conf to auto start....

Leave those Gentoo stealing BSD ports alone.

Comment Note (Score 1) 1

It would be the first artificial element to be discovered in East Asia, potentially giving the Japanese team the right to name it.

That means it is not an element.

RIKEN’s Nishina Center for Accelerator-based Science in Saitama, near Tokyo. Their goal was to fuse the atomic nuclei of these elements to produce an atom with 113 protons and 165 neutrons in its nucleus.

Did some of these results come from Fukushima https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster

I am skeptical and for very good reasons as how Japan has bounced back from a very serious disaster namely the Tsunami

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8953574/Japan-earthquake-tsunami-and-Fukushima-nuclear-disaster-2011-review.html and

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/9134487/Graphic-Aftermath-of-Japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-and-Fukushima.html

Anyway the USA must love the Green Atomic Tuna

Comment Iranian Professor of Sociology in the USA (Score 1) 2

I have an Iranian friend who works in the USA as Professor of Sociology who was a Professor in Tehran, has given lectures at Oxford University, Cambridge, he speaks 7 Languages, is well traveled throughout the world unlike some "Plebeians"; whom think they know the wonders of the World when 1 in 3 Congressmen do not even have a passport.

I shall try and be polite, without twisting someones testicles. It is obvious we have many good American friends on the other side of the pond; but why does the US Government have to ruin true friendships with Iran or Iranians?

I am not dismayed; just disappointed that US media is weighted against Iran for all the wrong reasons and this will probably become clear about March 2013 when the USA starts another war they cannot finish.... oh and remember you did lose the war against Vietnam so stop making Hollywood films saying you won the Vietnam war when in actual fact the USA got there Butts (Arseholes) kicked in.

Enough said.... respect Iran and they will do the same back. ;-)

Japan

Submission + - Element 113 Synthesized (scientificamerican.com) 1

DevotedSkeptic writes: "After nine years of painstaking experiment, researchers in Japan reported yesterday that they have created a third atom of the element 113. That success, according to experts in the field, could see the element officially added to the periodic table. It would be the first artificial element to be discovered in East Asia, potentially giving the Japanese team the right to name it.

But that privilege is not assured. US and Russian researchers have also been hard at work on element 113, and say that they have created 56 atoms of it since 2003.

None of these sightings has been confirmed by the independent committee of experts appointed to rule on such matters. That shows how hard it is to prove the creation of new superheavy elements, although it also highlights the bureaucratic nature of the process set up to approve findings."

Comment IPV12 Openprojects - Freenode (Score 1) 179

When I was oper on OpenProjects.net now freenode I campaigned for IPV12 or 16 pushing forward the argument that IPV6 was rather short sightedness and that was 10 years ago. Some people did not like my ideas and I was booted as my ideas were too "Outlandish".

It appears that anything descent gets "scotched" http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Scotching (please refer to definition Scotch1) "1. To put an abrupt end to: The prime minister scotched the rumors of her illness with a public appearance".

Nonetheless, this issue raises its ugly head once again.

Politics

Submission + - Iran's News Agency Picks Up Onion Story (cnn.com) 2

J053 writes: "FARS, the Iranian news agency, ran a story about a Gallup poll which showed that "the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. president Barack Obama. “I like him better," said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad". Only problem was, it was a story from The Onion. Not only that, they took credit for it! The Onion responded by stating that "Fars is a subsidiary and has been "our Middle Eastern bureau since the mid 1980s"."

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