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Hi-Tech Nativity Security 110

To combat vandalism and theft of their holiday displays, many churches and cities are turning to a technological answer. After one of their cows was stolen, St. Marks Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill. installed GPS devices in the figurines of its nativity scene. This year the village of Wellington, Fla. added security cameras to protect their display. From the article: "BrickHouse Security in New York City offered churches and synagogues free GPS and cameras to protect their displays this season. Seventy have signed up so far. About 24 of them are also installing security cameras. In Merrick, N.Y., the Chabad Center for Jewish Life is putting GPS in its 8-foot menorah on display in a park."

Submission + - Googoola lets you search Ads (

tekgoblin writes: Googoola is a search that is powered by the Google search engine but specifically searches for ads. What do we mean by that? Let me tell you.

By entering a few keywords into the search field you can either search for Text Ads, Google Adwords, or Image Ads found on Google.


Submission + - Problem-solving Bacteria Crack Sudoku (

damn_registrars writes: "From the can-your-bugs-do-this dept:
A team of researchers from the University of Tokyo, Japan have developed a way to employ e coli bacteria towards solving a puzzle that many Americans struggle at — Sudoku. Current implementations can handle 4x4 grids, but a full 9x9 grid could be done with some additional modifications.
The TSA responded proactively by stating that no matter how much you may struggle with the Sudoku on the airline magazine, you are still not allowed to bring vials of bacteria on to the aircraft with you."


Submission + - Is In-Flight Wi-Fi a Boon to Terrorists? ( 5

harrymcc writes: The attempt to ship bombs from Yemen, apparently intended to blow up the planes they were on, has some people wondering whether in-flight Wi-Fi is a security risk that could let terrorists rig a Wi-Fi-enabled cell phone to trigger a bomb from the ground. Seems to me that terrorists intent on blowing up planes would find old-fashioned timers easier and more reliable. Of course, the people in charge of flight security seem to value the appearance of safety above all else, so who knows?

Submission + - OLPC's $75 Tablet Debut Delayed 45 Days (

CWmike writes: Nicholas Negroponte, chairman of One Laptop Per Child project, said that the $75 XO-3 tablet computer will now debut sometime in February 2011, about 45 days later than originally planned. He said that he wants the screen to be flexible so that it is more resistant to breaking, but that it doesn't need to roll up. 'The issue has been really finding an unbreakable material, which may not be plastic, it may be glass or some flavor of glass,' he said during a video interview at MIT. At first the XO-3 won't be branded OLPC, rather made by Marvell, with the actual XO-3 to follow. The tablet will eventually cost $75 and during a May 2010 interview, Negroponte said hitting that mark wouldn't be a problem. Negroponte said that the job of the XO-3 is 'pushing where normal market forces wouldn't otherwise.'

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