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Submission + - Student Arrested for Airport Protest (wtvr.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Aaron Tobey, a 21-year-old student, was arrested for disorderly conduct after protesting the TSA screening rules at the Richmond International Airport. While in the screening line, he stripped down to a pair of running shorts and revealed that the text of the 4th Amendment was written on his chest in marker. Aaron has been questioned by the FBI, airport security and U.S. Marshals before being cited with disorderly conduct. His arraignment is on January 10th.

Comment Poorly Worded Summary (Score 1) 170

I don't like star trek, i haven't seen most of hte movies, and even i kow that the proper way to have started that summary should have been:

"Have you always wished that you could hear your favorite Christmas classics in the original Klingon?"

Comment It's really, stupidly, simple... (Score 4, Informative) 266

Bruno Borges said it the most succinctly...

"There is no point helping to write specifications that you aren't allowed to implement"

http://twitter.com/#!/brunoborges/status/13058930657730560

And Brian McCallister explained the full ramifications most clearly...

http://skife.org/java/jcp/2010/12/07/the-tck-trap.html

Censorship

Submission + - Kuwait Ban of DSLR Cameras turns out to be a Hoax (kuwaittimes.net) 3

Voulnet writes: The Kuwait Times, the newspaper that started the false rumor of Kuwait banning DSLR cameras, has posted an update saying that after investigation, it turned out that they didn't verify their information, and issued a retraction: "On Saturday, November 20, 2010 the Kuwait Times published an article titled 'Multi ministry camera ban frustrates artists' in which incorrect information was provided. The newspaper regrets failing to verify the information. The article wrongly stated that a ban on DSLR cameras was implemented by the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance. This information is false. In a follow up investigation, it was proved that no such ban has been issued. We regret this error and deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused"
Transportation

Submission + - Amazing Brick Machine Rolls Out Roads Like Carpet (inhabitat.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: Brick roads are beautiful and durable, but we don’t see them too often due to the effort it takes to prouce them. What once was a labor-intensive, back-breaking job has now become a snap with this automatic Dutch paver laying machine, called the Tiger-Stone. The device rolls out automatically assembled bricks to create an instant road anywhere it travels. A small telescoping forklift feeds the hopper, allowing the Tiger-Stone to lay out an impressive 400 meters of road day, and the span can be adjusted up to six meters wide.
Games

Submission + - Lost online games from the pre-Web era (pcmag.com)

harrymcc writes: Long before the Web came along, people were playing online games--on BBSes, on services such as Prodigy and CompuServe, and elsewhere. Gaming historian Benj Edwards has rounded up a dozen RPGs, MUDs, and other fascinating curiosities from the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s--and the cool part is, they're all playable on the Web today.
Medicine

Submission + - Researchers Regenerate Nerves After Spinal Injury (gizmag.com)

fergus07 writes: About two percent of Americans — more than six million people — have some form of paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury, which is due primarily to the interruption of connections between the brain and spinal cord. Such paralysis and loss of function has long been considered untreatable, but a new approach has, for the first time, induced robust regeneration of nerve connections that control voluntary movement, showing the potential for new therapeutic approaches to paralysis and other motor function impairments and offering hope to sufferers.
Iphone

Submission + - iPhone data leads to rape charges being dropped (theage.com.au) 1

one eyed kangaroo writes: The Age reports that a Sydney man has used deleted iPhone messages to have serious charges against him dropped.
"In what may be the first time an iPhone's elephantine memory has saved someone accused of a serious crime, deleted data retrieved by a leading surveillance expert appears to have led to the dropping of five rape charges against a Sydney man." His lawyer said, "'Without the ability of Coulthart to drag the content out, a man's life may have been ruined'.'

Oracle

Submission + - Brian Cantrill leaves Oracle (dtrace.org) 1

dzr0001 writes: Distinguished Developer Brian Cantrill leaves Sun Microsystems after 14 years. He was responsible for contributing to technology such as DTrace, Sun Unified Storage, and for epic lulz http://cryptnet.net/mirrors/texts/kissedagirl.html. After losing such talent as Brian and James Gosling this year, who will be left for Oracle to use to contribute to their product lines?
Games

Submission + - Penny-Arcade annouces PAX 10 Finalists (paxsite.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Penny-Arcade has announced the 10 independent video games to be showcased at PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington this September.
Government

Submission + - Congressman Deliver Seeds To Arctic Doomsday Vault (blogger.com)

The Real News 1 writes: Seven congressmen, led by Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), spent their 4th of July weekend hand delivering seeds to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway. The self proclaimed "Doomsday Vault" contains seeds from more than 525,000 crop varieties. It was constructed as a back-up storage facility to protect the existing world food supplies from destruction in the event of a devastating global catastrophe. Interesting story, definitely something to check out.
Power

Submission + - Engineers try to propel a wind-driven vehicle fast (menversus.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Engineers out in California are trying to investigate the possibilities of how fast a wind-powered vehicle can go with respect to the wind powering it. Apparently, the team has already gone at least twice the speed of the wind. It is pretty amazing to fathom; one would think it is impossible. However, it is far from it, as the team aims to get to over three times the speed of the wind.

Submission + - App Inventor and the culture wars (oreilly.com)

macslocum writes: The differences between Apple and Google get a whole lot clearer when you look at each company's approach to mobile development. Over at O'Reilly Radar, Mike Loukides examines the two companies through the lens of App Inventor. Apple, he says, is like Club Med. Your trip is carefully curated and nothing is left to chance. Google is the self-guided tour where you might get lost and you might get messy.

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