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Television

Antenna Arrays Could Replace Satellite TV Dishes 183

Zothecula writes "There was a time not so very long ago when people who wanted satellite TV or radio required dishes several feet across. Those have since been replaced by today's compact dishes, but now it looks like even those might be on the road to obsolescence. A recent PhD graduate from The Netherlands' University of Twente has designed a microchip that allows for a grid array of almost-flat antennae to receive satellite signals."
Privacy

Lower Merion School's Report Says IT Dept. Did It, But Didn't Inhale 232

PSandusky writes "A report issued by the Lower Merion School District's chosen law firm blames the district's IT department for the laptop webcam spying scandal. In particular, the report mentions lax IT policies and record-keeping as major problems that enabled the spying. Despite thousands of e-mails and images to the contrary, the report also maintains that no proof exists that anyone in IT viewed images captured by the webcams."
Government

Bill To Ban All Salt In Restaurant Cooking 794

lord_rotorooter writes "Felix Ortiz, D-Brooklyn, introduced a bill that would ruin restaurant food and baked goods as we know them. The measure (if passed) would ban the use of all forms of salt in the preparation and cooking of food for all restaurants or bakeries. While the use of too much salt can contribute to health problems, the complete banning of salt would have negative impacts on food chemistry. Not only does salt enhance flavor, it controls bacteria, slows yeast activity and strengthens dough by tightening gluten. Salt also inhibits the growth of microbes that spoil cheese."
Encryption

OpenSSH 5.4 Released 127

HipToday writes "As posted on the OpenBSD Journal, OpenSSH 5.4 has been released: 'Some highlights of this release are the disabling of protocol 1 by default, certificate authentication, a new "netcat mode," many changes on the sftp front (both client and server) and a collection of assorted bugfixes. The new release can already be found on a large number of mirrors and of course on www.openssh.com.'"

Comment Re:OMG (Score 1) 942

I agree. I'll kill and eat anyone who wants to eat my dog then.
That should strike enough fear into would be dog eaters to leave my dog alone. (sarcasm)

Don't eat them, that would be cannibalism!

It's not cannibalism if you feed them to your dog, however. And your dog will enjoy chewing on the bones, too!

Programming

Erlang's Creator Speaks About Its History and Prospects 48

Seal writes "Erlang, originally created at Ericsson in 1986, is a functional programming language which was released as open source around 10 years ago and flourished ever since. In this Q&A, Erlang creator Joe Armstrong talks about its beginnings as a control program for a telephone exchange, its flexibility and its modern day usage in open source programs. 'In the Erlang world we have over twenty years of experience with designing and implementing parallel algorithms. What we lose in sequential processing speed we win back in parallel performance and fault-tolerance,' Armstrong said. He also mentions how multi-core processors pushed the development of Erlang and the advantages of hot swapping."

Comment Re:Serenity Now! (Score 1) 197

At this moment, the parent to this is rated 'Troll' - obviously by stuck-up prudes who didn't watch the show...

Remember, Kaylee's first 'introduction' to the ship Serenity was on her back - making 'woopie' with Serenity's (then) engineer. (I hope 'woopie' is acceptable to those prudes out there...)

She might not mind 'helping out' fellow crew members if she was able to get a job on the ISS. God know, it could use her engineering skills...

Comment Re:Skytel (Score 2, Insightful) 584

So the real issue is that he thinks the blackberry "is quiet and has a pathetic vibrate mode".

His (oddRaisin's) solution is to abandon the blackberry and get a pager. mark*workfire has proposed an alternate solution that will probably solve oddRaisin's issue without changing/adding hardware - why are you complaining?

It's a better solution then just throwing hardware at the problem. I've had a blackberry and understand both the original issue and mark*workfire solution - it's (probably) the best given the limited info that oddRaisin provided (did he try anything, including RTFM to see how to setup different volumes based on the time/situaation?)

Censorship

Submission + - Blogger excised from popular blog. (valleywag.com)

seanyboy writes: In a move which has libertarians and anti-cencorship types angrily scratching their heads, Boing Boing have, without explanation, excised all references to well known sex-blogger Violet Blue. This from the company that regularly likes to call out others for similar behaviour [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]. As of now, there's a complete wall of silence over this issue at Boing Boing. Comments referencing Violet Blue are aggressively deleted and as yet Cory, Xeni or any of the Boing Boing "celebrities" have yet to give an explanation.

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