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20 People Shot With BB Guns At LG G2 Promotional Event 151

coolnumbr12 tipped us to a tale of a contest gone wrong at LG's G2 release event. Quoting El Reg: "The PR boffins at LG decided it would be a good idea to release 100 helium-filled balloons, each carrying a voucher entitling the recipient to claim their 950,000 won ($852.54) smartphone. It then took to social media to promote the event, inviting people to witness the balloons' release and encouraging them to grab one of the vouchers. But what must have sounded like a good idea in the marketing meeting quickly dissolved into chaos. People aren’t stupid. They figured out that the only way to get the voucher was to burst the balloons, and they showed up equipped to do so with BB guns, knives on sticks, and other tools." In the ensuing carnage, 20 people were injured. Whoops.

Comment My prediction (Score 1) 173

This new "standard" will include:

1) Several patented technologies that require royalty payments to the patent holders, which will no doubt be big contributors to Presidential and Congressional election campaigns

2) Companies who fought for open technologies during the development of the standard will be effectively locked out of any opportunity to profit from these technologies

3) Consumers will be screwed, as always, by the coalition between government and big corporations


Samsung Infringed On Apple Patents, Says ITC 274

The U.S. International Trade Commission has ruled that certain models of Samsung phone violate Apple patents, and are likely to be blocked from import to the U.S. From the article: "The patents in question are U.S. Patent No. 7,479,949, which relates to a touch screen and user interface and U.S. Patent No. 7,912,501 which deals with detecting when a headset is connected. The ITC said Samsung didn’t infringe on the other two patents. In a statement on the matter, the ITC said the decision is final and the investigation has been closed. ... As was the case with the previous ruling that saw Apple devices banned, the ban on Samsung devices won’t go into effect until 60 days but can be blocked by a favorable ruling following a presidential review. That seems unlikely as such a block has only been issued once since 1987 – last’s week’s ruling in favor of Apple."

Comment Re:Worse than useless - here's how to disable them (Score 1) 380

Don't forget the "Report suspicious activity" messages on 95, begging you to call and report the driver next to you for having olive skin and a beard so they can be shipped off to Guantanamo bay without any suspicion whatsoever to live out the rest of their natural lives without any legal representation or due process.

Comment Re:Troubling quote from the article (Score 5, Insightful) 432

"The wisest thing is for any defense attorney to do is to ask direct questions as to why this particular car was stopped on this particular day"

"The driver $misc_innocuous_driving_offense, so I stopped him. When I approached the car, I thought I smelled marijuana, so I called a drug sniffing dog, which indicated there were drugs in the car"

This line of "construction" is accepted 100% of the time in 100% of the courts in the US.

Submission + - Campaign to kill CAPTCHA kicks off (itnews.com.au)

Bismillah writes: CAPTCHA may be popular with with webmasters and others running different sites, but it's a source of annoyance to blind and partially sighted people — and dyslexic people and older ones — who often end up being locked out of important websites as they can't read wonky, obfuscated letters any more than spambots can. A campaign in Australia has started to rid sites of CAPTCHA to improve accessibility for everyone.

Submission + - Hubble spots source of short GRB (redorbit.com)

symbolset writes: Researchers using the Hubble Space Telescope have imaged some evidence that the merger of neutron stars is responsible for producing a short-duration gamma ray burst. On June 3rd the Swift gamma-ray burst (GRB) mission detected GRB 130603B, a burst lasting only one tenth of a second nearly 4 billion lightyears away. Imaging with Hubble they located a small red dot which, over the course of the following two weeks dimmed. Cites an article in yesterday's special online edition of Nature.

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