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TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old 1135

3-year-old Mandy Simon started crying when her teddy bear had to go through the X-ray machine at airport security in Chattanooga, Tenn. She was so upset that she refused to go calmly through the metal detector, setting it off twice. Agents then informed her parents that she "must be hand-searched." The subsequent TSA employee pat down of the screaming child was captured by her father, who happens to be a reporter, on his cell phone. The video have left some questioning why better procedures for children aren't in place. I, for one, feel much safer knowing the TSA is protecting us from impressionable minds warped by too much Dora the Explorer.
Sci-Fi

Churchill Accused of Sealing UFO Files, Fearing Public Panic 615

Newly released secret files show that Winston Churchill ordered a cover-up of an alleged encounter between a UFO and a RAF bomber because he feared public panic. From the article: "Mr Churchill is reported to have made a declaration to the effect of the following: 'This event should be immediately classified since it would create mass panic among the general population and destroy one's belief in the Church.'"
Australia

Aussie Attorney General Says Gamers Are Scarier Than Biker Gangs 409

Sasayaki writes "South Australian Attorney-General Michael Atkinson claims, in an interview with Good Game, that gamers were more of a threat to his family than biker gangs. This is the man who has been the biggest opponent to Australia receiving an R18+ rating for video games and who has the power to veto any such law introducing it."

Comment Re:Not again (Score 1) 575

...There's the golden rule, for starters. He didn't invent it, but he was instrumental in the widespread use of its positive statement ("Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" as opposed to "Do not to your neighbor what you would take ill from him")...

Not to disagree with the general intent on your post, but the golden rule isn't well worded. I'd hate to be in a room with a masochist who followed it.

Comment Re:Poetic justice? (Score 1) 689

Hmmm. I can't help thinking of a quote:
"Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time."

As for what would be just in this case, I don't know. I've seen the justice system do some amazingly right things, and heard of others that were terrible and a betrayal of public trust.

Sadly, it depends on the quality of the judge involved. And a criminal judge can do horrendous damage, both to the people involved, and the justice system itself.
Input Devices

Submission + - Brain/computer gaming interface coming in 2008?

An anonymous reader writes: Emotiv Systems today unveiled a brain/computer interface system with a helmet and software applications at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Project Epoc system can move objects based on a gamer's thoughts, reflect facial expressions, and respond to the excitement or calm the gamer mentally exerts, the company said....While Emotiv is not yet ready to announce any partnerships, [they] did say the product will be coming to market in 2008.
Windows

Submission + - Gates to Congress: U.S. Needs More Visas. ?Visas??

Brotherred writes: "This is funny. I think that the more localized companies and software distributions are having more problems with collaboration and production issues than ones that are built internationally. Being that Microsoft has always been so localized; to open the US boarders at the request of MS is just like a subsidy. "America has always done its best when we bring the best to our shores," Gates said. "[But] we face a critical shortage of scientific talent....Our immigration policy is driving away the best minds exactly when we need them most." http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/03/gates_to_ congre_1.html"

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