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Comment Re:Different Audience (Score 5, Insightful) 629

Sure, TPM was lame when compared to the original Star Wars trilogy, but it was never meant to please the audience of the original films. Its primary target was the little kids... progeny of the original audience.

That point is addressed in one of the later clips. If this movie is made for little kids, then why make it so complicated in regards to trade disputes, political arguments in the galactic senate and the machinations of someone trying to take power.

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NASA Tests Flying Airbag 118

coondoggie writes "NASA is looking to reduce the deadly impact of helicopter crashes on their pilots and passengers with what the agency calls a high-tech honeycomb airbag known as a deployable energy absorber. So in order to test out its technology NASA dropped a small helicopter from a height of 35 feet to see whether its deployable energy absorber, made up of an expandable honeycomb cushion, could handle the stress. The test crash hit the ground at about 54MPH at a 33 degree angle, what NASA called a relatively severe helicopter crash."
Privacy

Mozilla Labs Wants To Monitor (Volunteers') Firefox Use 118

Howardd21 writes "PC World reports that Mozilla Labs wants 1% of its Firefox users to voluntarily provide information about how they use the browser, and their web browsing habits. This would be done through an add-on named "Test Pilot" that collects the information and associates it with some demographic information that the user has provided. Unlike other data collection utilities that software developers may include to provide usage information, the add-on will follow the same open source concept that Firefox adheres to, allowing the market to better understand what is being collected. Mozilla Labs stresses privacy when discussing how they will collect, store and use the data, including publishing it for other researchers to to analyze."
Privacy

Fraudsters Abusing Canada's Do-Not-Call List 229

J ROC writes "Phone numbers on Canada's Do-Not-Call registry have apparently been sold to off-shore telemarketers, scam artists, and other ne'er-do-wells, according to reports in the Globe & Mail and CBC News. The CRTC, which runs the registry, sells lists of phone numbers online for a small fee; making it available to anybody who might be interested in buying it, including con artists. I guess this explains why, ever since I added my number to the registry, I've been getting phone calls from 000-000-0000 trying to interest me in some free vacation scam. Canada's Privacy Commissioner is currently investigating."
Editorial

Submission + - Live Earth on your iPod (expodition.com)

Rod Cambridge writes: "Expodition have made a Live Earth iPod-based guide available. Visitors to the website can download the free-of-charge Pod SnapShot which can then be viewed on their iPods — it's packed to the brim with great ideas and solutions to assist anyone wanting to do their bit to help resolve the climate crisis. In addition, for anyone attending the concerts, the Pod SnapShot contains useful information such as venue details, artist lineups, mini-artist bio's, travel advice and more."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone Doesn't Work with Most Accessories (popularmechanics.com)

mattnyc99 writes: Those lucky enough to snag an iPhone this weekend might be in for a nasty surprise, says Popular Mechanics. Most of the important iPod accessories simply won't work with the iPhone, and the entire iPod peripheral market is racing for compatability. RF signals interfere with cellphones, so dockable speakers will force iPhone users to switch off the entire phone functionality. And Bluetooth stereo for wireless speakers and headphones? Not gonna work either. Throw in the fact that the iPhone's headphone jack requires special new headphones, and it all begs the question: Do you still want a $600 iPod phone?
Security

Submission + - Cisco IOS Exploitation Techniques (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: It's been almost two years since Michael Lynn demonstrated a reliable code execution exploit on Cisco IOS. Although his presentation received a lot of media coverage in the security community, very little is known about the attack and the technical details surrounding the IOS check_heaps() vulnerability. This paper is a result of research carried out by IRM to analyse and understand the check_heaps() attack and its impact on similar embedded devices. Furthermore, it also helps developers understand security-specific issues in embedded environments and developing mitigation strategies for similar vulnerabilities.
United States

Journal Journal: Yes, Fire collapses steel structures 5

"9-11 Truthers" say that there is no possible way that fire could cause the support beams in The World Trade Center to weaken, causing the buildings to collapse. On April 29, 2007 in Oakland California, a tanker truck hauling gasoline wrecked and burst into flames. Fortunately, no one was killed, but the resulting fire weakened t

PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Sony Uses Decapitated Goat in PR Stunt

manekineko2 writes: In the latest of Sony's public relations missteps, the corpse of a decapitated goat was the centerpiece at a party in Greece for the launch of God of War II. Allegedly, guests at the event were invited to reach inside the goat's still-warm carcass to eat offal from its stomach, a charge Sony denies. Images of the party were included in the official Playstation magazine. Some copies have already been sent out, but Sony is removing the pages from the remaining issues. A censored scan of the picture is available in the linked article. Condemnation has been swift, with The International Fund for Animal Welfare calling it "outrageous" and a UK Member of Parliament saying, "I would understand if customers wanted to boycott other Sony products such as their televisions because of this controversy."
Quickies

Submission + - poll:favorite acronym

An anonymous reader writes: whats your favorite acronym? 1- WTF 2- LOL 3- PITA 4- TFA 5-
Communications

Submission + - What causes cell phone connection errors?

Anonymous Cell Phone User writes: Earlier today, I called a friend on my cell phone and was connected to "Tom", a stranger. I knew I didn't have the wrong number because my friend's number was saved in my phone. I tried the same number again and got my friend this time. My friend told me he had just gotten a call from somebody wanting to speak to Tom, but his caller ID had said that the call was from me. This has happened to me a few times, both when I tried calling somebody on a landline from my cell phone and also when somebody tried to call me on my cell phone from a landline (it might also have happened between two cell phones once, but I'm not sure about that). The information in the caller ID seems to always match the intended call, but the voices get switched. I have had this happen with a Cingular/ATT contract in the USA and with a Vodaphone pay-as-you-go card in Germany (different phones). I am wondering if this error is due to a limitation of the GSM protocol or how it's implemented. I'm hoping that there's some cell phone / telecommunications expert here that can shed some light on the issue. Can anybody here explain how/why these errors happen?

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