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Submission + - Breathalyzed? Ask for the source code! (arstechnica.com)

stevedcc writes: "Anandtech are running an article about a Minnesota man who is asking for the breathlyzer source code as part of his defence against a drunk driving charge. From the article:

One of the common criticisms (which is also made of voting machines) of breath devices is that the "state-certified" models are updated even after they are certified. The companies that manufacture the machines make tweaks, bug fixes, and even add new features, but the machines are not generally recertified after every single source code change. This means that any given machine could potentially be running non-certified code, code which may or may not have errors.....As a bonus, if a company proves unwilling to turn over the code, the case often gets thrown out without any need to prove that the source code is in fact flawed.
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United States

Submission + - Russia sparks Cold War scramble

Gearoid_Murphy writes: bbc has a story about US jet fighters being scrambled to meet Russion Tu-95 turboprops, something that hasn't been done since the cold war. This coincides with recent reports from Georgia about a Russian missile found on their territory, reportedly fired by a Russian jet tracked by radar as well as the recent diplomatic tiff that occured between Russia and Britain over the murder of a former Russian spy in London from radioactive poisoning with iostopes that identified it as coming from a specific Russian reactor. Whats with the Russians all of sudden?, I thought we were getting along just fine.
The Courts

Submission + - Police Chief arrested for stealing beer from FD

Kris_B_04 writes: According to the Salina Journal,
"The police chief for the city of Wilson[Kansas] was arrested by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation Wednesday for allegedly stealing beer from the Wilson Fire Department, according to court records."

And the question everyone wants to know, why is there beer at the Fire Department, but "He also declined to discuss why beer was being kept at the fire department office."
United States

Submission + - Blogger Asks For New Ways For Terrorists To Attack 1

An anonymous reader writes: New York Times blogger Steven D. Levitt has raised a few eyebrows with his blog post, 'If You Were a Terrorist, How Would You Attack?'. He asks, 'what I would do to maximize terror if I were a terrorist with limited resources'. Levitt's terrorist plan is based on the Washington D.C. sniper attacks of 2002. He also invites readers to come up with better ideas: 'I presume that a lot more folks who oppose and fight terror read this blog than actual terrorists. So by getting these ideas out in the open, it gives terror fighters a chance to consider and plan for these scenarios before they occur.' Others argue that this is simply giving terrorists dangerous new ideas.
Robotics

Submission + - Robot helps preserve ancient Japanese dance (newscientisttech.com)

Will writes: "I thought you guys might like to read about humanoid robot being developed by researchers in Japan to help preserve ancient dance routines. Motion-capture is used to record a human dancer's movements, and the HRP-2 robot reproduces these movements. It seems like a very practical application for robotics and perhaps one-day only robots will remember how to do the twist or the foxtrot. Although the full article is behind the barrier, it includes a video of the robot in action. Also, there are some images here"
Space

Submission + - Where Are the Invisible Galaxies?

Charles Betz writes: "Cosmology would predict a myriad of small galaxies made up entirely of dark matter that keep the fabric of space glued together. According to the increasingly refined theory, 85% of the matter in the universe is not the ordinary matter that makes up stars and galaxies, planets and people. Rather, it is elusive dark matter that so far has revealed itself only through its gravity. As the infant universe grew, the dark matter condensed into enormous filaments and clumps, or halos. These weighty objects pulled in hydrogen gas, which formed stars and galaxies. As dark matter cannot be detected by traditional means, the fundamental question to be solved remains: How to spot the invisible?"

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