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Comment Re:An answer in search for a problem? (Score 2, Interesting) 475

I don't really care about this from the tinfoil hat perspective. If it's safe, and doesn't harm the fruit than I too will welcome our laser etched overlords with open arms.

Don't for one minute, however, think that this is a greener solution. Last I checked, lasers take energy, and lots of it, to make their innards work. I have never bit into a sticker, nor do I really care about the minuscule space they take up in landfills or however you chose to dispose of them. This is a counter productive solution from a green perspective. And really, where outside of a grocery store produce section do you see more than the occasional fruit label laying on the ground?

Also if you were really friendly composting tree huggers, you wouldn't be buying your produce from a megamart, you'd be eating locally grown produce you purchase directly from the farmer (sans sticker).

Submission + - Canada Hate-Speech Law Violates Charter of Rights (

MrKevvy writes: The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has found that federal hate-speech legislation violates the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the equivalent of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights. This decision exonerates Marc Lemire, webmaster of but may have farther-reaching consequences and serve as precedent for future complaints of hate-speech.

Drug Vending Machines 97

An anonymous reader writes "If you guessed San Bernardino County prisons as the ideal place to put drug vending machines, come claim your prize. From the article, 'Corrections departments are responsible for so many burdensome tasks that many of their everyday functions, like administering prescription drugs to inmates, are afterthoughts for the public. However, dispensing medication was so laborious and wasteful for the San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sheriff-Coroner Department that officials sought a way to streamline the process. The end product was essentially a vending machine that links to correctional facility databases and dispenses prescription medications.'"

Submission + - 'Easy work-around' for Microsoft Word's legal woes (

CWmike writes: "Microsoft can likely use an "easy technical work-around" to sidestep a recent injunction by a Texas federal judge that bars the company from selling Word, a patent attorney said today. "The injunction doesn't apply to existing product that has already been sold," said Barry Negrin, a partner with the New York firm Pryor Cashman LLP who has practiced patent and trademark law for 17 years. "Headlines that say Microsoft can't sell Word are not really true," said Negrin, pointing out that the injunction granted by U.S. District Court Judge Leonard Davis on Tuesday only prohibits Microsoft from selling Word as it exists now after Oct. 10. "All Microsoft has to do is disable the custom XML feature, which should be pretty easy to do, then give that a different SKU number from what's been sold so it's easy to distinguish the two versions.""

Submission + - What if you forget your decryption password?

xmvince writes: I recently read an article about several people convicted of not releasing decryption keys for federal investigations. But I was thinking.. Couldn't one just say they forgot their password? It wouldn't be THAT hard to pretend you don't know it, sit there for an hour or two pretending like you are trying to guess it, then saying "I really don't know it".

So would they still get convicted even if they claim no memory of their decryption keys?
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Submission + - Online threat garners additional piracy charge

skinfaxi writes: Jeffrey Lynn Weaver, 47, of Roanoke, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to sending a threatening communication, and to copyright infringement. In January of this year, he made a post at about the California police officer that had shot a man to death in an Oakland subway. In California, there were riots over the shooting. In Virginia, Mr. Weaver posted to infowars, threatening to kill the police officer and the officer's family, adding "THIS ISN'T A THREAT IT'S A F--KING PROMISE."

The officer moved himself and his family out of their home within a day of Weaver's posting, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Neese. Weaver's public defender argued that the post was protected political speech and should be read as "a contribution to the dialogue on police brutality" rather than as an indication that Weaver planned to actually travel to California and kill anyone, she wrote in a court filing.

Weaver was planning a First Amendment defense, but the feds that seized his computer said they were also going to add charges for pirating music and movies. He entered the guilty plea this morning.

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Submission + - Microsoft Trial Misconduct Cost $40 Million ( 1

SpuriousLogic writes: The judge who banned Microsoft from selling its Word document program in the U.S. due to a patent violation tacked an additional $40 million onto a jury's $200 million verdict because the software maker's lawyers engaged in trial misconduct, court records reveal. In a written ruling, Judge Leonard Davis, of U.S. District Court for Eastern Texas, chastised Microsoft's attorneys for repeatedly misrepresenting the law in presentations to jurors."Throughout the course of trial Microsoft's trial counsel persisted in arguing that it was somehow improper for a non-practicing patent owner to sue for money damages," Davis wrote. The judge cited a particular incident in which a Microsoft lawyer compared plaintiff i4i, Inc. to banks that sought bailout money from the federal government under the Troubled Asset Relief Program. "He further persisted in improperly trying to equate i4i's infringement case with the current national banking crisis implying that i4i was a banker seeking a 'bailout'," Davis said.

Submission + - Fortune catalogs perils of iconic logo changes ( 1

ICLKennyG writes: "There are benefits to having an iconic logo like Apple's or Starbucks. The associated immagery with a brand can shape public perception about the company. Fortune details a list of 12 major companies and the history behind their logo change and rebranding. They discuss successes such as Walmart, IBM & BP and flops like Kraft, Starbucks & Xerox."

Submission + - SPAM: Humans lose $21 billion to computer traders

destinyland writes: ""We are just mice dancing" between the supercomputers of Wall Street giants, complains one trading executive, and an investment manager notes computers are making 73% of all stock trades on U.S. exchanges. One former NYSE chairman admitted "This is where all the money is getting made." (Between April and June, Goldman Sachs earned $100 million in one day — on 46 different days.) High-speed algorithms use 30-millisecond trades to probe market conditions, and can buy and sell with a nearly omniscient knowledge of every other investor's price point. The New York Times notes that already these algorithms "execute millions of orders a second and scan dozens of public and private marketplaces simultaneously...""
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Submission + - Next-gen Approach To Drug-resistant Infections (

Art Vanderlay writes: "A dynamic presentation made by Nobel Prize winning chemist, Dr. Kary Mullis sums up a breakthrough new treatment for killer infections in less than five minutes.Dr. Mullis' presentation earned him a standing ovation, as much for the treatment method as for the presentation in which he described the process as being similar to a cop throwing a bag of marijuana into a suspect's car to allow them to get them off the street. His presentation describes how you can provide immediate immunity to any desired antigen. To test out his theory, a bunch of mice were given anthrax and were treated with a drug that was made that to attack anthrax in particular, and direct your immune system to it. Those mice had a 100 percent survival rate."

Submission + - How Apple Will Lose App Developers To Google (

Michael_Curator writes: "Apple is about to repeat the same mistake with the iPhone that it committed with the Mac twenty-five years ago, and Google is going to end up with the lion's share of application sales. Even the forthcoming Jesus Tablet will be better served by Web apps than by a proprietary app store. Google is busily developing those apps, and the FCC will under no circumstances allow Apple to dictate what customers can download to their devices. Where does that leave Apple?"

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