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Robotics

Submission + - Beer Launcher

wittmania writes: "John Cornwell has built a beer launcher that has a 10 can magazine and can launch a beer up to 13 feet. It is controlled by a keyless entry remote which allows the "user" to lift a beer out of the mini-fridge, loading it into the catapult. The user then uses the remote to aim and fire the launcher. Cornwell has a video showing the Beer Launcher in action."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Esoterica

Talk about esoteric! The wonders of Wikipedia reveal to me today that there exists a symbol used by flag specialists / enthusiasts, which could be drawn with practice I'm sure in less than 3 seconds, possibly less than 2 (less?), which means "Flag can be hung vertically by hoisting on a normal pole, then turning the pole ninety degrees."

That's specificity.

(See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_terminology)

Security

Submission + - Wanted: 160 Missing FBI Laptops

An anonymous reader writes: The FBI had at least 160 laptops lost or stolen over the past four years, including 10 that contained highly sensitive classified information and at least one that held "personal identifying information" on FBI personnel, according to a report released today by a Justice Department oversight arm. The report found that 51 of the laptops reported lost or stolen may have contained classified data, but that FBI didn't have enough information to say conclusively. The Washington Post notes that only one of the cases documented in the report indicated that the data contained on the lost laptop was protected with encryption technology.

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