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Comment my 360 died last week... (Score 1) 346

I turned mine on last week, and the graphics went all "watercolor", like it was running in a color mode below that of the norm. The sound still works, but now when I turn it on it just goes to a sort of 'pink snow'. It sounds like it is running fine, but unaware of its video output problems. I think it is just past the extra warranty I bought at Best Buy (knowing it was a Microsoft product, I opted for the extra insurance) so I don't know if I am on my own as of yet or not. The only reason I would consider buying a new console is because I got suckered into buying the HD-DVD drive for 200 bucks before the war was "won" by blu-ray and I have a decent collection of discs for it.


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."
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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.



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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