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Submission + - No Beer for You, Courtesy of the FAA (

Bucc5062 writes:

A Minnesota brewery's airborne solution to the preventable yet apparently prevalent problem of running out of beer while ice fishing has been shot down by the FAA.

It seems the FAA frowns on beer runs by drowns for lake fishermen in Minnesota. While there were some minor logistical issues, the FAA threw cold water on the project. They frowned on the notion of a beer distributor using autonomous flying objects (AFO's) from performing the deliveries. It seems the activity

runs afoul of the agency's current ban on the commercial use of unmanned aircraft and it didn't take long for the operation to be grounded.

Ice fishermen got a little frosty when they discovered that, instead of having a case of Lakemaid brew dropped down next to the shack, thus saving a trip, they now had to miss some prime fishing time and go get some cold ones from the shore store. This is the marketing video that got them into trouble.

Submission + - Has God been found in Higgs (

Bucc5062 writes: "In a breaking news story, scientists report results from the LHC indicating physical evidence of the Higgs-Bosen particle.

Physicists are announcing the latest results from the proton-colliding experiments at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and are widely expected to declare that they have evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson

In an odd twist, at least one physicist expressed hope that the particle is not where they expect it to be.

The Higgs particle will, of course, be a great discovery, but it would be an even greater discovery if it didn't exist where theory predicts it to be.


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Submission + - Net Neutrality: Fact or Fiction (

Bucc5062 writes: "On Tuesday the FCC will vote on the new net neutrality rules to be put into place to protect US citizens from large Internet providers. According to Al Franken, Senator from Minnesota, what the FCC will be presenting is far from true net neutrality, but would seem to lean more in favor of primary providers like Verizon and AT&T:

Although Chairman Genachowski's draft Order has not been made public, early reports make clear that it falls far short of protecting net neutrality.

Senator Franken's position indicates displeasure with not just the FCC, but with the President's backing of the ruling as it seems the President provides a Trojan horse approach to supporting the basis of Net Neutrality. In a related article, Network World makes a similar statement regarding presidential backing while hinting that perhaps the rules need to provide more safety to the consumer. In its current implementation it would seem the rulings will make net neutrality look like Swiss cheese to any major ISP trying to get around an open network."

Submission + - In role reversal, CRIA sued for 60B dollars ( 1

Bucc5062 writes: "In a twist of fate, four major recording studios (Warner, EMI, Sony, and Universal) are being sued to the tune of 60 billion dollars for copyright infringement. Since the late 1980's the recording studios in Canada have used songs in compilation albums and CDs and did not pay royalties on the use of the song immediately. Instead they created a "pending list" of the songs with the "intent" to pay later. They never payed. The estate of Chet Baker, a late 1950s jazz musician, is leading a class action suit against the four studios along with small time names like Bruce Springsteen, Beyonce, and Sarah McLachlan.

From an article written by Michael Giest:

The class action seeks the option of statutory damages for each infringement. At $20,000 per infringement, potential liability exceeds $6 billion. These numbers may sound outrageous, yet they are based on the same rules that led the recording industry to claim a single file sharer is liable for millions in damages



Submission + - LaserMotive Climbs to the Top (

Bucc5062 writes: "LaserMotive has achieved the first step towards the creation of a working space elevator by qualifying for the $900,000 prize in a contest sponsored by NASA. To achieve this 1st level, laserMotive needed to propel a platform at over 4 meters per sec. They hit a top speed of 4.13 m/s. The next level of qualification will be to achieve a climb speed greater then 5 meters per sec.

LaserMotive (Tuesday, Nov 3, 2009) beamed roughly 400 watts of laser power to a moving target at a distance of 1 kilometer, as part of the vertical laser alignment procedure. The target was a retro-reflective board a little larger than 1 meter on a side. I don't know offhand if that is a record; I will have to check once things calm down. (It's a record that will likely be broken tomorrow by one or more teams, of course.)

The contest will continue for another two days with at least two other teams challenging for the prize. The grand prize of 2 million is within the sights of the LaserMotive team:

To win the Power Beaming competition, the LaserMotive system uses a high-power laser array to shine ultra-intense infrared light onto high-efficiency solar cells, converting the light into electric power which then drives a motor. Our system will track the vehicle as it climbs, compensating for motion due to wind and other changes. Building on our experience from last year’s competition, we are designing an improved system able to capture the full $2,000,000 prize.

The future looks up for laserMotive as they climb higher in obtaining the ultimate prize of ground to earth orbit with a space elevator. Next floor, International space station, satellite maintenance, and ET wear."

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