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Submission + - Judges Jail Youths for Profit (nytimes.com) 1

Maximum Prophet writes: "At worst, Hillary Transue thought she might get a stern lecture when she appeared before a judge for building a spoof MySpace page ..." "Instead, the judge sentenced her to three months at a juvenile detention center on a charge of harassment." "The answers became a bit clearer on Thursday as the judge, Mark A. Ciavarella Jr., and a colleague, Michael T. Conahan, appeared in federal court in Scranton, Pa., to plead guilty to wire fraud and income tax fraud for taking more than $2.6 million in kickbacks to send teenagers to two privately run youth detention centers run by PA Child Care and a sister company, Western PA Child Care." http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/13/us/13judge.html?em
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Lobbies to Make iPhone Jailbreaking Illegal (eff.org)

jpmorgan writes: The EFF is reporting that Apple has filed comments with the US Copyright Office asserting that iPhone jailbreaking is (or should be) illegal. Their argument stems from modifications made to the iPhone's software by the jailbreaking process, and that the iPhone should somehow be excluded from the DMCA's interoperability exception. This isn't the first time they've tried this, they attempted to stifle public research into iTunesDB late last year.
Handhelds

Submission + - Satnav that steers you to greener driving (guardian.co.uk)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Meet the satnav that nags you to conserve fuel. Dubbed the Econav, this new gadget will not only guide you from A to B but will also tick you off when you abuse the accelerator and brake pedal. It'll sigh — well, flash a visual and audio warning — when you need to shift gear. If you believe its makers Vexia, it could also cut your car's CO2 emissions by 30%. That sounds over-hyped, considering most research suggests that eco driving techniques — such as driving smoothly, keeping windows shut and avoiding unnecessary luggage — save more like 5-17% on fuel. Still, Vexia's UK country manager Chris Hobbs tells the Guardian newspaper "our independent tests with the Spanish government's department for transport measured tailpipe emissions, and those tests suggested 30% savings using the Econav.""
Windows

Submission + - Navy Fighters grounded by Windows virus (telegraph.co.uk)

toby writes: "UK Telegraph reports more fallout from Conficker:

The virus attacked the non-secured internal French navy network called Intramar and was detected on 21 January. The whole network was affected and military staff were instructed not to start their computers.

According to Liberation newspaper, two days later the chiefs of staff decided to isolate Intramar from the military's other computer systems, but certain computers at the Villacoublay air base and in the 8th Transmissions Regiment were infected. Liberation reported that on the 15 and 16 January the Navy's Rafale aircraft were "nailed to the ground" because they were unable to "download their flight plans". The aircraft were eventually activated by "another system".


We're not learning yet, are we ... that mission critical systems do not belong on Microsoft products. It is astonishingly stupid that non-US militaries are choosing Microsoft at all."

IBM

Submission + - IBM Files Patent for Bullet Dodging Bionic Armor

An anonymous reader writes: IBM has filed a patent for Bionic Body Armor, that could essentially allow us to dodge bullets like Neo in The Matrix. The armor would scan areas for incoming projectiles and when one is detected the system would deliver a shock to the muscles causing a swift reflexive action away from the projectile. The patent claims "The projectile may be detected in the detecting step by emitting an electromagnetic wave from a projectile detector and receiving the electromagnetic wave after the electromagnetic wave has been reflected back toward the projectile detector by the projectile."
United States

Submission + - $1B of public domain research released to public! (wikileaks.org)

laird writes: "Wikileaks has released nearly a billion dollars worth of quasi-secret reports commissioned by the United States Congress. The 6,780 reports, current as of this month, comprise over 127,000 pages of material on some of the most contentious issues in the nation, from the U.S. relationship with Israel to abortion legislation. Nearly 2,300 of the reports were updated in the last 12 months, while the oldest report goes back to 1990. The release represents the total output of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) electronically available to Congressional offices. The CRS is Congress's analytical agency and has a budget in excess of $100M per year.

Although all CRS reports are legally in the public domain, they are quasi-secret because the CRS, as a matter of policy, makes the reports available only to members of Congress, Congressional committees and select sister agencies such as the GAO. Members of Congress are free to selectively release CRS reports to the public but are only motivated to do so when they feel the results would assist them politically. Universally embarrassing reports are kept quiet."

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