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The Media

Submission + - China bans horror movies (reuters.com)

KublaiKhan writes: "According to this article on Reuters, the Chinese censors have decided that horror movies are verboten:

Offending content included "wronged spirits and violent ghosts, monsters, demons, and other inhuman portrayals, strange and supernatural storytelling for the sole purpose of seeking terror and horror," the administration said.
This is apparently a sort of Chinese version of the Jack Thompson effect, as the "mental health of adolescents" is cited as one of the reasons for the ban. Presumably, this ban — much like the spitting ban — is intended to improve China's image in the rest of the world before the Olympics open; but given the Streisand effect, would this ban perhaps unintentionally spur a surge of horror movie popularity in China?"

Security

Submission + - Hitachi develops "Dust" (tfot.info)

KublaiKhan writes: "Hitachi has developed a new RFID chip that is said to be the smallest one yet developed. Called "Dust," it's only .15mm x .15mm x 7.5 micrometers, and can hold 128 bits. This new size promises a number of new possible applications, including easily authenticated gift certificates — and bugged money."

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