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Comment A little misleading (Score 5, Informative) 87

According to the abstract, this is a projection screen only. They fill a transparent sheet with tuned nanoparticle subpixels, and they project monochrome light onto the subpixels that are tuned to the color of light they want. So, it still requires an external monochrome image projector with at least three times the resolution of the "transparent display". It'd be simpler to just fill a transparent sheet with *regular* silver particles and use a *regular* color projector. The science is cool but - as usual - impractical for this particular use

Australian Teen Reports SQL Injection Vulnerability, Company Calls Police 287

FuzzNugget writes with an excerpt from Wired, which brings us the latest in security researcher witch hunts: "Joshua Rogers, a 16-year-old in the state of Victoria, found a basic security hole that allowed him to access a database containing sensitive information for about 600,000 public transport users who made purchases through the Metlink web site run by the Transport Department. It was the primary site for information about train, tram and bus timetables. The database contained the full names, addresses, home and mobile phone numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, and a nine-digit extract of credit card numbers used at the site, according to The Age newspaper in Melbourne. Rogers says he contacted the site after Christmas to report the vulnerability but never got a response. After waiting two weeks, he contacted the newspaper to report the problem. When The Age called the Transportation Department for comment, it reported Rogers to the police.'"

Comment Re:Thank you (Score 4, Insightful) 242

A) You're assuming that you'd be given a trial by jury, rather than branded a traitor (aiding the enemy) and either kept in guantanamo or tried in a secret court. They would hold you up as an example - head on pike, as it were - to all others who might dare to expose their illegal actions. If you look at the history of civil rights leaders, you'll find that Rosa Parks wasn't just some random hero who stood up for herself one day; she volunteered and was chosen by community leaders to be a test case. They picked their timing, circumstances, and people very carefully - both from a legal and a public-relations standpoint. Whistleblowers have no such luxury; they find incriminating information and are immediately presented with an ethical quandary and the necessity to act.

B) Why are you lambasting someone for not wanting to go to prison and face "enhanced interrogation methods"? He discharged his ethical duty by telling us what he found. He doesn't owe us a damned thing more.


Swedish Man Fined $650,000 For Sharing 1 Movie, Charged Extra For Low Quality 366

An anonymous reader writes "A 28-year-old man in Sweden has been fined 4.3 million SEK (~650,000 USD) for uploading one movie. 300,000 SEK of that was added because of the upload's low technical quality (Google translation of Swedish original). The court ruled that the viewer watching the pirated version of the movie had a worse experience than people watching it legally, thereby causing damage to the movie's reputation (full judgement in Swedish)."

Comment Re:How accurate - and reproducible - is it? (Score 1) 233

Clearly, that will stop people from doing it. "I swear, officer, I was just holding that ABS plastic for a friend!" "Those stepper motors are for a completely legal CNC machine!" "Those aren't lead screws for a two-axis bed, they're carriage bolts for my landscaping cross-ties!" "You can't prove I was going to melt those milk jugs into printing filament!"

Comment Re:Response to this will be interesting (Score 1) 550

If carrying a rifle is an irrational behavior (which is a rather silly claim to make, IMHO), why is it okay for police to do it? Because we hire them to keep the peace, sure, but that inherently implies that there is a threat to the peace. They don't protect the peace in real time, they respond to violent events and do their best to eventually track down the perpetrator and remove them from society. That doesn't help you when you happen to be in the path of a nutjob on the rampage, but the police will be sure to remove the nutjob from society after they've finished killing you and a bunch of people around you. Is it also unfounded for the police to believe that a rifle is likely to be needed? Why is their belief valid and other peoples' not? Handgun rounds are more likely to miss than rifle rounds. Do police therefore also not care about bystander casualties? If so, why is it okay for them and not us? Does carrying a gun automatically equal "you don't care about bystander casualties"? Our training involves evaluating backstops and line of travel for any rounds we fire. It's not a decision taken lightly. Let me remind you that, statistically, non-police who've gone through the process to obtain a carry license are less likely to commit a crime than the police, statistically more knowledgeable about local use-of-force laws, and statistically far better shots than the average police officer.

Comment Re:Well, maybe not wrist... (Score 1) 86

Mine was pulsed operation for that very reason. Two minutes on, three minutes off seemed to be a good timing setup, but it's certainly not empirical. I didn't have to reverse the polarity of the peltier block; the weather was hot enough. Again, though, you're missing my point - I'm not saying I did the exact same thing they did, but it was based on the same principles. There's no way I'm the only one who's done it, either.

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