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Submission + - Jupiter Linked to Illegal Asteroid Usage (thewritecomedy.com)

Cindy writes: "After millions of years of speculation, Mars admitted to sharing asteroids with Jupiter in a belt region between the two planets. The alleged banned asteroids include 4 Vesta, 2 Pallas, and 10 Hygiea, implicating the “The Giant Planet” in a Solar System already embroiled in asteroid controversy. The hulking planet has long been suspected of asteroid usage after it underwent a transformation several million years ago from a rocky core just a few times the size of Earth into the swirling gas giant it is now. Jupiter maintains its innocence, stating thats its increase in mass is due entirely to a large envelope of gas formed as part of a natural process known as accretion. Opponents point to the known side effects of asteroids as possible clues of Jupiter substance abuse–many believe “roid rage” is the cause of a persistent storm in the form of a giant red spot on Jupiter.

International Astronomical Union (IAU) commissioner Robert Williams is considering suspending Jupiter for the rest of the season by dropping its planetary status. Critics view the proposed punishment as too soft in light of the lifetime planetary ban of Pluto in 2006 after allegations that it placed bets on its mass in relation to the other objects in its orbit."

Feed Engadget: Angry drivers torching traffic cameras in England (engadget.com)

Filed under: Robots, Transportation

Apparently, the Luddite tradition of machine breaking is alive and well in its country of origin. According to a report, a group calling itself MAD -- or Motorists Against Detection -- have taken to setting autonomous traffic cameras ablaze across the United Kingdom, and are detailing their exploits on a website (of course). The group's "PR" claims they have been active since 2000, and have destroyed over 1000 roadside cameras. Says the group's leader, Capt. Gatso, "The vigilante anti-speed camera group have announced a summer of MADness which will see them target for destruction all speed cameras in the UK. It's now going to be a period of zero tolerance against all speed cameras." The gang of disgruntled drivers also plans a day of action called "National Cover-Up Your Number Plates Day." Guy Fawkes would be proud.

[Thanks, Anand]

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