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Submission + - Website hacks itself in the name of a lame holiday prank - no news here.. (slashdot.org)

SubGhandi writes: Today, the crackerjack staff at Slashdot decided to render it's content unreadable to visitors. It started as some sort of ruse in order to get people to log in, in order to be able to read the desired content, but ran amok when logging in was found to not remedy the situation. The Slashdot staff has decided that the next step should be a Ddos attack on its own webservers, and then Hari Kari afterwards...

Comment Re:Diversion (Score 1) 1168

What the hell are you talking about? Canadians shoot each other plenty!
From - http://www.gunpolicy.org/firearms/region/canada
In Canada, annual firearm homicides total :
2009: 173
2008: 200
2007: 188
2006: 190
2005: 223
2004: 173
2003: 161
2002: 152
2001: 171
2000: 184
1999: 165
1998: 151
1997: 186
1996: 207
1995: 168


Robot Drawn Caricatures 29

ptresset writes "From Singularity Hub: 'Artists and programmers in the UK have decided to improve upon the male and female symbols outside many toilet facilities. They’ve developed a set of robotic arms that take pictures of people entering into a bathroom and then use that image to create a unique drawing to place outside the door. It then wipes away this art to make room for the next person’s caricature.'"

Comcast Awarded the Golden Poo Award 286

ISoldat53 writes "The Consumerist has awarded Comcast the Golden Poo award for the worst company in America. From the article: 'After four rounds of bloody battle against some of the most publicly reviled businesses in America, Comcast can now run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hold its hands high in victory — it has bested everyone else to earn the title of Worst Company In America for 2010.'"
The Military

Indian Military Hopes to Weaponize the Searing "Ghost Pepper" 267

coondoggie writes "The military in India is looking to weaponize the world's hottest chili, the bhut jolokia or 'ghost pepper,' according to a number of news outlets. The Bhut Jolokia chili pepper from Assam, India is no ordinary pepper. In tests first conducted by the New Mexico State University in 2008 and subsequently confirmed by Guinness World records and others, the Bhut Jolokia reached over one million Scoville heat units, while the next hottest, the Red Savina Habenero, clocks in at a mere 577,000. Scoville units are a universally accepted measure of chili hotness."

Google's Streetview Seen As Culturally Insensitive In Japan 524

Jim O'Connell writes "Global Voices has a translation of an excellent open letter to Google by Osamu Higuchi, explaining that Street view is too invasive for Japanese traditional values when used in residential areas. Having lived here for ten years, most recently in an older residential area, I can attest to its accuracy — Living in such close proximity to your neighbors, it becomes necessary to 'not look' at everything that you might be able see from a place such as the street, where you may have a legal right to be. The cultural boundaries are simply different than those of the US."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Researchers Create Ball Lightning Gun

I Believe in Irrational Property writes: "Vladimir Dikhtyar and his team at Tel Aviv University in Israel have managed to produce a new non-lethal weapon which fires ball lightning. After testing it on willing participants, they dubbed it the "Ball Blaster." Said one participant, 'It hurts like hell, but you're back to normal in a few minutes with just a few scorch marks and some numbness. Oh, and the less said about how they came up with the "ball blaster" name, the better.' They create the effect by discharging a bank of high capacity capacitors through a Tesla coil coupled with a maser and a reloadable tube of nitrogen dioxide and silica. The downside is that you only get off one shot per capacitor bank and there are leakage problems which prevent you from storing charged capacitor banks for too long. They're also working on magnetic 'armor' which can block the ghostly projectiles. So far, though, they do not have a theoretical understanding of how the gun works. It is hoped that further study of how the device works will unravel the mysteries of ball lightning.

[Ed: Sorry, still one last joke article for tomorrow. This would be seriously cool were it real.]"

Swedish Athletes Back GPS Implants to Combat Drug Use 299

paulraps writes "Swedish athletes Carolina Klüft and Stefan Holm have proposed a radical technological measure to stop top level competitors from taking performance-enhancing drugs. Klüft and Holm, reigning Olympic champions in the heptathlon and high-jump events, argue that competitors at the highest level should either have computer chips implanted into their skin or GPS transmitters attached to their training bags so that the authorities can keep tabs on them at all times."

FCC Ignores Public, Relaxes Media Ownership 244

anthrax writes "Ignoring Congressional and public comments, the FCC voted to relax ownership rules that have prevented broadcasters from owning newspapers in the nation's 20 largest media markets. After holding several public hearings that overwhelmingly opposed the relaxation of the rules, and Congressional hearing where Democrats and Republicans (even Ted 'Tubes' Stevens) voiced opposition to the move, the FCC voted 3 to 2 to relax ownership. On the same day the FCC voted 3 to 2 (by a different split) to cap the size of any cable company at 30% of the nationwide market, a limit Comcast is up against."

Pimping Out a New House 613

Jason Michael Perry writes "I just got pre-approved to buy some gutted property in New Orleans. A lot of the houses I'm looking at are blank canvases that need new wiring, new walls, new everything. I've always dreamed of a high-tech house that says my name when I walk in the door and now is my chance to get a close as I can with current technology. So I'm looking for ideas to pimp out a newly renovated house with all the best technology. If you had a blank canvas to start with, what would you do? Run CAT-5 or fiber optics? Build a closet for servers and A/V equipment? Build a 7.1 speaker system into the living room walls and ceilings? Install automated lights and intercom (with support for Apple equipment)? How about appliances, the kitchen, and other spots... what cool tech can I use there? My only rules and requirements are support for the four Macs I have in the house, and reasonable support for technology on the fringes."

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