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Submission + - No charges father after fatal beating of map raping his 4 year old daughter. ( 1

TheMeuge writes: A Texas grand jury has declined to issue an indictment in a case that proves that common sense can still prevail. The father heard his daughters screams during a family event, he told police, and followed them to a secluded area, where he witnessed an employee of the family attempting to rape his 4-year-old daughter. Several witnesses decribed seeing the father beating the assailant's head against the pavement repeatedly. During the subsequent 911 call, the father's frantic voice can be heard: "I need an ambulance! This guy was raping my daughter, and I beat him up, and I don't know what to do!"

Submission + - Face Swap App Puts WP7 Ahead? (

mikejuk writes: Could AI be the way to get a phone brand into more hands? If you make apps that are really clever it might take time at least for the others to catch up. Microsoft Research is undoubtedly clever and so who better to put WP7 ahead of the pack — well at least for a while. The latest two make use of face recognition but in different ways — one is serious and the other just fun. Face Mask will automatically place an obscuring blob or pattern. You can select which faces to recognize and which patterns to use as a mask — some of which can be silly. The second app really doesn't seem to have a serious use but who knows. Face Swap allows you to take a photo and swap faces on the subjects. Why would you want to do this? Well it's amusing — apparently.

Feed Google News Sci Tech: Hackers Dump Credit Card Info - Daily Beast (

Daily Beast

Hackers Dump Credit Card Info
Daily Beast
Hacker collective Anonymous is continuing its campaign to embarrass the security think tank Stratfor, dumping the names, email addresses, and passwords of around 860000 customers, as well as credit card information for 75000 clients. ...
Hackers release credit card, other data from Stratfor breachCNET
Anonymous Hacks Military Gear Web SitePC Magazine
Hacking Group Releases More Stratfor Subscriber DataPCWorld
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The Military

Submission + - What War in the Hormuz Strait Would Look Like

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "The high stakes standoff between Iran and the US over the Strait of Hormuz, the passageway for one-fifth of the world's oil, escalated this week as Iran's navy claimed to have recorded video of a US aircraft carrier entering the Port of Oman and the deputy chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Hossein Salami rejected US claims that it could prevent Iran from closing the strait. To drive the point home, Iran has started a 10-day naval exercise in the Persian Gulf to show off how it could use small speedboats and a barrage of missiles to combat America's naval armada while in a report for the Naval War College, US Navy Commander Daniel Dolan wrote that Iran has acquired “thousands of sea mines, wake homing torpedoes, hundreds of advanced cruise missiles (PDF) and possibly more than one thousand small Fast Attack Craft and Fast Inshore Attack Craft. The heart of the Iran's arsenal is its 200 small potential-suicide boats — fiberglass motorboats with a heavy machine gun, a multiple rocket-launcher, or a mine — and may also carry heavy explosives, rigged to ram and blow a hole in the hull of a larger ship. These boats will likely employ a strategy of “swarming”—coming out of nowhere to ambush merchant convoys and American warships in narrow shipping lanes. But the US Navy is not defenseless against kamikaze warfare. The US has put more machine guns and 25-millimeter gyro-stabilized guns on the decks of warships, modified the 5-inch gun to make it more capable of dealing with high-speed boats, and improved the sensor suit of the Aegis computer-integrated combat system aboard destroyers and cruisers. “We have been preparing for it for a number of years with changes in training and equipment,” says Vice Admiral (ret.) Kevin Cosgriff, former commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command."
The Courts

Submission + - Judge rules to forcibly medicate Loughner

An anonymous reader writes: A federal appeals court refused to stop prison officials from forcibly drugging Jared Lee Loughner, the key suspect in the shooting rampage that left a congresswoman with brain damage, and six dead. Prosecutors argued that Loughner needed to be medicated as he was a danger to himself and to others, and was not psychologically fit to stand trial.

Submission + - Heathrow To Install Facial Recognition Scanners (

itwbennett writes: "Slashdot readers will recall that back in February, Heathrow airport required full body scanning for select individuals. Now we learn that the airport is installing facial recognitions scanners. The scanners will be used to capture passengers' faces before entering security checks and again before boarding. The stated goal is to prevent illigal immigration."

Submission + - Norway terrorism: Help decode encrypted document ( 4

An anonymous reader writes: It appears that the perpetrator of Friday's terrorist attack in Norway, claimed to be part of the PCCTS, or the Knights Templar. On the PCCTS home page, there is a number of creepy hidden links, including what appears to be a interactive strategic map of the USA. Google has also revealed a PDF that appears to contain an encrypted message.

The Slashdot community has helped Norwegians with decoding encrypted information before, and although the circumstances are far more gloomy this time around, I hope the crypto experts amongst you would still like to have a go at it. Who knows — maybe it might even help prevent further loss of lives.

Submission + - Victory for evolution in Texas ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Pop the champagne corks. The Texas Board of Education has unanimously come down on the side of evolution. In an 8-0 vote, the board today approved scientifically accurate high school biology textbook supplements from established mainstream publishers--and did not approve the creationist-backed supplements from International Databases, LLC.
Hardware Hacking

Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter 137

An anonymous reader writes "Peter Jansen, a PhD student and member of the RepRap community, has constructed a working prototype of an inexpensive table-top laser cutter built out of old CD/DVD drives as an offshoot of his efforts to design an under $200 open-source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Where traditional laser cutters use powerful, fixed-focus beams, this new technique dynamically adjusts the focal point of the laser using a reciprocating motion similar to a reciprocating saw, allowing a far less powerful and inexpensive laser diode to be used. The technique is currently limited to cutting black materials to a depth of only a few millimeters, but should still be useful and enabling for Makers and other crafters. The end-goal is to create a hybrid inexpensive 3D printer that can be easily reconfigured for 2D laser cutting, providing powerful making tools to the desktop."

Man Wants to Donate His Heart Before He Dies Screenshot-sm 456

Gary Phebus wants to donate his heart, lungs, and liver. The problem is he wants to donate them before he dies. Gary was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2008. Phebus says he'd like to be able to donate his organs before they deteriorate, and doesn't consider his request suicide because he's "dead anyway."

Sound As the New Illegal Narcotic? Screenshot-sm 561

ehrichweiss writes "The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is warning parents and teachers of a new threat to our children: sounds. Apparently kids are now discovering binaural beats and using them to get 'physiological effects.' The report goes on with everyone suggesting that such aural experiences will act as a gateway to drug usage and even has one student claiming there are 'demons' involved. Anyone who has used one of those light/sound machines knows all about the effects that these sounds will give and to state that they will lead kids to do drugs is nonsense at best. It seems the trend in scaring the citizens with a made-up problem has gone to the next level."

Nuclear Power Could See a Revival 415

shmG writes "As the US moves to reduce dependence on oil, the nuclear industry is looking to expand, with new designs making their way through the regulatory process. No less than three new configurations for nuclear power are being considered for licensing by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The first of them could be generating power in Georgia by 2016."

Comment Re:Try this one... (Score 0) 1067

OK I do get your point and probably wouldn't disagree, but only yesterday I spoke with an entrepreneur who, after using an iPad for a couple weeks actually said to me that she's thinking of not having a cell phone. She already gave up the land line years ago. She purposely keeps her phone voicemail full, so leaving her a VM is out; and she pretty much doesn't answer her cell phone anyways. I always remember those times where you first hear something that becomes the rage, but no cellphone? I was impressed that an iPad could get anyone thinking that way...

Comment Re:I rarely read ValleyWag. (Score 1) 1067

because the last thing a company of Apple's size needs is a pretext for puritans and politicians to bash them over.

He's chosen instead a stance that everyone else can bash Apple over. Steve Jobs is supposed to be peddling coolness, but his attitude on porn comes off as distinctly old-fashioned and out-of-touch.

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