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Comment Really? (Score 1) 58

Huh, I am surprised at this. I am only an early engineer, doing a research project for my class, but I know a little more about this stuff than most others, and I don't understand how it is reading the emotions of the other humans interacting with it. Is it a combination of voice and the muscles in the face? Or just one of the two?

Comment huh. (Score 1) 438

Well, I would say thats a very interesting thing to do. Part of me wants to disagree with it, but then I realize that they generally do have a reason anyways. For example, doesn't that deprive them- just a little bit - of the human need for security? Then I contradicted myself with the thoughts of the fact that they don't really deserve security if they are only mistreating it anyways. An interesting read!
The Courts

Police Can Search Cell Phones Without Warrants 438

Hugh Pickens writes "The California Supreme Court has ruled 5 to 2 to allow police to search arrestees' cell phones without a warrant, saying defendants lose their privacy rights for any items they're carrying when taken into custody. Under US Supreme Court precedents, 'this loss of privacy allows police not only to seize anything of importance they find on the arrestee's body... but also to open and examine what they find,' the state court said. The dissenting justices said those rulings shouldn't be extended to modern cell phones that can store huge amounts of data and that the decision allows police 'to rummage at leisure through the wealth of personal and business information that can be carried on a mobile phone or handheld computer merely because the device was taken from an arrestee's person.' Interestingly enough, the Ohio Supreme Court reached an opposite conclusion in a December 2009 ruling that police had violated drug defendants' rights by searching their cell phones after their arrests. The Ohio-California split could prompt the US Supreme Court to take up the issue, says California Deputy Attorney General Victoria Wilson, who represented the prosecution in the case."

Submission + - 2012 named most absurd science fiction film by JPL (nasawatch.com) 1

gruenz writes: http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/2011/01/jpls-bad-movie.html and http://www.lenta.ru/news/2011/01/02/worst/ report on the best and worst Science Fiction films from "being true to science" perspective according to JPL.

Worst are: "2012", "The Core", "Armageddon", "The Volcano", "Chain Reaction", "The 6th Day", "What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?"

Best are: "Gattaca", "Contact", "Metropolis", "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "Woman in the Moon", "The Thing from Another World", "Jurassic Park"

Not sure whether to believe this or not, since no obvious mention on JPL/NASA/Science & Entertainment Exchange sites but plenty on Metro and The Sun (which are known for their "factual sources" ;-)), but I didn't dig too deep...


New Zealand Government Opens UFO Files 100

astroengine writes "Following hot on the heels of a series of international UFO sighting disclosures, the New Zealand government has joined the party and made public 2,000 pages of UFO eyewitness accounts dating back to 1952. Helpfully, the NZ newspaper The Dominion Post has scanned the documents and has made them available online. Among the accounts of alien encounters and strange lights in the sky is one of New Zealand's most famous UFO mystery: the Kaikoura sighting. But was it aliens? Probably not, but it makes for an entertaining read."

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