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Submission + - Robots can learn to hold knives — and not stab humans (

aurtherdent2000 writes: We humans enjoy not having knives inside of us. Robots don’t know this, three laws be damned. Therefore it’s important for humans to explain this information to robots using careful training. Researchers at Cornell University develop co-active learning method where humans can correct robot's motions and it learns how to properly use objects such as knives. They use it for a robot performing grocery checkout tasks.

Submission + - Fox news potentially hacked (

An anonymous reader writes: Looks like Fox News web site got hacked. They said it was "an internal production issue". Right. Tell me if those screenshots look like test content.

Submission + - Elementary School Bans Students From Touching Each Other (

theshowmecanuck writes: From the 'Think Of The Children' Department: OK, so this isn't a tech article. But it is about something that is so messed up I just had to post it. A school in British Columbia (the province that now even California can call flakey) has just banned elementary school students from touching each other during recess. You know, one of those times for play and more importantly learning how to socialize (which itself includes touching). CTV News reports: "A ban on touching during recess at a B.C. elementary school has shocked parents, who call the new no-touch policy "ridiculous." For most kids, recess is a chance to run around and goof-off with their friends, but a new ban on touching at a school in Aldergrove could put a damper on playtime. School administrators at Coghlan Fundamental Elementary School in B.C. have banned kindergarten students from touching each other during recess."

Comment High school AND college - simultaneously (Score 1) 659

I went to high school with one of the founders of Excite. He took his science and math classes at the university (conveniently just a mile and a half from the high school), and took AP humanities classes with the rest of us. Seemed to work okay for him.

I also went to college with someone who started college at age 13. He's now a community college professor.

Don't underestimate the value of socialization.

Comment Re:Content Uncontrolled (Score 1) 98

I agree that what we put online should be conscious. That said, people have intentionally set up whatever is automatically publishing to Facebook. I have a Facebook account and actually use it for a active group (works like a forum, kind of like Slashdot), and to look at pictures of friends' kids. Facebook does not know my real email address, the contents of my address book, my phone number, or where I'm eating lunch.

I'm not sure why anyone thinks FB should know where you are, but there are people who enjoy these features (bless their hearts). Of course, everyone else blocks these people...

Comment Re:From the No Duh Dept. (Score 1) 801

I commute on a street that every 10th parked car has usually been slammed into (because it's very narrow, has lots of parked cars, pedestrians, and three schools in 10 blocks, and people go 45-50). I once had someone gun it to try to pass me on the right through an intersection and they nearly slammed into the parked cars because they underestimated how slow I was going - only 5 mph over speed limit. (I had assumed when they pulled right that it was to make a right turn.)

Submission + - Apple announces its Last Year at Macworld (

aliloln writes: Steve Jobs will not be giving the keynote at Macworld this year, and Apple will not have a presence at the event at future Macworlds.

From the article:
CUPERTINO, California--December 16, 2008--Apple® today announced that this year is the last year the company will exhibit at Macworld Expo. Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, will deliver the opening keynote for this year's Macworld Conference & Expo, and it will be Apple's last keynote at the show. The keynote address will be held at Moscone West on Tuesday, January 6, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. Macworld will be held at San Francisco's Moscone Center January 5-9, 2009.

Let the speculating begin!

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