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Submission + - Alexa, do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth...

rmdingler writes: Arkansas authorities have issued a warrant for the audio records of an Amazon Echo that was present at a suspicious death.
A report today from The Information details how police in Bentonville, Arkansas, have issued a warrant for the audio records of the Amazon Echo speaker belonging to James Bates, a suspect in an ongoing murder investigation. Amazon has handed over Bates’ purchase history and account information to law enforcement, but it has declined to release his speaker’s records.
In February, police arrested Bates, age 31, and charged him with the murder of Victor Collins, age 47, according to local news. According to a medical examiner, Collins was strangled in a hot tub. Bates pleaded not guilty in April and made bail shortly after, but the case will go to trial in early 2017. Both men worked for Walmart, which is headquartered in Bentonville.

Submission + - Iodine Transforms the Bindi Into a "Life-Saving Dot" (

Zothecula writes: In an effort to increase awareness of nutritional requirements, and to bring simple tech into complex customs, a medical foundation in India has joined forces with a Singaporean ad agency. The plan is to combat iodine deficiencies using bindis, the decorative forehead dots worn by most Indian women and girls.

Submission + - Online Posting of Motorcyclist's Traffic Stop Sets ( 1

vernonhargrove79 writes: Wiretap laws are drawing scrutiny in the age of YouTube as the case of a Maryland motorcyclist, who was arrested for recording and posting online a traffic stop, raises questions about whether citizens have the right to record their own encounters with police.

Submission + - Dr. Zakir Naik Banned From Entering UK (

An anonymous reader writes: Dr. Zakir Naik, a prominent Muslim scholar, has been banned from entering U.K by home secretary. The reason being told is that Theresa May, the home secretary, believes that he might be a threat to national security and his views glorify terrorism, promote acts of violence and other serious crimes.

Submission + - Britain's BPI goes after Google -- with US DMCA ! ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: The BPI, the RIAA's UK counterpart, has gone up against the Holiest of Holies, American online advertising conglomerate Google, says Chilling Effects. The BPI contributed to the British government's Digital Ecomy bill, complete with its ACTA Three Strikes and you're Off The Net element, with hardly a murmur from the UK lamescream media. Now Chilling Effects quotes a missive directed at Gargle by the BPI. It states, in part, "We have identified the following links that are available via Google's search engine, and request the following links be removed as soon as possible as they directly link to sound recordings owned by our members ... " And what's even more interesting is: this British 'trade' outfity is using the American DMCA to attack Google. Can it do that?

Submission + - Australian ISPs to throttle, quarantine zombie PCs (

littlekorea writes: ISPs in Australia have agreed to a voluntary code under which subscribers that don't secure their PC's and become infected with malware will have their connection speeds throttled and choice of websites walled off to prevent harm spreading across the network. The code of practice improves on a draft in which ISPs would be expected to cut off zombie-infected PCs altogether .
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Submission + - Sony ordered to pay refunds over "other OS" affair ( 3

Lonewolf666 writes: The law firm Meiselman, Denlea, Packman, Carton & Eberz P.C. claims a legal success against Sony in a class action lawsuit concerning the "Other OS" feature.
According to the news on their homepage, Sony failed to defend it's intentions in court and now has to pay a refund to every PS3 owner, who bought his PS3 before March 27, 2010. The sum is 50% of the price when purchased.

Thanks to Evulsdrakab from the forum for bringing this to my attention


Caffeine Addicts Get No Additional Perk, Only a Return To Baseline 506

Dthief writes "Bristol University researchers found that coffee drinkers develop a tolerance to both the anxiety-producing and the stimulating effects of caffeine, meaning that it only brings them back to baseline levels of alertness, not above them. 'Although frequent consumers feel alerted by caffeine, especially by their morning tea, coffee, or other caffeine-containing drink, evidence suggests that this is actually merely the reversal of the fatiguing effects of acute caffeine withdrawal,' wrote the scientists, led by Peter Rogers of Bristol's department of experimental psychology."

Submission + - Titanium Oxide Could Be Used For Optical Storage (

Stoobalou writes: A Japanese research team has discovered that titanium oxide — a material most commonly used in white paint and sunscreen, of all things — could be used in future optical storage disks.

Boffins at the University of Tokyo said that the material could be used to make low-price 'Super Disks' with a storage capacity thousands of times greater than DVD.

The material, which is a new crystalline form of titanium oxide, switches between metal and semiconductor states when exposed to light at room temperature effectively creating an I/O state which is repeatedly reversible.

The team has successfully created the material in tiny particles measuring as little as five nanometers which would give standard-sized disks a theoretical storage capacity a thousand times greater than Blu-ray.

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Comment Re:American cars.... (Score 1) 378

Toyota IQ has a pair of buttons on the doors where you press them in and it locks and for the next 5 seconds, you can wiggle the door handles and it will not open (i.e. it is locked) but if you wait longer than that it will open because it thinks you have forgotten something or there is some reason why you haven't gone away.

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