rkhalloran writes: The remnants of the failed litigation engine that was SCOX has finally filed for liquidation under Chapter 7 of the bankruptcy code. "There is no hope for rehabilitation". At this point the lawyers will suck the marrow from the carcass and leave the bones to bleach out in the sun.
bsDaemon writes: It appears, according to a CNN.com article that Lucasfilm Ltd is backing off its crusade against Wicked Lasers and their "light saber"-like hand held laser, stating that the 'The potential for confusion is now "significantly reduced,"' according to a press release issued by Lucasfilm and referenced by a CNN.com story. However, Wicked Lasers did end up adding additional safety features, including tuning down the default power setting, as well as adding a safety lock to the device, as well as having gone out of their way to make sure every one knows they are not affiliated with or endorsed by the 'Star Wars' creators in any way.
netbuzz writes: Some 230,000 New Zealanders have been informed that their personal information has apparently fallen into the hands of hackers who compromised the network of a locally famous food chain, Hell Pizza. The company says it suspects “a rogue employee,” but one security expert says Hell’s ordering portal is “about 50 steps of fail.” Several New Zealand celebrities are among the victims and at least one is taking the matter in stride, musing: "My Twitter has been hacked, my Facebook has been hacked and I'm pretty sure half of New Zealand has my phone number already. I have nothing bad to say about Hell."
pickens writes: A study in the Netherlands illustrates car thieves’ preferences. From 2004-2008, the most commonly colored vehicle stolen was black. This may be because black vehicles look more luxurious. Following close behind black were gray/silver automobiles. Of the 109 pink cars in the study, not one was stolen. A bright and uncommon color, like pink, may be as effective deterrent as an expensive security system. Ben Vollaard, who conducted the research, wrote, “If the aversion to driving a car in an offbeat color is not too high – or if someone actually enjoys it – then buying deterrence through an uncommon car color may be at least as good a deal as buying deterrence through an expensive car security device.”
Hugh Pickens writes: "Consumer Reports says that its engineers have just completed testing the iPhone 4, have confirmed that there is a problem with its reception, but have found an affordable solution for suffering iPhone 4 users: Cover the antenna gap with a piece of duct tape. "It may not be pretty, but it works," writes Mike Gikas. Consumer Reports' findings call into question the recent claim by Apple that the iPhone 4's signal-strength issues were largely an optical illusion caused by faulty software that "mistakenly displays 2 more bars than it should for a given signal strength" and the signal problem is the reason that Consumer Reports is not citing the iPhone 4 as a "recommended" model, even though its score in other tests placed it atop the latest Ratings of smart phones that were released today. "If you want an iPhone that works well without a masking-tape fix, we continue to recommend an older model, the 3G S.""
MaulerOfEmotards writes: Strong evidence for that Tang Jun, president of Microsoft China until 2004 and one of China’s Top Ten Most Valuable Professional Manager, has bought his PhD at a diploma mill has been presented and summarised (in Chinese) at scientist and science-fiction writer Fang Shi Min's blog. Fang Shi Min is well known for uncovering and publicising lies (in Chinese) in Chinese academia and politics.
Non Chinese-speakers might enjoy the service of online translation services, as my Chinese friends like to phrase it.