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Submission + - Boost Your WiFi Signal Using Only a Beer Can (discovery.com) 2

AmyVernon writes: This hack is supposed to boost signal strength by at least 2 to 4 bars.
What you need: scissors, a utility knife, some adhesive putty and an empty beer can. The brand doesn't matter for the router, but I suppose it would be cooler looking if it were Asahi or Stella Artois than if it were Budweiser.

Android

Submission + - Kubrik to provide prior art on the iPad design? (blogspot.com)

GNUman writes: Apparently part of Samsung's defense against Apple with regards to the design of their tablet is provided by Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey" film, as personal tablets used by the astronauts may prove to be prior art. From the article:
"The clip can be downloaded online at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ8pQVDyaLo. As with the design claimed by the D’889 Patent, the tablet disclosed in the clip has an overall rectangular shape with a dominant display screen, narrow borders, a predominately flat front surface, a flat back surface (which is evident because the tablets are lying flat on the table's surface), and a thin form factor."

Submission + - Court Says Sending Too Many Emails Is Hacking (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An appeals court has ruled that having people send a company a lot of emails (in this case, a union protesting a company's business practices) qualifies as hacking under the Computer Fraud & Abuse Act. We're not even talking about a true DDoS action here, but just a bunch of protest emails. Part of the problem is that the company apparently set up their email to only hold a small number of emails in their inbox, and the court seems to think the union should take the blame for stuffing those inboxes.
Social Networks

Submission + - Syrian Hackers Deface Anonymous' Social Network (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "After the hacking gang Anonymous took credit for defacing Syria's Ministry of Defense website, a Syrian group retaliated on Monday by posting gruesome photos on Anonymous' embryonic social network. The defacement of AnonPlus — the site Anonymous set up last month when it was booted off Google+ — did not include the name of the group responsible. The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab, however, credited the AnonPlus defacement to the 'Syrian Electronic Army' in a message posted to Twitter. 'In response to your hacking to the website of the Syrian Ministry of Defence, the Syrian people have decided to purify the internet of [y]our pathetic website,' the defacement read."

Submission + - Fruit Bats. Fellatio (throckmorton.me)

Dr Darknuss writes: "One of the only non-human animals noted for their consistent implementation of fellatio is the short-nosed fruit bat. A few researchers pulled out their binoculars and got all peepin’ Tom on some fruit bat sexy time. The amateur animal pornographers managed to catch twenty episodes of sweet fruit bat lovemaking & noted some interesting findings."
Government

Submission + - Murdoch's Drone at The Daily Might Be Illegal (forbes.com)

nonprofiteer writes: The News Corp iPad newspaper has a drone they've been using for news gathering — mainly flying it over disaster zones in N. Dakota and Alabama. However, FAA regulations on drones are mighty restrictive at the moment, and they're not to be used for commercial purposes (tho law enforcement is free to let them fly). FAA now examining Daily's use of its drone. Could set a precedent for how private businesses can use them.
The Internet

Submission + - Better Copyright Through Fair Use And Ponies (variety.com)

Balinares writes: With even harmless parody sites like Peanutweeter now getting shut down by twitchy lawyers in the name of brand dilution concerns, the situation with fair use has become bleak. Yet some companies are learning at last. Variery reports that when parodies of their latest production started popping up online, Hasbro not only allowed it to happen, but started contributing some of their own. Now their My Little Pony reboot has gained a huge following and reached cult status. Fair use does make everything better. That, or it's the ponies.

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