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Submission + - Teacher Accused of Building Pipe Bombs with Studen (spiegel.de) 1

Griller_GT writes: "According to a report in the Wednesday edition of the Lübecker Nachrichten newspaper, the 39-year-old teacher, who has not been named, made gunpowder together with his students who then filled pipes with the explosive. The bombs were later detonated on a nearby heath, using sparklers as detonators. The newspaper reported that the teacher built bombs with classes of fifth-grade students between 2009 and 2011."
Network

Submission + - IP over Lego model train (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "In one of the finest examples of what overly-entitled, First World westerners get up to during cold, winter months, a Frenchman called Maximilien has raised the useless-applications-of-technology stakes and turned a model railway into one of the world’s slowest computer networks. A Lego train carries a USB key around a model railway, stopping at three Arduino-powered "stations." The USB key is mounted and checked to see if the drive contains a packet for the Linux computer attached to the Arduino. The latency is pretty high (about 5-10 seconds), but just like bulk data transfer by loading a truck full of tapes or hard drives, throughput is probably quite good."
Bug

Submission + - Bumblebee bug - The importance of testing (github.com)

wolfric writes: No better example on the importance of testing. An excerpt from the bumblebee project on github of a slightly more serious than your average bug.

Install.sh:
"- rm -rf /usr /lib/nvidia-current/xorg/xorg"

Notice the space after /usr

Submission + - Porn found in bin Laden hideout (reuters.com) 2

fysdt writes: "A stash of pornography was found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden by the U.S. commandos who killed him, current and former U.S. officials said on Friday.

The pornography recovered in bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, consists of modern, electronically recorded video and is fairly extensive, according to the officials, who discussed the discovery with Reuters on condition of anonymity."

Patents

Submission + - Kodak wins patent infringement case against Apple (everythingnew.net)

hasanabbas1987 writes: "The International Trade Commission has ruled in favor of Kodak, in the ongoing Apple-Kodak lawsuit involving patent infringements. The decision which was handed down yesterday, ITC Judge Robert Rogers upheld that Apple’s allegation over patent infringements were unfounded and that company’s patent is itself invalid. The issue is about two technologies of digital cameras, both owned by Apple. One enables the users to continuously adjust the image’s color balance and resolution while the other allows the camera to take burst photos; multiple photos at the same time. Apple filed a complaint against Kodak that they used these mechanisms illegally in their Z-series, C-series and M-series cameras, as well as some video cams. However, ITC Judge Rogers disagreed on the matter, but wont be explaining his judgment publicly until both sides have reviewed the confidential documents."

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