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Submission + - Scatter My Ashes at the Microsoft Store

theodp writes: The Sarasota Observer reports that a man paid final respects to his fiancée by spreading her cremated ashes at a LensCrafters in the Westfield Southgate Shopping Center, leading to a police lockdown of the mall over fears of the then-mysterious powder material. Considering all the commotion, Police Lt. Pat Ledwith took the matter rather good-naturedly, explaining, 'People handle grief in different ways. This is a way he was choosing to kind of honor her memory, places they have been and places they liked to go.' So, is there any particular place — tech-related or not — where you would like to have your ashes scattered?
Idle

Submission + - Apple Maps Flaw Sends Drivers Across Airport Runway (bbc.co.uk)

solareagle writes: The BBC reports that an Alaskan airport says it has had to place barricades across one of its taxiways after an Apple Maps flaw resulted in iPhone users driving across a runway.The airport said it had complained to the phone-maker through the local attorney general's office. "We asked them to disable the map for Fairbanks until they could correct it, thinking it would be better to have nothing show up than to take the chance that one more person would do this," Melissa Osborn, chief of operations at the airport, told the Alaska Dispatch newspaper. The airport said it had been told the problem would be fixed by Wednesday. However the BBC still experienced the issue when it tested the app, asking for directions to the site from a property to the east of the airport. By contrast the Google Maps app provided a different, longer route which takes drivers to the property's car park.

Submission + - Drone hunters lining up and paying out in Colorado (networkworld.com) 1

coondoggie writes: What might have started out a whimsical protest against government surveillance tactics has morphed into a little more than that as a small town in Colorado has found itself overwhelmed with requests and cash for a unmanned aircraft hunting license that doesn't exist — yet.

Submission + - How one man turns annoying cold calls into cash (bbc.co.uk)

georgeaperkins writes: A man targeted by marketing companies is making money from cold calls with his own premium-rate phone number. So far he's made £300 profit following a £10+VAT initial investment. The premium rate regulator has "strongly discouraged" the practice, as it violates the code of practice. Nevertheless, the novel idea is sure to resonate with slashdotters worn down by mindless cold calling!

Submission + - India Army Mistook Planets for Spy Drones (bbc.co.uk)

hackingbear writes: BBC reports that India's army spent six months watching "Chinese spy drones" violating its air space, only to find out they were actually Jupiter and Venus. Between last August and February, Indian troops had already documented 329 sightings of unidentified objects over a lake in the border region next to China. India accused the objects being Chinese spy drones. The incident has even escalated to military build-up and stand-off at border between the two countries. High level talks were held between the two military. The Chinese denied they invaded Indian space and told India to shoot down the objects if they can and the India side replied the objects were too high, according to a Chinese news report (Google translation). At the meantime, residents of the solar system are grad that India does not possess the capability to shoot down such high attitude objects.
Crime

Submission + - Anonymous Hacks MIT in Memory of Aaron Swartz 1

theodp writes: MIT's network fell to a denial-of-service attack Sunday evening, allegedly by Anonymous, cutting campus users off from Internet access to most websites for nearly three hours. The attack came in the wake of accusations that MIT’s role in the pending litigation against Internet activist Aaron Swartz contributed to his Friday suicide. The attack occurred several hours after MIT President Rafael Reif asked computer science professor Hal Abelson to conduct 'a thorough analysis of MIT’s involvement' in the Swartz matter.
Transportation

Crowd Funding For Crank Physics 379

BuzzSkyline writes "A new design for bicycle cranks violates basic principles of physics, but that's not stopping the inventor of Z-Torque cranks from trying to raise thousands in start-up capital through crowd funding." The picture looks intriguing for a fleeting moment before it looks silly. Covered in similar style at a site I'm glad to discover exists, the Bicycle Museum of Bad Ideas.
AI

IBM's Watson Gets a Swear Filter After Learning the Urban Dictionary 310

redletterdave writes "IBM's super-computer Watson briefly went from smart to smart ass with the help of the Urban Dictionary. According to Eric Brown, an IBM research assistant, he and his 35-person team wanted to get Watson to sound more like a real human. After teaching IBM's super-computer the entire Urban Dictionary, however, Watson simply couldn't distinguish polite discourse from profanity. Watson unfortunately learned all of the Urban Dictionary's bad habits, including throwing in overly-crass language at random points in its responses; in answering one question, Watson even reportedly used the word 'bullshit' within an answer to one researcher's question. In the end, Brown and his team were forced to remove the Urban Dictionary from Watson's vocabulary, and additionally developed a smart filter to keep Watson from swearing in the future."
Sci-Fi

Journal Journal: Stratodoober Madness

Previously...

"Ugh! This tastes like shit!" Gumal swore in disgust. "This ain't the same thing as what you brought back from ancient Englarsh, or whatever the name of that damned place was". He took a toke off the stratodoober to clear the nasty taste out of his mouth and, more to the point, forget he'd ever tasted it.

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