phrackthat writes: Clifford Ray Jones of Detroit died in a Darwin Award worthy fashion. In the ultimate case of distracted driving, he was spanking it to porn on his phone while negotiating a turn on a ramp and rolled his 1996 Toyota. He was partially ejected from his car's sunroof because he wasn't wearing a seat belt. He also wasn't wearing any pants. He died at the scene. Nothing in the story about whether the car was stick(y) shift or automatic. Additional details here.
phrackthat writes: Another associate of Lois Lerner had a hard drive crash and lost her emails (and, once again, the hard drive was recycled before investigators could examine it). This time the hard drive belonged to April Sands, an employee of the Federal Election Commission who worked under Lerner when Lerner served as the agency's Associate General Counsel for Enforcement. Sands admitted to violating the Hatch Act by electioneering for Obama using Federal property but the Inspector General didn't bring criminal charges because her email couldn't be retrieved from the recycled hard drive.
Is Lois Lerner a living high-power human drive degausser? That seems to be the only explanation other than massive corruption and we know that can't be the case because Obama said that there wasn't a smidgeon of corruption . . ..
phrackthat writes: Everyone grab your popcorn! Lois Lerner's emails aren't the only ones that got eaten by the IRS's rabid hounds. The emails of six more employees who were the subject of the investigation into the IRS's targeting of conservative activists have been reported as "unrecoverable" by the IRS.
phrackthat writes: A UC Berkley group, in a bid to drive down the costs of 3d printing, has been focusing on more natural materials such as salt, wood, ceramics and concrete (the last two, while not naturally occurring, are made of naturally occurring components). The use of these materials create new avenues for architecture such as printing buildings. Professor Ronald Rael, the head of the project, stated that these materials and the designs they enable will require new IP protections — "This is going to require some IP protection for designs, so if you design architecture in the computer, you're protected, just as music and movies are." I wonder if he's ever heard of design patents?
phrackthat writes: A boy who had an incomplete bronchus received a new one created by a 3d printer. The new bronchus acts as a scaffolding that should degrade and be absorbed over time as new tissue grows to replace it. Hopefully, all the ninnys who worry about the potential harm that 3d printed guns could hold (although the lives saved through defensive gun use are never taken into account), will now pause to consider all of the wonderful life-enhancing and life-saving benefits made possible by the technology.
phrackthat writes: A Chilean tech company claims it has created a 3d object using a 3d printer controlled only by the mind. One of the aims of the project is to create a program to be used in rural areas to teach scientific, artistic and engineering principles. The object is not created by "reading" a fully developed model from the brain of the user, rather the interface starts with a small object and the user gradually develops it through small aggregated mutations.
phrackthat writes: DHS issued a bulletin clearly aimed at making sure everyone believes 3d printers are too scary to be permitted because they make controlling bad guys impossible. Get your Reprap plans while you can people. First we had a run on guns and ammo — will we now see a run on plastic?
phrackthat writes: Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) wants regulations that would possibly track 3-D printers and who has access to them — effectively creating a 3-D printer registry. Of course he apparently hasn't figured out that people can build them from plans off the Net. He's wetting his pants because they can be used to make weapons and he can't stand anyone having weapons that isn't employed by the government. He said, “Terrorists can make these guns and do some horrible things to an individual and then walk away scott-free, and that is something that is really dangerous.” He says background checks, requiring serial numbers and even registering them could be part of new legislation that he says will protect the public.
phrackthat writes: A 1974 ad from Vogue looks amazingly like the introductory crawl from Star Wars. As usual, it looks like those who like to sue others for "copying" are guilty of slavishly copying others.
phrackthat writes: Well, I can think of better ways to try to securely delete files than attacking it with a samurai sword, but what I want to know is what brand drive was he using? It's gotta be pretty good to survive being stabbed by a samurai sword and still work perfectly. In fact that sounds like an excellent advertising campaign (all except for the child porn bit)