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Sharp Rise In Jailing of Online Journalists; Iran May Just Kill Them 233

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists has published their annual census of journalists in prison. Of the 136 reporters in prison around the world on December 1, 'At least 68 bloggers, Web-based reporters, and online editors are imprisoned, constituting half of all journalists now in jail.' Print was next with 51 cases. Also, 'Freelancers now make up nearly 45 percent of all journalists jailed worldwide, a dramatic recent increase that reflects the evolution of the global news business.' China, Iran, Cuba, Eritrea, and Burma were the top 5 jailers of journalists." rmdstudio writes, too, with word that after the last few days' protest there, largely organized online, the government of Iran is considering the death penalty for bloggers and webmasters whose reports offend it.

Comment wheeled and stable vs dynamically legged robots (Score 5, Interesting) 85

I thought this article was a bit strange. Of the four or five videos posted, only one was a self contained two legged walker (the well known asimo). The others involved various specialized wheel systems. Even asimo relies on static stability. In fact robots (even legged ones) have been climbing stairs for at least 15 years. I remember in the early 90s the society of automobile engineers sponsored a contest for _undergraduate_ engineering students to develop legged robots that could traverse various obstacles -- One of them being a set of stairs. Every year several of the entries were able to pass that test. The more interesting recent developments are with dynamically stable and self contained robots that can climb stairs and traverse other obstacles. This really is a new development in the last 10 years. The most crazy cool example of this I've seen recently is the big dog.

Comment what about the blender realtime plugin (Score 1) 191

I thought the realtime blender plugin was a very cool project and quite effective. It implemented a sandboxed version of blender's richly featured 3d game / interactive simulation engine within several browsers on multiple platforms back in 2002 there have been rumblings of reviving the project and bringing it in line with the current code base now and then on the blender developers mailing list. most recently by Marcelo CoraÃa de Freitas

Comment Re:Stocks fall (Score 1) 373

Actually it seems like the stock fell ~12% because they missed earning estimates for the quarter. The mood with respect to CEO change seems somewhat ambivalent. Ruiz was not popular with investors and largely blamed for running the company into the ground by not solving production problems. Some blog post level comments seem to suggest that bringing in Meyer as CEO is a mistake. Anyone from AMD / ATI out there want to pipe in on the mood in house? --snip-- ""From 2001 to 2006, Meyer led the companyâ(TM)s microprocessor business, overseeing related R&D, manufacturing, operations, and marketing." Right. Forget Ruiz, _THIS_ is the guy who is responsible for AMD's sorry state. Responsible for the horrible marketing. Responsible for manufacturing problems. Responsible for the failure of K10 (aka Bulldozer aka Core-killer aka the architecture which should have been 10h which should have kept AMD on top which should have arrived a while ago but won't for another two years). They really should have promoted somebody from ATI or the outside or, I don't know, ANYONE but Meyer. Sigh. "

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