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Submission + - Google Voice Offering Invites

kevind23 writes: "I checked my email this evening to find that Google Voice, which has caught the attention of Slashdot several times, is now offering free registrations on an invite-only basis. Unfortunately, unlike Gmail, current users cannot send invitations to their friends (or other interested parties). Google Voice is currently available in the United States, with free domestic calling and SMS, as well as cheap international rates."

Submission + - Facebook Censoring Mothers' Breastfeeding Photos (

NewsCloud writes: "Some Facebook moms report having their accounts deleted for uploading photos of breastfeeding their newborns. 'Photos containing an exposed breast do violate our Terms and are removed,' says Facebook. In response, more than 33,431 concerned Facebook members created the "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" [group req. reg.]. Facebook's censorship thresholds were covered earlier on Slashdot. Meanwhile, Flickr's foot fetish groups are going strong."

Submission + - Virtual robots fooled by visual illusions

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Researchers at University College London (UCL) have written a computer program using neural networks which are duped by optical illusions the same way as we do. Their virtual robots, which were trained to 'see' like us, could help to understand why we fall for optical illusions. This might also be important for robot vision. If robots are trained to 'see' like us, they will act like us — and make mistakes. Very interesting... But read more for additional references and one of the visual illusions featured on the Web site of the lead researcher for this project."

Submission + - Student Attacked After Dropping Cake ( 17

An anonymous reader writes: "School security guards in Palmdale, CA have been caught on camera assaulting a 16-year-old girl and breaking her arm after she spilled some cake during lunch and left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning it up. The girl, Pleajhai Mervin, told Fox News LA that she was bumped while queuing for lunch and dropped the cake. After being ordered to clean it up and then re-clean the spot three times, she attempted to leave the area out of embarrassment but was jumped on by security who forced her onto a table, breaking her wrist in the process."
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Submission + - Star Wars fan puts himself in Carbonite (

sneezesteve writes: How do you secure your nerd-cred for eternity? By acquiring a life-size replica of Han Solo in Carbonite, having Han's face removed, and replacing it with your own.

"It is made from fiberglass, and the short story is that a friend who is a special effects guy owned the piece, which was a direct casting off the original prop. He was moving, (aka getting married and yelled at) and asked me if I wanted it. I screamed a huge lispy "Yes!", and picked it up, but knew I wanted to do something cool with it. So I called my other nerdy special effects pals, and they offered to replace Harrison Ford's face with mine. I was so tired of hearing this offer in my daily life, but decided to finally consider it, so off it went.

KNB Effects in the valley took an algae mold of my entire head, then cut off Han Solo's, and replaced it with mine. They even added the frozen saliva that rushed out when Han got frozen."

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