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Old 02-29-2012, 06:57 AM   #3176
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http://www.cnn.com/2012/02/29/tech/r...nch/index.html

(CNN) -- The tiny $35 Raspberry Pi computer went on sale today, crashing its distributors' websites on the way to selling out within hours of launch.

Looking like little more than a credit card-sized chip of circuit board, the powerful, fully-programmable PC can plug into any TV and can power 3D graphics and Blu-ray video playback.

Its British-based designers at the Raspberry Pi Foundation hope the computer, which has been in the works for six years, will spark new interest in programming among children.

"The primary goal was to build a low cost computer that every child could own, and one where programming was the natural thing to do with it," said co-founder Robert Mullins.

The computer's miniature uncased circuit board is crowded with an Ethernet connection for the internet, two USB ports and an SD card port for memory and is powered by a standard USB mobile charger.

The low-cost computer runs a free, open-source Linux operating system and does not include a monitor or keyboard.

The first version of the Raspberry Pi will ship soon to developers, and the hope is that they will design software that will enable children to design their own computer programs.

The project came about when a group of Cambridge-based computer programmers noticed that fewer and less-qualified students were applying for computer science courses at Cambridge University.

Inspired by computers like the BBC Micro and the Commodore 64 in the 1980s, the group of engineers set out to build a new programmable machine for a new generation.

"Each year we had fewer and fewer students applying, and most of them hadn't really done much more than write a web page," Raspberry Pi co-founder Eben Upton told CNN. "So we kind of set out to recreate that feeling of the BBC Micro in the hopes it would spark a new wave of kids knowing how to program."

Upton told CNN that an even cheaper version of the computer, which will retail for just $25, is going into production within the next several weeks.

In the long term, he hopes the computer will generate an additional 1,000 engineers in the UK each year -- an "industry-changing development", according to Upton.

"Anyone who expresses a desire to get into designing software should have a platform to do it," he said.
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http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpoli...p-hating-ameri

Four Books To Make Your Children Stop Hating America










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Old 02-29-2012, 08:14 AM   #3180
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:21 AM   #3181
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Old 02-29-2012, 10:46 AM   #3182
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Greek farmers offload crops at cost price
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There's no sense in denying it anymore, boys and girls. Get under your desks and put your heads between your knees, because the Mayans were right and we've only got months to live. Don't believe us? Check out this 100 percent real photo of a Mayan pyramid with a column of apocalyptic light shooting out the top!

OK, so the photo is actually from three years ago, and the column of light is (probably) not a sign of oncoming Armageddon. We hope.

What happened was this: Hector Siliezar took three photos of these two kids standing in front of Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza in 2009. Only one of the photos shows this pinkish tower of world-consuming energy, and Siliezar claims he only saw it after looking at the photo, not while taking it.

So, if it's not a sign that the Mayan gods are calling us all home, what is it? A Lovecraftian Great Old One waking from a maddening sleep to send us all into frenzied worship? A mad scientist attempting to reanimate an ancient South American mummy? Someone building a really big lightsaber?

If we're to believe science, it's just an iPhone glitch.

"Of the three images, the 'light beam' only occurs in the image with a lightning bolt in the background," said Jonathon Hill of Arizona State University's Mars Space Flight Facility. "The intensity of the lightning flash likely caused the camera's CCD sensor to behave in an unusual way, either causing an entire column of pixels to offset their values or causing an internal reflection [off the] camera lens that was recorded by the sensor."

So everyone climb out of your fallout shelters and put the canned goods back in the pantry. Still, it's a remarkably cool image, isn't it? With the unsuspecting kids in the foreground and the forbidding storm clouds gathering in the background? But a scientist has now assured us everything is fine, so there's no need to worry at all. Unless the Men in Black got to that scientist first ...

OK, so worry a little.

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Old 03-05-2012, 07:41 AM   #3184
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http://www.scientificamerican.com/ar...rpetual-motion

"Time Crystals" Could Be a Legitimate Form of Perpetual Motion

Physicists explore the concept that cold states of matter can form repeated patterns in time
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:20 AM   #3185
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Proposed US law bans protesting near anyone who rates a Secret Service detail
from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow

HR437, "the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011" makes it illegal to protest in the vicinity of anyone who rates a Secret Service detail (even if you aren't aware of the person's presence), thus sparing politicians and VIPs the ugly and unseemly spectacle of having to confront voters who disagree with their policies. Only three Congressmen voted against it.

On top of that, the punishment can be pretty severe. You can get up to a year in jail for being found guilty of these things, and that jumps up to 10 years if you are carrying a "deadly or dangerous weapon."

As Amash notes, there are legitimate safety concerns to be aware of, and there are issues with doing something that significantly impedes government regulations. But it's really not difficult to see how this bill could very, very easily be stretched to be used against those doing standard protesting against significant political figures.
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Tennessee woman threatened after encounter with 'solid black mass'

Continue reading on Examiner.com Tennessee woman threatened after encounter with 'solid black mass' - National ufo | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/ufo-in-natio...#ixzz1oH6vKQIg


A Tennessee woman now feels threatened in her normally peaceful home environment after reporting an early morning encounter on her deck with a 6-foot-tall "solid, black mass" with a human shape on February 29, 2012, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The woman had just returned from taking her daughter to her bus stop and was having coffee outside on the deck.

"I was standing at the back of my deck," the witness stated. "The deck is 12-plus feet off the ground at the back of the house. It is a wrap around the house deck, ending on each side at the carport. The time was at 6:40 a.m. EST."

The woman's husband was inside at the time, and she was standing on one end of her deck.

"When I turned my head to look, this human-shaped solid black, very dark black, being was standing on the other side of my deck. It was turned towards the field, leaning on the railings, and seemed to be looking into the field. I was speechless, but not scared."

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http://www.neatorama.com/2012/03/04/...hey-stop-that/

The police watched a drug deal in Newport News, Virginia, and built strong evidence against the drug dealers ... then did something unusual: instead of arresting and prosecuring the criminals, the police invited them for a talk instead.

Welcome to the brave new world of drug-market intervention:

POLICE watched seven people sell drugs in Marshall Courts and Seven Oaks, two districts in south-eastern Newport News, in Virginia. They built strong cases against them. They shared that information with prosecutors. But then the police did something unusual: they sent the seven letters inviting them to police headquarters for a talk, promising that if they came they would not be arrested. Three came, and when they did they met not only police and prosecutors, but also family members, people from their communities, pastors from local churches and representatives from social-service agencies. Their neighbours and relatives told them that dealing drugs was hurting their families and communities. The police showed them the information they had gathered, and they offered the seven a choice: deal again, and we will prosecute you. Stop, and these people will help you turn your lives around.

Is it working? Time will tell, but one thing's for sure: the current way of fighting drugs isn't working.

Traditional drugs policing targets both users and dealers. This poses three main problems. First, low-level dealers are eminently replaceable: arrest two and another two will quickly take their places, with little if any interruption to sales. Second, it tends to promote antagonism between the police and the mostly poor communities where drug markets are found. Arrests can seem random: only one in every 15,000 cocaine transactions, for instance, results in prison time, but those other 14,999 sales are just as illegal as that one. In some neighbourhoods, prison is the norm, or at least common, for young men. Police come to be seen as people who take sons, brothers and fathers away while the neighbourhood remains unchanged. Third, prison as a deterrent does not work. If it did, America would be the safest country on earth.

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There's a thin line between love and hate, and right at that line is this strange but true story of how a South African man is looking to hire a midget to kick his ex-girlfriend in the shin:

“I was recently dumped and require the services of a midget to go and kick my ex-girlfriend in the shins whilst she is at work,” reads Brett’s bizarre Gumtree advert.

“All you need to do is go into the shop, kick her once (not too hard) in the shin, and leave. I’ll supply all the details needed if you are hired.”

He adds that a friend requires a midget to do flick-flacks and breathe fire at their wedding.

During a phone interview with The Star on Thursday, Brett seemed appalled at the suggestion that his advert might be a joke.

“I clearly took it out because I want my ex-girlfriend to be kicked in the shins,” he said. “Midget revenge is the only form of revenge that works these days.”

One thing's for sure: there's no shortage of work for little people. Link

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Download Physical Objects To Your 3D Printer

In the future, you will be able to pirate everything. Pirate Bay has a new category called Physibles, for pirating tangible objects — think designer furniture, fashion accessories, et cetera — with the help of a 3D printer:

We believe that the next step in copying will be made from digital form into physical form. We decided to call them: Physibles. We believe that things like three dimensional printers, scanners and such are just the first step. We believe that in the nearby future you will print your spare parts for your vehicles. You will download your sneakers within 20 years.

The benefit to society is huge. No more shipping huge amount of products around the world. No more child labour. We’ll be able to print food for hungry people. We’ll be able to share not only a recipe, but the full meal. We’ll be able to actually copy that floppy, if we needed one.
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Apparently there are a group of people who believe a government machine called HAARP (High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program) controls the weather. Here's what some of these people have to say about this recent round of tornados. Who do you believe?
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BP has agreed to pay an estimated $7.8 billion to settle lawsuits brought against the company by businesses and individuals in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The disaster, which caused around 205 million gallons of oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, had widespread economic and health impacts on local communities. The estimated compensation, which is not capped, includes provisions for $2.3 billion to bolster the region’s seafood industry and $105 million to improve available health care in the impacted communities. The Washington Post reports that under the agreement, BP also agrees to provide medical consultations for the next 21 years for those with spill-related health complaints.
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THE INVOLUNTARY CONSPIRACY

By Attorney Alex Wallenwein
September 5, 2002
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Okay, so maybe there isn’t a consciously planned conspiracy to subject the world to a one world government. But consider whether there may be such a thing as a "sub-conscious conspiracy."

What nonsense! How can there be a conspiracy that is subconscious, when the very meaning of the word implies a conscious design to do something, right?

But consider the possibility that there is such a commonality of essential flaws in human nature that makes it appear, from the outside, that there is an active, conscious, and purposeful conspiracy at work. So then, what is human nature? To what extent is human thinking, and therefore action, driven by ego? And what is ego, if it is not the potentially unrestrained drive towards more and more individual power?

If we are willing to be honest with ourselves, we can witness this tendency, and this process, in ourselves at the very smallest of levels - in our own personal interactions. (Sacrificing family, etc. to our own lust pattern which is built on - and builds - nothing more than the sense of ego power we get from having another sexual "conquest", etc.)

Alright. Now that we know what manner of silliness and downright callous destructiveness even we individually are capable of, extrapolate that tendency over the entire human race and picture in your mind a basically honest, moral person who, through diligence and hard work, has attained a certain level of political power in his lifetime.

Such a person is now confronted, and consistently interacts, almost exclusively with others like him or her. New bonds of friendship form, but also bonds of an implicit, unspoken level of "brotherhood", of commonality of interest among those who move in that rarefied world of power and influence.

One of the greatest human vices is our lust for approval from other humans who act , look, and think like us; from those whom we want to impress, those from whom we desire approval and acceptance, because it tickles our ego. Picture our imaginary subject now living in this world of power wielders, power grabbers, and power schemers, learning to regard these others like him as his new peers.

Human weakness being what it is, (as we have learned from our brief but honest self examination) the desire to boost our egos can easily eclipse our desire to protect even those who are closest to us, be they our own family, group, or nation.
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