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  • Texas Students Hijack a U.S. Government Drone in Midair

    06/30/2012 3:44:32 AM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 53 replies
    PopSci ^ | June 28, 2012 | Colin Lecher
    The U.S. government, understandably, doesn't want its drone technology to fall out of the sky and into other peoples' laps. But being able to hijack a drone and control it? That's even worse. And a team of researchers has done it for 1,000 bucks. The University of Texas at Austin team successfully nabbed the drone on a dare from the Department of Homeland Security. They managed to do it through spoofing, a technique where a signal from hackers pretends to be the same as one sent to the drone's GPS.
  • Fitchburg woman and daughter 'terrified' as saw rips down door after getting wrong address

    01/31/2012 7:07:49 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 71 replies
    Sentinal and Enterprise ^ | January 31, 2012 | Michael Hartwell
    FITCHBURG -- It was a horror movie come to life. Judy Sanchez woke Thursday to the sound of heavy footsteps in her stairwell, followed by a loud motor. She got to her kitchen in time to see the blade of a chain saw rip through her front door. "It was so crazy," Judy Sanchez said. "I was terrified." Jan. 26 was the day of Operation Red Wolf, a multiagency sweep during which 16 people in Fitchburg were arrested on charges related to gang activity, drug trafficking and illegal gun sales after a two-year investigation by federal, state and local law-enforcement...
  • Wayward driver triggers SF commuter nightmare

    01/19/2012 5:49:37 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 14 replies ^ | January 19, 2012 | KTVU And Wires
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A driver drove into a MUNI Metro subway tunnel early Thursday, stalling his SUV about half a mile down the tracks, triggering a mass transit nightmare for San Francisco commuters. Scott Mitchell, 40, of Sebastapol, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, driving on train tracks and failure to obey a traffic sign, San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza said. Muni spokesman Paul Rose says an SUV entered a tunnel on Church Street shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday and drove eastward almost to the Van Ness Station. The driver stopped when the SUV...
  • Twinkies Maker Preparing for Chapter 11 Filing

    01/10/2012 6:45:05 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 56 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | January 10, 2012 | Mike Spector and Julie Jargon
    Hostess Brands Inc. is preparing to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as soon as this week, said people familiar with the matter, a move that would mark the second significant court restructuring for the Twinkies and Wonder Bread baker in the past several years. The privately held Irving, Texas, company, which employs roughly 19,000 people and carries more than $860 million in debt, has been facing a cash squeeze amid high labor costs and rising prices for sugar, flour and other ingredients, according to people familiar with the matter. Those costs together have proved higher than the company's roughly...
  • In-flight iPhone snaps Space Shuttle launch

    05/17/2011 7:50:28 AM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 25 replies
    The Unofficial Apple Weblog ^ | May 17, 2011 | Chris Rawson
    The picture at right isn't something you see every day, and it's something there'll only be one more chance to capture: a Space Shuttle launch photographed from an in-flight passenger jet. Stefanie Gordon shot this image of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's launch with her iPhone as her plane descended for a landing. The shot itself is a rare enough event, but what happened next was an eye-opener for the photographer. According to Mashable, within a few hours of uploading the launch pics to Twitter from her iPhone, Stephanie was getting phone calls from ABC, CNBC and the BBC. Her...
  • Sugary "Hip Hop" Cupcakes Embroiled in Blackface Scandal

    12/11/2010 4:37:23 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 39 replies ^ | 12/10/10 | Paula Forbes
    Cupcakes, once a delightful source of sugary indulgence, later a cliched trend much derided on blogs like this one, have sunk to a new low: racial controversy. A video for Duncan Hines' Amazing Glazes has angered viewers for its depiction of, uh, cupcakes in black face. Racist cupcakes? Facing criticism, Duncan Hines pulled the video from YouTube. But we managed to get a copy of the video, below. Judge for yourself:
  • Volt Customer Advisory Board Member Runs Into Charger Issues

    10/24/2010 7:31:35 AM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 52 replies
    The Truth About Cars ^ | October 23, 2010 | Edward Niedermeyer
    When I embarked on the Volt press launch, I made a public promise to keep my impressions of the car itself separate from concerns about its overall viability. My review of the Volt is coming on Monday, but a new issue is already raising its head to confront GM’s extended-range electric car. The Volt’s home charger costs $490 on top of the Volt’s $41,000 (pre-tax credit) price, and costs another $1,500 to install. But, according to BNet’s Jim Motavelli, money isn’t the only obstacle to obtaining the home charger that’s necessary to tap the Volt’s 40 miles of electric range....
  • Oh my geek! Best Buy attacks "God Squad"

    08/16/2010 9:31:24 AM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 40 replies
    TG Daily ^ | Aug 16, 2010 | RAVEN LOVECRAFT
    So there's this group of small-town ministers in Wisconsin who own a Volkswagen Beetle with the words "God Squad" written on the door, and now Best Buy wants to take them down with a cease-and-desist letter.Father Luke Strand came up with the idea to create a God Squad car more than two years ago, as a way of promoting the message of Christ and to garner some passing glances from motorists on the street.It was never intended to be used for commercial purposes and doesn't even really advertise anything. Strand doesn't offer any sort of "God Squad" services, other than...
  • TREASURIES-Prices jump after Germany bans naked shorts

    05/18/2010 12:04:43 PM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 38 replies · 1,231+ views
    Reuters ^ | Emily Flitter
    NEW YORK, May 18 (Reuters) - U.S. Treasuries prices rose on Tuesday, with the 30-year bond rising a full point, as Germany announced it would ban some short-selling activities and Wall Street stocks turned lower. Treasury yields hit session lows after Germany's Finance Ministry announced a ban on naked short-selling at major banks. The ban would include a prohibition against naked shorting of euro government bonds. For more, click on [ID:nBAT005467] Germany did not ban all short-selling of bonds, but by banning naked short-selling -- in which a position is taken on a bond without buying or borrowing the asset...
  • Taunton second-grader suspended over drawing of Jesus (Massachusetts)

    12/15/2009 5:00:13 AM PST · by 6SJ7 · 89 replies · 2,997+ views
    The Taunton Daily Gazette ^ | Dec 14, 2009 | Gerry Tuoti, Staff Writer
    A Taunton father is outraged after his 8-year-old son was sent home from school and required to undergo a psychological evaluation after drawing a stick-figure picture of Jesus Christ on the cross. The father said he got a call earlier this month from Maxham Elementary School informing him that his son, a second-grade student, had created a violent drawing. The image in question depicted a crucified Jesus with Xs covering his eyes to signify that he had died on the cross. The boy wrote his name above the cross. “As far as I’m concerned, they’re violating his religion,” the incredulous...
  • Michelle Obama channels Catwoman for White House Halloween extravaganza

    11/01/2009 6:35:50 AM PST · by 6SJ7 · 69 replies · 2,942+ views
    Mail Online ^ | November 1, 2009 | MAIL FOREIGN SERVICE
    Having the White House at your disposal means many things, but on Halloween it means there is no excuse but to have an almighty party. And the Obamas did just that in Washington last night, throwing open their - for the occasion orange-tinged - doors to thousands of children. While the President himself eshewed any fancy dress and opted for chinos and a jumper, his wife Michelle could not resist getting into the party spirit. The First Lady channelled Catwoman in furry cat ears, a striking leopard print cardigan and camisole top and dramatic eye make-up.
  • The Geography of Jobs

    10/15/2009 5:53:25 PM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 13 replies · 983+ views
    TIP Strategies ^ | Sept 14, 2009 | TIP Strategies
    This animated map provides a striking visual of employment trends over the last business cycle using net change in jobs from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on a rolling 12-month basis. We used this approach to provide the smoothest possible visual depiction of ongoing employment dynamics at the MSA level. By animating the data, the map highlights a number of concurrent trends leading up to the nation’s present economic crisis. The graphic highlights the 100 largest metropolitan areas so that regional trends can be more easily identified.
  • Psystar starts selling Mac clones with Snow Leopard

    09/02/2009 1:56:42 PM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 20 replies · 1,111+ views
    Computerworld ^ | 09/02/2009 | Gregg Keizer
    Charges $70 for new OS, warns existing customers not to upgrade older clones Computerworld - Mac clone maker Psystar isn't waiting for a federal judge to give it the green light to sell systems with Apple's new Snow Leopard operating system, according to the company's Web site. "We support Snow Leopard on all new Psystar machines and we're already taking orders for computers with the latest OS from Apple [that] will begin to ship next week," said Psystar in an anonymous posting on its company blog Monday. Psystar's order page lists Snow Leopard as a $69.99 optional upgrade from the...
  • The robot will see you now

    07/05/2009 5:51:43 AM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 16 replies · 518+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 3, 2009 | Kathleen Burge
    Mobile machines, remote hookups help Lahey Clinic cope with shortage of specialists BEVERLY - The robot glides past the beeping heart monitor, past a row of patients supine on their electric beds, past the beehive of the nurses’ station. The sleek, metallic body, dusky blue, stops outside Room 9 and slowly rolls through the doorway. Discuss COMMENTS (33) “Mrs. Morash, Dr. Liesching’s here,’’ says nurse Dawn Deschenes, announcing the arrival of the robot to a gray-haired woman breathing behind an oxygen mask. The face of Timothy Liesching, a pulmonary critical care doctor, gazes at his patient from a computer screen...
  • Psystar Files Bankruptcy, Stalls Apple’s Case

    05/26/2009 2:54:56 PM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 92 replies · 1,352+ views
    The Mac Observer ^ | 05/26/09 | Jeff Gamet
    Unauthorized Mac clone maker Psystar has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Florida, temporarily slowing down Apple's legal case against it. The filing may be an indication that the company's financial backers have pulled out, signaling they see Apple as the clear winner in court. The bankruptcy documents were filed with the Federal Courts in Florida on Thursday, and Apple's legal team was most likely made aware of the situation over the Memorial Day weekend. The Florida court will hold a hearing on June 5 where Psystar's equity creditors will be revealed -- which means if there have been...
  • S&P 500's close eyed as index near November lows

    02/27/2009 1:15:06 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 41 replies · 697+ views
    MarketWatch ^ | February, 27, 2009 | Kate Gibson
    Dow Jones Industrial Average headed to worst February point drop in history NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- As stocks on Friday meandered to another month of losses, investors were especially focused on the S&P 500 Index and whether the broad market gauge would close above or below its November lows, with a finish above 740 to 750 seen as a victory of sorts. "Only on a two-day close below 740 will I run for the hills. A close over 740 today would be considered a successful test of the November 2008 low," said Elliot Spar, market strategist at Stifel Nicolaus. The...
  • How politics works: Senator Christopher Dodd and his cosy Irish cottage

    02/24/2009 6:29:52 AM PST · by 6SJ7 · 30 replies · 2,622+ views ^ | Feb 24, 2009 | Toby Harnden
    An intriguing item here from the dogged Kevin Rennie of the Hartford Courant that highlights a classic example of why ordinary citizens become cynical about politicians and the way business in Washington is conducted. Silver-haired Senator Christopher Dodd, chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, has already been getting a lot of heat for his two 2003 VIP mortgage loans from Countrywide, one of the major actors in triggering the current financial crisis. Seeking Senate re-election in 2010, the 2008 presidential candidate (he dropped out on the first day of voting after finishing seventh in Iowa, where he had moved with...
  • Obama’s FCC Transition Team Co-chair a WoW Player

    11/23/2008 4:52:21 PM PST · by 6SJ7 · 11 replies · 779+ views
    GigaOM ^ | Nov 18, 2008 | Wagner James Au
    Last week, President-elect Obama appointed Kevin Werbach, assistant professor of legal studies and business ethics at Wharton, and Susan Crawford, who teaches communications and Internet law at the University of Michigan, to co-chair his FCC transition team. In preparation for his incoming administration, the two, both seasoned Net Neutrality advocates, will be tasked with providing information on U.S. government Internet and telecom policies, along with advising on budgetary and personnel matters. This is clearly good news for Net advocates, and as it happens, it could also be good news for online gamers. The Wharton professor is a hardcore World of...
  • Modest Proposal for a Real 'Fairness Doctrine'

    11/07/2008 6:04:58 AM PST · by 6SJ7 · 24 replies · 960+ views ^ | Nov 6, 2008 | Daniel Gallington
    According to some media observers, interim “Meet the Press” host Tom Brokaw has been showcasing – reluctantly, as he clearly covets a return to network news - candidates for the late Tim Russert's media chair. Witness the endless panels of NBC news correspondents every Sunday. Who's next? Are we really ready for blabber-wocky Chris Matthews - maybe even sports-hack turned petulant pol-wonk Keith Olbermann? Can any of the contenders for Russert's job be a new beacon for integrity and objectivity at NBC News?In this same vein, recall the recent suggestions by Democratic senators Clinton, Boxer and Feinstein that  - because...
  • Embattled state senator arrested by FBI (MA State Sen. Wilkerson)

    10/28/2008 8:54:39 AM PDT · by 6SJ7 · 33 replies · 1,003+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | Oct 28, 2008 | ohn R. Ellement, Donovan Slack, Shelley Murphy, Maria Cramer, and Andrew Ryan, Globe Staff
    State Senator Dianne Wilkerson was arrested this morning after an 18-month undercover investigation by Boston police and the FBI in which she allegedly accepted eight bribes worth $23,500. The 15-year Democratic lawmaker allegedly accepted cash payoffs that ranged from $500 to $10,000 to help a nightclub secure a liquor license and to assist a private developer who wanted to build on state land. Wilkerson allegedly tried to influence legislation in the state Senate as recently as last week to help the developer in the Crosstown section of Roxbury, near the intersection of Melnea Cass Boulevard and Massachusetts Avenue. The probe...