kdataman (1687444) writes "Live Action and Legos, MineCraft and Muppets, Pets and Produce. 480 fan-created 15-second clips have been assembled to remake the entire movie, scene for scene (but not always word for word). The variations swing from professional production values to cardboard cutouts, but they are all creative and many are hilarious. Hard to pick a favorite scene but the guys at MTV selected a few highlights: http://www.mtv.com/news/196080..." Link to Original Source top
$75K prosthetic arm is bricked when paired Ipod is stolen.
kdataman (1687444) writes "U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ben Eberle, who lost an arm and both legs in Afghanistan, had his Ipod Touch stolen on Friday. This particular Ipod Touch has an app on it that controls his $75,000 prosthetic arm. The robbery bricked his prosthesis:
"That is because Eberle's prosthetic hand is programmed to only work with the stolen iPod, and vice versa. Now that the iPod is gone, he said he has to get a new hand and get it reprogrammed with his prosthesis."
I see three possibilities. 1) The article is wrong, possibly to guilt the thief into returning the Ipod. 2) This is an incredibly bad design by Touch Bionics [http://www.touchbionics.com]. Why would you make a $70,000 piece of equipment permanently dependent on a specific Ipod Touch? Ipods do fail or go missing. 3) This is an intentionally bad design to generate revenue. Maybe GM should do this with car keys? "Oops, lost the keys to the corvette. Better buy a new one."" Link to Original Source top
kdataman (1687444) writes "There is a breathtaking video on Youtube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9KZ3jgbbmI] of someone flying a quadcopter around and through a professional fireworks display. Of course, it was an illegal and dangerous thing to do. It also may inspire someone else to do something even more dangerous. But even so, I have watched it 4 times and get goosebumps everytime. An article in Forbes [http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2014/07/04/video-shows-drone-flying-through-fireworks/] says that unit is a DJI Phantom 2 with a GoPro Hero 3 Silver camera. The fireworks are in West Palm Beach, Florida." top
kdataman (1687444) writes "A few headlines have mentioned a Google Glass app that allows you to "Shoot around corners". No, the bullets are not executing a turn. A clearer description is that you can aim a rifle around a corner before you shoot — or over a wall or even behind your back, without exposing your grey matter. The included marketing video makes it pretty clear. I could see the concept being used for photography, video and other situations where you want to aim something while keeping your head down." Link to Original Source top
CEO of Green Power, Inc. Under Indictment For Fraud
kdataman (1687444) writes "It has been 3 years since the original Slashdot post, but Green Power, Inc has finally run out of gullible investors. As of yesterday, Michael Spitzauer, the company's CEO, "is being held without bail in federal custody, accused in a federal indictment of scheming to defraud investors." In 2010 GPI claimed that it "had 2 billion in contracts" and was "commencing the building" of solid-waste-to-fuel plants. I was skeptical but interested, so I let Google track the story for 3 years. I saw no evidence that an actual plant was ever built. Neither have I seen any independently verifiable evidence that their process worked as claimed. The real surprise is that it took 3 years to fail." Link to Original Source top
TrollingEffects.org to help potential victims of patent trolls
kdataman (1687444) writes "The EFF has helped launch a new site to help the potential victims of patent trolling. It is called TrollingEffects.org and is designed to parallel the way ChillingEffects.org helps those getting DMCA letters. The idea is to educate the targets and help them work together for a more cost-effective defense. You can also read about this on TechDirt:
[http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130731/10290224019/trolling-effects-launched-to-build-database-patent-troll-threats.shtml]." Link to Original Source