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October 18, 2007

LOTD for October 18

Filed under: Uncategorized — gokamoto @ 2:57 pm

Software glitch in a robot cannon led it to kill 9 soldiers, seriously injure 14 others:
http://www.itweb.co.za/sections/business/2007/0710161034.asp?S=IT%20in%20Defence&A=DFN&O=FPTOP

Here is a video of another robotic weapon out of control…this one supposedly could have killed a number of members of Congress if it hadn’t run out of ammo:
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/10/video-robo-weap.html

Amazing that the nuclear rifle (named the Davy Crockett) ever got built and tested…with a 3-mile max range, the crew shooting the rifle was in the nuclear blast radius!
http://blog.wired.com/defense/2007/10/video-fix-nucle.html#more

The NSA approved General Dynamics’ smartphone for both classified and unclassified operation, switching between modes with a single keystroke!
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9799217-7.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

I didn’t realize that the UK used live goats to study deep-diving techniques and how to avoid the bends:
http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/news/display.var.1759111.0.0.php

It looks like Cisco will buy Navini for between $200 mil and $230 mil…that sounds good until you realize that VCs have invested $160 mil into Navini. So, the VCs won’t make much of a profit and the stockholder employees like my former officemates will probably get nothing:
http://www.unstrung.com/document.asp?doc_id=136218

WalMart expects to sell $287 mil more by using RFID on only a small portion of its inventory problems:
http://www.infoworld.com/article/07/10/12/Wal-Mart-eyes-287-million-benefit-from-RFID_1.html?source=NLC-WIRELESS&cgd=2007-10-18

Report says that 11n will make municipal WiFi feasible again:
http://www.muniwireless.com/article/articleview/6535/1/2/

Serious question over whether or not iPhones will make people sterile…using chemicals banned in toys because they are “toxic to reproduction” is a bad idea!
http://www.redherring.com/Home/22984

Want to be a millionaire? One million Zimbabwean dollars is apparently equal to 1 US dollar:
http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/africa/10/18/zimbabwe.currency.ap/index.html

I really enjoyed this story about a reporter who investigates baby contests and then gets hooked on trying to win those ribbons with his baby:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/18/AR2007071802772.html

This woman actually called the police to try to get them to get her money back because of the crack cocaine she had bought was of low quality!
http://www.cordeledispatch.com/local/local_story_223195348.html

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