Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Cattle Rustlers Sought in Oregon

Eastern Oregon ranchers have been losing cattle. According to authorities, it's extremely difficult to navigate in the remote and difficult to access areas, yet there are cattle rustlers who know the area very well. Somehow they're getting cattle out of these sparsely populated terrain.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

U.S. Army: Psychic Ray Guns

This item from the New Scientist reveals that the U.S. army has declassified info in its "Bioeffects of Selected Nonlethal Weapons" on supposed ray-gun type weapons that "would cause artificial fevers or beam voices into people's heads," among other things.

An odd little juxtaposition; earlier today on Facebook I saw that the FB game "Mafia Wars" has a new item in its game; a pink ray gun type item.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Apple's Proposed "Enforcement Routine"

Apple has invested in technology that, if utilized, will force consumers to view ads on a variety of items before they can use them called "enforcement technology." Thanks to Lesley at Debris Field for the link.
What the application calls the “enforcement routine” entails administering periodic tests, like displaying on top of an ad a pop-up box with a response button that must be pressed within five seconds before disappearing to confirm that the user is paying attention.

These tests “can be made progressively more aggressive if the user has failed a previous test,” the application says. One option makes the response box smaller and smaller, requiring more concentration to find and banish. Or the system can require that the user press varying keyboard combinations, the current date, or the name of the advertiser upon command, again demonstrating “the presence of an attentive user.”