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Cheerleader sued firm over cameras in dressing room

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The company that manages the Gaylord Entertainment Center must disclose details of its deal to settle a lawsuit filed by former Nashville Kats cheerleaders who learned they had been secretly videotaped in their dressing room, a judge ruled yesterday.

Text message that cried wolf

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ARMED police stormed a youth hostel after schoolchildren sent text messages to their parents saying: "Hooded gunmen. Laura shot in leg."

Officers in flak jackets broke in at midnight after parents dialled 999. But the messages were a prank by British pupils on a trip to France.

Unapproved GM corn found in US food chain

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A Swiss company accidentally sold unapproved genetically modified seed corn in the US for four years. The mistake resulted in about 133 million kilograms of the corn making its way into the food chain.

Texas sues Vonage over emergency service

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Vonage Holdings, accusing the fast-growing VoIP provider of not warning customers about limits to its 911 emergency dialing service.

Joyce John tried to dial 911 from a VoIP phone in her home as burglars broke into the house and shot and wounded her parents. John's call to 911 connected to a recording saying she would have to dial 911 from a different phone.

unix motorcycle

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"some of you are probably rubbing your eyes, but you read it correctly. unix on a motorcycle.

a fellow by the name of ben installed a freebsd powered pc into his kawasaki z1000. a webcam on his helmet connects to a video capture board in the pc, which he uses to record movies of trips to the burrito store. his future plans are to have the freebsd box control his ipod, track gps data, and potentially interconnect with the bike’s ecu."

Story and links on hackaday.

Linux drives Renault Formula 1

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The Renault Formula 1 team is running simulations and crucial telemetry applications on Linux clusters from IBM, and it's pleased with the results.

The IT team behind the Renault Formula 1 team has dramatically cut the time it takes to test new features by using Linux, Renault said on Tuesday.

lego rubick’s cube robot

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correct me if i’m wrong, but technology was supposed to make our lives easier, take care of us, make us dinner, raise our children, and, fulfill our every dream.

so what has technology done for you lately? nothing? well, my friend, today we have a hack that will change your life forever. today sammo sent us a link to jp brown’s amazing rubick’s cube solving robot.

the final task on my big list of things to do can finally be crossed off. life is good.

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Souped-up cellphones like tiny PCs

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A road warrior, Chad Stevens used to shuttle from airport to construction site to hotel, waiting until evening to catch up on the 200 e-mails accumulated each day on his laptop.

These days Stevens, who owns a travel-services business, leaves his laptop at home and uses his palmOne Treo to check e-mail, calendar appointments, driving directions and updates from his Web site — whether he's at a job site, at a stoplight or on his living-room couch.

robogrover

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grover sat alone on the shelf, placid red smile stiched across his goofy blue face. his fabric eyed gaze never shifted.

he couldn’t see it coming.

when the knife pulled free from the back of his head, his polyester brains spilled to the floor. only a sad smile remained. had grover only been able to see his attacker, things may have been different.

grover the muppet — barely alive.
we can rebuild him. we have the technology.

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The Fall of AT&T Wireless

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The SeatlePI is speculating that "a single event may have sealed AT&T Wireless's fate: the opportunity for its customers to leave" citing that they were "infamously apathetic" to it's customers.

I can only tell you in my sparse experience this was certainly not the case. As at&t wireless agents/representatives, we had strict guidelines for customer service and were monitored several times each month

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