Dog fight game bitten with pro-PETA virus • reghardware

http://www.reghardware.com/2011/08/17/peta_infects_phones_with_anti_dogfight_virus/

is this the pattern of the future? Groups who disagree with other groups will find a script kiddie to sculpt them a custom built virus just to irritate the “enemy” group? Grow up dorks…

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COMET WILL DEFINITELY NOT HIT EARTH – NASA • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/17/comet_elenin/

given the ludicrous manner in which the tabloids hype even minor threats (like the recent revelation that each hour you spend watching TV reduces life expectancy by 22 minutes, or the fact that drinking any amount of alcohol reduces or extends life – depending on the day of the week and whose research they’re hyping at the time. And so on…) I’m almost keen to see what happens to the tabloid headlines the day that NASA announce – with deep regret – that the asteroid headed for us in 2034 (or whenever) has a 60% chance of hitting the planet…

Australian bank to run trial with human teller in ATM • The Register

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/18/teller_in_the_machine/

missing an obvious trick here. Photograph everyone who makes a withdrawal – instant solution to repudiation and/or catch the crims who’ve just stolen the card and try to use it to get dosh out…

The Brain Joins The Dots When Drawing A Cartoon Face From Memory

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/03/090319102319.htm

clues emerging on how we memorise faces…

Seeing eye to eye is key to copying, say scientists

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110816171428.htm

I’m fascinated by eye contact. As a natural eye contactee myself I find I just can’t trust people who avoid it. Yet some of the best liars I know are also natural contactees.

New definition of addiction | Heroin and Cornflakes

http://arch1design.com/blog/2011/08/definition-addiction/

the danger here is that the authoritarians will see this as endorsement for their various illegitimate prohibition arguments. The policy is necessary – they will argue – to prevent self-harm. It’s a childish and naive argument, unfortunately well aimed at a childish and naive audience.

The only rational conclusion which follows from this research, should it be accepted, is that we should advise anyone whose brain is still developing (i.e. anyone under the age of 25) that they should moderate their indulgence in any potentially addictive behaviour if they don’t wish the rest of their lives to be controlled by the addiction. That applies as much to gambling and bunjee jumping as it does to alcohol, opiates, religion and orgies.

A Good Catch

note the quaint post-apocalyptic architecture…

http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/files/2010/11/1111201050_BOY.jpg