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01/07/2005 Archived Entry: "Today's Headlines"
Posted by CKL @ 11:27 AM PST

Raise your hand if you saw this coming a mile away:

DirecTV launches non-TiVo digital recorder
DirecTV on Thursday debuted its first digital video recorder with technology from another News Corp. division, raising questions about the strength of its relationship with digital video recording pioneer TiVo... Last June, DirecTV divested its stake in TiVo and stepped down from TiVo's board, fueling speculation that News Corp. would eventually dump TiVo. DirecTV represents TiVo's single largest pay television customer...

Didn't I see this in Judge Dredd?

In wrong hands, high-tech guns won't fire
Researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark are building a handgun designed to fire only when its circuitry and software recognize the grip of an authorized shooter. Sensors in the handle measure the pressure the hand exerts as it squeezes the trigger. Then algorithms check the shooter's grip with stored, authorized patterns to give the go-ahead...

All together, now: "Did you order the code red?"

Memo reveals Bush OKd torture
...[A] December 2003 FBI internal e-mail, suggests that Bush issued a secret Executive Order authorizing the use of extreme coercive measures in interrogation, including sleep deprivation, stress positions, attack dogs, and use of hoods to intimidate prisoners. The Geneva Convention Against Torture bans all of these practices...

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