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Swedish Robot Defends Itself, Injures Worker July 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chad L. @ 12:57 pm
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When I used to work with ‘dangerous equipment’, aka deli slicers and bakery ovens, the first thing we always went over before how to actually use the equipment was to always make sure that everything was powered down, and then unplugged and cut off from the power supply before servicing any of them.

According to The Local, in June an industrial worker was trying to perform maintenance on a machine that normally would lift heavy rocks, but forgot that key safety step:

Thinking he had cut off the power supply, the man approached the robot with no sense of trepidation.

But the robot suddenly came to life and grabbed a tight hold of the victim’s head. The man succeeded in defending himself but not before suffering serious injuries.

In the report, it says that the worker broke four ribs in the incident… but last time I checked, wasn’t it hard to break someone’s ribs by crushing their head? [Robot attacked Swedish factory worker]

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Things Not To Do: Police Edition July 27, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chad L. @ 12:06 pm
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On the list of things not to do when inpersonating a police officer, right up there with trying to hold up a police station, is pulling over a real officer. One Oakland man appearntly missed that memo and pulled over an undercover officer.

Police said Martinez, who was arrested Wednesday, at first denied trying to stop the officer’s vehicle. But Officer Jim Beere, an undercover officer assigned to the vice/child exploitation unit whose vehicle Martinez was trying to stop, said Martinez later claimed he thought Beere was a member of a street gang he was having problems with and wanted to see who he was.

“He was in a black Ford Crown Victoria similar to our unmarked cars,” Beere said. “He accelerated and turned on some flashing lights on his dash board. In the grill it looked like he had red and blue lights that seemed to be on, but they turned out to be painted speakers he had for a microphone he had in his hand and appeared to be talking into.”

[Cop impersonator arrested after trying to stop real Oakland officer, police say]

 

Rings Rings, We All Can Have Rings July 23, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chad L. @ 4:22 pm
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According to Stephen from Major Spoilers (who’s banner we proudly display to your right ED- Working on it), Geoff Johns reportedly said that there will be more Lantern Corps rings arriving throughout the run of Blackest Night. [Major Spoilers]
 

California Town Wants to Photograph Every Car Entering and Leaving July 21, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — Chad L. @ 4:25 pm
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(imported from old site)

The officials of town of Tiburon, California are currently proposing a system in which every license plate entering or leaving the town is photographed and recorded. Town Manager Peggy Curran says, “As long as you don’t arrive in a stolen vehicle or go on a crime spree while you’re here, your anonymity will be preserved.” The reason?

Curled on the edge of the San Francisco Bay in Marin County, Tiburon is not a high-crime spot. In 2008, police report there were 99 thefts, 20 burglaries and two auto thefts.

That was not a significant change from the year before. But police say with most of the crimes taking place at night, and suspects identified so far as out-of-towners with criminal records, they believe having the license plate information would be helpful in solving crimes.

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The way the system would work is still cameras set up at town entry points will take a photograph of license plates — but not drivers. License plate numbers collected would be erased within 30 to 60 days and would not be viewed unless there is a crime to solve.

On paper it sounds like it could be a potentially useful idea, but I can’t help but think of how easily it could be to misuse the system. That is even before you realise that what this does is treat everyone who enters or leaves the town as a potential criminal. It seems like a sad twisting of the idea of innocent until proven guilty.  In the end I think Lee Tien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation sums it up best with his quote on this: “If you keep pushing this, then that means we should track everyone just because some people might be bad guys. That’s not the way I think America is supposed to be.”
 
I have to agree.