Daily News Brief: Stop Tasers and Wedgies!

Daily News Brief: Stop Tasers and Wedgies!


Anti-Taser Jacket

We're not sure whether to be fascinated with the technology or disturbed that there's a market for this, but one Arizona man has filed a patent for an "energy weapon device." In plan English, that's a jacket that protects the wearer from electric shock issued by tasers. Um, w00t?

No More Wedgies!

While we have a tough time justifying a taser proof jacket, we're sure more than a few budding geeks will be pleased to learn they can soon purchase wedgie proof underwear. Invented by 8-year-old twins, the Ohio rugrats recently appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The Ripaway 1000, as it's being dubbed, featured rigged boxers and fabric fasteners that prevents successful wedgie attempts. Now if someone would just come up with an anti-swirlie hat...

Bloggers Recognized as Journalists

The line between blogging and journalism has become increasingly blurred, and now a Federal Court has deemed that some are one in the same. The controversy started when Phillip Smith blogged a negative experience he had with an eBay listing company, and later found himself accused of trademark dilution (for posting a logo), defamation, and invasion of privacy. Opting to defend himself, the judge ultimately sided with Smith, recognizing him as a journalist based on the judge's "functional analysis."

Qimonda Ships GDDR5

Churning out iterations faster than GPU manufacturers can implement them, Qimondo announced today that it shipped 512MB GDDR5 samples to partners and customers. GDDR4 has yet to take a significant foothold, found mostly on some of AMD's HD 2x00 series while nVidia continues to use GDDR3. GDDR5 operates at 20GB/s per component, twice the bandwidth of GDDR3, and is expected to appear in late 2008.

Online Stripper Scam

Scammers continue to get more creative, and now they've taken to strip teases. In an attempt to crack CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing) systems designed to tell humans from automated surfers, inflicted users see a woman appear on their screen, and in exchange for correctly typing in wavy letters, she removes an article of clothing. But the scam appears to be a double-gotcha, which not only does she never fully follow through, but you're also aiding spammers in their attempts to infiltrate emails, chat rooms, and possibly financial institutions.

FTC Gives Failing Grade to Internet Ads

Internet advertisers promised to self regulate themselves in respecting users' privact, but the FTC sees them as falling short, saying "they often leave a lot to be desired." The FTC wants advertisers to make clear to consumers when their information is being gathered, and give them a chance to opt out. One idea out there is to create a 'Do Not Track' list, similar to the 'Do Not Call' registry.

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