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Posted 2000-08-31 by Tony Walsh
  • Self-replicating robots are one step closer to reality. "The little white robots were made of bars, actuators, ball joints, motors and circuits. People intervened only to insert the motors into the plastic parts spit out by the prototyping machine." [story@canoe] "Laurent Keller and his colleagues at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland described how they taught robots community spirit by programming them to behave like ants in foraging for food." [story@yahoo] Nothing scarier/cooler than robots that can make themselves. Thanks for the heads-up, citizen greg-from-germany.

  • Can't find the links to back this up, but word on the street is that 40% of Canada's plants and animals are at risk due to global warming. In story ran last night on CityTV, ecologists were saying that this will likely occur within 100 years, but could happen within 20. Better start bottling up those polar bears for future cloning. [greg-from-germany found me a link here]

  • Rogers AT&T cellular "Pay as you go" vulnerability described in detail. How to get the most out of one $25 phone card. Pretty good exploitation of this security hole.

  • My favorite Mac Gaming site, Mac Gamer's Ledge, just got bought by the company that owns The two sites will merge under the Macgamer banner, hopefully for the betterment of the Mac gaming community.
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