After posting my entry about modern pirates who eavesdrop on satellite-based mobile phone calls
, a couple of people have send in some amazing stuff about pirates.
Xeni sez: "Check out these photos Eric Pasquier took of the pirates. Link (Sample shown here)
"Also, see this related story which uses some of Pasquier's amazing pirate
Chris O'Connor sez: "This is a lovely listing of all sorts of modern piratatical
activity reporting for shipping companies and includes
semi-detailed descriptions of pirate attacks." Link
Anonymous sez: "Fun story on piracy, but not entirely accurate. According to Dr. Peter Chalk, a piracy expert at the RAND Corporation, piracy in the Straits of the Moluccas does not usually end up in killing of the crew *unless* the crew resists. (Of course the situation may be different off Brazil or Africa.) Usually they're just put off the ship on a lifeboat and the ship and cargo are stolen. The ships sometimes get reused, and sometimes are simply set adrift after their cargoes are offloaded and resold. This piracy is far more common than we the public hear about. Dr. Chalk estimates that about 10% (or less) of ship hijackings are reported. Link
You’d be forgiven for thinking the videocassette format long-dead, but it turns out that Betamax is still around. Sony is finally going to withdraw tapes from sale, bringing a 40-year story to an end. The last recorders were sold in 2002. ベータビデオカセットおよびマイクロMVカセットテープ出荷終了のお知らせ [Sony; via The Verge]
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LA Makerspace co-founder Tara Tiger Brown shares a project that her kid-friendly maker workshop is trying to make a reality.
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