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Google breaks out old-school Atari game – Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)

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Interesting stuff May 14, 2013;
Work break: Google helps a lot of folks — ahem
— get their work done, but those of you with less taxing office
chores can "http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/gaming/2013/05/14/google-search-atari-breakout/2157497/">
try “Atari Breakout”
as an image search. I was able to
clear the screen without losing a ball, but don’t tell the
boss.

Antennas to be used as buggy whips: If you
have a 4G smartphone, and a good signal, you know how fast it
is. Now imagine it being 100 times faster. That’s what 5G will
be like when it is commercially available in 2020, says
electronics manufacturing kingpin Samsung, "http://mashable.com/2013/05/13/samsung-5g/">who has tested an
early prototype
. Samsung says they’ve already managed to
transmit over 1 gig of data per second more than 2 kilometers.
The 5G spec is not yet official, but it sounds like online TV
has a definite future.

Talk is cheap: “Free speech and an independent
press [are] essential pillars of our democracy,” "http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/05/04/remarks-president-obama-and-president-chinchilla-costa-rica-joint-press-">
said President Obama earlier this month
. Today, news breaks
that the U.S. Justice Department  "http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/government-secretly-seized-aps-phone-records/nXqS3/">secretly
obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and
editors for The Associated Press
. The AP calls it a
“massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news
organizations gather the news. Information seized in known to
include who reporters in New York, Washington D.C. and other
locations were calling for two months in 2012. The government
is presumed to be trying to figure out who in the CIA and/or
FBI "http://news.yahoo.com/us-cia-thwarts-al-qaida-underwear-bomb-plot-200836835.html">
told the AP details of a CIA operation
in Yemen that
stopped an al-Qaida ‘underwear bomber’ potentially bound for
the U.S. aboard a commercial airliner. The operation was dubbed
an “intelligence victory” for the U.S., but criminal charges
will likely be sought against whoever spoke to the AP. Earlier
this year, for the first time ever, "http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/06/us/former-cia-officer-is-the-first-to-face-prison-for-a-classified-leak.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0">
a CIA agent was sentenced to prison
for giving classified
info to a reporter.

Droneapalooza: Everyone loves drones, except
maybe human pilots. The U.S. Navy will today launch its first
drone from an aircraft carrier. "http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324031404578481452840441278.html">
The Wall Street Journal says
the “batwing” aircraft is “a
key moment in the transformation of naval air power.” The first
drones will be used for surveillance but later versions will
have combat roles. Tom Cruise better get ‘Top Gun 2: Return of
Goose” filmed while the Navy still has brash pilots.

#DiplomacyFAIL: A Japanese mayor has enraged
many of the island nation’s neighbors by saying the sexual
enslavement of women from other countries was “necessary”
during World War II. “Anyone can understand that the system of
comfort women was necessary to provide respite for high-strung,
rough and tumble crowd of men risking their lives under a storm
of bullets,” Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto "http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/14/us-japan-comfortwomen-idUSBRE94D0E720130514">
told reporters Monday
. “At the time, it was a necessary
system to maintain military discipline.” The mayor made the
comments "http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/14/world/asia/mayor-in-japan-says-comfort-women-played-a-necessary-role.html?_r=0">
while explaining how he believes
American soldiers
stationed in Okinawa should make more use of the island’s adult
entertainment industry, which he said would reduce the
incidence of sexual crimes against local women. During World
War II, an estimated 200,000 women were rounded up by Japanese
Imperial Soldiers and forced to live as prostitutes in “comfort
stations.” The government of Japan is seeking to distance
itself from the mayor.

Speaking of distance: Obama has sent newish
Secretary of State John Kerry all the way to the Arctic Circle.
He’s there to meet with other representatives of nations in the
Arctic Council — Russia, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway,
Iceland, and Canada. Why? There’s oil under them thar melting
ice floes! "http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-14/kerry-meets-with-senior-officials-in-sweden-to-consult-on-arctic.html">
Bloomberg reports
“rapidly melting ice is changing the
dynamics of the region, opening up new shipping routes that
will shave transport times and make previously untouched oil
and gas deposits accessible.” The amount of ice covering the
Arctic Ocean has dwindled by half, and the thickness of
remaining ice is down 80 percent, according to the article.
Thin ice is like paper mache to a Russian ice breaker. Imagine
how easy it will be look for fossil fuels once the ice cap soon
becomes a “frigid slush of fresh and saltwater” during summers,
as the White House suggests. How much oil is under the ice?
Polar bears and environmentalists will be displeased to learn
an estimated 13 percent of the planet’s undiscovered oil is
waiting.

Via: http://blogs.ajc.com/news-to-me/2013/05/14/u-s-seizes-reporters-phone-records/

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