IT Business Elsewhere: Spam, meet spim

Planet of the Apes revisited?

According to AP, a Duke University Medical Center a neurobiologist recently refined a study in which he taught a monkey

with electrodes implanted in her brain to move a robotic arm just by thinking about it.

The goal is to create artificial limbs and other prosthetic devices to help severely disabled people.

Spam, meet Spim

There is simply no escape. There’s spam in your inbox, and now there’s going to be spim — the IM version of spam — in your online chat sessions. Spim, reports, referring to The Radicati Group’s recent study, is set to triple from 400 million messages in 2003 to 1.2 billion this year.

Stop the presses

Researchers at Oxford University have found that kids with computers, games machines or TVs in their bedrooms are getting less sleep than their parents did at that age. And it’s bad for them.

Going once … going twice …
Mercury News

A group of San Francisco programmers have lost their jobs to “”offshoring.””

How far offshore? Not so far, really. Canada. The name of the company? Discreet.

Desperate for work, the story says, the geeks have done what any right-minded geek would do: they’ve collectively offered themselves to be auctioned off on eBay.

Cops discover security hole
Miami Herald

And you worried about cellphone cameras in the changeroom.

Five Florida cops were photographed, yes, on a cellphone camera, chowing down on bagels in another town, leaving their own town of more than 18,000 residents without patrol presence.

One-armed bandit

It’s not unusual for casinos to be the target of the world’s most sophisticated scammers. But like all the other scammers, most have gone high-tech for even higher dividends. According to AP, three people were recently arrested at a London, U.K., casino after winning boatloads of cash. Police suspect they had used a laser scanner inside a mobile phone to calculate the speed of the ball on the spinning wheel and its likely resting place.


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