The price that good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men. -- Plato

Scott Brown backs assault gun ban

Outgoing Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown has become the first GOP senator to endorse a renewed assault weapons ban.

“What happened in Newtown where those children were subject to that level of violence is beyond my comprehension,” Brown told the Springfield Republican on Wednesday. “As a state legislator in Massachusetts I supported an assault weapons ban thinking other states would follow suit. But unfortunately, they have not and innocent people are being killed. As a result, I support a federal assault weapons ban, perhaps like the legislation we have in Massachusetts.”

A Computer Has Reportedly Passed The Turing Test For The First Time

A computer program named "Eugene Goostman" has convinced a third of human judges into thinking it is a 13-year-old boy, becoming the first machine to pass the Turing test, Hannah Furness of The Telegraph reports.

Computer science pioneer and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing created the test in 1950 in a paper which opens with the words: "I propose to consider the question, 'Can machines think?'"

Quadrocopter pilot gets attacked by drone-hating woman

Liveleaks has published an iPhone video taken by a Connecticut man of a woman assaulting him for flying a video-enabled quadrocopter on a public beach. The man originally posted the video to YouTube, but it has been taken down by the service, and his account has been suspended “as a violation of YouTube's policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully, or threaten.”

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