MA Town to Hand out Fines for Swearing

The Massachusetts town of Middleborough voted for a law that puts a $20 fine on swearing in public. This law was passed because the town decided they were sick of profane language from “teens and other young people in the downtown area and public parks”. The ACLU of MA believes this is a violation of the 1st Amendment of the Constitution.

Sadly enough, this reminds me of the silly dystopian future of The Demolition Man film, where machines installed in the walls of homes and public places spit out tickets for swearing. Even if it is rude to swear in public, it seems really crazy to start stripping away the rights of others to avoid being offended. Sometimes I think some of the folks that cook up laws like this, and the supporters of such legislation, should ship off to the People’s Republic of China if they are such big fans of government-controlled speech.


Chinese Knockoff Of Hatsune Miku Is Terrifying

It’s no secret that China just can’t stop making terrible knockoffs of everything from smartphones to toothpaste. China has now upped the ante by ripping off a virtual idol. That’s right Miku fans, China now has a Hatsune Miku ripoff that is both laughable and disgusting.

For those of you not in the know, Hatsune Miku is a virtual idol singer from Japan that rose up in popularity from her humble start as “vocaloid” software, a program that will “sing” lyrics input by the user. Miku has become an international sensation, and even sings “in concert” using 3D projectors. Check out the videos below to see the comparison between the “real” Hatsune Miku and her awful looking knockoff version.

The real Miku:

Vocaloid Knockoff:

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Plasma Pistol Kills Germs, Doesn’t Burn Flesh

When you say plasma, I think super-heated gas—or the fourth state of matter.  Well researchers at China’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology would like you to start thinking about skin care, because sure.  It turns out that bacteria has a very adverse reaction to plasma and kind of just dies when exposed to it, even at room temperate, so the use of a “beam” is a great way to sanitize objects that might otherwise have become resistant to the normal means.  The beam itself seems to be able to sink through 17 layers of flesh, which is 14 more than I thought we had, to kill the microbes.  The best part is that it apparently has no ill-effects on the person it is being used on because it isn’t superhot—even though I thought that was the point of plasma, that is good too.

While this is interesting and everything, I am glad that we are expanding our plasma knowledge—I would really like a light saber before I die.  Even though I think that we should all feel warm and wonderful inside that this is something that will make humanity a better place and everything, it was already designed to kind of look like a flashlight… so you have a sword hilt angle covered right there.  We just need this to be, and for some reason able to repel other plasma for some reason.

Source: The Register