By Gregory MonePosted 11.29.2007 at 2:53 pm 12 Comments
Last week, the United Nations Committee Against Torture ruled that the Taser gun is a form of torture, and "can even provoke death." The group issued the statement in response to news that Portugal has purchased Taser X-26 stun guns for its police force. Basically, the UN thinks that's a bad idea, and a violation of the UN'S Convention against Torture.
Naturally, Taser isn't too happy about this conclusion. The company says the UN group is "out of touch" and questions its contention that there is evidence the stun guns can provoke death. Yet it's not exactly surprising that people are raising questions, since two people died after being jolted by the gun in Canada in the last two months. There's no evidence that the Taser devices actually caused the deaths, but officials are looking into both events.—Gregory Mone
By Gregory MonePosted 09.07.2007 at 11:33 am 0 Comments
Programmer Ivan Bowman contributes in conference room meetings, tools around the office hallways, and has even attended a company party or two—all through his robotic-looking stand-in, IvanAnywhere.
Bowman telecommutes from his home, which is more than 800 miles from the headquarters of his company, iAnywhere. But instead of just staying in touch through the phone or email, he directs what's essentially a webcam and laptop sitting atop a remote-controlled car, driving it through iAnywhere's office.
Now he can even keep pace with kitchen chatter. A great story on the genesis of the idea, and his co-workers' reactions, can be found here.—Gregory Mone