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Old 2012-08-09, 18:07   Link #1081
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Declassified Photos Reveal CIA’s Deep-Sea Rescue of a Spy Satellite:

"Only July 10, 1971, America's newest photo reconnaissance satellite, the KH-9
Hexagon, dropped a capsule loaded with film toward the Earth. The re-entry
vehicle was supposed to open its parachute; an American aircraft would snatch it
out of the sky in mid-descent. But the chute was never unfurled. The re-entry
vehicle hit the Pacific Ocean with a force of approximately 2,600 G's. And then it
sunk down into the deep, before settling at 16,000 feet.

Shortly thereafter, officials from the U.S. Navy and the Central Intelligence Agency
decided to go after the Hexagon capsule, using America's most advanced deep-
sea exploration vehicle, the Trieste II. There were just two problems with the
mission, an internal CIA memo noted: "No object of this size had been actively
searched for and located by sonar." And "the Trieste II had not gone below
10,000 feet.""

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http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2012...p-sea-spy-sat/
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Old 2012-08-10, 12:02   Link #1082
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Blizzard pwned: Gamers' email, encrypted passwords slurped

Millions of World of Warcraft players raided:


"Blizzard Entertainment, which makes World of Warcraft, Diablo III and other
games, has coughed to a security breach of its internal network. Email addresses,
answers to security questions and encrypted passwords linked to player accounts
are believed to have been lifted by hackers."

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Old 2012-08-10, 12:47   Link #1083
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Boeing X48C blended-wing body (BWB) makes its first flight at Edwards AFB.

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The X48C is an improvement of the previous X48B, only this time it has two, bigger and more powerful JetCat reactors instead of the original three - and whereas the B model was a true BWB airframe, the C model now has two tilted stabilizers/rudders (à la YF-23) on its tail (probably to dampen the sound of the reactors - last time I checked, the X48 did not suffer from yaw problems). It may be my imagination or merely the way the video was edited, but it felt like the X48C was louder than the X48B, in which case it'd be a step backwards, as one of the X48's areas of interest is producing a quieter aircraft (the reactors are placed on top, so that the airframe can bounce the sound wave upwards).

Hopefully, Boeing and NASA will explore the BWB concept further - this thing could bring serious money savings for the operators, should it ever make it to mass production and mainstream commercial flight (greater lift, less drag = less fuel = smaller expenses). Not to mention that the passenger area should be able to hold more passenger than the usual tubular airframe.

But, well, Boeing is also researching crazy stuff like this, too:

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Old 2012-08-11, 12:56   Link #1084
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Science Magazine - 'Smart Fingertips' Pave Way for Virtual Sensations

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Imagine feeling like you’re lifting a 50-kilogram weight just by pulling at thin air. That’s just one of the possible applications of new "smart fingertips" created by a team of nanoengineers. The electronic fingers mold to the shape of the hand, and so far the researchers have shown that they can transmit electric signals to the skin. The team hopes to one day incorporate the devices into a smart glove that creates virtual sensations, fooling the brain into feeling everything from texture to temperature.

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Old 2012-08-11, 14:08   Link #1085
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Something like that would help in some types of work and gaming. One of the problems with keyboardless or virtual application is there is no real feedback to when your hands or fingers have done what they need to do. Only visual (sometimes audio) clues that you've done whatever it is you are trying to do. With a tactile responce system, you can know when and were to push.

Trouble could come from pain application however. Sharp jabs at the fingers and hands.

Of course someone will want a bodysuit.
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Old 2012-08-13, 13:22   Link #1086
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Google, Salesforce were allegedly offered 'TrapWire' spy tool:

"Stratfor emails placed in the wild by WikiLeaks have revealed that a video-
surveillance program developed by ex-CIA members may be in place in US
government organisations and multinational corporations."

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http://www.zdnet.com/google-salesfor...ol-7000002505/
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Old 2012-08-14, 06:26   Link #1087
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http://www.tgdaily.com/business-and-...with-microsoft
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According to the company's patent licensing director Boris Teksler, Microsoft licensed Iphone and Ipad design patents from Apple as part of a gentleman's agreement that Microsoft wouldn't copy Apple devices too closely.
Lol wtf, Apple. Character development The way it's worded in the article makes it seem so contradictory.
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Old 2012-08-14, 08:42   Link #1088
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Lol wtf, Apple. Character development The way it's worded in the article makes it seem so contradictory.
Apple can go F- themselves; why should I pay for the "good" things when the best things in life are free?

A free market is about competition. If you don't like to compete, then shut down the company. I don't see how there is any patent infringement when handing over patent rights for a smartphone to a single company is like forcing the entire market to adhere to a monopoly technology.
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Old 2012-08-14, 08:49   Link #1089
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Apple can go F- themselves; why should I pay for the "good" things when the best things in life are free?

A free market is about competition. If you don't like to compete, then shut down the company. I don't see how there is any patent infringement when handing over patent rights for a smartphone to a single company is like forcing the entire market to adhere to a monopoly technology.
Nothing is free, you may just have to pay indirect costs rather than direct costs. Also, if there's nothing to protect the company's designs, they aren't going to invest in R&D. Why spend millions or billions of dollars just to have someone copy it and release another version within 2 months?

And clearly the market isn't struggling, since either competitors don't mind licensing the patents, or they make their own versions that do well. Unless you think Apple and Microsoft are the only people making smart phones?
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Old 2012-08-14, 09:22   Link #1090
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Nothing is free, you may just have to pay indirect costs rather than direct costs. Also, if there's nothing to protect the company's designs, they aren't going to invest in R&D. Why spend millions or billions of dollars just to have someone copy it and release another version within 2 months?

And clearly the market isn't struggling, since either competitors don't mind licensing the patents, or they make their own versions that do well. Unless you think Apple and Microsoft are the only people making smart phones?
Apple doesn't want anyone else to make smartphones other than themselves. Samsung's designs are very different from Apple's other than the capacitative touchscreens and the outlook, but otherwise I don't see how can there be patents for the standard circuit layouts found in common silicon boards.
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Old 2012-08-14, 10:34   Link #1091
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They'd probably fight over that too. "Teeeaaacher! Sam is copying the way I'm drawing my circuits! The lines look like my lines."

I'm just surprised Apple would side with Microsoft. Or at least since iPod, they have always wanted their own version of everything that no one else can have. Even if that version is more costly and inefficient.

Or maybe Apple struck engineering gold in something new and think it's no big deal to hand out the soon-to-be-obsolete designs.
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Old 2012-08-14, 10:39   Link #1092
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They'd probably fight over that too. "Teeeaaacher! Sam is copying the way I'm drawing my circuits! The lines look like my lines."

I'm just surprised Apple would side with Microsoft. Or at least since iPod, they have always wanted their own version of everything that no one else can have. Even if that version is more costly and inefficient.

Or maybe Apple struck engineering gold in something new and think it's no big deal to hand out the soon-to-be-obsolete designs.
They are planning to duopolise the market I think - Microsoft on software and Apple on pop-ware (any popular tech product for the consumer masses). Intel and AMD already has a duopoly on the personal processor market anyway.
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Old 2012-08-14, 11:15   Link #1093
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I'm just surprised Apple would side with Microsoft. Or at least since iPod, they have always wanted their own version of everything that no one else can have. Even if that version is more costly and inefficient.
Both companies were close in the 1980's. Microsoft was once part of Apple's software lineup and Bill Gates appeared alongside with Steve Job during one Apple convention. And then Microsoft switch to IBM and we all know what happened next.

Also in 1997, Microsoft invested 150 million dollars of stock into Apple after Steve Jobs was back as CEO of Apple a year ago. That money might have help Apple after the company's recent failures before Steve came back.

So despite the rivalry between the two companies, they both respect each other .
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Old 2012-08-14, 12:24   Link #1094
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Boffins create 100,000 DPI image:

"Perhaps the world’s most famous repurposed centerfold, the Lena test image, is
now the world’s smallest test image courtesy of researchers in Singapore.

A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) boffins have rendered the
image of Lena Söderberg (familiar to computer science students the world over)
at just 50 x 50 microns, with a resolution of around 100,000 DPI."

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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/08...to_nano_scale/
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Old 2012-08-16, 00:25   Link #1095
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Bill Gates looks to new toilets to improve world sanitation

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His charitable organisation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is looking for future loos that can improve sanitation around the world.

At the Reinvent the Toilet fair, hosted at its Seattle campus this week, designs included a lavatory that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity.

Another turned excrement into charcoal, while a third used urine for flushing.

In total 28 designs were shown off at the fair and the winner was a team from the California Institute of Technology.

Led by Prof Michael Hoffman, the toilet they designed was solar-powered and generated hydrogen gas and electricity. They won a $100,000 prize.

"We couldn't be happier with the response that we've gotten," Bill Gates said at the event.
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Old 2012-08-16, 06:45   Link #1096
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U.S. hypersonic aircraft crashes seconds into military test flight
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Old 2012-08-17, 06:07   Link #1097
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BiblioTherapy - by experiencing fictional characters struggles you can gain alternative view and possibly solutions to your problems..... its about time scientists think of this... now addiction to anime and manga is officially therapeutic lol - http://bigthink.com/think-tank/anxio...-bibliotherapy
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Old 2012-08-17, 06:16   Link #1098
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That hypersonic airplane project seems like a never ending quest with all these crashes.
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Old 2012-08-17, 11:54   Link #1099
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They keep having system troubles before they can actually test the craft's preformance.
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It's not an X-Plane without problems and crashes
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