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Robot learn to play Angry Birds from Kids to help their rehabilitation

rtoz (2530056) writes | 14 minutes ago

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rtoz (2530056) writes "The researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have paired a small humanoid robot with an Android tablet. Kids teach the Robot how to play Angry Birds.

This project is designed to serve as a rehabilitation tool and to help kids with disabilities.

The researchers see their robot-smart tablet system as a future rehabilitation tool for children with cognitive and motor-skill disabilities. A clinician could program the robot to cater to a child's needs, such as turn taking or hand-eye coordination tasks, and then send the machine home."

Chinese-Made Inventory Scanners Arrive With Preloaded Malware

jfruh (300774) writes | 1 hour ago

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jfruh (300774) writes "We already have the Internet of Things, so why not the Security Breaches of Things? A security research firm released a case study of a company that ordered inventory scanners that ended up coming already infected with malware. Once the scanners were connected to the company's wireless network, the malware searched out Linux-based ERP servers with "finance" in their names and then went after known security holes."
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How a Small Developer Hacked Apple TV Gen 2/3 for Home Automation

Anonymous Coward writes | 1 hour ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Users of higher-end home automation systems want 2-way IP-based control and feedback for Apple TV, not sad little one-way IR control. The first gen Apple TV was fairly easy to hack for such purposes, but later generations not so much, thanks to no on-board hard drive and a new communications platform. Now at last we see an IP hack for Apple TV gens 2 and 3 that works with high-end remotes and home controllers from Remote Technologies Inc. Scroll to the bottom of this piece to get some tips on how the developer did it."

NSA knew about destruction of the Guardian's data

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes | 1 hour ago

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Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "As people may remember, in a piece of theatre worth of Monty Python staff from GCHQ destroyed discs and computers at the London HQ of the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-... As anyone with an ounce of sense knew, all the data was safely elsewhere as well. Now it appear that the NSA leadership was enthusiastic about this — which indicates how out of touch they are"
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Insurance Claims Reveal Hidden Electronic Damage From Geomagnetic Storms

KentuckyFC (1144503) writes | 2 hours ago

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KentuckyFC (1144503) writes "On 13 March 1989, a powerful geomagnetic storm severely disrupted the Hydro-Québec high-voltage grid triggering numerous circuit breakers and blacking out much of eastern Canada and the north eastern US. Since then, Earth has been hit by numerous solar maelstroms although without such large-scale disruption. But the smaller-scale effect of these storms on low voltage transmissions line, and the equipment connected to them, has been unknown. Until now. Researchers from the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory have analysed insurance claims for damage to industrial electrical equipment between 2000 and 2010 and found a clear correlation with geomagnetic activity. They say that the number of claims increases by up to 20 per cent on the days of highest geomagnetic activity. On this basis, they calculate that the economic impact of geomagnetic damage must amount to several billion dollars per year. That raises the question of the impact these storms are having on household electronic equipment, such as computers, smartphones and tablets, and whether domestic insurance claims might throw some light on the issue. So if your iPhone has ever been fried in mysterious circumstances, the culprit may have been the Sun."

O3b launches four more satellites to bring internet to 'Other 3 billion'

Anonymous Coward writes | 2 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "O3b Networks is aiming to provide internet access through satellite, to the "other three billion" people in under-served equatorial regions (Africa, the Pacific, South America). O3b launched four more satellites today, to add to the four they already have in orbit. This is a very international effort; a Russian Soyuz rocket went up from South America, carrying satellites built in France. There's a video of the rocket and payloads coming together and a video of the rocket launch. There's also an academic paper describing using the O3b system from the Cook Islands in the Pacific, giving an idea of what it does and those all-important ping times."
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Gameover ZeuS Re-Emerges as Fast-Fluxing Botnet

tylke (621801) writes | 2 hours ago

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tylke (621801) writes "Brian Krebs is reporting that the Gameover ZeuS botnet recently taken down by the U.S. Justice Department in June has re-emerged. The new variant of the Trojan "is stripped of the P2P code, and relies instead on an approach known as fast-flux hosting", a kind of round-robin technique that lets botnets hide phishing and malware delivery sites behind a network of compromised systems. Full Disclosure: I work for Malcovery Security, the company credited with identifying the new variant."

Aereo Embraces Ruling, Tries to Re-Classify Itself as Cable Company

Anonymous Coward writes | 12 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Rather than completely shuttering its TV-over-the-internet business, Aereo has decided to embrace the Supreme Court's recent decision against it. In a letter to the lower court overseeing the litigation between the company and network broadcasters, Aereo asks to be considered a cable company and to be allowed to pay royalties as such. Cable companies pay royalties to obtain a copyright statutory license under the Copyright Act to retransmit over-the-air programming, and the royalties are set by the government, not the broadcasters. The broadcasters are not happy with this move, of course, claiming that Aereo should not be allowed to flip-flop on how it defines itself."

Skynet System Adopted as Supercomputer Takes Control of US Nuclear Stockpile

rofkool (3603105) writes | 2 hours ago

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rofkool (3603105) writes "The US has moved one step closer to a Skynet doomsday scenario as significant control of its nuclear weapons stockpile is to be handed to a supercomputer.

The Cray XC will operate within the Trinity system, a programme run by the US National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico.

The move mimics the Terminator series of films, in which a computer system called Skynet is given command of the US military's nuclear weapons arsenal, eventually leading to total war between man and machine."

Asterioid mining bill introduced in Congress to protect private property rights

MarkWhittington (1084047) writes | 3 hours ago

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MarkWhittington (1084047) writes "Rep. Bill Posey, R-Florida announced on Thursday that he was introducing a bill along with Rep, Derek Kilmer, D-WA called the American Space Technology for Exploring Resource Opportunities in Deep Space (ASTEROIDS) Act of 2014. The act is designed to protect the private property rights for entities mining asteroids and to otherwise encourage asteroid mining. The bill is in apparent reaction to efforts by companies like Planetary Resources and Deep Space Industries to locate and mine Earth approaching asteroids for their resources.

The crucial part of the short piece of legislation states that the resources mined from an asteroid would be the property of the entity undertaking the operation. This language gets around the provision of the Outer Space Treaty that states that states are forbidden to establish national sovereignty over celestial bodies, which would be a perquisite to the United States allowing a private entity to own an asteroid. It rather grants mineral rights to the asteroid, something that the treaty does not mention. This is no enforcement mechanism in the event of a dispute with another country, however."

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Hair-raising technique detects drugs, explosives on human body

sciencehabit (1205606) writes | yesterday

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "That metal ball that makes your hair stand on end at science museums may have a powerful new use. Scientists have found a way to combine these Van de Graaff generators with a common laboratory instrument to detect drugs, explosives, and other illicit materials on the human body. In the laboratory, scientists had a volunteer touch a Van de Graaff generator for 2 seconds to charge his body to 400,000 volts. This ionized compounds on the surface of his body. The person then pointed their charged finger toward the inlet of a mass spectrometer, and ions from their body entered the machine. In various tests, the machine correctly identified explosives, flammable solvents, cocaine, and acetaminophen on the skin."
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What happens when gaming auteurs try to go it alone?

Anonymous Coward writes | 5 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "As news that Cliff Bleszkinski, Epic Games' legendary former creative, sets off to found his own studio, a new article takes a look at how six other gaming auteurs have fared after leaving a major developer or publisher to go it alone. The results, surprisingly, are mixed: while some, such as Double Fine's Tim Schafer, have gone on to far greater success, it doesn't always work out that way: just look at John Romero's Daikatana. The article also makes a good point that Peter Molyneux is striking out with a start-up for the third in his career now, but it may not be third time the charm: Godus has been far less well received than Black & White or Fable. Can Cliffy B avoid making the same mistakes?"
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The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

stephendavion (2872091) writes | 6 hours ago

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stephendavion (2872091) writes "William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War but resigned soon after September 11, disgusted by Washington’s move towards mass surveillance.

On 5 July he spoke at a conference in London organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and revealed the extent of the surveillance programs unleashed by the Bush and Obama administrations.

“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”"

Google: You Can't Handle the Brazil Defeat Truth!

theodp (442580) writes | 7 hours ago

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theodp (442580) writes "After Brazil's dramatic World Cup defeat by Germany, writes NPR's Aarti Shahani, Google's experimental newsroom focused on search trends that didn't rub salt in Brazil's wounds, choosing to not publish a single trend on Brazilian search terms. Copywriter Tessa Hewson said they were just too negative. "We might try and wait until we can do a slightly more upbeat trend." It's a decision that puzzles Shahani, but producer Sam Clohesy explained, "a negative story about Brazil won't necessarily get a lot of traction in social." In old-school newsrooms, if it bleeds, it leads. But because this new newsroom is focused on getting content onto everyone's smartphone, marketing expert Rakesh Agrawal says, editors may have another bias: to comb through the big data in search of happy thoughts."

Google, Dropbox, And Others Forge Patent 'Arms Control Pact'

jfruh (300774) writes | yesterday

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jfruh (300774) writes "Patent trolling is a serious irritatnt and financial drain on many big tech companies — but those same companies can't guarantee that their own future management won't sell the patents they own to a 'non-practicing entity', especially in the case of sale or bankruptcy. That's why a number of tech giants, including Google and Dropbox, have formed the 'License or Tranfer Network,' in which a patent will automatically be licensed to everyone else in the network in the event that it's sold to a third party."
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Peer Review Ring Broken - 60 Articles Retracted

blackbeak (1227080) writes | yesterday

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blackbeak (1227080) writes "The Washington Post reports that the Journal of Vibration and Control's review system was hijacked by a ring of reviewers. 60 articles have been retracted as a result. If a relatively nonpolitical field like JVC covers is subject to this kind of nonsense, what might be lurking behind peer reviews in the pharmaceutical or petroleum fields? Maybe non peers should be partnered with peers to do the reviewing."

Amazon seeks US exemption to test delivery drones

angry tapir (1463043) writes | 10 hours ago

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angry tapir (1463043) writes "Amazon.com has asked the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration permission to test drones outdoors for use in its Prime Air package delivery service. In the run up to launching the service, which aims to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less, the online retailer is developing aerial vehicles that travel over 50 miles (80 kilometers) per hour, and will carry 5pound (2.3 kilogram) payloads, which account for 86 percent of the products sold on Amazon."
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Child Thought to Be Cured of HIV Relapses, Tests Positive Again

Anonymous Coward writes | 11 hours ago

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An anonymous reader writes "The Mississippi child, who was born with HIV passed from her mother, received HIV treatment for 18 months after her birth. In the course of over two years after the treatment, her blood indicated no trace of the virus or of HIV-specific antibodies, leading many to hope that she may have been cured completely. Earlier this month, however, the virus was detected again. Nearly 4 years old, the child is once more being given HIV treatment, and scientists are trying to figure out how she could have gone so long before relapsing."

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