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The Myths and Realities of Synthetic Bioweapons

AtomicSymphonic Resident Evil/Biohazard (36 comments)

Synthetic bioweapons are the name of the game in the Resident Evil franchise. Personally, I have always considered something like this to be a distinct possibility, so should we be surprised at this development?

Or should we all be calling for Leon S. Kennedy and friends to save the day once more?

3 days ago

China Confirms New Generation of ICBM

AtomicSymphonic "I don't want to set the world on fire..." (224 comments)

The video game franchise "Fallout" is all I'm thinking when seeing news like this. In the Fallout universe, nuclear war breaks out in the year 2077 between USA and China (in this universe, the USSR still exists and is an ally to China) as the Earth's non-renewable resources like fossil fuels run out.

In our world, it just seems to be purely over who controls the World Order: the East or the West? I'm sure there are many factors I'm unaware of right now, but this buildup of military forces in the Pacific has me concerned for the future.

For more info on what I'm referring to, here's the Fallout Wiki's article on the "Great War" aka WWIII.

about 1 month ago

Military Electronics That Shatter Into Dust On Command

AtomicSymphonic Mission (Im)possible (221 comments)

So, does this mean when I throw my Google Glasses off a cliff, will they explode in spectacular style?

about 7 months ago

Dell Ad Says Windows 8.1 Apps Will Run On Xbox One

AtomicSymphonic Viruses? Oh dear... (148 comments)

From my perspective, even though the Xbox One is limited in its capabilities as a full-on computer, malware could bring havoc upon the XBL community... This feels like opening a Pandora's Box, to me...

about a year ago

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

AtomicSymphonic Re:Lack of sensor demo... (773 comments)

That would be totally awesome if we could see that each time we did that... And had the ability to turn off the telemetry readings if we get annoyed by it each time...

1 year,11 days

Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

AtomicSymphonic Re:5C stand for cheap (773 comments)

I thought it stood for "China"... Originally, I thought the 5C would be sold initially in China, but I guess not. So, "Cheap" it is!

1 year,11 days

Device Can Extract DNA With Full Genetic Data In Minutes

AtomicSymphonic I'm waiting for it to come in seconds... (95 comments)

This would be the ultimate goal in Identity Verification... And then we find ourselves being cloned...

about a year ago

NATO Holds Annual Cyber Defense Exercise

AtomicSymphonic A hackathon? (41 comments)

So this is essentially a hackathon? Please, correct me if I am wrong...

about a year ago

Google Fiber To Come To Provo, Utah

AtomicSymphonic Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Danger! (92 comments)

Looks like ISP's better watch their collective back. Google coming to screw telecom monopolies over and give the customer what they truly want in an obscure city somewhat near you...

about a year and a half ago

North Korean Missile Raised To Firing Position, Says US Official

AtomicSymphonic Obligatory "This isn't tech news!!!" post... (636 comments)

While this may not be tech-related, it's good to have this kind of news up on everyone's radar, just in case (no pun intended).

about a year and a half ago

New Thunderbolt Revision Features 20 Gbps Throughput, 4K Video Support

AtomicSymphonic Adoption by Mass Market? (301 comments)

So, will we see OEM Windows PCs come by default with Thunderbolt ports? Or is this another fantastic, magical, extraordinary Apple Inc. exclusive?

about a year and a half ago

T-Mobile's Optional Censorship Falls Down

AtomicSymphonic I sense a disturbance in the force... (67 comments)

I feel as if a million T-Mobile customers screamed out in agony and are snuffed once they have read this article...

So, even though the account holder can disable the censoring, would it be an accurate guess that quite a few slashdotters with T-Mobile here are now considering leaving to a different telecom?

more than 2 years ago

Australian Gov't Bans Huawei From National Network Bids

AtomicSymphonic Are the concerns valid? (168 comments)

I think Huawei was also left out of consideration when AT&T and Verizon were looking to build more LTE towers in the US. Or was that the federal government didn't want their equipment out of this fear?

Would love if someone clarified this.

more than 2 years ago

US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones

AtomicSymphonic Re:So... what about security apps? (269 comments)

Alright, so these apps would only help if the perp intended on using the device themselves and had no intention of reselling.

But, yeah, by taking it up to the next level with IMEI cracking... That kind of nullifies any sense of security on the phone. :-/

more than 2 years ago

US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones

AtomicSymphonic Re:So... what about security apps? (269 comments)

Ah, I see...

Although, isn't "locking" the phone about as good as bricking? Or can that be disabled by connecting it to any computer with iTunes? Yes, the data would be erased, as far as I know, but would this still work?

more than 2 years ago

US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones

AtomicSymphonic So... what about security apps? (269 comments)

If your *smartphone* (not feature phone) is stolen, in particular if it's Android or iOS, there are a number of solutions one could use without having to resort to calling police to "brick" your phone, other than retrieving it.

Apple has the "Find My iPhone" service and you are able to locate your phone (if it's still on), able to lock it, send a message, and wipe your device.

Android has, I don't know, 10+ different apps that can do that available on the Android Market. This is not including some manufacturers' own services natively installed onto their devices, like Motorola's MotoBlur service, that does all of the above.

more than 2 years ago

All Video Games Cause Aggressive Behavior, Say Two US Congressmen

AtomicSymphonic Re:Not that far-fetched, actually (483 comments)

Perhaps the kids find it a complete escape into another world, like many of those that play MMORPGs and Action RPGs like Mass Effect and Fallout.

I recently had to swear off of RPGs because of how deeply immersive they got for me. It got hard to tell what was real in the game and what wasn't. I was extremely absorbed in the story.

And I could say that I also reacted negatively when my parents told me to turn off the games back then. I became very frustrated and anxious for a few hours. Not necessarily violent, but the fact I got taken away from my story unwillingly did not help at all.

It's worse now, for story-driven people like me, with un-pauseable cutscenes and checkpoints that you must reach instead of saving whenever you want in some of these kinds of games.

Even when I turned off a game like these voluntarily I still get a bit anxious and find it a bit difficult to "get my head back in the game", usually because I found something within a story a bit disturbing (Mass Effect written all over this point) or just needed to go somewhere for a meeting or something in reality.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Any Smart Phones Made Under Worker-Friendly Conditions?

AtomicSymphonic Well, with all the flak Apple's gotten lately... (371 comments)

I would not be surprised to see reports from China that Foxconn workers are being treated a bit better over the next year... Thus eventually making Apple the most "labor-friendly".

Although, Foxconn manufactures devices for multiple companies, I believe. Doesn't Motorola also have their devices made there?

more than 2 years ago


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