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Starting the Machine Revolution now in Japan!

Hanike Hanike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Hanike writes "According to The Verge, Japanese hi-tech company Suidobashi Heavy Industry is developing a 13-foot, diesel-powered real Mecha robot called Kurata!

"Japanese engineers are working on everything from robots that walk like humans, to robots to help you in the lab, to robot babies for studying human development, but where are the mechs? Thankfully, Wired Japan shows us that Suidobashi Heavy Industry is on the case, having completed a 13-foot-tall, 4.4-ton, diesel-powered robot called Kuratas. The two-man team — artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics researcher Wataru Yoshizaki — isn't stopping there, either. Suidobashi wants to mass produce, starting at the low price of $1.35 million.

So what do you get for the money? Kuratas has over 30 hydraulic joints that allow it to freely move its arms, legs, and torso. It can fire water bottle rockets and fireworks, and its 6,000 round-per-minute BB gattling guns are controlled with the pilot’s smile; part of Yoshizaki’s V-Shido (read like bushido, as in "way of the samurai") control system. In order to get around, the four-legged mech uses ordinary wheels, but the Suidobashi team wants to get it walking in order to navigate uneven terrain. If you’d like to see more, you can check out the rest of Wired’s photographs of the team’s garage, and check below for video of the prototype's unveiling this past weekend in Chiba, as well as promotional videos — complete with CG of the robot driving through Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.""

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Twitter docs hack exploits stupidity vuln

Hanike Hanike writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Hanike writes "[ Over a month ago, a hacker gained access to Twitter's internal documents and thereby introduced the unprofitable Web 2.0 darling to the blunt end of internet justice. Hacker Croll — the still anonymous Frenchman who has claimed responsibility for the attack — cracked the personal e-mail account of a Twitter administrator. In its observance of the San Francisco startup law of relying on free, online productivity suites instead of ponying up to Microsoft for something that actually works, Twitter stores all of its internal documents on Google Docs.

The administrator whose account was hacked used the same password for both his personal e-mail and his Google Docs login. Yes, web applications are sure to overtake desktop applications any day now.

Hacker Croll didn't exploit any software vulnerabilities. He exploited stupidity. To crack this personal e-mail account, all he had to do was answer a security question, which is the same way that a hacker gained access to Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account during the 2008 election.

(...)

More likely than not, if you had the login information from some office drone who spends his day cultivating a corporate tan under the fluorescent lights of a private, climate controlled hell, you most likely had credentials for a Windows NT domain or Active Directory.

(...)

And just for the sake of completion, if you know a TechCrunch writer's account information can load up http://www.techcrunch.com/wp-login.php and start posting about how online productivity suites will save us all from a hoof to the face by the savage brute in Redmond. ]

Text extracted directly from TheRegister.
Read full story here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/20/dziuba_twitter_hack/
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Starting the Machine Revolution now in Japan!

Hanike Hanike writes  |  more than 2 years ago

According to The Verge, the Japanese hi-tech company Suidobashi Heavy Industry is developing a 13-foot, diesel-powered real Mecha robot for personal users!
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"Japanese engineers are working on everything from robots that walk like humans, to robots to help you in the lab, to robot babies for studying human development, but where are the mechs? Thankfully, Wired Japan shows us that Suidobashi Heavy Industry is on the case, having completed a 13-foot-tall, 4.4-ton, diesel-powered robot called Kuratas. The two-man team â" artist Kogoro Kurata and robotics researcher Wataru Yoshizaki â" isn't stopping there, either. Suidobashi wants to mass produce, starting at the low price of $1.35 million.

So what do you get for the money? Kuratas has over 30 hydraulic joints that allow it to freely move its arms, legs, and torso. It can fire water bottle rockets and fireworks, and its 6,000 round-per-minute BB gattling guns are controlled with the pilotâ(TM)s smile; part of Yoshizakiâ(TM)s V-Shido (read like bushido, as in "way of the samurai") control system. In order to get around, the four-legged mech uses ordinary wheels, but the Suidobashi team wants to get it walking in order to navigate uneven terrain. If youâ(TM)d like to see more, you can check out the rest of Wiredâ(TM)s photographs of the teamâ(TM)s garage, and check below for video of the prototype's unveiling this past weekend in Chiba, as well as promotional videos â" complete with CG of the robot driving through Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo."

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Full story and videos here > http://www.theverge.com/2012/7/30/3201328/kuratas-suidobashi-mech-robot-japan

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Twitter docs hack exploits stupidity vuln

Hanike Hanike writes  |  more than 5 years ago Text extracted directly from TheRegister.
Read full story here: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/07/20/dziuba_twitter_hack/


"Over a month ago, a hacker gained access to Twitter's internal documents and thereby introduced the unprofitable Web 2.0 darling to the blunt end of internet justice. Hacker Croll - the still anonymous Frenchman who has claimed responsibility for the attack - cracked the personal e-mail account of a Twitter administrator. In its observance of the San Francisco startup law of relying on free, online productivity suites instead of ponying up to Microsoft for something that actually works, Twitter stores all of its internal documents on Google Docs.

The administrator whose account was hacked used the same password for both his personal e-mail and his Google Docs login. Yes, web applications are sure to overtake desktop applications any day now.

Hacker Croll didn't exploit any software vulnerabilities. He exploited stupidity. To crack this personal e-mail account, all he had to do was answer a security question, which is the same way that a hacker gained access to Sarah Palin's personal e-mail account during the 2008 election.

(...)

More likely than not, if you had the login information from some office drone who spends his day cultivating a corporate tan under the fluorescent lights of a private, climate controlled hell, you most likely had credentials for a Windows NT domain or Active Directory.

(...)

And just for the sake of completion, if you know a TechCrunch writer's account information can load up http://www.techcrunch.com/wp-login.php and start posting about how online productivity suites will save us all from a hoof to the face by the savage brute in Redmond."

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Stop Uwe Boll to destroy gamer's dreams!

Hanike Hanike writes  |  more than 5 years ago Please, all Gamers around the world, help to stop Uwe Boll to destroy our most dear videogames in his infamous and disrespectful movie "adaptations"!

He has already destroyed great games as House of the Dead, BloodRayne, Alone In The Dark, Dungeon Siege, Far Cry, Postal, Rampage... and so many others are to come if we don't stop him right NOW!
There are even rumors in internet that he was trying to destroy Metal Gear Solid and Legacy of Kain series!

The total disrespect to gamers of this man is notable. All of his movies have strong negative critics around the globe. For sure, if some good director had caught these movies, a good thing would they be.
Because of the Germany's governmental help agreement to help directors/writes to product movies, he can always do his disgraceful prototypes of movies: he won't need to care about loose money or whatever, 'coz that agreement is favorable to all parts - him and his investors! It's deplorable the abuse he commit upon something that should be a so positive thing to the independent movie scenery!

Click below and sign the Petition to stop that monster's crimes:
http://www.petitiononline.com/RRH53888

WE NEED TO STOP HIM!


For how much time that will remain? We are the only ones that can do that.
At this current moment, the Petition has already 338350 total signatures!

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"Don't ask 'Why?' if Your Dad's a Chemistry Professor"

Hanike Hanike writes  |  about 6 years ago Article wrote by Stephen McNeil. Took from a Scribd's staff's "funny texts" group.
Tell you too, your own perturbed distorted megalomaniac-parent story on childhood!!

A DIALOGUE WITH SARAH, AGED 3: IN WHICH IT IS SHOWN THAT IF YOUR DAD IS A CHEMISTRY PROFESSOR, ASKING "WHY" CAN BE DANGEROUS
By Stephen McNeil
- FROM THE ARCHIVES -

SARAH: Daddy, were you in the shower?
DAD: Yes, I was in the shower.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: I was dirty. The shower gets me clean.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: Why does the shower get me clean?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: Because the water washes the dirt away when I use soap.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: Why do I use soap?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: Because the soap grabs the dirt and lets the water wash it off.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: Why does the soap grab the dirt?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: Because soap is a surfactant.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: Why is soap a surfactant?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: That is an EXCELLENT question. Soap is a surfactant because it forms water-soluble micelles that trap the otherwise insoluble dirt and oil particles.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: Why does soap form micelles?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: Soap molecules are long chains with a polar, hydrophilic head and a non-polar, hydrophobic tail. Can you say 'hydrophilic'?
SARAH: Aidrofawwic
DAD: And can you say 'hydrophobic'?
SARAH: Aidrofawwic
DAD: Excellent! The word 'hydrophobic' means that it avoids water.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: Why does it mean that?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: It's Greek! 'Hydro' means water and 'phobic' means 'fear of'. 'Phobos' is fear. So 'hydrophobic' means 'afraid of water'.
SARAH: Like a monster?
DAD: You mean, like being afraid of a monster?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: A scary monster, sure. If you were afraid of a monster, a Greek person would say you were gorgophobic.

(pause)

SARAH: (rolls her eyes) I thought we were talking about soap.
DAD: We are talking about soap.

(longish pause)

SARAH: Why?
DAD: Why do the molecules have a hydrophilic head and a hydrophobic tail?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: Because the C-O bonds in the head are highly polar, and the C-H bonds in the tail are effectively non-polar.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: Because while carbon and hydrogen have almost the same electronegativity, oxygen is far more electronegative, thereby polarizing the C-O bonds.
SARAH: Why?
DAD: Why is oxygen more electronegative than carbon and hydrogen?
SARAH: Yes.
DAD: That's complicated. There are different answers to that question, depending on whether you're talking about the Pauling or Mulliken electronegativity scales. The Pauling scale is based on homo- versus heteronuclear bond strength differences, while the Mulliken scale is based on the atomic properties of electron affinity and ionization energy. But it really all comes down to effective nuclear charge. The valence electrons in an oxygen atom have a lower energy than those of a carbon atom, and electrons shared between them are held more tightly to the oxygen, because electrons in an oxygen atom experience a greater nuclear charge and therefore a stronger attraction to the atomic nucleus! Cool, huh?

(pause)

SARAH: I don't get it.
DAD: That's OK. Neither do most of my students.

Original text: http://www.scribd.com/doc/1063/-Dont-ask-Why-if-Your-Dads-a-Chemistry-Professor-

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Solving the "Cat's Purr Mystery" using Accelerometers

Hanike Hanike writes  |  more than 6 years ago The follow article was originally posted on Brüel & Kjær's site's magazine [2003, #1], by Elizabeth von Muggenthaler & Bill Wright.
To read more about Accelerometers, try this two links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accelerometer and http://www.dimensionengineering.com/accelerometers.htm
Brüel & Kjær's site: http://www.bksv.com/ || Original article post: http://www.bksv.com/2798.asp

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Solving the "Cat's Purr Mystery" using Accelerometers
Ever since the Egyptians started worshipping the cat, philosophers, scientists and cat lovers worldwide have wondered why cats purr. Fauna Communications and ENDEVCO initiated a novel research study that recorded the purrs of five species of cats - cheetah, puma, serval, ocelot and the domestic cat. This research has contributed valuable information that may solve the mystery behind the cat's purr.

It is commonly believed that cats purr when content. However, cats also purr when they are severely injured, frightened or giving birth. So if cats were purring solely out of happiness they would not purr when injured, especially as the generation of the purr requires energy, and an injured animal will generally not expend precious energy needed for healing on an activity not directly connected with their survival.

Since the purr has lasted through hundreds of generations of cats, there must be a survival mechanism behind its continued existence. Suggesting that the purr evolved to function solely as a vocalisation of self-contentment goes directly against the basic tenets of evolutionary psychology and natural selection. Could the purr in any way link to the fact that vibrational stimulation not only relieves suffering in 82% of persons suffering from acute and chronic pain but also generates new tissue growth, augments wound tissue strength, improves local circulation and oxygenation, reduces swelling and/or inhibits bacterial growth?

Survival of the Fittest
Throughout history, the cat has been the most worshipped and the most persecuted domestic animal. Perhaps the most popular cat saying is that they have "nine lives". This type of old wives' tale usually has a grain of truth behind it, especially since there is also an old veterinary school adage that states "If you put a cat and a sack of broken bones in the same room the bones will heal".

Most veterinary orthopedic surgeons have observed how relatively easy it is to mend broken cat bones, as compared with dogs. In a study of "High Rise Syndrome" found in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Drs. Whitney and Mehlhaff documented 132 cases of cats plummeting from high-rise apartments, the average fall being 5.5 storeys, or 55 feet. The record height for survival was 45 storeys. Ninety percent of the 132 cats studied survived even though some had severe injuries. There is also literature that suggests that domestic cats are in general less prone to postoperative complications following elective surgeries.

Cats do not have near the prevalence of orthopedic disease or ligament and muscle traumas as dogs have, and non-union of fractures in cats is rare. Researchers believe that self-healing is the survival mechanism behind the purr. There is extensive documentation that suggests that low frequencies, at low intensity, are therapeutic. These frequencies can aid bone growth, fracture healing, pain relief, tendon and muscle strength and repair, joint mobility, the reduction of swelling, and the relief of dyspnea, or breathlessness.

In order to measure the domestic cat's purrs and how purr vibration is spread throughout its body ENDEVCO Model 22 accelerometers were used. Weighing a mere 0.14 gram, this is the world's smallest accelerometer. It mounts adhesively, requires no external power and is ground isolated. It is typically used on such small objects as scaled models, circuit boards and disk drives.

During tests, the cats relaxed on blankets, and were encouraged to purr by occasionally stroking them. The small, lightweight Model 22 accelerometers were placed directly on the skin of the cats and stabilised using washable make-up glue and medical tape. Each recording session lasted between 6 and 10 minutes. Data was recorded on DAT recorders and analysed.

Results indicated that despite size and different genetics, all of the individual cats have strong purr frequencies that fall within the range of a multitude of therapeutic frequencies and particular decibel levels, see Fig. 3. Frequencies of 25 and 50 Hz are the best, and 100 Hz and 200 Hz the second best frequencies for promoting bone strength. Exposure to these signals elevates bone strength by approximately 30%, and increases the speed at which the fractures heal.

Purring the Pain Away
All the cats had purr frequencies between 20 Hz and 200 Hz. With the exception of the cheetah, which had frequencies 2 Hz from the rest, all the species had frequencies, notably 25 Hz, 50 Hz, 100 Hz, 125 Hz, and 150 Hz, that correspond exactly with the best frequencies determined by the most recent research for bone growth, fracture healing, pain relief, relief of breathlessness, and inflammation. All of the cats' purrs, including the cheetah, had frequencies 4 Hz from the entire repertoire of low frequencies known to be therapeutic for all of the ailments.

That fact that the cats in this study produced frequencies that have been proven to improve healing time, strength and mobility could explain the purr's natural selection. After a day or night of hunting, purring could be likened to an internal vibrational therapeutic system, a sort of "kitty massage" that would keep muscles and ligaments in prime condition and less prone to injury. Additionally, the purr could strengthen bone, and prevent osteodiseases. Following injury, the purr vibrations would help heal the wound or bone associated with the injury, reduce swelling, and provide a measure of pain relief during the healing process.
,,,^._.^,,, *miauu*

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Halo3 and his incredible quality of CG tech

Hanike Hanike writes  |  more than 6 years ago As my previews posts were deleted, I'm re-beginning this weblog with a video and nothing more.
I was looking for some Microsoft Silverlight Streaming experiences - I will talk about it as soon as I can test it by myself and I'm satisfied - and on its official site, I found a podcast of Halo 3. The CG tech applied whole game is excelent, but on the movie scenes it's exceptional and deserves to be comment and show. Get a look on it!

Live Combat p2: [[ http://x.halo.msn.com/video/videoplayer.aspx?videoid=combat2 ]]

You can visit the official showcase to experience the Halo 3 video trailers, including exclusive live action film sequences (try the "combat part x" and you won't be disappointed), in high resolution (try HDTV on fullscreen, if you have a widescreen monitor, and you'll just have a "wow!" experience ^^).. here: http://halo3.msn.com/videos.aspx/
All this powered by the new Silverlight Streaming technology.

Real programs don't eat cache... this is not the case! ,,,^._.^,,, *miaauu*

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LiveSpace

Hanike Hanike writes  |  more than 6 years ago You can also find me here: http://hanike-treisce.spaces.live.com/ In my LiveSpace, you'll find list of songs (always with preview track available), reviews of books and games, videos... etc... etc... and to the curious ones: photos of me in Visual kei style, to my j-music bands/projects; also photos of cats and etc.

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