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Drone Maker Enforces No-Fly Zone Over DC, Hijacking Malware Demonstrated

RivenAleem Can someone explainn (156 comments)

What is the security risk posed by small drones?
In your explanation please include "Drones are better than mortars at delivering explosives because..." and "Drones are better than high power telescopes because..."


New Google Fiber Cities Announced

RivenAleem Re:Lowest hanging fruit. (147 comments)

I asked a friend who works in Google when Dublin would get Google Fiber (given that they have headquarters there). He said since there were already at least 3 companies providing it (Eircom, Vodafone and UPC) among the many wireless 4G options, there's no need for Google to do the same.

Much of the US has either nobody, or a monopoly providing Fiber, so they are picking the areas where they will have the greatest impact.

2 days ago

Valve's Economist Yanis Varoufakis Appointed Greece's Finance Minister

RivenAleem Re:Badges (323 comments)

Half-Life 300 confirmed.

2 days ago

Proposed Space Telescope Uses Huge Opaque Disk To Surpass Hubble

RivenAleem Re:Visible from Earth? (124 comments)

A disk 1/2 mile wide in geostationary would be the equivalent to a 1.4 inch disk a mile away (Geostationary orbit being 22,200 miles).

So most definitely not naked eye visible.

2 days ago

Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

RivenAleem Re:grandmother reference (462 comments)

If this was a physical product that I bought in one market for a low price, and transported it to another market to sell at a higher price we would refer to it as simple economics, capitalism even!

As soon as it happens "on a computer" it is suddenly different?

2 days ago

Scientists Determine New Way To Untangle Proteins By Unboiling an Egg

RivenAleem Re:undead (155 comments)

Why did the zombie chicken cross the road?


2 days ago

Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

RivenAleem Re:No one 3D printed a house (98 comments)

My Father regularly 3-D Printed structures 20 years ago. You start with a foundation that you fill with concrete. You then put up boards a foot wide all around matching the structure you want to build and fill them with concrete. When that is set and dry, you move the boards up and fill the next level, and so on and so on, making a solid concrete structure layer by layer.

What is being described here is a pre-fabricated building being assembled, not 3-D printing houses or apartments.

about a week ago

Writer: How My Mom Got Hacked

RivenAleem Re:The real lesson should be... (463 comments)

You could build an Arduino machine to connect up a USB device on a regular basis to perform an automatic backup to, then automatically (safely!) remove the plug after. Even easier, have a good WD external drive using AC power, on a timer (simple wall-plug timer) that comes on, backs up and powers off after.

about three weeks ago

An Automated Cat Litter Box With DRM

RivenAleem Re:What's next? (190 comments)

Late-comer thanks to Christmas, but can you tell me whether RoboToilet comes with twitter integration and other social networking services?

about three weeks ago

New Cargo Ship Is 488 Meters Long

RivenAleem Re:Prelude to what? (116 comments)

I'm going go to with Rorqual.

about a month and a half ago

Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

RivenAleem Re:I believe in Darwin (175 comments)

I believe it is there to help skin heal faster, with a scar, after injury. Faster, but scarred, healing is something we decided was more useful to survival than flawless regeneration (see Salamanders). Skin provides protection from infection, having that heal quick and dirty was very important before antibiotics and antiseptics.

about a month and a half ago

Researchers Accidentally Discover How To Turn Off Skin Aging Gene

RivenAleem Re:Anti-Aging is a Fraud Magnet (175 comments)

I suspect it is part of the scarring/regeneration trade off. This collagen scaffolding action possibly helps skin heal faster after a cut, the trade off is wrinkles. Slower healing skin, but doing so blemish-free was not likely a good survival trait when a break in the skin barrier would increase chance of infection.

With modern medicine, infection risk might be abated by antibiotics/antiseptics.

This might also be awesome for burn victims (assuming you can keep infection at bay)

about a month and a half ago

Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

RivenAleem Re:Vertical lane changes? (191 comments)

I think you have accidentally uncovered their plans to include this tech in their secret flying cars!

about a month and a half ago

Once Again, Baltimore Police Arrest a Person For Recording Them

RivenAleem Re:Need a flash mob.... (515 comments)

We need things like Google Glass to become popular everywhere. If everyone is wearing recording devices on their daily business, then you won't need flash mobs.

about a month and a half ago

Study Explains Why Women Miscarry More Males During Tough Times

RivenAleem Re:It's the production line (113 comments)

My Father, a sheep farmer, would always be really annoyed if a fox hunt ever approached his land, and would go out and stop them entering his fields. He told me this was because sheep in distress could potentially absorb or abort the lambs under stress caused by all the commotion.

He was also a lecturer in Agricultural Science in UCD. I don't know if this information comes from farming anecdotes, or has a scientific background. Possibly both?

about a month and a half ago

In Iowa, a Phone App Could Serve As Driver's License

RivenAleem Re:Uh huh (207 comments)

Or use Knox? My Samsung comes with it and I've found it very useful for exactly this. 95% of what I do on my phone is innocuous. For the 5% of the activities that I might want to keep secret/secure (banking typically) I access the secure portion of the phone for it.

about a month and a half ago

The Case For Flipping Your Monitor From Landscape to Portrait

RivenAleem Re:Depends (567 comments)

Does it also come with an Aloe strip?

about a month and a half ago



Duncan Jones (Moon) to direct Warcraft Movie

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  about 2 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "The Hollywood Reporter released info on the new director for Legendary Pictures adaptation of the MMO World of Warcraft. Having directed low budget Moon ($1 million) and not so low budget Source code ($35 million) Duncan is expected to have upwards of $100 million to spend on the new movie.

Also, Charles Roven (The Dark Knight Rises and upcoming Man of Steel) to produce with Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni and Alex Gartner. Jones’ producing partner, Stuart Fenegan, will executive produce while Chris Metzen will co-produce for Blizzard.

Production is expected to start Autumn 2013 with a 2015 release."

Link to Original Source

EA/BioWare Servers Hacked?

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 3 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "I received an email this morning:

We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account. In an abundance of caution, we have changed your password to ensure account security. Please visit this (snipped weblink) to reset your password immediately.

If your link has expired, click here to generate a new email.

We take the security of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on your EA account are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. We advise all of our fans to always be aware of any suspicious emails or account activity and report any suspicious emails and account activity to Customer Support at 1-877-357-6007.

If you have questions, please visit our FAQ at http://support.ea.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/5367/ or contact Customer Support at the phone number above.

Aaryn Flynn
Studio GM,
BioWare Edmonton VP,
Electronic Arts

But I don't recall ever being on the NWN forums. I do however have an EA account for Mass Effect. So just what was hacked? Is this email being sent out to everyone who has an EA account? How much of the compromised information is really harmful to me?"


Seems China liked Avatar afterall

RivenAleem RivenAleem writes  |  more than 4 years ago

RivenAleem (1590553) writes "Despite a previous story of China pulling the 2D version of Avatar from cinema leading people to think that they were, in some way, making a statement of dislike of the movie's theme, China has given the movie quite an honour by renaming a mountain after it.

A photo taken by a Hollywood photographer of the Southern Sky Column in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province became the inspiration for Pandora's landscape, and will be renamed the Avatar Hallelujah Mountain.

It is hoped that the renaming will boost tourism in the area on the back of the movie’s success."

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