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Researchers Claim Metal "Patch" Found On Pacific Island Is From Amelia Earhart

Techmeology Briori (94 comments)

Must have been knocked off by the Briori tractor beam.[1]
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T...

about a month and a half ago
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Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP

Techmeology Upgrade for Free? (727 comments)

So where are the free upgrades to Windows 7?

more than 2 years ago
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Pirate Bay Founder Suspected of Cracking

Techmeology Oops (1 comments)

Misread the first link; this is duplicate. Oh well:p

more than 2 years ago
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Message In Bottle Found After 98 Years Near Shetland

Techmeology That guy... (107 comments)

That guy likes setting that record:p

more than 2 years ago
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If Extinct Species Can be Brought Back... Should We?

Techmeology Why not? (2 comments)

There are plenty of people who get irate at the notion of allowing human activity to result in the extinction of a species. Surely resurrecting such a species is merely an effort to undo the damage caused? As for species that died out naturally, well again - why not? So long as we're wise enough not to introduce a new predator into an ecosystem, or such like.

more than 2 years ago
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Universal Turing machine in Penrose Tile Cellular Automata

Techmeology Cool (1 comments)

Next up: 4004 in a turing machine in hashlife.

more than 2 years ago
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Side-Effect of the Apple v. Samsung Trial: Increased Sales for Samsung

Techmeology People Worried? (385 comments)

Law of unexpected consequences: Perhaps people are worried that Samsung devices will become unavailable?

more than 2 years ago
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Your PC Just Crashed? Dont Blame Microsoft

Techmeology But processors are still reliable (1 comments)

Although the soft error problem is real, and indeed is becoming more of a challenge, the fact remains that today's software is extremely brittle in that a single bit flip will very likely break it. The fact that programs such as memory testers are able to complete with no errors indicates that we have not reached the abyss of unreliability yet.

more than 2 years ago
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How to tell if your company is monitoring you at work

Techmeology A few ideas (1 comments)

Same as with any interception. A few ideas might be: * Check ps aux for programs that might monitor your activities (or the Windows task manager/process list/service list) * Try HTTP TRACE and HTTP HEAD to see if there are any unexplained proxy servers * Traceroute to see if there's anything fishy Just make sure your employer won't have an objection to you doing these things first.

more than 2 years ago
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Hard drive makers recover, but prices remain high

Techmeology Cost of rebuilding, or exploitation? (1 comments)

It seems to me this could either be trying to recoup the cost of rebuilding the factories, or it could be manufacturers trying to exploit a situation that caused an increase in prices.

more than 2 years ago
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UK Data Breaches Up 1000% In Five Years

Techmeology Unsurprising, but... (1 comments)

It's not surprising that as more data is stored on computer, and more of those computers have internet connections, more breaches occur. Though even I will admit a 10 fold increase is a lot. It would be interesting to know how these breaches are occurring.

more than 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Says Linux 4.0 could be out in Three years

Techmeology Just me, or... (2 comments)

Is it just me, or are version numbers accelerating?

more than 2 years ago
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Valve Finds Open-Source Drivers To Be Great

Techmeology Encouraging Manufacturers (1 comments)

"able to look into Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver to understand how an operation is handled by the hardware, tossing some extra debugging statements into the Intel driver to see what's happening" - it is exactly this kind of thing that motivated RMS to start the free software movement - the freedom to tinker and improve! On a more pragmatic note: nice:D - Perhaps the interest of major video games companies will encourage hardware manufacturers (particularly those that do not currently do so) to help provide full functionality to FOSS drivers - something which no doubt the typical slashdotter would love. The optimistic among you would hope that this is the beginning of a world where a FOSS environment is properly supported - rather than ignored as "not the one everyone uses". The pessimist will probably see this as another example of either vaporware, or hypeware.

more than 2 years ago
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Robot Learning To Recognize Itself In Mirror

Techmeology Re:Laugh (133 comments)

It seems to me that the "recognise itself" part could be done entirely with traditional computer vision techniques.

Step 1) Flip the image vertically to undo the transformation implied by the mirror
Step 2) Use a computer vision algorithm to identify the robot (just as it might be used to identify a coffee cup, or a picture of the Enterprise)
Step 3) (This being the most specific part) allow the robot to move, and to associate changes in the image with this movement
This is not "self awareness" as most of us would understand the concept; we would not consider it to be self awareness if we could recognise a puppet under our control.

I think the title is slightly misleading in that respect. It seems to me that the hard part is in having a computer vision algorithm that understands the concept of a mirror. A robot that recognises itself in a mirror is a very natural extension to that.

more than 2 years ago
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UK seeks to repeal 'SOPA-like' site-blocking

Techmeology Already using Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (1 comments)

On the face of it, this submission may look like very good news (and I guess it is good news), but remember that (at least according to the article - I haven't checked this), the MPAA have already successfully used the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to achieve court orders to block infringement sites. If this is true, then in effect the government has merely agreed to repeal superfluous legislation.

more than 2 years ago
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Sea Chair Project Harvests Plastic From the Oceans To Create Furniture

Techmeology What about finding it? (96 comments)

Fuel economy issues aside, how do they plan to find these islands of plastic if they're in the middle of the ocean? A quick peak at Google Earth would suggest that the overwhelming majority of ocean is... well.... water, and it clearly isn't practical to meander around an entire ocean looking for something without a clue as to its location.

more than 2 years ago
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Raspberry Pi Arrives, With a School Debut In Leeds

Techmeology Re:The First Hurdle (148 comments)

You're absolutely right! The Raspberry Pi foundation is interested in a lot more than simply making a (very cool) machine available. The general thought is that a lot of parents are anxious about the notion of allowing their children to experiment on an expensive home PC (being able to experiment with root access, while not mandatory to learn to program, is useful to get to understand how the computer works) - that's part of the reason why the foundation developed the computer. The foundation is also working to create a library of educational materials that are intended to help children learn to program and find out about their machine, as well as promote and encourage changes to the teaching of IT/Computing/Computer Science.

more than 2 years ago
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Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?

Techmeology Self build ARM PCs (545 comments)

Unfortunately, most complete hardware systems tend to come paired with software (i.e. the OS). The only people who get to choose their OS are people who build their own PCs. If this becomes too common, the only way will be if it's possible to build your own (much as people do with x86 PCs today). Of course, that still sucks for anyone who wants a mobile device, or who has old (eventually) equipment, doesn't want to build them selves, etc.

about 2 years ago
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Will Secure Boot Cripple Linux Compatibility?

Techmeology Re:Simple solution (545 comments)

Unfortunately, most consumer hardware (at least when it comes to complete systems) comes somewhat paired with software (such as the OS). Have you ever tried buying a laptop without an OS installed (or with Linux as that OS)? How about a tablet without either Android (and no official way of installing your own distro) or Windows?

about 2 years ago
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TSA Makes $400K Annually In Loose Change

Techmeology What is it they say...? (289 comments)

Look after the cents and the dollars will look after them selves.

more than 2 years ago

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How to sell an open source Android game?

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  1 year,10 days

Techmeology (1426095) writes "A while ago, I wrote a simple strategy game based on Reversi, but with a few key differences in the rules. I showed it to some of my friends, who really enjoyed it, so I wrote an open source Android version called Chain Reversi over the summer, and published it on the Android app store. I had hoped to earn some money from it, but so far I haven't managed to get anyone other than my friends interested in buying it since my skills are mainly in technology rather than marketing. I decided to make the game open source because I figured that might get a few people (who care about stuff like that) interested who might then share it with their friends and get some exposure for my game, but that hasn't happened. How have my fellow Shashdotters gotten their success in selling on the Android app store?"
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FBI Considers CALEA II - Mandatory Wiretapping on End Users' Devices

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Techmeology (1426095) writes "In response to declining utility of CALEA mandated wiretapping backdoors due to more widespread use of cryptography, the FBI is considering a revamped version that would mandate wiretapping facilities in end users' computers and software. Critics have argued that this would be bad for security, as such systems must be more complex and thus harder to secure. CALEA has also enabled criminals to wiretap conversations by hacking the infrastructure used by the authorities. I wonder how this could ever be implemented in FOSS."
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Most GPs Prescribe Placebos

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Techmeology writes "In a survey of UK GPs, 97% said they'd recommended placebo treatments to their patients, with some doctors telling patients that the treatment had helped others without telling them that it was a placebo. While some doctors admitted to using a sugar pill or saline injection, some of the placebos offered had side effects such as antibiotic treatments used as placebos for vial infections."
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New Pirate Bay Proxies

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  about 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "Just days after the UK Pirate Party was forced to kill its proxy service Pirate Parties in Argentina and Luxembourg have created their own proxies. In a statement, the Pirate Party in Argentina said: “We wish the UK Pirate Party best of luck in their continued fight for free access to culture and knowledge. We have put up our own Pirate Bay proxy which is accessible from anywhere in the world, including the UK and other places where it has been censored.”"
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BPI Threatens to Sue The UK Pirate Party over Proxy

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  about 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "The BPI has threatened to sue the Pirate Party for allowing people access to The Pirate Bay through its proxy service. The leader of the Pirate Party UK, Loz Kaye said his party would go to court over the issue. Kaye said that he was determined to defend his party's principles even in the face of an expensive legal battle."
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Automated DMCA Takedown Notices Request Censorship of Legitimate Sites

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "Microsoft has sent automated DMCA notices to Google demanding the removal of several legitimate URLs from its search results that it claims were facilitating the distribution if illegal copies of Windows 8, including links to BBC news articles, Wikipedia pages, US government websites, and even Bing! The erroneous DMCA notices are being sent automatically by rights holders, who are increasingly using such techniques."
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The Pirate Bay Back After 2 Days

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "Having been down for two days — leading to speculation that they had been targetted in a raid on the company it used to be hosted with, PRQ — The Pirate Bay has returned to the Internet. The cause of the down time was a broken Power Distribution Unit that had to be replaced."
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UK Ministers' Private Communications Subject to Freedom of Information Act

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "Emails and texts sent from UK ministers' private accounts could be subject to the Freedom of Information Act, which means copies could be requested by members of the public. New guidelines to be released by the government say that the key factor is "the nature of the information and not the format". This development comes amid a two year dispute caused when a newspaper used the act to obtain and publish an email sent from the education minister's private email address."
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EU Court Asked To Rule On Private Copying

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "The Dutch Supreme Court has asked the European Courte of Justice to decide whether downloading copyrighted material for personal use — even from illegal sources — is legal. At the heart of the debate is whether the European Copyright Directive requires that any new legal copy of material must have originated from a copy that is itself legal. The case tests the law in the Netherlands, where copyright holders are granted a levy on blank media in exchange for the legalisation of private copying."
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UK Piracy Insight By New Study

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "The UK has been named in a new study as the second most pirating nation by number of downloads, behind the US — despite the much smaller population. In the study, Musicmetric investigated the illegal download of music by monitoring BitTorrent traffic worldwide. It is estimated that 345 million tracks were downloaded, compared to 240 million legally purchased."
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Pirate Bay Founder Suspected of Cracking

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "Having been arrested in and now deported from Cambodia, Gottfrid Svartholm is being detained in Sweden under suspicion of gaining access to computer systems belonging to Logica that are connected with Sweden's tax system. Nacka District Court has ruled that Svartholm, who denies the charges, may be detained for a further two weeks pending an investigation into the incident."
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Europe Rationing Last IPv4 Address Block

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "As IPv4 exhaustion draws ever nearer, European ISPs are now unable to acquire more than a handful (1024) of new IPv4 addresses. The measures are being brought in to ration the last /8 available to RIPE NCC, with 400,000 address previously being allocated every day. In addition to the limit, organizations applying for IPv4 addresses will be required to demonstrate that they are deploying IPv6."
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Police could start blocking phone cameras based on GPS

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "Apple has patented a means to transmit commands to mobile devices to disable their cameras if the device is located within a "geofenced" — or specified range of locations. It says that cameras would usually only be disabled around places such as performance venues, however it admits the technology could also be used by authorities which may require "complete blackout conditions". This has lead many to wonder if this technology might be used to censor politically sensitive events such as demonstrations — amateur footage of which we are now used to seeing in the news."
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BMW Cars Vulnerable to Blank Key Attack

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "Thieves have discovered how to steal BMW cars produced since 2006 by using the onboard computer that is able to program blank keys. The device used — originally intended for use by garages — is able to reprogram the key to start the engine in around three minutes. The blank keys, and reprogramming devices, have made their way onto the black market and are available for purchase over the Internet."
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Millions of Supermassive Blackholes and Hot Galaxies Found

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) has discovered millions of supermassive blackholes and extremely hot galaxies. WISE is able to detect the phenomena using wavelengths associated with heat, rather than visible light. To discover more about the black holes, scientists are using the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array to analyse their X-Ray emissions."
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Cambridge University Computers Targetted by Assange Supporter Group

Techmeology Techmeology writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Techmeology writes "A group that is calling itself NullCrew has targetted several computer systems within Cambridge University, gaining access to several databases. It has released some information, but says there is much more. NullCrew claims to be in support of Julian Assange and says it will not stop "until the right thing is done with Julian Assange", however it remains to be seen why the university was targetted."
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