Zanadou (1043400) writes "NASA has been testing new space travel technologies throughout its entire history, but the results of its latest experiment may be the most exciting yet — if they hold up. Earlier this week at a conference in Cleveland, Ohio, scientists with NASA's Eagleworks Laboratories in Houston, Texas, presented a paper indicating they had achieved a small amount of thrust from a container that had no traditional fuels, only microwaves, bouncing around inside it. If the results can be replicated reliably and scaled up — and that's a big "if," since NASA only produced them on a very small scale over a two-day period — they could ultimately result in ultra-light weight, ultra fast spacecraft that could carry humans to Mars in weeks instead of months, and to the nearest star system outside our own (Proxima Centurai) in just about 30 years.
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Another day, another story to toss on to the "are-they-watching-you?" pile: an article published today on the Wall Street Journal about "FBI hacker (sic.) tactics" reports this:
"The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Inc.'s Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing, the person said. Google declined to comment."
Sounds like they're talking about ex post facto compromised/tampered laptops—but who knows about Android? FUD, anyone?" Link to Original Source
Zanadou (1043400) writes "Al Lowe, the original creator of Leisure Suit Larry and other classic games, announced earlier today the final release of the remake of the first game of the series, Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards:
This is the moment I’ve been waiting a year for – Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is finally available! Right now. Tonight. For PCs and Mac. At the Replay Games site. (It would also be available via Steam, but they refuse to release a game at midnight; they said “Tomorrow.” Hmm.) iOS versions will be available as soon as Apple releases it in the iTunes store. Android will follow shortly.
What a night! Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Kickstarter campaign. It’s been a long, hard year but I think this game is well worth it.
But what is of most interest is this little nugget that Toad wrote—perhaps added as a quick afterthought—right at the bottom of the post in bold: "PS if you can run the build verification scripts (in the github maintenance scripts repository), please do! Under UK law likely to be passed soon I could be forced to distribute corrupted builds, and on penalty of 2 years in prison not be allowed to tip anyone off about it."
A search of the net reveals little news about any applicable "UK Law", either current or under parliamentary debate. Is Toad trying to give us all a tip off about some incoming legislative storm? And what could this mean for the code integrity of Freenet and/or other (UK-based) open source projects in general?"