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+ - Creating a news reader based on your face->

Submitted by erier2003
erier2003 (3819637) writes "Fickle News activates your webcam and displays a group of articles that match your perceived mood. Anastasis Germanidis, the developer behind Fickle News, said that the idea for the site grew out of his interest in affective computing, an area of programming that tries to translate emotional clues into data points so that computers can better help people."
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Did Apple Comply with the Chinese rules on encryption?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It seems that there was very little written about it, so I wonder. Did Apple comply with the Chinese and provide them with the key they needed to be able to unlock encrypted iPhones? And if they did, doesn't that very likely mean they have/will comply with the NSA and giveit a key? They seem to claim they can't provide such a thing, but they way the Chinese have allowed Apple sales to explode if pretty much proof positive that they supplied a backdoor to the iPhones sold in China."
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Comment: Re:You are the problem (Score 1) 224

by Gliscameria (#49330613) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"
Do you know how it was before TSA? Basically no separation between everywhere else and secured areas. Their function is so much as just standing there yelling about your bags, it's separating two areas that for the longest time were not separated. Also, having the cabin secure... crazy idea huh? I'm not for all of the practices, but changing a significant part of the infrastructure for airports is taking some time. Some airports are still adjusting. Sorry, but I do feel a little better knowing that some asshole can't walk in straight off of the street and get on the plane without some form of identification and property checks.

Comment: Re:Security theater (Score 1) 224

by Gliscameria (#49328375) Attached to: $1B TSA Behavioral Screening Program Slammed As "Junk Science"
Security overall in US airports is an average hassle compared to most places. TSA isn't going to make any unreasonable demand. You're going to be in a line, read the signs and move through just like everyone else. Don't like millimeter wave? - They've got regular old metal detectors for that. People opt out all the time... mainly because they have no understanding of the technology. There was a harsh transition period when TSA got started because a lot of airports were not designed for having secure areas, and honestly, they didn't know what the hell they were doing. Does it really do anything? I don't know, but it does feel a bit nicer when you're in a tin can miles above the earth.

+ - OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers-> 1

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Hardware that sports the "Designed for Windows 8" logo requires machines to support UEFI Secure Boot. When the feature is enabled, the core software components used to boot the machine are verified for correct cryptographic signatures, or the system refuses to boot. This is a desirable security feature, because it protects from malware sneaking into the boot process. However, it has an issue for alternative operating systems, because it's likely they won't have a signature that Secure Boot will authorize. No worries, because Microsoft also mandated that every system must have a UEFI configuraton setting to turn the protection off, allowing booting other operating systems. This situation is bound to change now. At its WinHEC hardware conference in Shenzhen, China, Microsoft said that the setting to allow Secure Boot to be turned off will become optional when Windows 10 arrives. Hardware can be "Designed for Windows 10", and offer no way to opt out of the Secure Boot lock down. The choice to provide the setting or not, will be up to the original equipment manufacturer."
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+ - Could modernized analog computers bring petaflops to the desktop?->

Submitted by coondoggie
coondoggie (973519) writes "Researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are looking to discover — through a program called Analog and Continuous-variable Co-processors for Efficient Scientific Simulation (ACCESS) — what advances analog computers might have over today’s supercomputers for a large variety of specialized applications such as fluid dynamics or plasma physics."
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Comment: I don't get it... (Score 1) 1

by Gliscameria (#49251807) Attached to: How about some humor to go with your Iran negotiations?
Let's imagine that somehow Iran does figure out how to make a bomb. They are going to need to do tests, and the first bomb is going to be enormous and undeliverable. You can't set off a nuke, even a practice one, without someone knowing. I'm sure we have satellites with sensors to do this exact job. It is impossible for Iran to make a deliverable bomb without at first at least testing one - and that test would be the last thing they ever did. They've already got the radioactive material. Wouldn't a dirty bomb be more effective at ending Israel? Just take your radioactive material, stick in some conventional bombs and irradiate the cities. That's something they could do today if they wanted. Hell, they could give the stuff to IS and let them run around irradiating water supplies and such. I'd be much more worried about that than bomb development, bombs that are probably decades from even being deliverable and the tests would cause an immediate and extreme response. And all of that is under the assumption that Iran is even worth the worry.

+ - Highly efficient LED Filament Bulbs look almost exactly like an icandescent.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A recent article posted on a green building site gives a detailed analysis of a creative new kind of LED bulb that has been popping up Europe and Asia over the last year. They look almost exactly like Tungsten filament bulbs, require no heat sink, and offer extremely high efficiencies in the 100-120 lm/W range. The article describes their construction, compares them to conventional LED bulbs, and describes the result of a report by the Swedish Energey Agency that analyzed the performance of several brands of these these bulbs on the European market. Particularly interesting are links to teardown videos."

Comment: Re:The Rules (Score 1) 347

by Gliscameria (#49244449) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order
Isn't this a work around for (3): As an ISP, you reduce the incoming pipe that your customers use. You then charge big data providers for various local hosting services/hardware, maybe even use a different incoming pipe to service this hardware. That's not technically a fast lane, but it should have the same effect.

Comment: Re:Have we handed the government control over it? (Score 1) 347

by Gliscameria (#49244383) Attached to: FCC Posts Its 400-Page Net Neutrality Order
I don't understand how we can talk about near limitless government wiretapping and tracking, and then in the same breath be happy that they took more control over the internet. I'd expect the next move to be some sort of censorship - for the children!!! Then we can look forward to mandatory equipment at the ISPs provided by the government that does all kinds of useful things, like tracking and filtering. They do this on all of the foreign communications (PBS Hardline did an excellent documentary on this) now is the chance to get it done domestically. This is a HUGE overreach. Basic internet access could be qualified as a public utility, some minimum standard that lets you do essential things (ie, things not including streaming HD video), but "Broadband" is non-essential. It's the difference between broadcast radio - because that is essential in emergencies, and all of cable television. We are being given a false choice between corporations or government talking control of the internet. We don't have to give control to either.

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