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The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Submission + - South Africa Passes Secrecy Bill (

Hermanas writes: "South Africa's parliament has passed a Protection of Information Bill which could see whistle blowers and journalists who publish "classified" information jailed for up to 25 years. On the morning of the vote, a joint editorial in the country's largest newspapers heralded a South Africa's "day of reckoning for democracy." "The spreading culture of self-enrichment, either corrupt, or merely inappropriate, makes scrutiny fuelled by whistle blowers who have the public interest at heart more essential than ever since 1994," the front page editorial said. As MPs voted on the bill in Cape Town's parliament, protesters dressed all in black gathered at the gates of the historic building where they were addressed by editors and freedom of information activists."

Submission + - Secret Math of Fly Eyes (

cunniff writes: Wired Magazine points us to recent research which demonstrates an algorithm derived from the actual biological implementation of fly vision. According to the paper:

Here we present a model with multiple levels of non-linear dynamic adaptive components based directly on the known or suspected responses of neurons within the visual motion pathway of the fly brain. By testing the model under realistic high-dynamic range conditions we show that the addition of these elements makes the motion detection model robust across a large variety of images, velocities and accelerations.

It is claimed in the paper that "The implementation of this new algorithm could provide a very useful and robust velocity estimator for artificial navigation systems." Additionally, the paper describes the algorithm as extremely simple, capable of being implemented on very small and power-efficient processors. Best of all, the entire paper is public and hosted via a service that allows authenticated users to give feedback.

Submission + - SPAM: 24 hours with Ubuntu

the BBC writes: when I was contacted by one such company, Canonical, I was glad to take up their offer to try out Ubuntu. They sent over a Dell Inspiron Mini, loaded with "Karmic Koala", as Ubuntu 9.10 is nicknamed.

Now we are going to have a fuller exploration of the system on this site next week, but in the 24 hours I've had the Dell, I've gathered some early impressions.

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"Sometimes insanity is the only alternative" -- button at a Science Fiction convention.