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+ - Goodyear's New State-of-the-Art Airship Makes its First Flight->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The Goodyear blimp may have been flying around for almost 90 years, but it still manages to turn heads. On Friday, there was another reason to look beyond nostalgia for the days of the great airships of old as Goodyear unveiled its new state-of-the-art blimp to the media, Goodyear associates and dealers at its Wingfoot Lake hangar in Suffield, Ohio. Built in partnership with the Zeppelin company, the new craft that replaces the 45-year old GZ-20 blimp fleet is not only larger and faster, it isn’t even a blimp, but a semi-rigid airship."
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+ - Navy database tracks civilians' parking tickets, fender-benders-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person's name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S. military.

The Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LinX, has already amassed 506.3 million law enforcement records ranging from criminal histories and arrest reports to field information cards filled out by cops on the beat even when no crime has occurred."

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+ - Wireless carriers in huge Washington lobby fight over spectrum auction->

Submitted by techpolicy
techpolicy (3586897) writes "The big four wireless carriers are spending millions of dollars to hire professors, fund Washington think tanks and to meet with the Federal Communications Commission to try to convince the agency to write rules for an upcoming auction of spectrum that favor them, according to an article posted by the Center for Public Integrity in Washington. The frequencies are needed to bolster or build out their nationwide networks — and this kind of low-band spectrum won't be up for sale for a very long time. The biggest fight is over a rule that would limit how much AT&T and Verizon can get of these valuable frequencies. How it plays out will determine who has control over your smartphone."
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Comment: Re:Aging Business (Score 2) 323

by ItsJustAPseudonym (#46547713) Attached to: More On the Disposable Tech Worker
Yes, exactly. But having your own business means that you don't have to worry about some fucking fuck like Corley trying to improve his own position at your expense. Even if you keep yourself up-to-date, he could decide he's in the mood to cut costs this quarter, and your butt would be OUT.

On your own, you can be in the driver's seat. On the other hand, you had better be willing to drive.

+ - Speedy attack targets Web servers with outdated Linux kernels->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "Web servers running a long-outdated version of the Linux kernel were attacked with dramatic speed over two days last week, according to Cisco Systems. All the affected servers were running the 2.6 version, first released in December 2003. "When attackers discover a vulnerability in the system, they can exploit it at their whim without fear of it being remedied," Cisco said. After the Web server has been compromised, the attackers slip in a line of JavaScript to other JavaScript files within the website. That code bounces the website's visitors to a second compromised host. "The two-stage process allows attackers to serve up a variety of malicious content to the visitor," according to Cisco."
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+ - Google's Project Tango Headed To International Space Station->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "A pair of Google's Project Tango phones, the prototype smartphone packed with sensors so it can learn and sense the world around it, is heading to the International Space Station on the upcoming Orbital 2 mission where they will be used to help develop autonomous flying robots. Work on the robots is already going on at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, and this week the space agency let a small group of reporters visit its lab and see some of the research (video here)."
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+ - Is this the end of splitscreen multiplayer, or the start of its rebirth?->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new history of splitscreen multiplayer looks at how the phenomenon went from arcade necessity to console selling point, and eventually evolved into today's online multiplayer networks like Xbox Live, digging up some surprising anecdotes along the way — like the fact that the seminal Goldeneye N64 deathmatch mode was very much an afterthought, given to a trainee who needed something to do."
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+ - Linux may succeed Windows XP as OS of choice for ATMs->

Submitted by Dega704
Dega704 (1454673) writes "Some financial services companies are looking to migrate their ATM fleets from Windows to Linux in a bid to have better control over hardware and software upgrade cycles.

Pushing them in that direction apparently is Microsoft's decision to end support for Windows XP on April 8, said David Tente, executive director, USA, of the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA).

"There is some heartburn in the industry" over Microsoft's end-of-support decision, Tente said.

ATM operators would like to be able to synchronize their hardware and software upgrade cycles. But that's hard to do with Microsoft dictating the software upgrade timetable. As a result, "some are looking at the possibility of using a non-Microsoft operating system to synch up their hardware and software upgrades," Tente said."

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+ - Node.JS Tutorial->

Submitted by Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly (3586913) writes "Trying the Node JS tutorials and running into issues? I know a few people who have. I've written up a tutorial to help get people started with Node.JS that offers a light introduction to Node, and Express.js. Enough to say "Hello World" so you can start on all the other tutorials out there for Node and not have issues getting the server started."
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+ - MtGox finds 200,000 BTC in old wallet.

Submitted by thesandbender
thesandbender (911391) writes "Today has news that BTC "found" 200,000 BTC coin a "forgotten" wallet that they thought they was empty. The value of the coins is estimated to be $116 million USD, which happens to cover their $64 million USD in outstanding debts nicely and might offer them the chance to emerge from bankruptcy. There is no explanation, yet, of why the sneaky thieves that "stole" the bit coins used a MtGox wallet to hide them."

+ - Flying Drone Can Hack Smartphones From the Air, so Turn Your Wi-Fi Off->

Submitted by concertina226
concertina226 (2447056) writes "Using a simple off-the-shelf helicopter drone bought off Amazon with no fancy features, the researchers were able to create a piece of software called Snoopy that can detect those signals and trick the phone into thinking that the drone is a familiar network.

"In the old days, to hack someone you needed a laptop with a big antenna which would be really obvious, but now we're in the age of really small devices. We thought, can we apply an old-school Wi-Fi hack called Karma?" Sensepost's chief operating officer Daniel Cuthbert tells IBTimes UK.

The firm first programmed an old Nokia N900 smartphone to become a spying device two years ago, put the device in their pocket and then spent some time hanging out in major London train stations Liverpool St, Oxford St, Victoria and Kings Cross St Pancras. While they blended in and sat having a coffee, the device picked up over 60,000 smartphones in the four stations.

Sensepost took the data and put it into Wigle, an open-source geo-location service. When they cross-referenced the data with Google Streetview, they were then able to track all the people and their smartphones as they moved throughout the stations and beyond."

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+ - Mathematician Teaches How to Win $1 Billion on NCAA Basketball

Submitted by Hugh Pickens DOT Com
Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "Jake Simpson reports at The Atlantic that Mathematician Tim Chartier, a Davidson College professor who specializes in ranking methods, teaches a math-heavy form of bracketology — the science of predicting the annual NCAA college basketball tournament at Davidson College in North Carolina. Chartier’s academic research is in ranking methods where he looks at things like the page-ranking algorithms of Google. "In 2009, my collaborator Amy Langville said: “You know what? ESPN has this huge online bracket tournament. Let’s create brackets with our ranking methods, just to see if it’s creating meaningful information.” Chartier’s formula, an evolving code-based matrix that ranks each of the 68 tournament teams, has helped several Davidson students score in the 96th percentile (or higher) in ESPN’s bracket challenge and this year, Chartier’s goal is to help someone win the $1 billion prize offered by Warren Buffett to anyone who correctly predicts all 63 games of the men’s tournament. Chartier uses two methods. One is the Colley Method, named after astrophysicist Wesley Colley who developed a method used by the BCS for college football (PDF). His basketball method only counts wins and losses, not margin of victory. The other method is the Massey method created by sports statistician Kenneth Massey (PDF), which does integrate scores. Chartier has not been banned from any office pools — at least none that he knows of. But as a result of coming pretty darn close to filling out a perfect bracket just by crunching the numbers, brackets have become a labor of love. "Now that the brackets are actually out, I've had students in and out of my office all week, sharing new ideas," says Chartier. "For me, that's more fun than filling out a bracket. They will all be filling out brackets, so it's like I'm doing parallel processing. I know what might work, but watching them figure out the odds, is a thrill.""

+ - Traffic Light Robot in Kinshasa->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "To many, Africa is a backwater continent.

Unbeknownst to most, however, there are genuine and very practical inventions that came out of Africa, one of which is the Humanoid Street Light Robots.

In Kinshasa, two humanoid street light figures have been installed in a busy road junction. They stand 8 foot tall, made of stainless steel and aluminium, and powered by solar panel.

Featuring green and red lights, Kinshasa's robot cops are designed to merge some of the functions of human officers and traffic lights. The anthropomorphic robots can raise or bend their arms to stop passing vehicles or let others pass, and are also programmed to speak, indicating to pedestrians when they can cross the road.

The street light robots are equipped with rotating chests and surveillance cameras that record the flow of vehicles.

While these "Robots" might seem " primitive " to some, nevertheless they fulfill a needed role and there are plans to install more street light robots in other busy road junctions."

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