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+ - Contrary to what you've heard, Android is almost impenetrable to malware->

Submitted by smaxp
smaxp (2951795) writes "Until now, Google hasn’t talked about malware on Android because it did not have the data or analytic platform to back its security claims. But that changed dramatically today when Google’s Android Security chief Adrian Ludwig reported data showing that less than an estimated 0.001% of app installations on Android are able to evade the system’s multi-layered defenses and cause harm to users. Android, built on an open innovation model, has quietly resisted the locked down, total control model spawned by decades of Windows malware. Ludwig spoke today at the Virus Bulletin conference in Berlin because he has the data to dispute the claims of pervasive Android malware threats."
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Crime

New Content-Delivery Tech Should Be Presumed Illegal, Says Former Copyright Boss 379

Posted by Soulskill
from the opting-out-of-common-sense dept.
TrueSatan writes "Reminiscent of buggy whip manufacturers taking legal action against auto makers, the former U.S. Register of Copyrights, Ralph Oman, has given an amicus brief in the Aereo case (PDF) stating that all new content-delivery technology should be presumed illegal unless and until it is approved by Congress. He adds that providers of new technology should be forced to apply to Congress to prove they don't upset existing business models."

Comment: Star Saga 1 and 2! (Score 1) 350

by MikeDartt (#39446973) Attached to: Computer Games That Defined RPGs In the 1980s

(Okay, it looks like /. believes I'm logged in this time....)

I was already into D&D and CRPGs when Star Saga came out and I've played a lot since, but the games have held up as a couple of the most epic and engaging games I've ever played. And they had multiplayer! Okay, multiple people on the same computer, but still.

If only the 3rd game had been published so I could have found out how the story ended! Sigh....

Technology

+ - Scientist Creates 3D Scanner App for iPhone->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A research scientist at Georgia Tech has created a 3D scanner app for the iPhone which uses the phone's screen as a light source to quickly capture digital 3D models of faces and other objects. The app, called Trimensional, can output directly to a 3D printer to make physical copies of objects, which a few people have already tried. An Android version is in the works."
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Image

Playboy Launches Safe For Work Website 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the porn-now-without-nudity dept.
If you're one of the three people in the world who actually reads Playboy for the articles, today is your lucky day. Every young boy's favorite magazine to find in their uncle's closet has launched a "safe for work" website. From the article: "TheSmokingJacket.com will contain none of the nudity that makes Playboy.com NSFW — not suitable for work. Instead, it'll rely on humor to reach Playboy's target audience, men 25 to 34 years old, when they are most likely to be in front of a computer screen."
Graphics

Disney Releases 3D Texture Mapper Source Code 83

Posted by timothy
from the nice-of-them dept.
dsavi writes "Ptex, Walt Disney Animation Studio's cutting-edge 3D texture mapping library which was first used on nearly every surface in the 2008 animated feature Bolt, was released under the BSD license on Friday. Quoting the announcement on monophyl.com: 'We expect to follow Ptex with other open source projects that we hope the community will find beneficial. We will soon be launching a new Walt Disney Animation Studios Technology page under disneyanimation.com. It will include links to our open source projects as will as a library of recent publications.' This looks good for open source 3D graphics."
GUI

Augmented Reality To Help Mechanics Fix Vehicles 81

Posted by timothy
from the insert-overlaid-part-a-into-slot-b dept.
kkleiner writes "ARMAR, or Augmented Reality for Maintenance and Repair, is a head mounted display unit that provides graphic overlays to assist you in making repairs. An Android phone provides an interface to control the graphics you view during the process. Published in IEEE, and recently tested with the United States Marine Corps on an armored turret, ARMAR can cut maintenance times in half by guiding users to the damaged area and displaying 3D animations to demonstrate the appropriate tools and techniques."
Microsoft

+ - MS releases new concurrent programming language->

Submitted by zokier
zokier (1049754) writes "Microsoft has released new programming language Axum based on the actor model. It's meant to ease development of concurrent applications and thus making better use of multi-core processors. Axum does not have capabilities to define classes, but as it runs on the .NET platform, Axum can use classes made with eg. C#. Axum is in an incubation phase of development and needs feedback from developers."
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