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+ - Sub-centimeter positioning coming to mobile phones->

Submitted by Oooskar
Oooskar (806935) writes "SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), a technique invented by NASA, defines the concept of building a 3D-map of the environment and simultaneously computing the position within it. Based on SLAM, Swedish startup 13th Lab has implemented real-time sub-centimeter local 3D-positioning by using only the sensors, most importantly the camera, already present in most mobile devices (demo video). The technology will be made available as a software platform for developers (sign up for beta).

A first application demonstrating the technology has just been released for the iPad2. The technology should be available on other devices with similar computational power soon."

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NASA

+ - Swedish startup brings NASA tech to mobile devices->

Submitted by Oooskar
Oooskar (806935) writes "GigaOM writes about a Swedish startup, 13th Lab, that has implemented a complex computer vision technique known as SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) on consumer mobile devices. SLAM is a system developed in part by NASA for use in robotics, which allows an object (like, say, a drone) to look around, in real-time build up a 3D map of the environment and then understand where it is (video).
13th Lab aims make this technology available as a platform for developers to use. A first application on this platform, Ball Invasion, is available for the iPad2 (video)."

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Comment: Re:Heh (Score 3, Interesting) 125

by Oooskar (#31002474) Attached to: New iPhone Attack Kills Apps, Reroutes Web Traffic

As part of the attack, the anonymous researchers obtained a signature certificate from VeriSign for a company named Apple Computer

You have to fool VeriSign first, just like any other SSL man-in-the-middle attack, so I guess it depends on what you call easy.

Actually, as stated in the original blog post liked from the article, it was a demo signature certificate for a person named "Apple Computer". Such certificates are offered by VeriSign without validation. The problem is that the iPhone trusts such certificates, and that it doesn't make it clear that it isn't a validated organization name it publishes.

Education

AU Government To Build "Unhackable" Netbooks 501

Posted by kdawson
from the smells-like-a-challenge dept.
bennyboy64 writes "In what may be one of the largest roll-outs yet of Microsoft's new Windows 7 Operating System, Australia's Federal Government decided to give 240,000 Lenovo IdeaPad S10e netbooks to Year 9-12 students. Officials are calling them 'unhackable.' iTnews reports that the laptops come armed with an enterprise version of the Windows 7 OS, Microsoft Office, the Adobe CS4 creative suite, Apple iTunes, and content geared specifically to students. New South Wales Department of Education CIO Stephen Wilson said that schools were 'the most hostile environment you can roll computers into.' While the netbooks are loaded with many hundreds of dollars worth of software, 2GB of RAM, and a 6-hour battery, the cost to the NSW Department of Education is under $435 (US) a unit. Wilson praised Windows' new OS: 'There was no way we could do any of this on XP,' he said. 'Windows 7 nailed it for us.' At the physical layer, each netbook is password-protected and embedded with tracking software that is embedded at the BIOS level of the machine. If a netbook were to be stolen or sold, the Department of Education is able to remotely disable the device over the network. Each netbook is also fitted with a passive RFID chip which will enable the netbooks to be identified 'even if they were dropped in a bathtub.' The Department of Education also uses the AppLocker functionality within Windows 7 to dictate which applications can be installed."
Medicine

FDA Says Homeopathic Cure Can Cause Loss of Smell 452

Posted by samzenpus
from the make-sure-to-keep-that-poultice-wet dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The FDA has advised consumers to stop using Matrixx Initiatives' Zicam Cold Remedy nasal gel marketed over-the-counter as a cold remedy because it is associated with the loss of sense of smell (anosmia) that may be long-lasting or permanent. The FDA says about 130 consumers have reported a loss of smell after using the homeopathic cure containing zinc, an ingredient scientists say may damage nerves in the nose needed for smell and health officials say they have asked Matrixx executives to turn over more than 800 consumer complaints concerning lost smell that the company has on file. 'Loss of the sense of smell is potentially life-threatening and may be permanent,' said Dr. Charles Lee. 'People without the sense of smell may not be able to detect life-dangerous situations, such as gas leaks or something burning in the house.' The FDA said the remedy was never formally approved because it is part of a small group of remedies known as homeopathic products that are not required to undergo federal review before launching. The global market for homeopathic drugs is about $200 million per year, according to the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists. Matrixx has settled hundreds of lawsuits connected with Zicam in recent years, but says it 'will seek a meeting with the FDA to vigorously defend its scientific data, developed during more than 10 years of experience with the products, demonstrating their safety.'"
Music

MediaDefender Buys MediaSentry For $136,000 (Not $20M) 141

Posted by timothy
from the sneaking-aboard dept.
newtley writes "SafeNet paid $20 million for MediaSentry in 2005, but has just sold it to rival MediaDefender for a paltry $136,000, with a promise of more later. MediaSentry's new owner says the combination will allow it to 'dramatically expand its effectiveness.' Is it time for an official government inquiry into MediaSentry and the RIAA? A Chicago student said she was planning on killing herself because the RIAA promised her she'd land in court unless she paid almost $10,000 to 'settle' an alleged copyright infringement. She 'couldn't sleep, couldn't study, couldn't live a normal life because of the worry.' The RIAA 'evidence' came from MediaSentry, accused of operating illegally."

Comment: Re:Apple and "security theatre". (Score 1) 484

by Oooskar (#25963613) Attached to: Apple Quietly Recommends Antivirus Software For Macs

So fix the bloody flaw. STOP HIDING FILE EXTENSIONS.

I'm not saying that I disagree, but in that case they would also have to stop supporting running unix executable files from within Finder or disable custom icons for such files.

Warning dialogs should ONLY be brought up before *rare* and *irreversible* actions. Not common ones.

Depending on point of view, launching a downloaded application for the first time could be considered rare and could definitely result in something irreversible.

Comment: Re:Apple and "security theatre". (Score 1) 484

by Oooskar (#25960551) Attached to: Apple Quietly Recommends Antivirus Software For Macs

The reason for the dialog you get when launching a downloaded application for the first time is to counter an otherwise existing flaw where an application could be disguised a document.

The key part of the dialog message is not that the file was downloaded from "the Internet", but rather the fact that the file is "an application".

Comment: Re:CNN's article reads like Apple propaganda (Score 1) 131

by Oooskar (#25830057) Attached to: iPhone Gaming Continues To Grow

And when you really think about it, paying any price for a digital download is simply price gouging anyway, since the cost of reproduction is zero. That means at $5, Trism is marked up 500 times. No wonder he got so rich, huh?

You seem to have a moral objection against high mark up percentages. Your first error is discussing margins in terms of percentages of costs. The only case where this is meaningful is when there is a risk involved with the cost. Since you disregard development costs, marketing costs and write-off costs, the remaining cost (distribution + "replication") carries no risk.

The markup percentage has nothing to do with how "rich" you get. Your profit comes from absolute margin times volumes sold. An acquaintance of mine runs a business with a "mark up" of < 5 % and they are still able to make loads of money. Are they saintly in your eyes?

Debian

Debian Lenny Installer RC1 Arrives 81

Posted by timothy
from the not-lenny-from-of-mice-and-men dept.
nerdyH writes "It appears that Debian 5.0 (aka "Lenny") will soon take its big binocular eyes out into the wider world. Only two months later than expected, the Debian project has completed the first release candidate of Lenny's installer. Featuring much faster installation from "live" CDs, and expanded support for ARM-based devices such as NAS servers, Lenny has gestated for 19 months, compared to 21 months for the previous "Etch" release. Lookout, world, Debian releases are picking up speed! The download is here."

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