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+ - Soccer Superstar Plays With Very Low Brain Activity

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Brazilian superstar Neymar's (Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior) brain activity while dancing past opponents is less than 10 per cent the level of amateur players, suggesting he plays as if on "auto-pilot", according to Japanese neurologists Eiichi Naito and Satoshi Hirose. The findings were published in the Swiss journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience following a series of motor skills tests carried out on the 22-year-old Neymar and several other athletes in Barcelona in February this year. Three Spanish second-division footballers and two top-level swimmers were also subjected to the same tests. Researcher Naito told Japan's Mainichi Shimbun newspaper: "Reduced brain activity means less burden which allows [the player] to perform many complex movements at once. We believe this gives him the ability to execute his various shimmies." In the research paper Naito concluded that the test results "provide valuable evidence that the football brain of Neymar recruits very limited neural resources in the motor-cortical foot regions during foot movements"."

+ - Congressman Mistakes U.S. Officials For Indian Ones->

Submitted by PolygamousRanchKid
PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) writes "Rep. Curt Clawson, a freshman Republican congressman from Florida, mistook two senior U.S. officials for representatives of the Indian government during a House hearing on Friday.

“I am familiar with your country, I love your country,” Clawson said to Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, addressing fellow U.S. citizens who hold high-ranking positions in the State Department and Commerce Department, respectively.

After a lingering silence, Clawson smiles slowly. Kumar appears to grin, while Biswal echoes Clawson’s sentiment, informing him it should probably be directed to the Indian government. It’s unclear whether Clawson realized his error."

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+ - Israel Is Outgunning Hamas On Social Media, Too ->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "While IDF planes drop bombs on Gaza and Hamas fires rockets from inside its borders, both groups are also tweeting, sharing, and promoting the war every step of the way.

The Gaza conflict has offered up its own brand of Twitter war between the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas, who are squaring off in an online social media battle to match the on-the-ground campaign. And just as in the physical world, in the cyber version playing out in social media, the weaponry the Israelis deploy far outclasses Hamas capabilities.

The IDF has been disseminating a mixture of images, tweets, and YouTube videos designed to both justify their operations and perform the classic strategy of any military PSYOP—defining your enemy in no uncertain terms."

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+ - U.S. reveals secret plans for '60s moon base-> 2

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "The U.S. military races to the moon to build a base — to beat the Russians to the punch. Maybe test a nuclear weapon on the surface. Consider a lunar-based bombing system to target earthbound foes.

That was the plan in the 1960s, according to declassified national security documents released this week — some of them stamped as "SECRET."
Today those schemes may sound as outlandish and dusty as a relic black-and-white episode of "Space Patrol."

The U.S. Army brainchild "Project Horizon" was born.
Its proposal to leap beyond the Soviets opened with the line: "There is a requirement for a manned military outpost on the moon."

The paper argued that it was imperative for the United States to develop and protect its potential interest on the Earth's natural satellite — and to do so quickly to protect the American way of life.

"To be second to the Soviet Union in establishing an outpost on the moon would be disastrous to our nation's prestige and in turn to our democratic philosophy," the paper surmised.

It should have the kind of priority and authority given to the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic bomb, the Army said.
"Once established, the lunar base will be operated under the control of a unified space command." The space around the Earth and moon would be considered a military theater."

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+ - How The Internet Of Things Could Aid Disaster Response->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "While the Internet has made communications easier, that ease had made us very dependent on the Internet for communications — and, when disaster strikes, power and infrastructure outages tend to shut down those communications networks when we need them most. But now researchers are examining how the so-called "Internet of Things" — the proliferating array of Internet-communicating devices in our lives — can transmit emergency messages via ad-hoc networks even when the Internet backbone in a region is inoperable."
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Comment: Microsoft and OS/2 . . . ? (Score 1) 126

That didn't work out too well.

Hmmm . . . but then again . . . didn't Apple and IBM try to collaborate on something called Taligent and Kaleida . . . ?

Well, those two never managed to see the light of day. I believe Taligent is often used as an example of a "Death March" project. It ran for over seven years, but at any point in time during the project, it was only planned as a two year project.

+ - Apple and IBM announce partnership to bring iOS + Cloud services to enterprises

Submitted by jmcbain
jmcbain (1233044) writes "According to an article on Recode, Apple and IBM have announced a major partnership to bring mobile services to enterprise customers. "The deal calls for IBM and Apple to develop more than 100 industry-specific applications that will run on the iPhone and iPad. Apple will add a new class of service to its AppleCare program and support aimed at enterprise customers. IBM will also begin to sell iPhones and iPads to its corporate customers and will devote more than 100,000 people, including consultants and software developers, to the effort. Enterprise applications will in many cases run on IBM’s cloud infrastructure or on private clouds that it has built for its customers. Data for those applications will co-exist with personal data like photos and personal email that will run on Apple’s iCloud and other cloud services.""

Comment: Re:Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47459313) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

If any American receives a request under a Patriot act subpoena they not only will have to hand over the information but if they tell you they handed it over they could do lots of hard time.

So even if asked in a court, under oath, they would be forced to deny it? Wouldn't that be forcing them to commit perjury? Or does the Patriot Act maybe have a "get out of jail free" card for perjury? The Patriot Act sounds like a carte blanche for a Gestapo or Stasi.

So I understand that a Patriot act subpoena can force you to hand over information, even if that would force you to commit a crime by breaking data privacy and security laws in a foreign country where the data and you reside. Now, what else can these National Security Letters tell you to do, besides handing over data? In the case of an ISP, they were forced to allow NSA technicians to install bugging devices in their data center. So, apparently, the National Security Letter can force you to do more than just hand over data.

Where are the limits to the National Security Letters defined? If two folks turn up on your doorstep with FBI IDs, they could be Mulder and Scully, or they could be the Supernatural boys. I'm assuming that they actually give you a physical document, that you could give to a lawyer to check. But how can a lawyer know if the request is within any limits of any law? Up until know, it still seems that a National Security Letter can turn an ordinary American citizen into a spy or a criminal.

Comment: Re:Maybe, maybe not. (Score 1) 749

by PolygamousRanchKid (#47458619) Attached to: Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

The Patriot act.

. . . but you said earlier:

We don't know the scope

This is starting to sound rather Kafkaesque . . . specifically, "Before the Law".

The limits are in the law

How do you know that? What proof do you have? Maybe limit number one states, "There are no limits!"

So trying to summarize where we are this far, if I am a customer in a foreign country, and I hire a company as a contractor that has any business at all in the US, the US government could at any time request that company to break the laws of my country, if a court makes a decision based on the Patriot Act Law, the contents and limits of this law being totally unknown to me.

Is that at least a correct summary?

There is never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.