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US Navy Authorizes Use of Laser In Combat 225 225

Posted by samzenpus
from the warning-do-not-look-directly-at-navy-laser dept.
mi writes The U.S. Navy has declared an experimental laser weapon on its Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB) in the Persian Gulf an operational asset and U.S. Central Command has given permission for the commander of the ship to defend itself with the weapon. The 30 kilowatt Laser Weapon System (LaWS) was installed aboard USS Ponce this summer as part of a $40 million research and development effort from ONR and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to test the viability of directed energy weapons in an operational environment. No word yet on a smaller, shark-mounted version.

Comment: In what way is this a "vulnerabilty"? (Score 1) 121 121

by REggert (#47221429) Attached to: The Computer Security Threat From Ultrasonic Networks
Given that the machines have to have the acoustic networking software installed on them (requiring already having root access), this is at worst a covert communications channel that could be used to bypass network security controls in order to exfiltrate information from an otherwise secure network. It has no impact on whether machines can be hacked to begin with.

Comment: Exploiting ambiguity to latch onto hype (Score 2) 186 186

by REggert (#45950955) Attached to: How Reactive Programming Differs From Procedural Programming

I don't know why people keep submitting this garbage from Espresso Logic, who is just taking advantage of the fact the the term "reactive" has been overloaded to mean different things to exploit the hype surrounding the Reactive Manifesto and related technologies (e.g., Akka, Rx, Node.js, etc.) to push their own, completely unrelated product, which is based on the more traditional (i.e., the one you find in Wikipedia) definition of "Reactive Programming".

"Reactive programming", as defined by the Reactive Manifesto (which is what all the hype is about), is about designing applications that operate in an entirely asynchronous and non-blocking manner, so as to maximize CPU utilization and fully exploit parallelism, and ensure that the system is always responsive to new events (user input, incoming data streams, errors, changes in load, etc.) rather than having resources tied up waiting for external processes (e.g., blocking on I/O). It has nothing to do with "reactive databases".

Comment: Re:Not a tank (Score 1) 232 232

by REggert (#42243609) Attached to: Playstation Controller Runs Syrian Rebel Tank

Many early tanks (up through WW2) had anti-tank capabilities (indeed, the first tanks had no reason to have anti-tank capabilities - there were no other tanks to fight against). The main distinguishing features of a tank are its armor (which need not necessarily be very heavy - just enough to deflect small arms fire), its tracks, and the fact that it has some sort of weapon mounted on a turret.

The Panzer I was classified as a light tank but was armed only with MG13 machine guns. The British Vickers Light Tank Mk VI likewise only had .50cal and .303cal machine guns.

Comment: Re:Don't let them patent it! (Score 1) 80 80

by REggert (#42105193) Attached to: Oracle Proposes New Native JavaScript Engine for OpenJDK

Rhino runs an interpreter that first compiles JavaScript into its own pseudo-bytecode, and then interprets the pseudo-bytecode. I believe what Oracle is proposing is to compile JavaScript directly into Java bytecode, using the new features of the JVM to handle the dynamic aspects that weren't possible with previous versions of the JVM.


+ - Router Maker AVM Makes Copyright Claim On GPL Code->

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judgecorp writes: "German router maker AVM has brought a copyright case against a third party software maker, which critics say is an attack on the principles of free software. AVM appears to be claiming copyright on software which includes the Linux kernel — no way, say free software advocates."
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