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Comment: Re:We can be certain of one thing (Score 1) 139

by RavenLrD20k (#48268331) Attached to: Stan Lee Media and Disney Battle For Ownership of Marvel Characters
More like, a burger flipper cannot make Big Macs(Wolverine) for McDonalds(Marvel), leave that employment, then legally be able to start working for Burger King(DC) making the same Big Macs, or start up his own Burger Joint offering the same Big Macs; but he can make Big Macs for the occasional private barbecue. There's nothing that can stop him from generally flipping burgers, as your statement indicates.

+ - Quake meets Minecraft FPS Construction Kit Gunscape has 9-Player Splitscreen 2

Submitted by SlappingOysters
SlappingOysters (1344355) writes "One of the highlighted games at the PAX AUS expo starting on October 31 is Blowfish Studios' Gunscape, a game described as an FPS construction kit. Grab It has the scoop on the game as part of its indie games guide for the show, and reveals that as well as building and sharing FPS maps for multiplayer gaming sessions across eight different modes, the game will also be able to handle up to nine-player splitscreen on a 4K display. This includes co-op map building."

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 970

by RavenLrD20k (#48244033) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
In which case they are also under the guidelines of the Constitution to ensure a separation of Church from State. You're welcome to practice whatever religion you long as it's not interfering with matters of State on State owned grounds; like a State College or Public School where education is a Matter of State.

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 970

by RavenLrD20k (#48243791) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
There's one HUGE difference between an StarTrek Con and a Religious Con. At least (most) the attendees of the ST Con know full well that that they're playing with a fantasy universe. (Most of) Those who go to the Religious Cons tend to believe in their core that the hocus pocus rhetoric and dogma is absolute truth and reality. Note that in my use of "Religious Cons", I am in no way limiting my bias to only Christianity. By the way, here's some of the left over hay from where I just plowed through your strawman with a mudbogger.

Comment: Re:Typo detected (Score 1) 316

by RavenLrD20k (#48242745) Attached to: What Will It Take To Make Automated Vehicles Legal In the US?
Ok...which chronology are you talking about? Ours or the car's? Because by our chronology, the first self-driving car would have been converted to be train-propelled on rails in 1885. Just because it was converted to work on rails doesn't mean that it wouldn't be trivial to convert it back...had it not been destroyed in 1985; which is still ok because it should make another appearance sometime next year.

+ - Lava Flow in Hawaii Gains Speed, Triggers Methane Explosions

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An anonymous reader writes "Officials say molten lava from a Hawaii volcano has been flowing steadily in an area where residents have been warned they might have to evacuate their homes. Dozens of residents in the flow path have been told to complete all necessary preparations by Tuesday for a possible evacuation. From the article: "Janet Babb, a geologist and spokeswoman for the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said methane explosions also have been going off. She said decomposing vegetation produces methane gas that can travel subsurface beyond the lava front in different directions, accumulating in pockets that can ignite. She said it was a bit unnerving to hear all the blasts on Saturday.""

+ - Elon Musk warns against unleashing artificial intelligence 'demon'

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An anonymous reader writes "Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla and founder of SpaceX, said that artificial intelligence is probably the biggest threat to humans. "I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I had to guess at what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with artificial intelligence." he said. "I’m increasingly inclined to think that there should be some regulatory oversight, maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we’re summoning the demon. You know those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram, and the holy water, and he’s like — Yeah, he’s sure he can control the demon? Doesn’t work out.""

+ - Mysterious Cat Appears on Google Maps

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Google are looking into how an image of a giant cat has appeared on its Maps service. The map data features a squiggly road which visually depicts a feline outline. The shape was spotted in Hobson Bay in Auckland, New Zealand, but does not exist in real life and the company aren't entirely sure how it actually got there. Google's head of communications in New Zealand, Annie Baxter, gave a funny reply: "We were aware that cats were trying to take over YouTube, but we didn't realise it was extending to Google Maps. We're looking into this." There is a story in Reddit which claims that a Google Maps user designed and uploaded the cat. Yes, you can edit parts of maps on Google. You can't change the location of a motorway or famous land mark, but you can add cycle tracks and small pathways. The changes can then be user reviewed before they officially become part of Google Maps."

+ - New ATM Trojan called Tyupkin helped in stealing millions of dollars->

Submitted by Safensoft
Safensoft (3698257) writes "Tyupkin, new banking Trojan capable of dispensing cash directily from infected ATM, was detected in Eastern Europe according to the Kaspersky Lab blog post. Malware installed from the bootable CD after criminals gain physical access to the ATM lets them dispense cash without using any plastic card.

New Trojan’s capabilities look close to those of already well known ATM malware called Ploutus. After being installed on the device Tyupkin disables antivirus software such as McAfee Solidcore used in Kaspersky Lab example and waits for specific input from PIN keyboard. Among other features are standby mode with automatic activation and Sunday and Monday nights and the ability to shut down the ATM network connection in case of emergency.

In order to dispense cash the cybercriminal needs to know the Trojan menu , enter the necessary commands and special session key generated by formula that works as a kind of two-factor authentication. Then the cash is dispensed, 40 banknotes at the time. Following this scheme criminals have managed to dispense hundreds of thousands of dollars without attracting any attention.

“Appearance of new ATM Trojans capable of directly dispensing cash from infected devices is only logical”, says Denis Gasilin, head of marketing in SafenSoft, company developing information security solutions for self-service devices. “This “new guy” has a good debut – it already infected ATMs in Russia, USA and even Malaysia. It’s hard to say for sure if it’s just a Ploutus modification or completely new product from some cybercriminal group, but it doesn’t really matter since any ATM without software integrity preservation solution installed will be affected in just the same way”."

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+ - Indian Air Force smartphone ban forces Xiaomi to announce Indian data centre->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Chinese tech manufacturer Xiaomi Inc has announced that it will build an Indian data centre to address concerns by the Indian Air Force that one of its budget models of smartphone, this summer's Redmi 1s, sends private user information to servers in Beijing. Last week the IAF issued an advisory to personnel and their families not to use the 1s ,in response to a report from the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

Although Xiaomi had amended the default behaviour of the 1s in August, in response to a report by F-secure, the update only turned the apparently China-bound cloud storage into an opt-in feature, and added https encryption. Once enabled, the IAF's original complaint apparently remained.

The user information, according to this article, is stored in Singapore rather than China, where Xiaomi has long-since announced it will re-establish its HQ. The article argues that data sovereignty is not the issue, and that military concerns about sensitive data being handled by Chinese-built technology are unlikely to be alleviated by geographically-friendly data storage facilities."

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