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Boeing Demonstrates Drone-Killing Laser 118

An anonymous reader writes: Boeing has successfully tested a new weapon system that tracks unmanned aircraft and shoots them down with a laser. The system is surprisingly small — it can be transported in a few medium-sized boxes, and two techs can set it up in minutes. The laser needs just a few seconds of continuous [contact] to set a drone aflame, and the tracking gimbal is precise enough to target specific parts of a drone. "Want to zap the tail so it crashes and then you can go retrieve the mostly intact drone and see who is trying to spy on you? Can do. Think it's carrying explosives and you want to completely destroy it? No problem." The laser is controlled with custom targeting software that runs on a laptop, with help from an Xbox 360 controller. Boeing expects the laser system to be ready for sale in the next year or two.

Comment Re:I work in online advertising (Score 1) 226

Hum... A few suggestions for you. The first and most fundamental is to try to prevent your ad can run any script, so even if it is malicious it will not be able to do anything, I do not believe that an ad with animations and sounds to be more effective than a simple link or a still image.

Second, you know those ads that offer X but clicking on them you are directed to Y? Avoid them as if they were radioactive. No more annoying thing for a user to click on a picture thinking it will for one thing (the download you want) and actually is redirected to something else unrelated.

Third, do not accept ads of suspicious companies like "CleanMyPC" simply not worth it. It is the main reason I block ads, advertisements that offer really suspicious programs and often try to pretend they are the links to the content I really want to see.

How To Keep Microsoft's Nose Out of Your Personal Data In Windows 10 413

MojoKid writes: Amid the privacy concerns and arguably invasive nature of Microsoft's Windows 10 regarding user information, it's no surprise that details on how to minimize leaks as much as possible are often requested by users who have recently made the jump to the new operating system. If you are using Windows 10, or plan to upgrade soon, it's worth bearing in mind a number of privacy-related options that are available, even during the installation/upgrade. If you are already running the OS and forgot to turn them off during installation (or didn't even see them), they can be accessed via the Settings menu on the start menu, and then selecting Privacy from the pop-up menu. Among these menus are a plethora of options regarding what data can be gathered about you. It's worth noting, however, that changing any of these options may disable various OS related services, namely Cortana, as Microsoft's digital assistant has it tendrils buried deep.

Comment Re:Why does he waste his time? (Score 1) 166

I'm probably being naive here, but are not putting complexity where it does not exist? If you have a book and dismantle it so far as to undo it in their atoms, I do not see how you would be able to preserve how the atoms were linked to form the book (you will have just a bunch of atoms from many elements). And why the atoms that make up the book would cease to exist if the book were swallowed by a black hole? The "book" (your atoms) would still be inside the black hole, rather than "cease to exist" he was now simply inaccessible to us.

Comment Re:So now we have a new paradox... (Score 1) 166

I find interesting how your analogy of the egg is much more useful to the subject than the stupid thing to call "information" not caring about the context (thus making everyone think that the information would be something like a text message or a signal TV). Who had this stupid idea to call it "information"?

Comment Re:Windows 10, it's free (Score 1) 318

Well, look... I tryed Windows 10 at home (using a VM), tryed hard. And my honest conclusion is that the new GUI is a fucking, steaming piece of shit!! It is even worse than the ridiculous Android lollipop GUI!! Who are the asshole in charge of the visual design department at Microsoft these days? A monkey? The code under the hood can be excellent, but the interface to interact with it is so bad that even makes my eyes bleed!

Comment Re:How did these idiots catch anyone? (Score 3, Interesting) 282

It is important to note that normally this type of agent does not care if what he is doing makes sense. What matters to him is to ensure that the lie told by his boss to be accepted as absolute truth at all costs. It's the same in my country, I live seeing people being bombarded by things so absurd that you would find that they are lobotomized, and yet they not only believe in such absurdities as still harm you if you say something against.
The Courts

Germany Says Taking Photos Of Food Infringes The Chef's Copyright 280

xPertCodert writes: According to this article in Der Welt (Google translate from German), in Germany if you take a picture of a dish in a restaurant without prior permission, you are violating chef's copyright for his creation and can be liable to pay a hefty fine. If this approach to foodporn will become universal, what will we put in our Instagrams? Techdirt reports: "Apparently, this situation goes back to a German court judgment from 2013, which widened copyright law to include the applied arts too. As a result, the threshold for copyrightability was lowered considerably, with the practical consequence that it was easier for chefs to sue those who posted photographs of their creations without permission. The Die Welt article notes that this ban can apply even to manifestly unartistic piles of food dumped unceremoniously on a plate if a restaurant owner puts up a notice refusing permission for photos to be taken of its food."

Comment Re:Stupid story stays stupid (Score 1) 732

"First shoot down the dangerous enemies with long range AAM, then the rest with short range AAM before they get a single shot at you"

If you can. Americans "experts" always ignore that the enemy may be able to evade all its missiles or most of them, the enemy pilots will not sit around being targets.

Variables don't; constants aren't.