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Government

N. Korea Blames US For Internet Outage, Compares Obama to "a Monkey" 156

Posted by timothy
from the he-doesn't-have-a-monkey-dot-org-address dept.
Reuters reports that North Korea's government has publicly blamed the U.S. for the widespread internet outages that the country has recently experienced (including today), and taken the opportunity to lambaste President Obama, as well. From the article: The National Defence Commission, the North's ruling body, chaired by state leader Kim Jong Un, said Obama was responsible for Sony's belated decision to release the action comedy "The Interview", which depicts a plot to assassinate Kim. "Obama always goes reckless in words and deeds like a monkey in a tropical forest," an unnamed spokesman for the commission said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency, using a term seemingly designed to cause racial offence that North Korea has used before.
The Military

Newest Stealth Fighter's Ground Attack Sensors 10 Years Behind Older Jets 185

Posted by timothy
from the how-are-its-faster-than-light-capabilities? dept.
schwit1 writes with this excerpt from The Daily Beast: America's $400 billion, top-of-the-line aircraft can't see the battlefield all that well. Which means it's actually worse than its predecessors at fighting today's wars. .... The problem stems from the fact that the technology found on one of the stealth fighter's primary air-to-ground sensors—its nose-mounted Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS)—is more than a decade old and hopelessly obsolete. The EOTS, which is similar in concept to a large high-resolution infrared and television camera, is used to visually identify and monitor ground targets. The system can also mark targets for laser-guided bombs. ... Older jets currently in service with the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps can carry the latest generation of sensor pods, which are far more advanced than the EOTS sensor carried by the F-35. ... The end result is that when the F-35 finally becomes operational after its myriad technical problems, cost overruns, and massive delays, in some ways it will be less capable than current fighters in the Pentagon's inventory.

Comment: Re:Ok.... (Score 1) 89

by Tough Love (#48678209) Attached to: Kodak-Branded Smartphones On the Way

Eh, wait, given that the camera is one of the biggest selling points on a smart phone, why does it not make sense for a wilely recognized name in cameras to get into the business? As far as the supposed lack of profits in the Android market goes, think about this for a moment: this year, over a billion Android phones will be sold at an average price over $250. That $250 billion dollars revenue, or to put in in more precise terms, a metric crapload. That money gets shares all up and down the Android ecosystem, from chip makers to market droids. Not such a bad idea to hang your hat in a place where massive amounts of money circulates.

PlayStation (Games)

Xbox Live and PlayStation Networks Downed By Apparent Attack 159

Posted by timothy
from the no-fun-for-you dept.
mrspoonsi writes Both Xbox Live and PlayStation Network [were] down this morning, apparently due to a denial-of-service attack. The notorious hacking group Lizard Squad — which already carried out earlier attacks on Microsoft and Sony — has claimed responsibility on Twitter for these latest outages. While the group's role in all of this remains unconfirmed, it's worth noting that the group threatened last week to take down Xbox Live and PSN, according to Business Insider. And again, Lizard Squad has already proven it can successfully pull off such attacks, not to mention other malicious pranks.

Whatever the cause, the timing is obviously terrible: Plenty of people surely received one of the two consoles as Christmas presents today, while many more gamers would have happily spent the afternoon in front of the TV. In the meantime, both Sony and Microsoft have acknowledged the problem, with Sony issuing a tweet and Microsoft posting a message on its support website: "We're working to address this as quickly as we possibly can," reads its status website. "Thanks for your patience, Xbox members." In an email, a Microsoft spokesperson declined to comment further or say when the company expects to restore service. We've also asked Sony to comment and will update this post if and when it does.
The Xbox Live status page says service remains "limited," and the Playstation Network is listed as offline.

Comment: Re:Old quote comes into play (Score 1) 225

by Tough Love (#48669683) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

...you exaggerate the level of effort required by Apple to do the right thing.

In my world the "right thing" is not to have an Apple Employee have to take even TWO HOURS the day before Christmas...

Because as everybody knows, all Apple employees are special little snowflakes whose precious little lives will be completely ruined by taking even two hours on a holiday to do the right thing.

Comment: Re:Patriotic to NOT watch it instead? (Score 1) 225

by Tough Love (#48669255) Attached to: Sony To Release the Interview Online Today; Apple Won't Play Ball

Kim Jung-un has:

* Inherited a position and country that was already hated.
* Behaved as expected of his culture.
* Never been known for harming anyone outside of his own country.
* Suffered insults in nearly every report about him for as long as he has lived.
* blah blah blah blather blather...

* Done nothing to rectify the situation because he enjoys it just as it is.

Android

De-escalating the Android Patent War 60

Posted by Soulskill
from the can't-we-all-just-bilk-the-USPTO-together dept.
In 2011, a consortium formed from Microsoft, Apple, Sony, BlackBerry, and others spent $4.5 billion acquiring Nortel's patent portfolio, which contained a great deal of ammunition that could be used against Android. That threat has now been reduced. Today, 4,000 of the patents were purchased by a corporation called RPX, which has licensing agreements from Google, Cisco, and dozens more companies. [RPX is] a company that collects a bunch of patents with the goal of using those patents for member companies for defensive purposes. Even though RPX has generally been "good," the business model basically lives because of patent trolling. Its very existence is because of all the patent trolling and abuse out there. In this case, though, it's making sure that basically anyone can license these patents under FRAND (fair and reasonable, non-discriminatory) rates. The price being paid is approximately $900 million. While that article points out that this is considerably less than the $4.5 billion Microsoft and Apple paid originally, again, this is only 4,000 of the 6,000 patents, and you have to assume the 2,000 the other companies kept were the really valuable patents. In short, this is basically Google and Cisco (with some help from a few others) licensing these patents to stop the majority of the lawsuits -- while also making sure that others can pay in as well should they feel threatened. Of course, Microsoft, Apple and the others still have control over the really good patents they kept for themselves, rather than give to Rockstar. And the whole thing does nothing for innovation other than shift around some money.

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