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+ - Test Pilot Admits the F-35 Can't Dogfight->

schwit1 writes: A test pilot has some very, very bad news about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The pricey new stealth jet can't turn or climb fast enough to hit an enemy plane during a dogfight or to dodge the enemy's own gunfire, the pilot reported following a day of mock air battles back in January.

And to add insult to injury, the JSF flier discovered he couldn't even comfortably move his head inside the radar-evading jet's cramped cockpit. "The helmet was too large for the space inside the canopy to adequately see behind the aircraft." That allowed the F-16 to sneak up on him.

The test pilot's report is the latest evidence of fundamental problems with the design of the F-35 — which, at a total program cost of more than a trillion dollars, is history's most expensive weapon.

Your tax dollars at work.

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+ - Former L0pht Hacker Mudge Leaves Google to Start Cyber UL

Trailrunner7 writes: One of the longstanding problems in security–and the software industry in general–is the lack of any universally acknowledged authority on quality and reliability. But the industry moved one step closer to making such a clearinghouse a reality this week when Peiter Zatko, a longtime researcher and hacker better known as Mudge in security circles, announced he’s leaving Google to start an initiative designed to be a cyber version of Underwriters’ Laboratory.

Zatko said on Monday that he had decided to leave Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects team and start a cyber UL, at the behest of the White House.

The new project will not be run out of the White House, Zatko said, and the specifics of the plan are not clear right now. But the fact that someone with Zatko’s experience, history, and respect in the security community is involved in the project lends immediate weight and potential to it.

+ - Has Microsoft made a mistake with the new default Windows 10 wallpaper?-> 1 1

Ammalgam writes: A few days ago, software giant Microsoft shared a video of their new Windows 10 default wallpaper. The Windows 10 “hero” image as it’s called “blasts lasers, pumping smoke machines, colored filters and falling crystal dust,” Microsoft says. According to a video (over) explaining the new design, a huge team of people built a Windows logo “out of light”. On, Onuora Amobi offers 5 reasons why this was probably the wrong image for Microsoft to use. What do you think of the image?
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+ - Slashdot now plays adds with sounds without permission->

farnsaw writes: One of my goto sites for technology news has just become my least favorite. To the point that I will probably not return and certainly not often. What happened? I had slashdot open in one tab and was actively working in another when suddenly advertisements started to play. I could't figure out where it was coming from but after closing tabs one at a time I found it was Slashdot. Their video ads now play without prompting at full volume. Not muted, not at 1% volume, but at full normal volume. Unacceptable to all, not just me. I expect readership to drop drastically as other readers encounter this awful behavior.
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+ - Lexus' Hoverboard: What Does Physics Tell Us About It?->

benonemusic writes: Lexus' hoverboard may never become commercially available, but is it scientifically feasible? You'd need to place a superconducting material in a magnetic field powerful enough to support the board and the rider. Steve Gourlay of Lawrence Berkeley Lab's Superconductor Magnet Group provides insights, including the possibility that Lexus put some very strong rare-earth magnets underneath the sidewalk in the video.
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+ - Reverse-engineering a Frame of Supreme Commander

An anonymous reader writes: When Supreme Commander was released 8 years ago, it redefined the RTS genre with its real-time strategic zoom and its epic battles involving several thousands of units at once, while bringing a whole generation of PCs to their knees. Today an article revisits the process of rendering a frame of the game by reverse-engineering the API calls made to the GPU. All the techniques and algorithms are explained in detail, many of them still used in current video games.

Comment: Re:Those evil enemy oppressors (Score 0) 814 814

> If the Confederate Battle Flag is now a symbol of racism and must be banned, what about the gray soldier's uniform? Do we ban that, too?

This 100%.

There's 3 problems with censorship:

1. It quickly becomes a slippery slope banning everything with no end in sight. Who decides what is "offensive" ?

2. Only cowards censor.

3. Ignoring the past doesn't make it go away.

The program isn't debugged until the last user is dead.