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Submission + - Firefox, Chrome's WebRTC pushing into enterprise app world (

coondoggie writes: "Businesses need to study up now on WebRTC — the browser-based voice and video support included in the latest versions of Firefox and Chrome but that seems destined for all browsers — if they want to jump on opportunities to enhance services and cut costs,. The application for which WebRTC offers the most potential is contact centers, where customers seeking help on Web sites can connect with live help via voice and video but also share screens."

Submission + - US intelligence group wants to use alternate reality gaming to bolster research (

coondoggie writes: "The researchers at the government's "high-risk, high-payoff research" group, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) want to know how alternate reality environments such as games in particular can help it develop “high-quality behavioral and psychological research in near real-world contexts.”"

Submission + - Security of open-source software again being scrutinized (

coondoggie writes: "recent round of flaws discovered in open-source software has reignited concerns that security is getting bypassed in the rush to continue expanding the large and extremely popular code base used by millions. For instance, although the Java-based Spring Framework was criticized by security researchers in January as having a major flaw that allowed remote-code execution by attackers against applications built with it, the updates to Spring this week don't address this security problem."

Submission + - Robots get an open source Web-based helpline (

coondoggie writes: "Scientists in Europe say they have developed a cloud service that lets intelligent robots dial in to get help with circumstances they may have not encountered before or a problem they cannot solve. Developed by the European RoboEarth project, the Rapyuta database is a repository of information, stored in a standardized language that robots can access for information as well as offload complicated computations that may take a lot of memory for an individual robot to handle, the RoboEarth outfit says."

Submission + - Carnegie Mellon gets $6M for secure software to protect vehicles from hackers (

coondoggie writes: Keeping hacker cyber-nastiness away from manned or unmanned ground vehicles is the idea behind a 4.5-year, $6 million grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to Carnegie Mellon University. The project is part of DARPA’s High-Assurance Cyber Military System (HACMS) program launched last year to produce ultra secure software systems to protect important networked assetsfrom hacks, attacks or other cyber-disruptions.

Submission + - When did you learn how to code? ( 3

coondoggie writes: ""I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer — because it teaches you how to think." --Steve Jobs

That's the introduction to a new video and a new organization, which describes itself as being a is a non-profit organization "devoted to the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn how to code. We believe computer programming should be part of the core curriculum in education, alongside other science and math courses such as biology, chemistry and algebra.""


Submission + - Emoticon-based "Moby Dick"gets into the US Library of Congress (

coondoggie writes: "The US Library of Congress welcomed Moby Dick onto its vaunted shelves this week but it wasn't the famous Herman Melville-penned whale tale version oh no, it was the version told exclusively in emoticon — you know those little signs like :), ;). Emoji are the emoticons typically used in Japanese texting though they obviously are used world-wide to annoy or entertain everyone depending on your opinion of them."

Submission + - Security Holy Grail anyone? (

coondoggie writes: "The researchers at the government's "high-risk, high-payoff research" group, Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) want to go beyond the mundane security research and development and get right to the groundbreaking stuff. Does it exist? We'll see.
Specifically IARPA put out a call this week for what it calls Safe and Secure Operations (SSO), which is research that "explores or demonstrates the feasibility of revolutionary concepts in computation, trust establishment and maintenance, and detecting and deflecting hostile intent.""


Submission + - Toyota to show off autonomous prototype car at CES show (

coondoggie writes: "Toyota is going to show off its autonomous car/accident avoidance technology at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas nest week. The 2013 Lexus LS uses what the car company calls its Intelligent Transport System and is fitted with on-board radar, video cameras and sensors to monitor the road, surroundings, and the driver all with the goal of preventing accidents and avoiding problems."

Submission + - IBM analysis of Twitter, Facebook says you're gonna love holiday travel (

coondoggie writes: "Maybe the direction had nowhere to go but up or maybe people really just need to get away regardless of how annoying car and air travel has become. Whatever the reason, IBM says its Social Sentiment Index, which uses advanced analytics and natural language processing technologies to troll consumer public opinions from Twitter, blogs and other social media found that in spite of the of the annual holiday travel crush people are "looking forward" to holiday travel by a factor of 26 to one."

Submission + - NASA IG doubts space agency can hit mandatory computer encryption goals (

coondoggie writes: "NASA's Inspector General said this week it doubts the space agency can hit its own mandatory deadline to encrypt all laptops by December 21. The IG's office has written scathing reports on NASA's the encryption efforts in the past year and the latest item was no exception:

"In our judgment, it is extremely unlikely that the Agency will meet its December goal primarily because the Agency does not have a full account of the number of...laptops in its possession."


Submission + - IBM: In the next 5 years computers will learn, mimic the human senses (

coondoggie writes: "IBM today issued its seventh annual look at what Big Blue researchers think will be the five biggest technologies for the next five years. In past prediction packages known as "IBM 5 in 5" the company has had some success in predicting the future of password protection, telemedicine and nanotechnology."

Submission + - Microsoft: What it did right and wrong in 2012 (

coondoggie writes: "At this writing Windows 8 could be the biggest thing Microsoft has done wrong — ever. But it could also wind up being one of the best things it has ever done. By CEO Steve Ballmer's own description it is the one of the top three major events in the company's history, grouped with IBM PCs adopting MS-DOS and the advent of Windows 95. By that measure, if it's a flop it's huge."

Submission + - Government board aims to revamp decrepit US security classification system (

coondoggie writes: "The US government's overly complicated way of classifying and declassifying information needs to be dumped and reinvented with the help of a huge technology injection if it is to keep from being buried under its own weight. That was one of the main conclusions of a government board tasked with making recommendations on exactly how the government should transform the current security classification system."

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