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Robot Love Goes Bad Screenshot-sm 101

hundredrabh writes "Ever had a super needy girlfriend that demanded all your love and attention and would freak whenever you would leave her alone? Irritating, right? Now imagine the same situation, only with an asexual third-generation humanoid robot with 100kg arms. Such was the torture subjected upon Japanese researchers recently when their most advanced robot, capable of simulating human emotions, ditched its puppy love programming and switched over into stalker mode. Eventually the researchers had to decommission the robot, with a hope of bringing it back to life again."

"Stayin Alive" Helps You Stay Alive Screenshot-sm 31

In a small study conducted at the University of Illinois medical school, doctors and students maintained close to the ideal number of chest compressions doing CPR while listening to the Bee Gees hit, "Stayin' Alive." At 103 beats per minute, the old disco song has almost the perfect rhythm to help keep accurate time while doing chest compressions. The study showed the song helped people who already know how to do CPR, and the results were promising enough to warrant larger, more definitive studies with real patients or untrained people. I wonder what intrinsic power is contained in "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart?"

Submission + - Overwhelming Interest Crashes Do Not Call registry (

jamacdon writes: An overwhelming amount of interest in the Canadian national Do Not Call List for telemarketers crashed the website the day registration for the service opened up to the public. The CRTC says about 200,000 people had registered for the service by about 9 a.m. Tuesday. The site and hotline were activated at 12:01 a.m. Both CBC and CTV have more information.

Submission + - The malware that security software doesn't detect (

GMGruman writes: "Many sandbox security vendors — the "hot" antimalware approach of the moment — claim that their products stop all known and unknown attacks. Even assuming the ability to curtail all known attacks could be proven, it's simply impossible to believe that any piece of software could halt all unknown attacks. Of course, that doesn't prevent the vendors from making empty promises or the malware authors from proving them wrong. The InfoWorld Test Center's exhaustive tests of tehse tools show that two popular malware attacks — Adobe Flash clipboard hijack exploit and the XP Antivirus malware program — evade these sandbox security tools. And the tests further show the quality of protection from sandbox security tools is highly uneven, so people and businesses may not be as prptected as they believe."

Submission + - Company steals Truecrypt source code

Anonymous writes: During a late night session on a private IRC channel used by security researchers one of the members discovered that Wideband's GoldKey encryption device uses software that includes a good deal of Truecrypt's source code as determined by a strings analysis of the portable executable. Others in the channel downloaded and confirmed the findings even going so far to point out that Truecrypt's help menu and donation button is still mentioned in the strings of the code as well as all of the Truecrypt encryption modes where GoldKey only supports AES 256 bit in XTS mode.

The GoldKey software can be downloaded from Goldkey Downloads and after install the strings program from sysinternals can be used to see the proof for yourself in the main Goldkey.exe file. Take your time and look through the strings and anyone familiar with Truecrypt will see what we found. This type of exploitation of open source by a large company seeking to make money off of someone else's work is something that can't be tolerated.

Submission + - Using Cellphones for SMS Notification 3

btm writes: "I get too much information delivered to my cellphone these days, making it terrible for receiving nagios notifications. I really want to be woken up at 4am if the server room is over 100 degrees because it's on fire, but not because I just got some spam in my email or one of my dodgeball friends is up all night drinking somewhere.

Major cellphone providers appear to be getting rid of pager service. I'd really like a second 'phone' just to receive SMS to act like a pager. It has to be tough enough to sit on a belt clip and survive my bicycle commute and other adventures. The battery must last multiple days (preferable a month or more). I don't want to have to open a phone and hit a bunch of keys to review the messages, and I shouldn't have to open a flip or slider of any kind to check the notification.

Really, I just want a device. Not a solution using an OpenMoko or an iPhone. Just hardware that stupid yet tough and takes an SIM card. (For use in the USA). Anyone found a solution to this dilemma that they're happy with?"

Submission + - Is Nvidia Corking their Graphic Benchmarks Again

Nom du Keyboard writes: In an outraged article Nvidia lover Charlie Demerjian [/sarcasm] takes point-by-powerpoint issue with Nvidia's grand planned announcement of their new integrated 9300/9400 chips on Tuesday. Not bound by an NDA (since Nvidia has long quit talking to him) he takes issue with nearly every claim Nvidia makes, taking care to point out the flaws, smoke and mirrors, and outright lies about to be dropped on a less than critical press and public. While Nvidia is hardly alone in corking their benchmarks in the past, neither has anybody else done it better. So do we just accept this as business as usual and wait for real benchmarks to arrive, or protest that we're not that stupid?

Submission + - Beamformer for Mars video link wins scientist gong

Da Massive writes: The astronauts from NASA's planned manned mission to Mars will be able to send back a 'live' video feed thanks to technology developed by the Australian research organization, the CSIRO. CSIRO research scientist Dr John Bunton is to receive a NASA Space Act Board Award for conceiving a design for the technology which will allow this to happen. Bunton's solution, the Deep Space Array Based Network Beamformer, will divide the video signal data into narrow channels. Each will be transported to beamformer boards, which can easily recombine each data-stream into a single broadband signal.

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