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+ - SkyCall - Guided By A Drone?->

Submitted by mikejuk
mikejuk (1801200) writes "MIT researchers have surpassed themselves in thinking up a new use for a drone, a quadcopter to be exact. Lost? No problem. just summon SkyCall.
MIT Senseable City Lab, which explores UAV technology, has an idea that could work. As illustrated in this video. it's a way to guide MIT freshmen find their way around the confusing MIT campus. You can see that the same idea would work for an equally clueless tourist. The quadcopter need to have onboard navigation, a camera and a lot of processing power to make sure it doesn't bump into things and people. All the potential user has to do is use the SkyCall app and summon help using a smart phone.
They even made a video of it in action — but minus the noise. In reality there would be a loud buzzing and a backwash of air. Would you want to follow a lawnmower in the sky? Could you have a conversation while following? Apart from anything else would you want to be seen in public following it?"

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+ - New Rifle Mimics Machine Gun's Rapid Fire - And It's Legal->

Submitted by dcraid
dcraid (1021423) writes "I am pleasantly surprised that the ATF lets this one pass:

From the article:

"Slide Fire, based in Moran, Texas, plans to sell a semiautomatic rifle that mimics the rapid fire of a machine gun and is also fed bullets from a belt, which provides a huge capacity for ammunition — potentially thousands of rounds.

The key is that of the pieces that make up a gun, the ATF regulates only the "receiver." It's the only piece that has a serial number and the only one that requires a background check to purchase. Slide Fire modifies the trigger and the stock — the butt of the gun that sits against the shooter's shoulder.

Slide Fire's technology uses the recoil of the rifle shot to "bump" the gun, speeding up the rate of fire without changing the gun's classification as a semiautomatic, which requires that only one round is fired each time the trigger is pulled."

See also: http://money.cnn.com/video/news/2013/09/11/n-rifle-machine-gun-slide-fire.cnnmoney"

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Comment: Re:My iPod has a great battery life (Score 1) 170

by dcraid (#43053395) Attached to: SpaceX Pressure Hammers Stuck Valves; Dragon's ISS Mission Back On Track
Not sure if this will work for your wife, but a single-handed right-click is easy from theIr touchpad: "... you can right-click with two fingers or configure a right-click area on the trackpad." http://www.apple.com/macbook-pro/features/ http://www.apple.com/magictrackpad/

Comment: Get a Bachelor's Degree... In Anything. (Score 2) 309

by dcraid (#41760083) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Going To a Technical College Worth It?
Check the box. Pick an easy major and get it done. Take as many CLEP tests as you can. Ten years from now no one will care what you got your degree in, and unless you go to a top school no one will care where you went. Skip the for-profit schools and find a nice affordable state school.
Politics

+ - Canadian scientists muzzled by government->

Submitted by Layzej
Layzej (1976930) writes "Prior to the International Polar Year 2012 conference in Montreal, Canadian government scientists were warned not to talk to the media without governmental supervision. The message sent to scientists was clear: Big Brother is watching you. This is one of several recent examples where the Canadian government attempted to intimidate scientists into not saying anything that might be considered “off-message”. But worrying about what might or might not be off-message is not the responsibility of a scientist. Scientists should only worry about being honest about their data and how to best communicate their findings. If those findings happen to go against government policy, that should never be a scientist’s problem."
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Facebook

+ - Your Facebook Account has Three Passwords->

Submitted by dcraid
dcraid (1021423) writes "Someone @ facebook is clearly a (case) Insensitive Clod: You can log into your Facebook account using three passwords – one is the main password that you created and the other passwords can be constructed by toggling the case of characters that form your original password.

According to Facebook: "We accept three forms of the user’s password to help overcome the most common reasons that authentic logins are rejected. In addition to the original password, we also accept the password if a user inadvertently has caps lock enabled or their mobile device automatically capitalizes the first character of the password.""

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+ - Court rules disloyal employees who access workplace computers are not hackers->

Submitted by dcraid
dcraid (1021423) writes "US v. Nosal

In April 2012, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an important decision that disloyal employees who access workplace computers in violation of corporate policy do not break federal anti-hacking law.

In United States v. Nosal, an ex-employee of an executive recruiting firm was prosecuted on the theory that he induced current company employees to use their legitimate credentials to access the company's proprietary database and provide him with information in violation of corporate computer-use policy. The government claimed that the violation of this private policy was a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Following a decision issued in 2009 by the Ninth Circuit, the district court ruled that violations of corporate policy are not equivalent to violations of federal computer crime law.

The government appealed to the Ninth Circuit, where EFF argued in an amicus brief that turning mere violations of company policies into computer crimes could potentially create a massive expansion of the CFAA turning millions of law-abiding workers into criminals. In April 2011 a three-judge panel ruled that an employee violates the CFAA when she uses a computer in way that violates an employer's restrictions, but the Ninth Circuit later agreed to rehear the case. On April 10, 2012, the en banc court ruled 9-2 that running afoul of a corporate computer use restriction does not violate the CFAA."

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+ - Boston API Jam's Misogynistic Ad Copy Leads to Sponsor Exodus->

Submitted by dcraid
dcraid (1021423) writes "The Boston API Jam, hosted by Sqoot, and its bizarre, misogynist ad copy has convinced at least three companies to drop its sponsorship for the hackathon. Sqoot has apologized and claims it was actually trying to poke fun at “the fact that hack-a-thons are typically male-dominated.”

The debacle is symptomatic of a far greater issue in the tech community. Women are marginalized and treated more as objects than as colleagues. The trend is a disturbing one and poses a serious threat to the health and diversity of the tech sector."

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Cloud

+ - Microsoft's Azure cloud down and out for 8 hours->

Submitted by dcraid
dcraid (1021423) writes "Microsoft's cloudy platform, Windows Azure, is experiencing a major outage: at the time of writing, its service management system had been down for about seven hours worldwide.

A customer described the problem to The Register as an "admin nightmare" and said they couldn't understand how such an important system could go down.

"This should never happen," said our source. "The system should be redundant and outages should be confined to some data centres only.""

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Comment: Re:Data security (Score 1) 95

by dcraid (#39196025) Attached to: Harris Exits Cloud Hosting, Citing Fed Server Hugging
Cloud

+ - Study shows cloud provider security better than on-premise->

Submitted by dcraid
dcraid (1021423) writes "Houston-based provider of security SaaS and managed security services, analyzed data gathered from its base of more than 1,500 customers with IT infrastructure either in-house or with cloud or hosted service provider environments. According to the study, which ran from July 2010 to June 2011, service provider environments showed lower frequency rates for every class of security incident and experienced a narrower set of threats.

At the same time, on-premise environments were 12 times more likely to have misconfiguration issues that could open the door to attackers and also a higher rate of Web application attacks.

“The data doesn’t support the notion that service providers are less secure,” said Urvish Vashi, vice president of marketing at Alert Logic."

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Apple

+ - Apple iPad 3 Event Confirmed March 7th->

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tekgoblin
tekgoblin writes "Looks like Apple will be announcing the new Apple iPad 3 on March 7th in the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco. The iPad 3 has been rumored to include the upgraded camera which we all felt should have launched in the iPad 2. Apple has not revealed any information about the iPad 3 except for the announcement."
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