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Submission + - Centuries-old mystery solved.... oh dear :-( ( 1

nickpelling2 writes: "Though the centuries-old "Le Livre Des Sauvages" is hundreds of pages long, its psychosexually demented contents — think "Marquis de Sade's bad dream diary" — place it in a category all of its own... Ciphered Books You'd Have To Be Mad Yourself To Want To Decrypt. Basically, it's 100x more suited to bad T-shirt art than to cryptological study. For those brave few who haven't yet pressed PageDown, today's must-read story comes courtesy of intrepid Cipher Mysteries expert Nick Pelling, who has — at considerable personal risk — put together a handy guide to reading Le Livre's pictures, just for you. Errrm... enjoy!"

Submission + - BART Defaced and User Data Leaked (

An anonymous reader writes: Another Sunday and another anonymous op apparently successfully in the bag. This time, as they had announced well in advance that they could be expected, some anonymous individuals targeted the Bay Area Rapid Transit department and successfully defaced some of their affiliated sites such as and with the latter being run by the California Office of Traffic Safety. As of the writing of this article, both sites are still online and defaced several hours after the fact. I guess their system administrators don’t work on Sundays? Or maybe they’re just sleeping in, rightfully so.

Submission + - I'm Too Old To Learn New Programming Languages? ( 18

ProgramadorPerdido writes: "I have been a developer for 25 years. I learned Basic, VB, C, FoxPro, Cobol, and Assembler, but the languages I used the most where Pascal and Delphi. I then concentrated on a now-non-mainstream language for 11 years, as it was used at work. One day I had the chance to move into Project Management and so I did for the last 2 years. Now at almost 40 years old I’m at a crossroad. On one side I realized developing is the thing I like best, while on the other side, the languages I’m most proficient with are not that hot on the market. So I came here looking for any advice on how to advance my career. Should I try to learn web development (html, xhtml, css, php, python, ruby)? Should I learn Java and/or C#? Or I’m too old to learn and work a new language? Should I go back to PM work even if I do not like it that much? Any similar experiences? Thanks."

Submission + - Microsoft's JavaScript Focus Makes Sense (

snydeq writes: "Despite developer complaints to the contrary, JavaScript scripting is the best way forward for Microsoft Office and the Windows platform, Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister writes. 'The state of VBA today is a shambles, and the language clearly has no future. It's about time Microsoft offered us a credible alternative, even if it has to commit to supporting VBA for legacy code. So why not JavaScript?' McAllister writes. 'What I'd really like to see is for Microsoft to integrate Office's JavaScript scripting capabilities with the much-discussed JavaScript engine for Windows 8.'"

Submission + - Kinect, Blender, Metasploit 3D Hacking Environment (

baxpace writes: "Oh shit, the interface for hackers just got a lot more natural folks. Next up after this is lawnmore man. In all seriousness, this quick 1 minute teaser video provides a brief glimpse into this incredibly creative and ingenious way to test your own security systems for vulnerabilities using Kinect interpreted natural gestures in tandem with Metasploit Framework and the Blender game engine.

The idea is to hack into your own systems while in a 3D, first person shooter style environment that interfaces with the Kinect sensor. The game engine was built using Blender and looks to be one of the most pleasing ways of uncovering your own systems architectural/networking vulnerabilities.

Hacking with a hacked Kinect. Gotta love it!"


Submission + - Self-assembling microbots made, Judgment Day looms (

An anonymous reader writes: In news that makes you wonder if anyone from the US Department of Energy has watched the Terminator films, physicists at the Argonne National Laboratory have successfully created self-assembling micro-robots that are just 0.5mm (500 micron) in diameter. These microbots can ferry around objects that are just 0.15mm (150 micron) wide, making them ideal for transporting medicine in a human body — but also for making things... such as more computers...

Submission + - Guide to build a cable that improves iOS exploits ( 1

mask.of.sanity writes: "An Aussie network engineer has published a guide to build a serial cable connector that allows access to a secret kernel debugger hidden within Apple iOS.

The debugger was a dormant iOS feature carried over from Apple OS, and seems to serves no function other than to allow hackers to build better exploits.

The cable needs an external power source and a jailbroken device to access the debugger."

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Submission + - Autodesk + Instructables.. For Makers? (

ptorrone writes: "MAKE magazine has published an in-depth look at what the recent acquisition of Instructables by Autodesk means for makers and the DIY movement. MAKE suggests it wasn't about getting the millions of members or projects at Instructables or unselling Autodesk tools. Instead, the acquisition was more about creating many Instructable-like communities around Autodesk's new free and trial tools including their 3D printing site and service Autodesk123D."

Submission + - Google's self driving car crashes (

datapharmer writes: "We've all read previous stories on slashdot about Google's driverless car, and some have even pondered if a crash would bring the end to robotic cars. For better or for worse, we will all find out soon, as the inevitable has occurred. The question remains — who is to blame. A Google spokesperson told business insider that "Safety is our top priority. One of our goals is to prevent fender-benders like this one, which occurred while a person was manually driving the car.""

Submission + - Fingertip vibrator boosts your sense of touch (

Eric Smalley writes: "Combine the words "vibrator," "touch," and "heightened sensitivity," and the subject is obvious, right? A tricked-out glove that heightens your sense of touch.

The glove, developed by Georgia Tech researchers, includes a tiny vibrator that sits on the side of your finger. Turn the vibrator so low that you don't quite notice it vibrating, and voila, your fingertip is more sensitive to touch."


Submission + - Making Graphics in Games "100,000 Times Better"? (

trawg writes: "A small Australian software company — backed by almost AUD$2 million in government assistance — is claiming they've developed a new technology which is "100,000 times better" for computer game graphics. It's not clear what exactly is getting multiplied, but they apparently "make everything out of tiny little atoms instead of flat panels". They've posted a video to YouTube which shows their new tech, which is apparently running at 20 FPS in software. It's (very) light on the technical details, and extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence, but they say an SDK is due in a few months — so stay tuned for more."

Submission + - 8-Bit Nintendo Homage Sand Sculpture (

An anonymous reader writes: This sand sculpture was built as an homage to the 8-bit games which served as a foundation for those insanely complex games we enjoy today. Sure, there was Pong and Pac-Man and such, but the Nintendo Entertainment System seems to draw the most nostalgia from modern gamers. I’m sure that’s also because some of the characters created then, such as Mega Man, Link, and Mario, continue to be featured in high-profile games today.

Submission + - 'Universal' memory aims to replace flash/DRAM (

siliconbits writes: —A single "universal" memory technology that combines the speed of DRAM with the non-volatility and density of flash memory was recently invented at North Carolina State University, according to researchers. The new memory technology, which uses a double floating-gate field-effect-transistor (FET), should enable computers to power down memories not currently being accessed, drastically cutting the energy consumed by computers of all types, from mobile and desktop computers to server farms and data centers, the researchers say.

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