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Comment: Teamwork (Score 1) 446

by eonwing (#38887977) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Transitioning From 'Hacker' To 'Engineer'?
Even if you're the only one developing, you'll want someone else to try it out, shake it and see if bugs fall out. Usually it's more than just you developing it, and other people testing, and other people managing. Getting along with others is the main thing involved with a professional's life as compared to the lone hacker mentality, I have found.
Technology

+ - Drivers of technology? 1

Submitted by eonwing
eonwing (934274) writes "These are well known facts: that the internet started from DARPA, the "D" standing for "defense", or euphemism for war; and the first credit card transactions on the internet were for the "adult" industry, another euphemism. The question: is there any other driver of technology as great as these two appetites: to kill, or to (watch people) have sex? Does commerce (to buy) even come close as these?"

+ - There Is No Cyberwar

Submitted by
crowfeather
crowfeather writes "From the article: "Howard Schmidt, the new cybersecurity czar for the Obama administration, has a short answer for the drumbeat of rhetoric claiming the United States is caught up in a cyberwar that it is losing.

“There is no cyberwar,” Schmidt told Wired.com in a sit-down interview Wednesday at the RSA Security Conference in San Francisco.

“I think that is a terrible metaphor and I think that is a terrible concept,” Schmidt said. “There are no winners in that environment.”

Instead, Schmidt said the government needs to focus its cybersecurity efforts to fight online crime and espionage.

His stance contradicts Michael McConnell, the former director of national intelligence who made headlines last week when he testified to Congress that the country was already in the midst of a cyberwar — and was losing it.""
Music

+ - Apple pressuring music labels to ditch Amazon

Submitted by
crowfeather
crowfeather writes "If you want to be in good with Apple/iTunes, one might forego Amazon's "Daily Deal" promotions. Once all in the hands of Amazon to give or not, the Daily Deals section is now made up of special deals with the music labels to get a one-day exclusive before street date. Apple is taking the competition from Amazon very seriously, and threatened to withdraw marketing support for certain Daily Deal releases. So when exactly do we start hating Apple, now?"

+ - Skin-based interface makes your arm a touchscreen->

Submitted by
crowfeather
crowfeather writes "It goes by Skinput (PDF), and it reads the ultralow-frequency taps on your skin where the "pico" projectors on cell phones shine an interface on your forearm. It exploits the different sounds the skin, musculature and skeleton make in combination to determine just where you're tapping. Currently, it's a little sensitive on placement of the projected interface, but there could be an arm glowing on you in the not-too-distant future."
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The Military

Airborne Boeing Laser Blasts Ground Target 419

Posted by samzenpus
from the lazlo-approved dept.
coondoggie writes "The airborne military laser which promises to destroy, damage or disable targets with little to no collateral damage has for the first time actually blown something up. Boeing and the US Air Force today said that on Aug. 30, a C-130H aircraft armed with Boeing's Advanced Tactical Laser (ATL) blasted a target test vehicle on the ground for the first time. Boeing has been developing the ATL since 2008 under an Air Force contract worth up to $30 million."
Supercomputing

Matrix-Like VR Coming in the Near Future? 249

Posted by Zonk
from the can't-see-anything-bad-happening-there. dept.
Anonymongoose writes "A researcher at Brookhaven National Lab reckons it could be just a few years before computers can pass through the uncanny valley. The article refers to this as a 'Graphics Turing Test': 'a computer can be considered intelligent if it can create an artificial world capable of fooling a person into believing it is the real thing.' Michael McGuigan has been performing some interesting experiments using Brookhaven's Blue Gene/L supercomputer and has shown that it can produce realistic lighting effects in real time. McGuigan's original research paper (pdf) is available online."
Google

Google Gives Up IP of Anonymous Blogger 386

Posted by kdawson
from the balancing-rights dept.
An anonymous reader alerts us to a story out of Israel in which Google (its Israeli subsidiary) gave up the IP address of a Blogger user without being compelled to do so by a court. A preliminary ruling was issued in which a court indicated that the slander the blogger was accused of probably rose to the level of a criminal violation. Google Israel then made a deal with the plaintiffs, local city councilmen whom the blogger had been attacking for a year. Google disclosed the IP address only to the court, which posted a message (Google says the anonymous blogger got it) inviting him/her to contest the ruling anonymously. When no response was received within 3 days, Google turned over the IP address to the plaintiffs' lawyers.
The Internet

Verisign To Sell DNS Root Server Lookup Data? 115

Posted by kdawson
from the oh-goodie-more-trash-domains dept.
An anonymous reader writes "According to an editorial at Domain Name News, Verisign is considering selling partial access to DNS root server lookup data. The data would be made available to registrars, who in turn could use it for 'traffic-tasting' non-existent domains entered by any internet user. This would give them a better idea about what bogus domains to put up sites on to capture eyeballs." Haven't seen this story elsewhere and it's based on an anonymous source; YMMV.

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