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Submission + - Twitter Enables Archive Option, Lets You Download All Your Tweets (paritynews.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Twitter has enabled ‘archive’ option allowing users to download all their tweets but, the option is only available to a few users as of now. Back in September, while speaking at the ONA 2012 conference in San Francisco, Dick Costolo announced that users will be able to download all their tweets by the end of this year. Costolo when asked, “When can we download all our tweets?” replied “End of the year.” Our editor @rvmandalia noticed the option yesterday. It seems that the option is working only for few accounts at the moment. To check if you have been blessed by Twitter with that feature, go to Twitter settings and scroll to bottom.
The Military

Submission + - DARPA combines human brains and 120-megapixel cameras (extremetech.com) 1

MrSeb writes: "After more than four years of research, DARPA has created a system that successfully combines soldiers, EEG brainwave scanners, 120-megapixel cameras, and multiple computers running cognitive visual processing algorithms into a cybernetic hivemind. Called the Cognitive Technology Threat Warning System (CT2WS), it will be used in a combat setting to significantly improve the US Army’s threat detection capabilities. There are two discrete parts to the system: The 120-megapixel camera, which is tripod-mounted and looks over the battlefield; and the computer system, where a soldier sits in front of a computer monitor with an EEG strapped to his head, looking at images captured by the camera, wedding out false threats. In testing, the 120-megapixel camera, combined with the computer vision algorithms, generated 810 false alarms per hour; with a human operator strapped into the EEG, that drops down to just five false alarms per hour. The human brain is surprisingly fast, too: According to DARPA, CT2WS displays 10 images per second to the human operator — and yet that doesn’t seem to affect accuracy. Moving forward, DARPA's ultimate goal is to create binoculars or head-up displays (HUD) with threat detection technology built in. It’s very tiring for a soldier to be constantly on the lookout for threats — but such a system could monitor the surroundings, and then flash up images of potential threats for the soldier to act upon, significantly lowering his workload. With a large enough sensor and the right lenses, such a system could allow the soldier to see for miles in every direction."

Submission + - Google declares success for Kansas City gigabit broadband. (gigaom.com) 1

SternisheFan writes: "Google has signed up 180 out of 202 neighborhoods in a pre-registration drive for its fiber-to-the-home service. That’s an amazing take-up rate, although it’s not clear what percentage of homes have signed up. But the incumbent ISPs, AT&T and Time Warner Cable, must be worried.
    Google should celebrate — if it considers getting ready to spend a few hundred million in capital expenditures reason to celebrate — because as of Sunday night, it has pre-registered enough people in Kansas City to deploy its gigabit fiber to the home network to 180 out of its 202 “fiberhoods.”
    In what must have been a heck of a last-minute push, Google managed to sign up several neighborhoods that weren’t looking like they would get Google’s service. As of Friday afternoon when I had counted 21,000 people having pre-registered for the service I noted at least 50 areas — what Google calls fiberhoods — that hadn’t yet made the cut and most were in low-income neighborhoods.
    When Google announced its plans to offer a gigabit service for $70 a month plus the $300 one-time connection fee as well as a free 5 Mbps service that allowed registrants to pay the $300 connection fee up front or over a period of 1 year at $25 a month, it also opened up a new way of signing up for the service."


Submission + - The Gentleperson's Guide To Forum Spies (cryptome.org)

An anonymous reader writes: COINTELPRO Techniques for dilution, misdirection and control of a internet forum. There are several techniques for the control and manipulation of a internet forum no matter what, or who is on it. The article was written by an ex-COINTELPRO spy, and describes in explicit detail how agents control and manipulate Internet forums.

Submission + - Resources for identifying telecommunications right-of-way locations?

An anonymous reader writes: With threats to network neutrality, such as Verizon's recent lawsuit, I've been thinking of creating a map plotting all the locations where telecommunications companies currently use public lands via right-of-way laws. It seems that this would convey just how much telecommunications depends on public infrastructure. However, it's been difficult identifying where these locations are. Short of crowdsourcing, does anyone know of resources that could be used to create such a map?

Submission + - Serious Flaw Emerges In Quantum Cryptography (technologyreview.com)

KentuckyFC writes: "Although quantum key distribution is unconditionally secure, the devices used to send quantum messages are inevitably imperfect. Last year, physicists used this weakness to hack a commercial quantum cryptography system. That led others to develop device-independent quantum protocols that would be immune from these problems. However, group of British physicists now say these attempts all treat quantum cryptography as if it is a single-shot process that uses the equipment only once. That overlooks the possibility that an adversary can program devices to store data in one protocol and leak it in subsequent protocols, in ways that are hard or impossible to counter. The only known way round this is to use the cryptographic gear only once but this solution is so costly that the physicists query whether it is generally practical. That looks like a serious fly in the ointment for those promising perfectly secure communication."

Submission + - Neo-Geo Portable device leaks (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This is in no way an official announcement, but multiple images of a portable gaming device called the Neo-Geo Portable have leaked via the Japanese gaming blog Famicom-Plaza. It could be a prototype unit, or it could be the final hardware. It looks a lot like a fat iPhone from the side, but has the necessary face buttons and thumbstick to make it clear this machine is setup for gaming.

The NGP is thought to have a 4.3-inch display and 2GB of on-board storage. Additional storage can be added through an SD card slot. The unit measures 170 x 72 x 15mm and includes a 2200mAh rechargeable battery. Details of the processor and RAM have not been revealed. Included with every unit will be 20 classic Neo-Geo titles.

Submission + - SPAM: A graphic to show the history of fishing.

samaralucrce writes: "Please take a look at this infographic about fishing which provides interesting facts and a brief history of fishing. The infographic is very eye-catching, with the statistics paired with great graphics, making it stand out compared to the usual blog post or comment. The main features of the infographic include tips on how to catch fish as well as a brief history and important quotes. So please click the link to view the graphic, I would really appreciate to hear some feedback."
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Submission + - Widespread hijacking of search traffic in the US (eff.org)

Peter Eckersley writes: "A research team at ICSI in Berkeley has discovered that on a number of US ISPs' networks, search traffic for Bing, Yahoo! and sometimes Google is being redirected to proxy servers operated by a company called Paxfire.

In addition to posing a grave privacy problem, this server impersonation is being used to redirect certain searches away from the user's chosen search engine and to affiliate marketing programs instead."


Submission + - Firefox outperform Chrome with many tabs open (gregor-wagner.com) 1

kangsterizer writes: Mozilla Firefox has been listening to recent memory complains, and as a side effect tested the browser's scalability to the extreme with memshrink's improvements. The results are shocking:

For 150 tabs open using the test script, Firefox nightly takes 6 min 14 on the test system, uses 2GB and stays responsive.

For the same test, Chrome takes 28 min 55 and is unusable during loading.

An optimized version of the script has been made for Chrome as an attempt to work-around Chrome's limitations and got an improved loading time of 27 min 58, while using 5GB of memory. Outch.


Submission + - France Bans Facebook And Twitter From Radio And TV

An anonymous reader writes: In France, radio and television news anchors are no longer allowed to say the words “Facebook” and “Twitter” on air, unless the terms are specifically part of a news story. The ban stems from a decree issued by the French government on March 27, 1992, which forbids the promotion of commercial enterprises on news programs.

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead