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Comment: wtf /.? (Score 1) 237

Once they take the classic look away from me, I'm not coming back here. I can't even see how to reply to the main "article". I wonder if Netcraft can confirm that /. is dying. This redesign has been an unecessary failure. Even replying to a comment is a pain now. Thanks Dice!
Robotics

Unboxing Boston Dynamics' DARPA-Ready Atlas Robot 42

Posted by timothy
from the bigdog-is-creepy-enough dept.
mikejuk writes with some robot eye candy, in the form of this excerpt: "If you think its cool to video the unboxing of your latest mobile phone — think again. Unboxing a robot has a lot more going for it and reaches a whole new level of sci-fi realized. The Atlas robot is a standard humanoid robot to be used by competitors in the DARPA Robotics challenge. Built by Boston Dynamics, it is in the same line as Petman and BigDog. It is now being delivered to the labs that will take part and the temptation to make an unboxing video has been irresistible They arrive in plain of wooden crates as if they were auto parts. Next it is unwrapped and lifted out of its packing case using a crane. It looks black and threatening — just like a sci-fi movie but watch the videos and see."
PlayStation (Games)

Playstation Controller Runs Syrian Rebel Tank 232

Posted by samzenpus
from the up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a-start dept.
SternisheFan writes "As Syria's rebels work to overthrow the tank-equipped Assad regime, they've learned that it helps to have tanks of their own. They deserve bonus points for integrating video game technology. This is no exaggeration. Have a look at the opposition forces' "100 percent made in Syria" armored vehicle, the Sham II. Named for ancient Syria and assembled out of spare parts over the course of a month, the Sham II is sort of rough around the edges, but it's got impressive guts. It rides on the chassis of an old diesel car and is fully encased in light steel that's rusted from the elements. Five cameras are mounted around the tank's outside, and there's a machine gun mounted on a turning turret. Inside, it kind of looks like a man cave. A couple of flat screen TVs are mounted on opposite walls. The driver sits in front of one, controlling the vehicle with a steering wheel, and the gunner sits at the other, aiming the machine gun with a Playstation controller."
Google

+ - Google Accuses China of Interfering with Gmail 2

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "The Guardian reports that Google has accused the Chinese government of interfering with Gmail. According to the search giant, Chinese customers and advertisers have increasingly been complaining about their Gmail service in the past month and attempts by users to send messages, mark messages as unread and use other services have generated problems for Gmail customers. The announcement follows a blog posting from Google on 11 March in which the firm said it had "noticed some highly targeted and apparently politically motivated attacks against our users. We believe activists may have been a specific target." The search firm is not commenting further on this latest attack, but technology experts said it seemed to show an increasingly high degree of sophistication. "In the wake of what is happening in the Middle East I don't think China wants to be seen making heavy-handed attacks on the internet, that would draw too much attention," says one internet executive who wished to remain anonymous adding making it look like a fault in Google's system was extremely difficult to do and the fact that these attacks appear to come and go makes the attack look "semi-industrial and very, very sophisticated.""
Networking

+ - HTTPS is more secure,so why isn't the Web using it 1

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "HTTPS is more secure, so why isn't the Web using it?

You wouldn't write your username and passwords on a postcard and mail it for the world to see, so why are you doing it online? Every time you log in to Twitter, Facebook or any other service that uses a plain HTTP connection that's essentially what you're doing.

There is a better way, the secure version of HTTP — HTTPS. But if HTTPS is more secure, why doesn't the entire Web use it? Web security got a shot in the arm last year when the FireSheep network sniffing tool made it easy for anyone to detect your login info over insecure networks. That prompted a number of large sites to begin offering encrypted versions of their services via HTTPS connections.

ARS Technica: http://arstechnica.com/web/news/2011/03/https-is-more-secure-so-why-isnt-the-web-using-it.ars"
Security

+ - Questions Remain Following RSA Cyber Attack->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "After notifying customers on Thursday that it had been breached after hackers mounted a highly sophisticated cyber attack that has put its SecurID product at risk, RSA has yet to expand on the details and potential impact of the attack, leaving customers concerned and with many questions.

In the meantime, reactions are pouring in from customers and the information security community in general, some saying to prepare for the worst, and some brushing it off as not-so-serious incident."

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Google

+ - Breathtaking airplane view added to Google Maps-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Absolutely awesome, if you like maps.

They call it the airplane view with a good reason. The new view in Google Maps boasts slightly tilted aerial shots that provide way better overview of ground structures.

Currently available in 43 cities around the world in Google Maps web app on desktop and mobile, the new perspective automatically becomes available upon zooming in to the third highest zoom level."

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Comment: Namebench DNS tool (Score 5, Interesting) 348

by maggotbrain_777 (#34718772) Attached to: Beware of Using Google Or OpenDNS For iTunes
This afternoon, I found a tool from Google Code called namebench which tests response times against multiple DNS servers and give recommendations based upon a number of query types. The results returned when checking the 'censorship tests' were interesting. Seems a number of sites (wikileaks, isohunt, stormfront) returned 'incorrect' results across DNS servers. I'm going to try this over the next couple of days and see if any of my browsing speeds improves.
Education

200 Students Admit Cheating After Professor's Online Rant 693 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the people-get-what-they-deserve dept.
Over 200 University of Central Florida students admitted to cheating on a midterm exam after their professor figured out at least a third of his class had cheated. In a lecture posted on YouTube, Professor Richard Quinn told the students that he had done a statistical analysis of the grades and was using other methods to identify the cheats, but instead of turning the list over to the university authorities he offered the following deal: "I don't want to have to explain to your parents why you didn't graduate, so I went to the Dean and I made a deal. The deal is you can either wait it out and hope that we don't identify you, or you can identify yourself to your lab instructor and you can complete the rest of the course and the grade you get in the course is the grade you earned in the course."

You can do more with a kind word and a gun than with just a kind word. - Al Capone

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