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Submission + - Artists Meld Mind with Machine (

An anonymous reader writes: Linux based CNC system built by two artists in Nebraska paints real artwork. Recently featured on ABC News (YouTube video), the open source system, known as Vangobot, is self contained with an array of paint brushes and onboard paint mixing system. The artists call the technique Synthesized Painting and compare the development to the early days of music synthesizers. The artists are releasing build plans under a creative commons license.

Submission + - UVB-76 Explained (

Useful Wheat writes: Recently slashdot covered the reappearance of UVB-76 in the news. Thanks to some heavy digging in an achieved Russian web page, the function of the mysterious transmitter has been revealed.

According to an archived Russian web page (purportedly written by the Russian Strategic Rocket Forces), UVB-76 is used to transfer orders to military personnel, along with the time at which they should be executed. Sample orders are given on this page, which match the format of messages transmitted by the station in the past: 45359 ½ 3749 6335 79992 f 9923 7768 7117 5770 28138 77560151 05515597 76785508 6121 2637 0931 "Words for the radio messages and code tables are selected mainly from the scientific terms of chemistry (Brohman), Geology (ganomatit), philology (Izafat), geography (Bong), Zoology (kariama), history (Scythian), cooking (drying), sports (krolist) and others, as well as rare Russian words (glashatel)."

The page continues to list all 23 transmissions that have been made from the station in the past, showing that UVB-76 may be more active than believed.

Submission + - blocking cetrain ISP's? ( 2

HiveMind118 writes: It seems that has started blocking streaming video requests from certain ISP's, saying:

" is available at no charge to fans who receive their high-speed internet connection from an affiliated internet service provider. is also available to fans that access the internet from U.S. college campuses and U.S. military bases.

Your current computer network falls outside of these categories. Here’s how you can get access to

Please select your internet service provider from the list. If you can't find yours, select "Not Found" at the bottom."

I could be wrong, but my theory is that ESPN is now trying to charge ISP's to allow their users to watch the world cup. This is why we can't have nice things.

Submission + - 80 Year Old Edison Recording Uncovered ( 1

embolalia writes: An 80 year old recording of a live radio broadcast featuring Thomas Edison has been uncovered. The recording was done on an obscure technology called a pallophotophone — Greek for "shaking light sound" — that uses optical film to reproduce sound. The archivists who uncovered the canisters tucked away on a bottom shelf in a museum in Schenectady, New York (the city where Edison's General Electric was founded), did not have any machine to replay the films. A pair of GE engineers were able to construct a machine to replay the 80 year old tapes, recored only two years before Edison's death.

Submission + - Declassification Process for 400 million pages (

linzeal writes: The newly minted National Declassification Center has been tasked by President Obama with eliminating the backlog of more than 400 million pages of classified records that are more than 25 years old by the end of 2013. The National Archives has prepared a draft prioritization plan to guide its declassification activities, and has invited public input on the plan. A public forum on the subject will be held on June 23. This may be a bonanza for the community of historians and intelligence buffs who have been left without significant source material to work with; in some cases since WWII, especially in terms of any information on cryptography, image analysis and espionage.

Submission + - Verizon Bill Collection gone bad ( 1

MrShaggy writes: ""Verizon Wireless has been sued by a customer who alleges that one of its debt collectors threatened to blow his house up over a $308 unpaid bill.
Brian Ross investigates mean, threatening messages from debt collectors.
Al Burrows, 45, said Verizon had already given him 90 days to pay his bill when he received a call from another bill collector.
The second bill collector acknowledged the payment plan, Burrows said, but still pressed for immediate payment.

"I am gonna blow your m*****f****** house""


Submission + - SPAM: Application Security - Who Is Responsible?

microphage writes: Application Security — Who Is Responsible?

"If the software industry can't make applications secure, should governments wade in with regulations? Peter Judge thinks not .. Lord Toby Harris is a Labour peer (and a former leader of Haringey Council). He's not involved in the government cuts which claimed Becta this week, so he opened Thursday's International Secure Systems Development (ISSD) conference with a presentation about the need to make software more secure."
— unquote --

comment: 'Application Security , who is responsible`, how about the maker of the underlying hardware and software, namely Intel and Microsoft?

mod down real quick ;)

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Submission + - Minority Report computing on the cheap (

An anonymous reader writes: MIT researchers have dreamt up a system that allows for gesture-based computing on the cheap. The researchers in the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Labs have paired up a pair of natty looking gloves, which cost just $1 to make, with an off-the-shelf webcam and software that runs on your average desktop PC. The system is capable of recognising most gestures made by the hand, even fine movements by the fingers, allowing computer users to navigate an OS or manipulate virtual models with a sweep of their arm. See how the system works here.

Submission + - Apple store refuses payment by cash 1

linuxwrangler writes: Diane Campbell, who is disabled, on a fixed income, and has no credit-cards saved enough to buy an iPad. But when she took her cash to the local Apple store they refused to sell one to her. It turns out that Apple policies prohibit cash purchases of iPads. Even the involvement of the media consumer advocates hasn't swayed Apple.

Submission + - Armstrong, Cernan Testify Against Obama Space Plan (

MarkWhittington writes: The Senate Commerce Committee held a hearing on the future of American human space flight, specifically examining the Obama space plan rolled out last February. Apollo astronauts Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan were among those who provided testimony

The last man to walk on the Moon, Gene Cernan, provided a bombshell.

Gene Cernan, testified that in a teleconference NASA administrator Charles Bolden said that he was so determined that the commercial space initiative in the Obama space plan, which would privatize transport of crew and cargo to and from the International Space Station, that "the failure of the private sector to provide spacecraft in a timely way could result in a bailout equal to that given the auto industry."

Submission + - Trouble sleeping? Maybe it's your iPad (

An anonymous reader writes: More than ever, consumer electronics — particularly laptops, smartphones and Apple's new iPad — are shining bright light into our eyes until just moments before we doze off. Now there's growing concern that these glowing gadgets may actually fool our brains into thinking it's daytime. Exposure can disturb sleep patterns and exacerbate insomnia, some sleep researchers said in interviews.

Submission + - Ball Lightning Caused By Magnetic Hallucinations ( 3

KentuckyFC writes: Transcranial magnetic stimulation involves placing a human in a rapidly changing magnetic field that is powerful enough to induce eddy currents in the brain. Focus the field in the visual cortex, for example, and the induced eddys cause the subject to 'see' lights that appear as discs and lines. Move the the field within the cortex and the subject sees the lights move too. But if this happens in the lab, then why not in the real world too, say physicists who have calculated that the fields associated with certain kinds of multiple lightning strikes are powerful enough to induce the same kind of visual hallucinations in anybody unlucky enough to be within 200 metres or so. These fields ought to induce hallucinations similar to those experienced in the lab. These would take the form of luminous lines and balls that float in front of the subject's eyes, an effect that would explain observations otherwise classed as ball lightning, say the scientists.

To restore a sense of reality, I think Walt Disney should have a Hardluckland. -- Jack Paar