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+ - Israel's Iron Dome rocket defense system is high-tech. So is the PR campaign->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "It isn't as if real analysis of Israel's "Iron Dome" isn't available, but invariably, whenever Israel has a skirmish the media is filled with glowing reports of how well the system works, and we always find out months later that the numbers were exaggerated. John Mecklin at the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists looks at the coverage of Iron Dome in the recent exchanges between Israel and Hamas and finds the pattern is repeating itself. However, 'Ted Postol, an MIT-based missile defense expert and frequent Bulletin contributor, provided a dose of context to the Iron Dome coverage in a National Public Radio interview Wednesday. "We can tell, for sure, from video images and even photographs that the Iron Dome system is not working very well at all,"' Includes a good explanation of the differences between Iron Dome (a 'rocket defense system') and missile defense systems pushed by the US."
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+ - 2014 Honda CR-V scored five stars in Euro NCAP safety tests->

Submitted by New Cars
New Cars (3742995) writes "The new Honda CR-V is rated the maximum five stars as one of the safest cars in Europe, the safety tests conducted by independent consumer protection organization Euro NCAP (European program for the evaluation of safety of new cars).
In judging, Euro NCAP considers all safety performance of vehicles: passenger protection, children, pedestrians and the availability of driver assistance systems while driving. Since the introduction of the current Euro NCAP rating scheme in early 2009., All of Honda's models have achieved the maximum score of five stars — Accord, Insight, Jazz, CR-Z, Civic, and now the new CR-V.
The highest score for the safety of the new CR-V reflects Honda's commitment to overall vehicle safety. This commitment can be best expressed mission statement of Honda in this area: "Safety for all; safety for drivers, but also for fellow travelers, pedestrians and passengers in all other vehicles. "In advanced testing crash that Honda implemented in his department for research and development Tochigi, analyze the impact between models of different sizes and weights and develops solutions for maximum mitigate injury to the passengers, and pedestrians.
The new CR-V is Honda the next model that will get the new 1.6 i-DTEC diesel engine Earth Dreams Technology. CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC will drive the front wheels, with a manual transmission, 300Nm of torque, 120 horsepower and CO2 emissions of just 119g/km, in order to establish an exceptional balance of performance and economy. CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC will be commercially available later this year.
VSA is a system designed to assist the driver in maintaining control during cornering, acceleration and sudden maneuvers by transferring braking the wheels on the left or right side of the vehicle and adjusting engine torque driving style.
The system detects instability in slippery or when cornering or braking. Through the power steering pump steering system makes it easy to manage when the driver in the right direction, and makes it difficult to manage when not to encourage drivers to timely assert control in the right direction. In addition, the system helps to balance braking and mitigate the effects of over-or under-management.
In the event of sudden braking or skidding on slippery surfaces ESS automatically activated traffic lights. While working stop lights, turn signal lights flash quickly that warns drivers of vehicles behind you will come to a sudden stop in order to minimize the risk of collision.
ACC allows the driver to adjust the speed and the distance to the vehicle in front. When the system is activated at a given distance from the vehicle ahead, the system I maintain a given distance and a given speed (I'm accelerating and slowing down if necessary).
ACE body structure substantially contributes to increased passenger safety in the event of a collision. The vehicle body is designed to prevent cabin deformation by kinetic impact energy is transferred under the cab and to the roof of the car, away from the area where the passengers. This body structure helps to reduce the consequences of an accident when the vehicle in the same part of different heights, weights or frame construction.
The new CR-V continued the tradition of his predecessor in terms of a combination of efficiency and performance of the car and the functionality and security of an SUV. The new CR-V is very practical due to the spacious luggage compartment capacity of 1648 liters and the rear seats divisible into 60/40, which can shoot down in one go.
CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC, which will go on sale later this year, will have an ECON mode that minimizes fuel consumption and Ecco Assist system, which informs the driver that his driving style affects the fuel consumption. Idle Stop technology also will be standard in the new CR-V 1.6 i-DTEC.
As we have read soon will be presented 2015 Honda CRV which will come with minimal changes, but it will have some new and pretty cool options."

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+ - Google: You Can't Handle the Brazil Defeat Truth!

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "After Brazil's dramatic World Cup defeat by Germany, writes NPR's Aarti Shahani, Google's experimental newsroom focused on search trends that didn't rub salt in Brazil's wounds, choosing to not publish a single trend on Brazilian search terms. Copywriter Tessa Hewson said they were just too negative. "We might try and wait until we can do a slightly more upbeat trend." It's a decision that puzzles Shahani, but producer Sam Clohesy explained, "a negative story about Brazil won't necessarily get a lot of traction in social." In old-school newsrooms, if it bleeds, it leads. But because this new newsroom is focused on getting content onto everyone's smartphone, marketing expert Rakesh Agrawal says, editors may have another bias: to comb through the big data in search of happy thoughts."

+ - Microsoft is paying US$ 2,00 to users set Bing as Default Search engine in Brazi

Submitted by perplexing.reader
perplexing.reader (2241844) writes "Microsoft is paying US$ 2,00 in skype vouchers to set Bing default search engine and MSN default home page on Brazil, translated from the site:
"Make MSN your homepage and Bing your default search engine and earn up to 60 minutes * of calls to mobiles and landlines in Skype."
- the Rules:
"After receiving the voucher, this should be used until July 31, 2014. Once on Skype, the credits do not expire. The minutes are based on a rate of $ 0.023 per minute, but the number of minutes may vary depending on the destination of the call and the number of calls you make. The current value of the voucher is $ 2.00. A once rescued, the voucher will appear in your Skype account."
Original URL: https://www.msnbingoffers.com/..."

Comment: Not merely the purchase of 36 planes (Score 1) 439

by perplexing.reader (#45738083) Attached to: US Spying Costs Boeing Military Jet Deal With Brazil
Moreover, this is not merely the purchase of 36 planes (28 made for a single pilot; 8 with space for a co-pilot). Long-distance missiles, bombs and towable targets for training are all part of a larger package of logistics and training materials. http://www1.folha.uol.com.br/internacional/en/brazil/2013/12/1387576-after-more-than-10-years-dilma-chooses-swedish-jets-for-fab.shtml

+ - UK gov't bans iPads, phones from meetings over spying concerns-> 1

Submitted by nk497
nk497 (1345219) writes "Smartphones and tablets have reportedly been banned from Cabinet Office meetings, apparently in response to spying fears. Number 10's security team swiftly removed a batch of iPads from a presentation given earlier this month by the minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, and Government Digital Service boss Mike Bracken.

According to the Mail on Sunday, Maude and Bracken were giving an update on the government's cost-cutting move to online services, using iPads as part of the presentation. But before any sensitive discussions could start, security staff reportedly removed the devices from the room. Separate reports suggest that ministers working for sensitive government departments must also now place their phones in lead-lined, soundproofed boxes before conducting confidential conversations."

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Any examples of a proper website plan/spec. document? 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Ideas fly through the tech community in droves. Many startups were born/died because of great/poor website planning and design. I have yet to see a smart document that effectively describes a website plan to both the designers and then the programmers (who may or may not be founders or employees). It's clearly quite important in the case of SAAS or web apps.

I have seen rainforest sized boxes of stapled together jargon submitted by corporations and non-profits as 'web design specs.' I find these to be gobbledygook. There must be something that strikes a balance between functional descriptiveness and readability.

Does anyone have any samples of GOOD QUALITY documents which can guide personnel through this critical task? With so much frank and open dialog these days, perhaps someone has seen a good example posted in a blog post which I missed?"

+ - Netflix to go HTML5, but not without DRM 1

Submitted by FuzzNugget
FuzzNugget (2840687) writes "In a recent blog post, Netflix details their plans to transition from Silverlight to HTML5, but with one caveat: HTML5 needs to include a built-in DRM scheme. With the W3C's proposed Encrypted Media Extensions, this may come to frition. But what would we sacrificing in openness and the web as we know it? How will developers of open source browsers like Firefox respond to this?"

+ - ZDNet proclaims "Windows: It's over" 1

Submitted by plastick
plastick (1607981) writes ""You can think Windows 8 will evolve into something better, but the numbers show that Windows is coming to a dead end."

ZDNet is known to take the side of Microsoft in the past. ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols explains "The very day the debate came to an end, this headline appeared: IDC: Global PC shipments plunge in worst drop in a generation. Sure, a lot of that was due to the growth of tablets and smartphones and the rise of the cloud, but Windows 8 gets to take a lot of the blame too. After all, the debate wasn't whether or not Windows 8 was any good. It's not. The debate was over whether it could be saved.""
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+ - Perl Isn't Going Anywhere -- For Better Or Worse->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "Deep End's Paul Venezia waxes philosophical about Perl stagnancy in IT. 'A massive number of tools and projects still make the most out of the language. But it's hard to see Perl regaining its former glory without a dramatic turnaround in the near term. As more time goes by, Perl will likely continue to decline in popularity and cement its growing status as a somewhat arcane and archaic language, especially as compared to newer, more lithe options. Perhaps that's OK. Perl has been an instrumental part of the innovation and technological advancements of the last two decades, and it's served as a catalyst for a significant number of other languages that have contributed heavily to the programming world in general.'"
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