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Submission + - FL Man brings and loses gun on Disney ride 2

realsilly writes:


"Floridian Angelo Lista brought his .380 Cobra on the Dinosaur ride at the theme park’s Animal Kingdom attraction, only to have the firearm fall out of his pocket during the bumpy trip. Luckily, the gun — loaded with five hollow point rounds — was found by a grandmother who turned it in to park officials." . . . "Disney World does have a policy against weapons on its property, though Lista — who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Florida — complains that the policy should be more obvious." /facepalm

I've been to Disney theme parks, what I'm curious about is why he felt compelled to bring a loaded weapon to Animal Kingdom, much less to any theme park. Was he worried that the Animals would attack him? Augh, I'm so sick of the stupid people migrating to this state.

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."
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DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Submission + - How to spot a spinning black hole (

An anonymous reader writes: Rotating black holes leave a detectable imprint on passing radiation which, according to an international team of researchers, could provide a further test of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Submission + - Fibre Channel over Ethernet: From fee to free (

alphadogg writes: With demand for FCoE more sluggish than vendors had hoped, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switch and adapter makers are making it available for free.

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is a standard driven largely by Cisco to converge customers’ data center LAN and storage fabrics with 10G Ethernet. Industry heavyweights Intel and Brocade are among those now giving away FCoE capabilities.

There are several factors prompting vendors to slash FCoE prices or stop charging for it altogether, including market indifference; technological immaturity; competing alternatives, such as virtualized Fibre Channel and Ethernet I/O; the recession; and vendors looking to drive switch volumes. “When FCoE first came out there used to be a fairly large price premium,” says Alan Weckel, director of Dell’Oro Group. “Cisco had to give it away for free to drive switch volumes. Users were not adopting as rapidly as thought or that Cisco had hoped for.”


Submission + - Anonymous Could Launch Stuxnet Attack on Iran (

Stoobalou writes: Anonymous, the leaderless 'hacktivist' collective that recently launched DDoS attacks in support of WikiLeaks, claims to have got hold of the Stuxnet worm — and could use it to launch further attacks on targets including Iran's nuclear programme.

Israeli and US secret services are alleged to have created Stuxnet in order to launch the sophisticated cyber attack on Iran.

Anonymous claims it has obtained details of the worm from the emails of security researchers HBGary, after the collective attacked the company's website earlier this month in revenge for the US firm's help for the FBI in identifying alleged members of Anonymous.


Submission + - IE9 To Get Automatic Update Feature Like Chrome &a (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft has finally planned to change the most annoying features. IE9 to come with automatic update features. Now user can easily update whenever in

Submission + - Kinect enters the Android world ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Boy these Kinect hacks just keep popping up don’t they. And whenever they do, the remind us of one and only one thing – Kinect has infinite uses and applications. The hack which we are going to share with you folks today is one that will particularly appeal to the Android loving nation as YouTube user HirotakaSter has managed to connect Kinect with what looks like an Android device. Video demo after the jump.

Since this is the first time Microsoft’s motion sensing controller is interacting with Google’s mobile OS carrying device, we don’t have much action to speak of. But what we are extremely hopeful of is that this is a beginning of what should be a long journey for Kinect in the Android world which will bring many interesting applications to please the gadget loving folks. What kind of application do you see coming up?


Submission + - Watch IBM's Watson on Jeopardy - tonight! (

JohnMurtari writes: Calling all computer geeks! Don't miss watching IBM's Watson compete on Jeopardy against two of the best "human" players they've ever had.

Check for more details from IBM. This could be it — the computer that can finally talk and answer ambiguous questions. Who needs another search engine when IBM markets Watson?


Submission + - SPAM: Microsoft loses Word patent appeal

Cytalk writes: SEATTLE (Reuters) – A U.S. court of appeals on Tuesday upheld a $290 million jury verdict against Microsoft Corp for infringing a patent held by a small Canadian software firm, and affirmed an injunction that prevents Microsoft from selling versions of its Word program which contain the offending software.
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Submission + - Taping Cops is Felony Eavesdropping ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: A Rogers Park [Chicago] neighborhood man was charged with felony eavesdropping after allegedly taping conversations — including the voices of officers who arrested him — without permission while selling art for a $1 Wednesday afternoon in the Loop [downtown Chicago].

So this guy was on a public street taping public employees performing official duties. And possibly gathering evidence with which to defend himself. Where, exactly, is the felony?


Submission + - NASA to possibly be sued for climate data. (

lacaprup writes: The fight over climate science is about to cross the Atlantic with a U.S. researcher poised to sue NASA, demanding the release of the same kind of information that landed a leading British center in hot water over charges that it skewed its data.

Christopher C. Horner, a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said NASA has refused for two years to provide information under the Freedom of Information Act that would show how the agency has shaped its climate data and explain why the agency has repeatedly had to correct its data dating as far back as the 1930s.

Submission + - Man Controls Cybernetic Hand with Thoughts (

MaryBethP writes: Scientists in Italy announced Wednesday that Pierpaolo Petruzziello, a 26-year-old Italian who had lost his left forearm in a car accident, was successfully linked to an artificial limb that was neural planted in the median and ulnar nerves. He has learned to control the artificial limb with his mind. According to cnet, Petruzziello says he could feel sensations in it, as if the lost arm had grown back again.


Submission + - SPAM: Intel: 48 Cores on a Single Chip writes: Intel introduced a new experimental chip with 48 cores and 1.3 billion transistors. The prototype processor contains 24 tiles with two addressable cores per tile. The cores are connected via a mesh network offering 256GB/s bisection bandwidth. The chip is 10 to 20 times more powerful than current top end offerings in the multi-core line of processors, Intel says.

Memory access is governed by four on-chip DDR3 memory controllers, and a message buffer is included in each tile for efficient message passing. An additional 24 routers are built onto the chip to manage data transfers around the cores. The clock speed of each dual-core tile can run at a frequency independent of any other tile, thus reducing the power consumption dramatically. The 48-core chip can run at power draws of between 25W at idle and 125W under full load, according to Intel.

While Intel CTO Justin Rattner emphasized during a presentation on Wednesday that the new chip is not a product and never will a product, the possibilities for cloud-computing on a die and server consolidation are tempting.

Rattner took it a step further in saying that in the future “The machines we build will be capable of understanding the world around them much as we do as humans. They will see, and they will hear, they will probably speak, and do a number of other things that resemble human-like capabilities. And they will demand, as a result, very substantial computing capability.”

Intel says that it is partnering with academics and experts from other high tech firms and distributing 100 of the experimental 48-core chips so researchers can work on programming models and on developing software that can run on such a high number of cores.

“This is an indication that Intel can deliver on its multi-core strategy,” said Rob Enderle, an analyst with the Enderle Group. “It’s very important in that it helps validate what Intel contends can be done and it adds credibility to their roadmap.”

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Submission + - Wikipedia ordered to reveal identity of 'editor' (

BoxRec writes: A mother trying to identify a blackmailer who posted 'sensitive' details about her child on Wikipedia has won the right to find out who edited her entry.

In the first case of its kind, a High Court judge has ordered the online encyclopedia's parent company to disclose the IP address of one of its registered users.

Read more: Daily Mail

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.