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Robotics

+ - Military drone could fuel self with corpses->

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spacefiddle
spacefiddle writes "I don't even know what to make of this. The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot — yes, some nut named it EATR — is apparently designed to "extract energy from biomass in the environment" where it operates. The blue-sky write-up envisions cutting these things loose in the field for "years" as they seek organic matter. Developed by Robotic Technology Inc., their own page on the EATR(tm and patent pending) calls it "foraging." I really hope this submission is accepted just 'cause i can't wait to see the tags on this one..."
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Government

+ - British think-tank relases Iran vote analysis 1

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spacefiddle
spacefiddle writes "Chatham House has released a PDF that provides a statistical analysis of the 2009 vote, comparing it to previous elections. The Guardian's live blog of events in Iran (2.16pm entry) provides a link as well, and highlights some of the key points, including minor details such as more voter turnout than voters in two provinces.

Being a statistical analysis, the paper does not conclude whether the election was legitimate or not, but the numbers provided seem to indicate "not bloody likely.""
Windows

+ - Windows XP SP3 Due for Release April 29

Submitted by
spacefiddle
spacefiddle writes "Service Pack 3 for XP is getting a bit of coverage, and the following dates seem to be widely agreed upon:

...Now, according to tech site Neowin, Microsoft's release schedule for XP SP3 is as follows: * April 14, 2008: Support is available for the release version of Service Pack 3 for Windows XP * April 21, 2008: Original Equipment Manufacturers, Volume License, Connect, and MSDN and TechNet subscribers * April 29, 2008: Microsoft Update, Windows Update, Download Center * June 10, 2008: Automatic Updates
Is this buying extra time to get things right with Vista? Or is Microsoft going to quietly close the gap between EOL for XP and the release of Windows 7?"
Windows

+ - Gartner Analysts warn Microsoft of Impending Doom

Submitted by spacefiddle
spacefiddle (620205) writes "Computerworld has an interesting article about a presentation in Vegas:

Calling the situation "untenable" and describing Windows as "collapsing," a pair of Gartner analysts this week said Microsoft must make radical changes to the operating system or risk becoming a has-been.
The presentation was called "Windows Is Collapsing: How What Comes Next Will Improve." The admittedly sensational title and subject matter provided an analysis of what went wrong with Vista, and what they feel Microsoft can and must do to correct issues.

As an interesting tangent to this, there's also an article from a few days prior about Ubuntu replacing Windows for a school's library kiosks, getting good performance out of older hardware. The latter article has a number of glowing quotes about Ubuntu and FOSS in general, such as:

Stefyn said he was "pleasantly surprised" to discover that the Kubuntu desktops ran some applications faster with Linux than when they ran on Windows. An additional benefit of Windows' departure from student library terminals saw the students cease "hacking the setup to install and play games or trash the operating system".
We've been batting the idea around for weeks now. Are these isolated, over-hyped events, or is this the beginning of a lasting trend? I, for one, welcome our new FOSS overlords..."
Privacy

+ - Making Big Brother work for you..?

Submitted by spacefiddle
spacefiddle (620205) writes "So here's an an article on philly.com about someone who recovered their stolen goods by essentially shouting "stop thief!" on the internet... and providing surveillance footage of one of the alleged perps... plus this is the best bit:


"A few days later, Comcast co-workers surprised McPherson with a new Xbox. When he logged on to its Internet connection, he was immediately contacted several times, via the unit's instant voice-message system, by a guy who identified himself as the thief who'd taken the original Xbox. He wanted McPherson to buy it back from him."

I'm very conflicted about this one, and i think the article does a decent job of raising the various sides of the issue (at least briefly...). There's the apparent initial apathy of the police, the spookiness of the thieves contacting him, the ease with which he inspired a crowd to mob up on his behalf, the posting of criminal evidence to the world at large, and lots more goodies."

Thufir's a Harkonnen now.

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