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+ - Los Angeles Police Officers Suspected of Tampering with Their Monitoring System 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "An internal audit conducted by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) in March revealed that 'dozens of the [voice] transmitters worn by officers in Southeast Division were missing or damaged.' In the summer of 2013, this same division was found to have mysteriously lost 45% of the antennae placed on their cars to pick up the signals sent by their voice transmitters. The Southeast Division of the LAPD covers an area that has 'historically been marred by mistrust and claims of officer abuse.' For decades, the LAPD had been closely monitored by the U.S. Department of Justice, but a federal judge in 2013 decided to end that practice after being assured by the LAPD and city officials that the LAPD sufficiently monitors itself via dash-cams and voice transmitters. A formal investigation is currently being conducted to determine whether or not police officers intentionally subverted mandatory efforts to monitor and record their patrols."

+ - .NET JIT Getting SIMD Support->

Submitted by iONiUM
iONiUM (530420) writes "As per the MSDN article, the long proposed user request for SIMD support has finally been answered. A NuGet package preview is available here. From the article: "You may think that task-based programming or offloading work to threads is already the answer. While multi-threading is certainly a critical part, it’s important to realize that it’s still important to optimize the code that runs on each core. SIMD is a technology that employs data parallelization at the CPU level. Multi-threading and SIMD complement each other: multi-threading allows parallelizing work over multiple cores while SIMD allows parallelizing work within a single core.""
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+ - Microsoft Misses Pwn2own Flaws in Final Windows XP Patch Tuesday Update->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Once again, it looks like Microsoft will be the last vendor to actually patch flaws that were first publicly demonstrated at the HP sponsored Pwn2own hacking event. Google, Apple and Mozilla have all patched flaws in their respective browsers for the security vulnerabilities demonstrated last month, but Microsoft has not. In its April Patch Tuesday update today, Microsoft provided the final updates to Windows XP, but didn't bother to include Pwn2own fixes.""
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Comment: It's about maintaining mental state. (Score 1) 333

by spektre1 (#45769111) Attached to: Rise of the Super-High-Res Notebook Display
The more state you can have available in front of you, that can be offloaded out of your head and onto the screen, the more efficiently you can work. Yes, there is an upper limit to this, but in my experience, especially with digital content creation, there's still room. Most of us do multiple monitors at home, but especially with laptops, having that real-estate available on the go is a huge boon. If you design UIs, do graphic design, make games, 3D graphics, edit videos... all of the pro software have seriously large toolboxes, and that means a lot of buttons. The more tools and views into your work you can have available, especially at the pro level, the more efficient you can be. I work in Blender for fun and even with keyboard shortcuts, I typically need to have 5-12 views open at once to have access to all the parts I need. Toggling the view configuration only goes so far because of the out-of-sight problem. So: I crave more pixel real-estate.

Comment: Organic or geometric forms? (Score 1) 218

by spektre1 (#43203847) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best 3-D Design Software?

Cause that's really the decision for me. I've worked in all of them over the years, and I prefer box modelling for organic forms. Sketchup/CAD/SolidWorks is great if you're machining a part, but if you're scratching a creative itch and just want to fool around, Blender/3dsMax/Maya are looser.

All tools have tradeoffs. Your question is open ended and it seems everyone's making assumptions about what you want to do based on the CNC mill. I will second starting on Sketchup for geometric forms such as machinery parts because of it's ease of use. You will have to go to the Pro version in order to export an STL file though. But if you want to make models for miniature painting or something on a 3D printer, you're going to have better luck with something like ZBrush or Dyntopo in Blender. It really just comes down to what problem you're trying to solve.

FYI, I see a lot of people hating on Blender, but it's pretty easy to make a closed form in it. BlenderCookie just put up a simple way to do it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnCf-5G7DYc

If the OP can give more details on what the intended work is, I can give better suggestions.

Comment: I'll second grados. (Score 2) 448

by spektre1 (#40305933) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Headphones, Earbuds, Earphones?
I know everyone else has answered this already. I'm a fan of the Grado SR60is. As a game design hobbyist, I have spent a little time messing around with wave forms, so I have a little experience. I don't care for most of the audiophile nonsense I've seen around, and I have not performed any form of tests, so this is of course only my non-professional opinion. They still sound great to me, better than any of the others I've tried. The open cups do reduce the bass some, but the drivers are big enough that it still works well. I've heard the wood ones have slightly better resonance and have considered upgrading them to see if it's true, but probably don't care enough to invest. They have physically fallen apart on me slowly, frankly, and the build quality is significantly cheaper than their hundreds of dollar sets, but it's nothing a little tape hasn't fixed. And I only really care about how they sound, not how they look. I got my pair for $70, which is 20 more than your price range, but it's the best i found for the money at the time. Feel free to take it or leave it, I hope one more opinion in the mix is useful.

Comment: This is... a lot of work. (Score 3, Insightful) 338

by spektre1 (#40064655) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Monitor Traffic?
And not worth it. The couple of sarcastic comments that have started off the replys here are telling you this. The problem is you need to dump interesting data out of the packets, and there's no easy way to tell what is actually interesting. Also, this is a cryptographer's nightmare or dream depending on how you look at it. You're Charlie here, and that means you're the guy that everyone wants to defeat in this scenario. It's not going to yield much useful data since more and more communications on the 'net are switching to HTTPS. Also, I don't think you can fully appreciate the amount of storage this will require. I work with network video, and when I have to run a packet capture to do analysis, the problem is finding a storage medium to dump to that can handle the throughput. The only thing I can usually make feasibly work is a ramdisk. You can't do that from your linux embedded router. It just isn't going to happen. Now, I suppose you could only capture the headers of the packets. But again, that's not going to do you any good. You don't capture any of the payload then. Conclusion: Way more trouble than it's worth, and to do what you're talking about will cost a lot of money. Don't bother. Frankly, if you're client is that concerned about the traffic coming out of the house, wipe all the computers to remove any potential malware on them already, install a fresh OS, install your own keyloggers on the systems if it's the human element you don't trust, and be done with it. It's invasive as hell, but it's a lot less sinister, and easier, than trying to play the panopticon game.

Comment: Open source doesn't imply abandonment. (Score 4, Informative) 94

by spektre1 (#38779083) Attached to: Desura Linux Game Client Goes Open Source
Or anything else, other than a surrender of a right, and a public sharing of it. A bit testimonial sounding here, so I apologize, but this is a doorway to getting game developers to start taking linux seriously. I just started using the Desura client and found that it runs faster on Ubuntu than on Windows. Just sayin'. Installing and purchasing are painless too. If you game, I wish you'd help promote it. Take it seriously and try not to be so flippant and judgemental. I'm going back to porting one of my projects to SDL now.
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+ - "Blind" Quantum Computing Proposed For The Cloud ->

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judgecorp writes "Researchers at Vienna's Quantum Science and Technology Centre, have proposed that "blind" quantum computing could be carried out securely in the cloud. When (if?) quantum computers are developed, they will be very fast, but not everyone will have them. Blind quantum computing will be useful, because it shows that users can encode "qubits" and send them to a shared quantum computer to be worked on — without the quantum computer having any knowledge of what the data is. The data also cannot be decoded form the qubit while it is in transit. It's good to know that quantum computers will be secure when they exist. At the moment, of course, they are even more secure, by virtue of their non-existence."
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Comment: Re:Part of the problem (Score 3, Insightful) 57

by spektre1 (#38452644) Attached to: Ask Gaming [Designer, Professor, Gadfly] Ian Bogost
I just want to point out that Cow Clicker was made as a response to the shitty flash games that you're talking about. And amazingly, sadly, and happily became rather successful, despite it being a simple, transparent version of everything that's "wrong" with shitty flash games. That should tell you something about how we judge game design.

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