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Comment: Questionable AMA on Reddit... (Score 1) 186

by teko_teko (#39291245) Attached to: Rep. Darrell Issa Requests Public Comments On ACTA

I don't know. This guy's resume and accomplishments sound very good, but he just did a pretty questionable AMA (Ask Me Anything) on reddit yesterday:

A lot of dodging and unanswered questions. At the end of the day, he's yet another typical politician. Just this one is slightly more concerned about technology than the rest of them...

Comment: Re:That's the best strategy? (Score 3, Informative) 113

by teko_teko (#33909818) Attached to: <em>StarCraft</em> AI Competition Results

It's actually pretty interesting technique that they used. They don't just clump up the mutas. From the results page:

Contemporary StarCraft wisdom tells us that the best way to use mutalisks is to clump them. In human versus human battles, this makes it difficult to single out the weaker mutalisks, because the units are stacked on top of each other. However, UC Berkeley’s team identified a flaw in this tactic; it reduces the damage output of each individual mutalisk, because not all mutalisks will fire when using this tactic. Instead, they employed a model in which mutalisk are always moving, maximizing damage output while simultaneously maximizing movement.

Video can be found at the bottom of the page.


+ - New Sandbox Framework for Chrome Released->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "As applications have become more and more complex in recent years and Web browsers have evolved into operating systems unto themselves, the task of securing desktop environments has become increasingly difficult. And while there's been quite a bit of innovation on Windows security, advances in Unix security have been less common of late. But now, a group of researchers from Google and the University of Cambridge in England have developed a new sandboxing framework called Capsicum, designed specifically to provide better security capabilities on Unix and Unix-derived systems.

Capsicum is the work of four researchers at Cambridge and the framework extends the POSIX API and introduces a number of new Unix primitives that are meant to isolate applications and users and handle rights delegation in a better way. The research, done by Robert N.M. Watson, Ben Laurie, Kris Kennaway and Jonathan Anderson, was supported by Google and the researchers have added some of the new Capsicum features to a version of Google's Chromium browser in order to demonstrate the functionality."

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+ - StarCraft II Video Card Performance Investigated->

Submitted by SKYMTL
SKYMTL (1290228) writes "StarCraft II is bound to be popular and sales of graphics cards are sure to spike as people look for the best possible solution to push this game to the limits. Hardware Canucks has tested today's most popular GPU upgrades' performance, price AND power consumption in order to see which cards are best suited fir StarCraft II."
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The Almighty Buck

Treasury Goes High-Tech With Redesigned $100 Bills 515

Posted by samzenpus
from the it's-all-about-the-new-benjamins dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "AP reports that as part of an effort to stay ahead of counterfeiters, the Department of the Treasury has designed a high-tech makeover of the $100 bill with a disappearing Liberty Bell in an inkwell and a bright blue security ribbon composed of thousands of tiny lenses that magnify objects in mysterious ways. The new blue security ribbon will give a 3-D effect to the micro-images that the thousands of lenses will be magnifying. Tilt the note back and forth and you will see tiny bells on the ribbon change to 100s as they move. Tilt the note side to side and the images will move up and down."

Comment: Go Incognito (Score 1) 168

by teko_teko (#31689436) Attached to: Adobe Flash Now Officially a Part of Google Chrome

To have completely different sessions of Gmail (or other services), open the incognito window (Ctrl+Shift+N). I find this mode really handy for web development to test stuff that require a secondary account.

Firefox also has something similar, but last time I checked, you can't go Incognito and normal mode at the same time, unlike Chrome.

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