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An anonymous reader writes "Several robotics labs in the US and Europe have decided to make themed Christmas/New Years videos. The subject was left open but in the end it should have had a) something to do with the robotics research in each lab and b) a connection to the holidays. Here's the official announcement on the IEEE Spectrum blog. The videos, including a computer-controlled quadrocopter attempting to play jingle bells on a yamaha keyboard, are available on the are Robotics Podcast YouTube channel.

Could make for a nice holiday post... just a suggestion :-) Thanks, and Merry Christmas :-)
(Disclaimer: I made one of the videos!)"

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Comment: Re:Strostrup is the problem (Score 1) 567

by vectra14 (#22914470) Attached to: Stroustrup Says C++ Education Needs To Improve
Wow, cool! I've actually written a compiler for C++ in the past but I didn't look into index checking so this is cool to hear about. Yeah, I always wished that sizeof could be more useful for arrays.

It's interesting how C# had a lot of similar problems (well, not with arrays, though because of its fundamental design it's not exactly very fast for numerical stuff) but because it's owned by a single company it evolves so incredibly fast... I really love C# at this point (yeah so kill me, etc... I've recently concluded that extension methods are indeed awesome); I do sometimes wish that the C++ standard evolved much quicker. I guess MS kind of tried to evolve C++ on its own via Managed C++ but the managed C++ syntax (carrots (^) anyone?) makes me want to vomit.
Security

We Know Who's Behind Storm Worm 169

Posted by kdawson
from the can-you-spell-rule-of-law dept.
jmason reminds us of a story from a few weeks back that got little attention, adding "This doesn't seem to be just bluster; as far as I can tell, everyone who knows the RBN now agrees that this seems likely." Brian Krebs's Security Fix blog at the Washington Post carried a story about the Storm worm containing some pretty staggering allegations. "Dmitri Alperovitch [of Secure Computing] said federal law enforcement officials who need to know have already learned the identities of those responsible for running the Storm worm network, but that US authorities have thus far been prevented from bringing those responsible to justice due to a lack of cooperation from officials in St. Petersburg, Russia, where the Storm worm authors are thought to reside. In a recent investigative series on cyber crime featured on washingtonpost.com, St. Petersburg was fingered as the host city for one of the Internet's most profligate and cyber-crime enabling operation — the Russian Business Network. Alperovitch blames the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the political influence of operatives within the Federal Security Service (the former Soviet KGB) for the protection he says is apparently afforded to cybercrime outfits such as RBN and the Storm worm gang. 'The right people now know who the Storm worm authors are,' Alperovitch said. 'It's incredibly hard because a lot of the FSB leadership and Putin himself originate from there, where there are a great deal of people with connections in high places.'"
NASA

Frozen Researchers Set Antarctic Ballooning Record 35

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the hope-you-like-penguins dept.
coondoggie writes to mention NASA and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have announced a new record in the history of scientific ballooning in Antarctica. The new record was established by 'launching and operating three long-duration sub-orbital flights simultaneously within a single southern-hemisphere summer'. "The milestone is significant, as it occurs during the height of the International Polar Year (IPY), a coordinated scientific campaign that is utilizing scientists from more than 60 nations. NSF is the lead federal agency for IPY, which began in March 2007 and will continue until 2009 to allow for two full years of observations and field work in parts of the world that are generally uninhabitable for as long as six months each year, researchers said. "

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