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+ - ETH/SRL uses machine learning for JavaScript code de-obfuscation

Submitted by velco
velco (521660) writes "ETH Zurich Software Reliability Lab announced JSNice (jsnice.org), statistical
de-obfuscation and de-minification tool for JavaScript.

The interesting thing about JSNice is that it combines program analysis with
machine learning techniques to build a database of name and type regularities
from large amounts of available open source code on GitHub.

Then, given new JavaScript code, JSNice tries to infer the most likely names and
types for that code by basing its decision on the learned regularities in the
training phase."

Comment: Shooting themselves in the foot (Score 1) 507

by velco (#45277713) Attached to: How Big Data Is Destroying the US Healthcare System

Well, if I approach an insurance company and they eventually decide to sell me a medical insurance,
it would reassure me I don't really need it and I would not make a contract, right?

So, no selling insurance to healthy candidates, no selling to no so healthy candidates ... how do you sustain such business?

Comment: Re:True for tablets, not computers (Score 2) 407

by velco (#37957048) Attached to: Apple's Secret Weapon To Influence Industry Pricing

> You have to keep in mind that Macs used to cost 3x the price of PCs back in the days. It is now a little more expensive, but not by nearly that much.

I regularly check local prices for iMacs compared to a hand-built PC (again from a local supplier) with same or better parts. Last time, a week ago, the iMac (several models) came about 2x the PC price.

(And yes, my hand-built PCs are generally from superior parts from vendor PCs, including box, cooling, PSU ...)

Power

World's Smallest Battery Created 77

Posted by Soulskill
from the only-need-fifty-thousand-of-them-to-power-a-phone dept.
Zothecula writes "Because battery technology hasn't developed as quickly as the electronic devices they power, a greater and greater percentage of the volume of these devices is taken up by the batteries needed to keep them running. Now a team of researchers working at the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies has created the world's smallest battery. 'It consists of a bulk lithium cobalt cathode three millimeters long, an ionic liquid electrolyte, and has as its anode a single tin oxide (Sn02) nanowire 10 nanometers long and 100 nanometers in diameter.' (Abstract in Science.) Although the tiny battery won't be powering next year's mobile phones, it has already provided insights into how batteries work and should enable the development of smaller and more efficient batteries in the future."
Graphics

Wolfenstein Gets Ray Traced 184

Posted by Soulskill
from the ach-mein-framen dept.
An anonymous reader writes "After showcasing Quake Wars: Ray Traced a few years ago, Intel is now showing their latest graphics research project using Wolfenstein game content. The new and cool special effects are actually displayed on a laptop using a cloud-based gaming approach with servers that have an Intel Knights Ferry card (many-core) inside. Their blog post has a video and screenshots."
Power

Beamed Space Solar Power Plant To Open In 2016? 512

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the duck-duck-burn dept.
Eric_S writes "Anybody who managed to get a decent city going in Sim City 2000 remembers the microwave power plant; now it seems like a real-world equivalent might be coming up on the horizon. The Pacific Gas and Electricity Company, per this 'interview' with the CEO of Solaren on their affiliated site, announced PG&E's plans to buy 200MW of base-load power from a Solaren beamed space solar power plant by 2016." I wish the skeptic in me would be quiet.
First Person Shooters (Games)

"Challenge Room" DLC Doesn't Follow BioShock's Strengths 41

Posted by Soulskill
from the waiting-on-bioshock-III-arena dept.
Kotaku took a look at the "Challenge Room" downloadable content for the PS3 version of BioShock. They came to the conclusion that while the combat is entertaining, it doesn't have the same focus on the story that made BioShock such a good game. Quoting: "What's really bothering me is the lack of fiction. I'm not asking for a new ending or a tacked-on chapter that somehow changes the fantastic story of BioShock — why fix something that isn't broken, right? It's just that what made BioShock special was the story. Oh, sure, the graphics were spiffy, the art style was cool and the game really does play well (not too glitchy or difficult to manage). But to me, BioShock without its story is like a Twinkie without its filling — still somewhat tasty, but hollow and far less satisfying."
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Another staff corruption scandal with EVE Online

Submitted by chill
chill (521660) writes "According to an open letter (http://goonfleet.com/open_letter_to_CCP.html), claims brought forth of corruption have been substantiated involving CCP, creators and maintainers of the MMO EVE Online. It also links several employees to a key power bloc in the game. The distribution of the open letter continues to be censored/removed at the discretion of forum maintainers to control damage. (EVE Online forums have been brought down)"

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