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Submission + - Location Wild Hackathon Starts Tomorrow

locwi writes: A week-long, worldwide hackathon (with CmdrTaco as one of the judges) starts tomorrow, high noon EST. The aim of Location Wild is to develop the most innovative location-based app using the API of either the open-source location-search service NakdReality, or location infrastructure company SimpleGeo. Entry is free, and the winner will receive $2,500, an iPad, and no other contractual obligations.
Biotech

Submission + - The Rise of Nanofoods (change.org)

separsons writes: Researchers are altering foods at the nanoscale level, changing their tiny molecular structures to enhance certain properties. For example, one group of scientists found a way to hide water within individual droplets of oil, making low-fat mayonnaise taste like the real thing. The process can make spices spicier, potato chips healthier, and make diet food taste just like full-calorie snacks. Nanotech can even help combat global malnutrition. But the process is certainly controversial, and food manufacturers are being tight-lipped about exactly what nanofoods they're working on. So can nanotech create a healthier world, or is it just frightening Franken-food?
Intel

Intel Targets AMD With Affordable Unlocked CPUs 207

EconolineCrush writes "For years, AMD has catered to gamers and enthusiasts with mid-range Black Edition processors whose unlocked multipliers make overclocking easy. Intel has traditionally reserved unlocked multipliers for its ultra-expensive Extreme CPUs, but it has now brought the feature to affordable models that compete directly with AMD's most popular processors. The Core i5-655K and Core i7-875K have two and four cores, respectively, and they're priced at just $216 and $342. It appears that both will easily hit speeds in excess of 4GHz with air cooling. Surprisingly, even at stock speeds, the i7-875K offers better performance and power efficiency per dollar than just about any other desktop CPU out there."
Programming

Submission + - How to get a game-obsessed teenager into coding 6

looseBits writes: I have a friend who's 14 year-old son spends all his time gaming like any normal teenager however she would like to find a more productive interest for him and asked me how to get him into coding. When I started coding, it was on the Apple II and one could quickly write code that was almost as interesting as commercially available software however times have changed and it would probably take years of study if starting from scratch to write anything anyone would find mildly interesting. Does anyone have any experience in getting their children into programming? How did you keep them interested if the only thing they can do after a week is make the computer count to 10 and dump it on the screen?
Botnet

Symantec Finds Server Containing 44 Million Stolen Gaming Credentials 146

A Symantec blog post reports that the company recently stumbled upon a server hosting the stolen credentials for 44 million game accounts. It goes on to explain how the owners of the server made use of a botnet to process that mountain of data: "Now it's time to turn those gaming credentials into hard cash. But how do you find out which credentials are valid and thus worth some money? Three options come to mind: 1) Log on to gaming websites 44 million times! 2) Write a program to log in to the websites and check for you (this would take months). 3) Write a program that checks the login details and then distribute the program to multiple computers. Option one naturally seems next to impossible. Option two is also not very feasible, since websites typically block IP addresses after multiple failed login attempts. By taking advantage of the distributed processing that the third option offers, you can complete the task more quickly and help mitigate the multiple-login failure problems by spreading the task over more IP addresses. This is what Trojan.Loginck's creators have done."

Submission + - GPS-based air traffic control system taking off (skunkpost.com)

crimeandpunishment writes: Many drivers can't get along without their GPS. Soon pilots and air traffic controllers may be the same way. The Obama administration has given airlines the green light to moving toward a GPS-based air traffic control system. The new system will let pilots see the same aircraft location displays that controllers see, along with other aircraft on the ground. It's expected to take at least a decade before the new system is complete. The new equipment will cost up to $4 billion to install...which airlines and small plane owners say they can't afford.
Security

Submission + - Adobe May Change to Monthly Patch Cycle (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Adobe, which has been under fire for the security of its flagship products, Flash and Reader, for some time now, may be on the verge of changing its patching process to push fixes out on a monthly schedule, which would coincide with Microsoft's monthly Patch Tuesday releases. The change would be the second major adjustment to Adobe's patching process in the last year or so. In 2009 the company moved to a scheduled quarterly patch release process in an effort to give its customers a better chance to plan for testing and deployment. That change was generally well-received and Adobe has been releasing its patches on the same day as Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. Now Adobe may change the schedule again in order to get patches out more quickly. The company is considering releasing its security fixes for Reader on a monthly schedule, the same day as Microsoft releases its patches
Robotics

Submission + - Willow Garage Launches Era Of Open Source Robots (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: Last night open source robot company Willow Garage officially announced its pr2 robot to the world at its headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. Willow Garage founder Scott Hassan gave a speech on how his company is going to usher in a new era of robotic advancement. Eleven of Willow Garage's prized PR2 robots performed a synchronized flag dance that wowed the crowd. Demos of robot prowess were presented throughout the night and we were able to get up close to see the PR2 in all of its metallic and silicon glory. It is no exaggeration to say that Willow Garage is about to revolutionize the field of robotics. Still not convinced? Check out a highlight video of Willow Garage's ambitious open source initiative.
Games

Submission + - Blizzard Boss Says DRM Is A Waste Of Time (thinq.co.uk) 2

Stoobalou writes: Blizzard founder, Frank Pearce reckons that fighting piracy with DRM is a losing battle.

His company — which is responsible for the biggest videogame of all time, the worryingly-addictive online fantasy role player World of Warcraft — is to release Starcraft 2 on July 27th and Pearce has told Videogamer that the title won't be hobbled with the kind of crazy copy protection schemes which have made Ubisoft very unpopular in gaming circles of late.

Starcraft 2 will require a single online activation using the company's Battle.net servers, after which players will be allowed to play the single-player game to their hearts' content, without being forced to have a persistent Internet connection.

The Military

Submission + - USAF Vehicle Breaks Record for Hypersonic Flight (go.com)

s122604 writes: Defense consortium hypersonic vehicle breaks a record:
"Its scramjet engine accelerated the vehicle to Mach 6, and it flew autonomously for 200 seconds before losing acceleration. At that point the test was terminated. The Air Force said the previous record for a hypersonic scramjet burn was 12 seconds.
Joe Vogel, Boeing's director of hypersonics, said, "This is a new world record and sets the foundation for several hypersonic applications, including access to space, reconnaissance, strike, global reach and commercial transportation."
With this and the X-47B, there seems to be a renewed interest in extreme performance (in terms of flight envelope) vehicles..

The Media

Submission + - Taylor Momsen Did Not Write This Slashdot Headline

Hugh Pickens writes: "David Carr writes that headlines in newspapers and magazines were once written with readers in mind, to be clever or catchy or evocative but now headlines are just there to get the search engines to notice. Hence the headline for this story that includes a prized key word for one of the "Gossip Girls" — just the thing to push this slashdot summary to the top of Google rankings. "All of the things that make headlines meaningful in print — photographs, placement and context — are nowhere in sight on the Web," writes Carr. Headlines have become, as Gabriel Snyder, the recently appointed executive editor of Newsweek.com, says, “naked little creatures that have to go out into the world to stand and fight on their own.” In this context, “Jon Stewart Slams Glenn Beck” is the ideal headline, guaranteed to pull in thousands of pageviews. And while nobody is suggesting that the Web should somehow accommodate the glories of The New York Post's headlines in that paper’s prime, some of its classics would still work. "Remember “Headless Body in Topless Bar,” perhaps the most memorable New York Post headline ever? It’s direct, it’s descriptive, and it’s oh-so-search-engine-friendly. And not a Taylor Momsen in sight.""
Media

Submission + - Odd Piracy: Sewing Patterns to Ship Hull Designs (arstechnica.com)

eldavojohn writes: Video, music, games and even books are well known pirated materials but Ars is covering four really odd industries that claim to be suffering from digital piracy over P2P networks. They are sewing patterns, boat hull designs, sheet music and electronic embroidery files. These industries already suffered from knockoffs before the internet so it seems intuitive that the piracy and copying of designs or sheet music would continue as technology progressed. Does anyone know of oddly popular digitalized items to pirate that would be the last thing you would find on a P2P network?

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