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Comment Re:Grunthos the Flatulent (Score 1) 76

My wife has been detecting my farts in real time for YEARS now.

This "Fantastic Voyage" Flatulence Nano Submarine may help scientists to develop medicines that will make your farts smell Tutti Fruitti.

And also add a gas to our farts that will capture carbon dioxide in the air. Thus, curing Global Warming.

Eat beans! It's good for the planet climate!

Comment Re:Political tax (Score 1, Insightful) 433

Unless the armies of attorneys are doing the work for free out of the goodness of their hearts.

The attorneys hired by de Blasio gave him campaign contributions . . . out of the goodness of their hearts.

Now de Blasio is kicking some of that back . . . out of the goodness of his heart.

The whole thing is political posing, just like the folks in Congress with their Net Neutrality impotent proposals.

"Let's have a vote to call the repeal of Net Neutrality, dirty, dirty, dirty, nasty, nasty, nasty!"

Submission + - Intel's Seismic IT Disaster and A Look at Some Implication for Banks

Presto Vivace writes: Meltdown and Spectre: Intel’s Seismic IT Disaster and A Look at Some Implication for Banks

The wee problem is that with a flaw this fundamental and widespread, these patches aren’t just any patches. Given the severity of the flaws (and Spectre is more recalcitrant than Meltdown), the industry’s incentives are to say whatever it can throw at the problem is adequate whether they really address the problems or not. These fixes are also said to slow down performance by 5% to 30% per process. That is a massive haircut, particularly in a high volume setting. Perhaps later optimizations can cut the performance cost, but the flip side is that later patches that do a better job could just as well increase the performance hit. ... ... Moreover, it isn’t just that virtually everyone who has a computer (and that means smartphones too) is faced with what will feel like a big hardware downgrade in remedying these vulnerabilities. Even more important, it isn’t clear that any device with these flawed chips can ever be made secure again. While there was reason to assume that the NSA had managed to get back doors installed in every device, it’s one thing to have the NSA snooping on you. We now have the possibility of a much larger range of actors getting at your data.

Submission + - Chinese forum post indicates Microsoft working on Surface Phone (itwire.com)

troublemaker_23 writes: Microsoft appears to be working on a Surface Phone, if a post to a Chinese forum by an engineer working for the Microsoft Asia Research Institute is any indication. The Chinese tech news website ITHome was the first to spot the post which claimed that the Surface Phone was on its way and that it would work much better with Cortana, the Microsoft digital assistant, than Android phones do.

Submission + - Woman receives bionic hand with sense of touch (bbc.com)

schwit1 writes: Scientists in Rome have unveiled the first bionic hand with a sense of touch that can be worn outside a laboratory.

The prosthetic hand has sensors that detect information about whether an object is soft or hard. These messages are linked to a computer in a rucksack that converts these signals into a language the brain will understand. The information is relayed to Almerina's brain via tiny electrodes implanted in nerves in the upper arm.

In tests Almerina — who was blindfolded — was able to tell whether the object she was picking up was hard or soft.

Almerina was able to keep the bionic hand for six months, but it has now been removed, as it is still a prototype.

The scientific team say they hope to miniaturise the technology even further so that a sensory bionic hand can be commercialised.

Submission + - Beijing bets on facial recognition in a big drive for total surveillance (washingtonpost.com)

schwit1 writes: It will use facial recognition and artificial intelligence to analyze and understand the mountain of incoming video evidence; to track suspects, spot suspicious behaviors and even predict crime; to coordinate the work of emergency services; and to monitor the comings and goings of the country’s 1.4 billion people, official documents and security industry reports show.

A goal of all of these interlocking efforts: to track where people are, what they are up to, what they believe and who they associate with — and ultimately even to assign them a single “social credit” score based on whether the government and their fellow citizens consider them trustworthy.

Submission + - Western Digital 'My Cloud' devices have a hardcoded backdoor (betanews.com)

BrianFagioli writes: Today, yet another security blunder becomes publicized, and it is really bad. You see, many Western Digital MyCloud NAS drives have a hardcoded backdoor, meaning anyone can access them — your files are at risk. It isn't even hard to take advantage of it — the username is "mydlinkBRionyg" and the password is "abc12345cba" (without quotes). To make matters worse, it was disclosed to Western Digital six months ago and the company dot nothing.

GulfTech Research and Development explains, "The triviality of exploiting this issues makes it very dangerous, and even wormable. Not only that, but users locked to a LAN are not safe either. An attacker could literally take over your WDMyCloud by just having you visit a website where an embedded iframe or img tag make a request to the vulnerable device using one of the many predictable default hostnames for the WDMyCloud such as 'wdmycloud' and 'wdmycloudmirror' etc."

Submission + - How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Underestimated North Korea (nytimes.com)

schwit1 writes: At a speed that caught American intelligence officials off guard, Mr. Kim rolled out new missile technology — based on a decades-old Soviet engine design, apparently developed in a parallel program — and in quick succession demonstrated ranges that could reach Guam, then the West Coast, then Washington.

And on the first Sunday in September, he detonated a sixth nuclear bomb. After early hesitation among analysts, a consensus has now emerged that it was the North’s first successful test of a hydrogen weapon, with explosive force some 15 times greater than the atom bomb that leveled Hiroshima.

The C.I.A. and other American intelligence services had predicted this moment would come, eventually. For decades, they accurately projected the broad trajectory of North Korea’s nuclear program. Yet their inability to foresee the North’s rapid strides over the past several months now ranks among America’s most significant intelligence failures, current and former officials said in recent interviews.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What's the modern equivalent of the Eee netbook? 4

Kevin108 writes: I've used and loved my Eee 701 for many years. None of the diminutive ergonomics were ever an issue, but the low-res screen, 4 GB SSD, and 630 MHz Celeron are a useless combo for current web browsing and modern software. I'm now in the market for a new device in a similar form factor. I need a Windows device for my preferred photo editor and some other software I use for maps. It will often be used offline for writing and watching MKVs in VLC. I'm okay with a notebook or tablet and keyboard combo, but I've not found anything in a similar size with my feature requirements. Any suggestions on what might work for me?

Comment Re:Sure, that's easy (Score 1) 359

Didnt take much engineering effort or money to develop modern intel processors - this should be easy to do.

Oh, this will all be designed and engineered using advanced AI technologies. Hiring humans will not be necessary. Hey, AI kicked chip designers out of their jobs. Talk about the revolution eating their children!

This will all be financed by mega-giga high yield cryptocurrencies, so it won't cost any real money, either.

Submission + - John Young, legendary moonwalker and shuttle commander, dead at 87 (cbsnews.com)

schwit1 writes: Legendary astronaut John Young — who twice ventured into space in pioneering two-man Gemini capsules, orbited the moon and then walked on its cratered surface before commanding two space shuttle missions, including the program's maiden flight — has died, ending one of the most storied careers in space history. NASA confirmed the death early Saturday on Twitter.

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