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NASA

NASA Summoned To Fix Prius Problems 380

coondoggie writes "If you want to solve a major engineering mystery, why not bring in some of the world's best engineers? The US Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today said it was doing just that by bringing in NASA engineers with expertise in areas such as computer controlled electronic systems, electromagnetic interference, and software integrity to help tackle the issue of unintended vehicle acceleration in Toyotas. The NHTSA review of the electronic throttle control systems in Toyotas is to be completed by late summer." We're really in trouble when NASA has no choice but to call Bruce Willis.

Submission + - Greenpeace Hates the Cloud (allvoices.com)

nathanielinbrazil writes: A report released this morning from Greenpeace claims that Google, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft are bad for the environment. Their data farms have a heavy reliance on coal-fired energy plants, causing substantial greenhouse gas impact on the environment. (Fifth largest contributor behind japan) "The last thing we need is for more cloud infrastructure to be built in places where it increases demand for dirty coal-fired power," said a Greenpeace spokesperson.
Science

First Collisions At the LHC 256

An anonymous reader writes "At 1:06 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) today, the first protons collided at 7 TeV in the Large Hadron Collider. These first collisions, recorded by the LHC experiments, mark the start of the LHC's research program."
Security

Self-Destructing USB Stick 223

Hugh Pickens writes "PC World reports that Victorinox, maker of the legendary Swiss Army Knife, has launched a new super-secure memory stick that sounds like something out of Mission: Impossible. The Secure Pro USB comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB sizes, and provides a variety of security measures including fingerprint identification, a thermal sensor, and even a self-destruct mechanism. Victorinox says the Secure is 'the most secure [device] of its kind available to the public.' The Secure features a fingerprint scanner and a thermal sensor 'so that the finger alone, detached from the body, will still not give access to the memory stick's contents.' While offering no explanation how the self-destruct mechanism works, Victorinox says that if someone tries to forcibly open the memory stick it triggers a self-destruct mechanism that 'irrevocably burns [the Secure's] CPU and memory chip.' At a contest held in London, Victorinox put its money where its mouth was and put the Secure Pro to the test offering a £100,000 cash prize ($149,000) to a team of professional hackers if they could break into the USB drive within two hours. They failed."
Displays

Will Your Next Touchscreen Be Touchless? 121

forgot_my_username writes "The MIT Media Lab is developing a motion screen computer. It looks back at you. It measures light and gestures, and uses those to control the interface. 'Imagine every pixel on your LCD screen emitting light could also be receiving light,' said Ramesh Rakar, an Associate Professor at the Media Lab. They even mention the health benefits of not touching displays."
Hardware

Submission + - Touchless Screens, The Next Touchscreen (allvoices.com)

forgot_my_username writes: A report on Allvoices mentions that the MIT media lab. is developing a motion screen computer. It looks back at you. It measures light, and gestures and uses those. “Imagine every pixel on your LCD screen emitting light could also be receiving light,” said Ramesh Rakar, an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab. They even mention the health benefits of not touching displays.... do you know where your display has been?

Comment FTC convinces Judge to order Host to stop Hosting (Score 1) 2

It is my understanding that a judge has the power to order a commerce enterprise to cease activity if the court deems it so. In this case, a host ISP company runs the risk of jeopardizing their entire operation if they do not comply. The ISP host just cut off IMU's ready access to the US after the court mandate. Making it more difficult to manage and exposing others to suspension of their hosting rights.

Submission + - Global Cybercrime with Corporate Cover and Benefit 2

nathanielinbrazil writes: An article on allvoices details a sophisticated corporate environment provided the look and cover of legitimacy. The operation employed hackers and gave them great salaries, benefits and bonuses in a cube farm. The Kiev, Ukraine operation, called International Marketing Ukraine or IMU has been dismantled by the United States Federal Trade Commission, but its money-maker scareware lingers.

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