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Submission + - FBI Reports US Agencies Hacked by Anonymous (

Rambo Tribble writes: Reuters is reporting that the FBI has issued a warning to several U.S. Government agencies that the Anonymous collective has hacked their systems. Included in the list of compromised agencies are the U.S. Army, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and potentially many more agencies. The avenue of attack: Adobe Cold Fusion.

Submission + - Robots: A Working Breed at the Dairy (

Rambo Tribble writes: The BBC reports on efforts at Sydney University, where researchers have had excellent success herding dairy cows with robots. By designing the robots to move smoothly, they have kept the cows moving without stressing them. From the video, one can see the animals seem not to interpret the machine as any threat.

Submission + - A Quantum of Stability (

Rambo Tribble writes: In a breakthrough with implications for quantum computing, an international team of researchers have managed to maintain qubits' state, at room temperature, for a record-shattering 39 minutes. The original article can be found at Science Magazine,

A more approachable article can be found at the BBC:

Comment Re:History Presages Regulation (Score 2) 346

You make a credible point, but then take it too far. The exchanges are the problem and the algorithms, which are the only security provided in the process, cannot address that. Therefore to assume the algorithms can provide the necessary level of security to the entire process, is fallacy.

Comment History Presages Regulation (Score 2) 346

It was not that long ago that banks generally were subject to little or no regulation. Banks would fail, investors would lose all, only for the process to repeat itself again, and again. Eventually, in an effort to protect their economies, governments stepped to limit the risks that banks could take with their investors' money and, often, to insure the investors against loss, thereby engendering confidence.

Bitcoin has made its stock in trade the fact that it is unregulated by anything but a few algorithms. Like Adam Smith'e "invisible hand", we are to trust to these algorithms to provide a certain Deus ex Machina for providing security.

The reality is that until Bitcoin exchanges are regulated by credible authorities, security will be a fantasm.

Comment "The Power of Nightmares: The Politics of Fear" (Score 1) 926

That is the title of an excellent BBC series from 2004, that addresses this topic. The contention is that fear has replaced promises of a better tomorrow as the leverage point politicians exploit to persuade the masses. It is available on Netflix, here:

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