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The First Photograph of a Human 138

wiredog writes "The Atlantic has a brief piece on what is likely to be the first photograph (a daguerreotype) showing a human. From the article: 'In September, Krulwich posted a set of daguerreotypes taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter in Cincinnati 162 years ago, on September 24, 1848. Krulwich was celebrating the work of the George Eastman House in association with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Using visible-light microscopy, the George Eastman House scanned several plates depicting the Cincinnati Waterfront so that scholars could zoom in and study the never-before-seen details.'"

Comment This shouldn't be a surprise (Score 1) 286

Not being a citizen of the UK I don't know what sorts of rights to privacy are constitutionally or statutorily conferred to her people, but couldn't you folks have seen this coming with the cameras everywhere? If it's any consolation, we Yanks are right behind you. George Orwell is spinning in his grave right now.

Comment Define 'polarizing' (Score 1) 300

Define 'polarizing'. Do you mean taking a strong stance; for example being strongly for or against a hot-button issue-of-the-day? I am against same-sex marriage and have posted this to FB many times. I got comments from friends who disagreed and even a nasty-gram from one, but no one unfriended me. Anyway, the big pet-peeve for me is people who never post anything at all but have signed up for apps that spam the bejeebers out of everyone. Block the app, rinse, repeat. Then you find their accounts have no activity at all.

Wolfenstein Gets Ray Traced 184

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."

Comment Impossible to do (Score 1) 250

The way the Net is currently implemented, there's no way to secure it. PEBKAC. I'm skeptical it can be secured in any form, because people are frickin' stoooooopid. This is not to say we shouldn't *try*, any more than we should *try* to stop all murders from occurring. I know this will be an unpopular thing to say on SD, but nearly all shenanigans would stop if a way could be found to erase anonymity. Criminals depend on not being identified or caught; this is why more houses get burgled at night. Before you cry foul at the idea, realize that the world is getting ever more connected and therefore ever more vulnerable. All information and all media will be on the Internet. Sooner or later a decision will have to be made as to whether anonymity or a usable world is more important.

Comment Re:iPad is the gold standard? (Score 2, Insightful) 156

Sorry, but I just don't see why. A few months ago I found a 16GB 3g iPod laying in the middle of the street. I turned it on, but the only identification the owner had put on it was simply the name, "William." So I took it home and booted to Windows, and installed iTunes so I could interface with the damn thing. It was then I learned that just about *anything* you want to do, you have to go through Apple to do. Apple has your nuts in a vise in ways Micro$oft never dreamed of if you own one of these. Over the next few days I downloaded a number of jailbreaking apps, all carrying strong cautions about my device being subject to bricking. I made a token effort. All this just to have the ability to control a device that I now owned. I'd've been very happy to give it back to William had I known who he was. I ended up selling it for $40, so, happy ending there. As for the iPad, I'm sure it's a shiny and very nifty piece of technology, but the price to both wallet and soul are wayyyyy too high.
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Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter 137

An anonymous reader writes "Peter Jansen, a PhD student and member of the RepRap community, has constructed a working prototype of an inexpensive table-top laser cutter built out of old CD/DVD drives as an offshoot of his efforts to design an under $200 open-source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Where traditional laser cutters use powerful, fixed-focus beams, this new technique dynamically adjusts the focal point of the laser using a reciprocating motion similar to a reciprocating saw, allowing a far less powerful and inexpensive laser diode to be used. The technique is currently limited to cutting black materials to a depth of only a few millimeters, but should still be useful and enabling for Makers and other crafters. The end-goal is to create a hybrid inexpensive 3D printer that can be easily reconfigured for 2D laser cutting, providing powerful making tools to the desktop."

Possible Treatment For Ebola 157

RedEaredSlider writes "Researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have found a class of drugs that could provide treatment for Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever. The new drugs are called 'antisense' compounds, and they allow the immune system to attack the viruses before they can do enough damage to kill the patient. Travis Warren, research scientist at USAMRIID, said while the work is still preliminary -— the drugs have been tested only on primates — the results are so far promising. In the case of Ebola, five of eight monkeys infected with the virus lived, and with Marburg, all survived. The drugs were developed as part of a program to deal with possible bioterrorist threats, in partnership with AVI Biopharma."

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