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Submission + - $35 screen protector makes iPhone capable of playing 3-D content (technologyreview.com)

hebbosome writes: The market for mobile 3-D entertainment has not taken off. To some extent this is a chicken and egg problem. People don't want to pay extra for 3-D capable devices, because there is very little content. Hardly anyone is making content because there are so few 3-D displays out there. It's also to some extent a technological problem. Adding 3-D-ness means reducing the resolution of the screen. But the convergence of two things--extremely high resolution screens and an advanced nanomanufacturing technique called nanoimprint lithography--could now help the market take off. Researchers at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have developed a proprietary fabrication technique, based on nanoimprint lithography, which allows for roll-to-roll printing of plastic patterned with tiny lenses. They've also developed software that can take content made for 3-D and reassemble it in such a way the lenses can "understand" and display it, no glasses required. When content is in 2-D, it is displayed "distortion-free." The product, which only works on the highest-resolution screens on the market, is being sold by a start-up in Singapore called Nanoveu, for all of $35. The company says it is planning to work with game developers to create 3-D gaming content.

Submission + - Scientists light way to quantum internet.

raldingbanger writes: "A GLOBAL "quantum internet" has moved a step closer to reality after Australian scientists succeeded in using light and electronics together to "read" the processing unit of a quantum computer." Scientists at the University of N.S.W, believe they have found the "best of both worlds" combining, electronics and optics. They believe this could pave the way for a quantum internet and it could allow them to overcome distance barriers.

Comment The FBI's testimony on "Going Dark" (Score 5, Informative) 165

Respectfully submitted: Did anyone bother to read the FBI's actual testimony, which was linked in the WaPo article?

http://www.fbi.gov/news/testimony/going-dark-lawful-electronic-surveillance-in-the-face-of-new-technologies

Note the date of the testimony: February 17, 2011
This has been on the burner for a while now.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"
Networking

Misconfigured Open DNS Resolvers Key To Massive DDoS Attacks 179

msm1267 writes with an excerpt From Threat Post: "While the big traffic numbers and the spat between Spamhaus and illicit webhost Cyberbunker are grabbing big headlines, the underlying and percolating issue at play here has to do with the open DNS resolvers being used to DDoS the spam-fighters from Switzerland. Open resolvers do not authenticate a packet-sender's IP address before a DNS reply is sent back. Therefore, an attacker that is able to spoof a victim's IP address can have a DNS request bombard the victim with a 100-to-1 ratio of traffic coming back to them versus what was requested. DNS amplification attacks such as these have been used lately by hacktivists, extortionists and blacklisted webhosts to great success." Running an open DNS resolver isn't itself always a problem, but it looks like people are enabling neither source address verification nor rate limiting.
Science

Interviews: James Randi Answers Your Questions 217

A while ago you had the chance to ask James Randi, the founder of The James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF), about exposing hucksters, frauds, and fakers. Below you'll find his answers to your questions. In addition to his writings below, Randi was nice enough to sit down and talk to us about his life and his foundation. Keep an eye out for those videos coming soon.

Comment *sigh* (Score 1) 1613

"I feel somewhat like I did when John Lennon was murdered. Great sadness, and the sensation that part of your life is no longer there."

-- "Dan" from Binghamton, NY, comments section of the New York Times

Comment Re:This is a sad day for the tech world (Score 1) 1027

Indeed. I'm no Apple fanboy but I admire Steve Jobs. He lost Apple as much because of hubris as anything else. He took a hard look at himself, founded NeXT, bought Pixar, and got Apple back - still with the same zeal but a more human attitude.
No, he didn't walk on water, but at the helm of a re-energized Apple, he and his colleagues changed so much in computing in such a positive way.
Make him Chairman in Perpetuity so that no one forgets his work.

Comment Re:Contact info for Senator Mikulski (Score 1) 134

http://mikulski.senate.gov/contact/

BTW, she's also got a crabcake recipe on her site. That scores points in my book...

-S

It should score points! If it's in the hand of "Babs" Mikulski, it's a done deal. She is a major supporter of NASA and utterly relentless. The Webb telescope will launch if she has anything to say about it.

Comment Privacy and Anonymity Left The Building... (Score 1) 241

...years ago. Scott McNealy of Sun was the first person I can recall saying as much in public, and at the time I was angry at him for saying it.

But he was right. And he is even more right today.

Slashdot, Facebook, Google+, all of them will roll over if you post something that draws the attention of LEOs. You think your IP address can't be traced? Don't be naive. Everything you've ever done online can be cross-matched and correlated.

No, I don't like it either, but it isn't going to change. Ever.

Comment Pfft - nothing to see here (Score 1) 130

Nothing of any import in this loadout. Anonymous may have begin righteously, but they're devolving into rancid anklebitery as we watch.

The only sounds I hear are their death gurgles. Too bad - they could have been so much more. Not the first cadre to burn brightly and carbonize themselves. Not the last, either.

Comment Re:Don't assume they're inexpensive (Score 1) 25

I can only guess, but I think it's the return on the R&D costs plus liability estimates and the low production volume. My spouse has an Otto Bock C-Leg. The cost now is in the $30k to low-$40k range, primarily because many above-knee amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan are getting them - a really perverse "cost goes down as volume increases" curve. :(

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