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Comment Re:Now these guys have some balls (Score 2) 663

Dick Cheney has criticized Obama's handling of this incident, saying that he should have ordered an airstrike immediately to prevent the tech from falling into Iranian hands. Sounds pretty crazy to me.
Also, upon further reading it sounds like the designers may have purposely avoided sensitive cutting-edge technology due to the high probability of a single-engined UAV failing over enemy territory.

Comment Re:why no self-destruct? (Score 4, Insightful) 663

These drones do have a self-destruct as well as other "things are going wrong" modes. One of them is to just circle waiting for control communications to be re-established. Another one is an automatic safe landing mode. Some people suspect that this drone may have gone into auto landing mode which would explain why it appears undamaged. For such a sensitive device leading to such horrible PR if captured, I feel perhaps the self-destruct should be the default failure mode :)
However, having it just blow up in some civilian household would probably not be good PR either.

Comment Re:When I was a kid we didn't have peanut allergie (Score 1) 327

All this proves is that more parents are reporting to daycare providers that their children deathly allergic to peanuts. I've heard it before. The question is whether the incidents of children who are truly that allergic to peanuts (to the point of coma) has increased or parents whose children have mild peanut allergies have been led to believe they are OMGDEATHLYSERIOUS or at least tell other people it is that severe.

IBM

IBM's Plans For the Cell Processor 124

angry tapir writes "Development around the original Cell processor hasn't stalled, and IBM will continue to develop chips and supply hardware for future gaming consoles, a company executive said. IBM is working with gaming machine vendors including Nintendo and Sony, said Jai Menon, CTO of IBM's Systems and Technology Group, during an interview Thursday. 'We want to stay in the business, we intend to stay in the business,' he said. IBM confirmed in a statement that it continues to manufacture the Cell processor for use by Sony in its PlayStation 3. IBM also will continue to invest in Cell as part of its hybrid and multicore chip strategy, Menon said."
Science

Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Protein ... and Now Fat 210

ral writes "The human tongue can taste more than sweet, sour, salty, bitter and protein. Researchers have added fat to that list. Dr. Russell Keast, an exercise and nutrition sciences professor at Deakin University in Melbourne, told Slashfood, 'This makes logical sense. We have sweet to identify carbohydrate/sugars, and umami to identify protein/amino acids, so we could expect a taste to identify the other macronutrient: fat.' In the Deakin study, which appears in the latest issue of the British Journal of Nutrition, Dr. Keast and his team gave a group of 33 people fatty acids found in common foods, mixed in with nonfat milk to disguise the telltale fat texture. All 33 could detect the fatty acids to at least a small degree."

Comment Re:I Don't Trust Wireless In General (Score 1) 158

I disagree. That "I'm not special enough to be a target" attitude makes sense if you are worried about targeted listening, but what about large scale data mining? Passing everything through a voice recognition package and then searching for keywords or patterns (not to mention patterns of contact) is not impossible.

Programming

An Open Source Compiler From CUDA To X86-Multicore 71

Gregory Diamos writes "An open source project, Ocelot, has recently released a just-in-time compiler for CUDA, allowing the same programs to be run on NVIDIA GPUs or x86 CPUs and providing an alternative to OpenCL. A description of the compiler was recently posted on the NVIDIA forums. The compiler works by translating GPU instructions to LLVM and then generating native code for any LLVM target. It has been validated against over 100 CUDA applications. All of the code is available under the New BSD license."

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