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Submission + - Turkish Police Nab 32 Suspects Tied to Anonymous (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Following the arrest of three alleged "Anonymous" members by Spanish authorities on Friday, Turkey's state-run news agency has reported that police have detained 32 individuals allegedly linked to the hacktivist group.

The Anatolia news agency said today that the suspects were taken into custody after conducting raids in a dozen cities for suspected ties to Anonymous.

The group recently week targeted Web sites of the country's telecommunications watchdog, the prime minister's office and parliament as a protest to Turkey's plans to introduce Internet filters.

Submission + - How journalists data-mined the Wikileaks docs (wordpress.com)

meckdevil writes: Associated Press developer-journalist extraordinaire Jonathan Stray gives a brilliant explanation of the use of data-mining strategies to winnow and wring journalistic sense out of massive numbers of documents, using the Iraq and Afghanistan war logs released by Wikileaks as a case in point. The concepts for focusing on certain groups of documents and ignoring others are hardly new; they underlie the algorithms used by the major Web search engines. Their use in a journalistic context is on a cutting edge, though, and it raises a fascinating quandary: By choosing the parameters under which documents will be considered similar enough to pay attention to, journalist-programmers actually choose the frame in which a story will be told. This type of data mining holds great potential for investigative revelation — and great potential for journalistic abuse.
Apple

Submission + - Apple camera patent allows disabling features (engadget.com)

sticks_us writes: By pairing an infrared sensor with the camera already on board, portable devices could receive data from transmitters placed, well, wherever. Beyond simply blasting out text and opening links like a glorified QR code, transmitters could disable certain features, such as the camera, to prevent recording at movie theaters and music venues. If completely shutting off the cam seems a bit heavy-handed, watermarks can also be applied to photos identifying businesses or copyrighted content...

Comment Re:Poetry on Slashdot that is not haiku. Really. (Score 1) 585

Thank you, I did not know what the last pool references. These two poems are interestingly similar. Even that I am not amazed by mixing the concepts of death and the end of the world, it still can be a worthy read in these times when newspapers maniacally sell ads using flashy titles with the phrase "end of the world" included.

Comment Re:Energy supply? (Score 1) 221

I guess they want to resign from the wheels because of friction, noise, wearing out and maintenance. Special wheeled pantographs would likely have all of theses properties much much lower, and in an emergency could also be used as one--time spare wheels, just to brake.

Comment Unfortunately, it is a 3d from ~15meters (Score 1) 281

The 3d cues convey the size of the objects seen in the screen. So, if the people in the movie would be of a right size, you would hardly see them. It would be suitable for the artitsic expression provided by a traditional theatre, i. e. dance, exaggerated faces, but likely not suitable for the expression used in movies. For the latter, you would need people 5 meters tall in a typical large cinema, hardly immersive, unless you can somehow get used to it.
A 3d on a small scene, with the viewers being only a few meters away, would be probably very immersive. But such a small distance would probably require something near a true 3d hologram or the eyestrain would be even worse.
Open Source

Submission + - Gameduino gets a GPU (excamera.com)

beckman101 writes: "My background is in games and graphics — I wrote games for 8- and 16-bit consoles — and later built fast graphics systems at SGI, 3dfx, and NVIDIA. I currently use the Arduino at an open source robotics company. In my spare time I have been putting these two together, and the result is the Gameduino: essentially a GPU for the Arduino. http://excamera.com/sphinx/gameduino/ What it lacks in horsepower it makes up for in hackability: it is completely open source. Signups for the first production run are over at Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2084212109/gameduino-an-arduino-game-adapter"
NASA

Voyager 1 Beyond Solar Wind 245

healeyb noted that Voyager 1 has now reached a distance from the sun where it is no longer able to detect solar wind. Launched in 1977 to get up close and personal with our solar system's gas giants, scientists estimate that in another 4 years it will cross the heliosphere.

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