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Submission + - Bloomberg Reporters Caught Spying on Terminal Users

theodp writes: Big Bloomberg is watching you. CNN reports that was the unsettling realization Goldman Sachs execs came to a few weeks ago when a Bloomberg reporter inadvertently revealed that reporters from the news and financial data provider had surveillance capabilities over users of Bloomberg terminals. 'Limited customer relationship data has long been available to our journalists,' acknowledged a Bloomberg spokesman. 'In light of [Goldman's] concern as well as a general heightened sensitivity to data access, we decided to disable journalist access to this customer relationship information for all clients.' Business Insider is now reporting on allegations that Bloomberg reporters used terminals to spy on JPMorgan during the 'London Whale' disaster; Bloomberg bragged about its leadership on this story.

Submission + - Why is Science Behind a Paywall? (

An anonymous reader writes: The Priceonomics blog has a post that looks into how so much of our scientific knowledge came to be gated by current publishing models. 'The most famous of these providers is Elsevier. It is a behemoth. Every year it publishes 250,000 articles in 2,000 journals. Its 2012 revenues reached $2.7 billion. Its profits of over $1 billion account for 45% of the Reed Elsevier Group — its parent company which is the 495th largest company in the world in terms of market capitalization. Companies like Elsevier developed in the 1960s and 1970s. They bought academic journals from the non-profits and academic societies that ran them, successfully betting that they could raise prices without losing customers. Today just three publishers, Elsevier, Springer and Wiley, account for roughly 42% of all articles published in the $19 billion plus academic publishing market for science, technology, engineering, and medical topics. University libraries account for 80% of their customers.' The article also explain how moving to open access journals would help, but says it's just one step in more significant transformation scientific research needs to undergo. It points to the open source software community as a place from which researchers should take their cues.

Submission + - Realtime GPU Audio (

CowboyRobot writes: Two researchers at San Francisco State University has successfully implemented hardware acceleration for realtime audio using graphics processing units (GPUs). "Suppose you are simulating a metallic plate to generate gong or cymbal-like sounds. By changing the surface area for the same object, you can generate sound corresponding to cymbals or gongs of different sizes. Using the same model, you may also vary the way in which you excite the metallic plate--to generate sounds that result from hitting the plate with a soft mallet, a hard drumstick, or from bowing. By changing these parameters, you may even simulate nonexistent materials or physically impossible geometries or excitation methods. There are various approaches to physical modeling sound synthesis. One such approach, studied extensively by Stefan Bilbao, uses the finite difference approximation to simulate the vibrations of plates and membranes. The finite difference simulation produces realistic and dynamic sounds (examples can be found at Realtime finite difference-based simulations of large models are typically too computationally-intensive to run on CPUs. In our work, we have implemented finite difference simulations in realtime on GPUs."

Comment Happy to Beta Test (Score 2) 66

I completed my enrollment the other day and am extremely psyched to have the opportunity to participate. Opted for the 'Basic' track as I don't have the time/energy for the whole enchilada. If they want to use my feedback to help develop a monetized version, that's fine with me; I get to learn cool stuff from smart people, and the provider of the service gets to improve their product.

Comment Re:sources close to the investigation (Score 1) 135

TFA is totally bullshit.

I think that the hackers used a few open L1 proxies on Amazon AWS.

In my list of open proxies, there are around 20 proxies on Amazon AWS, of the form ec2-??-??-??-??? ec2-??-??-??-?? ec2-??-??-??-?? ec2-??-??-??-?? where ??-??-??-?? is an IP address. in order to find the perpetrators, we simply need to determine which seven of those proxies were used in the attack!


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."

Submission + - Great Firewall of Belgium

An anonymous reader writes: Popular ISP's of Belgium (Telenet, Belgacom, Belnet, Mobistar, Base of Scarlet) where ordered by Belgian courts to block childporn sites. It was Minister of Enterprise and Simplification Vincent Van Quickenborne in early 2009 who called for a flexible system for blocking websites. He then negotiated with the ISPs and the Federal Computer Crime Unit (FCCU) of the federal police to a closing agreement under which websites can be blocked. Unfortunately one of the first sites to be blocked is (stopchildporn). When you do surf to the blocked sites you see a large stop sign and the text: "You are being redirected to this page because the website you are attempting to visit provides content considered illegal by the Belgian law." The article and the google translation, other article on same story and and its translation

Submission + - Lunar Oasis: Greenhouse on the Moon (

Curtis Ellzey writes: "The first Moon flower will become a reality when private lunar expedition partners Odyssey Moon and Paragon Space Development Corporation deliver a biological greenhouse to the lunar surface. Google Lunar X PRIZE contender Odyssey Moon partnered with Paragon, a Tucson-based firm and manufacturer of key components for NASA's Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. The lunar plant will be another space biology first for Paragon, having bred the first animals through complete life cycles in space, and grown the first aquatic plant in space. Also watch this episode: Growing Plants on the Moon:"

Submission + - AMD unleashes speed demon processor (

Slatterz writes: AMD has launched its fastest ever processor, which has smashed records by being overclocked to 6.5GHz. The AMD Phenom II X4 955 chip has been designed with the gaming, workstation and high-end graphics markets in mind. AMD is claiming that this is its fastest ever quad-core processor and is releasing it unlocked so that overclocking is possible. The new processor gives significant performance increases over previous AMD chips in the same line — the 940 and 920 — as well as against competing Intel products. For example, benchmarks show greater performance for the X4 955, which is priced at $245, than Intel's new Core 920 i7, priced at $289, in photo filtering, slideshow rendering and gaming. Up till now, the only good thing people to be said about AMD's Phenom is that it's good value, so it'd good to see AMD playing again in the performance space.

Submission + - TED 6th sense technology (

boogerme0 writes: "This video shows the new wearable technology that makes takes personnel computing to a whole new level. This is done by an Indian Student who is in MIT — Pranav Mistry." This is a cross between an iphone and a projector; a pretty cool device. On a side note, when can I get one?

Submission + - US military prepares for cyber command (

Young Wild and Free writes: The US administration is planning to create a new military command to counter cyber attacks on the country's sensitive computer networks, a US defense official said on Wednesday. The move would be part of a planned overhaul of cyber security policies now being weighed by the White House, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP.

Submission + - Toys for Telekinesis? (

Kaliann writes: Toys that respond to brainwaves are the next generation of unique user interfaces. The Washington Post looks at the current market appeal and future uses of technology that can meaningfully respond to the thoughts of a user. Currently the toys have a fairly simple basic idea: the harder you concentrate the more the object moves. A sensor on the forehead picks up brain waves that are associated with concentration, then levitates a ball in response: basic biofeedback. While this may seem to be a rather humble beginning, progress in this field could have astounding consequences in the advancement of technologies devoted to thought-controlled devices. As the author points out, Jedi Beer Pong is within our grasp.

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