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Submission + - Italian Man Who Used Infrared Contact Lenses To Cheat At Poker Sentenced (

dmfinn writes: It was back in 2011 when Stefano Ampollini and two other accomplices cheated a French Casino out of over 90,000 euros thanks to the help of Chinese made Infrared Contact Lenses. According to French authorities, Ampollini and two casino workers marked cards using an invisible liquid that would be picked up by the Infrared Lenses, which Ampollini then used to read his competitors cards. Though the contacts themselves cost over 2,000 euros, the crew managed to take 71,000 euros in their first night. However, the trio was finally caught when a lawyer working for the casino became suspicious after Ampollini folded with an unbelievably good hand, which suggested he knew the croupier's cards. This week, a French court sentenced Ampollini to 2 years in prison and a 100,000 euro fine.His main accomplice was handed an even harsher sentence, forced to pay the same fine but spend the next 36 months behind bars. It appears, despite their best efforts and advanced tactics, that the men were still unable to beat the house without raising significant alarms. So, at least for now, it seems modern technology still can't simulate good old "luck".

Submission + - x86 Computation Without Executing Any Instructions (

jones_supa writes: Trust Analysis, i.e. determining that a system will not execute some class of computations, typically assumes that all computation is captured by an instruction trace. A team at Dartmouth College shows that powerful computation on x86 processors is possible without executing any CPU instructions. They demonstrate a Turing-complete execution environment driven solely by the IA32 architecture’s interrupt handling and memory translation tables, in which the processor is trapped in a series of page faults and double faults, without ever successfully dispatching any instructions. The 'hard-wired' logic of handling these faults is used to perform arithmetic and logic primitives, as well as memory reads and writes. This mechanism can also perform branches and loops if the memory is set up and mapped just right. The lessons of this execution model are discussed for future trustworthy architectures.

Submission + - GE Canada struggling to find PDP-11 programmers for its nuclear control systems 5

AmiMoJo writes: A representative from GE Canada has posted a job offer to the Vintage Computer forum for a PDP-11 assembly language programmer. Apparently the original job posting failed to turn up any qualified candidates to support the nuclear industry's existing robotic control systems, which they say they are committed to running until 2050. If they are having trouble finding anyone now one wonders how hard it will be in 37 years time.

Comment Re:The End (Score 2) 187

And it worked until they lost the anti-trust suit (which started in 1969, lasted 13 years!)

IBM didn't lose. The government dropped the case in 1982.

... the case was withdrawn by William F. Baxter, assistant attorney general in charge of the Antitrust Division, Department of Justice, on January 8, 1982. Baxter signed a Stipulation of Dismissal that stated the government's charges were "without merit."


Submission + - Cuba turns on submarine internet cable (

angry tapir writes: "A change in Internet traffic patterns over the past week suggests that Cuba may have turned on a fiber-optic submarine cable that links it to the global Internet via Venezuela. Routing analyst firm Renesys noticed that the Spanish telecommunications company Telefónica began routing Internet traffic to Cuba's state telecommunications company, Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba S.A. (ETECSA). The Internet traffic is flowing with significantly lower latencies than before, indicating the connection is not solely using the three satellite providers that Cuba has relied on in the past for connectivity."
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Submission + - Cyber Monday Sale... on Source Code? (

TroysBucket writes: Now here's the type of Cyber Monday sale we could use more of: super cheap source code. Seriously. The crew behind games like "Linux Tycoon" and programming tools like "Illumination Software Creator" are offering the full source code for sale... on the cheap. And under your choice of BSD or GPL licenses. Anyone know of any other companies selling full licenses of the source for commercial software?
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Submission + - Confidential Police Confetti at Macy's Parade (

cstacy writes: The Nassau County (New York) Police Department is "very concerned" about reports that shreds of police documents (with social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, incident reports, and more) rained down as confetti in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The documents also unveiled the identities of undercover officers, including their SSNs and bank information, according to WPIX-TV. Macy's has no idea how this happened, as they use commercial, colored confetti, not shredded paper.

Comment Re:Oh I just love (Score 1) 475

leaving work in the pitch dark and fucking up my internal clock a couple weeks a couple times a year just cause people cant manage daylight on their own schedule

Why not get up when it's light? Can't you manage daylight on your own schedule? If you can't, then why complain about anyone else who also can't?

Comment Re:Fallacy on top of fallacy (Score 1) 285

For example, his wife likes Amazing Race, and (apparently) none of the streaming premium services carry it, so it would "have to be written off"...well, except for the fact that in about a 5 second search, I found it at least 3 places. Certainly, it wasn't current-broadcast, but it's still there. streams Amazing Race same day, with about a 3-hour delay from air time. No premium service needed.

Comment Re:Just Say No? (Score 1) 80

I'm not saying this is a good policy, but doesn't the United States government reserve the right to decline any lawsuit filed against it in the United States?

Yes, it's called Soverign Immunity. The U.S. government waives immunity in some cases, and possibly the contract with Grumman includes a clause that allows either party to sue for breach of contract. Also, the post office is not entirely part of the government any more, so it may not even have soverign immunity.

This Wikipedia article has more detail.

Comment Re:Great idea for other old military hardware! (Score 1) 142

Burying military surplus is a great way to give future military historians and archeologists solid evidence to study in the future. It is inexpensive and should be done with other unneeded military hardware.

Like, landmines and nerve gas.

Aren't landmines already burried? Are there other ways to use them?

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Submission + - The Fall and fall of the Data Haven SeaLand (

Fluffeh writes: "Ars Technical has a great article and history of SeaLand a data haven and place where you can host almost anything, as long as it follows the very bare laws of SeaLand Government.

"HavenCo's failure—and make no mistake about it, HavenCo did fail—shows how hard it is to get out from under government's thumb. HavenCo built it, but no one came. For a host of reasons, ranging from its physical vulnerability to the fact that The Man doesn't care where you store your data if he can get his hands on you, Sealand was never able to offer the kind of immunity from law that digital rebels sought. And, paradoxically, by seeking to avoid government, HavenCo made itself exquisitely vulnerable to one government in particular: Sealand's.""


Submission + - Baby cries enhances performance on Whac-a-mole (

An anonymous reader writes: The sound of babies crying is uniquely able to get adults to react at speed, Oxford University researchers have found. They compared the scores of 40 volunteers on the classic arcade game ‘Whack-a-mole’ after listening to babies crying, with their scores after hearing sounds of adults in distress or birdsong similar in pitch and variability to infants’ cries. The participants’ scores were higher after listening to the sound of crying babies. Men and women had similar scores overall.

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