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Submission + - Indian drone for intelligent bird scaring (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: Indian developers plan to test a micro aerial vehicle, a small drone, and see how well it can chase birds off an airfield.

Its an issue bought to the fore by the now famous Sully Sullenberger birdstrike, admittedly that was off airport but more than one aircraft has ingested a bird into an engine at take off and had to deal rapidly with the consequences. BCU, bird control units exist at every airport. Normally playing bird distress calls through loudspeakers mounted to vehicles or firing exploding shot and letting off flares. One day soon maybe a small UAV will be in the toolkit as well.


Submission + - 1978 Cryptosystem Resists Quantum Attack (technologyreview.com) 1

KentuckyFC writes: In 1978, the CalTech mathematician Robert McEliece developed a cryptosystem based on the (then) new idea of using asymmetric mathematical functions to create different keys for encrypting and decrypting information. The security of these systems relies on mathematical steps that are easy to make in one direction but hard to do in the other. The most famous example is multiplication. It is easy to multiply two numbers together to get a third but hard to start with the third number and work out which two generated it, a process called factorisation. Today, popular encryption systems such as the RSA algorithm use exactly this idea. But in 1994, the mathematician Peter Shor dreamt up a quantum algorithm that could factorise much faster than any classical counterpart and so can break these codes. As soon as the first decent-sized quantum computer is switched on, these codes will become breakable. Since then, cryptographers have been hunting for encryption systems that will be safe in the post quantum world. Now a group of mathematicians have shown that the McEliece encryption system is safe against attack by Shor's algorithm and all other known quantum algorithms. That's because it does not depend on factorisation but gets its security from another asymmetric conundrum known as the hidden subgroup problem which they show is immune to all known quantum attacks (although the work says nothing about its safety against new quantum (or classical) attacks).

Submission + - Zombie Ants and Killer Fungus (guardian.co.uk)

nibbles2004 writes: An article in the guardian newspaper shows how parasitic fungi evolved the ability to control the creatures they infect ultimately leading the ant to it's death. The fungus control's the ant's movement's to a suitable leaf and cause's the ant to grip onto the leaf's central stem, allowing the fungus to spore which will allow more ant's to become infected.

Submission + - Microsoft reboots two classic PC games (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Ever since it launched the Xbox, Microsoft has had a fickle relationship with Windows as a gaming platform. On one hand PC gaming is a major driver of hardware and operating system sales, but on the other hand the PC is inherently less secure than the Xbox console, with piracy much more likely to impact sales of a PC title than a console one. Games for Windows Live has been an attempt to bring some of the success of Xbox Live to the PC, and while many games have shipped with support for Games for Windows Live it hasn't exactly been a favourite of PC gamers. After all these half-hearted efforts, the last thing anyone expected was for Microsoft to announce new PC-only reboots of two classic game franchises, Flight Simulator and Age of Empires. But yesterday it did just that, announcing a massively multiplayer version of Age of Empires and a new Flight Simulator called Flight. The big question is whether Microsoft can make Games For Windows Live relevant in a market where Steam has taken hold, or if it's too late.

Submission + - China building giant bus you can drive under! (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: Well this is some exciting news, China is planning to build giant buses that tower over the road. The bus will be above traffic so that when picking up and dropping off passengers it will not affect traffic. The bus itself does make more sense than adding more buses to the road and congesting traffic further.

Submission + - 'Project Vigilant' recruits at Defcon (idg.com.au) 1

angry tapir writes: "A secretive volunteer group that tries to track terrorists and criminals on the Internet went to the Defcon hacker conference in hopes of recruiting information security experts, but it will first have to overcome some skepticism. That's because most information security professionals have never heard of the group, called Project Vigilant."

Submission + - Cybercriminals Turn Attention to Smartphones (usatoday.com)

PreacherTom writes: Hackers have begun adapting tried-and-true computer infections to work on Internet-enabled smartphones that are all the rage with consumers. The cyber-underground took notice. Download the wrong wallpaper app for your Google Android phone and you could get one that will harvest the phone and voicemail numbers, and data that can be used to disclose your location. Mobile security firm Lookout discovered 80 such Android Web apps last week, which have since been taken down by Google, says John Hering, Lookout's CEO. "Smartphone usage is going mainstream," Hering says. "And so the bad guys are looking at web browsing and the downloading of Web apps as two primary attack vectors."

Submission + - Andriod helps Verizon gain on AT&T (nytimes.com)

andy1307 writes: According to this article in the New York Times, Google's Andriod OS has helped Verizon make significant gains in the smartphone race with AT&T. Despite the pull of the iPhone, Verizon has managed to steadily increase its share of the smartphone market, to 26 percent in May, from 20 percent in late 2008. In the same period, AT&T’s market share slipped to 40 percent, from around 45 percent(Those numbers do not take into account the impact of the popular iPhone 4, released last month). In big cities, AT&T’s network has buckled under the data-heavy demands of the iPhone, frustrating customers. Verizon has managed to avoid similar problems while working with Google, Apple’s latest nemesis, to offer several strong rivals to the iPhone that use the Android operating system from Google. When the phone proved to be a hit, Verizon appeared to be left out of the race for versatile phones running programs from third-party developers. Verizon was also not particularly friendly with Google, whose participation in an auction of precious wireless spectrum angered Verizon executives. Verizon has since collaborated closely with Google to develop six phones running Android, helping to give Google’s mobile operating system 13 percent of the smartphone market in the United States. In contrast, Apple has a 24 percent share.

Submission + - 'Frustration-venting' shop for women opens (wired.co.uk)

Lanxon writes: A shop has opened in China that's filled with furniture, cutlery and electronics — not for sale, but to be smashed, beaten and destroyed by frustration-venting women, reports Wired. With a "No Men" sign at the door, the shop is designed to look like a typical Chinese home, separated into several zones including a TV and mobile phone-filled living room and a bedroom. A kitchen is planned, too. All the electronics are real, purchased second-hand and ready to be smashed with the provided baseball bats (and motorbike helmets for safety).

Submission + - Steve Wozniak Has Backup For Failing iPhone 4 (mifieurope.com)

Voelspriet writes: "Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and tv-dancer, acknowledges the reception problems with the new iPhone 4. His blunt advice: “If you can afford it, carry a second Verizon phone for backup”.
Another option is to “carry a MiFi and rely on Skype on your iPhone”. He remembers in an interview with Dutch technologist Henk van Ess vividly when the problems started. "The first time I tried I was able to duplicate the problem. My wife was driving me to the airport and as soon as I got a short distance from my home, and no longer on wifi, I tried it by accessing a web page (using Safari on my iPhone 4) and observing the progress bar.
As the bar started to proceed I lightly (‘lightly’) touched a couple of fingers to the trouble area and the progress bar froze. When I lifted my fingers the progress bar continued it’s rapid progress. Putting my finger[s] back down halted the progress bar again. Lifting my fingers another time allowed the web page to finish loading.""

Submission + - iPad Bait and Switch: No more Unlimited Data Plan (gizmodo.com) 1

_KiTA_ writes: AT&T announced today that the iPhone will gain tethering, finally, at an extra $20 a month, but only for people on a new 2gb a month plan. They also quietly announced at the same time the real news — that the $30 Unlimited Data plan on the iPad 3G will be axed in lieu of the same data plan. Yes, this would be the same "revolutionary data plan" that Steve Jobs was so proud of during the iPad unveiling — it lasted exactly 1 month after the 3G model was delayed to May 7th. People feeling vibes of previous Apple iDevice releases are not alone. Existing accounts will be allowed to grandfather in, although Apple has removed the ability to purchase the iPad from the online store at this time, and AT&T has a history of changing their plans without warning. Finally, there is no word on what happens if you ever let your Unlimited plan lapse for a month at this time.

Submission + - China Bores Ballmer

theodp writes: Steve Ballmer is stoked about India. And Indonesia. China...not so much. 'Two things make a country an interesting place,' Ballmer told BusinesWeek. 'One, they buy a lot of personal computers; and two, they pay for the software that gets used in those PCs. India is exciting to us. Indonesia is exciting to us. China is in a class by itself: There is no software market to speak off. China is a lot less interesting market to us than India or Indonesia.'

Submission + - Google Phone Service Whispers Ads Into Users' Ears

theodp writes: The Onion pokes a little fun at Google, reporting that the search giant's new phone service detects keywords and whispers targeted ads directly into users' ears. 'Automated whispered advertising will allow us to offer the world's best smart phones nearly for free,' said a Google spokesman. 'Users won't even remember a time they didn't have a second voice whispering in their ear.'

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