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Submission + - Security the Facebook Way (

An anonymous reader writes: Facebook threw back the curtain on its ThreatData framework which it uses to collect and correlate threat-related information from a variety of sources to protect its internal network as well as users of the social network. Facebook has built a set of feeds of malicious URLS, malware hashes and other information, which it stores in a database that has a couple of custom search capabilities. That data is then pushed through a custom processing engine to look for new threats that need immediate responses.

Submission + - Can Anonymous Really 'Kill' Facebook? 1

adeelarshad82 writes: Recent news about Anonymous taking down Facebook on Nov. 5 has gotten a lot of attention. While the entire Anonymous team may not agree with the plan, the real question is whether they can take it down even with everyone on board with the plan. Sophos senior security adviser, Chester Wisniewski, sheds some light on the issue talking about previous attempts, the type of attacks, new tools Anonymous could possibly use and whether there is a chance that they'll succeed.

Submission + - Downwind faster than the wind: Record set (

Shawnconna writes: Can a wind cart travel faster than the wind? A group of makers say Yes!, and Make: Online has published the first in a three-part series on the Blackbird wind cart that just set a record. This is a follow-up on a story in MAKE Volume 11 where Charles Platt built a cart based on a viral video where a guy claimed he'd built a wind-powered vehicle that could travel downwind faster than the windspeed. Charles built one and said it didn't work. Heated debates broke out in forums, on BB, and elsewhere on the Net. In the ensuing time, a number of people have built carts and claimed success, most principally, Rick Cavallaro. He got funding, from Google and JOBY, to build and test a human-piloted cart. They claim success, with multiple sensor systems on board, impartial judges and experts in attendance. The controversy continues. And the 3-part story starts today on

Skin-Tight Bodysuits Could Protect Astronauts From Bone Loss 158

jamie passes along a report about research from MIT's Man-Vehicle Laboratory into using "superhero-style" skinsuits to combat the effects of extended stays in microgravity on bone density in astronauts. (Abstract.) Quoting: "Astronauts lose 1 to 2 percent of their bone mass for each month they spend in space. As far back as the Gemini missions, conditioning exercise regimes have been used to slow the rate of bone loss, but a 2001-2004 NASA-sponsored study showed that crew members aboard the International Space Station were still losing up to 2.7 percent of their interior bone material and 1.7 percent of outer hipbone material for each month they spent in space. ... With stirrups that loop around the feet, the elastic gravity skinsuit is purposely cut too short for the astronaut so that it stretches when put on — pulling the wearer's shoulders towards the feet. In normal gravity conditions on Earth, a human's legs bear more weight than the torso. Because the suit's legs stretch more than the torso section, the wearer's legs are subjected to a greater force — replicating gravity effects on Earth." See? Seven of Nine's outfit was inspired by science after all.

Firefox 4 Beta For Mobile Now Faster and Sleeker 70

An anonymous reader writes "Mozilla has released Beta 2 of Firefox 4 for Mobile. Some notable improvements over the initial beta release include 'reduced memory usage, improved text rendering and a 60% install size reduction on Android (from around 43 MB to 17 MB).' Mozilla also makes mention that 'actions like panning and zooming are faster and smoother, and page load times are reduced from our previous beta. On Android 2.2, we're now around 25% faster on the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark than the stock browser.' A future beta release will enable GL acceleration, which should further improve the performance of the browser."

Submission + - 80 Year Old Edison Recording Uncovered ( 1

embolalia writes: An 80 year old recording of a live radio broadcast featuring Thomas Edison has been uncovered. The recording was done on an obscure technology called a pallophotophone — Greek for "shaking light sound" — that uses optical film to reproduce sound. The archivists who uncovered the canisters tucked away on a bottom shelf in a museum in Schenectady, New York (the city where Edison's General Electric was founded), did not have any machine to replay the films. A pair of GE engineers were able to construct a machine to replay the 80 year old tapes, recored only two years before Edison's death.
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Submission + - The Birth of the Scheduled Web (

An anonymous reader writes: Nova Spivack is proposes the concept of the Scheduled Web — "a Web that has a schedule, or many schedules, which exist in some commonly accessible, open format. These schedules should be searchable, linkable, shareable, interactive, collaborative, and discoverable. And they should be able to apply to anything — not just video, but any kind of content or activity online."

Interesting approach to structuring and navigating Real-Time content by applying time to all sorts of content, not limited to just video. Very interesting idea given all the talk about streaming media, on-demand content, etc...

Submission + - Why can't Space Station become Planetary Explorer 2

bmullan writes: "I've been wondering why the ISS (International Space Station) couldn't be modified to become an inter-planetary exploration vehicle.
ISS is huge and offers extremely good living/working quarters for Astronauts who might be on a mission to say Mars.

Because its in space and weightless (yes it does have mass tho)... it would seem that adding some form of engines to it along with required guidance equipment etc
it could make an awesome spaceship for earth.

Its size and amenities would sure make the multi-year voyage to/back from Mars much more doable for humans.
They could even dock some kind of Mars lander on the ISS during the trip then after arrival in orbit around Mars detach the lander for actual on planet exploration
then use the lander to return to the ISS and finally the voyage back to earth.

I'm not with NASA but I can't see any reason this couldn't be done other than the $$ involved.


Submission + - Why are mobile phones not programmed in assembly? 1

An anonymous reader writes: This question comes from my mobile battery. My Nexus One, with its 1GHz processor, is the first Android mobile that seems to out run my iPhone 3GS. It is my understanding that most of the Android operating system, not just the apps, are coded in JAVA and have to run through the JAVA machine. Now I love cross platform support as much as the next guy, but can the operating system at least be compiled to native machine code for performance? They role out separate firmwares for each hardware anyway and there are only like three architectures to support right? ARM, MIPS, and Atom. Are there any good ways to compile JAVA to machine code, or is that a silly question? I am psyched that Myriad's development can boost Android performance across the board, but to me it only highlights an intrinsic problem in the whole software design.

Comment Re:I'd much rather... (Score 1) 636

I don't think I've bought anything that was advertised on TV since the toys I used to drool over when I was a kid.

I have no way of saying for sure, but even if you mean you haven't bought anything directly because of the ad, that seems unlikely. (Unless EVERYTHING you buy is generic no-name brand items, you presumably have bought lots of things that have shown up in ads of some sort.)

Personally, I generally avoid ads like the plague (with Tivos now, and VCRs before that), but I still end up seeing many of them at least once... and I will even admit buying something I'd seen in an ad, like a new item at a fast food place.

But I suspect, if you do buy brand-name items ever, the ads in the past have at least brought that product to your attention (mind-share). With all things being equal (e.g. price), I think that at some point the mind-share created by the ad got you to buy something.

Comment Re:Na plus a book (Score 1) 368

I think you've got it backwards. The kids who would kill themselves are the ones who are (a) smart enough to have read and understood the book, and (b) interested enough to ask "what happens if..."

In other words, you've killed off the ones most likely to push science and technology forward, and preserved the ones that are either too timid to take risks or too dumb to read.

Comment Re:Phone cost subsidies (Score 1) 161

Of course, recouping cost via advertising is another spin... but ultimately comes down to repayment. If we really want to subject ourselves to ads, we should be able to do it for straight-up cash, or payment on our loan (of cash or phone-lease).

The word "lease" just clarified this issue a bit for me. Leasing equipment from our phone provider is really an old idea... and one we've fought hard against. Why are we so anxious to get back into that situation?

Comment Re:No fair way to write regulations? (Score 1) 636

Besides making everyone look up from making their sandwich because the sound suddenly went off during the commercials, I imagine that means the ad was designed to be visually engaging and effective without the audio. Meaning that even with audio, it likely would have been more effective than other ads anyway because it was particularly well made.

Comment Re:Sad day for Democracy (Score 1) 400

It may come as a surprise to some, but revolutions do need money, a lot of it. Even peaceful takeovers such as Orange Revolution on Ukraine require a lot of organization, and that is also money. If the drive behind the revolution is truly by the locals and is fully genuine, then what does it matter that USA pays out their pocket expenses (because they feel that such a revolution would help their bottom line). Similarly, what does it matter that the newly elected leader is pro-USA, if he is truly elected by the people of his nation?

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