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Comment Virtual Battlespace 2? Huh? (Score 1) 102

UK Afghanistan veteran (summer past) here. I have never heard of this game. In our unit we had something called a SAAT indoor electronic range. It offered a series of acted out simulations that soldiers/marines 'walked through' and at the end gave a report with accuracy of shot, etc and a replay of the scenario so you could see fall of shot and how well individuals coped with life/death decisions. It was obviously photo realistic and had real (deactivated) weaponry with a few added sensors. I could be wrong but I think this kind of range is on practically all infantry bases in the UK. The only possible thing this software could give you extra would be the ability to practice squad-based orders & movement. But I'm not sure how that's cheaper than just doing for real outside.

Submission + - First iPad Clone 1

analysethis writes: The iPed is the first slate being marketed overtly as an iPad clone. Running the Android OS at around a fifth of the price it's being manufactured in the same Chinese province Apple's premium device is being produced in.

Comment Re:Grammar, and networks (Score 1) 2

b) The speculation is based around the fact that the pacemaker itself is the 'mission'-critical system - in the report the scientist states other microchip implants could become infected from the external controller. Potentially peer-2-peer models could negate the need for an external carrier.

Or put another way, personally speaking I wouldn''t really give a rats ass if my printer server is down as a result of this when my pacemaker's just suffered a dos attack...


Submission + - First Human-Computer Virus Attack Vector (bbc.co.uk) 2

analysethis writes: Dr Mark Gasson observed a microchip implant — ostensibly used to activate security doors — that he deliberately infected with a virus successfully spread the infection to 'external control systems'. This has important implications if the trend for increasingly sophisticated medical devices such as pacemakers continues. In a networked world the nightmare scenario of digital virii shutting down life-critical systems becomes imaginable.

Submission + - First Anarchist's Cookbook Convictions (telegraph.co.uk)

analysethis writes: In the UK last month the author/compiler of the well-known-in-internet-circles 'terrorist handbook' pleaded guilty to seven counts of collecting information that could have been used to prepare or commit acts of terrorism, with a maximum jail term of 10 years. Today the first people caught with downloaded copies have been put behind bars — a white supremacist father and son pairing getting 10 & 2 years respectively, convicted of three counts of possessing material useful for acts of terror. How many will be emptying their recycle bins after this conviction?

As of writing, the book is still freely available on Amazon.com to buy.

Submission + - Google: Not Everything Turns to Gold (clientsideweb.net)

An anonymous reader writes: Google always seems to have it's finger in every pie. Whether it's a brand new service we never knew we needed such as Wave or a hurriedly rushed out me-too announcement on searching Twitter real-time, it covers a genuinely impressive amount of tech ground. But it doesn't always work out. Check out 11 Google turkeys over at Aleatory.
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Submission + - Facebook's loose default security settings (clientsideweb.net)

analysethis writes: Think You Control Who Views Your Facebook Data?
Think again. Read on at aleatory for the finer details on how you rely on your friends' judgement when it comes to sharing your employment history, political beliefs & more with the swarm of Facebook apps vying for user attention, and their data.

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