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The Military

DARPA Hydra: An Unmanned Sub Mothership to Deploy Drones 78

garymortimer tips more news about the rise of our robotic overlords. DARPA is now investigating military drone submarines as launch platforms for UAVs. Quoting John Keller at Military & Aerospace Electronics: "The Hydra program will develop and demonstrate an unmanned undersea system with a new kind of unmanned-vehicle delivery system that inserts UAVs and UUVs stealthily into operational environments to respond quickly to situations around the world without putting U.S. military personnel at risk. The Hydra large UUV is to use modular payloads inside a standardized enclosure to deploy a mix of UAVs and UUVs, depending on the military situation. Hydra will integrate existing and emerging technologies in new ways to create an alternate means of delivering a variety of payloads close to where they're needed, DARPA officials say."

Exceptionally Preserved 2,600-Year-Old Brain Found 167

TrueSatan writes with this quote from Discovery News: "A human skull dated to about 2,684 years ago with an 'exceptionally preserved' human brain still inside of it was recently discovered in a waterlogged U.K. pit, according to a new Journal of Archaeological Science study. The brain is the oldest known intact human brain from Europe and Asia, according to the authors, who also believe it's one of the best-preserved ancient brains in the world (PDF). 'The early Iron Age skull belonged to a man, probably in his thirties,' according to lead author Sonia O'Connor. 'Cause of death is rarely possible to determine in archaeological remains, but in this case, damage to the neck vertebrae is consistent with a hanging.'"

Submission + - Dominos Pizza website hacked, customer data leaked

An anonymous reader writes: Dominos Pizza has been in India for more than a decade now and with much enthusiasm it decided to tap into the rapidly growing internet population by launching its online ordering system late last year. Recently a hacker managed to get away with a lot of customer data by hacking into their server. Though the company is tight lipped on the extend of the damage in an apologetic letter to its customers it says that customer email id's mobile phone numbers and delivery addresses have been compromised.

AMD's New Flagship HD 6970 Tested 152

I.M.O.G. writes "Today AMD officially introduces their newest flagship GPU, the Radeon HD 6970, hot on the heels of the Radeon HD 6870 released at the end of October, then the NVIDIA GTX 580 in early November, which is Nvidia's current flagship card. Initial testing and overclocking results are publishing at first tier review sites now. While the HD 6970 is a strong performer and the price point is outstanding for consumers, the GTX 580 retains the flagship crown while the AMD 5970 keeps the single card performance crown with its dual GPUs on a single card."

Income Tax Quashed, Ballmer To Cash In Billions 650

theodp writes "Washington's proposed state income tax not only prompted Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to spend $425,000 of his own money to help crush the measure at the polls, it also inspired Microsoft to launch a FUD campaign aimed at torpedoing the initiative. 'As an employer, we're concerned that I-1098 will make it harder to attract talent and create additional jobs in Washington state,' explained Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith. 'We strongly support public education, but we're concerned by key details in I-1098. This initiative would give Washington one of the top five highest state income tax rates in the country. I-1098 would apply this tax rate to all income, including capital gains and dividends, and would not permit any deductions for charitable contributions.' Nice to see a company take a principled stand, backed by a CEO who's not afraid to put his money where his company's mouth is, right? Well, maybe not. Just three days after the measure went down in flames, Ballmer said in a statement that he plans to sell up to 75 million of his Microsoft shares by the end of the year to 'gain financial diversification and to assist in tax planning.' Based on Friday's closing price of $26.85, the 75M shares would be valued at approximately $2 billion. All of which might make a cynic question what was really important to Microsoft — public education, or a $2B state income tax-free payday for its CEO?"

Gulf Oil Spill Disaster — Spawn of the Living Dead 228

grrlscientist writes "A recently published study, intended to provide data to commercial fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico so they maximize their catch of Yellowfin Tuna, Thunnus albacares, whilst avoiding bycatch of critically endangered Atlantic (Northern) Bluefin Tuna, Thunnus thynnus, suggests that the Deepwater Horizon oil leak may devastate the endangered Atlantic bluefin population, causing it to completely collapse or possibly go extinct."

Microsoft Kills Support For XP SP2 315

Trailrunner7 writes "Microsoft's announcement this week that it is preparing to end support for machines running Windows XP SP2 not only represents a challenge for the thousands of businesses still running SP2, but also is the end of an era for both Microsoft and its customers. It wasn't until 2004 that the final release of XP SP2 hit the streets, but when it did, it represented a huge step forward in security for Windows users. It wasn't necessarily the feature set that mattered as much as the fact that the protections were enabled by default and taken out of the users' hands."

Comment Re:In the same speech (Score 2, Insightful) 449

Yeah, you're right. From now on, the kids are wearing life vests in the bath tub. And we're all moving to bottom floor to avoid the stairs. Better put the chain guard back on the Harley.. Wouldn't want to catch my bell bottoms.. Being told to "be safe" is one thing. Being told how is very different. Especially when the "how" might be based on economic profit for a specific "elite".

Comment Re:This has all happened before and it will all .. (Score 0, Redundant) 668

Yup, just like the failure of the iPod that idiots predicted was inevitable for years. Now they've moved on to the iPhone - great, more shlock.

That said, Android is a far better alternative model than the iPod competitors were, but dragging out the tired, old, and inaccurate "Mac vs PC in the 80's" model is just tiresome and worthless. There are so many variances (probably the biggest being price - the iPhone isn't more expensive than its competitors) that it's just a stupid comparison to make, generally only made by PC trolls.

Comment Re:Fascinating! (Score 1) 246

You should tell that to extremist atheists like Mr Dawkins et al who like to try to use their very philosophical assumptions (and circular reasoning) to 'prove' the non-existence of such things. I think it is more accurate that 'a large majority of scientists' assume that all we can see is all there is given the prevalence and popularity of such opinions as those of Dawkins.

Comment Re:Apple Plan (Score 0, Troll) 495

By the way, anyone who uses the word "appletard" deserves to be modded as a troll or flamebait. I'm a mac user at home but I'm a software developer for the windows platform with over decade of work experience. I can hack a geektool desktop and write shell scripts with the best of them but I like having an OS with a GUI that does not require me to put on a sys admin hat when I get home.

Good for you. I would have said that since you're apparently a little more flexible and open-minded than your typical trust fund ponce who sits in Starbucks all day posing that the term "appletard" doesn't apply to you.

However I consider people who try to appeal/second guess the moderators as the second lowest[1] of the low, so you can eat shit and die.

[1] after the moderators themselves [2].
[2] and paedophiles. Third lowest.

I'll come in again.

Comment to be well liked (Score 1) 842


There will inevitably be someone there that won't like you, and no matter what you do they may continue to dislike you. No matter how careful you are you will inevitably make some bad choices, miss opportunities, and be on the wrong end of an argument and that is how you will be defined. People far less deserving than you will be your superiors and promoted ahead of you. You will be blamed for mistakes you didn't make, and have credit for your successes stolen from you. You will be driven to the point of doing things you know are wrong to stay competitive. Ultimately you will be sorely tempted to give into despair and cynicism and simply try to exist with as little pain as possible.

If you want to be well liked, understand this. Understand it when you begin your career and wonder at your coworker's lack of enthusiasm and reluctance to take chances. Understand it when you work 60 hours per week to save the project and it fails anyway due to reasons beyond your control. Understand it when you are promoted and people you thought were your friends become your enemy. Understand it when you are in the boardroom and your colleagues snicker at the thought of those below them. Understand it, but do everything you can to free yourself from it.

Comment Re:Military-Industrial Complex (Score 1) 449

I think you are confused. What the grandparent comment said was correct: the budget deficit was $1.7 trillion: cutting out the roughly $700 Billion spent on defense leaves a $1 Trillion dollar deficit. That means the budget doesn't balance. Subtraction, okay? I don't understand how you think you can reduce $700 billion dollars to $350 billion (from 6x to 3x the next-biggest country's spending) and that somehow balances the budget. $1.7 trillion - $350 billion is not $0.

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