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Submission + - Orlando Entrepreneurs Seek to Partner with FAA for Certificate Film Flight (

lucymartin12 writes: Hoverfly Technologies designs and builds groundbreaking aerial robot systems. The company’s film robots help photographers find innovative ways to produce aerial footage, and its industrial and public safety robots help protect people and property. Hoverfly’s commercial and public safety robots feature Hovercore, Hoverfly’s proprietary flight control system technology incorporating advanced concepts in aerial flight stability, communications, and safety intelligence
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Submission + - The Most Detailed Picture of the Internet Ever (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: "Why would you need a map of the Internet? The Internet is not like the Grand Canyon. It is not a destination in a voyage that requires so many right turns and so many left turns. The Internet, as the name suggests and many of you already know, is nothing but the sum of decentralized connections between various interconnected computers that are speaking roughly the same language. To map out those connections and visualize the place where I spend so much of my time may not have any clear use, but it intrigues the pants off me.

An anonymous researcher with a lot of time on his hands apparently shares the sentiment. In a newly published research paper, this unnamed data junkie explains how he used some stupid simple hacking techniques to build a 420,000-node botnet that helped him draw the most detailed map of the Internet known to man. Not only does it show where people are logging in, it also shows changes in traffic patterns over time with an impressive amount of precision. This is all possible, of course, because the researcher hacked into nearly half a million computers so that he could ping each one, charting the resulting paths in order to make such a complex and detailed map. Along those lines, the project has as much to do with hacking as it does with mapping."

Submission + - Life-like, Digital Head May be Your New Personal Assistant

An anonymous reader writes: Ever wondered what Siri would look like? Now she may have the possibility of receiving a face to go with her voice. New research conducted at Cambridge Research Lab and the University of Cambridge's Department of Engineering has resulted in Zoe: a digital, talking head that can express a range of human emotions on demand. The virtual face can display emotions such as happiness, anger and fear, and can even suit its voice to any feeling that the user wants it to simulate. Creepily life-like, the face is based on actress Zoe Lister, best known for her role in the Channel 4 series, Hollyoaks.

Submission + - Universe 100 million years older than previously thought (

skade88 writes: Reuters is reporting that scientists now say the universe is 100 million years older than previously thought after they took a closer look at leftover radiation from the Big Bang. This puts the age of the Universe at 13.8 billion years. The new findings are the direct results from analyzing data provided by the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft. The spacecraft is providing the most detailed look to date at the remnant microwave radiation that permeates the universe.

"It's as if we've gone from a standard television to a high-definition television. New and important details have become crystal clear," Paul Hertz, NASA's director of astrophysics, told reporters on a conference call.

Comment I broke the museum once (Score 2, Funny) 122

No, I didn't break *in* -- I broke the museum. I was standing near an exhibit of a tape library robot, busily moving tapes around, and the control panel was right out there where anyone could fiddle with it. I pushed a button -- I don't remember which one -- and the robot arm reset to its rest position and stopped. I moved away from the exhibit before anyone saw me. A week later the museum closed and didn't reopen for almost a year. So that must have been one important tape library. Sorry.

Submission + - Is PHP Insecure? (

darthcamaro writes: Over 60 bugs were reported in PHP over the last 30 days, should PHP users and developers be worried? Most of the flaws however are ones that developers themselves can protect against with proper coding practices according to the Andi Gutmans CEO of commercial PHP vendor Zend. He argues that PHP security is a matter of setting expectations. In his view, PHP — like all development languages, is only as secure as the code people that write code with it.

"People should not expect PHP to be able to enforce security boundaries on a developer that has permissions to run custom PHP code," Gutmans said. "It's an inherently flawed scenario — and it's the wrong layer to protect in. People must rely on properly-configured OS-level permissions for securing against untrusted developers."


Submission + - Use of "A" accounts in large environments

fatboy77 writes: As part of a team that supports ~1600 servers I have been charged with a task to find a way to grant admin access to the environment to team members that are spread across the world. One item that we are considering is the use of "A" accounts, that is a seperate account that is used by each team member that has elevated access to the environment. Each team member would maintain a standard user account that would be used for email, internet, and general activities, but for activities that require admin access to the servers they would each have an "A" account wich would be the same as there standard account with an A at the end of it and a separate password that is changed on a shorter schedule than there standard account.

I am wondering how other companies are handleing this type of situation.

Submission + - New Radar Device Helps Blind People "See" (

greenrainbow writes: Students in Israel at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have developed new technology that allows blind people to “see” objects around them through a simple radar system. The device consists of a computer, two video cameras and a scanning light source that audibly alerts the individual of objects that are close in proximity. The system scans surrounding objects and their distance from two points, much like the human eyes. Unlike current sensor canes, this new light scanning device is a hands free system that can sense objects on the ground, overhead and in the periphery.

Submission + - New Handheld Computer is 100% Open-Source (

metasonix writes: While the rest of the industry has been blubbering about the iPad and imitations thereof, Qi Hardware is actually shipping a product that is completely open-source and copyleft. The Ben NanoNote is a handheld computer that apparently contains no proprietary technology. It uses a 366 MHz MIPS processor, 32MB RAM, 2 GB flash, a 320x240 pixel color display, and a Qwerty keyboard. No network built in, though it is claimed to accept SD-card WiFi or USB-Ethernet adapters. Included is a very simple Linux OS based on the OpenWrt distro installed in Linksys routers, with Busybox GUI. It's apparently intended primarily for hardware and software hackers, not as a general-audience handheld. The price is right, though: $99.

Submission + - Super Earths discovered orbiting 61 Virginis ( 1

likuidkewl writes: Two super Earths, 5 and 7.5 times the size of our home, were found to be orbiting 61 Virginis a mere 28 light years away.

"These detections indicate that low-mass planets are quite common around nearby stars. The discovery of potentially habitable nearby worlds may be just a few years away," said Vogt, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at UCSC.

And yes, it was hard not to type virgins.


Submission + - The Coming Spam Pandemic (

Trailrunner7 writes: Many spammers now have large staffs of people working on nothing but building out completely fake personas for non-existent users on social networking sites and blog networks. The spammers use these personas to create accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Blogspot and other sites that have high levels of user interaction. But these are not the easily identifiable spambots and fake profiles that have been cluttering these sites from the beginning. Instead, the personas have all of the attributes that one would expect in a real user, such as clearly defined interests, specific geographic locations, favorite bands and movies. "Their goal is to be right down the middle, not too high or too low on the radar," said Robert Hansen, a security researcher who discussed the new tactics during a webinar Wednesday put on by Black Hat and Dark Reading. Hansen, who has spoken with some of the spammers using these techniques, said that they can create as many as 500,000 to a million new personas in a single day.

Submission + - Hackers Find Home in Amazon EC2 Cloud (

snydeq writes: Security researchers have spotted the Zeus botnet running an unauthorized command and control center on Amazon's EC2 cloud computing infrastructure. This marks the first time Amazon Web Services' cloud infrastructure has been used for this type of illegal activity, according to threat researcher Don DeBolt. The hackers got onto Amazon's infrastructure by hacking into a Web site hosted on Amazon's servers and then secretly installing their command and control infrastructure.

Submission + - ACLU loses largest donor

conspirator57 writes: For those of you who are big fans of civil liberties, e.g. supporters of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), it may come as a downer to know that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has lost it's single largest donor to the financial crisis and burgeoning depression. This person was responsible for about 25% of ACLU's annual budget. Please support them as you are able.

Full story from Glenn Greenwald:

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