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Submission + - Reprogramming NES Super Mario Bros. 3...By Playing It 1

seufet writes: The retro-gaming wizards at tasvideos.org have managed to use extremely precise controller input to play a console game into reprogramming itself on a new platform — Super Mario Bros. 3 on the venerable Nintendo Entertainment System — and with a twist. Instead of playing Pong or Snake, the new exploit gives Mario new powers the game developers never imagined and uses them to dominate the game in unexpected ways. TASBot demonstrated the feat live on an unmodified NES & cartridge for the Awesome Games Done Quick 2016 charity marathon, where world champion Mitch kicked the tires on Mario's new powers in realtime.

 
Google

Submission + - Google Public DNS now supports DNSSEC validation (blogspot.com.au)

snowtigger writes: Google’s Public DNS service, behind the well-known 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 IP addresses, now supports DNSSEC validation. Previously, the service accepted and forwarded DNSSEC-formatted messages but did not perform validation.

Effective deployment of DNSSEC requires action from both DNS resolvers and authoritative name servers. Resolvers, especially those of ISPs and other public resolvers, need to start validating DNS responses. Meanwhile, domain owners have to sign their domains. Today, about 1/3 of top-level domains have been signed, but most second-level domains remain unsigned. From the daily 130 billion DNS queries the service receives, only 7% of queries from the client side are DNSSEC-enabled (about 3% requesting validation and 4% requesting DNSSEC data but no validation) and about 1% of DNS responses from the name server side are signed.

Android

Submission + - We did not need Google's Schmidt to tell us Android and Chrome would not merge (networkworld.com)

Steve Patterson writes: Thankfully, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has announced that "Android and Chrome will remain separate." Rumors that the products would be combined emerged last week when leadership of Android and Chrome were consolidated under Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai. Schmidt stated the obvious, but if you are a developer and you took the bait and thought the rumors might be true, you already read enough of Google Chrome or Google Android documentation before Schmidt’s clarification and confirmed that consolidating the two products would be, well, stupid.

Submission + - Making your own phone is easier than you might think (newscientist.com)

Big Hairy Ian writes: "Our reporter builds a handcrafted cellphone using widely available parts and online instructions

SUDDENLY, my phone rings. It chirps out a tinny version of what sounds like the Christmas carol Angels We Have Heard on High. I am giddy with amazement.

On the fifth floor of the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts, David Mellis has just plugged in the mobile phone I spent all afternoon soldering together. That's right: I just built a cellphone. By hand.

Mellis is a graduate student in the High-Low Tech lab, a group of engineering evangelists trying to bring technology know-how to people who perhaps thought it was out of reach. In 2005, he helped found Arduino, a company that makes easy-to-program microprocessors and sells them on simple circuit boards. The idea is to help people make electronic products without needing a degree in computer science.

They're popular among hobbyists, hackers and the sort of people who end up working at the Media Lab but they're hardly mainstream. Mellis wondered if he could take the idea further."

Google

Submission + - Google accused of Discrimination (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Googe has just been accused of Discrimination and Antisemitism. This isn't the first time either. Google has responded in the past that their anti-Semitic search results are purely the result of algorithms. This time however, it seems to be intentional, leaving no room for the "computer did it" excuses.

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