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Submission + - An In-Depth Analysis of the School Spying Case (blogspot.com)

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Stryde Hax has a great analysis of the school webcam spying case. They looked up the some of the staff at Lower Merion and found interesting presentations they had given about the webcams and their capabilities. They also found many comments from students involved in the case. To make a long story short, the school looks really shady for being so secretive about the spying, there was a rule against disabling the cameras, and we find that there were a few students smart enough to protect themselves by blocking the cameras with tape--those who once considered them 'paranoid' have come around."

Comment Re:nuclear fusion anyone? (Score 2, Interesting) 710

There are tons of reasons why "fuel based technologies", which is really an odd statement as even most of renewable energy sources are fuel based on some level, primary among them is we still have a fairly large shortfall between the world energy demands and its energy producing capacity. A situation that will only get worse as we increase our capacity for creating energy ironically enough. It would be irresponsible to not work the problem from every angle possible. This means working on solar, wind, nuclear fission and fusion, and even better fossil fuel facilities, for now. As well as on working on increasing our efficiency in consuming and delivering energy.

Neither side of the great energy debate wants to hear it, but we are decades away, at best, from a real solution to the problem. And attacking the solutions you don't like don't gain anyone a thing. If you think one solution is the best one then do what you can to support it. Technology wars are won by one side winning via whatever merits, not attacking opposing technologies.

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The DIY Tank 334

Will Foster, a Kettering University student, has built his own half sized Panzer tank. It took Will 2 years and around $10,000 to build his mini-tank and he says the process has been "a lot of trial and error...I'd buy a $200 part that didn't work, then go to a $300 part that didn't work before finding a $50 part that did." The tank is about as big as a small car, and can reach speeds of around 20 mph with its three-cylinder diesel engine. It runs on treads, has a cannon powered by compressed air from a scuba tank and parks wherever the hell it wants.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - iPhone Unlocked via Software

54mc writes: "In the latest in a series of iPhone unlocking stories, CNN reports that a group of anonymous hackers have successfully unlocked the iPhone via software. From the story: " 'It's completely software hacked,' Schulte said. 'There's no case opening required. It's not required to do any kind of disassembly.' It took Schulte about two minutes to unlock the iPhone." Could this be the beginning of the end of AT&T's monopoly on the so-called JesusPhone?"

Submission + - AMD R6xx Image Quality Analyzed (beyond3d.com)

Steve Kerrison writes: "The most recent graphics chips to come off of AMD and Nvidia's production lines have added performance boosts and support for DirectX 10. But what about image quality? Beyond3D looks at the image quality features of the R6xx family of GPUs, where AMD has been adding a few tricks:

What follows is our look at AMD R6-series image quality as it stands, and it's one that focuses on the AA down-filter more than anything else. It's where AMD have changed the game the most, introducing forward-looking custom filters...

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