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Submission + - New Laser Blinds Heat-Seeking Missiles (discovery.com)

disco_tracy writes: A new laser-based missile defense system emits a multitude of wavelengths — all in the infrared range. Just as infrared light from the summer sun warms up the Earth, the infrared light from the lasers warms an incoming missile — or more precisely, it warms the heat-sensor the missile uses to lock onto an aircraft's engine and the exhaust.
The infrared lasers mask the signature of those heat sources by making everything look like a heat source. "It's like throwing sand into the eyes of the missile," said Mohammed Islam. If the pilot turns sharply while the missile is blinded, he or she should should be able to evade the projectile and escape.

Submission + - OpenX Vulnerability leaves sites open to attack (techeye.net)

bossanovalithium writes: An OpenX vulnerability is leaving legitimate and popular websites wide open to malware attacks — by getting into the nuts and bolts and tinkering with the advertising.

Tucows, the popular download site, confirmed that it's part of an OpenX server vulnerability. "We detected the intrusion, patched the vulnerability in OpenX and resolved the issue quickly," said general manager Andy Walker.

The code is being loaded in from external domains. When planted on a website it hosts a downloadable exploit from advertising servers which will put the Bredolab trojan onto a computer.

Submission + - Flash Player 'Square' Adds Native 64bit Support

An anonymous reader writes: Adobe Flash Player 'Square' is a preview release that enables native 64-bit support on Linux, Mac OS, and Windows operating systems, as well as enhanced support for Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 beta. We have made this preview available so that users can test existing content and new platforms for compatibility and stability."

Submission + - Knight Rider chip could see well enough to drive (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: Eugenio Culurciello of Yale’s School of Engineering & Applied Science has developed a supercomputer on a chip that he claims has enough power to navigate through busy streets. Dubbed NeuFlow, the system takes its inspiration from the mammalian visual system, mimicking its neural network to quickly interpret the world around it. “One of our first prototypes of this system is already capable of outperforming graphic processors on vision tasks,” Culurciello said. “The complete system is going to be no bigger than a wallet, so it could easily be embedded in cars and other places.” According to the scientists, the system could also be used to improve robot navigation, to provide 360-degree synthetic vision, or in assisted living environments to call for help should an elderly person fall, for example.

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