Posts Tagged ‘story source’

Syfy Reality Show Will Feature Giant Boxing Robots

November 20th, 2012 11:18 admin View Comments


An anonymous reader writes “It looks like the next generation of ‘Battle Bots’ is here: ‘Syfy has greenlit and shot the first season of a new show where eight-foot-tall state-of-the-art humanoid robots will rock ‘em and sock ‘em in a boxing cage until one is defeated. The future-shock new series is called Robot Combat League and the project has been kept under wraps until today. The action resembles a real-life version of last year’s hit movie Real Steel, with large menacing robots pounding away at each other in a satisfying shower of sparks and gushing hydraulic fluid.’ Pictures are included with the story.”

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Salt Lake City Police To Wear Camera Glasses

November 14th, 2012 11:00 admin View Comments


Psychotic_Wrath writes “The Salt Lake Police department will be much more transparent with their law enforcement. A program is being rolled out to require officers wear glasses equipped with a camera to record what they see. Of course, there are several officers opposed to this idea, who will resist the change. One of the biggest shockers to me is that the police chief is in strong support of this measure: ‘If Chief Burbank gets his way, these tiny, weightless cameras will soon be on every police officer in the state.’ With all the opposition of police officers being recorded by citizens that we are seeing throughout the country, it is quite a surprise that they would make a move like this. The officers would wear them when they are investigating crime scenes, serving warrants, and during patrols. Suddenly Utah isn’t looking like such a bad place to be. Now we just need to hope other states and departments would follow suit. It sure will be nice when there is video evidence to show the real story.”

Source: Salt Lake City Police To Wear Camera Glasses

Neil deGrasse Tyson Pinpoints Superman’s Home Star System

November 6th, 2012 11:19 admin View Comments


kmoser writes “Everybody’s favorite astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson, makes an appearance in upcoming Superman #14, in which Superman visits the Hayden Planetarium to view his original planet. Meanwhile, back in reality, DC Comics explains that NdGT has used his ‘astronomical’ powers to select the red dwarf LHS 2520 as the most likely real-life red star to fit with Superman’s back story.”

Source: Neil deGrasse Tyson Pinpoints Superman’s Home Star System

Why Eric Schmidt Is Wrong About Microsoft Not Mattering Anymore

October 11th, 2012 10:22 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter Gumbercules!! writes “Eric Schmidt said he believes there is a ‘Gang of Four’ technology platform leaders — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — Microsoft isn’t one of them. I wrote about why I believe he’s wrong and what it might say about Google’s weaknesses. From the article: ‘It’s no secret that Microsoft have utterly failed to make significant roads into the mobile market place. Windows Phone 7 has approximately no marketshare (ok they have live 5% or so) and this has actually gone down over the last year. It’s also no secret that Microsoft have failed to gain any semblance of “cool” and that they’re also managing to drag Nokia down with them. It’s not even a secret that nearly everyone who looks at the new Windows 8 interface-formally-known-as-Metro doesn’t like it. However this isn’t the whole story.’”

Source: Why Eric Schmidt Is Wrong About Microsoft Not Mattering Anymore

Meet iRobot Founder Rodney Brooks’s New Industrial Bot, Baxter

September 18th, 2012 09:08 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter moon_unit2 writes “Technology Review has the scoop on a new industrial robot created by famed robotics researcher Rodney Brooks. The robot, Baxter, is completely safe, extremely adaptable, and ridiculously easy to program. By providing a way to automate simple manufacturing work, it could help make U.S. manufacturers compete with Chinese companies that rely on low-cost human labor. You can see the new robot in action in a related video of the robot in action and Brooks discussing its potential.” $22 thousand and shipping next month, goes the story.

Source: Meet iRobot Founder Rodney Brooks’s New Industrial Bot, Baxter

In Australia, Apple Fined $2.5 Million For ’4G’ Advertising Claims

June 8th, 2012 06:50 admin View Comments


Whiney Mac Fanboy writes “Apple has agreed to pay a $2.25 million (AUD) fine (along with 300k legal costs) to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission for misleading advertising. Apple misrepresented their iPad product as being a ’4G’ device, when in fact they’re only compatible with a very small percentage of 4G networks around the world. The Age online has the full story.

Source: In Australia, Apple Fined $2.5 Million For ’4G’ Advertising Claims

World’s Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

December 29th, 2011 12:13 admin View Comments


First time accepted submitter Narnie writes “Follow up to Tuesday’s story of a PR rep’s lack of professionalism. Kyle Orland provides a follow up interview with Paul Christoforo after a simple email chain escalated into internet infamy. N-Control official response to Paul Chrostoforo’s actions can be found here. even has a whole section devoted to covering the entire ordeal. I for one found myself caught following the news releases and in awe of the combined load forced on penny-arcade’s servers from Slashdot, Reddit, Digg, Kotaku, and other news sites covering the story.”

Source: World’s Worst PR Guy Gives His Side

DOJ: Violating a Site’s ToS Is a Crime

November 15th, 2011 11:24 admin View Comments


ideonexus writes “CNET has obtained a statement to be released by the Department of Justice tomorrow defending its broad interpretation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) that defines violations of “authorized access” in information systems as including any act that violates a Web site’s terms of service, while the White House is arguing for expanding the law even further. This would criminalize teenagers using Google for violating its ToS, which says you can’t use its services if “you are not of legal age to form a binding contract,” and turns multiple attempts to upload copyrighted videos to YouTube into “a pattern of racketeering” according to a GWU professor and an attorney cited in the story.”

Source: DOJ: Violating a Site’s ToS Is a Crime

Russians Can’t Make Contact With Busted Space Probe

November 11th, 2011 11:20 admin View Comments


New submitter benfrog writes “Despite repeated attempts over the past few days, Russia is unable to make contact with Phobos-Grunt, the probe that was supposed to make it to Mars and never left Earth’s atmosphere. Estimates now vary widely on the time left to contact the probe, but it is descending toward Earth and will likely turn into scrap before it can be reached.” Official information is still hard to come by, but the Planetary Society Weblog has been keeping up with the story.

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Book Review: Ghost In the Wires

August 26th, 2011 08:19 admin View Comments


brothke writes “During the 1990′s when Kevin Mitnick was on the run, a cadre of people were employed to find him and track him down. Anyone who could have an angle on Mitnick was sought after by the media to provide a sound bite on the world’s most dangerous computer hacker. Just one example is John Markoff, who became a star journalist for his work at The New York Times, and a follow-up book and series of articles based on Mitnick. In Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the Worlds Most Wanted Hacker, the first personal account of what really happened; Mitnick says most of the stories around him were the result of the myth of Kevin Mitnick, and nothing more. In the book, he attempts to dispel these myths and set the record straight.” Read below for the rest of Ben’s review.

Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World’s Most Wanted Hacker
author Kevin Mitnick
pages 432
publisher Little, Brown and Company
rating 9/10
reviewer Ben Rothke
ISBN 0316037702
summary Kevin Mitnick’s fascinating firsthand story

Source: Book Review: Ghost In the Wires