NSA Agents Will Make All Their Private Calls with a Fishbowl [Security]

February 29th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

The National Security Agency, America’s eyes and ears, constantly deals with highly-sensitive data. Problem is, discussing that data over normal channels represents a huge security risk—often requiring agents to communicate in code over unprotected airwaves. That’s why the Agency has developed its own super-secure Android handset. More »







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Intoxicase Opens Your Bottles and Tallies Your Level of Debauchery [Video]

February 29th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Spending an afternoon drinking in the alley with your favorite neighbors is all well and good, but around the 8th bottle of Alamo things might get hazy. The Intoxicase for iPhone not only tracks how many man sodas you’ve consumed, it will even crack you open a freshie as well. More »







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Trike Drifting Is the Best Thing to Ever Happen on Three Wheels [Video]

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If you asked the 6-year-old me to think of the single awesomest activity possible, I would have have answered, trike drifting (I was huge into Big Wheels). And, after watching this video, my 30-year-old self is still inclined to agree. More »







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Facebook Will Prove You’re Alive During the Next Disaster [Facebook]

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When an earthquake ravaged Fukushima and terrified all of Japan, the entire country had one reaction: is everyone OK? And if you knew someone in an afflicted area, you might’ve been thinking, is my husband okay? Now Facebook will tell you. More »







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The Net: Because Sometimes You’re Too Connected [Video]

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On a day where we got a closer look at the future of computing, it seems only appropriate to look back at what some Hollywood producer thought the future of computing would be like. Sort of. Floppy Disks! Zip drives! Pizza.Net!!! Enjoy. [Netflix] More »







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In Japan, You Can Order McDonald’s Using Your Car Navigation System [Food]

February 29th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in Uncategorized

Apparently fast food still isn’t fast enough for the residents of Japan. Starting in March, McDonald’s will be testing out a new system allowing drivers to order and pay for a happy meal right from their car’s navigation unit. More »







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Meet the Next CEO of Microsoft: Steven Sinofsky Is the Heir Apparent [Microsoft]

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It was summer 2009. Microsoft had just shipped the final code for Windows 7 to PC manufacturers, who had begun burning it onto the tens of millions of new computers that would ship that Christmas. More »







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Russian Mogul Plans to Plant Our Brains in Robots and Keep Them Alive Forever [Video]

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The Pentagon’s new Avatar project, unveiled by Danger Room a few weeks back, sounds freaky enough: Soldiers practically inhabiting the bodies of robots, who’d act as “surrogates” for their human overlords in battle. More »







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New Camera Sensor Captures Images and Depth Data At the Same Time [Guts]

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Samsung has developed what they’re touting as the world’s first sensor that can capture both an RGB and range (or depth) image at the same time, granting Kinect-like gesture recognition capabilities to a host of devices. More »







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Vendors Take Blame For Most Data Center Incidents

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dcblogs writes “External forces who work on the customer’s data center or supply equipment to it, including manufacturers, vendors, factory representatives, installers, integrators, and other third parties were responsible for 50% to 60% of abnormal incidents reported in a data center, according to Uptime Institute, which has been collecting data since 1994. Over the last three years, Uptime found that 34% of the abnormal incidents in 2009 were attributed to operations staff, followed by 41% in 2010, and 40% last year. Some 5% to 8% of the incidents each year were tied to things like sabotage, outside fires, other tenants in a shared facility. But when an abnormal incident leads to a major outage that causes a data center failure, internal staff gets the majority of blame. ‘It’s the design, manufacturing, installation processes that leave banana peels behind and the operators who slip and fall on them,’ said Hank Seader, managing principal research and education at Uptime.”

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