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Never Surrender!

March 31, 2010 1 comment

Never Surrender!

Power hungry Google goes nuclear!

March 31, 2010 1 comment

TechCrunch reports that “Google has acquired a company that has created a new process for highly efficient isotope separation, we’ve confirmed from multiple sources. The primary use of this technology, say experts we’ve spoken with, is uranium enrichment.

Enriched uranium is a necessary ingredient in the creation of nuclear energy, and one source we’ve spoken with at Google says that this is part of the Google Green Initiative.

The company will use the new technology to enable it to design and possibly build small, mobile and highly efficient nuclear power generators. “Google has already begun building an enrichment plant,” says a high ranking IAEA source.”

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Google Chrome integrates Adobe Flash

March 31, 2010 1 comment

“Google continues to stake its territory online. The search-and-advertising giant announced Tuesday that it will bundle Adobe’s Flash player with downloads of the Chrome browser, putting Google in sharper opposition to Apple — and giving Adobe a powerful ally.

Google’s decision to throw its weight behind Flash is an attempt to protect its turf — the internet — and strengthen its Android and Chrome operating systems for mobile phones, tablets and notebooks. By contrast, Apple’s iPhone and upcoming iPad do not support Flash.

“Integrating Flash into Chrome is more of a signaling and partnership thing than anything else,” says Michael Coté, analyst at RedMonk, a research firm that focuses on strategy and developer-related issues. “After all, anyone who wants to get Flash can otherwise download it.”

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“Honey, it’s those magnets that are bending my morals!”

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“Discovery News reports that scientists have identified a region of the brain which appears to control morality and discovered that a powerful magnetic field can scramble the moral center of the brain, impairing volunteers’ notion of right and wrong.

‘You think of morality as being a really high-level behavior,’ says Liane Young, a scientist at MIT and co-author of the article. ‘To be able to apply (a magnetic field) to a specific brain region and change people’s moral judgments is really astonishing.’ Young and her colleagues used functional magnetic resonance imaging to locate an area of the brain just above and behind the right ear known as the right temporo-parietal junction (RTPJ), which other studies had previously related to moral judgments.

Volunteers were exposed to transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for 25 minutes before reading stories involving morally questionable characters, and being asked to judge their actions. The researchers found that when the RTPJ was disrupted volunteers were more likely to judge actions solely on the basis of whether they caused harm — not whether they were morally wrong in themselves.

The scientists didn’t permanently remove the subjects’ moral sensibilities and on the scientists’ seven point scale, the difference was about one point, averaging out to about a 15 percent change, ‘but it’s still striking to see such a change in such high level behavior as moral decision-making.’

Young points out that the study was correlation; their work only links the RTJP, morality and magnetic fields, but doesn’t definitively prove that one causes another.”

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After China, Google to leave Australia too?

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“A news report in Forbes says that China has blocked Google with its great firewall; now the world waits to see if Australia’s Minister for Censorship, Senator Stephen Conroy, will do the same following his outrageous attacks on Google.

The Minister tried to paint Google as a company that has had its own issues with privacy and not doing evil, which are certainly valid points, but Google’s stance on Internet censorship is plain: it says no.

The Minister’s stance on Internet censorship of refused classification material is plain, too – he wants it. There’s clearly nothing more important for the Minister than meddling with the Internet!”

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A super secure self-destructing USB stick!

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“PC World reports that Victorinox, maker of the legendary Swiss Army Knife, has launched a new super-secure memory stick that sounds like something out of Mission: Impossible.

The Secure Pro USB comes in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB sizes, and provides a variety of security measures including fingerprint identification, a thermal sensor, and even a self-destruct mechanism. Victorinox says the Secure is ‘the most secure [device] of its kind available to the public.

‘ The Secure features a fingerprint scanner and a thermal sensor ‘so that the finger alone, detached from the body, will still not give access to the memory stick’s contents.’ While offering no explanation how the self-destruct mechanism works, Victorinox says that if someone tries to forcibly open the memory stick it triggers a self-destruct mechanism that ‘irrevocably burns [the Secure’s] CPU and memory chip.’

At a contest held in London, Victorinox put its money where its mouth was and put the Secure Pro to the test offering a £100,000 cash prize ($149,000) to a team of professional hackers if they could break into the USB drive within two hours.

They failed.”

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Next step: Touchless Interfaces?

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“The MIT media Lab is developing a motion screen computer. It looks back at you. It measures light and gestures, and uses those to control the interface.

‘Imagine every pixel on your LCD screen emitting light could also be receiving light,’ said Ramesh Rakar, an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab. They even mention the health benefits of not touching displays.”

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