Watch: Stuxnet and the dawn of the era of digital warfare
XPRIZE‘s competitions touch the furthest reaches of human achievement in fields like healthcare, oceanography, space exploration and now adult literacy. The organization is currently designing a competition in the field of cybersecurity.…
Matt Damon fights to survive on Mars in first trailer for The Martian
A day after we were introduced to the cast of Ridley Scott's The Martian, we now have our first trailer, and things look a good deal less chipper this time around. Here, we see NASA botanist Mark...
Security Firm Kaspersky Hacked
Kaspersky said the attackers are probably the same group behind 2011's Stuxnet-like Duqu worm.
Watch the US Navy test its electromagnetic jet fighter catapult
The US Navy's next-gen electromagnetic catapult for aircraft carriers works! Well, OK, the military hasn't exactly used it to launch an actual fighter je
Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter welcome baby boy
Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Turner welcomed a baby boy. The name of Cumberbatch's wife is Sophie Hunter
Blog o' Weston: Why Programming Languages Use Only One 'View,' and How to Fix That
( note 1 : This is the first of a two part series; part two is here: How to Make View-Independent Program Models )
( note 2 : In the interest of a little more context/concreteness: here's a video of an editor I made that works by rendering a tree-based program model as described in the article: Tiled Text )
( note 3 : While I believe the theory is fairly well worked out, I wont pretend to be utterly sure of its value without having a working implementation in software. I'm working on it, slowly—but I have to earn a living separately from that work, unfortunately. What I'm hoping is that someone with more resources than myself undertakes something similar, and that in a few years I can use it to program in a virtual reality environment. Feedback/critique/discussion is welcome. )
It's pretty well acknowledged that the reason source languages exist is that they are better interfaces for program creation than, say, typing and reading machine code. And yet, it's kind of weird when I call them 'user interfaces'—probably because they are each comprised partly of the concrete interface to some external text editor and partly of an abstract specification, this combination being a more nebulous construct than we're accustomed to labeling 'user interface.
iOS 9: Will you be able to upgrade your iPhone or iPad? | ZDNet
However, given the crazy free disk space requirements for upgrading to iOS 8 - which could be as high as 6.9 gigabytes - some users may have given iOS 8 a miss. Well, Apple has some good news - it's cut the free space requirements down to 1.3 gigabytes. That not only means less to download, but it also means that you won't have to delete vast swathes of your digital life to make room for the upgrade, making the upgrade a lot less painful than before .
Third-party complications are a bigger deal than native Apple Watch apps
But third-party complications are the real prize here. It would be ideal if they could automatically change throughout the day–like, for example, a stock could show while the market is open or flip to reflect flight times on the day you’re traveling–but a deeper level of personalization on the de facto lock screen expands Apple Watch’s capabilities far wider than native apps. iOS and OS X have been taking steps to deliver data without needing to open and close apps as often, but on those devices, apps still make the most sense. I don’t mind spending time with my Mac or iPhone, but with my Watch I want to put my wrist down as quickly as possibly; once developers begin to embrace the beauty and simplicity of the complication, even the number of times I need to use the Glances on my watch will likely drop considerably.
What to expect from Nintendo at E3 2015 - CNET
For starters, the company has a few new releases, including a new installment of its high-profile Star Fox title. The popular space shooting game, in which players assume the role of the titular fox as he dogfights opponents in aerial combat, is in the works for the Wii U under legendary Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto. Miyamoto gave a brief demo of an early version of the game last year. Among the news gamers are hoping to hear: when it will be released. It's widely expected to hit the market in 2015, especially now that Zelda has been pushed to 2016.
Recommended Reading: NFL player turns mercenary in 'Call of Duty'
Recommended Reading highlights the best long-form writing on technology and more in print and on the web. Some weeks, you'll also find short reviews of books that we think are worth your time. We hope you enjoy the read.
An influential force in Silicon Valley is leaving his post
REUTERS/Robert GalbraithMicrosoft Chairman Bill Gates (R) and Stanford University President John Hennessy conduct a question and answer session with students on the Stanford campus in Palo Alto, California February 19, 2008. (Reuters) - The president of Stanford University, a computer scientist who sits on the boards of Google Inc and Cisco Systems Inc and has been an influential force in Silicon Valley, plans to step down next year, the university said.
A Mountain of Prizes For Projects Using These Parts
Big fan of the contest here at HAD. I have put in many more hours building skills because there is a chance of getting a few small prizes. My time is worth way more that the prize I got so far, but the skills I have learned in the process are very valuable to me. The mini prize giveaways are a great idea. Not sure why there are so many haters out there. I like how accessible the contest is, I will probably not be a finalist, but love the fact that we can all play. It would be great if every company ever could just sponsor us and give us free stuff, but that fact that we have as many sponsors as we do is awesome. I would like to do some mbed stuff, but am not going to fault HAD for no lining up all sponsors, HAD has a lot of sponsors and it’s great. If you don’t like the current state, get involved to the extent that you have a larger voice and then improve the process.
Ask.com - What's Your Question?
The Knot lists several tasks for the best man, including being in charge of outfitting the groomsmen, planning and throwing the bachelor party and giving the first toast at the after-wedding party. There are additional duties related to these main tasks that might be asked of him depending on the groom's preferences.
Scientists Discover Scores of Weird Species in Philippine Waters
All of the specimens — ranging from sea slugs to delicate heart urchins — were found off the coast of the Philippines as part of the academy's long-running exploration of the Coral Triangle . During this year's seven-week expedition, funded by the National Science Foundation, the scientists zeroed in on the Verde Island Passage , nestled between the Philippine islands of Luzon and Mindoro.
The mathematics of love
Finding the right mate is no cakewalk — but is it even mathematically likely? In a charming talk, mathematician Hannah Fry shows patterns in how we look for love, and gives her top three tips (verified by math!) for finding that special someone.
Want to help someone? Shut up and listen!
When most well-intentioned aid workers hear of a problem they think they can fix, they go to work. This, Ernesto Sirolli suggests, is naïve. In this funny and impassioned talk, he proposes that the first step is to listen to the people you're trying to help, and tap into their own entrepreneurial spirit. His advice on what works will help any entrepreneur.
E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is an annual convention where the hottest video games of the year are shown. E3 2015 is being held June 16-18 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Press conferences for Bethesda, Microsoft, Sony, Electronic Arts, and Ubisoft will be held beginning Monday, June 14. IGN Live will be broadcasting from the show with the E3 2015 press conferences, including interviews and demos with game developers.
What’s next in 3D printing
Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers.
Apple made an Android app that helps people switch to iOS
The new software, which wasn't detailed during today's keynote, is plainly called "Move to iOS." Aside from moving over all the critical stuff, it also aims to help rebuild your app library once you've made the leap to Apple's platform. For free apps, it'll look at whatever's on your Android phone (i.e. Facebook or Twitter) and offer download suggestions for their iOS counterparts. If you've got paid Android apps that also exist on iOS, those will automatically be added to your App Store wish list.
Games at E3 2015 - E3 - Electronics Entertainment Expo Wiki Guide - IGN
The Games at E3 2015 list contains all of the suspected and confirmed games appearing at E3 2015 in some form (not necessarily in "playable" form).
Astronaut snaps fantastically clear pic of Egyptian pyramids from space - CNET
Virts tweeted the picture on Wednesday with the caption, "It took me until my last day in space to get a good picture of these!" The pyramids have been an object of photographic fascination for astronauts before, but clear images have been elusive. Virts' effort is notable because you don't have to play "Where's Waldo?" to locate the pyramids in the image.
How to control someone else's arm with your brain
Greg Gage is on a mission to make brain science accessible to all. In this fun, kind of creepy demo, the neuroscientist and TED Senior Fellow uses a simple, inexpensive DIY kit to take away the free will of an audience member. It’s not a parlor trick; it actually works. You have to see it to believe it.
Gizmodo on Twitter
“ @Gizmodo : Glorious night sky captured with Nikon's new astrophotography DLSR: http://gizmo.do/DjDcDoQ pic.twitter.com/s2gIJEfg1F ” @JackieSlav
William Gibson riffs on writing and the future
Well, in science fiction I think the classic advice from Robert Heinlein was, in order to be a writer you had to finish what you wrote, submit what you’d written for publication, and without waiting to see whether it was rejected or accepted, start writing something else, which you’d then finish. And when the first piece was rejected, you’d immediately submit it somewhere else. Heinlein said that if you simply kept doing that, you’d become by default a writer, and eventually a published one. I think that my version, my advice would be even simpler than that — although that’s really good advice, because if you skip any of Heinlein’s steps you’re not likely to become a published writer — but I think that good fiction is written by people who’ve read a lot of fiction. That seems to be the common denominator. If you think you want to be a writer but you don’t like reading, you should look at that, because there might be something going on. So I would recommend that people read a lot, and as broadly as possible, and then I would suggest that people write a lot. You have to have written a very good deal in order to become really good at it.
How The Most Successful People Poop At Work
With all the newly minted but same old messages about wellness at the workplace, perhaps leadership will consider adding 'one firm bowel movement everyday' to the list of core behaviors. A stretch behavior could be two movements. A menu behavior could be it hits the water like an Acapulco Diver with little to no splash, is a light golden brown, slightly curves at the end...and floats. Yes floats. This means you're eating the right foods and will most likely cost yourself and your employer far less in medical bills in the long run. And while you may not exit the bathroom like my cat from the litter box who then gallops from end of the house to the other afterwards, you'll leave the bunny warren of stalls with a sense of pride and a feeling of great joy, to help overcome that bathroom anxiety. That's my two dingleberries!
How to learn a new language: 7 secrets from TED Translators
I’m learning Korean, and I found that just watching Korean drama (with subtitles) and listening to Korean music really helps. I don’t know the letter names to each of the letters of the Korean alphabet, but I do know how to write each letter, and what they sound like. I almost gave up learning the alphabet (hangeul) because it was difficult for me. Then, one day, I printed out the lyrics (from one source who provided all three: Korean, the romanization, and the English translation). I played the song (Crooked, by G-Dragon) on a loop as I copied down the Korean lyrics and trying to sing along to it the best I could. By the time I was done copying down the entire song, I realized that I knew how all of the letters sounded and were written.
Gizmodo on Twitter
“ @Gizmodo : The awesomely crazy plan to 3D print steel bridge in mid air. http://gizmo.do/xVNYLbL pic.twitter.com/SK93NUIrPj ” Wonder, what next?
The world of threats to the US is an illusion - The Boston Globe
Promoting the image of a world full of enemies creates a “security psychosis” that misshapes our view of the world. It tempts us to interpret defensive steps taken by other countries as threatening. In extreme cases, it pushes us into wars aimed at preempting threats that do not actually exist.
Brilliant Management Advice From Google's Former CEO On How To Build A $300 Billion Company
Brilliant Management Advice From Google's Former CEO On How To Build A $300 Billion Company
The Journey: A refugee's odyssey from Syria to Sweden
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How One Brain Came Back From Unconsciousness
Dylan went rock climbing, working his way up a climbing wall in Boston. The Rizzos sent the video to Giacino, who now includes the clip when he gives talks about recovery in patients with grim prognoses. It is the most vivid embodiment of his argument for patience. Calling up a slide on his office computer, Giacino showed me the results of long-term follow-up of patients who, like Dylan, had reached the minimally conscious state within 60 days of a traumatic brain injury. The graphs document the slow but steady reacquisition, over the course of three or four or even five years, of many of the same physical and cognitive abilities that Dylan relearned. “What this tells us,” Giacino said, “is that the story doesn’t end at 12 months.” Dylan is among a growing number of patients who defy the prognostic odds. “It’s not an exceptional case,” Giacino insisted. “We just don’t know how many exceptions to the rule there are. So I don’t believe in the rule anymore.”
TED Talks to inspire you to go to bed and get a good night's sleep
In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night's sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making.
Think your email's private? Think again
Sending an email message is like sending a postcard, says scientist Andy Yen in this thought-provoking talk: Anyone can read it. Yet encryption, the technology that protects the privacy of email communication, does exist. It's just that until now it has been difficult to install and a hassle to use. Showing a demo of an email program he designed with colleagues at CERN, Yen argues that encryption can be made simple to the point of becoming the default option, providing true email privacy to all.
Writers Choose Their Favorite Words - The New Yorker
All of which makes a writer reflect upon her own favorite and forgotten words. You can’t have my surname and not be grateful for the blunt, good words that come from Old English; but I confess a personal predilection for words of Latin origin, with the arch distance they offer from the realm of ordinary speech, and their secret etymological histories, which seem to me to bestow a peculiar romance upon the craft of writing. I cannot say the word “procrastinate”—a useful word for a writer—without hearing embedded therein “cras,” the Latin word for “tomorrow,” which, St. Augustine noted, sounded like the croaking cry of the dilatory raven that was sent from the ark and never came back. Then there are those words of uncertain origin but perfect aptness. Where I come from, the West Country of England, we have a proudly provincial word that would be on my list of words worth saving: “grockles,” a mildly derogatory term for visiting tourists or holidaymakers—that is, the barbarian’s word for the invaders.
Leica Releases a Full-Frame Compact Camera (For Zillionaires) | WIRED
Remember that the word “compact” is relative to its sensor size. The company stresses that these cameras are “made in Germany,” and this is not a little pocketable point-and-shoot. It’s more like the size of a mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera, and it’s bigger than its chief rival, Sony’s full-frame RX1, which costs less than half the price. At 5.1-inches wide, 3.14-inches tall, and 3.6-inches deep, the Q is a bit chunkier than the 4.5 x 2.6 x 2.8-inch Sony. It also weighs close to a pound and a half, while the Sony is only a pound.
BMW made the first hybrid you won't be embarrassed to be seen driving
The BMW i8 is not your run-of-the-mill hybrid. Sporting a 129 HP motor in the front and a 228 HP turbo engine in the back, the car won't leave you wanting for power and performance. Oh — and did we mention it's absolutely gorgeous?
Why 'The Martian' is going to be way better than 'Interstellar' or 'Gravity'
But there's going to be a huge difference between the two sci-fi movies: "The Martian" is going to be heavy on the science fact, and light on the science fiction.
If You Look Hard Enough, Vaginas Are Everywhere
This pussy is a progressive male pussy wanting to do right by female counterpart. Bend ur brain 4 a couple secs and consider males (sis-penip males & otherwise): Pussy making some progress these days (s/0) but with advancement of pussy female/ female gender comes inevitable crisis of masculinity leading to many Q's for males including but not limited to: Am I creepy? Am I the patriarchy (I don't think so bc i try to be Nice guy but perhaps I doth protest too much or some shit?)? Am I useful? Here's the deal, males, if I may be so bold (I may be bc I can do wtvr tf I want duh): The pussy empathize w the struggle to be Correct and Nice male. We do not hate u bc we love ourselves. If u are Nice guy and treat pussy female with Consideration, this is much appreciated and the best way. TY 4 have awareness. Corrective action probably most potent on a 1- 1 level; systemic change happens gradually between individual Humans in relationships so act like a fuckng Human and listen to the ideas of other Humans. V simple. A kiss! to u and ur kin. @mgilmore1112
When a Bookstore Closes, an Argument Ends - The New Yorker
I got a lot of my French education at La Hune. For most of its life it was in a space near its final one, closer to the Boulevard St.-Germain—just opposite a still thriving newsstand, and right among the Sartrean cafés. It was as much a social center, a place to drop in and see what was new among the leaves, so to speak, as a place to go and buy an assigned book. I can’t count all the books I bought there, and still own. (Some of them I actually read.) But the education was, as educations ought to be, more sentimental than simply didactic. La Hune, more than any other place, brought the special feel and aura and even smells of French literary culture into my heart, as it had into those of many other Americans.
John Berger / Ways of Seeing , Episode 1 (1972)
A BAFTA award-winning BBC series with John Berger, which rapidly became regarded as one of the most influential art programmes ever made. In the first programme, Berger examines the impact of photography on our appreciation of art from the past. Ways of Seeing is a 1972 BBC four-part television series of 30-minute films created chiefly by writer John Berger and producer Mike Dibb. Berger's scripts were adapted into a book of the same name. The series and book criticize traditional Western cultural aesthetics by raising questions about hidden ideologies in visual images. The series is partially a response to Kenneth Clark's Civilisation series, which represents a more traditionalist view of the Western artistic and cultural canon.
This is what Fox Mulder and Dana Scully look like in 2015
The X-Files is coming back in January, and production for Fox's six-episode "event series" has officially begun. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have been tweeting out teases from the set in recent days, and today we're getting our first look at Mulder and Scully since we last saw them nearly seven years ago in X-Files: I Want To Believe, the second full-length movie inspired by the hit series. Let's just say a lot has changed.
Sony's new point-and-shoot is the point-and-shoot to end all point-and-shoots
So yeah, it'll fit in your clothes and takes photos that'd make your phone cry (had some macabre device maker kitted it out with tear ducts). The really neat stuff comes into play once you start using the thing as a video camera. Sony claims it'll shoot near-broadcast-quality 4K video for five minutes at a time, and can record slow-motion video at up to 960 frames per second. This is the part where I wanted to dump a gallery of test photos or slo-mo video taken with the Mk. IV, but -- surprise, surprise -- Sony was having none of that. Still, seeing exactly how a bald, sleight-of-hand artist pulled off his card tricks in startlingly crisp slow motion was probably the highlight of my morning. The rest of us might have written off tiny cameras that aren't smartphones, but Sony's sensor and design chops argue pretty strongly that we've been too hasty. Obviously, there's still plenty more to dig into here and I've had all of a half hour to play with the thing -- stay tuned for more nuanced impressions once we get a little more review time in.
The $5 Billion Battle For The American Dinner Plate
Big-city dwellers are also used to spending a lot of money on food, since the cost of living tends to be high where they live. This is another reason they might be more amenable to boxed meals, which are an expensive proposition. Taranto says that his target demographic is what he describes as the "evolved eater," which is, according to Plated's proprietary research, a 31 million strong segment of the American population that cares deeply about the quality of their food and has enough disposable income to invest in eating well. Taranto says that while $12 a meal is a costly dinnertime time option for many, it is a reasonable expense to a segment of consumers whose alternative options include eating out, either at fast casual chains like Panera Bread or at fine dining establishments, or buying groceries from upmarket grocery stores like Whole Foods. "We’ve been very deliberate about going after the high end first," he says. "As our logistical network expands we will be able to deliver at lower price points to more and more people."
The Real Lesson of the Stanford Prison Experiment - The New Yorker
Forty years later, Zimbardo still doesn’t shy away from popular attention. He served as a consultant on the new film, which follows his original study in detail, relying on direct transcripts from the experimental recordings and taking few dramatic liberties. In many ways, the film is critical of the study: Crudup plays Zimbardo as an overzealous researcher overstepping his bounds, trying to create a very specific outcome among the students he observes. The filmmakers even underscore the flimsiness of the experimental design, inserting characters who point out that Zimbardo is not a disinterested observer. They highlight a real-life conversation in which another psychologist asks Zimbardo whether he has an “independent variable.” In describing the study to his Stanford colleagues shortly after it ended, Zimbardo recalled that conversation: “To my surprise, I got really angry at him,” he said. “The security of my men and the stability of my prison was at stake, and I have to contend with this bleeding-heart, liberal, academic, effete dingdong whose only concern was for a ridiculous thing like an independent variable.
Governor Abbott Signs Legislation To Establish State Bullion Depository
Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 483 (Capriglione, R-Southlake; Kolkhorst, R-Brenham) to establish a state gold bullion depository administered by the Office of the Comptroller. The law will repatriate $1 billion of gold bullion from the Federal Reserve in New York to Texas. The bullion depository will serve as the custodian, guardian and administrator of bullion that may be transferred to or otherwise acquired by the State of Texas. Governor Abbott issued the following statement:
This is the new BMW 7 Series, a rolling temple to high-tech
Automakers around the world use their large luxury sedans as testbeds for bleeding-edge tech — a lot of it is ridiculous, but a lot of it becomes practical (think heated seats) or even required by law (think anti-lock brakes or stability control). Over time, the theory goes, some of those technologies filter down to the more plebeian models in the range.
Facebook Messenger On Android Hits 1…Billion…Downloads
Only two companies have apps with over 1 billion Google Play downloads, and the other is Google. Today Facebook proved just how big a business replacing SMS can be, as its leader David Marcus announced Messenger has now been downloaded over 1 billion times on Android. It joins Facebook and WhatsApp, and Google’s Gmail, YouTube, Search, and Maps in this very exclusive club.
Why we make bad decisions
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness — sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q&A with some familiar TED faces.
Can China Be Contained?
And in other news, the U.S. is considering moving heavy weaponry closer to Russia. Sounds like another smart move that I am sure is embraced wholeheartedly by the warons among us and our massive and corrupt military industrial complex. I mean, wow, we've been pursuing relations with China since Nixon! And Putin, how dare he react to events in his own backyard! One thing is for sure, you can expect pushback from a lot of nefarious elements in our government and industry the more you push for peace. After all, there is a lot of money to be made waging war and its even better when you know neither you or your kids will be fighting. That is for the suckers.
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75 million-year-old blood cells found in dino bones - CNET
"We still need to do more research to confirm what it is that we are imaging in these dinosaur bone fragments, but the ancient tissue structures we have analysed have some similarities to red blood cells and collagen fibres. If we can confirm that our initial observations are correct, then this could yield fresh insights into how these creatures once lived and evolved."
Here are the best iOS 9 features Apple didn't mention at WWDC
Apple’s WWDC keynote focused on a number of big new features, like Apple Music, predictive Siri and its News app, but there were a number of smaller features the company didn’t mention.
Take "the Other" to lunch
There's an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them "the mystic" and "the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn't agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what's really in their hearts.