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« Reply #4260 on: Jun 11th, 2011, 08:05am »

Sounds like something for our "Drone-lovers". wink

Japanese Ministry of Self-Defense shows off a flying sphere robot (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers working with the Japanese Ministry of Self-Defense have created what they claim is the worlds first completely spherical flying robot. The robot, which has roughly the same dimensions as a soccer ball, is able to travel at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, or hover in the general area of a stable spot such as a hallway.

If the robot is tumbled to the ground, or swatted by someone with wants to toy with it, the bot will roll to absorb the impact and prevent as much damage as possible. This same trick works on other surfaces, should the robot bounce into walls, fixtures on the walls or anyone who happens to be in the room. Though, at this stage the robot cannot apologize for this breach of etiquette, which in Japan is an important detail.

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« Reply #4261 on: Jun 11th, 2011, 09:25am »

'Morning all! Won't be around too much this weekend--spending it with my grandkids at Fort Walton Beach.......
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« Reply #4262 on: Jun 11th, 2011, 7:12pm »

on Jun 11th, 2011, 09:25am, Swamprat wrote:
'Morning all! Won't be around too much this weekend--spending it with my grandkids at Fort Walton Beach.......
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« Reply #4263 on: Jun 11th, 2011, 7:13pm »

on Jun 11th, 2011, 08:05am, philliman wrote:
Sounds like something for our "Drone-lovers". wink

Japanese Ministry of Self-Defense shows off a flying sphere robot (w/ video)

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers working with the Japanese Ministry of Self-Defense have created what they claim is the worlds first completely spherical flying robot. The robot, which has roughly the same dimensions as a soccer ball, is able to travel at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour, or hover in the general area of a stable spot such as a hallway.

If the robot is tumbled to the ground, or swatted by someone with wants to toy with it, the bot will roll to absorb the impact and prevent as much damage as possible. This same trick works on other surfaces, should the robot bounce into walls, fixtures on the walls or anyone who happens to be in the room. Though, at this stage the robot cannot apologize for this breach of etiquette, which in Japan is an important detail.

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http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-06-japanese-ministry-self-defense-sphere-robot.html

Thanks to Norio Hayakawa for finding this.


Don't give them any ideas. grin
Thanks Phil.
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« Reply #4264 on: Jun 11th, 2011, 7:24pm »

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The repulsive Westboro Baptist Church plan to disrupt my friend’s son’s funeral in Nashville next week. Marine Sergeant Kevin B. Balduf deserves respect. Join us.

by Kevin on June 7, 2011


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The reviled and hated Westboro Baptist Church plans to disrupt the funeral of my friend’s son, fallen Marine Sergeant Kevin B. Baldruf this coming Monday, June 13th at Woodmont Hills Church in Nashville, Tennessee and we are going to make sure that their hateful work is dwarfed by good people coming to pay their respects.
I’ve seen these people on TV, and watched some of their hatred on youtube, but now it is personal. His mother, Jenny Newsom, is my sister Echo’s friend from high school. I remember her coming over to the house when I was a boy. She attended the 50 States in 50 Days tour show in Nashville last year……..very sweet lady.

She is now grieving. My sister emailed me last month with the news of her son’s tragic death in Afghanistan. I felt like someone had punched in the stomach. As a parent, I immediately thought of my own son………I felt helpless.

Now, we can help her. These despicable individuals plan to disrupt his funeral, and we can help shield his family and mother from these idiots. How?

Dusty Belew, a high school friend of mine has formed a Facebook group called “Say NO to the Westboro Baptist Church in Nashville”: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_125468894202879

and we will use it to organize and mobilize next Monday. We are linking up with a very well-organized group called the Patriot Guard Riders: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Patriot-Guard-Riders/306622589748

that ride to support the families of fallen soldiers throughout the US. Their facebook group numbers at around 140,000 people. Our group will augment and support their numbers on the day.

Here is what you can do right now:

1) Sign up for the “Say No to the Westboro Baptist Church in Nashville” Facebook group-We have 12,000 members in 4 days. We are using it to organize, put updated info out, and you can use it as a place to connect with each other. Join us.

2) Share this post on your Facebook wall. Let’s get the word out to Middle Tennessean’s and those in surrounding States, so that we can support this fallen soldier’s family.

INFO ON HOW TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT:
Date & Time: Monday, June 13th at 9:30am – 3pm
Place: Along Franklin Road and extended route of the funeral procession of Marine Sergeant Kevin B. Balduf.
**organizers will be in bright yellow vests, and shuttles are ambulances (10 of them). Please see an organizer for info on arrival.

PARKING: Please read this, as the details have changed! Originally we were staging at the Church of the Redeemer on Caldwell Lane. Our numbers have grown WAY beyond the capacity of that church, so we secured parking at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and the Unity Church on Franklin Road. Everyone needs to plan to park in one of those two locations and shuttle over to the target locations. There will be a tent set up as the shuttle pick up point.
1st parking location:
Nashville Fairgrounds
625 Smith Ave.
Nashville, TN

Google map of location: http://www.kevinmontgomery.com/2011/06/07/the-repulsive-westboro-baptist-church-plan-to-disrupt-my-friends-sons-funeral-in-nashville-next-week-marine-sergeant-kevin-b-balduf-deserves-respect-join-us/%3Cbr%20/%3Ehttp://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode&q=Tennessee+state+fair+grounds&aq=t&sll=37.230328%2C-95.712891&sspn=52.421131%2C78.662109&ie=UTF8&hq=Tennessee+state+fair+grounds&hnear&ll=36.131116%2C-86.75796&spn=0.026412%2C0.038409&z=15

**The best lots to use are the ones on Wedgewood Ave, closest to Nolensville road (also called 4th ave at this location). Look for the tent for the shuttle pick-up point. The shuttles are ambulances.

Communication: You can text usmarine to 90210 for instant text alerts for any changes that might come about. It’s FREE.

The 2nd location (which I would actually try on a first come first serve basis).
First Church Unity
5125 Franklin Rd.
Nashville, TN 37220

Google map of location: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=Nashville+Unity+Church+Franklin+Tn+address&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=Nashville+Unity+Church&hnear=0x886378e0e0f94935:0xf7addba980fa8da1,Franklin,+TN,+USA&ei=f4jyTYPCGsaAhQf6ovnOBg&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=image&ved=0CAQQtgM

**this is a very good location to try first. Once it is full, then we will direct folks to the Nashville Fairgrounds.

ALSO: We have secured special indoor parking for motorcycles. I used to ride myself, so I understand the bond between a rider and his/her bike. If you’re a bike rider looking for a parking place, you can go to Rural Metro Ambulance Service at 3715 Vulcan Dr. and park indoors. Your bikes will be safe and secure in there.
**Special note on parking-our support team are ex-Nashville Police Officers, and active duty sheriffs and we’ve put a great deal of energy into finding a good parking solution. There are a few churches along Franklin Road that upon direction of the Nashville Police will have NO TRESPASSING signs on their lawns. If you see a sign, then DO NOT TRESPASS, or you will be arrested. Also, Franklin Road is a residential street. Please respect the property owners.

OUR CODE OF CONDUCT-The most important thing you will read here. Pay attention, please:
Monday, June 13th is a memorial for Marine Sergeant Kevin B. Balduf. It is a sacred day for his family. This group will not bring shame on his funeral. We want to make it a beautiful, solemn experience that will edify his family, and honor him.
Things to remember:
1) Do NOT at any point confront, speak to, or physically engage members of the Westboro Baptist Church. Ignore them totally. They feed on your anger, and HATE to be ignored. Ignore them. The members of this church are looking for a lawsuit, so don’t give them one.
2) Do take care of each other. If someone needs water, or a sandwich, then give them the extra water, or sandwich that you brought.
3) Do not leave any trash along the side of the road, or in any of the staging areas. Bring a large plastic bag, so you can leave with your own trash, or pick someone else’s up. Many businesses are donating their property to help the cause, and we want to respect that.
4) Bring your flag and DO wave it. As a civilian, as the funeral procession approaches I would hold the flag still with one hand, and put my other over my heart in silence.
5) If you happen to be in your vehicle at the time the funeral procession approaches, then safely pull over to the shoulder of the road, and get out and stand for our Marine and his family.
6) Make this a day that we can all be proud of.
Thank you for the outpouring of love and concern. Please remember that this will be an emotional day, and the best way we can now serve Marine Sergeant Kevin B. Balduf is to honor him by acting in accordance with the points above.
Thank you.

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« Reply #4265 on: Jun 11th, 2011, 7:41pm »

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an utterly fantastic video from 1966 that speculates on what life will be like in 1999... so I thought I'd upload it to celebrate 2009! It is so funny the way they talk about 'the wife' and 'the husband'. Unlike most videos from the past that speculated on flying cars and robots doing all our chores, this one went for the 'home shopping' angle, bank account unification and a way to send letters electronically all over the world.



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First post-shooting photos of Giffords released
The photos appear on the Arizona congresswoman's Facebook page. Giffords was wounded in a mass shooting in January.

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Two photos of a smiling Rep. Gabrielle Giffords were released early Sunday by her office, her hair shorn short but few other telling signs of her gunshot wound to the head.

The Facebook page photos, taken May 17 outside her Houston hospital, are the first clear snapshots of Giffords since the shooting five months ago during a constituent meet-and-greet in a Safeway parking lot in Tucson.

The photos showed how far she has come since she was wounded in the left side of her forehead, but her spokeswoman, Pia Carusone, has cautioned that Giffords still has a long way to go in her recovery.

They show the congresswoman outside, the greenery of the hospital lawn in the background. She smiled directly into the camera in one, while in the other she smiled downward as she sat next to her mother, Gloria Giffords.

Giffords has been in a Houston rehab facility since two weeks after the Jan. 8 shooting. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including Giffords.

Carusone said Friday that Giffords could be released sometime this month.

She said doctors and family are considering "many factors" while making the critical next-step decision to release Giffords from TIRR Memorial Hermann, the hospital where she has been undergoing intensive daily rehabilitation since late January.

"We're looking at before the end of the month. We're looking at early July," Carusone said. "We don't have a date."

But in an interview published this week in the Arizona Republic, Carusone made clear that Giffords remains a shadow of her former self as she has difficulty stringing together sentences and relies heavily on gestures and facial expressions to communicate. She also faces some difficulty in expressing bigger, more complex thoughts, Carusone said.

While Giffords' release from the hospital after five months of intensive inpatient therapy will mark an important step in her recovery, she still must undergo months of outpatient rehabilitation that will include speech, occupational and physical therapy.

Since the shooting, the only time the public has gotten a glimpse of Giffords was April 27 as she boarded a plane to Florida to watch astronaut husband Mark Kelly launch into space. The grainy footage, taken from afar, showed Giffords slowly but purposefully walk up the airplane's stairs.

The newly released photos, shot by Tucson photographer P.K. Weis just before surgery on her skull, provide a much clearer image.

Last month as Kelly was orbiting Earth, doctors repaired Giffords' skull, finally freeing her from wearing a cumbersome protective helmet that her staff members say she hated.

Since the shooting, Giffords has made remarkable strides, requesting her favorite foods, singing her favorite songs, and relearning how to walk and talk, although she struggles to string sentences together.

In an interview with The Arizona Republic published Thursday, Giffords' Chief of Staff Pia Carusone said Giffords' limited speaking ability has led her to rely primarily on facial expressions and hand gestures to communicate.

"She is borrowing upon other ways of communicating. Her words are back more and more now, but she's still using facial expressions as a way to express. Pointing. Gesturing," Carusone said. "Add it all together and she's able to express the basics of what she wants or needs. But, when it comes to a bigger and more complex thought that requires words, that's where she's had the trouble."

Carusone also said that if Giffords' recovery were to plateau now, "it would not be nearly the quality of life she had before."

"All that we can hope for is that she won't plateau today and that she'll keep going and that when she does plateau, it will be at a place far away from here," she said.

Jared Lee Loughner, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the shooting and is being held at a Missouri facility. A judge declared him incompetent to stand trial, but prosecutors hope his competency can be restored so he can answer for the charges.

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June 11, 2011
C.I.A. Director Warns Pakistan on Collusion With Militants
By ELISABETH BUMILLER

WASHINGTON — Leon E. Panetta, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, confronted Pakistani intelligence officials face to face with what the United States believes is evidence of collusion between Pakistani security officials and militants staging attacks in Afghanistan, an American counterterrorism official said Saturday.

During an unannounced trip to Pakistan’s capital on Friday, Mr. Panetta met with the leader of the Pakistani intelligence service, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, and showed him satellite photographs and other evidence of what the C.I.A. believes to be two facilities for the manufacture of bombs used by militants based in Pakistan against American forces in Afghanistan, the official said. The bomb facilities were in the northwestern districts of North and South Waziristan, both havens for militants.

The official said Mr. Panetta was compelled to confront General Pasha after the C.I.A. alerted the Pakistanis about the existence of the bomb-making facilities several weeks ago and asked them to raid the locations. But when the Pakistani Army showed up, the militants were gone, making the C.I.A. suspicious that the militants had warning from someone on the Pakistani side.

“The targets seem to have been tipped off,” the American official said, adding, “There are indications that some senior Pakistani officials aren’t happy about it, and neither are we, of course.”

A senior Pakistani official said Saturday that at first there was no reason for Pakistan to be suspicious that the bomb makers had disappeared. “Extremist groups often move locations,” the official said. But, the official said, “now that the U.S. side has drawn our attention to the possibility of the Taliban being tipped off between the day the intelligence was shared and the day of our military action, we will work on finding out what happened.”

Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence matters.

Mr. Panetta’s meeting with General Pasha and the theory that there was a tip-off about the bomb-making facilities were first reported by Time magazine.

Tensions between the United States and Pakistan have worsened since the American military raid that killed Osama bin Laden near the Pakistani capital last month. American officials say they have uncovered no evidence that anyone in Pakistan’s senior leadership knew about Bin Laden’s hiding place, although the departing defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, said recently that he thought “somebody” in Pakistan knew.

American officials did not tell Pakistan about the raid until afterward.

American intelligence and military officials have long said that elements of Pakistan’s intelligence service have close links to Pakistani insurgents and the Pakistani Taliban. American officials say Pakistan supports the insurgents as a proxy force in Afghanistan, preparing for influence after American soldiers leave.

Mr. Panetta, who is due to replace Mr. Gates as defense secretary on July 1, said during his confirmation hearing last week that Pakistan, an important American ally, also remained a serious problem.

He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the relationship with Pakistan was “one of the most critical, and yet one of the most complicated and frustrating relationships that we have.” Mr. Panetta added that Pakistan’s nuclear weapons remained a concern because of “the danger that those nukes could wind up in the wrong hands.”

Deadly Bombings in Peshawar

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Two explosions took place minutes apart in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar on Sunday, killing at least 34 people and wounding nearly 100 in one of the deadliest attacks since the Navy Seal raid that killed Osama bin Laden last month, officials said.

The blasts, one of which was caused by a suicide bomber, occurred just after midnight in an area of the city that is home to political offices and army housing.

The first explosion was relatively small and drew police officers and rescue workers to the site, said Dost Mohammed, a senior local police official. A few minutes later, a suicide bomber on a motorcycle set off a large bomb, causing the fatalities and wounding 98 people, 18 critically, said Rahim Jan, a doctor nearby.

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: June 12, 2011


An earlier version of this article misidentified ABC and the Washington Post as the first to report that Leon E. Panetta, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, had met with the leader of the Pakistani intelligence service, Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha, and discussed the idea that there was a tip-off about the bomb-making facilities.


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Pakistan: fatal explosions in PeshawarAt least 34 people have been killed and another 100 injured after two explosions ripped through a busy market area.

by James Orr guardian.co.uk
Saturday 11 June 2011 23.40 BST

Two explosions ripped through a busy market in Pakistan's volatile northwestern city of Peshawar, killing at least 34 people and injuring nearly 100. Police said that the first blast was relatively small and drew rescue workers to the site before a larger explosion rocked the market area a few minutes later causing scores of casualties.

Jamal Khan, a 22-year-old student who was rushing to the scene as the second blast occurred, said: "The explosion was so huge I will never forget it all my life. It was deafening, and then there was a cloud of dust and smoke. When the dust settled, I saw people crying for help and body parts scattered everywhere."

No group claimed immediate responsibility for the bombing, but the Pakistani Taliban have pledged to carry out attacks in retaliation for the American special forces raid that killed Osama bin Laden in an army town outside Islamabad last month.

Initial reports indicated the second blast in Peshawar was caused by explosives placed in a vehicle and detonated by remote control, said Dost Mohammed, a senior local police official. The source of the first explosion was unknown.

The attack took place across the street from the offices of the top political agent to Khyber, part of Pakistan's volatile tribal region, and a short distance from army housing units. Peshawar borders the tribal region and has been repeatedly hit by bombings over the past few years.

Doctor Mohammed Farooq said many of the victims were so badly burned they were difficult to identify and that the dead included at least one journalist. Four more journalists and at least 10 police officers were also injured, he said.

The attack took place as the CIA director, Leon Panetta, and the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, visited the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, 95 miles to the east, to speak separately with senior Pakistani officials about sharing intelligence.

Panetta's meetings were intended to focus on the size and scope of future American intelligence activities. The Bin Laden operation plunged an already strained relationship between the CIA and Pakistan's main intelligence agency, the ISI, to a new low. It has also threatened to undermine the co-operation between the two countries that is pivotal to the continued fight against al-Qaida and Taliban militants battling Nato forces in Afghanistan.

In an attempt to rebuild their relationship, Washington and Islamabad have agreed to form a joint intelligence team to track down terrorists inside Pakistan, drawing in part from the records taken from Bin Laden's lair during the raid.

"We both want stability in Afghanistan and in Pakistan," said the Pakistani prime minister, Yousuf Raza, Gilani yesterday. "Our only aim is to support the peace process, which is Afghan led."

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Scientific American

Seeking Address: Why Cyber Attacks Are So Difficult to Trace Back to Hackers

Sony, Google, RSA and now Citigroup are just some of the prominent victims of cyber attacks as defenses at large organizations prove porous and attackers elude detection

By Larry Greenemeier
June 11, 2011

Cyber attacks may not be a new phenomenon but the recent successes scored against high-profile targets including CitiGroup, Google, RSA and government contractors such as Lockheed Martin underscore the targets' current failure to block security threats enabled by the Internet. Malicious hackers use the very same technology that enables online banking, entertainment and myriad other communication services to attack these very applications, steal user data, and then cover their own tracks.

One common practice that attackers employ to evade detection is to break into poorly secured computers and use those hijacked systems as proxies through which they can launch and route attacks worldwide. Although such attacks are an international problem, there is no international response, which frustrates local law enforcement seeking cooperation from countries where these proxy servers typically reside.

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Every day seems to bring news of some new cyber attack. "We're seeing more reports on invasive attacks on a much more regular basis," says Chris Bronk, an information technology policy research fellow at Rice University's James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy and a former U.S. State Department diplomat.

The hardest problem in finding the source of these attacks is attribution. Each data packet sent over the Internet contains information about its source and its destination. "The source field can be changed [spoofed] by an attacker to make it seem like it's coming from someplace it's not," says Sami Saydjari, president of the cyber-security consultancy Cyber Defense Agency and a former program manager of information assurance at the Defense Advanced Projects Agency (DARPA).

"If your network is under attack and you're trying to find out who's doing it, purely technical means are insufficient for that," says David Nicol, director of the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign. "The way that we assemble complicated networks of computers until recently hasn't been done at all with security in mind except in a cursory way, and that's the fundamental problem."

By way of example, Nicol points out that he uses a virtual private network that connects to a proxy server before connecting him to the Internet. This enables him to encrypt data he sends over the network and protect the identity of his own Internet protocol (IP) address. "I do this to thwart information harvesting that commercial Web sites usually have," he adds. "I've got nothing to hide but that doesn't mean I want information about me harvested and sold."

Unfortunately, such tactics are also employed for malicious purposes. Cyber attackers use viruses, worms and other malware to take control of Internet servers or even personal computers, creating a network of "zombie" computers (also called botnets) under their control that they can use to launch their attacks. As a result, an attack may appear to come from a particular server or computer, but this does not mean the attack originated at that device, Nicol says, adding that often a string of proxies located in different countries are used in an attack, "greatly complicating the legal process of trying to piece it all together."

Spear phishing

One of the primary methods of creating zombies is by getting computer users to unwittingly infect their computers by opening e-mails and Web pages containing malware. "If you look at the way RSA was penetrated, it was not terribly sophisticated, nothing on the order of Stuxnet, which was probably the most sophisticated attack we've seen in recent memory," says Anup Ghosh, a research professor and chief scientist at George Mason University's Center for Secure Information Systems. "Most of these attacks are executed using conventional exploits. What's different is they're using these exploits in new ways."

In the case of RSA hackers used "spear phishing" e-mails to trip up someone within the company, says Ghosh, also the founder and CEO of cyber security technology maker Invincea, Inc. The offending e-mail purported to be a document about staff hiring issues and had been caught by the company's spam filter. The employee opened the e-mail, thinking it had been erroneously quarantined by the filter. The e-mail actually contained an Excel document that, once opened, installed malware on the employee's computer and from there spread to other computers within the company. "This machine wasn't the target, it was the beachhead," Ghosh says.

To make matters worse, RSA CEO Art Coviello confirmed earlier this week that information taken from RSA in March had been used as an element of an attempted broader attack on Lockheed Martin.

Possible defenses

There is no shortage of software and services available for trying to prevent cyber attacks. Many approaches involve scanning incoming data for possible malware and screening spam e-mail laden with viruses or containing suspicious messages.

Beyond having better network intrusion detection systems, "we need a system of cooperative intrusion detection and trace-back among different countries," Saydjari says. "That doesn't solve the problem but it narrows it down. Right now, you can trace traffic back to a particular country, but it's very difficult to get any visibility into where within the country the packets originated."

Another important component of cyber defense is to improve security on the computers themselves. This means operating systems with fewer vulnerabilities—Microsoft distributes dozens of security patches for Windows every month, and that is an improvement over just a few years ago. "That will decrease the number of zombies and increase the level of difficulty with which adversaries can seize control of computers and do this hopscotching from computer to computer," Saydjari says.

Perhaps the most effective defense, however, is for computer users to demonstrate some cyber street-smarts. "You never know what tactic the attackers will take, especially when it comes to spear phishing," Ghosh says. As a result, it is difficult to keep people from being duped into clicking on spam—thinking it is a message from their bank, a delivery service or someone else they think they can trust—and running the risk of infecting their computers with a virus. "You can train and train and train users but you're not going to get to zero percent," he adds.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=tracking-cyber-hackers

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FitBot Robot Mannequin Torso Revolutionizes Shopping
By Glenn Santos
Sunday 12th June 2011 10:14 am in Technology News



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There are mannequins and then there’s FitBot. It’s not mobile nor does it have limbs. What it does so well, however, could be a major boon for clothing stores and fashion brands. See, the FitBot, as its name implies, adjusts its bodily contours to a specific clothing size. It used to be male only, now there’s a female version.

The FitBot is currently used by Estonian online retailer Fits.me. To remove the guessing part of buying clothes via an online store. What’s really brilliant about the FitBot is the indefinite modularity. Meaning it can adjust itself to any measurements and find the right clothes all the time. Of course, this requires the customer to divulge their own measurements for accuracy’s sake.

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The robot is part of a virtual fitting room service for online retailers created by Estonian start-up Fits.me. Customers shopping for clothes at a participating site enter their measurements online (height, chest, arm length, torso, and so on), then see photos of a real-life mannequin shaped just like them (only headless) “trying on” items in various sizes and styles.





http://www.geeky-gadgets.com/fitbot-robot-mannequin-torso-revolutionizes-shopping-12-06-2011/

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Box Office Report: 'Super 8' Tops Friday with $12.2 Mil; No. 2 'X-Men' Grosses $8 Mil

2:37 AM 6/11/2011
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UPDATE: "Hangover II" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" cross $200 million-mark.

Paramount’s Super 8 -- directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg -- topped the Friday box office with an estimated $12.2 million. The period sci-fi pic is now on course to win the weekend with a gross of $35 million.

Including $1 million in Thursday sneaks, Super 8 is looking at a four-day cume of $36 million, besting Paramount's expectations.

Super 8 drew a B+ CinemaScore, while 71% of the audience was over the age of 25. That wasn't a surprise to Paramount, since the movie is Abrams' homage to the Spielberg films he grew up with. Males made up 56% of the audience.

Twentieth Century Fox's X-Men: First Class came in No. 2 in its second Friday, grossing an estimated $8 million. The prequel is on track to earn $27 million for the weekend, only a 49% decline from its opening frame.

Two films jumped the $200 million mark on Friday: Warner Bros.' The Hangover Part II and Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Hangover II, placing No. 3 for the day, grossed $5.7 million on its third Friday for a domestic cume of $203.8 million.

On Stranger Tides grossed $3.1 on its fourth Friday for a domestic cume of $201.1 million. The pic placed No. 5.

DreamWorks Animation and Paramount's Kung Fu Panda 2 came in No. 4, grossing an estimated $4.6 million for a domestic total of $114.9 million.

After Super 8, the weekend's other new nationwide entry is Relativity Media's new entry Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer, based on the bestselling book series. The film, targeting girls aged 6 to 12, grossed $2.2 million to come in No. 7. Relativity is distributing the film on behalf of Smokewood Entertainment, which also came up with the marketing money.

Set in 1979, Super 8 tells the story of a group of kids who are filming a home movie when there's a violent train crash. When unexplained events start to threaten their town, they begin to suspect something inhuman escaped from the train. The film stars Joel Courtney, Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Ryan Lee, Riley Griffiths, Gabriel Basso and Zach Mills.

Paramount maintains Super 8 doesn't need a big opening, since it cost $50 million to produce, far less than other summer studio films. The studio has been predicting an opening in the $25 million to $30 million range.

The studio partnered with Twitter to host the paid sneaks on Thursday in a first for the giant social media site.

Paramount said 100,000 people participated in the Twitter promotion, and that it met its goal of creating a vocal group of proponents who will plug the sci-fi film.

Additionally, Super 8 earned $500,000 in midnight runs. That figure was rolled into Friday's gross.
It's looking like domestic box office revenues will be down compared to the same weekend a year ago when Sony's The Karate Kid opened to $55.7 million.

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on Jun 10th, 2011, 07:11am, WingsofCrystal wrote:
Hey Cloak519,

Yep, that one is closer to season 10. grin

Sometimes the people around you just don't get it. What can you do?

Maybe these would help?

http://cgi.ebay.com/X-FILES-action-figure-/230632036819?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b2bd99d3

http://cgi.ebay.com/X-FILES-action-figure-SCULLY-/230632039111?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item35b2bda2c7

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Excellent! I should hunt some of these down on UK eBay and make my own tenth season! I'd have them investigate the drone saga wink.

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on Jun 12th, 2011, 08:09am, Cloak519 wrote:
Excellent! I should hunt some of these down on UK eBay and make my own tenth season! I'd have them investigate the drone saga wink.

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Good morning Cloak519,

What a hoot! Stop action X-Files season 10!!!
Go get those Drones! grin

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« Reply #4274 on: Jun 12th, 2011, 08:16am »

duh, sorry Stop Action Hero, I haven't had enough coffee yet. Forgot to answer your geographic question. I'm in Birch Bay, Washington State. 06:20am Pacific Daylight Savings time.

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