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Stuxnet is a pretty nasty nasty customer, especially if you happen to be a centrifuge used in the enrichment of uranium. Amazingly, the story of the first publicly acknowledged cyber weapon keeps getting more and more interesting. Ralph Langner has spent the last several years pouring over code and other details of Stuxnet’s history and discovered there was an earlier version of the virus, that was even more destructive than the one unleashed on Iran’s nuclear facilities. Instead of putting the centrifuge’s motors in overdrive, it over pressurized them by closing valves designed to allow gas out. It sounds like a perfectly logical avenue of attack, until you realize that the potential for truly catastrophic failure would have quickly blown Stuxnet’s cover.
Documents reveal more details behind the tech company’s secret boats.
By and Large LLC / Via blog.sfgate.com
Turns out the Google mystery barge located in the San Francisco Bay Area isn’t a barge at all, but a sailboat, complete with a dozen sails “reminiscent of fish fins, which will remind visitors that they are on a seaworthy vessel,” according to documents obtained from the Port of San Francisco by the San Francisco Chronicle through the Freedom of Information Act.
Gossip has been circulating about the mystery barge. Was it a floating data center, a showroom, a party boat? Google dispelled the rumors Wednesday with an announcement that it is going to be a “interactive space where people can learn about new technology.” In other words, a gallery for all things Google.
The structure was designed by San Francisco architecture firm Gensler, which designed Abu Dhabi Financial Centre and the London River Park, as well as LOT-EK, creators of the Whitney Museum building and New York's Pier 57.
The sailboat will travel to different locations throughout the Bay, spending about a month moored at different spots, and perhaps along the West Coast as far south as San Diego.
The boat won't just be Google-centric: It will allow “local organizations to engage with guests and gain visibility in a unique way,” By and Large, LLC, essentially a front company run by Google employees, told the Chronicle. By and Large describes the sailboat as a “unprecedented artistic structure” and “temporary technology exhibit space” that will “drive visitation to the waterfront.” (Perhaps a nod to the fact that the city's current waterfront technology exhibitor, the Exploratorium, is hurting in terms of driving such traffic.)
“We believe this curious and visually stunning structure will be a welcome addition to the waterfront, an experience unlike any other,” the proposal says.
“We envisioned this space with community in mind,” By and Large told the Chronicle, “a surprising environment that is accessible to all and inspires conversation about how everything is connected — shorebirds, me, you, the sea, the fog and much more.”
There are four barges in total. One in Portland, Maine, which was the first sighted, will most likely sail down the East Coast. The other two remain unaccounted for; the National Coast Guard told BuzzFeed it could not locate them. The mystery continues.
Medical prosthetics have come a long way in recent years, but with a few exceptions, artificial limbs still lack the tactility of their fleshy counterparts. Scientists at the University of Chicago are looking to plug those sensory gaps by researching how to simulate touch sensations within the …
These are a series of shots from a dude who painted one of his hands to look like a lady’s, then took selfies with the hand feeding him and squeezing his face like it actually belongs to a girlfriend. There is no girlfriend though, and I don’t see that happening for awhile. Besides, if you don’t have a girlfriend, why would you want people to THINK you have a girlfriend? You should let the ladies know you are AVAILABLE. Me? I’m unavailable emotionally, which is the same reason three of my last four girlfriends left me. The other one fell off her scooter and forgot who I was.
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Canadian researchers have built an artificial gut to synthesize feces in the lab in an attempt to make fecal transplants safer for the patients who need them. Along with her colleagues at the University of Guelph in Ontario, microbiologist Emma Allen-Vercoe is working to eliminate the risk that the transplanted poop contains pathogens which will endanger the recipient.
Fecal transplants represent an icky but promising way of treating deadly intestinal bacteria — particularly Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, a dangerous bacterium responsible for killing an estimated 14,000 Americans every year. But relatively few transplants take place in the United States, in part because of onerous regulations imposed by the Food and Drug…
In a miscalculated marketing decision, Twitter apparently decided to use its users to promote its new TV ad targeting platform — picturing them tweeting things they didn’t tweet. SF Gate reports that in a post on Twitter’s advertising blog, the company posted a screenshot of users Subhash Chander, William Mazeo, and Neil Gottlieb singing the praises of an imaginary ad for something called Barista Bar. The bogus tweets (e.g., “I wish I could make fancy lattes like in the @baristabar commercial”) have since been removed, replaced with tweets from TwitterAds employees, but SF Gate reports that the original post had already been tweeted by the official @twitterads account, retweeted to some 1.5 million users’ timelines.
We hate to say this, but the KIRF market is often a good indicator on how popular certain devices are, hence the plentiful of fake iPhones and Galaxy phones in China. (Meanwhile, MediaTek is shamelessly cashing in as it ships its SoCs to those cloning factories.) Now, we’re not saying the HTC One doesn’t have any clones, but most of those we’ve seen weren’t very convincing — they were either of different sizes or had very poor build quality. But we eventually stumbled upon a pretty good fake in Huaqiangbei.
The offending device is pictured above on the left. Externally, it bears a disgustingly strong resemblance to the real deal thanks to the same 4.7-inch screen size, the same curved back, the same micro-SIM tray, the same dual-soft-key layout and even the same metallic chamfer on the front. But if you look closer or touch it even, the tell-tale signs start to show up. See for yourself in the gallery below — the fake One is to the left or on top of the real thing.
For the first time since February, new users can log in to the Android Twitter client Falcon Pro — but only if they create a fake Twitter app, in an apparent violation of the social network’s terms of service. Falcon Pro has been closed to new users since hitting the ceiling of 100,000 user tokens that Twitter has established for many third-party clients. As of yesterday, in what the developer deemed “a little experiment,” would-be Falcon Pro users are getting a new chance to try it out.
In a post on Google+, developer Joaquim Vergès announced he had removed Falcon Pro from the Google Play store and made it a free download at its own domain. Existing users of the app who already have a Twitter token can download the update free from…
Fake internet cafes and keyloggers: British intelligence reportedly spied on major world leaders during 2009 G20 summit
Using tactics that included luring diplomats into fake internet cafes, The Guardian reports that British intelligence spied on major world leaders during the 2009 G20 summit in London. The revelation is based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, who fueled earlier leaks about the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the US National Security Agency (NSA) through The Guardian and The Washington Post.
The G20 summit in London included President Obama as well as 20 other heads of state and governing bodies. During the summit, the GCHQ reportedly monitored the foreign politicians’ computers and phone calls, and had direct permission to do so from high-level officials in then-PM Gordon Brown’s administration.
Alt-week takes a look at the best science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.
If we’re to find a common thread in this week’s collection of stories, it’d be nature’s guiding hand. How it inspires science, how we seek to imitate it, and how unnatural the future of policing could be. This is alt-week,