How to Kill the Internet has contributed groundbreaking

An anonymous reader writes In a widely distributed paper American Political Science Association Conference at Yale expert Navid Hassanpour argues that the closure of the Internet has made it difficult to support a centralized revolutionary movement in Egypt.

But, he adds, the decision actually encouraged the development of small revolutionary upheavals at the local level where the interaction face-to-face between the militants was more intense and the mobilization of dormant warm dissidents was easier.

In other words, the closure of the Internet have made the revolution more diffuse and more difficult for the authorities to contain.  While we’re on the subject, the reader points lecheiron on new research in anticipation of food revolutions per million pieces of news in a super-computer and using the analysis of words to draw the feeling National.

So far, it’s good enough to predict things that have already taken place, but we should probably wait until he finds something new before contacting Hari Seldon.

Games Worth is complaining about?

A few days ago, the blog Opposable Bravo published an article entitled, In the game, everything is incredible, but nobody is happy. The thrust of the article is that the discussion of the modern games focuses almost exclusively of defects, which are often out of proportion.

Every game is too short, even if we never finish the games we play. Each game is too expensive, even if we demand ever more levels of interaction, fidelity graphics, and length. The same people who say every game was 80 hours and a masterpiece 10 years ago are 10 years away from that today was the golden age once they have distance necessary to scrub the bad games from memory.

Today, the gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun offers a counterpoint, saying that video games require active criticism of the industry for improvement.

It is incredible, and sometimes people are happy. That’s how it always will be. And we should probably do more of it, and then try to do better.

ASUS laptop G74SX Thurs-A1 gets rated, likes a bit of Battleship

The 1982 Lockheed Sea Shadow can be rusting in Suisun Bay, but the coco-spooking contours have not been forgotten. They apparently inspired the design of the Asus G74SX-A1 , which has won a recommendation HotHardware for its cheese, and avoid similar performance, efficient cooling and realistic price tag of $ 1749.

For once, the Core i7-2360QM processor coupled with a GeForce GTX 560M and generous dollop of RAM 12GB DDR-1333 is conspiring to exceed the manufacturer’s claims benchmark 3DMark. It was not flawless, however: the overall performance of computers has been weak compared to its rivals, the speakers were sloppy when it came to music rather than producing explosions, and 17, 3-inch full HD display was somewhat wasted on some games that went smoothly at high quality settings at 1280×720.

Yet all this talk about naval makes us want some Silent Hunter 4 – and should play very well. Check source link lurking below for full review.

Inhabitat Week in Green: magnetic highways, the MoMA exhibition and Tech lasers in the sky

Renewable energy supercharged our transit system this week that Inhabitat Vycon submitted plans to use the acceleration of subway cars for the vast amounts of kinetic energy, and we took a look at an innovative road system magnetic energy crops as the cars go by. Biofuels also got a boost from several unlikely sources that researchers have discovered that bacteria in panda poop is incredibly effective in decomposing plant material, and scientists have developed a way to recycle newspapers into biofuel . We have also presented an energy device in real-time monitoring for children, we learned that some areas near radioactive Fukushima are more dangerous than Chernobyl , and we took a look in an underground shelter that has atomic been transformed into a cavernous subterranean office .

How machines communicate with people? If you are thinking about this idea, you will be interested in this exclusive video interview with the Museum of Modern Art Commissioner Paola Antonelli on Talk to Me MoMA’s new exhibition of technology that has recently opened in New York. We was also surprised by several artistic innovations of this week unveiled Wacom pen that scans instant everything you can draw and Sarah Garzoni created a nice set of butterflies printed paper .

In other news, we shined the spotlight on several advances in lighting technology as brilliant scientists successfully created the rain by shooting laser beams into the sky and a designer unveiled a system tiles Solar OLED that can turn into zero-energy skyscraper posters. We also made ​​some brilliant ideas in the mobile technology that Halston has unveiled a glow in the dark dress with sequins , a troop of ghostly light radiation costumes roamed the German countryside, and a student at Cornell has developed a type of clothing that pitfalls of toxic gases . Meanwhile the Hudson River with a lit light field of LED 200 and laser Power Systems has unveiled plans for a nuclear powered car .

Fujifilm X10 hands on (video)

We really like X100 Fujifilm – it’s a solidly built camera with an APS-C sensor, f / 2 lens, and a unique and hybrid optical / electronic viewfinder. But the X100 has a sticker price $ 1400, and the 23mm lens – as strong as it is – is permanently fixed to the frame. That’s why we have been rather left when Fuji announced its X10 earlier this week.

Would it be a much more capable (and affordable) to replace the X100?

It turns out that it is not – well, not exactly – if the model is certainly a better fit for the consumer market. We had the chance to go hands on with the first prototype exposed to society IFA stand, and while some features (such as pop-up flash) are not yet operational, we are told that it is a representation fair enough that we will see when the X10 hits stores in late October at a price of 499-599 € in the large (about $ 715-860).

The first thing you will notice with the X10 is that although there is a power button for Naire. Instead, you turn the 28-112mm f/2-2.8 zoom Manual for Fire It Up. There is no aperture ring, unlike his brother, more powerful, and manual focus is controlled electronically, rather than directly on the lens.

Closer inspection, you will see that the X100 is clever hybrid viewfinder was replaced by a strictly electronic. And what about picture quality? We were not able to remove any peaks in the sample, but with a smaller sensor 2/3-inch, we do not doubt that the images will not look nearly as good as those Fuji facing better equipped model.

To compensate for this, the mode of the camera EXR can bump the resolution to 12 megapixels down to six, in turn capture better images in low light. We look forward to see a production version this fall, but in the meantime, the thumb through the images below, or jump past the break for a video preview.

Canadian Court Sides online anonymity

Michael Geist said in a recent Canadian court decision on anonymous speech can be empowering – whistleblowers depend on to preserve their identity and political actors in some countries face serious repercussions if they speak out – but it also has the danger of messages that cross the line into libel without appropriate accountability. Although I disagree that defamation is an acceptable reason for a court to find someone’s identity, the outcome of this process seems favorable.

The court was not asked to determine whether the positions in question were in fact defamatory. Rather, it simply raised the question of whether to order disclosure of personal information about themselves posters same so that someone could make a libel suit. The court relied on Warman v. Fournier, an earlier defamation case in Canada and asked, ‘(1) That there had a reasonable expectation of anonymity, (2) whether the applicant established a prima facie case of wrongdoing by the poster, (3) if the applicant has attempted to identify the poster and was unable to do and (4) whether the public interest favoring disclosure outweighs the legitimate interests of freedom of expression and right to privacy of the person sought to be identified, if disclosure is ordered.

In this case, the order to identify the poster was refused. Since the applicant did not identify the specific defamatory words, it has failed to establish a prima facie case of defamation.

In addition, the court also ruled that the posters had a reasonable expectation of anonymity and that there was sufficient efforts to try to identify them.

Ask Slashdot: Can you identify this UAV?

Mortimer writes It’s not as sexy as the Beast of Kandahar RQ 170 Sentinel, or as well known as a predator. But we believe that the bird-shaped drone crashed in Pakistan last week could be a tool of American special forces.

At first it was thought to be a work house, but packets with FMC (which means fully mission capable) written on them, and a U.S. date style and really points to something else.

SUAS is not new or AvWeek Flight International for balls is as delicate a job during the day. Our exclusive photos of the C130 which hit a damaged RQ170 was good enough for us.

We would like to identify this drone. Maybe it’s just a homebrew job, maybe not. This is not a Smartbird Festo However, the most popular choice of experts.

Galaxy S II arises finally on American shores for Sprint, T-Mobile and AT and T

Well, it’s been a long time coming, but you good people who live in the good old US-of-A were finally blessed with IIS Galaxy S to call your own.

Remarkably absent from the eastern part of Verizon, but Sprint, T-Mobile and AT and T are currently in action in the guise Super AMOLED touch screen on the Sprint 4G Epic and just plain old S Galaxy II AT and T. As we heard before the Epic Touch 4G is wearing a slightly larger 4.52-inch screen along with the variant T-Mobile (which has yet to score a name or release date) while AT and T is bonded to the panel by 4.3 inches found on the international model.

Sprint customers will be the first to be vaccinated to the owner of a Sept. 16 for $ 200, with other carriers to follow at a later date. Otherwise, there are very few surprises here, with a 1.2GHz Exynos Gingerbread pushing on each screen and TouchWiz beautiful.

All are acute and 4G phones with WiMax on board the model Sprint and HSPA + for T-Mo and AT and T. Ma Bell is specifically champion is the variant that the thinnest smartphone 4G, which might have something to do with the small 1650 mAh inside (4G Epic Touch is a sport pack 1800 mAh).