02 Feb 2016

These Are the New Weapons the Pentagon Chief Wants for Tomorrow’s Wars

Smarter smart bombs, mini railguns, and swarming robot boats to watch man-made islands are a few of the key technology areas that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter sees as vital to U.S. military superiority in the next decade. In a preview of the Pentagon’s upcoming 2017 budget request, Carter said military

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02 Feb 2016

11 Million Pages of CIA Files May Soon Be Shared By This Kickstarter

“Millions of pages of CIA documents are stored in Room 3000. The CIA Records Search Tool (CREST), the agency’s database of declassified intelligence files, is only accessible via four computers in the National Archives Building in College Park, MD, and contains everything from Cold War intelligence, research and development files,

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02 Feb 2016

How a lone hacker shredded the myth of crowdsourcing

“‘The real impact of the attack was not to destroy the assembled pieces but to destroy the user base of the platform, and to disrupt the recruitment dynamics.’ All the motivation generated by weeks of good PR, a fun task and a smart financial incentive scheme evaporated in the face

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30 Jan 2016

The esoteric debate that’s tearing the Bitcoin world apart, explained

“The basic problem is this: The Bitcoin network is getting too popular; a growing number of payments is outstripping the network’s ability to process those payments. And the leaders of the Bitcoin community can’t agree about how to solve this problem — or whether it’s even a problem at all.

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27 Jan 2016

Google Computers Defeat Human Players at 2,500-Year-Old Board Game

“Computers have learned to master backgammon, chess, and Atari’s Breakout, but one game has always eluded them. It’s a Chinese board game called Go invented more than 2,500 years ago. The artificial-intelligence challenge has piqued the interest of researchers at Google and Facebook, and the search giant has recently made a

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26 Jan 2016

Rumsfeld develops ultimate strategy version of Solitaire based upon Winston Churchill rules

“I can remember de Staercke sitting across from me on a plane somewhere over Europe playing the curious game, dizzying columns of miniature cards arrayed on the table between us. I asked him what he was playing and he proceeded to tell me the origin of the game he called

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17 Dec 2015

Tech and Banking Giants Ditch Bitcoin for Their Own Blockchain

“SEVERAL MAJOR COMPANIES from across both the technology and financial industries—including IBM, Intel, and Cisco as well as the London Stock Exchange Group and big-name banks JP Morgan, Wells Fargo, and State Street—have joined forces to create an alternative to the blockchain, the global online ledger that underpins the bitcoin

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16 Dec 2015

China Touts Its Great Firewall in Push for Internet Control

“Chinese President Xi Jinping called for individual countries to have broad authority to regulate the Internet at home, outlining a digital future in which governments could set online standards and challenge the free flow of information and content across borders. Speaking to an international audience at the kickoff of China’s

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16 Dec 2015

FBI: San Bernardino attackers didn’t show public support for jihad on social media

“The two attackers who opened fire in San Bernardino, Calif., earlier this month had not posted publicly on social media sites about supporting jihad, FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday. The husband-and-wife duo were ‘showing signs in their communication of their joint commitment to jihad and to martyrdom’ through

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16 Dec 2015

Bitcoin tech approved as a way to issue shares

“For the first time, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is allowing a company to issue public shares using the technology behind Bitcoin. The honor went to Overstock, which was also the first retailer to accept Bitcoins from the public for purchases. It built its own crypto-currency tech via

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