14 Feb 2016

FBI Steps Up Pursuit of Terror Threats on Social Media

“As the U.S. government tries to root out homegrown jihadists, the FBI’s campaign to identify budding terrorists via the Internet before they can carry out violence is playing an increasingly prominent role.” Source: FBI Steps Up Pursuit of Terror Threats on Social Media – WSJ

Read More
12 Feb 2016

Falcon Shield Counter-Drone System Safely Captures Rogue Drones

“More importantly from a public safety perspective, the system also packs an electronic warfare capability that can either disrupt the communications link between the operator and the drone or even allow Falcon Shield’s operators to take control of the aircraft and land it safely away from people and property. The

Read More
05 Feb 2016

Twitter suspends 125,000 ‘terrorism’ accounts

“Twitter says it has suspended more than 125,000 accounts since mid-2015 ‘for threatening or promoting terrorist acts’. In a blog, the US-based firm said the accounts ‘primarily related to ISIS’ (the so-called Islamic State group).” Source: Twitter suspends 125,000 ‘terrorism’ accounts – BBC News

Read More
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

Read More
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,

Read More
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

Read More
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.

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More
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

Read More