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Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkins

Remote webcam activation without warning light confirmed: Johns Hopkins

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have positively confirmed the long-discussed ability of government entities and private parties to remotely activate a webcam without the warning light turning on. While this privacy vulnerability has already been anecdotally admitted by a variety of sources, this research is the first time it has been proven by an established public-facing organization. The results were published last week in a paper entitled "iSeeYou: Disabling the MacBook Webcam Indicator LED".

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Bitcoin becomes an official payment option at its first university

Bitcoin becomes an official payment option at its first university

Bitcoin has been around for a handful of years, but has only recently seen widespread attention and a skyrocketing value all the while. ATMs that work with the currency cropped up earlier this year, and soon retailers and different services started announcing acceptance of the digital monies. That red carpet has expanded, with the first-ever university revealing that students can now pay tuition in bitcoins.

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Seton Hall University freshmen to receive free Lumia 900

Seton Hall University freshmen to receive free Lumia 900

How times have changed. Once upon a time a tote bag filled with university info and offers was shoved into your arms, but now it seems students are given smartphones instead. Freshmen entering Seton Hall University in New Jersey will be handed a Nokia Lumia 900 when they arrive at the institution. It’s an extensive of an exisiting initiative that the university has in place, with laptops being handed out to students since 1997.

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MIT grad student develops internet lie detector using natural language processing

MIT grad student develops internet lie detector using natural language processing

According to the Nieman Journalism Lab, a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is developing a way to check for lying in political writing on the internet as easily as you check for spelling errors, using novel natural language processing techniques. NLP, for those who aren't familiar with the computer science term, is concerned with the interactions between computers and natural languages, and is essentially a method of human–computer interaction (Apple's Siri on the iPhone 4S is an app utilizing natural language processing).

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University of Minnesota scientists create brain-controlled virtual flight

University of Minnesota scientists create brain-controlled virtual flight

In a move that can only be described by Punjab-esque, your Annie (1982) hero's ability to make aircraft fly with his mind is one step closer to reality now that researchers, led by Dr. Bin He of the University of Minnesota, have created an EEG-based interface that allows users to navigate a virtual helicopter with their mind. The interface is a completely noninvasive brain-computer hookup that allows the user to tell the helicopter where to go by willing it to do so.

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IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

Both the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and IBM have cited unforeseen costs and greater than expected complexities amongst reasons for abandoning plans to create a petaflop-speed supercomputer this Monday. A petaflop, for those wondering, is a measure of the processing speed of a computer, that being a thousand trillion floating point operations per second - a computer with such speed capabilities being news in and of itself. Having started the project back in 2008, IBM reports today that it has terminated its four-year "Blue Waters" contract estimated at about $208 million USD, previously expected to have been delivered inside 2011.

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Destroy the Planet by Watering a Plant

Destroy the Planet by Watering a Plant

That’s right, the winners of this year’s Rube Goldberg award created a machine that destroyed the world as we know it, just to water a plant. Every year, Geeks and Techies gather to compete in the Rube Goldberg awards, where the winner accomplishes a task using the most steps possible. (They must be applying for a government job). Many people are familiar with the contraptions built in old cartoons to accomplish menial tasks in complex ways, but were not aware that those contraptions are Rube Goldberg machines. This year Purdue broke a Guinness World Record with their contraption. Check out the story and see the video of this amazing machine.

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