Roccat's latest attempt to appeal to an American audience is to give its Kone Pure mouse and Sense mousepad military themed makeovers. The German manufacturer is offering its Kone Pure Military in three visual styles -- Camo Charge, Naval Storm, and Desert Strike. All three sport a 5,000 dpi Pro-Optic (R4) sensor and manually configurable lift control for lag-free, ultra-precise gaming.
The LulzSec ship may have sailed off into the sunset, but Anonymous lives on and continues hitting government and corporate targets while flying the flag of the #AntiSec movement. After laying the smack down on the Arizona police and IRC Federal last week, Anonymous' hit the servers of military contractors Booz Allen Hamilton. In an stunning display of jackassery that proves that Anon does not, in fact, support our troops, the group released a torrent containing 90,000 military email addresses and passwords that it swiped from BAH's databases.
They say you can learn a lot from a dummy, and that's even more true with the mannequins today's military medics are practicing their craft on, CNet reports.
These high-tech dolls sport a bunch of modern technologies, like Wi-Fi, battery power, and remote control functions. But it's their lifelike behavior that steals the show. Like something out of a sci-fi flick, the mannequins breathe, blink, bleed, and yes, they also urinate. Their eyes dilate, their noses run, and they even cough and moan.
Like real humans, if the medics can't stop the dolls from bleeding, they'll die, or at least simulate death. It's all pretty eerie, and really freakin' cool.
Wired is reporting that the Air Force commander of Network Operations has issued a new directive seemingly in response to the leak of classified data to whistleblower site WikiLeaks. The Dec. 3 “Cyber Control Order” calls on the Air Force to “immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines residing on SIPRNET." SPIRNET is the Defense Department's secure computer network.
The data being released by WikiLeaks was taken from SPIRNET by Pfc. Bradley Manning, who smuggled them out on a CD labeled "Lady Gaga". The new directive seeks to keep this from happening again. However, this is far from the first attempt to seal leaks. In August the Pentagon disabled the ability of all classified computers to write to removable media.
Critics suspect that the new restrictions will make the job harder for service members. Many PCs are not networked for security reasons, and internet access can be spotty in various places. Thumb drives and discs are often the only good way to move data around. We would also like to point out that even a machine's hard drive is removable, if you know your way around a PC. Taking data might be less surreptitious, but we don't see how it can be stopped altogether.
If you've ever wondered how the U.S. military goes about developing, buying, and maintaining equipment, maybe this PowerPoint slide will help. Then again, maybe not.
The PowerPoint slide is a three-foot wall chart displaying the military's "Integrated Acquisitions Technology Logistics Life Cycle Management" diagram, which illustrates the "interfaces among three major decision support systems used to develop, produce, and field a weapon system for national defense." And as crazy as it looks, "defense acquisition is a complex process with many more activities than shown here and many concurrent activities that cannot be displayed on a two-dimensional chart."
"When we understand [it], we'll have won the war," war commander Gen. Stanley McCrystal joked about the slide.
Have you ever seen a more complex PowerPoint slide? If so, we'd like to know about it.
According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, seven men broke into iGov Technologies during a weekend when no one was around and made off with 3,000 Panasonic Toughbook laptops and other electronics. iGov is a military contractor for the Special Operations Command, a unified unit of elite fighting forces trained in unconventional warfare, among other things.
The thieves gained entry through the roof and had unfettered access for nine hours, during which time they loaded thousands of electronic equipment into two semitrailer trucks. What exactly was on the laptops remains a mystery.
iGov, which is headquartered in McLean, Va., was awarded a $450 million contract by the Department of Defense to supply mobile technology services to special operations troops around the globe. The good news here is that the FBI and Miami-Dade Police Department were able to recover 1,911 stolen items from a warehouse in Miami.
Back in March, the internet's favorite repository of anonymous leaks, Wikileaks, published a classified Army document that labeled the site a security threat. According to the U.S. military, the man responsible for passing along classified information to Wikileaks, which included the above mentioned document and a helicopter video kept classified for its ignominiously incriminating nature, is now in its custody in Kuwait. He is yet to be indicted as the military is still investigating the matter.
Specialist Bradley Manning, a 22-year old resident of Potomac, Maryland , was arrested two weeks ago from Forward Operating Base Hammer, about 40 miles east of Baghdad. According to a Wired report, he had his cover blown by an erstwhile computer hacker named Adrian Lamo. Apparently, Manning blithely identified himself as the source of some key leaks on Wikileaks during their online conversations.
The braggart took credit for four leaks, which included a video showing a U.S. Apache helicopter attacking a group of innocent Iraqi civilians after mistaking a cameraman's camera for a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. The helicopter attack, which included two Reuters employees among those killed, occurred in 2007.
Manning's task was rendered easier by inadequate security measures. “I would come in with music on a CD-RW labeled with something like ‘Lady Gaga,’ erase the music then write a compressed split file,” Manning told Lamo. “Weak servers, weak logging, weak physical security, weak counter-intelligence, inattentive signal analysis … a perfect storm.”
With the Internet’s vast coffers of data growing day by day, there are some that are looking to play catch up by means of cataloging each and every bit of it. Those people? The military.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded a $29.7 million contract meant for developing a universal text engine that would be capable of grabbing tons of knowledge from written matter, and rendering it into a format that artificial intelligence systems and humans could work with.
“The machine reading system that DARPA envisions is not evolutionary, but revolutionary,” said BBN Technologies VP Prem Natarajan. “Such a system could eliminate many of the impediments to stability that our military faces such as a lack of understanding of local customs, and give us the ability to assess global technology developments continuously.”
After banning the troops from YouTube in 2007 for bandwidth and security issues, the Military is attempting to turn a quagmire into something positive.
The attempt, better known as the US Military’s new video sharing site, aptly named TroopTube, is already up and running. Potential members can register as a member of one of the three braches of the armed forces, a family member, or a civilian. Once registered, users can upload personal videos. But instead of being simply processed, this time the video is screened by a Pentagon employee to ensure that there isn’t anything naughty.
“A lot of people are excited … to be doing something for the people who make sacrifices,” said Alex Castro, the Chief Executive on the project. “We're proud of this.”
Many of the modern soldiers are currently saddled with battery packs that can weigh upto 20 pounds. The batteries, of course, are used to power the wide gamut of equipment that a modern soldier carries with him. However, the soldiers can now heave a sigh of relief as a wearable power system is soon going to replace the heavy batteries.
The team of America’s DuPont and Germany’s SFC Smart Fuel CellSFC Smart Fuel Cell has won the $1 million Wearable Power Prize organized by the Pentagon with its M-25 fuel cell. The M-25 weighs only 3.71 kilograms and can provide 20 watts of average power for 96 hours. The wearable system includes a fuel cell and a battery. The army has already begun using the system, though in a limited way.