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Unexpected issues force drone maker DJI to roll back ‘White House’ update

DJI Phantom 2 drones are once again free to fly over restricted areas — at least temporarily. The Chinese drone maker has been forced to roll back its latest firmware update — also known as the “White House patch” — after reports that the update caused “unanticipated flight behavior.”

The patch was quickly shipped out following a high-profile incident that saw one of the company’s drones crash land on the White House grounds in Washington D.C. The accident led to renewed demands for comprehensive new FAA regulation over amateur drone flight. DJI did its part by releasing new firmware that used geofencing to block its Phantom 2 drones from flying over restricted areas like sensitive spots in D.C. The update included an expansion of an…

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SpaceX settles dispute with US Air Force over national security space launches

SpaceX has announced it has settled its dispute with the United States Air Force and will dismiss standing claims in a US federal claims court. Last year, Elon Musk and Co. accused the Air Force of stifling competition in the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program by allowing United Launch Alliance — a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing — to keep a monopolistic grip on launches. SpaceX has been frustrated with the lengthy certification process as it moves toward eventually competing with ULA. Under the newly reached agreement, the Air Force will “work collaboratively with SpaceX to complete the certification process in an efficient and expedient manner” so the company probably won’t be waiting much longer to fight…

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Revamped Star Wars site harnesses the force of CSS

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The new Star Wars site is a fine example of simplicity sprinkled with a just the right amount of detail. The use of parallax and animation for the navigation and hero image give the scrolling experience personality without going overboard.




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What the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ trailer tells us about the galaxy’s future

When Lucasfilm announced it was killing the Star Wars Expanded Universe, I was heartbroken. The galaxy George Lucas had dreamed up took form in the original movies, but it was populated and fully realized by the authors, artists, and video game developers that helped build Star Wars’ back stories. Now, like a blaster taken to my childhood memories, that Expanded Universe was gone. I thought the damage would be permanent.

But I’ve just seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. I’ve seen…

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People are already making awesome fan art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Whether or not you were in a theater, we all got our first glimpse of Star Wars: The Force Awakens today. The long-awaited teaser showed off some familiar settings, briefly introduced us to a few new characters, and debuted a cross-shaped lightsaber that has already become both a meme and a source of heated debate. There’s just a handful of scenes, and it’s been online for less than 12 hours, but that’s apparently enough time for the creative hive-mind of the internet to start churning out some stellar fan art.

(Source: Phil Noto via Tumblr)

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President Obama creating task force to save bee population from collapse

The Obama administration is taking steps to save bees from extinction. In a memorandum released on Friday, the White House is seeking to create a new task force to investigate the effects of new insecticides on bees and other crucial pollinators. The group will have 180 days to produce a strategy to curb the rapid die-off scientists have observed in the last decade.

The memorandum directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to research how neonicotinoids, a special class of insecticide, is linked to bee colony collapse. The USDA has already reported that 31 percent of commercial US bee colonies died off or disappeared in 2012, and the trend has continued since then, causing alarm among food producers who depend on bees to…

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NYPD’s Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force

The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support today, but things haven’t exactly gone as planned. Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD — but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for.

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US military force-feeding violates medical ethics, says task force

A new task force formed by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession is charging that the Department of Defense and CIA directed doctors to violate medical ethics in their treatment of prisoners in Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere. The task force, which includes both doctors, former military officers and human rights activists, reports that doctors at US military detention centers were “designing, participating in, and enabling torture and cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment,” in clear violation of their ethical duty to avoid the infliction of harm. “We wanted to look at the role of health professionals in detainee abuse, and what that legacy is,” said Leonard S. Rubenstein, a Johns Hopkins doctor who served on the task force. “What we…

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Behind the VFX and stuntmen who created ‘Iron Man 3’s’ Air Force One rescue scene

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One of Iron Man 3′s defining action scenes is the so-called “barrel of monkeys” scene (minor spoilers ahead), in which Tony Stark saves the passengers of Air Force One after a hole is blown in it at 30,000 feet. While it’s a scene that may stretch the laws of physics, it’s also one of the film’s high points — two minutes of edge-of-the-seat drama and visual effects spender. The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog breaks the whole scene down, covering both VFX needed to pull it off as well as the stunts that made it look so convincing. For starters, those falling passengers were skydivers from Red Bull’s skydiving team, with their gear and parachutes removed in post-production. “It’s something that’s incredibly difficult to fake —…

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Massive botnet using brute force attack to target WordPress sites

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A huge network of over 90,000 IP addresses has been targeting WordPress blog installations with a brute force attack, attempting to gain access by using the default “admin” username by trying multiple passwords. Two prominent hosting providers, CloudFlare and HostGator, report that the scale of the current attack is much larger than usual. CloudFlare tells The Next Web that is has blocked 60 million requests in the past hour. HostGator’s Sean Valant describes it as a “global attack on WordPress installations across virtually every web host in existence.”

The purpose of the attack isn’t entirely clear, but as security researcher Brian Krebs reports, currently most of the attacks seem to be sourced from PCs, not servers. The attack seems…

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