mechazoidal + from:arstechnica   18

How highly advanced hackers (ab)used satellites to stay under the radar | Ars Technica
The Turla gang: "Because the Turla attackers had their own satellite dish receiving the piggybacked signal, they could be anywhere within a 600-mile radius. As a result, researchers were largely stopped from shutting down the operation or gaining clues about who was carrying it out. "It's probably one of the most effective methods of ensuring their operational security, or that nobody will ever find out the physical location of their command and control server," Tanase told Ars. "I cannot think of a way of identifying the location of a command server. It can be anywhere in the range of the satellite beam.""
from:arstechnica  security  radio 
june 2017 by mechazoidal
Agents of influence: How reporters have been “weaponized” by leaks | Ars Technica
"The ethical decisions journalists now make about how they interact with that data are much more complicated as a result. And because of the impact of this particular influence operation, this approach may well become the norm—with more countries seeking to expose each others' secrets using journalists as their proxies."
journalism  ethics  information_warfare  from:arstechnica  2016 
october 2016 by mechazoidal
Building a bionic spine | Ars Technica
"In February 2016, the stentrode was announced through a 39-author paper in Nature Biotechnology. How do you go from being a green graduate student to building both a research team and a working device in five years?"
bionics  science  from:arstechnica  medical  electronics  article 
september 2016 by mechazoidal
Meet the worst ants in the world | Ars Technica
"Unlike native ants, Argentine ants provide no services to the environment. They kill their neighbor ants and invade human homes. The best you can say about them is that they are "adaptable," as MacArthur-Waltz noted. Put another way, Argentine ants are a lot like industrialized humans. To fully rid ourselves of Argentine ants, we would have to shed the lifestyles we've gotten used to as an urban species. "
from:arstechnica  biology  science  insects 
august 2016 by mechazoidal
Penn Jillette: With game design, “the challenge is precisely the same as magic” | Ars Technica
"While many people think of misdirection as essentially pointing and saying "look over there" to fool someone, Jillette stressed that's not actually the case. Instead, misdirection is about studying and learning where people's attention naturally goes and becoming an expert at controlling that. "It's not misdirection; it's direction.""
gamedev  ludology  magic  from:arstechnica  inspiration 
february 2016 by mechazoidal

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